The student campus group Young Americans for Liberty has acquired the exclusive right to screen the film Can We Take a Joke? on college campuses across America before it’s released in theaters later this year. The film is a documentary that challenges current campus speech codes and pushes back against the rage of the perpetually offended obsessive-compulsive coercive Political Correctness Junkies who want to shout down everyone who disagrees with them.
The purpose behind the YAL activism is two-fold:
- To reform unconstitutional speech codes and terminate “Free Speech zones” on campuses and elsewhere once and for all
- To shift the campus culture from rage to respect and protect the right of Free Speech
YAL National Field Director Ty Hicks calls this “our largest activism campaign to date! You have seen the recent controversy surrounding Free Speech on college campuses. Our basic rights are under attack. That’s why YAL is fighting back.”
The goal is to get more than 200 YAL chapters to host a screening of this film on Freedom Day, April 13, 2016. And the national organization is putting its money where its conviction is; by offering local chapters as much as $500 in supplies and funding to participate.
The film itself, directed by Ted Balaker, features Penn Jillette, the self-identified “hardcore libertarian” and “The larger, louder half” of the magician team of “Penn and Teller” along with other comics like Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Norton, Lisa Lampanelli, Adam Carolla and others.
Hicks promises YAL chapters and supporters alike, “Working with YAL’s Leadership Team, we’ll help you challenge your school’s speech codes, educate your peers, and restore Free Speech on campus.” But you need to hurry. While the nationwide simultaneous screenings take place on Freedom Day, April 13, 2016 the deadline to apply for resources is March 13, 2016.
Many who call themselves libertarians across the country engage in disagreements over virtually everything. But freedom of speech is a single issue cause and one that no libertarian can possibly disagree with and still claim the identity of “libertarian” or anything close to it. So this is everyone’s chance to work together for a change and get involved in something important, whether anarchist or minarchist, Left Libertarian or Libertarian-Republican or Libertarian Party activist, anarchist or anarcho-capitalist, voluntaryist or agorist or post-statist.
Why is it so important to support this film? In the 1960s cops arrested comedian Lenny Bruce for “word crimes.” He told “dirty jokes.” Today Canadian comic Mike Ward is on trial by his country’s “Human Rights Tribunal” for making a joke that caused someone “emotional pain.” He told “feelings jokes.”
The goal then becomes not only to return freedom of speech to college campuses but to help it spill back out into the rest of the world as well.