A speaking lineup was leaked in anticipation of the deceitfully-named “Free Speech Week” event being hosted by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos at University of California at Berkeley. A few of the implied speakers were rather surprised to find themselves on said list. Famed libertarian economist Charles Murray was particularly incensed at the notion.
“The inclusion of my name in the list of speakers was done without my knowledge or permission,” Mr. Murray wrote in an email to The Chronicle. “I will add that I would never under any circumstances appear at an event that included Milo Yiannopoulos.”
Asked why he wouldn’t appear with him, Mr. Murray said: “Because he is a despicable asshole.”
Emphasis added, but nonetheless, Murray’s opinion on the internet troll turned purported free speech crusader leave nothing to the imagination. Although the alt-right fawns over some of Murray’s works, there is clearly no reciprocal relationship whatsoever. Nor should it be surprising that a free market economist wouldn’t support those with an economic nationalist agenda who are frequently associated with racists.
When confronted with the fact that Charles Murray was most certainly not speaking at their event, a Free Speech Week spokeswoman replied:
Angela Trostle, a spokeswoman for the event, said that Mr. Murray had been included on the list of confirmed speakers due to a clerical error and that organizers had apologized to him. “Professor Murray, of course, remains invited to speak, as we hold his work in high esteem, but we do not have confirmation at this time,” Ms. Trostle wrote in an email.
While this “clerical error” was certainly embarrassing for Yiannopoulos, it did illuminate the opinion of a noteworthy economist. Charles Murray’s disdain for Milo Yiannopoulos and his trollish antics is now a matter of public record.
(Photo of Charles Murray speaking with John Stossel at the 2013 FreedomFest in Las Vegas, Nevada by Gage Skidmore.)