Tag Archives: Free speech

Free speech on campus means universities must protect the dignity of all students

Free speech on campus means universities must protect the dignity of all students

Free speech, a staple of modern democracy, has become the focal point for political and cultural forces impacting the university. Universities thrive in an environment of open inquiry. But recent controversies in universities around the globe expose the difficulties of crafting a strong position on free speech in this polarized time. Partly these controversies are a demonstration […] … learn more→

Portland U’s “bias response team” ends free speech

Portland U’s “bias response team” ends free speech

I write often of the culture of fear on campus…because I get reminders how that fear only increases: Making jokes at Portland State gets you reported to its bias response team I know, “I was just joking” is the age-old cry of the bully, and I was very much a target of the endless anti-intellectual […] … learn more→

Another conservative speaker shut off campus

Another conservative speaker shut off campus

I’ve mentioned many times the lockdown the Left (aka “Progressives,” among other names for them) has on our campuses, but you sure don’t read about it much in the news. I hardly cover specific cases, myself, unless it leads to a riot or something. Thus, I understand if the gentle reader doesn’t believe me when […] … learn more→

Freedom of speech: a history from the forbidden fruit to Facebook

Freedom of speech: a history from the forbidden fruit to Facebook

Free speech is in the news. Not least because several leading universities have adopted a “model code” to protect it on campus. And then there’s the Israel Folau saga, and debate over whether his Instagram post was free speech, or just hate speech. If the Bible is to be believed, humans have sought knowledge since Eve. They have […] … learn more→

Reaction to Trump’s “free speech” order reveals bias

Reaction to Trump’s “free speech” order reveals bias

Trump recently issued an executive order denying Federal funds to campuses which restrict free speech. It’s a bit toothless, since it would only affect research funds (i.e., not the bread-and-butter of student loan money), and doesn’t define “restrict” well…but it highlights that we clearly have a problem on our campuses, even as I acknowledge that […] … learn more→

Forget ‘free speech’ on campus, this debate is about free people

Forget ‘free speech’ on campus, this debate is about free people

It has now become customary for academics to debate the line between free speech and hate speech. Yale, for instance, recently hosted a panel discussion whose central topic was the difference between hate speech and free speech and “the point where one shifts into the other.” The distinction has already been debated throughout the academy, […] … learn more→

Why ‘safe spaces’ at universities are a threat to free speech

Why ‘safe spaces’ at universities are a threat to free speech

The idea of universities being a “safe space” was until recently an issue that was unique to the US. Now the UK has experienced an upswing in incidents in which so-called “safe space” policies have reportedly threatened the right to free speech in British universities. Closely tied to the concept of “no-platforming” – where speakers […] … learn more→

Left bans scientist who Discovered DNA

Left bans scientist who Discovered DNA

“Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.” –Beria, head of Stalin’s Secret Police  Only an idiot could have thought the Left agenda of shutting down Conservative speakers on campus would stop at just those speakers. Having succeeded in making it impossible for a Conservative to show his or her (Hi Ann Coulter!) […] … learn more→

New legislation may make free speech on campus less free

New legislation may make free speech on campus less free

Around the country, state lawmakers have been talking about – and legislating – ways intended to protect free speech on college campuses. The Wisconsin State Assembly, for example, recently passed a campus speech bill that would require public colleges and universities to punish students who disrupt campus speakers. The legislation is now heading to the […] … learn more→

More tuition = Less free speech

More tuition = Less free speech

It’s no secret that our campuses no longer believe in free speech. Ok, that’s a bit hyperbolic, but the riots on campus whenever speakers with a certain point of view try to talk do seem to be a bit more common than in days past. One of the more recent riots (I’m hesitant to say […] … learn more→