The False Choice Between Free Speech and Inclusivity on Campus

Benjamin Franklin famously wrote that “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” It’s a quote that resonates with our times given how often we are now asked to cede our privacy in order to, we are told, remain safe. Now, our generation is grappling…
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Finally, A University Who Stands Up for Free Expression

There is so much going wrong on college campuses today, from shout downs to violent protests, from indulgent administrators to dogmatic students, from safe spaces to microaggressions, that we rarely take time to highlight the colleges who are bucking the trend and embracing free expression. The University of Chicago has long been one of those…
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Mizzou Pays a High Price for Political Correctness

The University of Missouri is paying a high price for the protests that erupted on the campus two years ago. Last year, freshman applications fell by nearly 1,000 and enrollment was down 5 percent to 6,191 from 5,515 the previous year. Similarly, declines in donations were felt in both the athletic department (down 24.3 percent…
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The #Resistance’s Next Target: The First Amendment

The American Civil Liberties Union has long been a darling of the left for its highly-visible courtroom battles on behalf of individuals’ civil rights. But following the election of President Trump, the ACLU is enjoying more visibility than any other time in its storied ninety-seven-year history. Its active membership has more than doubled, its fundraising…
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The Dangerous Consequences of Equating Speech With Violence

There is dangerous train of thought popping up on college campuses, one that believes that speech can by akin to violence. Specifically, there is a growing conversation among academics about speech that is upsetting to a particular identity group can be physically hurtful, and thus should be banned from college campuses.  The most prominent example…
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Diatribes Have Replaced Dialogue on College Campuses

“On a college campus, one’s right to speak — or to be —should never be based on skin color.” Helen of Troy had a face that launched a thousand ships. Professor Bret Weinstein’s seemingly innocuous words launched a thousand protests. Evergreen College has now been shut down for the third straight day and Professor Weinstein…
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In the Battle Between Free Speech and Bullies, Free Speech is Losing

“This soil and the air space extending above it shall not be a part of any nation and shall not be subject to any entity’s jurisdiction.” – Inscription on the Free Speech Monument on the Campus of UC, Berkeley. The year was 1964, when Mario Savio—a student at the University of California, Berkeley jumped on…
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When Liberal Intolerance Crowds Out Debate on College Campuses

The scene is now familiar. A conservative thinker is asked to speak on campus only to be met by liberal intolerance in the form of protest or violence, thereby preventing an exchange of ideas. It began several years ago when students forced former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine…
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