Category Archives: Free expression

Yes, Free Speech for Fascists – a Confession

Last week, when one of my students caught sight of me approaching on a campus walk, he pulled out his smartphone to show me a picture he had taken. “Look at this,” he said, disgusted. “It was in the Liberal Arts Building.” The picture showed a hand-lettered sign, hung over an atrium railing, that read,Continue Reading

More on Campus Free Speech

After the exchange about free speech on campuses that I put into this earlier post, Cliff wrote back at length. With his permission I respond here so that others can look in on the conversation. Here are the substantive portions of Cliff’s message, indented, with my reactions not indented: (1) There are a lot ofContinue Reading

Freedom of Speech on Campus: Even Racial Slurs?

Last week I shared on Facebook this video of J.K. Rowling supporting Donald Trump’s right to travel to Britain and “be offensive and bigoted,” because “his freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot.” I wrote, “The same goes for offensive and bigoted speech on college campuses.” That comment elicited this responseContinue Reading

One and Only “Trigger Warning”

The following just arrived in my mailbox from FIRE (The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), which I admire and support: Today, FIRE presents a timely new video featuring Brookings Institution senior fellow Jonathan Rauch. In the wake of last week’s horrifying attack on Charlie Hebdo in France, Americans and Europeans are rediscovering the importance of unfetteredContinue Reading

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