The Chilling Effect of Fear at America’s Colleges

The coddling of students’ minds has resulted in grave restrictions of free speech on campus—but academic leaders are also to blame.

No great universities exist in the world without a deep institutional commitment to academic freedom, free inquiry, and free expression. For the past 60 years, American research universities have been vigilant against external and internal attempts to limit or destroy these values. The First Amendment scholar Geoffrey Stone has noted that free expression, in one form or another, has been continually under attack on campuses for the past 100 years. Today, these core university values are being questioned again, but from a new source: the students who are being educated at them.

What explains this recent outcry against free expression on campus?

  • simus1

    The most intelligent red fascists started their quiet march to control all aspects of public education and bureaucracy long ago. They needed the “protected free speech” meme back then to shield their own milder activities a little and the mental and physical violence of their active shit disturbers a lot. As to the utility of the witless plodding indoctrinated livestock that now serve as their “strengthened immovable base” for the final push to reach Utopia, time will tell.

  • Hard Little Machine

    No one ever said that American universities or any universities have a god given right to be considered world class. If this is how these people want to go deep into debt with school loans they can never pay back to do this, and, if it means that in the long run the universities themselves become jokes, so what?