In 12 years, free speech on our campuses has gone from routine to besieged

A few weeks ago, a mob amassed at Queen’s University to shut down Dr. Jordan Peterson’s guest lecture on the rise of compelled speech in Canada. It brought to mind another similar event in a less absurd time.

In 2006, the late contrarian Christopher Hitchens gave a similar — more controversial — talk at the University of Toronto. The event proceeded without incident. Then, student activists sought to give voice to the silenced. Now they do the silencing.

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