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How Free Speech Died On Campus 530

theodp writes "The WSJ catches up with FIRE's Greg Lukianoff and his crusade to expose how universities have become the most authoritarian institutions in America. In Unlearning Liberty, Lukianoff notes that baby-boom Americans who remember the student protests of the 1960s tend to assume that U.S. colleges are still some of the freest places on earth. But that idealized university no longer exists. Today, university bureaucrats suppress debate with anti-harassment policies that function as de facto speech codes. FIRE maintains a database of such policies on its website. What they share, lifelong Democrat Lukianoff says, is a view of 'harassment' so broad and so removed from its legal definition that 'literally every student on campus is already guilty.'"
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How Free Speech Died On Campus

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  • Yeah! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 18, 2012 @01:27PM (#42020007)

    This guy is advocating racism and sexual harassment! Shall we defeat him, PC gang?

  • by kenorland ( 2691677 ) on Sunday November 18, 2012 @02:46PM (#42020729)

    Slashdot is private; if the people who pay for it don't like what I post, they can ban me and I have no problem with that.

  • by opus_magnum ( 1688810 ) on Sunday November 18, 2012 @02:49PM (#42020761)

    (and threatened her with explosion).

    Shouldn't your daughter have reported her as terrorist?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 18, 2012 @03:48PM (#42021255)

    Just as right-wingers tend to see any moderate view that's not extreme right as "liberal", they also tend to see anything restricting their asshole behavior as "anti-conservative" backlash or oppression, as if it's because of their political view. No, morons, it's because you're acting like assholes. The restrictions are on acting like an asshole in an environment that demands cooperation and consideration.

    Conservatives say they value "strength" and "independence" and "bravery." They interpret this to mean being bull-headed, closed-minded, and argumentative. You want to stop being "oppressed," stop acting like assholes (or just admiring those who do).

  • Re:Yeah! (Score:5, Funny)

    by kenj0418 ( 230916 ) on Sunday November 18, 2012 @08:48PM (#42023127)

    In fact, the greatest damage moderates and left-wing could do to the right wing extremists is to invite them to freely speak their minds. The resulting spew of homophobic, sexist, and racist non-sequiturs would likely shift most people just a bit to the left.

    And somewhere in suburban Missouri, Todd Akin gets as the strange feeling that someone on slashdot is talking about him.

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