The Death of Free Speech on College Campus

by A. Barton Hinkle,  Reason

One of the truly delightful things about college is that it allows earnest young people to try out all sorts of ridiculous ideas without causing much lasting harm. After graduation, most will grow up and learn how to laugh at their prior selves. (The rest will become professors.) Let’s hope the undergrads and grad students involved in some recent controversies become part of the former group.

The student government’s executive cabinet promptly vetoed the resolution, and the school administration called it misguided. But hundreds of academics, grad students, and undergraduates from around the country signed a letter in support of the Irvine Six, arguing that the “paraphernalia of nationalism is in fact often used to intimidate” and that “the resolution has drawn admiration nationally from much of the academic community.”  Read the entire story.

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