Free speech is such an intuitive and fundamental right that it can often be taken for granted.
Yet we find ourselves in an era in which the American university – the site of the free speech movement’s greatest triumphs – produces among its most suspicious and hostile adversaries.
Whereas students were once quick to sacrifice comfort for their right to freely express themselves, that right is now frantically surrendered in exchange for the promise of comfort. Absent defined parameters on speech and expression, students today are inclined to argue, society’s most vulnerable are cruelly put in harm’s way.
A society can only advance by choosing to embrace good ideas and actively reject bad ones. But that challenge only becomes more difficult when we refuse to allow that debate to take place.
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