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The Glaring Evidence That Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus

The Glaring Evidence That Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus

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A debate at Yale highlighted the disconnect between those who would downplay the problem, and the growing mass of evidence that they'€™re wrong.

At a recent Intelligence Squared debate, an audience filled an auditorium at Yale University to weigh the timely proposition, '€œFree speech is threatened on campus.'€ The debate concerned higher education generally, not just the host institution. And at the event'€™s conclusion, having heard arguments on both sides of the question, 66 percent of the crowd agreed: free speech is threatened. That represented a 17-point shift from a poll taken as the event began. The evidence is that persuasive.