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Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus

Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus

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Protests have erupted on university campuses across the country. To many, these students are speaking out against racial injustice that has long been manifested in unwelcoming, sometimes hostile environments. But to critics, their demands have gone too far, creating an atmosphere of intolerance for opposing or unpopular points of view. Are the protestors silencing free speech, or are they just trying to be heard? And are the universities responding by defending free speech, or by suppressing it?

  • Orville Schell

    7 Items
    • Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society
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    Orville Schell interview, Real News Network, April 7, 2011 & May 14, 2011 Schell discusses American debt and what’s happening inside China in an interview with Real News Network.

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

    Orville Schell interview, Real News Network, April 7, 2011 & May 14, 2011 Schell discusses American debt and what’s happening inside China in an interview with Real News Network.

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

    Orville Schell, Atlantic, February 14, 2012 From here on, as China's wealth and power increases, its national challenge will be to start letting itself feel sufficiently reinstated in the congress of great nations that it does not need to wallow in narratives of victimization, or be so militant about grasping symbolic demonstrations of its equality or superiority.

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    The world’s biggest corporation and the world’s most populous nation have launched a bold experiment in consumer behavior and environmental stewardship: to set green standards for 20,000 suppliers making several hundred thousand items sold to billions of shoppers worldwide. Will that effort take hold, or will it unravel in a recriminatory tangle of misguided expectations and broken promises?

    Thursday, December 1, 2011

    The changing relationship between China and America will be one of the defining foreign policy issues of our times. To understand its dynamic, says the sinologist, we must take account of China's lingering sense of victimhood.

    Wednesday, September 9, 2009

    The bitter new reality is that the US and “old Europe” have recently edged closer to becoming “developing countries.” If the Obama administration and EU officials cannot figure out the proper mix between economic engagement and protecting national security, investment capital from China will go elsewhere.

    Monday, August 23, 2010

    China is finding it ever more difficult to straddle the divide between its anachronistic political system and its booming market economy. A reconsideration of the country's political future must come soon. Fortunately, China can find guidance in its own history: a previous generation of reformers who sought to balance the imperatives of modernity with the best aspects of Chinese tradition.

    Wednesday, September 9, 2009
  • Peter Schiff

    4 Items
    • CEO & Chief Global Strategist, Euro Pacific Capital
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    Why Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff will argue that China does economic policy better than the U.S. at the Slate/Intelligence Squared live debate on March 13.

    Friday, March 9, 2012

    Schiff discusses the U.S.-China trade imbalance at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting, a part of the McKinsey Executive Roundtable Series in International Economics.

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011

    Peter Schiff on CNN Schiff on how China is more free market and a better place to start a business than America.

    Wednesday, December 31, 1969

    The global economy has become so unbalanced that even government ministers who would normally have trouble explaining supply or demand clearly recognize that something has to give. To a very large extent the distortions are caused by China’s long-standing policy of pegging its currency, the yuan, to the U.S. dollar.

    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
FOR

Political correctness is a system of thought that denies the legitimacy of political pluralism on issues of race and gender.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Jonathan Chait

We cannot be so convinced of the rightness of all our views that we seek to impose rather than propose them; we cannot be so thoroughgoing in our skepticism that we refuse to protect individual rights.

Monday, January 25, 2016
Ramesh Ponnuru

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don'€™t like.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

A fight over Halloween costumes at Yale has devolved into an effort to censor dissenting views.

Monday, November 9, 2015
Conor Friedersdorf

The encroachment of behavioral guidelines into the social and even intellectual spheres comes at a cost.

Friday, February 5, 2016
A. Douglas Stone and Mary Schwab-Stone
AGAINST

The freedom to offend the powerful is not equivalent to the freedom to bully the relatively disempowered.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Jelani Cobb

Today's campus activists are raising urgent questions about the proper character of the university, initiating debates that will only grow broader and more important as the campus movement continues to develop.

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Angus Johnston

It is just too easy to take the most extreme incidents, caricature them even further and then conclude that today'€™s college students '€œjust don'€™t get it'€ '€” when, in point of fact, there is probably a lot more that external observers aren'€™t getting.

Monday, November 9, 2015
Daniel Drezner

Across the country, student protesters joined the fight for racial progress.

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Jamil Smith

The students are asking society to engage diversity at a deeper level: inquiring not merely about how campuses should look, but what diverse campuses should do in terms of classroom and community dynamics.

Monday, November 30, 2015
Tomiko Brown-Nagin
Background

This cheat sheet and timeline provide a working overview of how things look right now and include highlights from some of the most high-profile campus protests.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Alia Wong and Adrienne Green

A list of formal demands made at 51 U.S. campuses has been collected on a website called The Demands. FiveThirtyEight sorted through the list, categorizing each request and looking for patterns in the students'€™ priorities.

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Leah Libresco

It may seem like American colleges suddenly have a race problem, but observers say this recent rash of racial harassment is not unprecedented.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Brandon Griggs

A look at on and off-campus coverage of the Yale protests.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Danny Funt

Faced with 14 pages of demands by black students, he says that he won't respond to "any document that explicitly rejects the notion of collaborative engagement."

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Scott Jaschik

This academic year, administrators have wrestled with a deluge of student demands related to cultural and racial issues on campus. Some have been met. Here'€™s a recap.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Kate Sinclair
Debating the Protests

Staff notes and reader reactions to the controversies over race and free speech on college campuses.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and Cobb of The New Yorker join Gwen Ifill to discuss questions of free speech and its limitations.

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Gwen Ifill

Seven students talk about the problems, the protests and themselves.

Monday, February 1, 2016
As told to Abby Ellin

New York Times journalists, student activists and college administrators discussed race on college campuses.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
New York Times
Polls

See page 47 of survey results for answers to the questions about speech.

Friday, May 13, 2016
Kevin Eagan

A national survey of 800 undergraduate students asking questions regarding free speech and intellectual diversity on campuses.

Monday, October 26, 2015
McLaughlin & Associates

American Millennials are far more likely than older generations to say the government should be able to prevent people from saying offensive statements about minority groups, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data on free speech and media across the globe.

Friday, November 20, 2015
Jacob Poushter