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Liberals Are Stifling Intellectual Diversity On Campus

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What is college for? For many, it'€™s a time for personal and intellectual growth, to meet new people, and to explore ideas and philosophies that challenge their beliefs. Or is it? Recent cancellations of conservative speakers, rescinded honorary degrees, and scrutiny of certain campus groups have heightened perceptions that there is pervasive liberal intolerance on campuses. Are liberals shutting down speech and debate on campus? Or is this theory a myth, based on the preponderance of liberals at universities rather than intentionally discriminatory actions?

  • Paul Butler

    3 Items
    • Former Federal Prosecutor & Professor, Georgetown Law
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    Paul Butler, author of ‘Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice,’ talks about jury nullification, and current issues in the war on drugs and criminal justice with Post-Exchange reporter Jamie Loo.

    Thursday, April 8, 2010

    If you are ever on a jury in a marijuana case, I recommend that you vote “not guilty” — even if you think the defendant actually smoked pot, or sold it to another consenting adult. As a juror, you have this power under the Bill of Rights; if you exercise it, you become part of a proud tradition of American jurors who helped make our laws fairer.

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    I have jury duty on July 2, and I can't wait. If I get put on a jury in a non-violent drug case, I'll vote "not guilty," based on my principles -- even if I think the defendant actually did it.

    Wednesday, July 1, 2009
  • Nick Gillespie

    4 Items
    • Editor-at-Large, Reason
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    Gillespie and Welch answer the question: ‘What does a libertarian think about the war on drugs and how do we change it?’

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    Gillespie speaking at an SSDP conference on the topic of ‘What Would a Sensible Drug Policy Look Like,’ and discussing how drug prohibition functions as a ‘structuring event’ in American life, forcing all sorts of activity to pay hypocritical and misdirected lip service to a Just Say No mentality.

    Saturday, October 25, 2008

    Legalize drugs and then tax sales of them. And while we're at it, welcome all forms of gambling (rather than just the few currently and arbitrarily allowed) and let prostitution go legit too.

    Wednesday, May 20, 2009

    Why is it that ostensibly pro-drug movies can never quite deliver the goods, can never quite depict drug use as something other than depraved?

    Thursday, March 1, 2001
FOR

We are teaching young people that being offended is an ideological priority.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Jonah Goldberg

There is an idea floating around college campuses that scholars should be funded only if their work conforms to a particular view of justice.

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Michael Bloomberg

Political correctness is not a rigorous commitment to social equality so much as a system of left-wing ideological repression.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Jonathan Chait

‘Impossible lack of diversity’ reflects ideological intimidation on campus.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Emily Esfahani-Smith

So what’s at the root of these liberal campuses?

Friday, April 25, 2014
Ryan Struyk
AGAINST

There is a popular, romantic notion that students receive their university education through free and open debate about the issues of the day. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Eric Posner

Let’s give up on academic freedom in favor of justice.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Sandra Korn

One of the most popular arguments against political correctness is that it stifles speech, but a Cornell study found that it boosted creativity in mixed-gender groups.

Friday, January 30, 2015
Gene Demby

If the worst thing ‘PCness’ does is make people occasionally feel uncomfortable when they do and say terrible things, we can all live with that.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Jessica Valenti

Research affirmed that many conservative students feel that way, but also that many do not — and that the latter group in fact thrive on the very campuses that tend to be portrayed as hostile to them.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Scott Jaschik