Free Speech

Microsoft Joins the Censors

Featured image The Left has enlisted Big Tech to help suppress conservative activism and conservative ideas. We are seeing this on a number of fronts, one of the more recent (March 1) being Microsoft. Microsoft announced a new Service Agreement effective May 1 that applies to the company’s “consumer products, websites, and services.” Those include the Office suite, Xbox and Skype, among others. The new Service Agreement includes a Code of Conduct: »

St. Olaf stands naked

Featured image Star Tribune reporter Maura Lerner covers the unsuccessful efforts of an indomitable college student to bring Ben Shapiro to another crazy campus. The indomitable student is Kathryn Hinderaker. The crazy campus is St. Olaf College. Online Lerner’s story is headlined “Ben Shapiro barred from St. Olaf College during protest anniversary.” In the print edition of the Star Tribune, at the top of page B1, the headline is couched in euphemism: »

No campus free speech problem? Really?

Featured image Andrew Hartman, a professor of history at Illinois State University, argues that there is no campus free speech problem. He claims that college campuses are more tolerant than ever. The latter claim may be true if you’re a transgender illegal immigrant advocating communism. But what is Hartman’s evidence that conservatives don’t have a problem speaking freely and hearing others express conservative views on campus? He presents precious little. He notes »

This Week in Berkeley: The New Free Speech Movement?

Featured image Attention all Bay Area Power Line readers: As Ed Sullivan used to say, this week I’ve got “a really big show” for you. This Wednesday and Thursday I am executing an Inchon landing behind the lines, with a two-day program starting with a late afternoon (5 pm) lecture on “The Metaphysics of Free Speech” from Harvey Mansfield, Harvard’s most well-known conservative. (Click the link to get location and RSVP information.) Then »

What does Stanford have against the American flag?

Featured image Stanford University has denied the College Republicans’ request for a new logo on T-shirts because it shows an “altered version” of the American flag. Stanford said it “does not approve the use of the American (or other flag) on product also featuring our trademarks (including the Stanford name).” Jennifer Kabbany of NRO’s College Fix consulted Stanford’s lengthy trademark guide on the university’s website. Using a word search, she found no »

Why won’t Georgia protect Christian speech on campus?

Featured image Georgia’s public colleges and universities have been using unconstitutional speech zones to suppress Christian speech in a state where traditional Christians make up a large part of the citizenry. The most notorious case involves Gwinnett College. Its speech zone policy has been challenged in court, and Attorney General Sessions has directed the Department of Justice to file a “statement of interest” supporting the challenge. One would think that a bill »

At U of Miami, Free Speech Is Expensive

Featured image The Federalist Society at the University of Miami Law School proposed to bring in Charles Murray as part of a debate on free speech. Ironically enough, the university responded by charging the Federalist Society for the cost of security for the event–security made necessary by liberals’ proclivity toward violence. The tab? Nearly $8,000, a prohibitive sum for most campus groups. Goodbye, debate on free speech! The president and vice-president of »

CRB: The free speech debate

Featured image This morning we resume our preview of the new issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Thanks to our friends at the Claremont Institute, I read the new issue in galley to select pieces — this week I have five because we featured two yesterday and two today) to be submitted for the consideration of Power Line readers. As always, wanting to do right by the magazine and by our »

Free Speech? Liberals Say: You Can’t Even Buy It!

Featured image As you likely remember if you are a regular reader, I am now running a think tank/conservative activist organization, Center of the American Experiment. This year, we have enough room in our growing budget to promote our web site and do some institutional advertising. So if you live in Minnesota, you are likely to see an ad for our web site if you visit the Drudge Report, InstaPundit or Power »

Amy Wax looks back

Featured image Last year I wrote about the academic tempest aroused by Professors Amy Wax and Larry Alexander in “That which must not be said.” They aroused the tempest with this Philadelphia Inquirer column recapitulating a few home truths. Professor Wax is the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She earned an M.D. degree from Harvard in addition to her J.D. degree from Columbia Law School. »

Ben Shapiro: Too Hot to Handle

Featured image Ben Shapiro is a brilliant guy and a mainstream conservative. Liberals fear and detest him because he consistently makes them look silly in his podcasts, on television, in public appearances and on Twitter. All of this makes Shapiro too hot for most college campuses to handle. A case in point is the University of Minnesota, where conservative student groups have been trying to host Shapiro as a speaker. The university »

Justice Department sides with free speech on campus

Featured image The Justice Department has filed a statement of interest siding with two conservative groups that have sued the University of California at Berkeley for violating their First Amendment rights. The DOJ’s filing argues that the plaintiffs — the Young America’s Foundation and the Berkeley College Republicans — properly pleaded that Berkeley violated these rights, and that therefore the court should not to dismiss the plaintiffs’ case at the pleadings stage. »

The Disgraceful Howard Dean

Featured image Former Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean appeared recently on a panel on free speech at Kenyon College, where he grossly mischaracterized the lamentable events at Yale University in the fall of 2015, where a student mob screamed at Nicholas Christakis for his wife’s sin of writing an email saying students should chill about offensive Halloween costumes. The video of the whole panel (which also included Steven Pinker and »

Harry and Barry

Featured image According to CNN, British officials fear the political consequences if Prince Harry and his bride-to-be invite Barack and Michelle Obama, with whom they are friends, to their wedding, but not President Trump. I don’t know whether these officials have any reason to expect political consequences in that event, but if they do, perhaps they should also worry about the interview Harry conducted with Barack Obama today on BBC radio. The »

Thief of MAGA hat faces criminal charge

Featured image Back in September, we posted video of Edith Macias, a left-wing student at the University of California, Riverside, who stole the “Make America Great Again” hat of a fellow student. In an enlightening encounter, the hat thief and her victim exchanged views while college employees tried to adjudicate the dispute. Macias’ view was that the “f***ing hat” is promoting laws and legislation that are “literally killing people.” Also: “You feel »

Losing the plot on free expression

Featured image Shouting down a speaker is un-American. Kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem is anti-American. Giving the presidential motorcade the finger is as American as apple pie. Yet, students who shout down speakers on college campuses typically receive no (or no meaningful) disciplinary action. Meanwhile, a woman who, while riding her bike, flipped off President Trump’s motorcade lost her job as a result. Petula Dvorak of the Washington Post »

Campus shout-down rate nearly quadruples

Featured image Stanley Kurtz reports that as we approach the halfway mark of the Fall 2017 semester, the rate of shout-downs on college campuses is nearly quadruple that of last spring. There have been nearly twice as many shout-downs as last semester in only half the time That’s a striking figure, given that shout-downs were far from rare during the Spring semester. Kurtz chronicled ten such events. They included rioting at Berkeley »