Free Speech

A free speech case the Supreme Court should hear

Featured image Teresa Seeberger rented rooms in a house she owned in Davenport, Iowa. When Seeberger learned that her tenant’s fifteen-year-old daughter had become pregnant, she told the tenant that she and her daughter would have to leave. When the tenant asked why, Seeberger said: “You don’t even pay rent on time the way it is . . . now you’re going to bring another person into the mix.” The eviction was »

Not just another Google mistake

Featured image All this week we are featuring outstanding reviews and essays from the flagship publication of the Claremont Institute, the Claremont Review of Books. We are featuring one such essay in the adjacent post. It is one of the best magazines in the United States. I should probably add that I am a proud fellow of the Claremont Institute. In my case the fellowship is a purely honorific designation that I »

Google Censorship Update: Victory Over Communism!

Featured image Ryan Williams at the Claremont Institute reports that Google has changed its mind: See Ryan’s complete update of the story here. One wonders whether Google changed its mind because it discerned a “mistake” or took note of the public heat it was getting over this. But a deeper issue needs to be addressed. A number of conservatives have said that although Google, Facebook, and Twitter are engaging in censorship of »

Congress must act to protect campus free speech

Featured image Today, the National Association of Scholars (NAS) released a statement calling on Congress to include protections for campus free speech in the next reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The NAS statement is signed by more than 100 prominent educators and public figures concerned with higher education. The logic behind insisting on the inclusion of protection for campus free speech is straightforward. Congress needs to stop funneling money to colleges »

A major test case for campus free speech

Featured image Stanley Kurtz alerts us to a story that, he says, “will mark a major turning point in the campus free-speech crisis, whether for good or ill.” The case comes from the University of Arizona where students disrupted a Career Day presentation by Border Patrol agents. Normally in these cases, the students doing the disrupting get off with no punishment or, at most, a light slap on the wrist. But that’s »

Should the FBI “Shut Down” Hate Speech?

Featured image I don’t remember when the phrase “hate speech” came into common use, but for some time now liberals have used it as an implicit attack on the First Amendment. Contrary to all law and logic, they press the view that anything they consider “hate speech” should be suppressed–if necessary, by the government (a government run by liberals, that is). CNN’s Christiane Amanpour engaged in an extreme form of this fallacy »

Amherst flirts with Orwellian “language guide”

Featured image Last month, Amherst College’s office of diversity and inclusion issued a 36-page “Common Language Guide.” The document seeks to impose left-wing identity politics on the campus through the creation of a common way of talking about the left’s favorite issues. The document is truly Orwellian. The “Common Language Guide” isn’t easy to find on the internet, but you can access it here. The document consists, as the name suggests, of »

Facebook Calls For Censorship

Featured image In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg called on governments to increase regulation of internet speech. It is easy to understand why Zuckerberg wants governments to tell Facebook what to do. Following regulations will insulate Facebook against liability, and the free speech controversies of recent years have been an unwelcome distraction from Facebook’s remarkably successful business model. Zuckerberg wants government action “in four areas: harmful content, »

More Free Speech Wins

Featured image I agree with Paul and Stanley Kurtz that President Trump’s order on campus free speech represents a significant step forward. The Minneapolis Star Tribune, on the other hand, quotes Minnesota education authorities assuring us the order won’t change a thing: President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday upholding freedom of speech on college campuses — a move some local higher education officials shrugged off as a highly visible case »

Trump’s free speech on campus order, Stanley Kurtz’s take

Featured image Stanley Kurtz has devoted a vast amount of time and energy to the fight for freedom of expression on college campuses. I can’t think of anyone better qualified than Stanley to comment on President Trump’s executive order on the subject. Stanley strongly supports the order. He considers it “an inflection point in a decades-long struggle over the direction of the American academy” and indeed “a game-changer.” Stanley makes short work »

Trump set to issue order on campus free speech

Featured image As I write this, President Trump is poised to issue (or perhaps has just issued) an executive order directing federal agencies to tie research and education grants for colleges and universities to more aggressive enforcement of the First Amendment. Trump had announced his intention to issue such an order at the CPAC conference last month. According to the Wall Street Journal, the order instructs agencies, including the Departments of Education, »

Video Shows Anti-Free Speech Liberals at Work

Featured image Liberals don’t generally try to win arguments, they try to shut up their opponents instead. They are increasingly successful with this tactic, especially on college campuses. The College Fix documents what happened at the University of Minnesota Morris, where college Republicans placed posters, along with many other organizations, in a tunnel that was a “free speech zone.” Unfortunately, the Republicans’ posters were consistently destroyed or defaced, and the perpetrators couldn’t »

Tucker returns fire

Featured image The totalitarian left in the form of Media Matters for Communists has undertaken a campaign against Tucker Carlson. Bubba Clem provides the background to the MMC campaign in the Wall Street Journal column “The speech police come for Tucker Carlson.” Last night Tucker undertook to return fire (video below). Tom Lifson takes note at American Thinker in “Media Matters has been throwing stones at Tucker Carlson from its own glass »

Ole Miss basketball players kneel during Anthem

Featured image I believe that college basketball has been free of kneel-downs during the National Anthem. Yesterday, however, eight players on the University of Mississippi men’s basketball team knelt in protest as the Anthem was played. Two more joined them as the song concluded. The players say they knelt to protest two “Confederate” groups, Confederate 901 and Hiwaymen, that came to campus. The two groups were protesting the stripping away in recent »

Notes & asides

Featured image I’m struggling with a painful condition that has not yet been subdued by medication. The condition is disrupting my sleep and the medication is suppressing my energy. (I should add that my painful condition is only painful. It does not have any other physical effect.) Borrowing the heading from the old National Review Notes & Asides column in which William F. Buckley responded to letters from readers — he compiled »

Promoting intellectual diversity on campus, a legislative proposal

Featured image Stanley Kurtz has devoted the past few years to working tirelessly throughout the U.S. to persuade state legislatures to pass effective legislation protecting campus free speech at public universities. He has made progress. I wrote about this project here and here. Now, Stanley has a new, related project. He’s trying to address the lack of intellectual diversity on American campuses, which he sees as the cause of the free speech »

Anti-Communism Is a Hate Crime?

Featured image From Seattle comes one of the most extraordinary news stories I can recall, courtesy of the left-wing Seattle Post-Intelligencer: “White nationalist fliers found in West Seattle, Tacoma, other Puget Sound cities.” The subhead: “The fliers referenced a hate group and featured a Cold War-era slogan.” What did those “white nationalist” flyers say? Here they are: The powers that be in Seattle seem to have the impression that it is illegal »