Free Speech

Amy Wax update

Featured image This Thursday, April 12, the National Association of Scholars (NAS) is holding an event at which it will present Professor Amy Wax with an award for academic courage. I wrote about this event here, with a link to Eventbrite for those who wish to attend. Those who can’t attend the event will still have an opportunity to watch it. NAS tells me it will livestream the event through its Facebook »

Sander comes to Middlebury

Featured image I mentioned the then forthcoming appearance of Professor Richard Sander to speak at Middlebury College in “Darkeness at Penn, take 2” (discussing the Amy Wax affair). Sander is professor of law at the UCLA School of Law. He became interested in the subject of “affirmative action” when he joined the UCLA faculty. Professor Sander is the coauthor (with Stuart Taylor, Jr.) of Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended »

Lessons from the Kevin Williamson affair

Featured image Scott has written about the firing of Kevin Williamson by Atlantic. Jeffrey Goldberg, Atlantic’s editor fired Williamson for having expressed the opinion that women (though not all of them) who get abortions should be hanged. In my view, this position, if not beyond the pale, is near the pale’s boundary. However, as Scott pointed out, Williamson had taken it before Atlantic hired him, and Goldberg knew this. Moreover, virtually all »

The Goldberg variations on Kevin Williamson

Featured image Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg hired the brilliant conservative writer Kevin Williamson away from National Review two weeks ago. At work this week Williamson published his first Atlantic column, “The passing of the libertarian moment.” It also proved to be his last Atlantic column. Was it something he said? Well, sort of, but not in the column. He was fired for previously expressed views advocating the propriety of treating abortion as »

The campus free speech crisis deniers rebutted

Featured image Recently, Andrew Hartman, an Illinois State professor, wrote an article in the Washington Post claiming there is no campus free speech crisis. Hartman’s analysis was seriously flawed, as I tried to demonstrate. Hartman isn’t the only one pushing back against the view that a campus free speech crisis exists. The same claim has recently been made by Matthew Yglesias, who declares that “everything we think about the political correctness debate »

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. »