Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate

Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate

by Greg Lukianoff


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ISBN-13: 9781594036354
Publisher: Encounter Books
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,157,780
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Greg Lukianoff is an attorney and the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. His writings on campus free speech have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe, in addition to dozens of other publications. He is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post and The Daily Caller and has frequently appeared on television, including the CBS Evening News and Stossel. He received the 2008 Playboy Foundation Freedom of Expression Award and the 2010 Ford Hall Forum's Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award on behalf of FIRE. He is a graduate of American University and Stanford Law School.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Dangerous Collage 1

Campus Censorship: Alive and Thriving

How Campus Censorship Harms Us All

Beginning Our Journey through the Modern College Experience

Chapter 1 Learning All the Wrong Lessons in High School 15

High Schools and Unlearning Liberty

"Seriously, Why Is Free Speech Important Again?"

The Legal Landscape

Beyond the Law: The Grand Philosophy behind Free Speech

Polarization, and the Special Importance of Free Speech in the Internet Age

J. S. Mill and a Warning to Colleges

How the Road to Censorship Is Always Paved with Good Intentions

The Acceptance of Censorship by College Students

A Personal Aside: How Multiculturalism Demands Free Speech

What High School Students (and Parents) Need to Know before They Go to College

Chapter 2 Opening the College Brochure 37

PC Went to War with Free Speech in the 1990s, and Free Speech Lost

Hidden Speech Codes, Everywhere

What Harassment Is Supposed to Mean

A Short Selection of Examples of Abuses of Harassment Codes on Campus

The Department of Education Muddies the Waters

The Harm of Campus Speech Codes That Are "Just on the Books"

The "Silent Classroom"

Speech Codes, Juan Williams, and the Danger of Honest Talk

Chapter 3 The College Road Trip 61

Quarantining Free Speech

Four Factors That Work against Campus Free Speech

The Price of Bureaucracy and Hyperregulation

An Opportunity for Free Speech on Campus?

Chapter 4 Harvard and Yale 77

All Is Not Well at Harvard and Yale

Yale's About-Face on Free Speech

Fraternities at Yale Make Matters Worse for Free Speech

Harvard's Surprising Cluelessness about Free Speech and Free Minds

Pledging Yourself to Oversimplifying Moral Philosophy at Harvard

Larry Summers, and How Playing with Ideas Teaches Us to Talk Like Grownups

Chapter 5 Welcome to Campus! 95


Residence Life: From Hall Monitors to Morality Police

The University of Delaware "Treatment"

"Us versus Them": The Culture War as Here Narrative

Chapter 6 Now You've Done It! The Campus Judiciary 115

The Student Judiciary and the Criminalization of Everything

Violations of Due Process and Free Speech Often Go hand in Hand

Michigan State University's Surreal Inquisition Program

Campus Justice and Sexual Assault

Step One of Doing Away with Due Process in Sex Cases: Redefine Normal Human Interaction as an Offense

Step Two: Lower Due Process Protections (or, How the Federal Government Isn't Helping)

What's at Stake: A Due Process Cautionary Tale out of Ohio

Campus Justice and Unlearning the "Spirit of Liberty"

Chapter 7 Don't Question Authority 137

Oh Yeah, We Actually Mean Don't Question Authority

Campus Authoritarianism versus Sci-Fi Fans

Facebook and the Risks of Online Dissent

War at Peace College and the Spamification of Dissent

Swear at Your Own Risk (a.k.a. Skip This Section If You Can't Abide Cussing)

How State Governments (Often) Aren't Helping

Colleges Need to Teach Students to Question Authority, if Only for Their Own Good: The Penn State Child Rape Scandal

Chapter 8 Student Activities Fair 159

Stiffing Freedom of Association on Campus

Theater Club

Campus Christians

Contrast: The Muslim Students Association at Louisiana State University

Young Americans for Freedom at Central Michigan University and Hostile Takeovers

Christian Legal Society v. Martinez

The Campus Lesbian and Gay Association, and Tolerance for All

The Fallout from Martinez: San Diego State and Vanderbilt

From PETA to Guns: More Causes That Can Land You in Trouble on Campus

Unlearning How to Live with Each Other

Chapter 9 Finally, the Classroom! 185

Mandatory Assumptions and Pleasant Little Lies

Academic Freedom, Free Speech, and Ward Churchill

Mandatory Lobbying for Progressive Causes

The Limits of "Social Justice" Advocacy

"Dispositions" and Political Litmus Tests

"So, Are You Sure I Can Write Whatever I Want in This Assignment?"

Teaching Censorship by Example

Chapter 10 If Even Your Professor Can Be Punished for Saying the Wrong Thing 203

Learning on Eggshells: The Hindley Case at Brandeis

Culture Wars, Censorship, and the Professoriate

Not Letting the Cases Blur Together: The Very Real Consequences of Censorship on Campus

The Outrage Culture, from the Campus to the Real World

Chapter 11 Student Draftees for the Culture War 219

Students Destroying Student Newspapers

Student Government Gone Wild

The "Irvine II": Misunderstanding Free Speech

Student Censorship of the Right

"I Believe in Free Speech ... Except When I Don't Like It": Students Come to Expect Protection from Free Speech

Infecting the Law Schools and Infecting the Law

"Bullying," the "Blame Free Speech First" Attitude, and What It Means for All of Our Liberties

Conclusion: Unlearning Liberty and the Knee-Jerk Society 243

Acknowledgments 247

Notes 249

Index 285

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An eye-openning book for students about to embark on their college careers as well as their parents. The book documents the erosian of free speech in colleges campuses. As a parent who witnessed radically different free speech experiences in her own college life, it was a humbling to read and realize that our childen do not enjoy or even understand what free speech really means and that, sadly, we are a big part of the problem. It is difficult to envision students of the '60s tolerating creepy "free speech zones" that encompass less than 1% of the college or allowing the power of school administrators to concentrate and grow stronger so that it corrupts and undermines one of the central principles of our American constitution: free speech.
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