The FIRE's Greg Lukianoff On Campus Censorship And Its Relation To American Discourse
Anyone who has read Popehat for a while knows that I'm a huge FIRE fanboy. They fight for students' free expression at both public and private colleges. Moreover, they help educate students about freedom of expression and counteract the regrettably prevailing message that subjective offense or administrative convenience are legally or socially acceptable grounds for censorship.
Breakfast with Greg was as fun as a free-ranging talk with a fellow free-speech advocate and sci-fi aficionado could be. Greg gave me a preview of some of the themes and ideas from his upcoming book Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, coming out in October. It's a pre-order and first-day-read for me. Based on my talk with Greg today, I'm looking forward to reading Greg's thoughts about the various avenues of campus censorship (both those based on subjective offense and, as in the recent and ridiculous UW-Stout case, based on pretense of danger), and how campus censorship and defective discourse is repeated and mirrored in the culture.
Greg is also the only First Amendment lawyer I've met who truly appreciates what I mean when I talk about giving the Kobiashi Maru speech to my associates, and doesn't look at me with judging rolley-eyes about it.
Check out Greg's book. Moreover, if any Southern Californians are interested in helping with a fundraiser for FIRE this October, let me know.
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