In my recent review of Greg Lukianoff's new book "Unlearning Liberty," I noted that Greg's theme is not just that American university students are being censored, but that they are being taught to accept and even welcome censorship of unpopular ideas — that universities are making censorship their norm. The war is not just against administrators with the power of censorship, the war is for hearts and minds.
How goes the war? Well, consider this recent useful, fascinating, and thoroughly disheartening tool from the Student Press Law Center — an interactive map showing all the places that people have stolen or destroyed student newspapers across America since 2000, almost always out of disagreement with their contents. Sometimes people in position of authority are at fault — as in the case recently before the Ninth Circuit, in which Oregon State University trashed a conservative student paper, abruptly applying an otherwise-ignored rule against newsbins on campus. But often, as the SPLC's map shows, it is students themselves who lash out at speech they don't like by attempting to prevent anyone else from reading it.
As I said before — we have met the enemy, and he is us.
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