It’s no secret that universities have a bad reputation for free speech. So much have we gotten used to the slew of bans, crackdowns and boycotts that it’s tempting to just laugh it off and leave them to it. But what are the broader dangers when we allow universities, the supposed laboratories of new and radical ideas, to become stifling and censorious? For spiked’s ‘Freedom for the freshers!’ week, we talk to Greg Lukianoff, the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in the US, about why campus censorship should be of concern to us all.
Freedom from Speech, by Greg Lukianoff, is published by Encounter Books. (Buy this book from Amazon(USA).)