I’m glad you liked them! Free Speech is a topic near and dear to my heart.
I’m really concerned by the proliferation of University Speech Codes, and campuses like Ithaca College who have developed a system for students to report “microagressions.” It’s absurd that we are going to “punish” these perceived infractions. I think it will discourage the free exchange of ideas. I see it as the new McCarthyism. George Carlin has called it a kind of “fascism pretending to be manners.” A way of silencing your political opposition. When people are left without nonviolent means to communicate, the option is violence.
We can dismiss this as “it’s just college.” That’s not true. Infringement on free speech is permeating our society. So many comedians will no long play college campuses. They censor what they say. People seem to think that they have a “right to not be offended.” It scares me that Americans, particularly on the far left of the spectrum seem to want to exchange freedom for comfort or security. Freedom isn’t really even a value for them. They put “niceness,” or “not hurting someone’s feelings” on a much higher level than freedom. That BLOWS MY MIND. Colleges should be about the open exchange of ideas, not censoring yourself so that you don’t accidentally commit a microaggression.
This number of campuses with Speech Codes is increasing, particularly under Obama’s new bureaucratic regulations, as are issues with due process related to campus disciplinary committees.
This kind of thing really disturbs me. Ellen DeGeneres told a joke about Bolt. She’s photoshopped riding on his back. You can see the image in the link below if you missed it. People accused her of being a racist. The joke was about Bolt being fast. BUT I think a lot of people are afraid to speak out and say “I’m with you, Ellen,” our of fear. It’s very much “the emperor has no clothes” type of mentality, IMO.
We could also talk about due process, and the scary incidence of students being accused of sexual assault. They can be dismissed, not allowed to graduate, without ever having a trial, or even being able to have legal representation. There’s a case right now at Yale where the Captain of the Basketball team experienced that. Infringements on basic freedoms like the right to due process. Once again, interpretation by the Obama administration and mandates to colleges about how to handle sexual assualt.
The Duke Lacrosse Case. 12 minutes. See the response of the faculty at Duke.