FIRE President Greg Lukianoff’s recent book Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate was selected for this week’s "Book Talk" feature on the American Constitution Society’s (ACS’) website. As part of the feature, Greg wrote an article detailing some of the most memorable cases he’s seen in his 11 years fighting against censorship on college campuses with FIRE, ranging from "the absurd to the serious." He talks extensively about the Hayden Barnes case, which opens the book, as one of both the most absurd and the most serious examples of campus censorship run amok.
Greg also discusses why campus censorship is an important issue. In particular, he notes how students internalize bad intellectual habits as a result of campus policies that punish students for "offending" others in the course of debate. This trend threatens all of us, Greg argues, as these habits accompany graduates into the real world, where they are increasingly enclosing themselves in "cyber realms of like-mindedness" and ideologically homogenous neighborhoods.
Pay ACS a visit and check out Greg’s article!