The Eternally Radical Idea

The Eternally Radical Idea
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Each month at the Eternally Radical Idea blog I will recommend a favorite book, album, and assorted nerd treat. Read more


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“Frequently asked” questions: What is the ‘Eternally Radical Idea’ blog all about? Read more


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The second part of a multi-part series updating developments since the publication of The Coddling of the American Mind. Read more


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The first part of a multi-part series updating developments since the publication of The Coddling of the American Mind. Read more


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What do you call an idea that has a clear track record of promoting innovation, prosperity, and progress, but is nonetheless rejected by every generation? Read more


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The metaphor doesn’t capture free speech’s most fundamental function: Freedom of speech gives you a fighting chance to know the world as it really is. Read more


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In our final post, we wanted to cover some possible solutions to the problems Jonathan and Greg discuss in their book The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, and then expand to what readers can do to help protect free speech and academic... Read more Read more


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One of the many surprises of working to defend freedom of speech on college campuses over the last 18 years is how frequently harassment rationales have been used to justify clearly unconstitutional campus speech codes — and how little this is known outside of relatively small circles. For example, it’s not uncommon for Greg talk... Read more Read more


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Yesterday, we showed how speech codes are consistently struck down by courts. Today, we look at two ongoing cases that threaten to curb that trend by expanding the doctrine of mootness while narrowing what qualifies to establish standing. In May, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia dismissed Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, a... Read more Read more


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My organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), has been fighting to protect freedom of speech on college and university campuses since 1999. It is with great honor that I share with you the testimony that I will be giving to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice... Read more Read more



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