The Eternally Radical Idea

The Eternally Radical Idea
The Eternally Radical Idea

In a case that harkens back to the old-timey censorship of yesteryear, it appears that the Oklahoma legislature is pulling out the stops to oppose the University of Oklahoma’s decision to host the Oxford evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on its campus. Dawkins was invited to speak at an event celebrating the 150th anniversary of Charles... Read more Read more


The Eternally Radical Idea

I spent most of the summer of 1996 on my brother’s couch in Long Beach, California. I had just graduated from college and was discovering that it’s extremely difficult to find a job in the greater L.A. area without a car. I remember watching the evening news one night: four stories into the broadcast, almost... Read more Read more


The Eternally Radical Idea

Readers of my previous two posts on Kara Spencer’s “spamming” ordeal at Michigan State University (MSU) will be happy to know that MSU has finally come to its senses and dropped the ridiculous charges against the student government leader. This is a welcome change after MSU seemed ready to fight a losing legal battle. Unfortunately,... Read more Read more


The Eternally Radical Idea

I sometimes like to think nothing surprises me anymore with regard to censorship on campus, but it seems as though every couple of weeks I see something that proves me wrong. As I reported last week, Michigan State University charged student government leader Kara Spencer with “spamming” for sending an e-mail to a targeted group... Read more Read more


The Eternally Radical Idea

Imagine you’re an energetic leader of student government at a major state school. You’ve been in extensive discussion with students and professors about the administration’s decision to cut short the semester. Students feel ripped off and professors feel that two fewer days of instruction would seriously impinge on their academic goals. Working in collaboration with... Read more Read more


The Eternally Radical Idea

This month in an important victory for free speech on campus, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that Temple University’s former sexual harassment policy was unconstitutional. While free speech advocates from across the ideological spectrum cheered the Third Circuit’s ruling in DeJohn v. Temple University, some critics expressed dismay at what... Read more Read more


The Eternally Radical Idea

Most Americans probably think of state-mandated loyalty oaths as relics of a bygone era, evoking the dark days of the Red Scare and McCarthyism. You might be surprised, however, to find that these illiberal tools for rooting out commies are still around in the 21st century — and that the California State University system is... Read more Read more


The Eternally Radical Idea

Introduction A Florida University’s Policy Against The Passion. In the fall of 2004 the Christian Student Fellowship at a Florida public college had pushed the administration too far: the CSF wanted to show Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ at their next meeting. The movie, which portrays the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, was... Read more Read more


The Eternally Radical Idea

Three whirlwind days of on-line debating at the LA Times “Dust-Up” feature and I am starting to forget what it was like to not to write columns all day long. Today’s topic is sure to ruffle some feathers: Ben Stein’s defense of intelligent design and his offensive against Darwinism in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Scientific... Read more Read more


The Eternally Radical Idea

Ding ding! It’s round two of my digital debate with Michael Shermer, of Skeptic magazine, over on the Los Angeles Times’ “Dust-Up” feature. Today’s topic? “Do universities have a customer-service responsibility to their students to rein in expression that makes students uncomfortable?” Anyone who has ever read a single thing I have ever written knows... Read more Read more



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