The Eternally Radical Idea

The Eternally Radical Idea
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


The Eternally Radical Idea

All week long, I’ll be digitally debating Michael Shermer, Scientific American columnist and editor of Skeptic magazine, over on the Los Angeles Times’ “Dust-Up” feature. We’ll be duking it out over academic freedom and other hot-button issues on campus. Today’s topic? Allegations of political bias in the college classroom. Shermer leaps right in, writing: Students... Read more Read more


The Eternally Radical Idea

Today, Shermer and Lukianoff weigh allegations of widespread political bias at American colleges. Later in the week, they’ll debate ideological diversity in curricula, lifetime tenure for professors and more. Faculty bias, by the numbers By Michael Shermer Students should complain about professorial indoctrination, because it is real and it is loaded heavily on the left,... Read more Read more


The Eternally Radical Idea

In the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy, we all knew things on college campuses were going to change. Even the most cynical among us, however, probably didn’t think to themselves, “Hey, how can I use this horrible tragedy to my advantage?” But regardless of whether that despicable thought ever popped into college administrators’ heads... Read more Read more


The Eternally Radical Idea

Last night I had the honor of being featured on CBS Evening News to talk about JuicyCampus.com, a site designed to allow students from colleges across the country to anonymously gossip about each other. To the shock of no one, the site is therefore replete with sophomoric comments; rude, lewd speech; and nasty, puerile insults.... Read more Read more


The Eternally Radical Idea

This Thursday, Colorado State University (CSU) junior J. David McSwane will be headed to a closed-door hearing to decide his future as editor-in-chief of the Rocky Mountain Collegian, CSU’s student newspaper. The offense? On September 21, McSwane’s paper ran a four word editorial, reading simply “Taser This: FUCK BUSH.” In response, complaints have streamed in... Read more Read more



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