COOL JUSTICE: Shouting fire: Antidote for mind-numbing political correctness

By November 27, 2012

Bad news for high school and college students and, of course, the work force: The thought police never go away. They just get more sophisticated and have fancier titles.

On the good news front, once in a while the thought police suffer a well-deserved but overdue thrashing. While these victories are heart-warming, they tend to come many years after students have suffered grossly unjust punishments at the hands of villainous academics, cops or prosecutors.

Enter Greg Lukianoff, a Danbury native and author of a new book, “Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate.” As president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Lukianoff is shouting fire in a crowded marketplace and having a swell time.

Lukianoff’s organization, known as FIRE, does a good job chronicling free speech suppression across the nation at its website http://thefire.org/. FIRE’s work tends to complement that of another important organization, the Student Press Law Center http://www.splc.org/. Both groups are effective advocates and litigators for free speech rights. They provide news about free speech violations and important cases. FIRE even rates colleges and universities on the levels of free speech restrictions. The Connecticut link http://thefire.org/spotlight/states/CT includes postings for public and private institutions...

Schools: Harvard University