‘Kindly Inquisitors’ and How We All Lose the ‘Offendedness Sweepstakes’

By November 26, 2013

by Greg Lukianoff at World News Press

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of a modern classic explaining the importance of free speech in society.

In Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attack on Free Thought, Brookings Institution scholar and journalist Jonathan Rauch provides a spirited and elegant defense of the special role free speech and free inquiry play as part of the most successful intellectual system in human history. I cannot do justice to the fullness and persuasiveness of Rauch's argument in a summary, but my friend Daniel Shuchman does an impressive job in this recent article about Rauch's book for Forbes. I urge you to buy the 20th anniversary edition of Kindly Inquisitors, which was released earlier this month...