‘The Imperiled Freedom the Candidates Ignored’

By November 26, 2012

In RealClearPolitics, Peter Berkowitz, Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, makes the case that "liberty of thought and discussion" is a critical issue that the presidential candidates ignored during this year’s election. 

Among his recommendations in this interesting article: "Anyone who doubts the weakening of these principles of freedom in the American mind or the threat that this poses to constitutional self-government in the United States should read attorney Greg Lukianoff’s superb book, ‘Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate.’" 

Head to RealClearPolitics to see more of Berkowitz’s take on Unlearning Liberty!

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The Imperiled Freedom the Candidates Ignored

November 21, 2012

Among the issues neglected in the presidential campaign of 2012 is the deteriorating condition of a basic American right: liberty of thought and discussion. Other matters were also neglected by the candidates, ignored by the press, and overlooked by the electorate. But liberty of thought and discussion is unlike other vital national interests. When the economy and national security worsen, people feel moreurgently its importance to the daily operation and long-term preservation of a free society...