Was ‘Free Speech Absolutism’ a Mistake in Higher Education?

Was ‘Free Speech Absolutism’ a Mistake in Higher Education?

The American Left used free speech to obtain a position of ideological domination in our colleges and universities — and now that they have that position, they’re turning against free speech in favor of controls over speech that doesn’t further their agenda. Should those of us on the other side of our great political divide learn something from that? In a recent book, Michael Knowles argues that conservatives should have fought the Left by suppressing their speech. The Martin Center’s Sumantra Maitra reviews his book here. Maitra writes, “Knowles is a conservative, in the original sense of the term. That means he cuts through the fantasy that has permeated ‘American conservatism’ (as opposed to their more power-friendly and reactionary Euro cousins) in the past forty years, namely, that humans are …
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