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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book - Unfortunately for liberty, October 23, 2012
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This review is from: Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate (Kindle Edition)
Can't say it any better than Ken at Popehat.com (awesome free speach legal blog).

In Unlearning Liberty, Greg reviews the different occasions and excuses for censorship in modern American universities, marshaling a bewildering array of case studies. Some were familiar to me: the ludicrous reaction to posters at University of Wisconsin-Stout, the legal threats to critics of the administration of Peace College, and the entirely repellent tale of Indiana University punishing a student worker for reading a book about struggles against the Klan in front of coworkers. Many others were new to me -- and I follow FIRE fairly closely. Greg has a talent for describing instances of censorship in a way to outrage me anew even if I have heard of them before. (For instance, I defy anyone to read about the University of Delaware's frankly Stalinist reeducation program for frosh without feeling disgust and contempt; Greg offers new details that led me to put the book down and go take a walk for a while.)

But this is not merely a compilation of cases. Greg traces the history of campus censorship after the "political correctness" disputes of the 1990s, and weaves the incidents of censorship together to explain how different vaguely defined ideas (like "harassment" and "disruption" and "civility") are used in an unprincipled manner as trump cards to shut people up. Moreover, Greg rather convincingly illustrates how university censorship impacts the attitudes and tolerances of students, and explains why we should fear that students taught to submit to censorship and due process violations will not be reliable supporters of free expression or due process as voting adults.
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Initial post: Oct 23, 2012 6:48:39 PM PDT
Amy Alkon says:
"Moreover, Greg rather convincingly illustrates how university censorship impacts the attitudes and tolerances of students, and explains why we should fear that students taught to submit to censorship and due process violations will not be reliable supporters of free expression or due process as voting adults."

This is one of the most important points of the book. The danger -- and the problem -- goes beyond college campuses. I'm almost finished with the book and it is wonderfully written, easy to read, very informative -- and chilling in revealing the absolutely disgusting violations of free speech rights that go on on college campuses.

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 12:42:50 AM PDT
PLEASE stop writing "free SPEACH". It makes my stomach turn every time I see it, what the hell happened to Americans, that they now can't spell their own language properly?

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Last edited by the author on Apr 20, 2014 10:30:37 AM PDT
Publicus says:
Buncha songs,

America used to be a tolerant society. In part, Lukianoff's book laments the degradation of tolerance in our society. What's going on reminds me of what Camile Paglia recently said.

"The left has destroyed the principles & the legacy of free speech & tolerance fought hard for & won at great price by the counterculture revolution of the 1960s." ~ Camile Paglia, author, one of the founders of the feminist movement, openly gay lesbian, once proud Democrat, & a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Paglia described the left's tactics as resembling those of Stalin & Hitler. (I suppose we can thank Saul "the thug" Alinsky for that.)

What's important is the communication of ideas, not meaningless foot-faults in the process. Were you unable to fathom the author's meaning?
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