The concept of free expression, in this country, has been invoked to protect the right of scumbags like Larry Flynt to exploit women who are willing to degrade themselves in front of a camera. Whether or not you agree with that definition of “free speech,” it’s hard to align that broad (no pun intended) definition with what continues to happen on America’s campuses. Free expression, in these areas where minds should be most open, is under fire – and in some cases, already on life support. (Hope you enjoyed that little dab o’gun imagery.)
Campus speech codes have long been criticized as free speech “chillers,” but that isn’t stopping universities all over the country from continuing their attacks on free expression – particularly free expression of a political nature. What’s more, with every PC incursion into free expression, common sense gets kicked a little further out the door. In fact, on some campuses, it’s on permanent sabbatical.
So, what’s a prospective college student (or parent) to do?
Well, how about joining us on a metaphorical college road trip? We’ll make a circle tour of the United States, and take a closer look at some schools where having an original thought is not celebrated as a triumph of academic freedom, but punished as a thought crime – and where it seems the inmates have taken over the asylum.