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Are giant rats free speech? This is the question at the heart of an ongoing suit in against the town of Grand Chute, Wisconsin. As a form of protest, unions will place giant, inflatable “union rats” in front of businesses they have disputes with. In Grand Chute, the town ordered that one of these rats […]
Earlier this month, the FBI released footage of the protests in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray filmed from the Bureau’s surveillance aircraft. While the FBI spy planes were called in to help police deal with the violent riots which broke out in Baltimore, the FBI also recorded hours of footage of peaceful daytime […]
Northwestern University—like many universities around the country—recently banned consensual relations between faculty and students. In response to this decision, Northwestern Professor Laura Kipnis wrote an ironic essay highlighting all the professors married to former students on the campus and at other campuses around the country. In the Learn Liberty video below, Professor Kipnis discusses the […]
Two members of the student government at Bowdoin College faced impeachment proceedings for committing an “act of ethnic stereotyping” because they attended a party where some guests wore tiny sombreros. It’s the kind of story that will make you want to reach for the tequila. But it’s also one that is unfortunately all too common […]
Forbidden to wear a t-shirt featuring a plant leaf? Isn’t this the Land of the Free? A U.S. District Court in Iowa agrees. It recently upheld the First Amendment rights of a student group at Iowa State University after administrators tried to stop them from wearing t-shirts featuring images of marijuana leaves. School officials, according […]
Academic free speech is in serious jeopardy. And censorship doesn’t only hurt students—it also silences the professors who oversee and guide the flow of dialogue in the classroom. A former professor at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota found that out the hard way. David Hillman, a drama instructor, helped out with school plays before he […]
Today is the season finale of South Park, which has lampooned political correctness this season. From “PC Principal” to “Shitipatown,” South Park showcases – in the words of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III – “the tyranny of political correctness.” This tyranny manifests itself in the stifling of unpopular and un-PC free expression. Recently, this […]
Free expression is under attack on college campuses. Last month, there was an uproar over – of all things – Halloween costumes at Yale. Now, it’s a war on yoga. The University of Ottawa recently decided to ban a free yoga class because of worries over “cultural appropriation” – the PC term du jour referencing […]
The issue of free speech has exploded on college campuses in recent weeks, with students and faculty at numerous schools nationwide calling for restrictions of free expression in the name of tolerance, and calling for conformity in the name of diversity. In the video below, Towson University professor Howard Baetjer tries to confront college students […]
Freedom of speech on college campuses is getting a lot of attention lately. With the recent student protests at Mizzou, people are concerned about freedom of speech not only for students, but also for professors and even journalists on campus. While student protests are one way of effecting change on campus, did you know that […]
Part one introduced professor Deirdre McCloskey, a transgender University of Illinois economics professor, who explains her gender transition and highlights the educational aspects of the transitional experience. Part two below explores how best to reduce (often state sanctioned) violence against and secure the rights of the transgender community. McCloskey explains that while better laws and […]
Is there any speech you think should be restricted? Should we have laws to protect people from being offended? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Learn Liberty On Demand offers you a series of videos on new and exciting topics in the world of policy and ideas that you can watch any time, anywhere, on your schedule. Have you ever wondered if Free Speech has its limits? Well, this is the place for you. You’ve got freedom of speech, but […]