Stasi 101

Universities are the cradle of free speech, where ideologies and ideas clash, where academics and activists can agree, disagree, or be disagreeable. This is particularly true in the United States, where the First Amendment zealously guards against government surveillance and intrusion into free speech.

Yet at hundreds of campuses across the country, administrators encourage students to report one another, or their professors, for speech protected by the First Amendment, or even mere political disagreements. The so-called “Bias Response Teams” reviewing these (often anonymous) reports typically include police officers, student conduct administrators and public relations staff who scrutinize the speech of activists and academics.

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3 Responses to Stasi 101

  1. Gnome Sane says:

    It isn’t free speech if it is being scrutinized.

  2. Judy says:

    Anybody who believes “Universities are the cradle of free speech…” have their heads stuck in the sand. Anybody who expresses a different view point from the professor can expect to be brow-beat, flunked/poor grades, expelled from the class. My kids were told to keep their mouths shut, while on their respective high school and college campuses. Then, to watch and observe how their fellow students that expressed conservative opinions were treated. All have come back telling tales.

  3. Elmo says:

    “Universities are the cradle of free speech”…
    Which explains why most of their students act like babies.

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