Category Archives: college students behaving badly

Nativist speaker Faith Goldy shut down at Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in Waterloo, Ontario became infamous when it threatened action against grad student Lindsay Shepherd for showing in a short video clip of Jordan Peterson in a language class Shepherd t.a.’d, despite Shepherd disagreeing with Peterson’s views. (See my reports here.) Since then Shepherd has become a free-speech activist and somewhat of […]

Free speech in colleges: a new report shows that students generally favor gutting the First Amendment

A report at Medium was highlighted in the New York Times article below (click on screenshot), which sent me to the original study on which both articles were based. I looked at the articles above a few days ago, but have largely forgotten what they said, so I’ll take the conclusions below from the original […]

Campus disinvitations: where do they come from?

The Heterodox Academy (HA) has two posts (here and here) analyzing speaker disinvitations (attempted vs. successful), as well as mild versus substantial attempts to disrupt the speaker (the former allows the speaker to give the talk, though interrupting it; the latter brings the talk to a premature close). The analysis, based on FIRE’s disinvitation database […]

Middlebury College student paper apologizes for running photo of Charles Murray

In March of last year, conservative political scientist Charles Murray spoke—or rather, tried to speak—at Middlebury College in Vermont. As you know, Murray was one of the authors of The Bell Curve, a book I still haven’t read but that has the reputation for pushing a hereditarian interpretation of the IQ difference between whites and […]

Jordan Peterson disrupted at Queen’s University

On Monday, the controversial Jordan Peterson gave a talk at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. I still don’t know what to make of him, as I haven’t had time to listen to his videos or read his books or other writings. He seems to have some sound views, but others that are wonky. But one […]

Anatomy of a disruption: Lewis and Clark Law School students try to shut down Christina Hoff Sommers

Regardless of whether you think Christina Hoff Sommers is a “true feminist”, she doesn’t deserve to be treated like this when she’s giving a talk. People everywhere have been trying to shut her down, almost as if she’s a Nazi. In fact, she’s an equity feminist who’s been critical of gender feminism, but extreme Leftists […]

Dershowitz on why the Hard Left is more dangerous than the Hard Right

Look, there’s no need for you to criticize Alan Dershowitz in the comments; I know his foibles. I’m just presenting a short comment that he made to conservative Dennis Prager about the relative dangers of the “Hard Left”—what I call the Authoritarian Left—versus the “Hard Right”. This comment is what you can address! I do […]

Discussion with James Damore and others disrupted in Portland

As we all know, James Damore, former Google employee, has been demonized for life for supposedly suggesting in his famous memo that women weren’t as qualified to work in tech jobs as were men. In fact, his memo didn’t say that: it said that perhaps women were underrepresented in tech at least in part due […]

U of C alum once again advocates disruption of free speech with no punishment

Here we go again: University of Chicago alumnus Matthew Andersson, who got a degree from our business school in 1996, has written a letter to the student newspaper trying to counter my own letter of February 22 that promoted free speech on campus. We’ve met Andersson twice before, as he’s written two letters to the […]

Speech is not violence

You may have heard that Ryan Spector, a Dartmouth student, got into big trouble for writing an op-ed in his college paper (The Dartmouth) questioning why 15 of the 19 directors of the student program “The Trips” (it runs summer excursions for incoming first-years) were female.  Claiming that this unbalanced sex ratio reflected an exercise […]