Category Archives: freedom of expression

Cowardly University of Cape Town panics, disinvites speaker who published the Danish “Mohammed” cartoons

Last year writer and broadcaster Kenan Malik was invited to the University of Cape Town in South Africa to deliver the T. B. Davie Memorial Lecture, an annual talk devoted to “academic and human freedom.” Malik’s talk, “Free speech in an age of identity politics,” was a spirited defense of untrammeled free speech, and included passages like […]

More about Milo and his Twitter ban: he was worse than I thought

I don’t want this to become a “drama site,” so I won’t post more than this on the Ghostbusters/Leslie Jones/Milo kerfuffle. Besides, I want to write about honeyguides. But I want to note that, in view of new information, I’ve changed my mind about the injustice of giving Milo Yiannopoulos a life sentence in Twitter Jail. […]

Two tweets about the Milo kerfuffle

One from Dave Rubin: Indeed it is. And one from Maajid Nawaz:

On Ghostbusters, Leslie Jones, and the duty of Twitter

Everybody knows by now that Twitter has permanently suspended the account of conservative Breitbart editor and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. His crime? Supposedly triggering a storm of abuse directed at actor Leslie Jones, one of the four stars of the new Ghostbusters movie. And as you also know, that movie has been extremely polarizing, largely because it’s […]

Purdue student called to meet Dean over Facebook post criticizing Black Lives Matter

UPDATE:  I sent an email to the Dean, as well as to the President of Purdue. I reproduce both my email and the President’s response below. President Daniels denies there were any threats, but calling a student into an administrative meeting to “explore possible ways to establish a dialogue” seems to me like intimidation. Well, read […]

Brian Cox defends free speech, calls no-platforming and censorship “nonsensical”

There are many parallels between Brian Cox and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Both are trained physicists, both are extremely popular science popularizers (Cox is probably the most widely recognized science promoter in the UK, and Tyson is the same in the U.S.), and both are charismatic—and handsome as well (I’ve heard women sigh over both of them). […]

Should Trump be banned from the UK? A clash of views

Let’s begin with this strip from today’s Doonesbury, courtesy of reader Diane G. And yes, Trump did say all of these things, save one. (Click to enlarge.) I can’t believe I haven’t been following Doonesbury during this election season, and wonder what I’ve missed. It’s shameful that so many America’s support a windy demagogue like […]

The University of Wisconsin to require “cultural competency” training for all incoming students

It looks as if the University Follies aren’t over, even though the academic year of 2015-2016 has ended. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, a previously respected school—the University of Wisconsin at Madison—is going to require 1000 of its entering students to receive “cultural compentency training” this fall, and then for all its first years (over […]

Dave Rubin and his chat with Milo Yiannopoulos: are liberals responsible for Trump’s rise?

Here’s Dave Rubin, comedian and now Leftist (but anti-Regressive Leftist) Dave Rubin giving a brief report about an onstage conversation he had at UCLA with conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. As Heatstreet reports, and Rubin confirms, protestors blocked access to the venue for nearly two hours, delaying the presentation, and many of the protestors had no idea what […]

Harvard faculty fights back against University’s penalizing freedom of association

On May 13 I reported that, after a report by Dean Rakesh Khurana, Harvard’s President Drew Faust instituted a new University policy: students who belonged to non-University single-sex organizations, like fraternities, sororities, and “final clubs,” would be subject to sanctions by Harvard. Those sanctions included Harvard’s denial of any leadership positions in student organizations to members […]

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