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Campus Free Speech

Over the past few years, a plethora of news accounts has exposed serious restrictions on free speech and debate on our campuses. University speech codes, restrictive “free-speech zones,” and commencement speaker “dis-invitations” threaten to undermine our schools’ defining mission: the free, nonpartisan quest for truth, that is, the Socratic vision from which liberal education originated.


  • Eliminate restrictive speech codes on campuses to protect the free flow of ideas regardless of ideology or viewpoint.

Talking points for liberty fighters

  • The Supreme Court has ruled that “state colleges and universities are not enclaves immune from the sweep of the First Amendment.
  • Academic freedom is a subset of the freedom of speech promised under a constitutional democracy.
  • The cultivation of free minds both transcends and depends on the political freedom enshrined in our Constitution.

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