The Unmasking of American Universities War on Free Speech

Free Speech Demonstration. Illustration by Midjourney

A new report from the Committee on Education & the Workforce has just dropped, and it’s a bombshell.

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The report, titled “Freedom of Speech and Its Protection on College Campuses,” outlines the challenges to First Amendment rights and offers potential solutions.

It confirms what we’ve been warning about: the American university system, once the envy of the world, has turned into a factory for producing obedient, thoughtless drones. Let’s dig into this.

First, let’s talk numbers because they don’t lie.

According to this report, a jaw-dropping 63% of students say they can’t speak their minds on campus. Think about that. Nearly two-thirds of students feel muzzled, silenced, and gagged!

This is an increase of almost 10% in the past two years.

Despite this, 88% of students felt that colleges should foster environments where respectful dialogue can occur with people holding differing views. Yet, as the report states, colleges and universities are moving in the opposite direction, embracing cancel culture and uniformity instead.

And why? Because universities have become echo chambers of left-wing ideology, where differing opinions are not just discouraged but actively suppressed.

Universities love to tout their commitment to the “pursuit of truth.”

Well, what a sham that is! The report quotes John Stuart Mill, who argued for a “marketplace of ideas.” But what we have on campuses today is more like a Soviet supermarket—empty shelves and just one brand of stale, ideological bread.

Now, let’s talk about the mob—because that’s what it is, a mob.

A respected political scientist, Charles Murray, was practically run out of Middlebury College by a group of angry, intolerant students. And he’s not alone.

The number of attempts to silence professors has skyrocketed from 30 in 2015 to over 100 each year now.

This is not education; this is ideological warfare.

And if you think it’s just the students, you’re wrong.

Professors are getting axed left and right.

Take Joshua Katz at Princeton. Brilliant guy. He criticized a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policy, and what happened? They stripped him of his tenure and fired him. This is not academic freedom; this is intellectual tyranny.

Don’t think for a second that these attacks are always blatant. They’re not. They can be as overt as a mob shouting down a guest speaker or as subtle as a professor “suggesting” you might want to choose a less “controversial” topic for your term paper.

And don’t even get me started on those so-called “free speech zones.”

These are tiny patches of land where the First Amendment is “allowed” to exist. It’s like saying, “Here’s your freedom, but only in this 10×10 cage.” And even then, you have to ask for permission to use it!

It’s a farce, a complete and utter farce.

The report concludes with a desperate plea for strong federal protections. And it’s about time someone said it. We need to dismantle these “free speech zones,” and we need to do it yesterday. We must stand up to these academic despots and reclaim our universities as places of authentic learning and open debate.

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