A. Barton Hinkle on the Death of Free Speech on College Campus


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One of the truly delightful things about college is that it allows earnest young people to try out all sorts of ridiculous ideas without causing much lasting harm. After graduation, most will grow up and learn how to laugh at their prior selves. (The rest will become professors.) Yet as A. Barton Hinkle explains, the recent spate of campus controversies surrounding trigger warnings, "safe spaces," and hate speech suggests that lasting damage is now being done to the First Amendment.