It is sad that America’s universities, which have long been the envy of the rest of the world, have become such toxic places where free speech is not only not welcomed but it actually discouraged. Now at one top university, some students want free speech to be banned.
Princeton University in New Jersey has produced several U.S. Presidents, but it now apparently turns out close-minded, angry liberals instead of future world leaders. In a truly disgusting example of this, the school’s newspaper The Daily Princetonian agreed to put out an article that told people that “when conservatives appeal to ‘free speech,’” students should ignore them, because “they are appealing to a right that does not exist.”
Added an editor’s note in the article, “Because ‘free speech’ is a cornerstone of our rights under the Constitution, it can appear that conservatives’ socially free speech has this constitutional tradition as its backbone.” However, it goes on to say that conservative speech “is something much different” since “conservatives are interested in being able to propose their ideas without any political opposition to their right to speech.”
It adds that “if conservative arguments were strong, they would be convincing, and if they were convincing, they would not meet political opposition.” The writer also said that there’s “no such thing as ‘social free speech,’ where ‘free’ refers to a right to speak free from obstinate opposition. And if conservatives disagree, they are welcome to it. I, and others, are happy to respond accordingly.”
Thankfully, one conservative student named Nicholas Sileo hit back, writing, “After seeing an article that quickly called to completely dismiss many of my viewpoints, many of my friends’ viewpoints, many people whom I haven’t met yet; an article that conflated us with some of the most criminal men in human history; and one that was all over the place with its claims, logic—and accusations, really—it was something that I wanted to publish a response to.” He said he “wanted to try to show, especially to the incoming Class of 2021, that this isn’t what the university is about.” Do you think it’s disgusting that The Daily Princetonian put out such an article?
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