Free Expression

September 21, 2016

We Must Defend Everyone’s Rights Even if We Disagree With How They Exercise Them

Why is it that in the United States, the “land of the free,” are you only free to express yourself as long as it doesn’t ruffle the feathers of millions of perpetually offended Americans? People across every spectrum, whether it be political or otherwise, proudly proclaim that they stand for liberty, freedom and the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. If this is the case, then why do these same people demand action be taken against those who choose to exercise their liberties and rights in ways that would differ from their own? There is no better example of this national hypocrisy than the reaction to NFL players protesting the Star Spangled Banner. All of the controversy surrounding the NFL over this issue started on August 26th, 2016, […]
April 18, 2016

New Book on Free Speech Challenges Campus Orthodoxy

In 1975, a Yale committee chaired by the late professor C. Vann Woodward, issued the Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at Yale. It stated that “The history of intellectual growth and discovery clearly demonstrates the need for unfettered freedom, the right to think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and challenge the unchallengeable.” This was long recognized as the standard to which good universities should hold themselves. Not anymore. Today, instead of calling for intellectual freedom, openness, and honesty, colleges seek to avoid controversy, push uniformity, and make students comfortable instead of informed. Even at Yale, the fall semester brought demonstrations over Halloween costumes and calls for a professor to resign over an email. It’s even worse across the Atlantic. Tom Slater, however, […]
April 4, 2016

Celebrate Freedom Day

Looking for another way to spread the message of liberty on campus this spring? Want to take part in a national conversation on the meaning and importance of free expression? Well next Wednesday, April 13th, you’re invited to take part in Freedom Day — a day-long pro-freedom bash organized by the Philadelphia-based National Constitutional Center. Even better, the National Constitution Center is offering a $500 stipend to groups who confirm participation in advance to help defray the costs of hosting an event. Freedom Day encourages people of all ages to explore how Americans’ freedoms of speech and expression are exercised, threatened, and protected and Students For Liberty is excited to be a collaborating partner on this exciting project! While SFL is now a global organization, it’s […]