The video is drawn (no pun intended) from Unlearning Liberty, a book by Greg Lukianoff of FIRE. In it, Lukianoff walks readers through the life of a modern-day college student, from orientation to the end of freshman year. Through this lens, he describes startling violations of free speech rights:
- a student in Indiana punished for publicly reading a book
- a student in Georgia expelled for a pro-environment collage he posted on Facebook
- students at Yale banned from putting an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote on a t-shirt
- students across the country banished to tiny “free speech zones.”
But Lukianoff goes further, demonstrating how this culture of censorship is bleeding into the larger society. As he explores public controversies involving Juan Williams, Rush Limbaugh, Bill Maher, Richard Dawkins, and Larry Summers, along with campus uproars in which Dave Barry and Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show played a role, Lukianoff paints a stark picture of our ability as a nation to rationally discuss important issues. Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate reveals how the intolerance for dissent and debate on today’s campus threatens the freedom of every citizen—and makes us all just a little bit dumber.