Colleges: First Amendment is outdated

posted at 1:41 pm on October 23, 2015 by Bruce McQuain

That, at least, is the result of a survey recently completed:

To put some numbers behind that perception, The William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale recently commissioned a survey from McLaughlin & Associates about attitudes towards free speech on campus. Some 800 students at a variety of colleges across the country were surveyed. The results, though not surprising, are nevertheless alarming. By a margin of 51 percent to 36 percent, students favor their school having speech codes to regulate speech for students and faculty. Sixty-three percent favor requiring professors to employ “trigger warnings” to alert students to material that might be discomfiting. One-third of the students polled could not identify the First Amendment as the part of the Constitution that dealt with free speech. Thirty-five percent said that the First Amendment does not protect “hate speech,” while 30 percent of self-identified liberal students say the First Amendment is outdated.

This is simply the latest proof that colleges and universities in this nation are turning from bastions of free speech and academic freedom to institutions that are enabling and enforcing “speech codes” that student activists demand. The result is the death of “robust intellectual debate” on campus. Now administrations feel moved to “protect” those who are uncomfortable with uncomfortable ideas. And they demand penalties and the quashing of those ideas. The very notion that our great institutions of higher learning have bought into this anti-intellectualism should be an anathema to them. But instead they support these sorts of movements.

Just recently Williams College began an “Uncomfortable Learning” speaker series to provide “intellectual diversity” on campus. Ironically, it then disinvited conservative writer Suzanne Venker when, according to the college, her proposed visit was “stirring a lot of angry reactions among students on campus.” Obviously her ideas went beyond “uncomfortable learning”, however Willams College now defines that phrase. But one thing is clear, Williams College is about as committed to “intellectual diversity” as Hillary Clinton is to the truth.

Given all this, is anyone even remotely surprised to see supposed intellectuals who are the products of this sort of education system calling for the jailing of “climate deniers” and the banning of their speech? Free speech is dying in this country and it is doing so in the very institutions that should be its staunchest defender.

~McQ


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And so is federal funding, grants, and government sponsored students loans.

Good luck colleges!

Oil Can on October 23, 2015 at 1:43 PM

Mission Accomplished.

CurtZHP on October 23, 2015 at 1:43 PM

Sixty-three percent favor requiring professors to employ “trigger warnings” to alert students to material that might be discomfiting

I found differential equations discomfiting, if only I had been warned!

What a bunch of losers today’s kids are, they just don’t know how good they got it.

major dad on October 23, 2015 at 1:47 PM

Given all this, is anyone even remotely surprised to see supposed intellectuals who are the products of this sort of education system calling for the jailing of “climate deniers” and the banning of their speech? Free speech is dying in this country and it is doing so in the very institutions that should be its staunchest defender.

It’s not just free speech that is dying at ‘the very institutions that should be its staunchest defender’. The concept of educating the students, in critical thinking and the scientific method among key elements, is also dying. The role of academia today isn’t to educate, it’s to indoctrinate.

Preventing free speech is just one of the ways academia works to indoctrinate.

Athos on October 23, 2015 at 1:47 PM

I guess the old sticks and stones saying is really hurtful.
Sorry, should I have employed a trigger warning?
Heck I’m not sure what a trigger warning even is.

If I said “TRIGGER WARNING” the following contains the words sticks and stones which some may find disturbing. Would I need a trigger warning before the trigger warning warning that the warning has words that some may find disturbing?

Dr. Frank Enstine on October 23, 2015 at 1:51 PM

The responsibility of colleges and universities is to EDUCATE their students – not pander to them or reinforce their foolish naïve ideas.

Higher education institutions have had to take over role of correcting the inadequacies of the previous school years -apparently teaching the foundation documents and principles of our nation is another job they will have to assume.

katiejane on October 23, 2015 at 1:51 PM

Easiest fix to get universities to start worshiping the First Amendment?

Elect a Republican President. To make it a frenzy, make the Congress GOP, too. And for the Left to become true believers: eliminate the filibuster or have a GOP filibuster-proof majority.

nerdbert on October 23, 2015 at 1:54 PM

These illiberal tyrannical thugs don’t know what is coming their way.

Media, you swine, most of you, you should expose all this, since your demise is included. YOU no longer defend, and thus no longer earn, the 1st.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXm5hklbBsA

Schadenfreude on October 23, 2015 at 1:55 PM

My grand daughter is in college. She goes, smiles, and plays the game. Then she comes home and puts on her real self, the one who fights against the mind control. God bless her. Something her mom and I did let her read between the lines.

Limerick on October 23, 2015 at 1:56 PM

Given all this, is anyone even remotely surprised

Ummm, NO. HotAir was front and center with the SJW’s.

TheMadHessian on October 23, 2015 at 1:57 PM

Colleges: First Amendment is outdated

Sweet. Now, STFU!

antipc on October 23, 2015 at 1:57 PM

What a bunch of losers today’s kids are, they just don’t know how good they got it.

major dad on October 23, 2015 at 1:47 PM

The kids today grew up in a world where the number one right is not to be offended. Sadly they discovered that there isn’t a single thing that will not be offensive to someone. So they now struggle with the elusive concept of trying to be everything to everyone and their solution is trigger warnings. It’s kind of sad really because someday they will be smacked in the face with reality and end up in therapy trying to reconcile their fantasy private reality to actual reality.

Dr. Frank Enstine on October 23, 2015 at 1:58 PM

College is great if you’re looking for a degree in fascism.

antipc on October 23, 2015 at 1:59 PM

Well, if we use the leftists’ “logic” on the 2nd Amendment, then the 1st only applies to ink quills and parchment, hand-set printing presses, and standing in the town square talking – so, uh, maybe it is outdated……

dentarthurdent on October 23, 2015 at 2:03 PM

They get indoctrinated and come away with massive debt. Lives are being ruined and they are too dumb to see it.

docflash on October 23, 2015 at 2:04 PM

Hey sheeple lets elect some more republicans, that’ll make things right again.

bgibbs1000 on October 23, 2015 at 2:08 PM

I should have added that the elimination of the 1st or controlled speech is the perfect solution for these people that feel they deserve to live in a world without offence. With suppressed speech one dose not have to worry about being offended because the “law” will protect you right up until the day you are arrested for a speech violation. They want to go to college not to learn, but to affirm what they already know is the truth. Learning is old school. They want to show up, not be offended, write some worthless drivel and be praised for it, and get the degree. Which they will then use to get that 6 figure job where everyone will continue to affirm how wonderful they are.

Dr. Frank Enstine on October 23, 2015 at 2:08 PM

Further proof that today’s left are out and out fascists.

rbj on October 23, 2015 at 2:08 PM

everdisco is thrilled. Nothing gets a liberal more excited than suppressing speech and ideas.

darwin on October 23, 2015 at 2:09 PM

that 6 figure job where everyone will continue to affirm how wonderful they are.

Dr. Frank Enstine on October 23, 2015 at 2:08 PM

I’ve been trying to find that job for over 30 years…..

dentarthurdent on October 23, 2015 at 2:10 PM

everdisco is thrilled. Nothing gets a liberal more excited than suppressing speech and ideas.

darwin on October 23, 2015 at 2:09 PM

Except a boot stomping on a human face – for ever.

Athos on October 23, 2015 at 2:12 PM

Media, you swine, most of you, you should expose all this, since your demise is included. YOU no longer defend, and thus no longer earn, the 1st.

Schadenfreude on October 23, 2015 at 1:55 PM

The media doesn’t see the death of the 1st Amendment as a threat. They see it as job protection. They’re already the Palace Guard. They can’t wait for the Palace to eliminate their competition!

Rusty Nail on October 23, 2015 at 2:15 PM

Use YOUR 1st amendment and call your congresscritter and ask if he/she knows about this recent documentary:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/immigration-battle/

Paul Ryan working in the shadows for 2 years, deceiving his constituents and his colleagues about his fight for illegal aliens and against American workers.

fred5678 on October 23, 2015 at 2:16 PM

so pertinent
safe spaces

dmacleo on October 23, 2015 at 2:18 PM

Ole Miss now hates the state flag go figure….

sorrowen on October 23, 2015 at 2:19 PM

This is simply the latest proof that colleges and universities in this nation are turning from bastions of free speech and academic freedom to institutions that are enabling and enforcing “speech codes” that student activists demand.

This liberal, PC brainwashing started way before these kids got into college. They arrived there with this corrupt mindset. From kindergarten to high school our entire public school system has been polluted by liberals.

Rod on October 23, 2015 at 2:22 PM

This is why I am getting bad vibes about this country’s future. We are going to be in Civil War / Revolution territory in a decade at this rate.

That is not me overreacting, but just looking at reality. Many colleges and universities are producing too many people who have views that are so counter to everything America stands for that it will be impossible for something significant not to happen. This is what happens when you keep pushing kids to go to college and university in which they get degrees in fields that are literally useless. These are not future engineers, physicists, doctors, chemist, heck even historians, but lunatic progressive (aka communist) revolutionaries.

I think the reason so many conservatives are unhappy with the GOP is they are starting to get a sense that things are going to get real ugly soon and they want leaders that have the stomach to stand up to what is coming. To be willing to make the critical decisions if the fire gets out of control no matter what it takes or means. The current GOP is not lead by those people, but instead by people who are too invested in keeping quiet and playing along.

Hence the Carson and Trump phenomenon. They are basically representative of the kind of leadership that will be needed in the future if America, the America we understand America to mean, is to survive. The great compromise political leaders starting going down in the 1850s, and in the 1760s-early 1770s. It looks like we are entering the same situation now.

William Eaton on October 23, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Now, now, let’s focus on the real problem: How the Tea Party has pulled the GOP to the right.

Occams Stubble on October 23, 2015 at 2:25 PM

They should always ask this follow up question…

If the first amendment doesn’t protect hate speech, what sort of speech is it supposed to protect?

Baggi on October 23, 2015 at 2:26 PM

I blame parenting, or lack thereof. No, really.

Hieronymus on October 23, 2015 at 2:28 PM

The only “free speech” tolerated at today’s colleges is for progressives to tell whatever lies serve their purpose, and to browbeat and bully anyone they hate, which is practically everybody.

As for freedom of religion, that’s only available for atheists, radical Islamists, Satanists, and people who worship little squirmy tings that get in their brains and make them do funny things. Like burn down buildings full of people.

No college should receive Federal funds. None. Period.

When a tenured radical professor protests, tell him that his right to free speech does not include the power to make you pay his salary or fund his delusions.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 23, 2015 at 2:28 PM

The time will come when this all needs to be settled by violence unfortunately. Microagressed college students won’t last very long in that environment.

TRIGGER WARNING: If you suffer from the mental disorder of liberalism you’ll be laying on the floor clawing your eyes out in rage after you read this and I hope you do.

F**K Your Trauma

“Microaggressions”, “Trigger Warnings”, and the New Meaning of “Trauma” by Chris Hernandez

http://chrishernandezauthor.com/2015/01/02/microaggressions-trigger-warnings-and-the-new-meaning-of-trauma/

Mr. Joshua on October 23, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Libfree, come hither.

ToddPA on October 23, 2015 at 2:33 PM

Free speech is dying in this country and it is doing so in the very institutions that should be its staunchest defender.

The churches should be its staunchest defender.

Axe on October 23, 2015 at 2:41 PM

I would be very interested to see this broken down by sex, race, political leanings, and citizenship (let us not forget that universities have a large percentage of foreign students).

But that would give us very uncomfortable results, so it is too much to expect.

Nomennovum on October 23, 2015 at 2:42 PM

Good take away the first amendment then they can’t complain about
H1B visa students getting their jobs,lol
I will gladly hire any liberal with a engineering degree to cut my lawn,clean my toilet and wash my car.
Shut up Jr or I’ll report you to the authorities
You missed a spot.

IXXINY on October 23, 2015 at 2:49 PM

How does your ol’ alma mater rate?

https://www.thefire.org/

diogenes on October 23, 2015 at 2:54 PM

One-third of the students polled could not identify the First Amendment as the part of the Constitution that dealt with free speech.

They don’t know what they don’t know.

…colleges and universities in this nation are turning from bastions of free speech and academic freedom to institutions that are enabling and enforcing “speech codes”

This is why it’s critical to force your local school boards to teach basic civics as part of the curriculum in your kid’s schools. Once they understand the bill of rights, they have a much greater appreciation for it.

Thirty-five percent said that the First Amendment does not protect “hate speech,”

I usually can shut them up when I ask folks like them who exactly gets to decide on which speech is hateful. It’s not the law that gets to decide, it’s a person.

BacaDog on October 23, 2015 at 2:57 PM

Colleges: First Amendment is outdated. Ben Carson totally on board:
http://hotair.com/archives/2015/10/22/ben-carson-lets-have-the-department-of-education-go-after-extreme-political-bias/

cam2 on October 23, 2015 at 2:57 PM

Maybe it’s the psychoactive prescription drugs.

I have no evidence but something has changed. People are not as smart and engaged as they once were.

BoxHead1 on October 23, 2015 at 2:58 PM

I think we don’t have much to worry about in the SEC, as long as you don’t option your free speech while wearing a hoop skirt or professing to be a card carrying member of the udc or soc…..

That was my attempt at humor considering the severity of the situation.

Tilly on October 23, 2015 at 3:01 PM

We’re raising a generation of conformist idiots.

GarandFan on October 23, 2015 at 3:37 PM

More FN idiots in college these days!

I suppose that they’d like to live in a 1984 theme? Fools FN fools!

woodhull on October 23, 2015 at 3:55 PM

How ironic, when it’s the First Amendment that enabled these clowns to spread their idiocy in colleges in the first place.

When I was studying for an engineering degree in 1974-78, we had a “Humanities” professor who ranted on and on about the evils of technology, to students who were planning on designing new technology, so most of the students dismissed him as a crackpot.

Now it seems like the crackpots have taken over the colleges, and anyone who dares to think outside the box will be silenced as a pawn of the abominable high-pollutin’ Koch Brothers.

What used to be called common sense isn’t very common anymore.

Steve Z on October 23, 2015 at 5:12 PM

I’ve been trying to find that job for over 30 years…..

dentarthurdent on October 23, 2015 at 2:10 PM

Hell, young’un, I’m almost 71 and I never did find that job.

Maybe all the special snowflakes now working for the .gov got’em all.

Solaratov on October 23, 2015 at 5:17 PM

This is why I am getting bad vibes about this country’s future. We are going to be in Civil War / Revolution territory in a decade at this rate.

Hence the Carson and Trump phenomenon.

William Eaton on October 23, 2015 at 2:24 PM

A)We’ll be in a revolution/civil war in a hell of a lot less than 10 years if things cannot be turned around.

B)Carson is a nice guy…but he’s a socialist. Look at the record of his statements. If he’s elected, we’ll just continue careening down the same road we’re on.

Solaratov on October 23, 2015 at 5:40 PM

I have a theory/observation. Each successive generation is getting more and more STUPID. My generation (baby boomers) are less smart than my parent’s. Millennials are even less intelligent then mine.

Try this experiment: Ask your parents what toys they played with as kids. Ask you grandparents. See if you notice something amazing. The farther you go back by generation, the more “dangerous” the toys.

I had a Gilbert chemistry set when I was growing up. No problems. My dad had a kit for pouring his own tin soldiers – with REAL TIN – on my grandmother’s stove!

Nobody got killed, maimed or damaged. I NEVER wore a goofy helmet when I rode my bike. Had I done such a thing, I would have gotten my BUTT kicked by the other kids. I had a BB gun when I was 9. A .22 rifle by the time I was 15. Never shot anybody. Never hurt myself.

Reason: Kids are losing the ability to use simple common sense and they do and believe stupid things. It’s getting worse with each passing generation.

kurtzz3 on October 23, 2015 at 7:47 PM

This is simply the latest proof that colleges and universities in this nation are turning from bastions of free speech and academic freedom to institutions that are enabling and enforcing “speech codes” that student activists demand.

I hate to break it to you, but the colleges never were bastions of freedom.

Most US (and European) universities were founded by religious institutions to educate clergy, and branched out from there. You supported your college’s religious views or went elsewhere. As the liberal arts and then the scientific and technical fields expanded, most people in America (Dem and Republican) differed on some issues (slavery, for instance) but nonetheless all overtly subscribed to the basic foundation of the Constitution, so there was no need to protect traditional values.

In the 20th century, the new secular heretics (socialists) were looked on with suspicion if not overtly excluded, until after WW2 flooded the market with socialist academics.

Hence arose the devotion of the Left to tenure and free speech, to protect their own jobs and students.

Once they became the majority, and then the overwhelming, population of the U’s, there was no more need for a generic right free speech, because the only ones who need it now are the Evil Right!

AesopFan on October 23, 2015 at 9:01 PM

I guess the old sticks and stones saying is really hurtful.
Sorry, should I have employed a trigger warning?
Heck I’m not sure what a trigger warning even is.

If I said “TRIGGER WARNING” the following contains the words sticks and stones which some may find disturbing. Would I need a trigger warning before the trigger warning warning that the warning has words that some may find disturbing?

Dr. Frank Enstine on October 23, 2015 at 1:51 PM

Probably.

AesopFan on October 23, 2015 at 9:02 PM

Easiest fix to get universities to start worshiping the First Amendment?

Elect a Republican President. To make it a frenzy, make the Congress GOP, too. And for the Left to become true believers: eliminate the filibuster or have a GOP filibuster-proof majority.

nerdbert on October 23, 2015 at 1:54 PM

College is great if you’re looking for a degree in fascism.

antipc on October 23, 2015 at 1:59 PM

One-third of the students polled could not identify the First Amendment as the part of the Constitution that dealt with free speech.

They don’t know what they don’t know.

…colleges and universities in this nation are turning from bastions of free speech and academic freedom to institutions that are enabling and enforcing “speech codes”

This is why it’s critical to force your local school boards to teach basic civics as part of the curriculum in your kid’s schools.
Once they understand the bill of rights, they have a much greater appreciation for it.

Thirty-five percent said that the First Amendment does not protect “hate speech,”

I usually can shut them up when I ask folks like them who exactly gets to decide on which speech is hateful. It’s not the law that gets to decide, it’s a person.

BacaDog on October 23, 2015 at 2:57 PM

AesopFan on October 23, 2015 at 9:04 PM

No college should receive Federal funds. None. Period.

When a tenured radical professor protests, tell him that his right to free speech does not include the power to make you pay his salary or fund his delusions.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 23, 2015 at 2:28 PM

State funds, maybe.
But NO privileges for either political ideology.

AesopFan on October 23, 2015 at 9:05 PM

“Microaggressions”, “Trigger Warnings”, and the New Meaning of “Trauma” by Chris Hernandez

http://chrishernandezauthor.com/2015/01/02/microaggressions-trigger-warnings-and-the-new-meaning-of-trauma/

Mr. Joshua on October 23, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Outstanding.
Deserves to be on a permanent “rotation” onto HA.

AesopFan on October 23, 2015 at 9:19 PM

Not 1984, it’s a Brave New World…

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/419635/aldous-huxley-and-mendacious-memes-internet-age-charles-c-w-cooke

ReaganCajun on October 23, 2015 at 3:03 PM

I am always glad when I can agree with Mr. Cooke.

We’re raising a generation of conformist idiots.

GarandFan on October 23, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Every generation has a preponderance of conformist idiots; we have only changed the ideology to which they are conformed.

AesopFan on October 23, 2015 at 9:21 PM

Scratch a liberal, uncover a tyrant.

Perspicacious on October 24, 2015 at 1:15 AM

This is very, very wrong. I remember (old guy) when college was a colloquy (great word). A place where ideas were explored, principles learned, questions asked, opinions of every color, creed, faith, or lack of, were expressed. Where people, students and instructors of different backgrounds and philosophies came together to have polite, reasoned and angry, heated arguments – vigorous exchange of rhetoric in which no one died and no one’s future was a blacklist. Where the only fear was that you would leave as stupid as you arrived. Where the process of Scientific Method and Socratic Method met to produce the thinkers of tomorrow. An environment that depended on the most sacred of our American freedoms to work – the freedom of speech and expression and belief. We have gone in a few short decades from what I had in the 70s to the locked down thought prisons of today wardened by 60s and 70s radical leftovers whose only claim to legitimacy is that lent by forced indoctrination. Whose bigoted self-righteousness does not permit dissent. Whose tired, failed dystopian utopia can only be communicated by their psychotic propaganda. The university is no longer universal, but now a black hole sucking in victims, and spitting out nothing of societal value. The monopoly has to be strangled to save us.

ironked on October 24, 2015 at 5:01 PM

Those who are wrong will always seek to silence those they fear are right. This is one of the primary ways that you can judge a person’s integrity. Do they want to participate in a free marketplace of ideas through which the truth will ultimately emerge? Or do they want to shout down, silence, and punish any and all who would dare to challenge their preferred narrative? Don’t listen to what they say. Observe how they react to those who disagree with them.

leereyno on October 24, 2015 at 6:06 PM

Well gee what did Republicans think was going to happen when they started meeting leftists in the middle? All you moderates have to be proud of yourselves. Compromise with murderers and thieves never turns out well.

JOHNPAULJONES on October 24, 2015 at 7:37 PM

Every evil of the modern world – from products that harm our health by enticing us to self-harm, to most of our high tech weaponry – from people using Darwin’s theories to justify Slavery to intellectualizing the creation of Marxism and Nazism … can find its genesis on a college campus.

In our schools – in education … without conscience, without morals, for narcissistic self-self-gratification, for the purposes of creating a tyranny of the intellectually depraved … are born the seeds of our doom.

Knowledge is not evil … but believing that YOUR knowledge makes you God … is the essence of Satan.

babylonandon on October 25, 2015 at 12:00 AM