Free Speech and the Chicago Statement on Principles of Free Expression as a Baseline Guarantee

I can’t understand who wouldn’t fully support a document supporting free speech at a formal learning institution.

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George Orwell statue at the headquarters of the BBC. The Orwell quote on the wall reads: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Image: Wikimedia Commons.
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In learning we deserve, I daresay we should demand, the right be offended.

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Cephas Yao Agbemenu, Freedom of Speech (1980). Wikimedia Commons.

Strong-arming one’s belief onto others is just a form of mob fascism — no matter what side of a political spectrum you are coming from.

If a student can’t navigate dissenting viewpoints in the relatively safe space of academe, I worry about them navigating dissenting viewpoints in the real world.

Novelist, poet, a post-studio visual artist, and the founder of The Invisible Art Collective International. Recent novels include “Sundre” and “Garbage Head.”

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