Harvey is a mentor to me and the person who hunted me down in my post-law school life in San Francisco to bring me to FIRE way back in 2001. Harvey has been doing criminal defense and free-speech-on-campus work for decades now and is one of the foremost advocates for reforming the criminal justice system. His latest book, Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent, discusses the explosion of federal criminal laws that are becoming increasingly broad and vague.
In the interview, Harvey touches on his alma mater, Harvard, his work, and what “liberal” means. Harvey continues to serve FIRE and promote students’ rights as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
On college campuses across the country, students are learning all the wrong lessons about what it means to live in a free society. In the newest video from FIRE, Greg Lukianoff expands on this and other themes from his forthcoming book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, to reveal how intolerance for dissent and debate on today’s campuses threatens the freedom of every citizen and makes us all just a little bit dumber.
Several months back, it was my great pleasure to sit down and interview Harvard psychology professor and bestselling author Steven Pinker about his books, the crucial role dissent plays in keeping society sane, the special importance of free speech on campus, and the origins of political correctness. Professor Pinker is the author of The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of our Nature, and The Stuff of Thought. He is also a member of FIRE‘s Board of Advisors and, thanks to his boldness, insight, and elegant prose, one of my favorite authors.