In an extensive interview with Inside Higher Ed, FIRE President Greg Lukianoff unpacks many of the themes of his book, Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate. In this wide-ranging interview, Greg addresses digital censorship, the “Dear Colleague” letter from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, the effect campus censorship has on society, and much more. Here’s what he had to say in response to a question about the implications of overbroad and vague speech codes:
By banning different attitudes, perceptions, and values, colleges send the message that policing discussion is the proper role of authority, essentially saying that enlightened society should not only censor but also delve into areas of the private conscience of individuals using the threat of punishment. This is a terrible lesson to teach students in our diverse and pluralistic society.
Inside Higher Ed’s interview is the longest online interview yet with Greg about Unlearning Liberty. It’s well worth reading in its entirety for those looking for a thorough treatment of the book. Be sure to check it out!