This morning, New York Magazine columnist Jonathan Chait tried to address the question of political norms on the left in response to several academics and a few journalists who have pushed back against the idea that there is a free speech crisis on college campuses. The headlines of some of the pieces Chait is reponding to:
- People always think students are hostile to speech. They never really are, by historian Andrew Hartman
- The ‘campus free speech crisis’ is a myth. Here are the facts, by political scientist Jeffrey Adam Sachs
- Everything we think about the political correctness debate is wrong, by journalist Matthew Yglesias
The common theme of these and other recent articles is that whatever one thinks of individual examples of efforts to deny platforms to external speakers on a campus or harass faculty and students for their views, those individual incidents are swamped by broader trends in favor of free speech, and moreover, that young adults are more tolerant about free speech than older adults.