ON-Lion Letter

In the forthcoming Encounter Broadside Freedom from Speech, First Amendment lawyer Greg Lukianoff offers a troubling and provocative theory on why we can expect challenges to freedom of speech to grow in the coming decades, both in the United States and abroad.  Lukianoff analyzes numerous examples of the growing desire for "intellectual comfort," such as the rise of speech restrictions around the globe and the increasing media obsession with punishing "offensive" utterances, jokes, or opinions inside America.

Lukianoff is president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in Philadelphia.

Providing a preview of where free speech may be headed, Lukianoff points in Freedom from Speech to American college campuses where speakers are routinely disinvited for their opinions, where students increasingly demand "trigger warnings" for even classics like The Great Gatsby, and where students are told they cannot hand out even copies of the Constitution outside of "free-speech zones."  Lukianoff explains how increasingly global populations are arguing not for freedom of speech, but rather freedom from speech.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, as is FIRE.

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