Ray Bradbury and the Assault on Free Thought
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“[F]reedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order.”
Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette(1943)
“There isn’t any need for a civilized man to bear anything that’s seriously unpleasant.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World(1932)
Had Ray Bradbury not died in June 2012, at the age of 92, he would surely have been happy when, a few months later, a small victory for free speech took place at an unlikely site, an American university. Why unlikely? Because for the past few decades, attacks on free speech have become routine in American universities, as speech codes and harassment policies have been imposed without much challenge from either students or professors.
At Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in early September, 2012, a student named Jillyann Burns had the temerity to place on...
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Note: Some parts of this essay were previously published in Minding the Campus, at: www.mindingthecampus.com/forum/2012/06/ray_bradbury_saw_the_pc_lunacy_coming.html
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