College campuses and free speech debates have a long history together. Remember the Free Speech Movement? Berkeley California, 1964 — the first mass act of civil disobedience on a college campus. It went on for months — thousands of students protesting the university’s ban on political activities and demanding academic freedom.
Today, college students on the left are demanding the opposite — protection from words and ideas they consider harmful. Is that sensitivity? Or censorship? Jonathan Haidt — a social psychologist at New York University — worries that the end result will be a generation that doesn’t know how to have real debates or constructive arguments.