Free Speech is a Messy Affair
Among Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Andrew Meyer and Lawrence Summers, the world has been treated recently to a carnival of free expression as our most treasured right was exercised on university campuses.
Or wasn't. Depending.
Three individuals trying to exercise freedom of speech in three different university environments with three different results. The one with the greatest credibility (Summers) was censored. The one whose regime restricts academic freedom and imposes censorship was given a forum. The one whose participation in the free speech experiment arguably counts the most -- the student -- was physically punished.
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