Anyone have a similar experience?
OK, this might be TMI, but while I was in the bathroom in my parents house over Thanksgiving, I saw a small book on the toilet tank. It was called, The Case Against The New Censorship: Protecting Free Speech from Big Tech, Progressives, and Universities by Alan Dershowitz. I opened to a page that said:
Today, there are few, if any, real debates on many college campuses. In there place, there are demonstrations, shouting matches, accusations, cancellations, and bumper stickers.
Instead of providing opposing points of views to “politically correct” positions, universities are providing psychological counselling to those who are frightened when exposed to contrary views.
When I returned to the table, I asked my parents and relatives, “Who is this Alan Dershowitz? He sounds like a Racist transphobe and is clueless about neurodiversity.”
My parents told me that he once was a Harvard professor and an advocate for free speech. He also used to appear regularly on CNN and MSNBC.
Really? Harvard has a professor that advocates for free speech? What happened to him?
They answered: “He was the last professor at Harvard who was wise enough to argue his position using evidence and logic without marginalizing or canceling his opponent. He had to go.”
The sad look in my families eyes struck me. Perhaps it wasn’t them who are wrongminded. Perhaps something is wrong with the university today. I asked my parents if I could take the book back to campus with me. They said yes, and I am going to ask my suitemates what they think about Dershowitz.
I will keep you posted. In the meantime, let me know if you had a similar experience over thanksgiving break.