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Professor Warns of Grave Consequences for ‘Trying to Shut Down the Opinions of Others’

A Johns Hopkins University professor is warning against the shutdown of free speech. William Egginton, author of The Splintering of the American Mind, warned that “people of all stripes [are] trying to shut down the opinions of others,” creating an environment of “tribalism” and violence. Egginton’s book marks yet another iteration of the Ivory Tower’s acknowledgement that things have gone very, very wrong in the march for ‘academic freedom’. Now free speech has been turned on its head and is used routinely as a political bludgeon against conservatives on campus.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

WASHINGTON – William Egginton, author of The Splintering of the American Mind: Identity Politics, Inequality, and Community on Today’s College Campuses, said that he has seen “people of all stripes trying to shut down the opinions of others” and it is creating an environment that leads to “tribalism” and violence.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice have put an emphasis on combating efforts to undermine free speech on college campuses, citing cases of certain institutions suppressing conservative voices.

Egginton, the Decker professor in the humanities and director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute at Johns Hopkins University, was asked if liberal bias on college campuses is hurting political discourse in America, especially among young people.

“I see people of all stripes trying to shut down the opinions of others. As much as campus liberals are using concepts like safe spaces and microaggressions to protect minorities and liberals from the kind of hurt they have traditionally been subjected to, the right is interpreting the moniker of ‘free speech’ as the right to troll liberals and intimidate and silence minorities,” said Egginton, who recently appeared at Politics and Prose in Washington to discuss his new book.

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