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Hecklers Veto

Free Speech, Charlie Hebdo, and the Ultimate Campus Trigger Warning (VIDEO)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 03.15.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Once you set the precedent that speech will be censored if it offends people who respond violently to that speech, you guarantee that more people will respond violently on a wider variety of issues. There is a reason why no one ever says "the best way to deal with a bully is to immediately give him everything he wants."

2014: The Year of the Heckler

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 02.17.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The problem with granting heckler's vetoes over speech is that it incentivizes threats of disruption or violence from the least tolerant members of our society.

Why the University of Kansas Was Wrong to Suspend Tweeting Professor

Will Creeley | Posted 11.25.2013 | College
Will Creeley

Professor Guth accepted the suspension, apparently because he was receiving threats. But if he's receiving threats, it's the university's duty to protect him, not suspend him. In a free society, we can't allow those who threaten speakers with violence to win by silencing voices they don't like.

Seeking the Heckler's Veto in Tehran

Chris DeVito | Posted 11.18.2012 | World
Chris DeVito

It was perhaps predictable that the Iranian government would take advantage of this moment of unrest to renew their attack on both new and old heretical foes.