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Jonathan Rauch

No, Gay Marriage Wasn't a Conservative Win

James Peron | Posted 07.03.2016 | Queer Voices
James Peron

That conservatives such as Gerson didn't notice it, doesn't mean it didn't happen. Gay couples have been fighting for the right to marry for decades; it isn't some new fad. It was happening before any "public intellectual" was willing to take a stand on the issue.

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."

Ryan Grim

Bipartisan Organizations Meet To Figure Out What To Do Now That Bipartisanship Is Dead | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fix The Debt has a problem. The bipartisan lobby group has set out to work on big, compromise legislation -- but what's it supposed to d...

When Rights Collide

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

When the rights of groups conflict, it makes little sense that the historically privileged should be deemed the aggrieved party. But courtrooms and legislatures are not our only ground. We must reach in honesty and clarity across the social divide.

Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Differ

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

Though often used interchangeably, the concept of freedom of speech and the First Amendment are not the same thing. While the First Amendment protects freedom of speech and freedom of the press, it relates to duties of the state and state power.

The 'Sore Winners' Fallacy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Those who call gay people intolerant for defending ourselves are twisting the concept beyond recognition. Civility is a virtue; but tolerance does not require us to treat a relentless assault against our rights as citizens like a disagreement at the dinner table.

'Kindly Inquisitors' and How We All Lose the 'Offendedness Sweepstakes'

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of a modern classic explaining the importance of free speech in society. In Kindly Inquisito...

The Introvert Strikes Back? The Newfound Cool of Being Introverted

Sandip Roy | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Sandip Roy

It's almost as if after years of being in the closet, the introvert is coming out with a vengeance. And it's almost cool to be a little bit of an introvert.

Marital Privilege: A 'New' Conversation About Gay Progress

Heather Laine Talley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Heather Laine Talley

This "conversation" between members of the (heretofore homophobic) right and the gays makes two things startlingly clear. First, marriage makes for strange bedfellows, and second, marriage equality will not lead to the dismantling but rather a morphing of heterosexual privilege.

Let's Talk: Straight Talk on Gay Marriage

Jonathan Rauch | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jonathan Rauch

2013-02-12-300x70_blog_lets_talkcopy.pngGays are raising kids, straights are raising kids. Gays are marrying, straights are marrying. Could this be an "amazing moment" when the gay and straight family and marriage agendas converge? Is such a coalition even possible?

Why Banning Offensive Speech on Campus Fails (VIDEO)

Will Creeley | Posted 01.29.2013 | College
Will Creeley

Censoring offensive speech is the wrong answer, particularly on our nation's college campuses. After all, the college campus has traditionally been an arena for debate and dialogue, and has been deemed by the Supreme Court to be "peculiarly the 'marketplace of ideas.'"

Does Harvard Want Bold Thinkers or Good Little Boys and Girls?

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 11.07.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Harvard has missed something that I fear much of our society has lost sight of: Even if by some weird and lucky coincidence we happened to be right about every belief we cherish, we nevertheless tend not to understand why we hold those values until they are challenged.


Paula Gordon | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Thanks to New York, the land of the free is now a little bit freer. I can almost see Lady Liberty pushing open our nation's doors a bit wider, welcoming people in these often dis-united states to enter that most conservative state of all -- the state of matrimony.

Free Speech, Dangerous Speech, and Scootergate (VIDEO)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Unfortunately, commentators have occasionally confused their anger and condemnation of some of the more overheated rhetoric in our political culture with an argument against free speech itself.

Wendy Kaminer, "Hate Speech," and Campus Censorship

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Check out Wendy Kaminer's great column, "Debating Hate Speech," over at The Atlantic: Last week I engaged in an online Intelligence Squared debate abo...

Is It Possible to Be Against Same-Sex Marriage Without Being Homophobic?

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

Without factual support, it is becoming less and less tenable for opponents of same-sex marriage to argue that their positions are not influenced by a dislike of gay people and their intimate relationships.

Jonathan Rauch on Why Free Speech Is Even More Important Than You Thought (Video)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

In this video, Jonathan Rauch eloquently explains how attempts to punish or silence opinions that we may find offensive are short-sighted, foolish, and ultimately undermine, not help, the rights of minorities.

Like Your Time Alone? Then This Post is For You

Bella DePaulo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bella DePaulo

I live in the most ordinary American household - I live alone. Knock on any door in the nation and you are more likely to find a household like mine t...