Ricochet’s Greg Lukianoff on the State of Free Speech in America


The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), helmed by Ricochet’s own Greg Lukianoff, recently hosted a panel discussion at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia about “The State of Free Speech in America.” 

Greg was joined for the discussion by Stanley Fish of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, University of Chicago Law School Professor Eric Posner, and Jonathan Rauch of the Brookings Institution. National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen moderated the debate.

If you want to view the event on TV, The debate airs tonight on C-SPAN at 8 PM Eastern, but, through the power of the interwebs, you can watch it now below. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments.

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  1. user_240173 Contributor

    I’m always somewhat terrified when I see academics arguing in favor of Hate speech laws.  

    Well argued Greg.

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  2. Guruforhire Member

    They both have very good points, and Jonathan Rauch is one of my favorite advocates.

    Absolutist free speech can only exist without harm in a very homogeneous society with a high amount of social trust.  The dignitarian position is absolutely appropriate for a heterogeneous societies with low social trust (social heterogeneity leads directly to low social trust).

    We need a high level of background tolerance and social cohesion for the libertarian position to exist comfortably, and to tolerate the ramblings of cranks and weirdos.

    But in a world where brandon Eich cannot be a CEO or the guy who wrote the music for Halo can’t make music for video games, etc etc, because they hold or held unpopular social views is every bit as destructive and not materially different than all the boogie men in Greg’s and Jonathan’s arguments, because for all intents and purposes they are the same boogie men.

    So there has to be a balance or the escalating vendettas will get out of hand, and try and have a society built on vendetta.  I think everybody was dancing around this point, and tactically acknowledged.

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  3. BuckeyeSam Inactive

    Intend to watch, but for now I’ll say Mr. Lukianoff is a free-speech warrior.

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  4. user_280840 Inactive

    Is this available anywhere as a podcast?

    Also, Greg Lukianoff is someone I want to just hug.

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  5. A Beleaguered Conservative Member
    A Beleaguered Conservative

    Great debate.  Thanks for posting this!

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  6. captainpower Member

    Guruforhire: or the guy who wrote the music for Halo can’t make music for video games, etc etc, because they hold or held unpopular social views

    I didn’t hear any reason attached to his firing.

    Where did you come to this conclusion?





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