Campus Speech Restrictions Come Back To Bite Universities

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In this week’s The Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, and Peter Suderman debate free speech on campus amid the fallout from a tense congressional questioning of elite university presidents last week.

02:35—University presidents face free speech questions during contentious congressional hearing

31:02—Weekly Listener Question

39:50—Another GOP debate

51:13—This week’s cultural recommendations

Mentioned in this podcast:

Don’t Excuse the Hypocrisy of University Presidents When It Comes to Free Speech,” by Robby Soave

Congress Shouldn’t Encourage College Presidents To Censor Even More Speech,” by Robby Soave

Fight Hate Speech with More Speech, Not Censorship: ACLU’s Nadine Strossen,” by Nick Gillespie

The Most Obnoxious Blowhard in America,” by Liz Wolfe

DeSantis Returns To ‘Too Online’ Roots With Debate Comments About Trans Kids,” by Emma Camp

Chris Christie Is Right, Trump’s Trade War Accomplished Nothing,” by Eric Boehm

Vivek Ramasway’s Crusade Against ‘Woke, Inc.,'” by Zach Weissmueller and Nick Gillespie

Nikki Haley’s Crazy Plan to Require Verification on Social Media,” by Robby Soave

Why Pols from New Jersey Aren’t Born to Run,” by Nick Gillespie

Nikki Haley Opposed Boeing Subsidies at Tonight’s GOP Debate. As Governor, She Gave Boeing Millions.” by Christian Britschgi

A Private Libertarian City in Honduras,” by Zach Weissmueller

Honduras Ends Its Experiment With Charter Cities,” by Brian Doherty

The Croatian Invasion of the Micronation of Liberland,” by Brian Doherty

Thank You, Reason Donors, for a Huge Webathon Success,” by Katherine Mangu-Ward

San Francisco’s Can-Kicking on Zoning Reform Could See It Lose All Zoning Powers,” by Christian Britschgi

Dave Smith: What Is a Libertarian?” by Zach Weissmueller and Liz Wolfe

Hardcore History’s Dan Carlin on Why The End Is Always Near,” by Nick Gillespie

Ken Burns, Lynn Novick: How Closed Borders Helped Facilitate the Holocaust,” by Nick Gillespie

Send your questions to [email protected]. Be sure to include your social media handle and the correct pronunciation of your name.

Today’s sponsors:

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  • Reason‘s Liz Wolfe and Zach Weissmueller have been hosting a weekly show on Reason‘s YouTube channel that they’re rebranding and launching as a separate podcast called Just Asking Questions. Each week they’ll bring you long-form conversations diving deep into a single topic for an hour or more at a time with data, media clips, and guests who can teach, challenge, and just have some fun. It will air every Thursday at 1 p.m. ET on YouTube and appear shortly thereafter on the Just Asking Questions podcast feed. The first episode is out now; it’s a conversation with podcaster Dave Smith, where the title question of the show is: What is a libertarian?

Audio production by Ian Keyser; assistant production by Hunt Beaty.

Music: “Angeline,” by The Brothers Steve

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