The Real Chill on Campus

Yascha Mounk
The Atlantic

Excerpt: The debate about the state of free speech on American college campuses is deeply polarized. On one side, some commentators caricature students as “snowflakes” in search of a “safe space” from which they can “cancel” their own classmates. On the other side are those who claim that the students’ supposed aversion to discussing controversial topics is a chimera invented by Fox News or insist that those who demand the right to express disapproved views have fallen foul of a healthy “consequence culture.” As someone who has taught hundreds of students and given dozens of guest lectures over the past decade, I know that the reality is more complicated.