Mar 25, 2021 • 1HR 23M

Tales from the Free Speech Foxhole

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In “The Remnant," Jonah Goldberg, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, syndicated columnist, best-selling author, and AEI/NRI Fellow enlists a “Cannonball Run”-style cast of stars, has-beens, and never-weres to address the most pressing issues of the day and of all-time. Is Western Civilization doomed? Is nationalism the wave of the future? Is the Pope Catholic? Will they ever find a new place to put cheese on a pizza? Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Who is hotter: Ginger or Mary-Ann? Was Plato really endorsing the Republic as the ideal state? Mixing history, pop culture, rank-punditry, political philosophy, and, at times, shameless book-plugging, Goldberg and guests will have the kinds of conversations we wish they had on cable-TV shout shows. And the nudity will (almost) always be tasteful.
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David French graciously guest-hosts in Jonah’s place on today’s program, wherein he has a long-ranging conversation with a longtime friend, Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. David and Greg discuss some of the silliest and most sinister examples of censorship regimes on college campuses from recent history, the history of the campus free speech movement stretching back to the 1950s, David’s memories of being a conservative at Harvard Law School, and the moment that Greg realized that “the students themselves had become the main proponents of censorship.” By coincidence, it’s our second Remnantin a row that is largely about modern cancel culture and censorship, rounded out by a conversation about the Snyder Cut. The only difference, really, is that David and Greg seriously dig it.

Show Notes:

- Greg Lukianoff of FIRE

- The Coddling of the American Mind, by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

- Herbert Marcuse and campus free speech

- Greg: “Speech Codes: The Biggest Scandal on College Campuses Today”

- “Inappropriately directed laughter”

- “Beirut on the Charles”

- Greg’s first book, Unlearning Liberty

- Indian River Community College bans The Passion of the Christ

- The Eternally Radical Idea

- The Ronald Zaccari Memorial Parking Garage

- Greg debates Ken White on cancel culture

- Greg talks about social justice graduate requirements in the Chronicle of Higher Education

- Alexi McCammond fired from Teen Vogue over old tweets

- Jonathan Rauch on how to tell if you’re being canceled

- The Revolt of the Public, by Martin Gurri

- Amazon pulls Ryan T. Anderson’s book on transgender issues