Just how bad is the suppression of free speech on college campuses? NYU social psychologist, Joh Haidt, discusses the problem with Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie.
The suppression of free speech on college campuses isn’t a new thing, says Jon Haidt, social psychologist at New York University Stern School of Business. In the past, however, it seems to have been guided mostly by the professoriate and administrations rather than the students….
Haidt says student-driven speech suppression is a relatively new phenomenon. “It was after the Yale protests that everything really spread,” Haidt says, “and that was only thirteen or fourteen months ago.”
According to Haidt, one of the root causes of the shift toward a leftist academia was the Baby Boomers who rushed to avoid the Vietnam war. However, the ideas behind PC and microaggressions didn’t catch on for several decades. “The thing people were not expecting, was that the students are the ones who are demanding [political correctness] now,” Haidt says. “Before, it was typically the students who were demanding more freedom.”