(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
Freedom of speech is a core principle of our free society. But everywhere we look, there are signs this freedom is being suppressed.
Our Parliament just passed a controversial Liberal motion to condemn the loosely defined “Islamophobia,” despite a lack of consensus amongst Canadians about what the term even means.
One of Canada’s top universities caved to the perpetually-offended mob and accepted the resignation from one of its scholars. The reason? Professor and former journalist Andrew Potter wrote an article that was too critical of Quebec.
And just a few weeks ago, a young campus activist in Alberta was condemned and removed from his position after sending an email that was offensive to feminists.
These are more than just isolated incidents. They’re just three of dozens of readily available examples of a political correctness mob run amok.
The breakdown of freedom of speech on campus is particularly concerning.
University is supposed to be a place to explore and discuss new ideas – including controversial ones. But rather than challenging the opinions of young people and preparing them for the real world, universities are quickly devolving into bastions of intolerant group-think.
Trigger warnings and safe spaces have become the norm, and speech codes and bans on offensive language are being discussed and promoting by university officials.
Alongside this crackdown on supposed hate speech, conservative events on campuses across North America are being met with violent mobs and shut down by self-described ‘anti-fascists.’
Irony is lost on these little emperors as they cry fascism over conservative ideas while using force to silence opinions they deem unacceptable.
The anti-speech mob is getting more and more popular. For years, I have been speaking on university campuses about my book, Generation Screwed. The book chronicles the economic doom facing young people in Canada, and provides ideas and solutions for rescuing our fiscal future.
Many university campuses now have their own Generation Screwed clubs, where students get together to talk about how to tackle problems like massive government debt, high taxes and a slumping economy, while also dabbling in topics like freedom of speech and the modern campus environment.
The people attending these events are not extremists. They are regular students worried about their future. Yet, even these student-run events have become a target for the political correctness mob.
Last month, a Generation Screwed Action Forum at the University of Toronto was first disrupted by the mob – who marched into the auditorium chanting slogans and accusing the speakers of being white supremacists – and was eventually shut down.
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