- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: All Points Books (18 June 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250169887
- ISBN-13: 978-1250169884
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There are a few points he made that I found particularly interesting:
1. I had no idea UC Berkeley was a stronghold of free speech and open discourse back in the 60's, The author contrasts that with what it is now- quite the opposite.
2. The author's point about the genesis of young people's' need for safe spaces and protection from harmful thoughts may be at least partially due(if not more) to their parents, and the media, and it is not something they developed on their own. The practices of parents that overshield their children with their perception that a child-kidnapper lurks around every corner, and now with school shootings. The author uses *statistics* to point out that child kidnappings and school shootings are both very, very rare events. But the media saturates coverage on these events, driving the perception of heightened danger. So given these things, is it any wonder that college kids feel the need for protection?
3. I really liked that the author differentiated between speech that is protected and speech that is not, and cited relevant court cases(Matal vs. Tam, and Brandenburg vs. Ohio, respectively). I really like Samuel Alito's words in the unanimous finding on the former:
"Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age disability or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom the express 'the thought that we hate'".
There's a lot of misunderstanding about what is and isn't free speech so I like that the author brought up both.
The book is well-written and well-cited. Names, dates, places, publications, etc. It's not just a bunch of invective in either direction. We need that sort of civil, balanced discourse.
There were three "opinions" that I felt the author had completely wrong:
He seemed oblivious to some of the key facts in the defense of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case.
His stance on the abolishment of ICE.
And his statement that the housing crash was an economic disaster inflicted upon us by older Americans.
Overall the book was well worth the time it took to read.
I can not recommend this volume as it is blatantly dishonest in its intent.
I'm not a mind reader so I can't say which one of those is the correct answer. Maybe a little of both. I didn't get the impression he was intentionally trying to mislead. Maybe he's just lazy or has a lefty boss looking over his shoulder.