Campus Reform | Phillips: Colleges are 'crippling' students by stifling free speech

Phillips: Colleges are 'crippling' students by stifling free speech

Phillips' reasoning is that "when you only hear one worldview, your ability to defend that view is greatly diminished."

Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips wrote in a recent op-ed that both conservatives and liberals should support President Donald Trump's executive order on free speech.

In a newly-published op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle, Campus Reform Media Director Cabot Phillips took on the state of free speech on college campuses around the country, including at the University of California-Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area, where conservative Hayden Williams suffered a punch to the face last month while helping students recruit new members for their conservative groups. 

The thrust of Phillips' argument is that while stifled free speech on college campuses hurts conservatives, it also impacts leftists. Phillips recalled those individuals in the viral video who simply looked on as was Williams was punched in the face. 

"For too long," Phillips writes, "most Americans have been no better than those bystanders. Standing idly by while thugs and bullies posing as social justice warriors stifle the speech of the few with violence and intimidation. I’ve been on more than 100 college campuses in the past three years fighting for free speech, and I’ve seen those types of people all too often."

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President Donald Trump, speaking at CPAC in early March, vowed to issue an executive order pulling federal research dollars from colleges that do not adequately support free speech: "If they want our dollars, and we give it to them by the billions, they've got to allow people like Hayden and many other young people and old people to speak. And if they don't it will be very costly."

In his more recent interview with Campus Reform, though, Mogulof said that Berkeley is not alarmed at the possibility of losing federal research money, of which Berkeley reported having received $422.1 million during the 2017-2018 school year. 

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