The Manufactured Free Speech 'Crisis'

Authors

  • Valerie L Scatamburlo-D'Annibale University of Windsor

Keywords:

Culture wars, political correctness, free speech, right-wing attacks on the academy

Abstract

This article situates the contemporary campus free speech ‘crisis’ in Canada within the broader contours of ‘cultural conservatism,’ a strategy initiated by the Right—and funded by the corporate community—in the United States in the 1980s.  It examines the current manufactured ‘crisis’ as another iteration of the decades-long anti-political correctness campaign and how conservative organizations have strategically appropriated and weaponized the principle of free expression to marshal cultural anger for what are, ultimately, political and economic aims.

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Published

2021-04-14

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