The marketplace of ideas in 2011

College campuses are frequently held up as a market place of ideas, or at least a reflection of our current state of civic discourse. What’s your take on the item below?

Colleague Alex Friedrich who blogs for On Campus has a fascinating item about the flag burning attempt by Ben Haas. He’s a communication studies graduate student at Louisiana State University.

  • Kurt

    The thugs win again. However reprehensible it is to burn a flag, the Court reaffirmed that First Amendment right in Johnson v. Texas.

    So now we have an unruly mob bent on ensuring this guy is not able to burn a flag. This type of thuggery is just one more example of the mob stifling speech it finds distasteful. Don’t like burning flags, then ignore it, but to use threats and intimidation to keep quiet someone who’s ideas you find repugnant is not the right way to deal with your anger.

    Flag burning however rare it might be certainly raises passions (see Stevens dissent in Johnson), but to allow the thugs to win, just means they will try to quiet more speech they oppose, and that could be something you hold dear.

  • BJ

    For Bob I will point out the guy ‘wearing’ the flag at the 4:00 mark.

  • BJ

    For Bob I will point out the guy ‘wearing’ the flag at the 4:00 mark.

  • BJ

    For Bob I will point out the guy ‘wearing’ the flag at the 4:00 mark.

  • Jamie

    This sort of thuggery isn’t just about free speech. This is how the Right Wing operates now, for everything. It may not always be as loud as this event was, but it is thuggery nonetheless.

  • Jamie

    // “Colleague Alex Friedrich who blogs for On Campus has a fascinating item about the flag burning attempt by Ben Haas.” //

    WHAT fascinating item? He hardly said anything about it.

  • Oneworld

    I have a comment about the boy in the Army fatigues who is pulling at his shirt screaming ” my brother died for your freedom”

    War brings death. This is a sad reality.

    Speaking for myself, I joined the military inorder to pay for my education. I joined a medical crew so that I was at least on the saving end of the atrocities of war. (as if that is a justification).

    Most of my peers joined for the same reasons then. Some did it for direction, some did it for career but I think that the dying for someone else’s freedom would be far from their original intention.

    Freedom of speech is exactly that and why do so many feel that we have to earn that freedom of speech? This man certainly has his right to do so.

  • Oneworld

    //Freedom of speech is exactly that and why do so many feel that we have to earn that freedom of speech? This man certainly has his right to do so.

    I should clarify that statement. What I meant was that “Freedom of speech” is exactly that which is freedom of speech. If Ben Haas feels like burning a flag, he has that right to do so.