Do we need safe spaces?
Waiving the right to free speech on campus
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No-platform policies and safe spaces continue to stand at the forefront of the arguments made by a segment of the political spectrum in favour of stricter policies of freedom of speech at universities. This debate mischaracterises the challenges that universities are facing, and casts a shadow over the structural struggles that might actually be impending free speech in our institutions. This chapter sets out some of the recent controversies around campus free speech in Britain, and argues that the debate over freedom of speech itself is polarised to the point that there is no possibility in this context for productive discussion.

The free speech wars

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