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Andrew Jacobson

Denounce stifling of conservative speech on college campuses

On March 2 at Middlebury College in Vermont, author and academic Charles Murray planned to speak on his recent book, “Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010.” He was invited by a local chapter of the American Enterprise Institute, but at the podium, Murray was met with protesters that chanted lines such as, “racist, sexist, anti-gay, Charles Murray, go away,” according to a March 3 Inside Higher Ed article.

Examine the rising inequality of opportunity in American society

In his 1835 text “Democracy in America,” French aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville was perhaps most captivated by what he dubbed America’s “equality of condition.” According to the First Principles Journal, de Tocqueville employed this phrase to refer not to “the literal material equality of all American citizens, but rather the universal assumption that no significance was to be accorded to any apparent differences—material, social, or personal.”  This innate equality was initially affirmed in the Declaration of Independence’s “self-evident” “truth” that “all men are created equal.” Rather than signifying that citizens were promised equal outcomes, this clause expressed that all are born with equal dignity and guaranteed objective treatment before the law.  Of course, the Founders’ 18th-century notion of equality was far from how we conceive the principle today.

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