Statement on White House’s Executive Order on Campus Speech

The White House released an executive order regarding free speech on college and university campuses today. In related document published this morning, the President suggests the urge to silence differing views is a characteristic unique to one ideology. The Charles Koch Institute issued the following statement:

“For continued progress to be possible, we must have a vanguard to defend speech that’s above partisanship,” says Sarah Ruger, Director of Free Expression at the Charles Koch Institute. “We are concerned that wrongly framing censorship as an ideological issue works against efforts to foster open intellectual environments on campus.”

Ruger continues, “The best policies are those that empower the academy to uphold its core ideals of academic independence and free inquiry. They encourage what we continue to see as the untold campus free speech story—a growing number of students and faculty rolling up their sleeves and collaborating to break cultural barriers to learning or sharing diverse perspectives. We appreciate when leaders lend attention to this critical issue. In fact, in several states’ policymakers and universities have been able to find common ground on policies that guard against the overreach of previous proposals.”

06-30-2020 10:40am

Supreme Court strikes a blow against free speech in Soros case, Charles Koch Institute fellow says

"At the heart of the First Amendment lies the principle that every person should decide for themselves what they want to say, or whether they want to say anything at all."

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06-18-2020 12:12pm

Conversations about race, equality, and the American experience

Organizations such as Braver Angels offer a path forward—driving a movement that seeks to create a space for dialogue to help us better understand each other and learn from each other. In a time where we’re having important conversations about race, equality, and the American experience, hearing each other’s voices is incredibly important.

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06-17-2020 10:15am

Lessons from Tiananmen Square for American Protesters

While Beijing pushed for measures to prevent protests, vigils, and other speech around the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Americans across the country started raising their voices to speak out against long entrenched injustices. Charles Koch Institute Director of Free Expression Sarah Ruger spoke to this essential component of progress in a recent commentary in Real Clear World.

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