For the present, social media create a militant atmosphere, and one where public action occurs without leaders. We have not been in this kind of situation before.
The law does not care to prevent speech merely because it sounds hateful. That is why activists – whether on campus or in the mayor’s office – want to act against disfavored speech outside the law. They cannot shut it down any other way.
Here are a few remarks about campus disciplinary procedures, to follow commentary on events at Reed and Middlebury.
What is the alternative? To go the way of Middlebury College, an institution that used to stand for academic integrity.
The college may yet come up with a plan to punish members of the mob who attacked Professor Stanger. It looks doubtful to me right now.