How’s that marketplace of ideas coming along, America?  If you say it has been extinguished, you might be right.  Take for example, what happened recently at the University of Idaho, when an administrator banned a female student from writing about her pro-life and biologically correct gender views.

The administrator accused the student of “directly challenging” opposing viewpoints.  Wow!  Directly challenging someone’s viewpoint?  Pass the smelling salts!

Specifically, the student accurately called out racist liberal darlings when she wrote, “Gregory Pincus and Margaret Sanger should be known for their actions as an immoral scientist who disregarded the pain of women and an eugenicist who wanted to rid the world of those she deemed ‘unfit.'”

The female student was told to stop writing about issues that are controversial.  How many of the other feminist bloggers — who no doubt write about abortion, transgenderism, and rape culture — get told not to write about “hot button topics?”  I’ll go out on a limb here and say — after much calculation — precisely zero.

Breitbart has the details of the story:

Administrator Lysa Salsbury has admittedly censored student writer Victoria Dilone, upon discovering that her opinions do not align with the majority of opinions expressed by other students in the university’s Women’s Center Blog.

Salsbury, who is the Director of the Women’s Center at the publicly-funded university, expressed her concerns about Dilone’s opinions, which had been flagged as “extremely hurtful” and for having “religious content.”

“I wanted to let you know that I have asked [the student editor] to take down your latest blog post,” said Salsbury to Dilone, in an email obtained by Breitbart News, “I did not know that you were going to be writing on this topic, and I have some serious concerns about the views you presented.”


Looks like these college administrators have adopted the well-known, but hypocritical stance on the First Amendment: Free speech for me and not for thee. Progressive fascists cannot allow dissent.

If the marketplace of ideas isn’t dead yet, it’s not for lack of trying.

Image Credit: CollegeDegrees360 on Flickr

Hat Tip: Breitbart

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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