Self-Censorship in Public Discourse

A speech by Prof. Glenn Loury of Boston University

Glenn Loury, Professor of Economics at Boston University, spoke at the Monadnock Summer Lyceum some years ago. His subject was the impact of self-censorship on public discussion of important public issues. The subject is, yes, "political correctness," but this speech is not simply a recounting of horror stories. Prof. Loury makes several much more subtle and important arguments, and reaches some very disturbing conclusions.

In this speech, Prof. Loury is, if anything, too gentle. This topic deserves more heated argument.

(This transcription of the speech is reprinted with the kind permission of the speaker.  A longer version of this argument appears in Prof. Loury's book, One by One from the Inside Out.)

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