In the same way that a quality product sells well, good ideas prevail in the metaphorical thought “market.” In this “market of ideas,” you, the consumer, are free to weigh the pros and cons of competing ideas to make the best choice. While a physical product is exchanged for actual money, thinkers can barter for your “buy in.” But what if that choice—the ability to hear a different perspective—is taken away from you?
This is happening on college campuses, where administrators reserve the right to pick and choose the ideas available on the market by instituting “Free Speech Zones.” A “Free Speech Zone” is a defined area on campus where college students are allowed to speak freely as long as they stay inside the lines.
Because, you know, besides those loan papers, administrators now want you to also sign away your First Amendment rights.
Not so for Ohio college students at Columbus State Community College, at least not anymore. In a victory for free spe