Free speech disputes have broken out on numerous college and university campuses In several incidents protesters have attempted to block the presentations of wellknown and controversial speakers who threaten the communal status of societal outsiders These events have sparked not only widespread media coverage but also the publication of multiple scholarly books and articles None of this scholarship however has recognized that the interrelated histories of free expression and democracy can shed considerable light on these matters This Article takes on that challenge Specifically this Article explores the ramifications of the historical interrelationship between free expression and democracy for campus noplatforming disputes Starting in the late 1930s the US Supreme Court dramatically invigorated the protection of expression in reaction to a paradigm change in democracy going from a republican to pluralist democracy Yet one cannot conceptualize pluralist democracy without accounting for the political community who belongs and participates Nowadays to protect the operation of pluralist democracy itself at least one issue must be taken off the table All individuals must be treated as full and equal citizens in good standing Any expression that undermines the political standing of a marginalized group should be subordinate to the needs of democracy and therefore beyond First Amendment protection
Feldman, Stephen Matthew, "Broken Platforms, Broken Communities? Free Speech on Campus" (2019). Faculty Articles. 139.