Toleration & Free Speech

Toleration & Free Speech

A free press and a civil exchange of ideas are key to a tolerant society. We support research and educational programs that support these values.

The freedom to hear and be heard and a willingness to entertain ideas that challenge the status quo is essential for social progress. This is especially true on our college campuses, where engaging with a diversity of ideas stimulates critical thinking and innovation. How do we model civil discourse and enable a more tolerant society? How do we ensure press freedom as news and debate move online?  The Charles Koch Foundation supports research into these questions and others, along with educational programs and dialogue on toleration and free speech issues on campus and in the arts.

Protecting free speech and academic freedom is not a liberal or conservative issue. It's an American issue. And it's a problem we must solve together.

Sarah Ruger, Director of Free Expression

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The Coddling of the American Mind

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UCLA Study on Campus Free Speech

A chilling study shows how hostile college students are toward free speech.

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The Wrong Way to Preserve Free Speech on Campus

Americans are fighting a new war on college campuses—this time over free speech—and no one is winning.

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