It is most interesting that support for Free Speech is tightly correlated with IQ.
But then, I wonder if that is just a relic of high IQ people knowing that free speech is the ‘right answer’.
Every time a high profile conservative tries to speak at a university now, they face an attempted shutdown, which is successful a high percentage of the time. Universities are not condemning the students but siding with them. Police are the ones upholding free speech rights.
My suspicion is that the students who are making the biggest ruckus are not the sharpest ones on campus. The administrators are intimidated. The professors leading the charge are doofuses like this and the ones who provide fodder for Z-Man’s weekly XirlScience segments, not top engineering or chemistry professorial talent.
The following graph shows the percentages of college graduates born in the US, by IQ as measured from Wordsum scores, who support the right for racists, communists, homosexuals, militarists, and atheists to all speak publicly. For contemporary relevance responses are from 2000 onward (N = 1,263):
Educational attainment does appear to associated with tolerance of free speech independent of intelligence, but a strong relationship remains even among the well-educated.
The braying rabble on display here are nowhere near the top of their class:
Is it implausible to suspect that a majority of them are at Yale on account of some sort of academic affirmative action favoritism?
The seeming ever-increasing calls for censorship on college campuses is surely not unrelated to this:
GSS variables used: WORDSUM(0-3)(4-5)(6)(7-8)(9-10), SPKATH, SPKRAC, SPKHOMO, SPKMIL, SPKCOM, DEGREE(3-4), BORN(1), YEAR(2000-2016)