The expansion of FIRE: Mission-creep or necessity?

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression
by David French & Harvey Silverglate

“FIRE, the organization with which we both have an association, started out with one full-time paid staffer and two part-time volunteers (its co-founders). At present, the organization has a full-time staff of 80 employees, not counting interns. Since its founding FIRE has developed an unimpeachable reputation for non-partisan advocacy. It has defended the rights of all students and professors, regardless of faith or ideology, and it’s been remarkably successful, winning victory after victory in courts of law and public opinion. Furthermore, reflecting the alarming spread of intolerance of viewpoint diversity beyond academia, FIRE this month announced a considerable expansion of its mission and a commensurate name change.” (06/15/22)