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On Churchill and Summers and Academic Freedom

One cannot help but be struck by the disparate treatment by academia in the cases of Larry Summers and Ward Churchill. Summers, you should recall, has had to beg, borrow, and grovel for having made some arguably, if not outright demonstrably, true statements about differences between men and women. Churchill is a stereotypical FDH who hates America and Americans and slanders both with abandon. Though many outside the academy want his head on a platter, all the cries from inside are for "academic freedom".

Though I did say the other day that academic freedom means a professor can say any damn thing he wants and nobody can do anything about it, it would have been more correct to have said Phooey. There's no such thing as academic freedom.

Summers is a fine example of what I mean. He'll end up having to mortgage his grandchildren's homes to get the academic archfeminists off his case. None of them, nor any of their academic colleagues, are applauding Summers for his courage or the intellectual diversity he might have stimulated. None of them are asserting his academic freedom to even mention what the Leftists have decided is verboten. Nope. He's being silenced as quickly and effectively as they can manage.

Anyway, two blogs you ought to check out for much deeper thought than I have mustered here are A Radical Tool in Service of Reason and Ward Churchill is not the problem.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Tue. 02/08/05 07:35:13 AM
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