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Who really needs Academic Freedom, when your university has ‘Academic Justice’?

February 19th, 2014 by Zen

This lettered lady wishes to rid us of Academic Freedom, so that she can enforce ‘proper’ views, including hetero-sexism. Freedom is just too much trouble for those hallowed halls of learning at Harvard.

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February 19th, 2014 18:52:49

February 20, 2014

At first I thought it wss parody.

It is parody, isn’t it?

February 20, 2014

“… if we give up our obsessive reliance on the doctrine of academic freedom, we can consider more thoughtfully what is just”.

I think this is a true statement, with “just” understood as “righteous”. Our nation as a whole is so obsessed with freedom that it has come to ignore righteousness. Isn’t this what is happening with, e.g. gay marriage and abortion, in a nutshell? Christians say, “but it’s wrong”, and our opponents answer “but… FREEDOM!!”

Admittedly, if we gave justice a higher place than we give freedom, then we would have to fight over what is truly just and what isn’t. But I think that’s better than excusing any evil in the name of freedom.

I think this is basically the argument the Crimson writer is making, not realizing that she would find the very same argument horrifying coming from the mouths of her opponents.

February 20, 2014

Like Tolkien’s fictional Sauron, these people calculate all in terms of power and assume their opponents do the same. The idea that their opponents might actually want no one to have untrammeled power is one that is completely beyond their comprehension.

Adam G.
February 20, 2014

The gentlelady would be appalled to know that she is really calling for academic righteousness or holiness.

February 20, 2014

On the contrary, her idol demands obedience, and she wants to enforce the supposed ‘holiness’ of her idol. The opening paragraphs were a serious contrarious sequitur for me. I came to the exact opposite conclusion about academic freedom she did, regardless of any opinions about the research at hand.

Her idol demands obedience and is quite anxious about enforcing that with an iron fist. And you would think that hedonist idols were all soft and lax. You might think that, but you would be wrong.

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