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Yes, academic freedom is indeed under threat

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Otherwise, how to explain this?:

There are a few university administrations that still seem committed to making academic freedom a leading value, even though it is a distinctly difficult value to monetize (and is indeed one that may be a consistent money-loser). For instance, the University of Chicago recently issued a strong statement on academic freedom. But that effort, headed by University of Chicago law professor and former provost Geoffrey Stone, seems increasingly to be the exception rather than the rule.

What are we to do? Well, I believe we as university-based researchers should at least be quite concerned when academics have to worry about being “off-brand.” We should, I think, be pretty agitated when a university professor has to pay $50,000 to defend his academic freedom against his own public university. We should, I’m pretty sure, be disturbed en masse as academic researchers when one political party can essentially directly decide which research centers will be allowed to exist at a state university.

Put another way: If you knew information that popped a politically correct balloon, would you feel free to say it on campus? Today?

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6 Replies to “Yes, academic freedom is indeed under threat

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    Robert Byers says:

    Once again the truth is under attack.
    Freedom of speech was invented to protect seeking the truth.
    No powers are to control this freedom over a common free people.
    if one enters a private place, like UD, then one has a contract to obey speech rules.
    however for our nations the contract is about being free from powers controling our speaking the truth.
    Truly we all must fight better for the present spirit and practive of speech control/punishment.

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    rvb8 says:

    It is in the spirit of freedom of speech that I say the Lord Jesus Christ was a fraud and charlatan, who used a persuasive spiel to con the gullible.

    Now if I were in a Muslim country you could murder me and a Sharia court would deem it justifiable, as I slandered that moron Mohamid (or Jesus).

    Freedom of speech is also the freedom to offend. BUT, not to create hatred, so I am not allowed to be racist, but I can say Netanyahu is a Jewish goof. I can attack religion freely, but I cannot create hatred towards that religion.

    Freedom of speech seems to be incredibly poorly understood here.

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    Learned Hand says:

    Freedom of speech is also the freedom to offend. BUT, not to create hatred, so I am not allowed to be racist, but I can say Netanyahu is a Jewish goof. I can attack religion freely, but I cannot create hatred towards that religion.

    Do you mean that’s what you think the legal standard in the US is, or that’s what you want that standard to be?

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    News says:

    “Freedom of speech is also the freedom to offend.” There is no truth otherwise.

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    Timaeus says:

    Learned Hand (3):

    Good question to rvb8! Good luck getting an answer out of him.

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    Robert Byers says:

    rvb8
    your not understanding a simple concept and contract.
    first one would not get killed in muslim countries. just a few obscure places relative to a hugh Muslim world.
    Yes you can say racist things on the same principal of freedom as anything else. Freedom means free. Inciting hatred is just a silly excuse to control speech. Natred doesn’t matter but freedom of speech does.
    indeed freedom of speech is misunderstood and thats why its not protected and under attack.
    The contract in america is a free people are free to speak and not to be punished or stopped bygovernment or any powers.
    however a citizen upon entering a special contract, like a family or UD, must obet speech rules. also in a crowed theatre .
    The freedom was invented to protect important truths from being stopped by any power.
    thats all it was. thats all we need.
    today its under attack by the left, and the right, under a thousand guises of making a better world.
    Creationism is just another victim.
    We must fight this along with accuracy in scientific investigation and conclusion.

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