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Liberal push for the destruction of academic freedom is intensifying

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    In its oft-cited Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, the American Association of University Professors declares that “Teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results.” In principle, this policy seems sound: It would not do for academics to have their research restricted by the political whims of the moment.

    Yet the liberal obsession with “academic freedom” seems a bit misplaced to me. After all, no one ever has “full freedom” in research and publication. Which research proposals receive funding and what papers are accepted for publication are always contingent on political priorities. The words used to articulate a research question can have implications for its outcome. No academic question is ever “free” from political realities. If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals simply in the name of “academic freedom”?
    Things are going bad for liberals when it comes to facts. It's not surprising that people like Sandra Y.L. Korn might desire to follow the Outis Doctrine and try to use the force of authorities to stomp their enemies into the ground. Fortunately, it looks like the comments section is full of trolls ridiculing her, so there is some hope:

    Originally posted by jerry
    Galileo was a straight white male and he was born in Tuscany (unearned northern Italian privilege). He tried to force his entitled (and may I add geophobic) heliocentrism on everyone and he got academic justice in return. DEAL WITH IT
    Originally posted by Cimon Alexander
    On the bright side, the author describes explicitly how academia implicitly behaves
    Originally posted by overweightmalefeminist
    wow. just. wow. so much unearned privilege in one post, so much hate. using examples from history to violate someone's truth-feelings is disgusting. the main purpose of ivy league universities is to be safe spaces for people's emotional sensitivities, not a free-for-all argument zone where people get othered by your use of cis-gendered european history.
    As a bonus:

    Sandra Y.L. Korn ’14, a Crimson editorial writer, is a joint history of science and studies of women, gender and sexuality concentrator in Eliot House. Her column usually appears on alternate Mondays.
    I dunno exactly what a "concentrator" is but it sounds like the perfect title for whatever it is she wants to do.
    "As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths." Isaiah 3:12

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    I am in favor of the official government renunciation of academic freedom, as the current model of 'theoretical academic freedom with actual control of the dialogue, culture, funding, hiring, and firing by various government commissars and grievance groups' enables far too much mischief and wastes far too much productive time. The sooner the control of government over the academy is formalized and recognized, the sooner conservatives in denial can abandon it to its fate. Colleges are indoctrination centers for the governing philosophy of the day, they only incidentally educate, and that often by accident.

    Before you can oppose the government, you must recognize the actual extent of its governing.


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      It looks an Onion News article got published in the wrong place.


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