Monday, February 24, 2014

They Told Me If I Voted for Romney. . .

That "They" would try to take away "Academic Freedom":

Harvard Gender Studies "Scholar:" It's About Time We Jettisoned the Outdated, Oppressive Regime of Academic Freedom
Well I didn't see that coming.

She argues -- as the left always does -- for replacing the concept of freedom (which, as Loki can tell you, is actually enslaving) with the concept of "justice," meaning social justice, and politics.
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”?

Instead, I would like to propose a more rigorous standard: one of “academic justice.” When an academic community observes research promoting or justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue.

The power to enforce academic justice comes from students, faculty, and workers organizing together to make our universities look as we want them to do. Two years ago, when former summer school instructor Subramanian Swamy published hateful commentary about Muslims in India, the Harvard community organized to ensure that he would not return to teach on campus. I consider that sort of organizing both appropriate and commendable. Perhaps it should even be applied more broadly....
She turns to the academic boycott of Israel, which of course she wholeheartedly supports. She dismisses quaint liberal notions about the "free flow of ideas" as antithetical to real "justice," by which she means real leftist politics.
Now that I'm no longer officially an academic, just let me say that "academic freedom" is just that:

not of practical relevance; of only theoretical interest.
"the debate has been largely academic"
synonyms: theoretical, conceptual, notional, philosophical, hypothetical,speculative, conjectural, suppositional; More

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