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    litho, snakelass, mikolo, Larsstephens

    as Trix and others have pointed out here, it's a matter of political parties deciding to involve themselves as juries and executioners of the academic system.

    That is all. Individually, I wish you the best, but collectively, my dearest hope is to outlive you - groovetronica

    by Nulwee on Thu Apr 02, 2009 at 07:07:54 PM PDT

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    •  I'm really surprised that (3+ / 0-)
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      litho, relentless, Larsstephens

      people on DK aren't more defensive of WC.

      Really, what happened to him could [and does] happen to people due to speech.

      If everyone was subject to as much scrutiny and consistent disciplinary procedures, then I wouldn't have a problem with his termination, but clearly, he was singled out due to speech.

      Bush's presidency is now inextricably yoked to the policies of aggression and subjugation. Mike Whitney

      by dfarrah on Thu Apr 02, 2009 at 07:17:36 PM PDT

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      •  I'd Defend Churchill's Positions (2+ / 0-)
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        poliscizac, jrooth

        if he were right. I'm surprised that so many leftists assume it's a matter of being "left" that merits carte blanche.

        There's a lof of great work by American Indians out there today, sadly, it doesn't claim fashionability like Noam and Tariq Ali and all the others.

        That is all. Individually, I wish you the best, but collectively, my dearest hope is to outlive you - groovetronica

        by Nulwee on Thu Apr 02, 2009 at 07:51:05 PM PDT

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      •  I'm really surprised that (3+ / 0-)
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        anyone on DKos defends him.

        He's no free speech martyr. The university stood up for his academic freedom and defended his tenure in the face of political pressure until he was shown to be guilty of serious academic misconduct.

        The principle of academic freedom (about which, as a tenured prof, I care deeply) is based on a commitment to truth. By fabricating and plagiarizing his research, Churchill pissed on that commitment, and forfeited any claim to academic freedom.

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