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View Diary: Ohio SB 24 to squelch academic freedom (28 comments)

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  •  An old problem (none)
    that takes on a new urgency.  When I was a grad student at Duke, a conservative group with their own campus newspaper would regularly flame professors, particularly in the lit program, as "mastercard marxists".  At worst, it was irritating, and at best, it encouraged dialogue between professors and students of differing ideologies.

    What's happening now is totally different.  I can't remember a time in the past--not even when Jesse Helms was senator--when academics were threatened with sanctions for a point of view.  Believe me, plenty of "liberal" profs are already censoring themselves.

    This Fox-like "fair and balanced" approach for a proposed "bill of rights" seeks nothing less than the annihilation of thought opposed to the current regime.

    •  "bill of rights" has been around (none)
      They took the language from the AAUP statement on academic freedom and twisted it around.  There are also some legislators who want to implement what amounts to affirmative action for conservatives.  

      Also, the 'thugs are creating more supporters for academic suppression as they make education increasingly difficult to afford.  A family that sends their child to college is likely to appreciate the opportunities that a higher education brings.  A family that is unable to send their child to college is more likely to remain suspicious of what they cannot themselves attain.

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