March 4, 2004

Conservatives and Academic Freedom

Mark Bauerlein of Emory University has a nice write-up on the problems many conservatives face in the world of academia. He discusses their fight for freedom to express their ideas and beliefs without censorship. From his piece:

"As conservatives ask for greater intellectual diversity, this is the rejoinder we're going to hear every time. Defenders of current practices will shout about censorship and zealotry even though our proposals merely ask that conservative opinion be granted a modest place in the curriculum and in student life. Moreover, their accusations will be simple, powerful, and soundbite-friendly, aligned (ostensibly) with democratic ideals and fitted to op-ed and talking head formats."

The whole thing is worth a read.


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