June 13, 2012

A sad sad day for the First Amendment

Not because of the outcome, in which a federal court ruled that the University of Cincinnati’s “free speech zone” cannot stand — that’s to be celebrated.  Rather, what’s sad is that at the University of Cincinnati, and many more universities all across the country, students wishing to exercise the very free speech rights that are at the heart of academic freedom and a culture of intellectual discovery have today to go to court to have those rights protected from the universities themselves.

And what that suggests is that the left has completely coopted the higher education system in this country and turned it into a toxic stew of ideological leftism and the attendant fascism that necessarily goes along with it — working to turn academic freedom into a freedom from competing ideas and into a carefully policed echo chamber for progressive anti-foundationalism, collectivism, and groupthink.

Forward!

 

Posted by Jeff G. @ 7:15pm
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  1. working to turn academic freedom into a freedom from competing ideas and into a carefully policed echo chamber for progressive anti-foundationalism, collectivism, and groupthink.

    that happens when your industry is mostly financed by the fed gov’t.

  2. I’m glad FIRE is on it. I love those guys.

  3. The important thing is that liberalism is dying. /s

  4. the left has completely coopted the higher education system in this country and turned it into a toxic stew of ideological leftism and the attendant fascism that necessarily goes along with it

    And, coincidentally (or not), there just happens to be a glut of freshly indoctrinated college graduates that can’t get a job. And probably don’t want one unless it’s for a non-profit or government agency.

    It’s going to take generations to undo what’s been done to this country, done right down to the core of individual liberty and what that even means. And only then if we lose damn few battles going forward. Er, FORWARD!.

  5. MY freshly graduated college student has a job and has had one all through school and so do all his friends. You need to quit hanging out with the Music majors.

  6. I’m really happy for what an outstanding, wonderful, perfectly parented spawn you have leigh, but I was more going by national statistics.

    Perhaps I should have footnoted a disclaimer.

  7. Don’t be snotty, Lee. Billy Preston was right, life is what you make it. If you expect to be President of a national company fresh ut of college, your sights need to be realigned. I didn’t say he had a career. He has a job.

  8. * don’t take personally, opinions not based on any individuals, living or dead, and some place names have been changed for the sake of inclusiveness.

  9. You’re using “national statistics” gathered from where? The government? Those trustworthy guys and girls in white hats?

    My point was you are broad brushing. It’s like all people who live in NYC are hipsters. Or all people who live inTexas are ignorant cowboys.

  10. I didn’t say he had a career. He has a job.

    He’s lucky. The unemployment / underemployment rate among recent college grads is high. Quite high.

  11. You’re using “national statistics” gathered from where? The government? Those trustworthy guys and girls in white hats?

    I should think if anything they’d tilt the numbers in their favor, no?

  12. Or perhaps your kid is the exception that proves the rule.

    Unless, that is, you agree that the private sector is doing just fine because, in the same way that Pauline Kael couldn’t understand how Nixon had won when she didn’t know anyone who voted for him, everyone you know has a job.

  13. Or what Jeff said.

  14. what Jeff said

  15. Looking back in the thread, Lee used “a glut” to describe the relative proportion.

    That seems accurate to me.

  16. Hey, all that student debt that the taxpayers are going to be bailing out soon didn’t come from too few college grads.

  17. I should think if anything they’d tilt the numbers in their favor, no?

    Exactly. 8.2% unemployment? HA! I fart in your general direction! You stupid white hats you…

  18. Froward, little peas!

  19. Heh – the daughter just informed me that she aspires to be a stay at home mom when she graduates. Of course this is all dependent on what the SIL can obtain regarding steady work.

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