[Marxism] Fwd: Freedom and Its Limits | The Academe Blog

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Sep 17 11:52:09 MDT 2014

Today, the public university is not what it was. In 1964, the 
constraints on academic freedom and free speech on campus arose from the 
problem of external interference from a Cold War-era government that 
supplied the bulk of UC funding and sought to suppress radicalism on 
campus. Now, the challenges to academic freedom and free speech on 
campus are just as likely to come from private donors and rich alumni 
whom cash-strapped administrations are anxious to cultivate and whose 
“speech” can weigh more heavily than that of others. There is strong 
evidence to suggest that this was the case with the blocked appointment 
of professor Steven Salaita at the University of Illinois, 
Urbana-Champaign. Powerful donors, offended by the “incivility” of 
Salaita’s extramural speech, managed to overthrow the normal process by 
which faculty peer review guarantees standards of scholarly excellence 
and academic appointments.

full: http://academeblog.org/2014/09/16/freedom-and-its-limits/

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