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Academic Freedom Is Important and It’s Not About Your Political Struggle (At Least Not Directly)

Yesterday, Robin Marie posted a provocative argument against academic freedom. That’s not quite how she framed it, of course. It was more explicitly an argument to “think critically about academic freedom.” But in fact, her piece was fundamentally hostile to the conventional idea of academic freedom. As Robin Marie wrote in the comments to her post: “I would never advocate using state power to say, lock up white supremacists, but I don’t believe that individual citizens and institutions need treat all acts of breaking orthodoxy the same. That makes me deeply illiberal, I know, but that’s why I’m a leftist.” Read more