Rebels Without a Cause: The Assault on Academic Freedom

Vigo, Julian
Date Written:  2017-06-02
Publisher:  Counterpunch
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20911

Examining current academic culture which falsely labels "words as violence" and how it is affecting acedemic freedom, notably by some who think of themselves as being on the left, who are employing totalitarian tactics which ultimately cause professional and economic harm.


Excerpt: Over the past sixteen years this format of "guilt through language" has troublingly been co-opted far outside the workings of the White House and the Pentagon. Recent events evidence how this strategy has been employed by those in academia -- from professors to students -- who are taking language and casting it as violence, no matter the intent, no matter that the language being critiqued is entirely non-violent. And this deployment of the "war on ideas" is being carried out by individuals who generally consider themselves "progressive."

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