Harvard Columnist Warns University Free Speech Threatens Liberalism

Posted By on March 12, 2014

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A columnist for the Harvard Crimson, the university’s campus newspaper is telling school officials that they need to start abolishing free speech and research that goes against the school’s liberal ideology.  Sandra Korn, a senior wrote The Doctrine of Academic Freedom: Let’s give up on academic freedom in favor of justicein which she states:

“Yet the liberal obsession with ‘academic freedom’ seems a bit misplaced to me. After all, no one ever has ‘full freedom’ in research and publication. Which research proposals receive funding and what papers are accepted for publication are always contingent on political priorities. The words used to articulate a research question can have implications for its outcome. No academic question is ever ‘free’ from political realities. If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals simply in the name of ‘academic freedom’”?

“Instead, I would like to propose a more rigorous standard: one of ‘academic justice.’ When an academic community observes research promoting or justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue.”

The examples she gives in her articles demonstrates her view that if anything differs from the liberal, pro-feminist, pro-homosexual and anti-traditional family values of the majority of academics and students on the Harvard campus, they should not be allowed.

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4 Responses to “Harvard Columnist Warns University Free Speech Threatens Liberalism”

  1. SiliconValleyGal says:

    It’s been awhile since I visited your site, and am surprised that you are opposed to Harvard’s stance against free speech when you didn’t allow for it yourselves at the announcement of Doug Phillip’s resignation. Are there other posts from your history where you disabled the ability to comment, or was that the only one?

  2. LAF Editor says:

    Hello SiliconValleyGal,

    Glad you stopped in again. Thanks for asking.

    All comments are moderated on every post on LAF and that is because we observe and respect free speech. We do moderate in order to keep the trolls at bay. We don’t allow open forum gossip and speculation. Church discipline is carried out by local church bodies not individuals on the internet.

    No one has the right to slander others. As Rushdoony put it in Law and Liberty,

    There is no area where freedom is unlimited. Take freedom of speech, for example: no man has a right to slander others, nor do we allow any man the liberty to should “Fire!” in a crowded theater when there is no fire. Freedom of speech does not grant any man the right to walk onto the floor of the Congress and speak his mind. His liberty is limited not only as to where can say it but also as to what he says. This does not mean that I lack freedom to speak my mind, if it be done decently and in order.

    Kind Regards,
    Kelly

  3. SiliconValleyGal says:

    As a former legal researcher for the State of Texas, and a private IP firm, I am well aware of our freedoms and their limits, so no need to presume ignorance.

    Yes, I have noted that all comments can be moderated, as is the prerogative of any blog owner. Your decision not to answer my very simple question has provided great insight.

    Thank you for your time.

  4. SiliconValleyGal, this is another editor here, and your question was answered. Comments aren’t disabled anywhere on the site ever at any time–they are just moderated, as Kelly explained. On some discussions, we simply ask readers to refrain from commenting, because comment threads in the past on similar topics have only degenerated into troll parties or fights and are utterly unproductive. No one is stifling free speech, simply encouraging more productive uses of time and thought than mindless gossip about people with whom they do not interact in real life, cannot reprove/rebuke in person privately, and for whom such gossip is neither helpful nor biblical. That’s been our policy all along, which is why we have the “No Gossip” symbol on the front page. Thanks.

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