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Quotation of the day on academic freedom, and campus groupthink tribalism seeking to silence disfavored viewpoints – Publications – AEI

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AEI Quotation of the day on academic freedom, and campus groupthink tribalism seeking to silence disfavored viewpoints ….is from Justice Rebecca Grassl Bradley, concurring with the majority opinion on a landmark Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling in favor of Marquette University professor/blogger John McAdams: Academic freedom, and concomitantly, free speech, is increasingly imperiled in America and within the microcosm of the college campus. …… In this unprecedented dispute between a university and a professor academic freedom was put on trial. Would the sacred right of faculty members to speak as citizens …. succumb to the dominant academic culture of microaggressions, trigger warnings and safe spaces that seeks to silence unpopular speech by deceptively recasting it as violence? In this

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Quotation of the day on academic freedom, and campus groupthink tribalism seeking to silence disfavored viewpoints

….is from Justice Rebecca Grassl Bradley, concurring with the majority opinion on a landmark Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling in favor of Marquette University professor/blogger John McAdams:

Academic freedom, and concomitantly, free speech, is increasingly imperiled in America and within the microcosm of the college campus.

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In this unprecedented dispute between a university and a professor academic freedom was put on trial. Would the sacred right of faculty members to speak as citizens …. succumb to the dominant academic culture of microaggressions, trigger warnings and safe spaces that seeks to silence unpopular speech by deceptively recasting it as violence? In this battle, only one could prevail, for academic freedom cannot coexist with Orwellian speech police. Academic freedom means nothing if faculty is forced to self-censor in fear of offending the unforeseen and ever-evolving sensitivities of adversaries demanding retribution.

Many American universities were founded “on the illimitable freedom of the human mind” to develop, articulate, examine and communicate ideas in order to “follow truth wherever it may lead.” Marquette University’s own mission includes “the search for truth, the discovery and sharing of knowledge.” When academic freedom was under attack for being “dangerous” and “oppressive” forty years ago, one of America’s oldest universities reaffirmed that “the history of intellectual growth and discovery clearly demonstrates the need for unfettered freedom, the right to think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and challenge the unchallengeable.” Over time, academia has begun to abandon this Jeffersonian creed, replacing it with groupthink tribalism seeking to silence disfavored viewpoints.

MP: Maybe there’s hope after all for campus free speech and academic freedom…..

Quotation of the day on academic freedom, and campus groupthink tribalism seeking to silence disfavored viewpoints
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Mark J. Perry is concurrently a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus. He is best known as the creator and editor of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem. At AEI, Perry writes about economic and financial issues for American.com and the AEIdeas blog.

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