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The Attack on Walter Block

On December 10, the Provost of Loyola University of New Orleans wrote the following to Walter Block. Walter is the Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics at Loyola, and a contributor here at Econlib. Re: Another complaint Dear Dr. Block, I write to inform you that I am in receipt of three additional complaints against you from three different students. The key allegations are troubling and they are in clear violation of Loyola’s...

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My Oversight on Scott Atlas

My Hoover colleague and friend Alvin Rabushka writes: An example of the authority of local control is Sara Cody, the health officer and public health director of Santa Clara County.  She dictated Stanford’s response to COVID, a “shelter-in-place” lockdown.  The evidence Atlas assembled and presented contradicted her instructions to Santa Clara County residents, firms, and institutions.  For this reason and others, 85 percent of the members of the Stanford Faculty...

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Should FIRE Be Pushing for Tenure?

One of the enduring myths of higher education is that the vast majority of professors are protected by tenure and have jobs for life, and so they are therefore free to research, teach, or speak openly about controversial ideas without fear of professional retaliation. This may have been the case 50 years ago — maybe even 30 years ago — but is far less common today because of seismic changes in how colleges recruit and staff their faculty ranks. Today, three out of...

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How Does Your State Measure Up On Student Free Speech?

Authored by Casey Mattox via Alliance Defending Freedom, More than four decades ago, the Supreme Court made it clear that public college students do not sacrifice their constitutional rights when they arrive on campus, finding “no room for the view that … First Amendment protections should apply with less force on college campuses than in the community at large.” Yet the reality of most students does not reflect the promise of the “marketplace of ideas.” Universities are regulating what...

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Safe spaces, academic freedom, and the university as a complex association

This is a transcript of a guest lecture I gave to a class on the philosophy of law taught by Andrew I. Cohen– who is, surprisingly enough, a whole different person from his colleague and our BHL coblogger Andrew J. Cohen, not just the same person with a Latinization of the initial– at Georgia State University, February 15 2016. It resembles a talk I gave at the University of Tulsa on December 8, 2015. It expands on a brief discussion on academic freedom and the university as a complex...

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