Sensing that our Imperial Majesty is growing a tad irritated with the Imperial Correspondents over indulging in their new found freedom from “Job Lock” let me introduce you to the newest member of Obongo the Kenyon Klingon Fuckers™ Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers-SS:
Sandra Korn of Harvard University
Yes. I realize she’s a two-bagger…but I digress.
This is what the good little apparatchik hath spewed forth in the Harvard Crimson:
In its oft-cited Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, the American Association of University Professors declares that “Teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results.” In principle, this policy seems sound: It would not do for academics to have their research restricted by the political whims of the moment.
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” frompoliticalrealities. 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”?
Yes, that “freedom” thing. Can’t have any of that now can we, you Tea-bagging racist.
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.
Lemme guess….you’ll be the one, along with your goose-stepping Gestapo, will be the ones to decide? Sorry to disappoint you shit-for-brains but we don’t need you to decide what we can or cannot say and that Bushmaster I have sitting in the corner will second my opinion.
The power to enforce academic justice comes from students, faculty, and workers organizing together to make our universities look as we want them to do.
In other words, Jew free? I think the short, Austrian Corporal with the funny mustache had the same idea and we all know how that turned out for the “Master Race.” Let us hope you libtards try again, I would love to participate in the squeal.
Two years ago, when former summer school instructor Subramanian Swamy published hateful commentary about Muslims in India, the Harvard community organized to ensure that he would not return to teach on campus.
In other words he called them what they are? Child molesting, sub-human vermin who smell like goats after a long weekend at Abduls place and haven’t contributed a fucking thing to the human race since 700AD? I like him already.
Perhaps it should even be applied more broadly. Does Government Professor Harvey Mansfield have the legal right to publish a book in which he claims that “to resist rape a woman needs … a certain ladylike modesty?” Probably.
Ok, I’ll give you that one. The Professor should have said “To resist rape a woman needs something in either a 9mm or .40, preferably a Glock but Sig Sauer has some fine models also, with Jacketed Hollow Points”
Do I think he should do that? No, and I would happily organize with other feminists on campus to stop him from publishing further sexist commentary under the authority of a Harvard faculty position. “Academic freedom” might permit such an offensive view of rape to be published; academic justice would not.
Did you intern under Roland Freisler?
Over winter break, Harvard published a statement responding to the American Studies Association’s resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions until Israel ends its occupation of Palestine. Much of the conversation around this academic boycott has focused on academic freedom. Opponents of the boycott claim that it restricts the freedom of Israeli academics or interrupts the “free flow of ideas.” Proponents of the boycott often argue that the boycott is intended to, in the end, increase, not restrict, academic freedom—the ASA points out that “there is no effective or substantive academic freedom for Palestinian students and scholars under conditions of Israeli occupation.”
Yes you did. Damn shame “Blame it all on the Jews” meme didn’t perish along with the other vermin at Nuremberg gallows like it should have. But then again we didn’t hang nearly enough to make a fucking difference anyway. A mistake I don’t believe will be made the second time around.
It is tempting to decry frustrating restrictions on academic research as violations of academic freedom. Yet I would encourage student and worker organizers to instead use a framework of justice. After all, if we give up our obsessive reliance on the doctrine of academic freedom, we can consider more thoughtfully what is just.
I wonder if the Tea Party of MA makes house calls? Say, three in the morning singing “God Bless America?”
Sandra Y.L. Korn ’14, a Crimson editorial writer, is a joint history of science and studies of women, gender and sexuality concentrator in Eliot House. Her column usually appears on alternate Mondays.
Daddy paid for you to study that shit? You must have saw your future job prospects swirling the shitter and you penned this drivel to make your bones with HuffPo. It’s either that or your future entails working as a stripper in Cleveland.