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The Progressive Dream Lives on at Harvard: "Freedom Gets in the Way of Social Justice”
Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2014 | Michael Schaus

Posted on 02/25/2014 2:03:48 PM PST by Kaslin

A Harvard senior, and columnist at the Harvard Crimson, has decided that what’s really holding Academia back is intellectual freedom. (Wait… Don’t laugh. It turns out, that she’s serious.) Despite the fact that academia seems to be dominated by the American left, Sandra Korn has come to the conclusion that dissenting opinion should be banned out-right, and only liberal notions of “social justice” should be tolerated on university campuses. In fact, her subtitle pretty much summed up her dream of a tyrannical thought-policed academia: “Let’s give up on academic freedom in favor of justice.”

Well, at least the she’s being honest about the left’s love of censorship. The problem with freedom, according to the academic left, is that it gets in the way of progressive agendas. So, for the sake of those who want to thrust upon the rest of society their utopian vision of “social justice”, freedoms must be limited… After all, what’s more “just” than a sanctioned intolerance of minority views?

Korn points out that many “controversial” (read: “conservative”) views promote sexism, bigotry and hate… Wow. Is Sandra a true student of the left, or what? In her column she argues that dissenting views are intolerable in academia, and therefore merit no consideration by students or staff. “Agree with me, or shut up” seems to be her driving mantra. Because, obviously, anyone who disagrees with Sandra Korn on any number of issues is simply peddling intolerance. (Which is strange… Given that she seems to harbor so much disdain for her political opponents, she’s willing to strip from them their right to express their opinions… Now who’s peddling intolerance, Sandra?)

In her Harvard Crimson column, Sandra explains her justification for the abandonment of intellectual diversity and free speech:

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”?

Why? Because what you might consider “racism” others might consider legitimate critiques of the President’s policies, or racial realities. What you might consider “sexism”, others might consider reasonable analysis of traditional gender roles. What you consider “heterosexism”, others might consider a made up word used to impugn the character of people who defend traditional marriage. Are we going to bar students in Academia the right to hear from a Cardinal, Bishop, or even the Pope because they preach traditional heterosexual relationships? Tolerance for opposing views has been the basis for not only American freedom, but intellectual discovery.

But she went on:

People on the right opposed to boycotts can play the “freedom” game, calling for economic freedom to buy any product or academic freedom to associate with any institution. Only those who care about justice can take the moral upper hand.

Only the left can claim the moral upper hand? Has it ever occurred to Sandra that “people on the right” believe in their ideology because they consider it the best vehicle for true justice? (Obviously this question is rhetorical. I think her column makes the answer pretty obvious.) A 2,000 year old utterance suddenly leaps to mind as Sandra claims to own the patent on morality: “Every way of a man is right in his own eye.”

Korn has a lot to say about promoting justice through the devolution of intellectual freedom, without ever realizing that liberty is intrinsic to justice. In fact, only through the liberal (classical use of that word) application of freedom, has the human condition improved. Throughout human history, the deterioration of freedom has been accompanied by oppression, corruption and enslavement. Justice has traditionally been defined as the preservation of liberty. Sandra’s suggestion to stifle freedom, in the name of “justice”, is reminiscent of tyrannical monsters such as Stalin, Hitler and Mao.

When asked how it is possible that a people would allow themselves to be enslaved by elites, one needs to look no further than Sandra Korn. The thought-police should remain an invention of dystopian science fiction novels, and not be a serious proposal from a senior at an Ivy League University. The oppression of diversity, and the censorship of dissent, have never lead a society to greater justice or equality. Justice can never exist without open debate, and intellectual honesty.

She concludes with:

I would encourage student and worker organizers to… 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.

Sorry Sandra… Your vision for academia is the thing totalitarianism is built upon. Freedom is what has given you, and your liberal professors, the ability to peddle your intolerance as “social awareness” without penalty or persecution. Simply because you do not subscribe to a philosophy does not mean it is inherently immoral, or unworthy of the freedoms you yourself currently enjoy. After all, it’s pretty obvious that no one has censored Harvard columnists who have a deficit of intellectual integrity.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: freedom; harvard; socialjustice

1 posted on 02/25/2014 2:03:48 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Justice would require her to move to Cuba.


2 posted on 02/25/2014 2:08:02 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin

Bump


3 posted on 02/25/2014 2:08:38 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: Kaslin

Fascism sure is becoming popular these days. We keep seeing more and more of these little Nazis pop up around the country.


4 posted on 02/25/2014 2:10:16 PM PST by conservativeimage.com (I Won't Go Underground http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wema3CNqzvg)
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To: Paladin2

It’s a worker’s paradise.


5 posted on 02/25/2014 2:11:48 PM PST by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: conservativeimage.com
Social Justice. Right out of Karl Marx.

It is amazing how many people and institutions fall into the trap of this. Just goes to show how little is known about what is real is what is a dream.

6 posted on 02/25/2014 2:18:39 PM PST by Parmy
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7 posted on 02/25/2014 2:25:52 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Kaslin

“Sig. Heil!”


8 posted on 02/25/2014 2:26:08 PM PST by onedoug
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To: onedoug
Signature Heil?

Sorry I couldn't resist

9 posted on 02/25/2014 2:32:03 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

It wasn’t so long ago that people like her were the dissenting opinion. At that time, they said that they were all for academic freedom.


10 posted on 02/25/2014 2:35:53 PM PST by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: Parmy

“Social Justice. Right out of Karl Marx. “

It is Frankfurt School Marxism I believe.


11 posted on 02/25/2014 2:51:18 PM PST by dljordan (WhoVoltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: Kaslin

Democrats have not approved of freedom since they realized that it got in the way of power for them.


12 posted on 02/25/2014 2:55:21 PM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Kaslin

Tell me again how much more edumacated ivy league school grads are than the rest of us. This chick will graduate unfit to do anything but teach hate to the next generation of mind-numbed zombies, or to work for a rat politician. Either way the productive citizens of this country will be subsidizing her sorry butt for the rest of her hopefully short life.


13 posted on 02/25/2014 2:56:47 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Kaslin
The sad thing about this is, no way this drooling idiot Sandra chick will ever be confronted by anyone at Harvard for her morally diseased and grotesquely unethical proposal.
14 posted on 02/25/2014 2:58:56 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Kaslin

My hatred of my country’s decline oft gets the better of my orthography.


15 posted on 02/25/2014 2:59:09 PM PST by onedoug
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To: conservativeimage.com

bump


16 posted on 02/25/2014 2:59:34 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Kaslin

Liberals have long been offended by Liberty.

And “free speech” — to the left —has always meant shouting down opposing viewpoints.


17 posted on 02/25/2014 3:13:43 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Kaslin
I was just in Harvard Square a few hours ago.When I go there I play a little game in my mind trying to spot the one student in 500 that would stand up at the Rat Party convention shouting...ENOUGH!
18 posted on 02/25/2014 4:32:39 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Kaslin
[Art.] In her column she argues that dissenting views are intolerable in academia, and therefore merit no consideration by students or staff.

Simon Winchester popularized, in his books, some academic theories and sacred cows that were incorrect and inadequate, and held intellectual progress at bay for as long as they were in vogue in academe.

Examples: Neptunism, in geology, which was finally overthrown after a vogue of some 50 years, and Lysenkoism, which didn't last as long but claimed the lives of dozens of dedicated Soviet academicians and geneticists who dissented from its spurious teaching and were severely punished by Stalin.

19 posted on 02/25/2014 5:57:50 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Gay State Conservative
When I go there I play a little game in my mind trying to spot the one student in 500 that would stand up at the Rat Party convention shouting...ENOUGH!

You could go nuts and blind doing that ... are you still sane?

20 posted on 02/25/2014 5:59:00 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: BenLurkin
Liberals have long been offended by Liberty.

In his Utopia, Sir Thomas More hypothecated a death penalty for dissent and "error".

21 posted on 02/25/2014 6:00:08 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: hinckley buzzard
Dear hinckley buzzard,

“The sad thing about this is, no way this drooling idiot Sandra chick will ever be confronted by anyone at Harvard for her morally diseased and grotesquely unethical proposal.”

More than likely, she's been confronted at Harvard about this sort of thinking. In her own little group, not too much, but Harvard students have to take general education requirements, and it's harder to avoid students who are more in touch with reality. Plenty of students (and not a few professors) aren't going to go along with this.

In fact, if one looks at the on-line comments (last time I looked, there were over 750), many from students, they're running about 19 to 1 against Ms. Korn. I suspect at least a few have been written by actual Harvard students.


sitetest

22 posted on 02/25/2014 8:11:12 PM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Kaslin

Yes, control freak Leftist organizers are upping the ante. Their minions are with a straight face professing that theories that they consider wrong should not only be banned from book shelves, but also formally mocked and condemned. These creeps are vicious, censorious lemmings who have think or pretend they have the market on truth.


23 posted on 02/25/2014 10:55:04 PM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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