Skip to comments.The Progressive Dream Lives on at Harvard: "Freedom Gets in the Way of Social Justice”
Posted on 02/25/2014 2:03:48 PM PST by Kaslin
A Harvard senior, and columnist at the Harvard Crimson, has decided that whats really holding Academia back is intellectual freedom. (Wait Dont laugh. It turns out, that shes 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: Lets give up on academic freedom in favor of justice.
Well, at least the shes being honest about the lefts 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, whats 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, shes willing to strip from them their right to express their opinions Now whos 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 Presidents 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. Sandras 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.
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, its pretty obvious that no one has censored Harvard columnists who have a deficit of intellectual integrity.
Justice would require her to move to Cuba.
Fascism sure is becoming popular these days. We keep seeing more and more of these little Nazis pop up around the country.
It’s a worker’s paradise.
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.
Sorry I couldn't resist
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.
“Social Justice. Right out of Karl Marx. “
It is Frankfurt School Marxism I believe.
Democrats have not approved of freedom since they realized that it got in the way of power for them.
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.
My hatred of my country’s decline oft gets the better of my orthography.
Liberals have long been offended by Liberty.
And “free speech” — to the left —has always meant shouting down opposing viewpoints.
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.
You could go nuts and blind doing that ... are you still sane?