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The Not-So-Free Exchange of Ideas

Since the 1960s, academia has become increasingly hostile to the free exchange of ideas. Often home to ideologues who are accustomed to having their every word embraced by the students they teach, it is a controlled environment full of fiefs over which PhDs frequently rule with an ivory fist.

An unadvertised consequence of this is that whole colleges and departments prescribe and police what will be taught, what questions will be answered, and what belief system will constitute the doctrine of the classroom. Professors who don't hold to academic orthodoxy (whatever it may be at the moment) face not only censure but even loss of ­position.

For example, in 2010, at the University of...

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #20, Spring 2012 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |


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