Bernard Goldberg on “cowardly academics”

From Bernard Goldberg at Townhall:

And what should we make of Ulrich Baer, the vice provost for faculty, arts, humanities, and diversity, and professor of German and comparative literature at New York University, who apparently doesn’t believe in free speech — at least not for people with opinions that might offend groups that have been targets of discrimination.

When certain “views invalidate the humanity of some people, they restrict speech as a public good” and in “such cases there is no inherent value to be gained from debating them in public,” he wrote in The New York Times.

This is quite remarkable. A professor and administrator at a major American university who isn’t ashamed to admit that unpopular speech is not worthy of debate. The real heroes, according to Baer, are the students who disrupt speech they don’t like. More.

Reality check: Unfortunately, Baer is not just a coward. He is making a legitimate calculation: People will continue to vote to publicly fund Thug U and its students. And live with the consequences.

The looming threat to fat crat funding will surely force a rethink. Not among the Stalinists in mortarboards, of course, but among cowardly colleagues who do not see why they should take the heat.

They had, after all, simply been mooing along with the herd.

See also: Anti-Semitic complaint against Ryerson University goes viral Cowards, cower. The real world is descending on you.

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  • clearsky

    Gagging opponents is a fine German tradition.