golos_dobra (golos_dobra) wrote,
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America’s Best University President

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/20/opinion/robert-zimmer-chicago-speech.html

The University of Chicago has always been usefully out of step with its peers in higher education — it dropped out of the Big Ten Conference and takes perverse pride in its reputation as the place where fun goes to die. It was out of step again last year when Jay Ellison, the dean of students, sent a letter to incoming freshmen to let them know where the college stood in respect to the campus culture wars.

“Our commitment to academic freedom,” he wrote, “means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.”

If you can’t speak freely, you’ll quickly lose the ability to think clearly. Your ideas will be built on a pile of assumptions you’ve never examined for yourself and may thus be unable to defend from radical challenges. You will be unable to test an original thought for fear that it might be labeled an offensive one. You will succumb to a form of Orwellian double-think without even having the excuse of living in physical terror of doing otherwise.

That is the real crux of Zimmer’s case for free speech: Not that it’s necessary for democracy (strictly speaking, it isn’t), but because it’s our salvation from intellectual mediocrity and social ossification
. In a speech in July, he addressed the notion that unfettered free speech could set back the cause of “inclusion” because it risked upsetting members of a community.

“Inclusion into what?” Zimmer wondered. “An inferior and less challenging education? One that fails to prepare students for the challenge of different ideas and the evaluation of their own assumptions? A world in which their feelings take precedence over other matters that need to be confronted?”

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Печально что даже такие трюизмы как свобода слова теперь надо защищать буквально что
из последних сил под корпоративным гнетом торжествующей олигархии и их скудоумных пособников,
пишущих наветы и поклепы лишь бы не дать свободу слову.

И все правильно, формально НЕТ никаких ни конституционных, ни прочих ЛЕГАЛЬНЫХ оснований
для защиты свободы слова, всегда найдутся корпоративные юристы с их якобы законотворящим волапюком - дескать, заткни варежку и сиди тихо, а то уволю.

Плевать, сила духа и свобода важнее чем гнуть
спину перед подонками и подлецами.
Мои предки 15 лет в немецких и советских концлагерях выжила, подорвав здоровье и
рано уйдя из жизни. Сейчас хотя бы не всех пока еще расстреливают за свободное слово, если
только в Вегас на концерт не ездить.
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