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February 11, 2005

Hey! You can't say that!

Ward Churchill: Discuss. Consider: UPDATE: See also a lengthy post with many links and heated discussion in the comments at Three Years of Hell. I'm actually kind of surprised—although I don't know why I should be—to find AR come down as he does (I won't try to characterize his position since that will only be begging him to tell me I got him all wrong). Also, more from The Yin Blog, here, here, here, and here. UPDATE II: Thoughts from Carey and his readers, including links on the subject from Profs. Leiter, Bainbridge, and Volokh. Also Dahlia LIthwick's perspective on Slate. All of them appear to dismiss what Churchill has to say (Volokh calls it a “horrific screed” and Bainbridge says Churchill is an “ass”), yet seem to think they're taking the high road by saying that he shouldn't be fired just because he said some things that sound crazy. My original point in posting about this has been made fairly well: Rather than giving any serious consideration to the content of Churchill's words, people have occupied lots of energy and effort arguing about whether he should be allowed to say them at all. That's what passes for free speech and public discussion of what might be the most crucial topic in contemporary American history (by which I mean 9/11 and why it happened). Very very sad.

Posted February 11, 2005 06:36 AM | general politics

Given the pitiful results of that survey, I have to seriously reconsider my aversion to going back to education as a vocation. I thought maybe what I needed to do was go back to politics to do my share of fixing the country, but maybe going back to the classroom is the place to start. I fear we may be turning out a generation of Hitler Youth.

Posted by: musclehead at February 11, 2005 11:49 AM

My mass media prof is fairly good friends with Churchill and spent some time talking about him yesterday in class.

Posted by: Steve at February 11, 2005 11:54 AM

about as depressing as lynne stewart's conviction. there's a professor at my school that's in similar trouble, and our Guild chapter is giving him our First Annual Free Speech Award.

Posted by: monica at February 12, 2005 09:38 AM

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