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The Justice League Of Academia

Posted in The Fail Pail by Huckleberry on February 20, 2014

Definitions are so oppressively cis-normative. And so is math.

Definitions are so oppressively cis-normative. And so is math.

Mz. Korn, from the Ivy League, has an idea:

Student and faculty obsession with the doctrine of “academic freedom” often seems to bump against something I think much more important: academic justice.

Well, Heaven’s to Betsy, we can’t have anything heteronormative bumping into your sense of self-importance.
The preponderance of wisdom continues:

Yet the liberal obsession with “academic freedom” seems a bit misplaced to me. After all, no one ever has “full freedom” in research and publication. Which research proposals receive funding and what papers are accepted for publication are always contingent on political priorities.

Translation: Since academics have already acquiesced some of their freedom to our prattling nattery, how about we just institutionalize the practice? We can even make it sound like something good:

Instead, I would like to propose a more rigorous standard: one of “academic justice.”

Oh. See, we’ll just label it “justice” and call it a day. Not even the patriarchy can argue against justice.
But on a nuts-and-bolts level, what does this entail?

The power to enforce academic justice comes from students, faculty, and workers organizing together to make our universities look as we want them to do. Two years ago, when former summer school instructor Subramanian Swamy published hateful commentary about Muslims in India, the Harvard community organized to ensure that hewould not return to teach on campus. I consider that sort of organizing both appropriate and commendable.

Without knowing what exactly was “hateful,” it’d be hard to say for sure. While I’m certain the milquetoast among the academics could probably sign on for a limited-use Eject Button for beyond-the-pale research, would it be confined to such a limited scope?

Perhaps it should even be applied more broadly.

Of course.
But I’m still not able to wrap my cis-masculine brain around the operative methodology here. C’mon Mz. Korn, help me help you.

It is tempting to decry frustrating restrictions on academic research as violations of academic freedom. Yet I would encourage student and worker organizers to instead 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.

You’re just no help at all, using words you barely understand to form thoughts that barely exist. All kidding aside, this is a uniquely feminine hysteria toward dissent, and no one who reads and agrees with this twaddle cares a single whit about “oppression, classism, sexism” or whatever else, beyond the plight of upper-class white women. No, the only concern is the inability to tolerate any form of dissent that stands in contrast to their precious emotional consensus, and it doesn’t matter however small the minority of that dissent actually is.
Won’t matter after too long, though, when a college education is seen as an impediment to career advancement rather than an assistance to it.


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  1. El Borak said, on February 20, 2014 at 12:22

    I’m pretty sure I would never eat anything a feminist baked.*

    But it’s no coincidence that this sort of academic rubbish comes right at the top of the college bubble. It’s simply more evidence that whatever value colleges added to society in the past, their current marginal contribution – when offset by the damage its graduates do to actual knowledge and mental rigor – is very, very small. At best.

    It bothers me no little bit that I keep thinking that more and more of our current problems can only be cured by utter and complete economic conflagration.

    Of course, that brings with it another set of problems altogether. But at least they won’t include women who don’t really know how to cook.

    * there’s a pretty good joke about ‘half-baked’ waiting to be made.

  2. Giraffe said, on February 20, 2014 at 14:38

    It seems to me if conservatives were as organized as liberals this kind of crap would backfire. We outnumber them. I guess we believe in freedom instead of groupthink.

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