Via Vox Day, a woman opines on the future of academia:
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. The words used to articulate a research question can have implications for its outcome. No academic question is ever “free” from political realities. If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals simply in the name of “academic freedom”?
Instead, I would like to propose a more rigorous standard: one of “academic justice.” When an academic community observes research promoting or justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue.
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 he would not return to teach on campus. I consider that sort of organizing both appropriate and commendable. Perhaps it should even be applied more broadly.Make no mistake. She's not talking about a future change in action, as if academic freedom reigns right now, but in the future it shouldn't. This is closer to the standard than all that talk of academic freedom. All she's asking for is to finally drop the mask. Instead of making up a bureaucratic excuse about why this or that 'research' or stance is unacceptable, she would like academics to be open about what they are doing. Don't obfuscate your censorship - stand behind it proudly.
If you're a Christian, particularly of an orthodox or conservative mindset, academia is not - contra ID proponents, even many Thomists - something you should be seeking to change the minds of, or win the approval of. It is something that should be, intellectually speaking, burnt to the ground and replaced. They have outlived most of their usefulness just the same way as nobility has.