Tag Archives: freedom of speech

Racist Professor gets a pass from Uni. Guess which race he hates?

Racist Professor gets a pass from Uni. Guess which race he hates?

I’m all for freedom of speech, but the rulers of our campuses think otherwise. It isn’t simply they wish to control what’s said in the classroom, they’ll cheerfully punish, and punish hard, a professor who dares express wrongthink on social media, as I’ve documented many times in this blog. Now, when faced with such smackdown, […] … learn more→

There’s no need for the ‘Chicago principles’ in Australian universities to protect freedom of speech

There’s no need for the ‘Chicago principles’ in Australian universities to protect freedom of speech

This week the government asked former High Court Chief Justice Robert French to head an inquiry into free speech on universities. Education minister Dan Tehan claimed it was because concerns had been raised about people shutting down the views of those they disagree with, and security costs for controversial speakers on campus. Universities are accusing the minister of “jumping to the […] … learn more→

PJ Thum’s treatment will dampen Singaporean academics’ willingness to speak out

PJ Thum’s treatment will dampen Singaporean academics’ willingness to speak out

Many governments are debating what to do about the spread of online “fake news”. Singapore is no exception, and it has constituted a parliamentary Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods. Among several academics to make written submissions and to be called to give evidence in a March hearing was Thum Ping Tjin (P. J. Thum), a […] … learn more→

Australian University changes to academic contracts are threatening freedom of speech

Australian University changes to academic contracts are threatening freedom of speech

Some universities are attempting to insert new clauses into their employment contracts that aim to limit academics’ ability to speak freely in public debate. All universities acknowledge the role that academics have in public engagement. The University of Sydney for example, states that staff “are encouraged to engage in debate on matters of public importance”. […] … learn more→

Academic freedom, freedom of speech, and the far right

In a number of instances, I have been told that many on the Far Right are every bit as concerned about constraints on academic freedom as Progressives are. When I have pointed out that most of the attacks on academic freedom seem to have come from Far Right political figures and commentators who are responding […] … learn more→

The terror in Higher Education

I feel a little bad writing under a pseudonym. Yes, I realize it’s a level of cowardice on my part, but having seen so many of my colleague’s lives and careers destroyed for openly trying to stop what’s going on in higher education, I just didn’t have the courage. Besides, my name is irrelevant, and […] … learn more→