A Harvard senior, and columnist at the Harvard Crimson, has decided that what’s really holding Academia back is intellectual freedom. (Wait… Don’t laugh. It turns out, that she’s serious.) Despite the fact that academia seems to be dominated by the American left, Sandra Korn has come to the conclusion that dissenting opinion should be banned out-right, and only liberal notions of “social justice” should be tolerated on university campuses. In fact, her subtitle pretty much summed up her dream of a tyrannical thought-policed academia: “Let’s give up on academic freedom in favor of justice.”
Well, at least the she’s being honest about the left’s love of censorship. The problem with freedom, according to the academic left, is that it gets in the way of progressive agendas. So, for the sake of those who want to thrust upon the rest of society their utopian vision of “social justice”, freedoms must be limited… After all, what’s more “just” than a sanctioned intolerance of minority views?
Korn points out that many “controversial” (read: “conservative”) views promote sexism, bigotry and hate… Wow. Is Sandra a true student of the left, or what? In her column she argues that dissenting views are intolerable in academia, and therefore merit no consideration by students or staff. “Agree with me, or shut up” seems to be her driving mantra. Because, obviously, anyone who disagrees with Sandra Korn on any number of issues is simply peddling intolerance. (Which is strange… Given that she seems to harbor so much disdain for her political opponents, she’s willing to strip from them their right to express their opinions… Now who’s peddling intolerance, Sandra?)
In her Harvard Crimson column, Sandra explains her justification for the abandonment of intellectual diversity and free speech:
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”?