Goodbye, Universities

From: When universities no longer think intellectual freedom is important from Uncommon Descent

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It must thrive somewhere else:

The conference featured one compelling presentation after another, all of which are now posted online. It was a rich opportunity for students to hear viewpoints outside of the academic mainstream so dominated by the groupthink Left. Scott Atlas, Jeffrey Tucker, Wilfred Reilly, and I all gave presentations on the ill-advised response to Covid, during which scientific knowledge and centuries of Western norms were often abandoned in favor of costly and coercive lockdowns, mask mandates, and vaccine requirements. Allison Stanger talked about Big Tech and the threat it poses to our republic. David Azerrad discussed the tension between racial preferences and colorblind justice. Keith Whitaker gave an interesting and nuanced account of the history of financial panics and what they tell us about human nature. Johnny Burtka offered students helpful advice gleaned from great books. And Jacob Howland capped things off by talking about how our “crisis of logos”—our decreasing willingness, or ability, to engage in meaningful discussions about the great questions of our day, or any day—requires our full attention and commitment to reverse.

As if on cue, St. Vincent’s administration promptly confirmed this crisis of logos. After a few of the many students who had attended Azerrad’s talk complained about it, President Taylor and his administration initially censored the publication not only of the video of Azerrad’s presentation but also of the videos of the other eight conference presentations as well, as Howland recounted for City Journal. After being pressured by national organizations that fight for freedom of speech, the administration subsequently relented on posting the videos. But then it promptly took aim at the Center that Watson has built, giving every indication that the administration is determined to make this the final such free-flowing Culture and Policy Conference that St. Vincent College will ever allow.

Jeffrey H. Anderson, “A Tyranny of the Minority” at City Journal (May 2, 2022)

It always thrives somewhere. Universities are securing their own demise as important cultural institutions.

You may also wish to read: We are not your lab rats any more.

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It’s OK for the universities to die: it was mainly just another license-guild, anyways. More about restricting and licensing who could work in State and Church, than about spreading useful knowledge and training in the sciences and humanities.

If you really want to build your knowledge, the library (including interlibrary loans) and the Internet are better bets.

But never mind the institution: remember what is important.

Scientific research, the speak of useful knowledge, the remembrance of our history, the strengthening of fellowship, the pursuit of applied technology and basic science, all for Christ and His Kingdom?

The relentless quest for truth, simply because it is valuable in the eyes of God, regardless of whose toes are stepped on: priestly, political, financial, academic, etc?

That must continue.

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