New at / , on academic freedom and its limits. He knows what he's talking about.
"Academic freedom is meant to protect insurgent politics, and often does, but the milieu in which it operates has plenty of ways to neutralize or quash insurgency," argues -- the academic economy is structured to reward obedience:
"The fallout for me was permanent. I think about it when I’m inspecting my school bus on a 20-degree morning."
"I’m not attempting to convince you to dispose of academic freedom. But it shouldn’t be the limit of your devotion."
"academic freedom can do little to alter the fine-tuned cultures of obedience that govern nearly every campus"
If you only read one thing this weekend, let it be this essay on academic freedom by Steven Salaita
Another brilliant piece by ⁦⁩, this one on academic freedom, “Conditioning critique on the conventions of bourgeois civil liberties, & in deference to specters of recrimination, abrogates any meaningful notion of political independence.
“Academic freedom can do little to alter the fine-tuned cultures of obedience that govern nearly every campus...it won’t be [possible] in selective institutions possessed of wealthy donors, legislative overseers, defense contracts, & opulent endowments.”
"Academe is filled with mediocrities who achieved stardom by flattering the ruling class."
. essay is very thought provoking on academic freedom, solidarity, and fugitivity. Please give it a read.