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What is amusing about the proposed new contra dance (aka white paper) is that it is totally unnecessary. If the University would follow principles earlier laid out (2004) such an exercise would be unnecessary. To wit:
"As a principle, academic freedom holds that, in order to advance knowledge, members of the academic community must be free to pose questions and explore ideas in teaching, research and the arts, and learning unfettered by political or theological interference. The endeavor of free inquiry must be subject only to academic review, which evaluates the products but does not limit the activity of academic freedom. This ideal is the standard that guides the creation, interpretation, scrutiny, and preservation of ideas necessary for pursuing truth and exposing ignorance." This serves as an introduction to an excellent document, Report of the Task Force on Academic Freedom, that may be found on the Universities own web site at: http://bit.ly/ktqm6M Rather than pursue actual errors in the application of existing and well described principles, the university would rather write yet another meaningless report?
This is outragous, right republicans? These pencil necked weasel academics should get their research and findings approved by industry before they release them. Liberal facts and evidence about agricultural methods needs be balanced by BigAg propaganda. Cargil, Monsanto, and Dow Chemical are spending so much money buying off university researchers, it's reasonable to allow them to censor any research that details how they are poisoning our water and food. So-called academic freedom is a grave threat to the all-american value of corporate free speech.
Corporations and government regulations are slowly taking away American's rights of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly.
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