A Crisis of Censorship: A Response to the National Association of Scholars

The National Association of Scholars (NAS) has issued a new report about California universities based upon false evidence, distorted anecdotes, random online postings, and a series of terrible arguments that are fundamentally contrary to academic freedom and the idea of the university as a place for the free debate of ideas.

What the NAS calls for is a kind of a new McCarthyism, where Regents and administrators ban the use of funds for events deemed “political,” force the hiring of unqualified conservative professors, and silence professors as “political” if they criticize the government in class or stray from the preferred conservative ideology of the NAS.

“A Crisis of Competence: The Corrupting Effect of Political Activism in the University of California” is a new report issued from the California Association of Scholars and the National Association of Scholars’ Center for the Study of the Curriculum.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum apparently read the report, too, and embraced its loony vision of a vast left-wing conspiracy on campus to destroy education:

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Santorum’s Call for Campus Censors

Rick Santorum certainly knows how to pander to an audience. He’s running far to the right in Iowa for the Republican Presidential nomination, and so he goes after those darn librul professors:

“Let’s look at colleges and universities,” he said. “They’ve become indoctrination centers for the left. Should we be subsidizing that?” He also criticized Harvard University. Noting that its motto is “Veritas,” he said that “they haven’t seen truth at Harvard in 100 years.”

Santorum apparently hates Harvard because he was invited to speak there for David Horowitz’s Islamofascism Awareness Week and a few students protested his anti-Muslim views. That qualifies him to judge all of the views expressed at Harvard since 1911 as completely false.

When it comes to defunding colleges, as Inside Higher Ed reported back in 2006, Santorum said exactly the opposite in a speech to college officials:

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