The winner of the day, courtesy Right Wisconsin: the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin.
UW's resolution states that ideas on a university campus will naturally conflict but a school shouldn't shield people from remarks or concepts they might find offensive.Whatever may be the limitations that trammel inquiry ...
"Although the university greatly values civility, concerns about civility and mutual respect can never be used as justification for closing off discussion of ideas, however offensive or disagreeable those ideas may be to some members within the university community," the resolution states.
The whiners? Go to The Liberty Zone.
Didn’t there used to be a time when universities focused on training independent free-thinkers and releasing them into the world, instead of fostering thumb-sucking, offensitive Generation Cupcake pansies? But it appears they’re now too scared of the limp-wristed drama queens to do their job.According to Sarah Hoyt, that's mild language by Liberty Zone standards.
The loser? The Wisconsin regents rebuked Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank, who, unaccountably for an economist, is channelling her inner Donna Shalala.
Our campus has not been immune to incidents and threats that have surfaced elsewhere. While individuals are always free to express their own beliefs, no one is entitled to express them in ways that diminish others, or that devalues the presence of anyone that is part of our Badger community.Chancellor Blank holds academic tenure in the Department of Economics, which was the tenure home of the very Richard T. Ely who might have thought well of socialism, and whose scholarly inquiry led to the controversy that led to the Regents' famous "sifting and winnowing" statement.
We must work together to ensure that this is a community where people can live, work and learn. To that end, we have also launched the implementation of our Diversity Framework, via our Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate, to pursue major goals and develop accountability measures.