13.12.19

PASS THE POPCORN.

Stanley Fish got de-platformed, and Paul Mirengoff of Power Line finds the whole thing schadenfreudelicious.
Fish wasn’t pleased about being disinvited. However, he’s staying true to his dismissive view of the First Amendment, insisting that there is no free speech issue here. Fish says “I have no right to speak at Seton Hall, and I have not been silenced because I was disinvited.”

That’s true. But members of the Seton Hall community have been deprived of the opportunity to hear Fish’s views. And if professors were to be required to put race front and center in literature courses, many would be unable to express themselves freely.

Fish casts his grievances in non-free speech terms. He uses the words “anti-educational” and “anti-intellectual.” His critics on the left, if they want to borrow from Fish’s playbook, might respond that these phrases are the first refuge of scoundrels.
Yes, and as Glenn "Insta Pundit" Reynolds quips, when the legislators and high-rolling donors stop funding higher ed's shenanigans, the poobahs in administration will likely call THAT anti-intellectual.

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