Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The Rights of Free Speech

Marc Bousquet has a blog quoting me on the case of Juan Hong, who was punished at UC-Irvine for criticizing the administration. I've long argued that Supreme Court's strong support for academic freedom (largely in the 1960s) has been undermined by lower courts betraying these principles. The question is, will the Supreme Court follow the lower court and apply the Garcetti case to academia, or will they follow their own precedent and defend academic freedom? Let's hope the appeals court will take this case and overturn the decision, because the Supreme Court isn't exactly trustworthy anymore as a defender of free speech.

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