Six weeks ago, Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro wrote a fine op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which he offered a ringing endorsement of academic freedom. It is therefore both surprising and disappointing that Northwestern University recently found itself embroiled in two embarrassing violations of the core principles of academic freedom.
When even a respected publication like Rolling Stone makes bombshell allegations of criminal activities without checking their facts because the subject matter has a special status in the editors' eyes, then journalism is headed down a very slippery, subjective slope, and the credibility of the press itself is at stake.
SINGAPORE -- Freedom is being able to walk on the streets unmolested in the wee hours in the morning, to be able to leave one's door open and not fear being burgled. Freedom is the woman who can ride buses and trains alone. These are the freedoms that Singaporeans have, freedoms that were built on the vision and hard work of Lee Kuan Yew.
It seems clear that Texas cannot constitutionally forbid the display of the Confederate flag on a license plate because others might find it "offensive or disagreeable." But it is not so simple. Is the government discriminating among private speakers, or is it expressing only the messages it wishes to convey?
The Bill of Rights originally applied only to the federal government but subsequently became applicable to state governments by way of the14th Amendment through a process known as incorporation. Since the University of Oklahoma is a public institution, wouldn't free speech apply to the expelled students?