Universities embrace academia's woke insanity to crush free speech

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When Justice Clarence Thomas recently withdrew from the class he’d been teaching at the George Washington University Law School, it was just the latest example of the poisonous atmosphere in academia that makes it impossible to have a free exchange of ideas. GW administrators had admirably stood up to the mob demanding he be canceled for his vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, citing academic-freedom guidelines that don’t shield students from “ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive.” Still, the justice presumably figured it wasn’t worth the aggravation and heightened security that appearing on campus would require. 

It’s a shame that Thomas felt the need to withdraw — and a stark concentration to the announcement that the newly retired Justice Stephen Breyer would be teaching a class at Harvard this fall. That’s a shameless double standard that university officials are allowing to spread: free speech for me, but not for thee. 

I know a little something about this, having faced my own attempted cancellation over a tweet criticizing President Joe Biden’s restriction of his pool of Supreme Court candidates by race and sex. After a four-month “investigation,” Georgetown Law Dean

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