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December 11, 2012

The Standard Authoritarian Campus


"How, for example, is it possible that universities dare to designate only a specific area on campus as a 'free speech zone,' indicating that all other areas are not? How can a student be expelled for reading a book with a cover that someone else finds offensive? How can a professor have his job threatened for merely criticizing the administration? How can satirical comments be targeted as unacceptable speech? How can some religious student organizations be cast off campus while others are allowed? Yet these are commonplace occurrences in today's colleges and universities."

--Daphne Patai, professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in a fund-raising letter for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

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