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Oct 12, 2004 8:11 pm


academic freedom



The following just came to my attention, and explains why there is an ENORMOUS difference between liberals and the fascists masquerading as conservatives who dominate Republican Party politics these days:

Terry Tempest Williams is touring the country to promote her new book, "The Open Space of Democracy." The board of trustees of Florida Gulf Coast University voted 11 to 1 to prohibit Williams from speaking at a convocation, unhappy with her statements lamenting the Bush administration's environmental policies and saying that her speech would lack "balance." All 11 of those who voted against her, including university President William Merwin, were appointed Gov. Jeb Bush. Merwin has given money to the Bush/Cheney campaign. Vice President Dick Cheney is holding a campaign rally on the university campus this Thursday. Hacks from beginning to end.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Associated Press, 07 Oct 2004
<http://grist.org/cgi-bin/forward.pl?forward_id=3297>;

This week in Grist: Terry Tempest Williams discusses the issue -- in Dispatches
<http://grist.org/cgi-bin/forward.pl?forward_id=3296>;

I have less and less sympathy for those who find time to direct most of their intellectual fire at the left, which is out of power completely, while ignoring the Right, which is making a travesty of everything this country stood for that was worthwhile. Rather like shooing off the neighbor's dog for pooping in your lawn while your house burns down.



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