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Kimball on Free Speech and the Academy

January 13, 2017

Introducing The New Criterion’s discussion of academic intolerance in an essay entitled “Free Speech and the Academy,” Roger Kimball uses George Orwell’s 1984 as a point of comparison.

Orwell intended Nineteen Eighty-four as a warning, an admonition. Our academic social justice warriors, supposing they are even aware of Orwell’s work, would seem to regard it as a plan of action. It was to shine some light into those tenebrous caverns of orthodoxy that we convened this symposium on free speech and the academy.


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