“The right to academic freedom, if it exists, belongs to the institution, not the individual professor,” says a brief filed by the state’s lawyers on behalf of UT President Gregory L. Fenves, several current and former UT System regents and Attorney General Ken Paxton.
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I would argue that NO ONE in the US has academic freedom, other than the few boot-licking individuals who do exactly what they're told (which means they don't have it, either).
See how far you get in academia if you question any of the following:
- the causes of 9/11
- global warming
- vaccine safety
- the crimes of Israel
- anything having to do with men vs. women
- the validity of the official story about the Sandy Hook shooting
The powers that be determine what a professor can and cannot say and do. The concept of "academic freedom" is a sick joke.