RE: Campus Thought Police

Brandon, your account of campus censorship reminds me of a story about Robert Nozick, a libertarian professor at Harvard University, who was espousing the virtues of the free market in an era where campuses were even more hostile to it than today.

As relayed by Brian Doherty:

Nozick was teaching a course on capitalism and was approached by a grad student with leaftlets who told him, “We don’t think you’re going to be able to give this course.”

“What do you mean?” Nozick recalled. “The student mumbled something, ‘there may be interruptions or demonstrations in class.’ And Nozick said, ‘If you disrupt my course, I am going to kick the shit out of you.”

Of course, Nozick was not being serious, and any violence is illicit  unless proportionate and defensive under libertarian law, but it’s interesting to note that even though this was the freakin’ 60’s, the young socialists wound up not disrupting Dr. Nozick’s class in the slightest. The moral of the story is to stick up to bullies of all stripes. After all, whether of the petty schoolyard brand or the campus censorship stazi, bullies tend to cave.

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