David Thompson


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October 29, 2007


The Thin Man

"Students don’t have to worry about speech codes"

Thanks Prof. Fish. You've completely assuaged my fears with your powerful insights and incontrovertible logic.

If this kind of thinking is indicative of the level of insight in Prof Fish' academic work, the institution that he works for is getting a poor return on its' investment.

So my question for anyone who is against the removal of speech codes is - why are you for the institution of rules that are so plainly illiberal, unjust and, in the US, probably unconstitutional?

What possible excuse could there be for wasting the resources such codes, and the panels or commissions that run them, would consume, if NOT for the value of making students afraid of speaking their minds.

In other words, if speech codes can be sucessfully challenged in the courts, the only reason for not simply removing the code is to force students to run the gaunlet of a legal challenge - to make speaking ones' mind an act requiring courage well beyond the level most students will be capable of demonstrating.

And if Prof. Fish does not understand the chilling nature of the arguments he has put forth, we should certainly not be paying heed to his argument


If a person doesn’t see the spread of “speech codes” as problematic (to say the least), it seems to me that person hasn’t spent much time pondering the unsavoury implications and the potential for absurdity. Unless, of course, that person simply approves of those implications, or has some other agenda with which those implications dovetail.

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