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"Indeed, the rage of theorists to make constitutions a vehicle for the conveyance of their own crude, and visionary aphorisms of government, requires to be guarded against with the most unceasing vigilance."
     -- Joseph Story
     Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States
     Book III, § 1857.

Saturday, March 29, 2003

Sorry, but I've seen this nonsense out of InstaPundit once too often. We had the same rigmarole a short while ago, you may recall, when a security guard in a mall in New York (Cross Gates?) had the temerity, the unmitigated gall, to eject from the premises an asshole who was challenging him to do it, whilst hiding behind a spurious absolutist notion of "free speech." Reynolds was careful to note, the mall had every right to do so; he then followed up with the frankly stupid notion that this right is supportable only insofar as it is never exercised, winding up with the hope that the mall's customers would, for the future, stay away in droves, to punish the mall for the exercise of its undoubted right.

Back to the present: What Reynolds' position boils down to is, he doesn't think Columbia University is sufficiently entitled to a viewpoint of its own that it may act upon it. I hate to break it to you, Glenn, but Columbia University is every bit as entitled to free speech as is Nicholas de Genova. Where to draw the line between "academic freedom" and "beyond the pale," is a prudential judgment belonging solely to Columbia University, and you don't get a vote. If Columbia University finds the gumption to can de Genova, I, for one, will do nothing but applaud.

-- posted by Clayton 3/29/2003 04:27:00 PM

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