Protesting academic freedom

At Berkeley, the birthplace of the “free speech movement,” protesters are calling for the firing of John Yoo, a tenured law professor, for producing a work of legal scholarship (the so-called “torture memos”) that has become unpopular. Academic freedom is appropriate only when it advances progressive causes, I guess.

(Via the Corner.) (Related post.)

UPDATE: Once again, the dean of the Berkeley Law School issues a statement in support of academic freedom. It’s good that he’s done it; bad that it’s necessary. (Via Volokh.)

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