Academic Freedom: Futile Bans on Ideas

At the tag end of a year of churning unrest on U.S. campuses, an old issue flamed anew at two large universities: whether college students should be allowed to hear Communists or other speakers whose politics range far from the U.S. mainstream.

In Chapel Hill. The only state law in the U.S. that bars such speakers affects, unhappily enough, the most respected university in the South. Last week 230 teachers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill signed petitions protesting the ban; all but 40 of them said they would...

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