An Idea Too Dangerous to Ignore

Brian Thill, Inside Higher Ed, Jan 23, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I would like to invite the same organization to put up $100 to each of my readers who spots and sends in some instance of bias or political affiliation on this site. And to my readers, I pledge to offer a steady supply, to keep you all in cash. Or we could all recognize that having a point of view or perspective is fundamental to the very idea of being an academic, that such points of view are sometimes, and necessarily, out of the mainstream, and that the very principle of freedom of expression rails against the idea of punishing people - whatever their positions - for their political views. And today, in this country, it is a good day to be reminded of that. If you haven't voted yet, vote. And wherever you live, stand up and be counted, and do not those who would urge you to be silent carry the day.
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