The skewed perspective of a conservative Catholic employee-side employment lawyer living in the most exciting city in the Milky Way, Las Vegas, Nevada USA, who listens to a lot of really strange music and who, for some reason, lives and dies St. Louis Cardinal baseball

2/05/2005

ACLU supports free speech at UNLV

Man bites dog! The ACLU is back in the business of supporting unpopular speech.

A libertarian/conservative economics professor at UNLV is
under fire for making some allegedly anti-gay remarks in a classroom lecture last year. What was the horrific, intentional infliction of emotional distress-inducing, homophobic comment: "homosexuals tend to plan less for the future than heterosexuals."

Duh!

Isn't that the criticism of John Maynard Keynes? A legitimate criticism of Keynes is that he failed to take the long term perspective. His famous
quote is "in the long run we are all dead." Keynes also was, if I am correct, quite gay. Maybe, perhaps, Jeynes's homosexuality influences his thinking on this point? What's the problem with an economics professor making such an allusion, especially given the use of the term "tend."

Does a university have the right to police the speech of its professors.
Darn tootin'. But just as regular policing is a good thing when actual laws are enforced, the limited right of public universities to police the speech of professors should be very limited to the most egregious problems.
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