I have argued strenuously against the academic boycott of Israel, led by people like Steven Salaita, on a number of grounds. Not the least of those grounds is that academics who insist on violating the academic freedom of Israelis and those who wish to interact with Israelis do damage to the system in its entirety.... There is a related point to how academic boycotts have a negative ripple effect. On what ground do the academic boycotters of Israel claim their own academic freedom if they are so quick to deny it to others?
Brian Leiter of the University of Chicago Law School regularly attacks other law professor bloggers in particularly nasty terms. I didn't even know who Leiter was when an academic warned me that one day Leiter would target me, and that prediction came true. Leiter has an obsession with "crazed right-wing...
I have been warned almost since I started blogging that one of these days I would show up on University of Chicago Law School Professor Brian Leiter's radar and that his world-renowned pettiness and nastiness would be visited upon me. But at least I'm in good...
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