Tag: academic freedom

Bubbles Right and Left

Bubbles Right and Left

activism, citizenship, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, Ideology, Islam, Politics, Religion, Second Amendment, secularism, Spirituality, Supreme Court, Tolerance
Ideologies are funny things. Everyone has one, but most people, most of the time, are unaware of most aspects of the ideologies they espouse and live by. Most ideologies are implicit most of the time. But all ideologies, explicit and implicit, have a tendency to overemphasize one aspect or factor of reality to the suppression or exclusion of all others. In extreme cases, the result is a “bubble”. Bubbles occur when one value or issue in any ideology trumps all other considerations: when security trumps liberty (or vice versa), when tolerance trumps the critical faculty (or vice versa), when morality trumps compassion (or vice versa), etc. Furthermore, bubbles can occur at either end of the conservative / progressive political spectrum, the left as well as the right. Herewith some examples
Rotten Fish and the First Amendment

Rotten Fish and the First Amendment

Challenge, citizenship, community, conflict, Consitution, courage, critical judgment, culture, Education, Ethics, First Amendment, Freedom, hate, Ideology, law, Politics, solidarity, Spirituality, Tolerance
My reaction was pretty typical to the recent scandal about the racist slogans chanted by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity at Oklahoma University (OU) at Norman and the companion video of the SAE house-mother repeating a racist slur: kick them out of OU, fire the house-mother, and dissolve the fraternity immediately. At that point, I was -- I freely admit -- feeling with my glands instead of reasoning with my brain. So I began to use the latter to think the issue through more dispassionately from a constitutional and First Amendment standpoint.  In the end, my glands were vindicated ... sort of:  my original reaction was right, just for the wrong reasons. Regarding the recitation of the racist chant on the bus, there are two broad possibilities, each with somewhat diff