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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Universities now tell you what to think


In response to Chris McGovern: Liberal fascism grows ever stronger in our universities, John Thomas wrote:

A good article, and a parlous situation we’re arriving at (in my day, universities taught you how to think; today, they teach you what to think). But this isn’t entirely new.

I was doing a postgrad at Birmingham when the controversial psychologist H. J. Eysenck was due to come and give a talk. The equivalents of today’s “liberal” fascists mounted a protest. There was a long, low wall near the library on which someone painted:

“Preserve academic freedom – don’t let Eysenck speak!”

Apparently Eysenck photographed it for the cover of his next book. This was 1973.

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