Congratulations, Missouri, and American academia in general — you’ve succeeded in undermining the ethic of free inquiry, disinterested scholarship and certainly anything like decent manners.
The truth is that universities are and always have been ripe environments for absolutism. Students — brimming with self-righteousness, unaware of how easily violence can spread, and stimulated by the scent of blood in the water — have provided the shock troops for most totalitarian movements.
During what liberal academics praised as the “idealistic” 1960s, American students — sometimes armed — seized buildings, held a dean hostage, looted research files and committed promiscuous vandalism.
Students are natural radicals. The job of academics in a free society that hopes to remain so is to instill respect for freedom of thought and expression. Our problem is that many of the students who were burning professors’ research notes in the 1960s are now on the faculty.