Commentary: It’s not just about Wax and Shapiro ’99: We can’t stand idly by while academic freedom gets thrown under the bus

Matthew Wilson, Princeton Class of 2024
The Daily Princetonian

Excerpt: It’s an invariable cycle: a professor says something offensive or contentious, and immediately students, their colleagues in academia, the media, and members of the public call for their university to discipline or fire them. In most cases, robust free speech protections have kept anyone from losing their job. But that has been changing in recent years — and two recent scandals involving a controversial University of Pennsylvania professor and a libertarian constitutional law scholar visiting Georgetown University seem poised to put those protections to the test, in cases whose ultimate effects could have far-reaching implications.