Commentary: Princeton University Has Disgraced Itself by Firing Free Speech Hero Joshua Katz

Paul du Quenoy

Regardless of the legal outcome, Professor Katz can also take comfort in Princeton's grotesque myopia. By firing him from a prestigious job he loved for reasons that look absurd and downright shifty, it has simultaneously made him a figure of national importance, with almost every major news outlet covering his story. Once the sting fades, he may well realize that he is now a public intellectual of greater stature and higher moral authority than all other classics professors in America combined. He now has the ultimate freedom to say and do what he wants without reference to a failing academic culture that will soon be dead and buried.