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If Harvard senior Sandra Korn had her way, there would be no more free speech because it threatens liberalism, the Daily Caller reported Sunday.

According to Korn, academic freedom -- specifically, the freedom to express views contrary to those supported by liberals -- should be set aside for "justice."

"Let’s give up on academic freedom in favor of justice," was the subtitle of her column at the Harvard Crimson.

In her article, she suggested Harvard stop guaranteeing professors and students the right to hold and express controversial views and pursue research that challenges liberalism, Robby Soave said.

“If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals?” she asked.

"Instead," she added, "I would like to propose a more rigorous standard: one of 'academic justice.' When an academic community observes research promoting or justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue."

Translation: Only speech and research that supports liberalism should be allowed.

Korn, Soave added, then cited examples of how her idea of "justice" should be pursued at Harvard.

"The firing of Subramanian Swamy, a Harvard summer school instructor who was dismissed for his anti-Islamic views, was one such triumph," he said.

She also addressed the academic boycott of Israel, something Soave said was condemned by Harvard President Drew Faust and numerous other university presidents.

"Opponents of the boycott claim that it restricts the freedom of Israeli academics or interrupts the 'free flow of ideas," Korn said. "Proponents of the boycott often argue that the boycott is intended to, in the end, increase, not restrict, academic freedom—the ASA points out that 'there is no effective or substantive academic freedom for Palestinian students and scholars under conditions of Israeli occupation.'”

She went on to accuse conservative opponents of the boycott of engaging in a “freedom” game, while saying only those on the left who oppose Israel and supposedly "care about justice" can "take the moral upper hand."

Korn's view, Soave said, appears to be growing on colleges across the country, citing the case of Swarthmore College sophomore Erin Ching, who criticized the school for allowing conservative Christian thinker Robert George to speak on campus.

“What really bothered me is, the whole idea is that at a liberal arts college, we need to be hearing a diversity of opinion,” she said. “I don’t think we should be tolerating [George’s] conservative views because that dominant culture embeds these deep inequalities in our society.”

Pro-life students at the University of Alabama were also told they could not express their views after the school secretly removed a poster some students found objectionable.

Korn, Soave said, "did not immediately respond to a request for comment."



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