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Educated intolerance

Helen Szamuely reports of Leftist violence against the German anti-Euro party, the AfD. As she says, these people seem to have no awareness of their own movement’s history. It does sound worryingly reminiscent of an earlier era in German politics. But what really stood out for me was one of her own comments. The AfD is apparently considering suspending its campaign in Göttingen:

which, being a university town is particularly intolerant of any diverging opinion.

We all know it’s true. And we have a fair idea how that state of affairs came about. But what would the great minds of the past have thought about the fact that not only do some university towns suppress independent thought, but that we expect it?

And how do we fix it?

Edit: Removed italics that I’ve no idea why I’d put in.


  1. Mr Ed says:

    If reason fails, force prevails. There’s only one Bomber Harris.

  2. single acts of tyranny says:

    dont fix it, sooner or later their own contradictory absurdity will be too obvious to ignore

  3. clh says:

    What is the opposite of diversity?


  4. Paul Marks says:

    Helen S. is someone of great integrity – her word can be taken as fact.

    As for the problem of universities – the solution is simple to state (but hard to put into practice).

    End all government funding (direct or indirect) for universities – and end all official support for degrees (no “licensing”). If a group of scholars wish to get together and “award a degree” to someone – let them do it, but let other people judge this degree on whether (or not) they respect those scholars, NOT on the basis of “this is a official university – to this degree means….”.

    As for Germans using violence and attacking freedom of speech – yet calling themselves ANTI Fascists.

    No surprise there – collectivists (German or otherwise) are like that.

    Yet another reason why taxpayers should not be forced to pay for them – or bow down to their “qualifications”,.

  5. Mr Ed says:

    Paul, do you not remember the Anti-Fascist Protective Barrier built in Germany?!i=474505854&k=rnH4JtL

    And how it contained freedom of speech and movement, even thought?

  6. Paul Marks says:

    Mr Ed – quite so.

  7. Single Acts of Tyranny says:

    “End all government funding (direct or indirect) for universities”

    A very fair point. In the whole nonsense about student fees, none of ‘em ever say

    “Right we pay £9k each, there are say 50 students per year on our course, that’s £450K. There are three years of undergrads here, so why exactly does it cost say eight professors £1.35M* a year to teach us considering the buildings should be long since paid for and our food and accommodation is on top?”

    Now if one of the bastards said that, rather than demanding more government money, I might think they had been paying attention in the economics lectures.

    (*Setting aside other direct funding they receive)

  8. NickM says:

    You hint at something that has puzzled me since the introduction of the 9k fees. The idea they are across the board of subjects. I recall for foreign UGs when I was at University fees varied considerably from subject to subject. Some of course having more or less “contact time” and more, less or no lab requirements. Hmm…

  9. Roue le Jour says:

    Indeed, Nick. I teach English at a technical college and my requirements are a room and a supply of whiteboard pens. The guy downstairs teaching power generation and distribution has somewhat greater needs…

    SaoT, “…the buildings should be long since paid for…”
    Presumably those sites incur considerable rates? Just asking.

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