Good point by Harold Pollock about the most offensive of Kevin Williamson’s recent offensive columns. Even leaving aside the flagrant racism, the premise of the article is idiotic. Yes, when Republicans were in charge of the state government East St. Louis was just like Paris!
Cary Nelson asserted last week that Steven Salita “had not received a contract.” So the question is whether he was dissembling or pretending to know things he didn’t. At any rate, what’s left of his argument is that retweeting someone’s metaphorical criticism of a pundit is a firable offense if it’s done to advance a political position Cary Nelson doesn’t like. Whether this would leave any remaining content to the concept of “academic freedom” I leave to the reader.