Marjorie Heins raises important but troubling questions about academic freedom in her new book Priests of our Democracy. From Stephen Rohde’s review:
Heins juxtaposes her compelling and distressing account of the anticommunist purges [during the 1940s and 50s] that reached into the ivory towers of our colleges and universities with a chilling cautionary tale that asks whether history is repeating itself through the repressive reactions to 9/11. Have the earlier witch hunts that targeted alleged communists (with a disturbing and disproportionate focus on Jews) been replaced with an obsessive targeting of alleged terrorists (with a disturbing and disproportionate focus on Muslims)? Have we learned anything from the excesses of McCarthyism, or are we condemned to repeat them?
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