links for 2007-09-16
Felix Salmon Is Unhappy About Those Who Write for GM

Unclear on the Concept of the University

Let me 100% endorse what Alex Tabarrok has to say. A university is a social institution in which people are supposed to think and then speak without fear or favor. The University of California is not doing a good job this week:

Marginal Revolution: What is going on with the UC Regents?!!!!: First this:

In a showdown over academic freedom, a prominent legal scholar said Wednesday that the University of California, Irvine's chancellor had succumbed to conservative political pressure in rescinding his contract to head the university's new law school, a charge the chancellor vehemently denied.

Erwin Chemerinsky, a well-known liberal expert on constitutional law, said he had signed a contract Sept. 4, only to be told Tuesday by Chancellor Michael V. Drake that he was voiding their deal because Chemerinsky was too liberal and the university had underestimated "conservatives out to get me."

Now this:

After a group of UC Davis women faculty began circulating a petition, UC regents rescinded an invitation to Larry Summers, the controversial former president of Harvard University, to speak at a board dinner Wednesday night in Sacramento.

Both of these decisions are shameful.

John Stuart Mill to the white courtesy phone please...