How to Be Utterly Unreasonable (Corey Robin Edition)

Those who are closely tracking the Steven Salaita affair know that Corey Robin--who is a "political theorist" at Brooklyn College--has perhaps been Salaita's most ardent defender and champion. This article profiles Robin. Note the following: In the Salaita case, Todd Gitlin faults Mr. Robin for failing to engage with the substance of Mr. Salaita’s tweets, at least …

How Did Steven Salaita Ever Get an Offer from the University of Illinois in the First Place?

As I have written before, Steven Salaita likely has both a breach of contract claim and a First Amendment claim against the University of Illinois for revoking his job offer. But that doesn't mean that he should have been offered a job in the first place, and one would hope that the University of Illinois--and …

On the Case of Steven Salaita

Don't know who Steven Salaita is? Read this for background. And this, as well.Done? Good. And now, for my own take: Tablet Magazine has been on a roll with its coverage of the war between Israel and Hamas, and how big media news outlets have reported on the war. But in this editorial, I think they are …

I Don’t Agree with Dahlia Lithwick on Much . . .

But I agree with her on this, and I write this post as a supporter of same-sex marriage: Agree or disagree with him, University of Virginia law school professor Douglas Laycock has had a lengthy and distinguished academic career. As a scholar and advocate in the constitutional field of religious liberties, he has taken positions …

Want to Read about an Actual First Amendment Violation?

Look no further than this link. Unlike the Duck Dynasty imbroglio, this case features an actual governmental actor, engaging in speech restrictions that are very likely unconstitutionally vague. The restrictions on academic freedom are, of course, outrageous; even tenured professors would end up being wary about using social media in order to publicize their work …