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    • Joseph
    • 27.02.07 | 12:56 (IST)

    Part of the checks and balances of a genuine democracy is an independent academia, as much as an indepenent judiciary and a free press and media. During the Vietnam War and the widespread opposition from academia, the US government cut funding to univerities. This is about as far as a govt can legitimately go. Putting academics on trial for unpopular views is a form a McCarthyism. ( Joe McCarthy, NOT Paul McCartny for those too young to remember! )

    from the article: MKs seek to try Prof. Toaff over claims in blood libel book
    First published 00:00 27.02.07 | Last updated 00:00 27.02.07
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