"You have to hand it to the BU lawyers. Their solution to the censorship problem is really quite brilliant—and absurd. They cut their teeth under John Silber, after all. They've had decades to refine their methods."
I’ll conclude with a few rhetorical questions: What is an extraordinary research and publication record worth to a faculty member at Boston University? What are critical accolades for his scholarship worth? What is a massive internet presence and following worth? What is exceptional teaching worth? What is devoted student advising and mentoring worth? What is seniority worth? What is tenure worth? As I say, the questions are purely rhetorical—since they have already been answered, loudly, clearly, and unambiguously, on every preceding page of this posting, and every other page of this blog. The answers, for a faculty member at Boston University today, are: nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, and nothing—if the faculty member dares to say or write anything a Boston University administrator disagrees with or that hasn’t been cleared with the administration in advance—all the more, if the faculty member dares to speak out about ethical issues and professional misbehavior by administrators. The John Silber days live on.