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Free Speech Politics Secularism

Homophobia and free speech at UCT, redux

Further comment on Zizipho Pae’s comments regarding gay marriage, following the SRC’s decision to expel her and UCT’s statement on the matter.

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Academia and teaching Morality

Bigotry, free speech and student politics at UCT

UCT SRC Vice President Zizipho Pae has been suspended following her homophobic remarks on Facebook, and rightly so.

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Academia and teaching Politics

Rhodes, “mad panics”, and inappropriate analogies

This entry is part of 7 in the series Rhodes

Gareth van Onselen gave a powerful speech a few weeks ago, on the Rhodes statue and the dangers of succumbing to mob pressure. However, I think liberalism can accommodate the removal of the statue, and that his analogy to Farenheit 451 fails.

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Academia and teaching Politics

Rhodes”Pathetic capitulation” or principled decision? More on #RhodesMustFall

This entry is part of 7 in the series Rhodes

Was the UCT Senate decision a capitulation to bullies, or did the bullies have good arguments (whether or not they were well-behaved)?

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Academia and teaching Politics

UCT Academics Union statement on #RhodesMustFall

This entry is part of 7 in the series Rhodes

The UCT Academics Union have approved a statement on #RhodesMustFall by an overwhelming majority. For those who are following this issue, here is that statement.

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Academia and teaching Politics

#RhodesMustFall, race and essentialism

This entry is part of 7 in the series Rhodes

The emotions and politics of protests like #RhodesMustFall can lead us to forget that politically effective is not necessarily the same thing as intellectually virtuous.

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Academia and teaching Morality Politics

On UCT, transformation and #Rhodesmustfall

This entry is part of 7 in the series Rhodes

The statue of Cecil John Rhodes on UCT’s main campus is currently attracting significant protest action. As important as symbolism is, let’s keep in mind that it’s not all that matters.

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Academia and teaching Politics

The 2015 #SaxAppeal cover

A note on the 2015 issue of Sax Appeal and why I think the cover image a poor attempt at satire.

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Academia and teaching Politics

Wrong about race in South Africa and UCT

Both Douglas Gibson and Xolela Mangcu are perhaps wrong about race in recent contributions they have made to South African debates.

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Academia and teaching Free Speech Politics

The TB Davie Academic Freedom Lecture 2014 – Max du Preez

My introductory remarks at the TB Davie Academic Freedom Memorial Lecture, 2014.