academic freedom Though somewhat
contested in its details, this is more or less the idea that *academics
ought to be able to research, teach, publish and otherwise communicate whatever
subjects, theories or theses they choose.

this is intended to mean without any *aggressive compulsion or *censorship
by the *state, then that is indeed a *freedom or
*liberty. However, any academic pursuit based on a *tax-*extorted
subsidy or an aggressively imposed *monopoly of tertiary education is an illiberal
academic *license rather than a freedom. And the overwhelming
majority of academics are in fact exercising this illiberal license while
presenting it as academic freedom.

the extent that the state is the major employer or tax-funder, and this extent
varies considerably, an academic institution has no right to proscribe or
prescribe anything. Its sole *duty is to stop taking such funds. Though given that
the institution will remain a *criminal *organization, it is somewhat less illiberal that its
rules reflect the *free market as far as possible. This is impossible to
determine in any detail. However, to the extent that a *university
or other academic institution is instead *honest, then *contractually
prescribing or proscribing certain topics for *religious,
*moral, *commercial, or any other reasons does not infringe the
freedom of the academic in any aggressive way, though the academic will be less
‘free’ in an unlimited personal sense.

A Dictionary of Libertarianism