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.

If
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.

To
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