The Augean Stables of Academe: How to Remove the Authoritarian Bias in Universities

2 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2019

Date Written: October 17, 2019

Abstract

The “free world” was the political rhetoric used during the Cold War in contrast to the “communist” countries. However, the “free world” was manifestly never free: the state considerably interfered with people in their persons and their property. And the “communist” countries were manifestly never communist: there was no common ownership of the means of production with the absence of social classes, money, and the state. It would have been more accurate to call them the “authoritarian world” and the “totalitarian world”. Today the “free world” is sometimes still used, but Western countries remain authoritarian in terms of taxation and restrictive legislation. The, by implication, “unfree world” is largely only somewhat more authoritarian. Why does this continuing authoritarianism exist in the West?

Keywords: Academe, authoritarianism, libertarianism, free world

Suggested Citation

Lester, J. C., The Augean Stables of Academe: How to Remove the Authoritarian Bias in Universities (October 17, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3471363 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3471363

J. C. Lester (Contact Author)

London School of Economics ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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