I had a conversation on Twitter today with Professor Claire Potter, the subject of the post Tenured radicals cannot be trusted with our academic freedom.

Potter first forcefully and repeatedly opposed the academic boycott of Israeli educational institutions proposed by the American Studies Association because it violated principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech, and was conducted in such a way as to ambush those opposed to the resolution.

After vigorous social media attacks, Potter flipped and now supports the boycott in order to give the boycott “a chance.”

You can read the conversation here and here.

Who is paying me?

Unfortunately, no one.

Not the Israeli Lobby (whatever that is).  Not AIPAC.  Not any of the groups you just know she had in mind.

These things always end badly.  It’s why we cannot trust our academic freedom to tenured radicals.