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Prof Worries About ‘Politicized’ Freedom After Purdue U. Makes Masks Optional

Prof Worries About ‘Politicized’ Freedom After Purdue U. Makes Masks Optional

“I’m curious what folks think about today’s announcement concerning masks on our campus”

In the last week, there have been a few instances where the word ‘freedom’ has been politicized. This is dangerous for the country.

The College Fix reports:

Purdue professor worries campus mask-optional policy will give people ‘more freedom’

In response to Purdue University moving to an optional face mask policy, an English professor complained the move would give people “more freedom.”

Purdue announced on February 16 that beginning last Friday, face masks in indoor settings would be optional “except for instructional, research and health care settings, as well as where contractually required.”

The campus currently has a five percent COVID positivity rate, according to the statement.

Professor Robert Marzec, whose specialization is contemporary British and postcolonial literature, didn’t think much of the announcement.

“I’m curious what folks think about today’s announcement concerning masks on our campus,” Marzec wrote in an email obtained by the Twitter account Libs of Tik Tok. “A lax mask policy can easily lead to a new evolution of the virus, and yes, a  virus becomes less deadly as it evolves.

“Regardless of how students will interpret ‘except for instructional settings,’ I’m worried that this can only translate to more freedom for a culture of health laziness and give more fodder to the combative, politicized conception of individual freedom now rampant.”

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“A lax mask policy can easily lead to a new evolution of the virus”

Easily? Is that his professional opinion of the genetics of the virus? And if that is so, shouldn’t we fear an evolution of ALL viruses?

Or possibly we should simply ignore the opinions of imbeciles who think the “politicized meaning of individual freedom” is more of a problem than the tyranny of official mandates that make no sense.

No, I take that back. People like this should not be ignored. They should be mercilessly ridiculed.

Faced with the pain of freedom, man begs for his shackles.
–GERRY SPENCE

face masks in indoor settings would be optional “except for instructional, research and health care settings, as well as where contractually required”

In what sense are face masks optional? Those places are essentially every building on campus.

Just like the meme:

Hello, 911? Yes, I’d like to report some people not living in fear….

I’m a retired (perhaps I should say “recovering”) college professor. During my career, I observed increasingly ignorant professors turning out increasingly ignorant students. When I started in higher ed in the early 80s, I felt some pride in what I did. Now I’m almost ashamed to tell people what I did before I retired.

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