It was Dr. Robert Stadler who had once corrected a student: “Free scientific inquiry? The first adjective is redundant.
It comes from p. 178 of my paperback version of Atlas shrugged. by Ayn Rand. When I read it recently, I thought of Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes for Health, tracing to silence Jay Bhattacharya, Martin Kulldorf and Sunetra Gupta after issuing the Great Barrington Declaration. here is a link to emails. I also thought of Fauci’s line “a lot of what you see as attacks on me are frankly attacks on science” in a interview 2021. When you criticize a scientist, you might be attacking the science, but what Fauci doesn’t even seem to admit is that you might actually be criticizing his thinking and wanting him to give more than sound bites to back up his conclusions. .
More generally, we are witnessing a strong attack on intellectual research in academia. Many people are afraid of saying the wrong thing and even losing permanent positions. sweet jamesthe head of the American Historical Association, apologizes for some thoughtful comments about the Project 1619for example.