Recruiter Bans and the New Ivory Tower

Recruiter Bans and the New Ivory Tower

The spirals of confrontation and force which marked recent campus demonstrations against Dow interviewers, military recruiters, and Johnson Administration spokesmen have raised serious issues regarding academic freedom. SDS and its allies have announced an abrupt turn “from ‘mere protest’ to ‘resistance.’ ”

SDS National Secretary Mike Spiegel has declared: “We think the issue of civil liberties tends to obfuscate the real issues.” According to the rationale proffered by leaders of the demonstrators, the university should have no right to participate in the military efforts of the country, and Dow Chemical representatives and other recruiters must, when they come to the campus, discuss their involvement in the war machine. Otherwise, say these leaders, demonstrators have a right to drive them from the campuses.

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