No one owns a course; no course has a right to be given; and no subject has a claim on university time and money. [Too many commentators] cry academic freedom whenever a university does something they don’t like, and by doing so, they cheapen the concept. . . .
[True academic] sin is to insist that a certain idea be discussed whether or not it has made its academic way because a few disappointed outsiders are willing to spend big bucks to get it inside. If, in the judgment of an instructor, “Atlas Shrugged” will contribute to a student’s understanding of a course’s subject, there is every reason to assign it. But if assigning “Atlas Shrugged” is the price for the receiving of monies and the university pays that price, it has indeed sold its soul. . . .
[A]cademic freedom issues legitimately arise . . . . when the university either allows its professors to appropriate the classroom for non-academic purposes . . . or allows itself to become the wholly owned subsidiary of another enterprise . . . .