"Universities should be safe havens where ruthless examination of realities will not be distorted by the aim to please or inhibited by the risk of displeasure."
Kingman Brewster
(1919-1988) President Yale University
Speech, 11 April 1964
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I wonder if he knew just how bad his school was becoming. It didn't retain any of those philosophies.
 -- warren, olathe     
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    Its a good statement. Most of the university grads I meet today though...are socialists.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Not just the Universities, but the media and all facets of the individual sovereign's existence should be free from ruthless distortions of/by aim, force, or design. By way of example, when was the last time you heard Ron Paul's name mentioned in mainstream media, other than as a risk to the militant socialist/fascist expansion of power or even the status quo.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    While many aspects of our lives today fail this test, it appears to me that the better institutions (such as Yale) are passing it with flying colors... let us not forget that Yale has been a part of the education of both Clintons and Bush, as well as many other leaders, often with very different views, goals and policies.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
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    Of course.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- jim k, Austin      
    What, no 'safe spaces' or 'trigger counseling'?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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