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In 1969, President Richard Nixon formally declared

a “war on drugs” that would be directed to combat the

use of illicit drugs in the U.S. This and other “wars,”

such as the “war on gangs” or “war on cancer” have

come to signify major efforts by the federal government

against something they perceive as a threat.

In past articles in this column I have written about

concerted efforts by some groups and conservative

media to diminish funding for higher education, defame

college education as a passport to better standards

of living, portray colleges and universities as “liberal

nests” out of control, and promote anti-intellectualism.

But now, in the last two weeks, we have seen signs of

major efforts by the federal government to undermine

some of the basic tenets of how colleges and universities,

both private and public, operate.


This work was originally published in The Edwardsville Intelligencer.



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