Translating the report into plain English, Yale-NUS dumped the class because it would have possibly been illegal under the laws of Singapore. That is a classic case of government throttling thought and expression. However, I don’t see much difference between this dampening of academic freedom by Singaporean law and the dampening of academic freedom by the U.S. Department of Education, threatening to withhold federal funds from Duke and University of North Carolina because an offered course on the Middle East was “too Islamic.” East or West, authoritarian governments are a pest.

 

James Luce graduated from Yale College in 1966. Contact him at jaume@sbcglobal.net .