Mike Adams

Well, Clifton, there you go again. I thought we were through with this little exchange but I see that you have updated ?your? website since I last wrote to you.  In reference to my second article (Shut up and sue!) you now have this to say on ?your? website:

The length of his (Dr. Adams?) quoted material in proportion to the web page it comes from takes it out of the category of "fair use" ? Furthermore, in a second "article" this person has quoted in full a private e-mail from me to him without my permission.  This clearly violates the U.S. Copyright Law.

Furthermore, I noticed that you have added a general statement on academic freedom at the bottom of ?your? webpage, which comes from another portion of the California State University website (I don?t know why you have used quotation marks, Clifton, since the CSULB website is ?your? website):

As far as academic freedom goes, "the special nature of universities protects professors from being question[ed] about their lectures" (CSULB web site).

Clifton, you are simply getting in deeper and deeper as the days go by. Of course, I am loving every minute of it. Please keep updating ?your? website. And, how about another ?private? e-mail?

You have a serious problem on your hands, Clifton. The problem originates with your apparent adoption of a philosophy of moral relativism. Like your hero Oscar Wilde, who said ?I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now? you think that your brand of ?tolerance? makes you better than others. But you fail to see the logical contradiction in your position.

Oscar Wilde also said this about making moral judgments: ?It is an absurd attitude to take towards life. We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices. I never take any notice of what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do.?

Oscar Wilde wasn?t bright enough to recognize that calling something ?absurd? and labeling some people as ?common? and others as ?charming? are forms of moral judgment. Nor do you seem to possess the intellectual firepower to recognize that referring to my opinions (on ?your? website) as ?vindictive, rude, unprofessional, inappropriate, unauthorized, and illogical? means that you are engaging in moral disapproval. Whether you like it or not, you have made a series of moral judgments.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.