"There can be no tolerance toward democrats and communists in a libertarian social order. They will have to be physically separated and removed from society. Likewise, in a covenant founded for the purpose of protecting family and kin, there can be no tolerance toward those habitually promoting lifestyles incompatible with this goal. They – the advocates of alternative, non-family and kin-centered lifestyles such as, for instance, individual hedonism, parasitism, nature-environment worship, homosexuality, or communism – will have to be physically removed from society, too, if one is to maintain a libertarian order."
Hans-Hermann Hoppe Democracy, The God That Failed
Over at Catallaxy, Rafe Champion has backed Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe‘s successful struggle against his employer – the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. So has the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada.
In case you haven’t been following this latest campus outrage, here’s a synopsis.
Hoppe, a Professor of economics, was lecturing his Economics 303 class about time preferences in March last year. According to UNLV student newspaper Rebel Yell:
…Hoppe said that homosexuals tend to plan less for the future than heterosexuals.
Factors Hoppe offered to support his statement were the ideas that homosexuals live riskier lifestyles and tend not to have children.
Hoppe then went on to address theories that economist John Maynard Keynes may have been influenced by his homosexuality when he adopted his "spend it now" philosophy to keep the economy strong and cyclical, suggesting that homosexuality entails spontaneity.
Michael Knight, a student in Hoppe’s class, was offended and lodged an informal complaint. He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that:
"He was stereotyping homosexuals – we don’t have any family values; we don’t know how to manage our money; we basically just blow all our money immediately — that was my take on it," said Knight, who is gay. "When the door closes and the lecture began, he needs to make sure he is remaining as politically correct as possible."
Knight told the Chronicle of Higher Education’s David Glenn that: "I was just shocked and appalled. I said to myself, Where the hell is he getting this information from? I was completely surprised, and that’s why I went to the university about this." When Hoppe remained unapologetic Knight made his complaint formal. After various attempts at mediation and an administrative review, a grievance committee recommended that Hoppe be reprimanded and lose his merit pay.
UNLV Provost, Raymond Alden, sent Hoppe a ‘letter of instruction’ (pdf) which informed Hoppe that the committee:
specifically determined that purportedly empirical statements in your lectures regarding homosexuals and time preferences were not supported by peer reviewed academic literature. These statements of alleged facts had the effect of being discriminatory and creating a hostile learning environment because they were not qualified as opinions, theories without experimental/statistical support, topics open to debate, or otherwise limited.
Hoppe protested and sought legal advice. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal "The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, on Hoppe’s behalf, sent a letter to UNLV officials alleging that the university violated Hoppe’s free speech rights and his right to academic freedom." The university eventually decided to withdraw the reprimand with UNLV President Carol Harter saying: "I believe professors are entitled the freedom to teach theories and to espouse opinions that are out of the mainstream or are controversial" (pdf).
As for that Hoppe quote this post began with…. Hoppe told the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "Nowhere do I say that the various ‘offenders,’ such as communists, democrats, etc., may not be allowed to found their own communities, based on their own principles … after all I am a libertarian, as my entire life’s work attests to."
I guess you’ll have to read the book and make up your own mind.