Sexual Harassment Procedures: The Orwellian Nightmare

At my FreeU blog, I have posted a lengthy entry dealing with the misbegotten “reform” process at my university, where the Sexual Harassment Industry is cleverly engaging in a rewrite of “procedures” to hide the disgrace of this process. While my post deals with one university, it applies equally well to most other public universities. All of the problems I mention are found on other campuses.

My recommended revisions will likely go down in flames. Common sense is no longer so common.

Everyone knows the famous Miranda decision requiring the accused to be informed of their rights. This decision became one of the keystones of modern liberal due process. If the accused is not informed of their rights, a police state may run rough shod over those alleged to have committed crimes.

Forget Miranda and all that “innocent before guilty” nonsense. Welcome to the wonderful new world of “Sexual Harassment Procedures” . . . .

The irony is rich: our campus, like so many others, has witnessed criticism of George W. Bush, the Patriot Act, Guantanamo Bay procedures on the grounds that due process is lacking and the government shields itself from scrutiny. Yet here we are with procedures that bear an eerie resemblance to the Bush-era action.

Jonathan Bean is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and editor of the Independent book, Race & Liberty in America: The Essential Reader.
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