The Noelle-Neumann Case
To the Editor:
We would like to respond to Leo Bogart’s article, “The Pollster and the Nazis” [August 1991], and Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann’s reply [Letters from Readers, January].
As members of a university community, we consider it our duty to uphold academic freedom. That freedom requires that members of our community be permitted to hold and express beliefs that may be unpopular. Yet we also have an obligation to oppose bigotry. The past activities of Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, a visiting professor in our department, have forced us to consider how we act when these principles are opposed.
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