Opinions and Jobs
The way I work is I take ideas and push them to the extreme to see how far they go. I can’t imagine a person who wouldn’t be offended by something I have written here on the blog over the years. So what? I’m at the same time extremely tolerant everywhere else. People who know me will tell you that they never feel judged around me. Students invariably say they feel very comfortable and at ease in my classrooms.
Many academics shun engaging with the public precisely because they are afraid of saying something they’ll be hounded for. Who benefits as a result? What common good is being served? A professor tweeted something some people found objectionable and his job contract was rescinded. How is that a good thing?