One cannot say that we must defend academic freedom when there are grave doubts about the principles underlying academic freedom…. In order to find out why we have fallen on such hard times, we must recognize that the foundations of the university have become extremely doubtful to the highest intelligences. Our petty tribulations have great causes.
That was Alan Bloom in 1987, in his book The Closing of the American Mind, which has become even more relevant today than when it was published.
Now go lift something heavy,