In one of the rare surveys conducted about plagiarism, two University of Alabama economists this year asked 1,200 of their colleagues if they believed their work had ever been stolen. A startling 40 percent answered yes. While not a random sample, the responses still represent hundreds of cases of alleged plagiarism.
In his general defense of the American Academy, Herzog asks "may professors silence or sneer at some positions?" Herzog answers yes, citing situations where Holocaust deniers and slavery defenders are told to keep their mouths shut. However, what Herzog does not realize or acknowledge is that Conservative students are often unfairly lumped in with the mouth-breathing crazies. Remember the poor Air Force cadet called a disgrace by a professor at Chicago Saint Xavier University. Mr. Herzog is probably a good man and a good Professor, but he must realize that some of his colleagues cannot and will not distinguish between bad or offensive arguments and differing political opinions.