February 22, 2005

Hans-Hermann Hoppe Victory Blog

Academic freedom is under assault, particularly for those whose writing, teaching, and research challenges dominant political ideologies. The special concern of this letter is the case of Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Senior Fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

As professors, students, and citizens, we support Professor Hoppe in his battle for academic freedom against the assault on his freedom to teach by the administration of his University. The developments surrounding the harassment of Professor Hoppe threaten not only the interests of one intellectual but also the rights and freedoms of everyone in the academic community.

Even the University's decision, made under pressure, to withdraw the complaint against Hoppe leaves a chill and a sense of uncertainty among faculty about whether and to what extent they are permitted to exercise their freedom. Due to national and international coverage, the entire scholarly world is watching to see how this case is finally resolved.

The initial concern arose from a "letter of instruction" issued by the University, signed by Provost Raymond W. Alden, III, and hand delivered to Professor Hoppe. The new policy announced by this letter would chill free speech and dramatically stifle academic freedom at UNLV, and send a very ominous signal within American academia. Moreover, this letter arrived after nearly a year of investigations and harassment of Hoppe in which he was under a gag order and threatened with financial penalties and severe forms of censure.

That this could happen to Hoppe, a world-renowned economist, author, and speaker, as well as a pioneer in the libertarian tradition of political economy, is striking enough to make one worry about the status of colleagues with lower public profile and less academic protection.

The Mises Institute has a special interest in his case. Hoppe is an adherent of the Austrian school of economics (leading Austrian school economist F.A. Hayek won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1974), he earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy and his Habilitation degree in Sociology and Economics, both from the Goethe-Universität in Germany. He taught at several German universities as well as at the Johns Hopkins University, BolognaCenter for Advanced International Studies, Bologna, Italy. In 1986, Hoppe joined UNLV’s economics department and has been a tenured full professor since 1992.

Constantly in demand for speaking engagements around the world, Hoppe is author of dozens of scholarly books and articles. His scholarly work covers areas such as money and banking, the methodology of the social sciences, comparative systems, European economic history, political ethics, the market for security, the theory of ownership and property rights, and economic institutions generally.

He is a radical thinker and a system builder of the sort that academia should treasure, for his ideas offer a relentless challenge to students and colleagues. Because Professor Hoppe enjoys an international reputation—his books and essays have been translated and published in Korean, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Chinese, French, Danish, German, and eight other languages—his case has benefited from an outpouring of support, especially from students who have studied under him both in the US and abroad. He serves as senior fellow of the Mises Institute and editor-at-large of the Journal of Libertarian Studies.

The controversy surrounds comments made during two money and banking class lectures in March 2004, during which Professor Hoppe discussed the concept of "time preference." Time preference is an important notion in economics, and particularly in the Austrian school of economics, because it draws attention to the importance of time in the market process, identifying individuals’ varying degrees of willingness to defer the immediate consumption of goods in favor of saving and investment.

In his lecture, Hoppe explained by way of illustration that certain demographic groups that might tend not to have children, such as homosexuals, generally do not adopt as long an economic time horizon as those that do have children. The same is true, he said, of other groups such as the very young and very old, ceteris paribus.

Individuals with higher time preference such as homosexuals, he continued, might engage in riskier behaviors. Agree or disagree with his illustration of an economic principle, an illustration which is certainly subject to empirical investigation, his comments were within bounds of the topic in question. (A version of the full lecture is available online.)

This was the lecture that led to the complaint and the subsequent international uproar against the UNLV administration for failing to defend Hoppe's freedom to teach. Instead of dismissing the student's complaint, the University launched a series of menacing investigations which culminated in the February 9, 2005 letter that declared that Professor Hoppe had created a "hostile learning environment." The letter went on to instruct the professor to "cease mischaracterizing opinion as objective fact."

The decision by the UNLV administration was an unfortunate and significant erosion of the academic freedom guaranteed by the University's own bylaws, which state, in pertinent part:

Academic freedom is essential to these purposes and is applicable to both teaching and research. Freedom in teaching is fundamental for the protection of the rights of the teacher in teaching and of the student in learning. ... A member of the faculty has freedom and an obligation, in the classroom or in research, to discuss and pursue the faculty member's subject with candor and integrity, even when the subject requires consideration of topics which may be politically, socially or scientifically controversial… the faculty member…shall not be subjected to censorship or discipline by the University and Community College System of Nevada on grounds that the faculty member has expressed opinions or views which are controversial, unpopular or contrary to the attitudes of the University and Community College System of Nevada or the community.

The letter sent by the provost directly contradicts this iron-clad promise of protection for the freedom to teach. It also establishes a fact-opinion dichotomy that is untenable in a university setting. An attempt to enforce it universally would lead to a shutdown of classroom life as it has been known in the whole history of academia. Professors themselves would be reduced to mere transmitters of received and accepted facts, thereby robbing the students of a serious education and an opportunity to have ideas presented and judged on their own merits. No serious university can operate under such strictures. Clearly, as the University’s own bylaws acknowledge, academic freedom permits and even obliges faculty to discuss controversial matters at variance with "common wisdom."

The implications of the University’s new policy are made clear by comments by the complaining student, Michael Knight, an economics major who graduated from the University last year and now lives in the Seattle area. In published newspaper accounts, Knight claimed: "When the door closes and the lecture began, he needs to make sure he is remaining as politically correct as possible."

While this student cannot be expected to be familiar with the nuances of academic freedom, the University itself ought to realize its crucial importance. The UNLV student newspaper, disgusted at the course of events, saw fit to remind students and the administration: "It should be understood that college is a place only for those with [temperance], patience, willingness to learn."

President Carol Harter's statement that the university has dropped its case against Hans-Hermann Hoppe is a victory of sorts, and yet it is not a clarion call on behalf of the freedom to teach; indeed, it seems to leave an opening for future violations of its contractual guarantee of academic freedom insofar as lecture content must be tempered by "significant corresponding academic responsibility"; "where there may be ambiguity between the two" freedom must be "foremost."

Academic freedom here seems more like contingent administrative permission, something granted to prisoners on parole. The statement also implies that the Hoppe case was somehow ambiguous. Another reading, it is true, could note that the university bylaws assert that freedom and "academic responsibility" are "equally demanding." In that sense, Dr. Harter's assertion that freedom is actually more important can be seen as a big shift in Hoppe's favor.

However it is parsed, it is hard to see how this resolution is going to inspire faculty who might have felt the chill to rest assured that they can count on the administration to back them up in dispute. Moreover, the statement offered no compensation to Hoppe for an entire year of diversion and difficulty with this case.

At stake is more than the reputation of an individual scholar, or the standing of a university that has failed to live by its by-laws which promise to protect the freedom to teach "even when topics are politically, socially or scientifically controversial." What is at stake is the integrity of the university learning environment itself. The incident politicizes the classroom environment to the point that neither students nor teachers can pursue science and truth without fear of political reprisal.

Especially now that this case has garnered international attention, it is crucial that it be resolved in favor of open debate and the free exchange of ideas. We respectfully urge this University and all universities that guarantee the freedom to teach, and to restore anew a commitment to academic freedom, which Mises himself regarded as critical to the defense of a free society.

(affiliations for identification purposes only)

Posted by at February 22, 2005 5:28 PM


Stephan Kinsella, Houston, Texas

Posted by: Stephan Kinsella at February 16, 2005 3:36 PM

Robert L. Stephens, Palo Alto, California

Posted by: Robert L. Stephens at February 23, 2005 12:33 AM

Brian Drake, The Woodlands, Texas

Posted by: Brian Drake at February 23, 2005 1:11 AM

B.K. Marcus, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Posted by: bkMarcus at February 23, 2005 1:39 AM

Best wishes to Prof Hoppe.

Posted by: Jim Fedako at February 23, 2005 5:26 AM

Fabrice Ribet, Lyon, France.

Posted by: Fabrice Ribet at February 23, 2005 6:51 AM

Walter Rebuttand, Brussels.

Posted by: Walter Rebuttand at February 23, 2005 7:20 AM

Best Wishes to Prof. Hoppe, by Francesco Carbone, Italia

Posted by: Francesco Carbone at February 23, 2005 7:34 AM

Carson City, NV. Without academic freedom, universities lose their benefit to society.

Posted by: Jerry T. Dowell at February 23, 2005 7:47 AM

Rahim Taghizadegan, Vienna/Brussels

Posted by: Rahim Taghizadegan at February 23, 2005 7:52 AM

Mateusz Machaj, Polish Mises Institute

Posted by: Mateusz Machaj, Polish Mises Institute at February 23, 2005 7:57 AM

"As long as an hundred live" Sean Corrigan, Zuerich, Switzerland

Posted by: Sean Corrigan at February 23, 2005 8:00 AM

Best Wishes to Dr. Hoppe. Hoping him and all other Austrians true academic freedom henceforth! Most Sincerely, Antero Atilla, Helsinki, Finland.

Posted by: Antero Atilla at February 23, 2005 8:01 AM

College of Charleston Charleston, SC

Posted by: Peter Calcagno at February 23, 2005 8:07 AM

Daniel Franke, Gainesville, FL, University of Florida

Posted by: Daniel Franke at February 23, 2005 8:15 AM

Auburn, Alabama

Posted by: Judy Thommesen at February 23, 2005 8:17 AM

Marian Eabrasu, Paris8 University, France

Posted by: Marian Eabrasu at February 23, 2005 8:19 AM

As I am sure you are aware, university faculty are paid mostly by various government entities. Therefore, the government is their primary employer and they set the rules of employment. I would imagine that so-called acedemic freedom clauses are going to be revised in coming years removing all doubt as to who decides what is acceptable and who does what they are told. As the article says, Hoppe may have won the battle, but the outcome of the war is doubtful. Too many of today's faculty support the government's attempts to muzzle acedemic freedom. Eventually, they will get things setup such that you can't say anything the government doesn't like and a majority of the faculty will cheer the new rules as a savior.


Posted by: Robin Barbehenn at February 23, 2005 8:20 AM

Irvington, New York

Posted by: Benjamin Kuipers at February 23, 2005 8:23 AM

Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC

Posted by: Timothy Terrell at February 23, 2005 8:23 AM

University of Siena, Italy

Posted by: Carlo Lottieri at February 23, 2005 8:25 AM

Don Mathews, Brunswick, Georgia

Posted by: Don Mathews at February 23, 2005 8:25 AM

Gil Guillory, The Woodlands, Texas

Posted by: Gil Guillory at February 23, 2005 8:29 AM

Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico

Posted by: Spencer MacCallum at February 23, 2005 8:30 AM

J. S. Mill got it right!
Hang in there Hans.

Roger W. Garrison

Posted by: Roger W. Garrison at February 23, 2005 8:35 AM

Thank you, Sir, for your unceasing and tireless efforts in the struggle for peace, free exchange and civilization!

Posted by: Barry C. Russell at February 23, 2005 8:36 AM

Visiting Scholar, Department of Politics
New York University

Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra at February 23, 2005 8:37 AM

Adam Hogan, Detroit, Michigan.

Posted by: Adam Hogan at February 23, 2005 8:40 AM

Peter G. Klein, University of Missouri

Posted by: Peter Klein at February 23, 2005 8:43 AM

Philipp Bagus, Münster, Germany

Posted by: Philipp Bagus at February 23, 2005 8:52 AM

Loyola University New Orleans

Posted by: William Barnett II at February 23, 2005 8:57 AM

Dennis Mangan
Santa Rosa, California

Posted by: Dennis Mangan at February 23, 2005 8:58 AM

Yvonne Kelly, Houston, Texas

Posted by: Yvonne Kelly at February 23, 2005 9:00 AM

Profesor of Economics and Interim Dean School of Business, Metropolitan State College of Denver

Posted by: John P. Cochran at February 23, 2005 9:00 AM

The measure of a free society is tolerance for speech and thought that is abhorred.

Posted by: George Giles at February 23, 2005 9:08 AM

I am Professor of Economics, Sul Ross State University, and Adjunct Scholar with the Mises Institute, Research Fellow with The Independent Institute, and Foundation Scholar with the Foundation for the Advancement of Monetary Education.

Posted by: Larry J. Sechrest at February 23, 2005 9:16 AM

Chris Butler
Overland Park, Kansas

Posted by: Chris Butler at February 23, 2005 9:18 AM

Kenneth J. Hendrickson, Melbourne, FL

Posted by: Kenneth J. Hendrickson at February 23, 2005 9:18 AM

Freedom of speech, as the Austrians and libertarians would remind us, depends on property rights - the more they are eroded, the less rights to expression we will possess, which is why Hoppe's case must serve to remind us of the fragility of freedom. To secure a right to express views ultimately means possessing the property (or contract) to do so - but for those working in the state/public sector, that right can never be guaranteed. If harassed or constrained, don't just shut up, kick up a fuss, then get the hell out of there - go private, set up your own educational institution. I have! It's small, doesn't come with great pay, but I earn every penny and there are no ties, except to my customers. Therein lies freedom!

Posted by: Dr Alex Moseley at February 23, 2005 9:19 AM

Mark Thornton

Posted by: Mark Thornton at February 23, 2005 9:19 AM

Per Henrik Hansen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Posted by: Per Henrik Hansen at February 23, 2005 9:21 AM

Professor of Economics, Trinity College, Hartford, CT

Posted by: William N.Butos at February 23, 2005 9:21 AM

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English and Philosophy Drexel University

Posted by: Scott Stein at February 23, 2005 9:23 AM

Mark Brandly
Ferris State University

Posted by: Mark Brandly at February 23, 2005 9:31 AM

My esteem for your scholarship and your courage in advancing it without compromise or apologies could be no higher. I wish you the best.

Posted by: Rich Wilcke at February 23, 2005 9:31 AM

Shawn Ritenour
Grove City College

Posted by: Shawn Ritenour at February 23, 2005 9:34 AM


Posted by: Roberto Losada-Maestre at February 23, 2005 9:39 AM

Separation of . . . and state. How is that possible, considering the size of the state?

Hjalmar Gerber, Edmontoin, Alberta

Posted by: Hjalmar Gerber at February 23, 2005 9:41 AM

Raymond Fuller

Posted by: Raymond Fuller at February 23, 2005 9:45 AM

Editor, The Mises Review

Posted by: David Gordon at February 23, 2005 9:47 AM

College of William and Mary

Posted by: Marcus Epstein at February 23, 2005 9:48 AM

The Loose Cannon Libertarian supports you

Posted by: Garry Reed at February 23, 2005 9:51 AM

Congratulations on this small victory, Prof. Hoppe. I hope the UNLV takes a firmer stand in support of academic freedom, and compensate you for time lost.

Posted by: David J. Heinrich at February 23, 2005 9:51 AM

My compliments to Prof. Hoppe as someone who admires his work very much.

Posted by: Thomas R.White at February 23, 2005 9:52 AM

Jackson, Mississippi

Posted by: Andrew Spiehler at February 23, 2005 9:53 AM

Don Stacy Bloomington, IL

Posted by: Don Stacy at February 23, 2005 9:56 AM

In admiration of our highest ranked warrior for freedom.
All the best
Hubert John Strecker, Copenhagen, Denmark

Posted by: Hubert John Strecker at February 23, 2005 9:56 AM

Lubin School of Business
Pace University
New York, NY

Posted by: Joseph T. Salerno at February 23, 2005 10:00 AM

Don't let the bastards grind you down! Fight with the most effective weapon you have, with words. Lots and lots of words.

Posted by: David Kuehn, Lenexa, Kansas at February 23, 2005 10:07 AM

-- member, Piedmont Chapter, North Carolina League of the South

Posted by: Sid Cundiff at February 23, 2005 10:09 AM

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Posted by: Eric Englund at February 23, 2005 10:12 AM

I support Dr. Hoppe both in his right to teach what he did and the content as well. A student does not have to believe or support everything a professor lectures. The point of going to school is to get exposed to new viewpoints and ways of looking at things. If students are allowed to restrict education to simply reinforcement of their comfort zone, then their is no point to higher education at all.

Posted by: Ernie Hopkins at February 23, 2005 10:14 AM

These have become strange and bizarre times when telling the truth can not be used as a defense.

Good luck Professor!

Posted by: Richard Guenther at February 23, 2005 10:15 AM

I strongly support the sentiments expressed in this letter of support of Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe of the University of Nevada.

John Bratland
Senior Economist
U.S. Department of the Interior

Posted by: John Bratland at February 23, 2005 10:16 AM

Hans, ignore these these bureaucrats as best you can. Get back to your superlative work!

Walter Block, Loyola University New Orleans

Posted by: Walter Block at February 23, 2005 10:16 AM

Grove City College

Posted by: Jeff Herbener at February 23, 2005 10:18 AM

Senior, University of Denver

Posted by: Aaron Armstrong at February 23, 2005 10:24 AM

I am a resident of Las Vegas. When I first learned that Prof. Hoppe was on the faculty, I felt proud of UNLV. Now I am ashamed.

Posted by: Alan P Wells at February 23, 2005 10:25 AM

Barry Dean Simpson, University of South Alabama, Mobile

Posted by: Barry Simpson at February 23, 2005 10:26 AM

Tim Tesluk, Hong Kong

Posted by: Tim Tesluk at February 23, 2005 10:27 AM

Geoffrey Allan Plauche
Graduate Student
Political Science
Louisiana State University

Posted by: Geoffrey Allan Plauche at February 23, 2005 10:32 AM

Peter Canning, Senior Trinity College, Hartford CT.

Posted by: Pete Canning at February 23, 2005 10:37 AM

Steven Yates, Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy, University of South Carolina - Upstate, Spartanburg, S.C.

It is pleasing to see that some are willing to fight back against political correctness. However, more work needs to be done to recognize the origins of political correctness and track how so many true believers have gotten into positions of power. This includes tracking the money flow (from tax-exempt foundations such as Rockefeller and Ford, for example), and tracing the ideological roots of p.c. I would include learning to recognize its mind-controlling effects across a variety of institutions and endeavors (including business). If you do not correctly identify your enemies you will not, in the long run, defeat them.

Posted by: Steven Yates at February 23, 2005 10:39 AM

Had it not been for people like you, I may have never been introduced to the truth about human interaction. It has opened up a whole new world.
Please don't let them take that away from people yet to discover that voluntary interaction is viable and the basis for economic exchange and free society.

Posted by: Frank Speiser at February 23, 2005 10:40 AM

Amar Trivedi, Las Vegas, NV

Best wishes, Dr. Hoppe.

Posted by: Amar Trivedi at February 23, 2005 10:47 AM

Karen De Coster: Detroit, Michigan

Posted by: Karen De Coster at February 23, 2005 10:51 AM

Congratulations on even a small victory.

Posted by: Stuart Beck at February 23, 2005 10:52 AM

Your are an inspiration to us all.

Posted by: Glen Tenney at February 23, 2005 10:52 AM

Abraham Heward, Great Falls, VA

Posted by: Abraham Heward at February 23, 2005 10:52 AM

Waukesha, WI

Posted by: Thomas Byrne at February 23, 2005 10:56 AM

Aaron J Ginn
Chandler, Arizona

Posted by: Aaron J Ginn at February 23, 2005 10:56 AM

"He who pays the piper calls the tune."

Posted by: Audrius Stundzia at February 23, 2005 10:57 AM

Christopher Piehler, Exeter, NH

Posted by: Christopher Piehler at February 23, 2005 10:58 AM

Charles E. Scharf
Corona, California

Posted by: Charles E. Scharf at February 23, 2005 11:00 AM

Reading, Mass.

Posted by: Andrew Feltus at February 23, 2005 11:02 AM

Congratulations for your victory, Prof. Hoppe, from one Austrian to another.
Norman Horn
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Missouri-Rolla

Posted by: Norman Horn at February 23, 2005 11:03 AM

Louisville, KY
We need freedom and liberty here first!

Posted by: Marc Dunlop at February 23, 2005 11:05 AM

Hans, do not change that lecture, please.

Posted by: Jan Havel at February 23, 2005 11:06 AM

John B. Egger,
Professor of Economics,
Towson University

Posted by: John B. Egger at February 23, 2005 11:06 AM

Member of Mises Institute
Naples, FL

Posted by: Jamison Savage at February 23, 2005 11:06 AM

I gladly sign this letter. As a substitute teacher here in Louisville KY, I believe one should have the right of academic freedom, to challenge the status quo, and students to THINK and not just recite dribble that they have heard.

charlie cook
Louisivlle KY

Posted by: charlie cook at February 23, 2005 11:07 AM

Congratulations from Auburn, AL.

Posted by: James W. Fogal at February 23, 2005 11:07 AM

Sacramento, CA: This is another example of our failing education system. Most universities are no longer a place of discussion and debate. They have become nothing more than “reeducation camps” where political correctness is the only authorized philosophy. Students are expected to take in this authorized curriculum and regurgitate it during midterms and final exams. Parents should seriously research the departments and colleges their children are considering before wasting many thousands of dollars on what may be a junk education.

Posted by: Mark Stromberg at February 23, 2005 11:11 AM

Congratulations to Prof. Hoppe and good luck in court.

Paul-Martin Foss, M.A. Candidate, Georgetown University

Posted by: Paul-Martin Foss at February 23, 2005 11:12 AM

Seattle, WA

Posted by: Michael Longazel at February 23, 2005 11:13 AM

It is pleasing to see that UNLV relented in its ridiculous jaunt into politically-correct censorship/censure. Perhaps this public embarassment for them will serve as a precedent that will help to protect future scholars whose ideas don't jive with their institutions' political bent. Kudos to Professor Hoppe for fighting the good fight!

Posted by: Dick Clark at February 23, 2005 11:14 AM

I'm relieved to see justice prevail for Professor Hoppe. It is essential that teachers be granted the lattitude to express their opinions on the subject matter at hand. And in his case, he's got the intellectual arsenal to back them up.

Posted by: Robert Mayer at February 23, 2005 11:16 AM

Fight the good fight, like Mises and Rothbard before you.
Bruce Koerber,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Posted by: Bruce Koerber at February 23, 2005 11:17 AM

Tuskegee University'
Tuskegee, AL 36088

Posted by: C. S. Prakash at February 23, 2005 11:17 AM

Thank you Hans.

Posted by: Michael Ross Pomroy at February 23, 2005 11:18 AM

Peter Christensen--Minneapolis, Minnesota

Posted by: Peter Christensen at February 23, 2005 11:18 AM

Covington, Louisiana

Posted by: Robert Higgs at February 23, 2005 11:19 AM

Chris Lakumb
Chicago, Illinois;
Defender of Freedom in a City Where Freedom is Becoming Less Popular

Posted by: Chris Lakumb at February 23, 2005 11:19 AM

Lawrence P. Schrenk, Merrick School of Business,
University of Baltimore

Posted by: Lawrence P. Schrenk at February 23, 2005 11:20 AM

Jean-Christophe Roux, Toronto, Ontario

Posted by: Jean-Christophe Roux at February 23, 2005 11:20 AM

I wish to offer my support to Dr. Hoppe. I attended UNLV in the early 90's and returned to earn my Master's degree in Political Science at the end of the decade. Unfortunateely I did not encounter Dr. Hoppe but hope that others will be able to learn from him without interference.

Posted by: Scott Larson at February 23, 2005 11:20 AM

As a life long student of economics and an economic development officer in a small Canadian rural community, I find the UNLV attempts to censor the good professor, completely lacking in logic.

If UNLV could demonstrate how the professor had been factually incorrect, they may have had cause for concern.

UNLV must defend professors that are attacked by those with a social agenda that conflicts with academics based on truth and logic.

Kirk Clements
Gravelbourg, SK

Posted by: KIRK CLEMENTS at February 23, 2005 11:23 AM

F R E E D O M !

Lawrence E. Creeden

Adjunct Assistant Professor, UMUC

Posted by: Lawrence E. Creeden at February 23, 2005 11:24 AM

Go, Hans!

Posted by: Dick van Dijl at February 23, 2005 11:24 AM

Freedom is God's gift to man and it is the enemy of all those who love tyranny.

Posted by: Steven L. Birn Esq. at February 23, 2005 11:25 AM

I support Professor Hoppe and I support academic
freedom. UNLV owes the Professor a full apology and compensation. I am gratefull to the Nevada ACLU for its assisstance to Prof Hoppe in this case.

Brendan Trainor,
Chair, Libertarian Party of Nevada

Posted by: Brendan Trainor at February 23, 2005 11:25 AM

God bless Professor Hoppe. Laurence Vance, Pensacola Bible Institute.

Posted by: Laurence Vance at February 23, 2005 11:25 AM

Edmonton, Canada
Your vindication will eventually be measured by your legacy of a rational understanding of economic freedom. UNLV will be embarrassed by their past harrassment of a future Noble Prize laureate.

Posted by: Alan Azure at February 23, 2005 11:25 AM

Mark Tabor
Phoenix, AZ
Let the chips fall where they may. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Mark Tabor at February 23, 2005 11:26 AM

Luca Ferrini, University of Torino - Italy

Posted by: Luca Ferrini at February 23, 2005 11:28 AM

Auburn, Alabama

Posted by: Michael J. Thompson at February 23, 2005 11:28 AM

Dr. Hoppe, I have quoted from "Democracy: The God That Failed" numerous times in my public speaking. It remains a valued reference. Best of luck, and hang in there.

Posted by: Thomas A. Olson at February 23, 2005 11:28 AM

Good Luck!

Posted by: Gregory N. Golyansky at February 23, 2005 11:28 AM

Denver, Colorado

Colorado supports you, Professor Hoppe!

Posted by: Jonathan Fair at February 23, 2005 11:28 AM

Senior Real Property Appraiser
Assessment Division
Department of Revenue
City and County of Denver

Posted by: Richard Phinney at February 23, 2005 11:30 AM

To hold an idea is not a crime. An idea can be either right or wrong. The only way to find it out is to talk about it. If it is forbidden to express certain ideas and discuss them, how can one ever know what is what?...

Posted by: Banko Bantchev at February 23, 2005 11:30 AM

David Griffus, Ross School of Business at the Univesrity of Michigan

Posted by: David Griffus at February 23, 2005 11:30 AM

Chris Clark
Toronto, Ontario

Posted by: Chris Clark at February 23, 2005 11:32 AM

I pray for your complete vindication in this matter.

Posted by: Bill Standley at February 23, 2005 11:32 AM

Duncan Black Professor of Economics
George Mason University

Posted by: Charles K. Rowley at February 23, 2005 11:33 AM

I want Dr. Hoppe to know that any agent of the government (as are his "chain of command") can be held personally liable under the causes of action defined by 42 USC 1983 or Bivens v. Six Unknown Agents, 403 US 388 (1971). If such agents act in a manner which violates clearly established constitutional rights; they are not immune from suit as an individual, Harlo v. Fitzgerald, 457 US 800 (1982).

Sue 'em all--from his department head to the governor of NV and everyone else in between!.

I wish him the best.


Posted by: Dr. Jimmy T. LaBaume at February 23, 2005 11:34 AM

Retired in University Park, Florida and Keene Valley, New York and tired of "political correctness"! We all take our turn "in the barrel" and brush ourselves off while taking responsibility for our actions and not blaming others for our "situations"! Anyone who has amounted to anything has not allowed their being shoved off their "path" which was developed through being exposed to many influences, good, bad and indifferent. The individual is the cornerstone of our American "success", not the institutions whose job is to expose the individual to "whatever" and let the individual decide! And they can!

Posted by: Knox M Mitchell at February 23, 2005 11:34 AM

Paul St. John, Great Falls, Montana

Posted by: Paul St. John at February 23, 2005 11:34 AM

Thanks for displaying the courage to stand up for free speech.

Posted by: Park Burrets at February 23, 2005 11:36 AM

Chicago, Illinois

Best wishes. Know what it's like to be on the receiving end of an out of control university administration.

Posted by: Daniel MacGregor at February 23, 2005 11:36 AM

what they are doing to you is aweful Mr Hoppe; you have my sincere hope and best wishes for vindication and victory!

Posted by: E Doherty at February 23, 2005 11:38 AM

David Farrer, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Posted by: David Farrer at February 23, 2005 11:39 AM

D Karthik, Doctoral student, India

Posted by: D Karthik at February 23, 2005 11:42 AM

Good luck and put up the good fight.

Posted by: Eugene Bruce at February 23, 2005 11:43 AM

Emmanuel Scano, Paris, France

Posted by: Emmanuel Scano at February 23, 2005 11:44 AM

An assault on academic freedom and a travesty of the idea of the university! Best wishes to Professor Hoppe.

Posted by: T. Hunt Tooley at February 23, 2005 11:45 AM

Dan Mahoney, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Posted by: Dan Mahoney at February 23, 2005 11:46 AM


Posted by: Ross Anderson at February 23, 2005 11:46 AM

Brian Rapp, St. Louis, MO

Posted by: Brian Rapp at February 23, 2005 11:48 AM

Chris Westley, Jacksonville State University

Posted by: chris at February 23, 2005 11:48 AM

Jason Jewell, Montgomery, Alabama

Posted by: Jason Jewell at February 23, 2005 11:50 AM

Yuri Maltsev, PhD
Professor of Economics
Carthage College
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Posted by: Yuri Maltsev at February 23, 2005 11:50 AM


Professor Peter Simpson
Professor of Philosophy
College of Staten Island
City University of New York

Posted by: Peter Simpson at February 23, 2005 11:53 AM

"Ultimately, the course of history is determined by ideas, be they true or false, and by men acting upon and being inspired by true or false ideas." - Hoppe [].

Thanks for your part in fighting to present true ideas.

Posted by: Mike Hignite at February 23, 2005 11:53 AM

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil (political correctness) is for good men to do nothing. Fight the good fight, Dr. Hoppe.

Don Dycus, Kansas City, Missouri

Posted by: Don Dycus at February 23, 2005 11:54 AM

Suffolk University Law School
Boston, MA

Posted by: Patrick Tinsley at February 23, 2005 11:55 AM

Last spring I was introduced to you through the Mises film, "Money, banking and the Federal Reserve." since that time I have been under your teaching at the Summer Mises University and most recently your talk at the Austrian Financial Markets Conference. I always enjoy your teaching and your ability to give illustrations that make your points that much clearer.
While those who side against free speech and for "political correctness" may have struck a blow to our liberties on your case, as a member of the free markets and an investment advisor, the fallacies of govt intervention are going to come full force against them soon by the forces of the capital markets. When this happens and people start losing their standard of living, they will demand to hear the Hoppe's of the world. Free speech is not done for yet!!

Posted by: Doug Wakefield at February 23, 2005 11:55 AM

Bryan Morton, Stuart, FL, LibertarianChristians.Org

Posted by: Bryan Morton at February 23, 2005 11:56 AM

Roderick T. Long
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama

Posted by: Roderick T. Long at February 23, 2005 11:57 AM

Peerless imagination will overcome peer-reviewed imitation!

Posted by: Peter J. Preusse, Marburg, Germany at February 23, 2005 11:57 AM

Parent of a Hillsdale College graduate.

Posted by: Mike Courtney at February 23, 2005 11:57 AM

Best wishes!
I look forward to hearing you lecture again!

Posted by: Christopher Burkland at February 23, 2005 12:01 PM

E. McCullen, Harper Woods, MI

Posted by: Erik McCullen at February 23, 2005 12:01 PM

While I may or may not agree with the professor , I will defend to the death his right to free speech.
Remember [ I am too young to know this but from education ................... ] but I think that the last time education was censored was just prior to WWII , I think that the mans name that did this was Hitler and his bunch .
Oh........ we should not forget the likes of Stalin , Mao and many others who in their effort to control the population , have done away with free speech in vain attempts to stifle peoples minds , which then resulted in the rest of the world passing them by in all areas .
So ............ with that in mind , I will confirm my prior statement , " I will defend to the death a man's [ or woman's ] right to free speech !
BTW ..... I am a very poor "academic learning person", but all of my children are advanced educated in one form or another , I [we] have had our time , it was good , now it is our children that we must stand and defend for .
I was brought up to believe that our constitution guaranteed us the right to free speech , I can not remember it saying that there are conditions to this ?
Michael Lewis

Posted by: Michael Lewis at February 23, 2005 12:02 PM

Breaux Bridge, La.

Posted by: Frank Griffin at February 23, 2005 12:02 PM

Taylor Gifford, Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted by: Taylor Gifford at February 23, 2005 12:03 PM

The example that Prof. Hoppe used was quite insightful.

Posted by: Peter M. Kerr at February 23, 2005 12:05 PM

Congratulations! Thank you for standing up to the forces of political correctness. Keep up the good fight!
Las Vegas, NV

Posted by: Melissa Sahm at February 23, 2005 12:05 PM

Houston, Texas Go, Hans, Go! I look forward to your next book!

Posted by: James Sutterfield, Jr. at February 23, 2005 12:05 PM

Alex Avery
Hudson Institute, Center for Global Food Issues

Academic freedom is essential for the progress of science and truth, which are fundementals of modern society and human advancement. Hoppe's case couldn't come at a better time given the forces attempting to muzzle thought and reasoned inquiry in the Academy. Hang in there, Hans.

Posted by: Alexander A. Avery at February 23, 2005 12:06 PM

Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., Ludwig von Mises Institute and

Posted by: Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. at February 23, 2005 12:07 PM

Matt Needes, Phoenix, AZ
Never apologize for the truth, never surrender to the thoughtless!

Posted by: Matthew Needes at February 23, 2005 12:08 PM

May the day never come when feelings mean more than ideas in any forum.

Ian P. Padovan - Chicago, Illinois

Posted by: Ian P. Padovan at February 23, 2005 12:09 PM

Joe Moorman, Huntsville, Alabama

Posted by: Joe Moorman at February 23, 2005 12:09 PM

I sincerely hope that you will master this assault on freedom. Greetings from a fellow german and great admirer of your work.

Posted by: Gerhard Schlegl at February 23, 2005 12:09 PM

In a time where freedoms are being eroded by government in all areas of life, it is more important than ever that academic freedom be preserved against all who would threaten it in ways grand and petty. Cheers to Professor Hoppe!

Posted by: Vince Daliessio at February 23, 2005 12:10 PM

Tim Swanson
Graduate Student
Texas A&M; University - College Station

Posted by: Tim Swanson at February 23, 2005 12:12 PM

Let's hope this is the end of the era of political correctness.

Blogger and tech guru for Located in San Jose, California.

Posted by: Sean Richard Lynch at February 23, 2005 12:12 PM

David Bardallis, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Posted by: David Bardallis at February 23, 2005 12:14 PM

Dennis Boylon Grand Rapids, OH

Posted by: Dennis Boylon at February 23, 2005 12:15 PM

Pierre Desrochers, Mississauga, Ontario

Posted by: Pierre Desrochers at February 23, 2005 12:15 PM

No comment necessary. The situation speaks for itself.

Posted by: Randolph B. Herrin at February 23, 2005 12:16 PM

Dr. Georges Lane,
maître de conférences en sciences économiques à l'Université Paris-Dauphine, Paris, France.

French people were informed about your case by the way of
Best regards.

Posted by: Georges Lane at February 23, 2005 12:22 PM

0"Capitalism is the only Economic system that acknowledges that all men own their own lives, time and labour and that they are FREE TO CHOOSE what they will do with it."

I am proud to support Austrian Economic Theory.

I am a self employed Investment, Banking and Income tax advisor/consultant in the highly collectivist capital City of Victoria BC Canada. I thank the Lord every day on behalf of myself, my family, friends and clients for the day that I was introduced to the Mises Austrian School of thought and the bounty and freedom it has bestowed upon us.

Posted by: Russell W. Brower-Berkhoven at February 23, 2005 12:23 PM

Hans, we're all behind you, but don't worry about our time preferences ...

Posted by: Marco Bassani at February 23, 2005 12:24 PM

Professor of Public Law, University of Avignon, France

Posted by: Joseph PINI at February 23, 2005 12:24 PM

Tom Burger, Deerfield Beach, Florida

Posted by: Tom Burger at February 23, 2005 12:24 PM

James F. Minor, Ed.D.
Colonel, USAR (Ret.)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Either you have academic freedom or you don't. When I think of what we had to endure as students, during the 1960s and 1970s, in the name of academic freedom it still makes me angry. We were told, either we support academic freedom or we don't, and if we don't, we should be ashamed of ourselves. I think our colleges and universities should be ashamed of the closed-minded attitudes they support when something goes against their ideas of what's best or correct for all of us.

Posted by: James F. Minor at February 23, 2005 12:25 PM

Graduate Student
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario

Posted by: John McKerrow at February 23, 2005 12:28 PM

Good Luck, Sir. God Bless!

Bernard J. Way,Ph.D.
Political Science and Economics Department Christendom College

Posted by: Bernard J. Way, Ph.D. at February 23, 2005 12:29 PM

We should take a moment to contrast Dr Hoppe's well-reasoned statements with the truly unconscionable statements of faux-Native-American Ward Churchill.

Posted by: Andrew W Rathgeber, Student, University of Phoenix at February 23, 2005 12:30 PM

Executive Director, John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, Raleigh, NC

Posted by: George C. Leef at February 23, 2005 12:30 PM


Johan Ridenfeldt

Posted by: Johan Ridenfeldt at February 23, 2005 12:31 PM

Kudos to you, Professor Hoppe, for fighting the good fight for freedom. UNLV should formally apologize to you, terminate Provost Raymond W. Alden, III with prejudice, and censure Michael Knight for his hostility to academic freedom. Such "students" do not deserve a university education. This episode is yet another sad tale in the ongoing decline of Western civilization at the hands of the state. De-civilization indeed.

Posted by: Christopher Ivicevich at February 23, 2005 12:31 PM

Professor of Pathology
University of Texas Medical Branch

Posted by: D. F. Cowan at February 23, 2005 12:32 PM

D. F. Cowan
Professor of Pathology
University of Texas Medical Branch

Posted by: D. F. Cowan at February 23, 2005 12:33 PM

Congress, the President, and now UNLV should read the Constitution . . . you know, the Old Time Document under about 12' of glass that our elected leaders have ignored for decades.

Posted by: Dan Yount at February 23, 2005 12:35 PM

Posted by: Vlad Topan at February 23, 2005 12:37 PM


Professor Hoppe!

The people in this country ought to be outraged that this happened to you.

My hat goes off to you. Best Regards!

Posted by: Lise McLain, MSW at February 23, 2005 12:37 PM

ZIDEK Inc. Apple Valley, Minnesota

UNLV's actions are outrageous! Full restitution is due to Professor Hoppe.

Posted by: Peter R. Zidek, CEO at February 23, 2005 12:37 PM

Chris Larkin.
Civilised society will come to recognise its debt to Professor Hoppe - come the day it sees the true failure of its democratic god.

Posted by: Chris Larkin at February 23, 2005 12:39 PM

Sam Bostaph, University of Dallas, Dallas, Texas

Posted by: Sam Bostaph at February 23, 2005 12:41 PM

Between the PATRIOT Act and Cult of Victimology, I fear the First Amendment will soon be joining numbers Two through Ten in the dustbin of history. Has it really come to this? Wildly plausible economic hypotheses now constitute thought crime in academia?! In the immortal words of Robert Anton Wilson, "Anybody in the United States today who *isn't* paranoid must be crazy."

Tony Pivetta
Benefit Outsourcing Solutions
Walled Lake, Michigan

Posted by: Tony Pivetta at February 23, 2005 12:42 PM

It seems that Las Vegas is becoming more and more like California every day. Taxes going up and the political class taking over in the land of "adult" entertainment. Remember, it's for the children.(Read: Sarcasm)

Posted by: Andrew Jensen at February 23, 2005 12:43 PM

Thomas Woods, Coram, New York

Posted by: Thomas Woods at February 23, 2005 12:48 PM

Benjamin Marks, Sydney, Australia

Posted by: Benjamin Marks at February 23, 2005 12:49 PM

"Democracy: The God That Failed" is perhaps the most important book that I have ever read. I wish Hoppe's opponents understood half of it.

Posted by: Dan Moit at February 23, 2005 12:50 PM

Randall G. Holcombe
Florida State University

Posted by: Randall G. Holcombe at February 23, 2005 12:50 PM

Just another teacher in support of Professor Hoppe. Keep up the good work.


Posted by: David Ferguson at February 23, 2005 12:54 PM

Houston, Texas

Posted by: Jaime R. Purcell at February 23, 2005 12:55 PM

Down with PC, Long Live Liberty!

John T. Bardacino, Las Vegas, NV

Posted by: John T. Bardacino at February 23, 2005 12:56 PM

Innovatum, Inc.

Posted by: Steve Brazzell at February 23, 2005 12:59 PM

freedom is paramount

Posted by: ken long at February 23, 2005 1:02 PM

'political 'correctness seems to get out of hand v.quickly in the US

Posted by: martin pot at February 23, 2005 1:06 PM

I am as queer as a three dollar bill. I am against freedom for anyone but fruits like me.

Scott George

South Carolina

Flunked out of Kennedy-Western

Posted by: Scott George at February 23, 2005 1:06 PM

"Political correctness" is a euphemism for the inevitable persecution of the courageous by the jealous.

Posted by: Dave Wheeler at February 23, 2005 1:15 PM

Mr. Hoppe, welcome to the real world. It appears you have successfully weathered this tempest and you are, I hope, looking forward to future adventures in, "Reality and The Real World-101".

Posted by: Furmon T. Rouse at February 23, 2005 1:17 PM

I can only wonder what the administration at UNLV must have been thinking. Are they trying to reenforce the suspicion that academia now places political correctness ahead of academic freedom?

Posted by: James Wells at February 23, 2005 1:19 PM

It is a pleasure to see that the UNLV administration has changed their minds regarding Dr. Hoppe. It is certainly my hope that further pressure will require that the university take a more forceful stand for academic freedom as a result of this situation, but like many have expressed subliminally, hope may spring eternal but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Posted by: George Steele at February 23, 2005 1:23 PM

The Liberty to discuss subjects of public interest and or to criticise the self appointed public interest must be preserved.

Posted by: Alfred at February 23, 2005 1:24 PM

Curt Howland, school of hard knocks, marooned in darkest North Carolina.

Posted by: Curt Howland at February 23, 2005 1:25 PM

My greatest personal thanks to Professor Hoppe for exhibiting such conviction in the face of such shameful persecution. May we all be inspired by his example to stand up to tyrannies great and small.

Posted by: Timothy Williams at February 23, 2005 1:25 PM

Keep up the great work, Professor Hoppe. Now we need to free Larry Summers from the feminazis over at Harvard!

Atlanta, GA

Posted by: John Keller at February 23, 2005 1:26 PM

Keep up your good work.

Posted by: Clint Hale at February 23, 2005 1:26 PM

Wlodzimierz Gogloza,
Faculty of Law and Administration,
Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland

Posted by: wlodek at February 23, 2005 1:32 PM

Intolerance is the only thing that should not be tolerated. Political correctness of the kind UNLV seemed to be proposing basically contends: "you are free to say or teach anything,...... as long as we agree with it"...

Miramar, Florida

Posted by: Jose Betancourt at February 23, 2005 1:34 PM

In our present political climate, when free speech in academia is a high profile issue in the public arena, your stance on Professor Hoppe's comments in lecture appears as not only a knee-jerk reaction, but also an unfortunate misunderstanding of our first amendment rights.

Posted by: Ronald O. Holmstrom at February 23, 2005 1:35 PM

Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo
Professor of Economics
Sellinger School of Business
and Management
Loyola College in Maryland

If the UNLV administration is to salvage whatever integrity it has left in the eyes of the academic community it will drop the bureaucratic weasel words and use plain Enlish in defense of freedom of speech and inquiry. It will also apologize to Professor Hoppe and terminate the campus commissar who is responsible for this disgraceful charade.

Posted by: Thomas DiLorenzo at February 23, 2005 1:42 PM

Ilana Mercer, WA

Posted by: Ilana Mercer at February 23, 2005 1:42 PM

I agree.

Posted by: I. Harry David at February 23, 2005 1:43 PM

Stephen W. Carson, St. Louis, MO.

Posted by: Stephen W. Carson at February 23, 2005 1:44 PM

Sag Okadigbo, Washington DC

Posted by: Sag at February 23, 2005 1:44 PM

Thanks for standing up for liberty and congratulations on a well-deserved victory.

Robert Patton

Posted by: Robert Patton at February 23, 2005 1:48 PM

Here is to Mr. Hoppe, may he continue to shine the light of reason in the dark halls of ignorance that so many of the universities have come to represent.

Posted by: steven marino at February 23, 2005 1:48 PM

Interestingly, the very community that demands the greatest protections under our constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech often implicitly approves PC-speech restrictions (political correctness when it suits their causes) by its failure to express outrage over such actions by government (for a state university is an arm of government). While the court system upheld freedom of speech when it dismissed the criminal case, police and prosecutors recently sought criminal charges against a several Christians who publicly expressed their opposition to homosexual marriage. The sad fact is that no group has been more supportive of the free market for the exchange of ideas and for a world without governmental control of our freedom to choose relationships, whether homosexual or heterosexual, than libertarians. To silence the voices of those who seek to pursue truth both philosophically and scientifically (through research) is to hasten cultural death.

Posted by: L Keith Whitney, Chair, Business Administration, Seaver College, Pepperdine University at February 23, 2005 1:49 PM

Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Peter Nesbitt at February 23, 2005 1:50 PM

Dennis Sperduto, Middletown, New Jersey

Posted by: Dennis Sperduto at February 23, 2005 1:51 PM

Is that a Ker-Flush I hear in the "lower 49"? Thank goodness for the Free State Project.

Posted by: Philip Denisch at February 23, 2005 1:52 PM

Congratulations, Dr. Hoppe. Let this incident be but one more crack in the decrepit structure of statist education and its totalitarian thought control.

Posted by: David S. Butler, Jr., Omaha NE at February 23, 2005 1:53 PM

Dr Hoppe, Keep the fight against this orwellian nightmare!

Posted by: Jaime Raúl Molina at February 23, 2005 1:55 PM

the truth is hard to swallow

Posted by: Edward Stevenson at February 23, 2005 1:56 PM

Viewed from afar the nonsense that is going on at the University of Las Vegas concerning the comments of Hans-Hermann Hoppe simply holds the US up to ridicule and makes a mockery of the US Constitution which has been a beacon for so many people for over 200 years. It would be laughable if it was no so absurd. Robert Stewart, Bermuda.

Posted by: robert stewart at February 23, 2005 2:01 PM

Steven Kane, San Diego, CA

Posted by: Steven Kane at February 23, 2005 2:04 PM

von Mises said it best - in the last analysis, it is ideas that turn the scales.

Posted by: John V. Jones, Jr. at February 23, 2005 2:06 PM

Franklin Harris, Online Editor; The Decatur (Ala.) Daily; Athens, Ala.

Posted by: Franklin Harris at February 23, 2005 2:11 PM

Paul A. Cantor
Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English
University of Virgnia

Posted by: Paul A. Cantor at February 23, 2005 2:12 PM

Professor Hoppe, you are a true man of courage and wisdom. You are one of my idols for not only your smart and intellectual arguments against the institution of government, but of a man who speaks against the politically incorrect forces of egalitarianis. I never knew Murray Rothbard, but I am sure he would be really proud of your uncompromising and persistent stand for liberty.

Posted by: Gaurav Ahuja at February 23, 2005 2:13 PM

The institutions of 'education' suffer from the same inconsistencies and basic characteristics of their surrounding political infrastucture. Being democratic in nature, they reflect the horrors of Democracy made clear by Hoppe. I'm surprised this is the first incident, given Hoppe has been lecturing at UNLV for several decades. Glad to see an end of this fiasco. . .

Skye Stewart - Belfast, ME

Posted by: skye Stewart at February 23, 2005 2:16 PM

Ummmm...I am ready for the revolution. Any idea when it starts?

Freedom to all...even the PC nightmare types.


Posted by: Craig Lovell at February 23, 2005 2:17 PM

Keep up the good fight professor!

Posted by: Lee Schneider at February 23, 2005 2:18 PM

Good luck Professor Hoppe. The truth will win.

Posted by: Jerry Kohn at February 23, 2005 2:19 PM

Pleased to join this inspiring effort.

Posted by: Jeffrey Tucker at February 23, 2005 2:26 PM

Magna est veritas et praevalebit.

Posted by: Jens P. Meiners at February 23, 2005 2:26 PM

This is an important victory but we need to press on until UNLV fully dedicates itself to academic freedom with no ifs, ands, or buts.

Those interested in defending academic freedom not only at UNLV but the United States should contact the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (

Posted by: David T. Beito at February 23, 2005 2:29 PM

I think that Prof. Hoppe summed up the situation well, in what he said he would inform students:

"In any case, I would inform them that what is 'politically correct' cannot be the standard of truth at a serious university."

Thanks, Prof. Hoppe.

-Charles Hanes, San Jose, CA, Mises Institute Member

Posted by: Charles Hanes at February 23, 2005 2:31 PM

May you emerge triumphant, Professor Hoppe.
God Bless

Posted by: Seth Herstad at February 23, 2005 2:33 PM

LRC, Mises (and Hoppe) supporter from Florida.

Posted by: Jack Mayer at February 23, 2005 2:36 PM

Carolyn Fay

Assistant Professor of French

Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College

Posted by: Carolyn Fay at February 23, 2005 2:36 PM

Dr. Hoppe,

Finally, a good guy won, no a great man won.

Posted by: David Wyont, PhD at February 23, 2005 2:39 PM

A significant victory, which our enemies would now like to forget, but which we must broadcast.

I'm "hoppeng" for joy!

Tony Flood

Posted by: Anthony Flood at February 23, 2005 2:40 PM

Thank you Dr. Hoppe for fighting against these cowards.
A better motto than Mises' might be:


Posted by: Douglas Witt at February 23, 2005 2:40 PM

with you

Posted by: bramoullé at February 23, 2005 2:40 PM

Candice E. Jackson, Esq., Santa Monica, CA

Posted by: Candice E. Jackson at February 23, 2005 2:42 PM

The vituperation heaped upon you, Dr. Hoppe, we saw as a badge of honor. Thank you for your work and your efforts in the cause of liberty and freedom.

Posted by: Noah Singman at February 23, 2005 2:43 PM

It took almost twenty years to overcome my college indocrineducation. About ten of them were spent in government employment where I experienced firsthand the falacies of statism and central planning, before discovering the Austrians.

Hopefully, you will continue to help young college students learn the freedom philosophy before they graduate.

Posted by: Merrill Hess, Albany, LA at February 23, 2005 2:49 PM

Professor Hoppe, sometimes truth is all it takes to make a difference.

Juliusz Jablecki, Poland

Posted by: Juliusz Jablecki at February 23, 2005 2:49 PM

Fullerton, Orange County, CA

Posted by: Christopher Harper at February 23, 2005 2:49 PM

Keep up the good work, Professor Hoppe, we need more couragous truth-seeking thinkers like you.

Stefan Karlsson
Umea, Sweden

Posted by: Stefan Karlsson at February 23, 2005 2:53 PM

Nathalie Charron Marcus, Interim Lecturer, Bryn Mawr College

Posted by: Nathalie Charron Marcus at February 23, 2005 2:57 PM

Andrew T. Rule;

Wallingford, Connecticut USA;

Treasurer, Libertarian Party of Connecticut

Posted by: Andrew T. Rule at February 23, 2005 2:58 PM

Hoppe is a true intellectual. He shouldn't have to walk on eggshells for some particular insecure individual who sees any mention at all of his sexual preference as an attack.

Posted by: Al Newberry at February 23, 2005 3:01 PM

Steve Sanders, Suwanee, Ga.

Posted by: Steve Sanders at February 23, 2005 3:10 PM

New Orleans, LA

Posted by: John T. Fisk at February 23, 2005 3:12 PM

Illegitimi Non Carborundum. Keep tough, tender, and teachable.

Posted by: Bob Lewis at February 23, 2005 3:14 PM

There are times when our analysis will lead us to uncomfortable conclusions. It is necessary that we be open to accepting these conclusions even if they are personally abhorrant for the sake of intellectual and moral honesty.

Reaching the conclusion and/or believing it to be valid does not necessarily mean it is a behaviour that as individuals we condone or engage in.

Prof. Hoppe, thank you for the time and diligence you have put into the genesis of these ideas. We are all better for them.

Posted by: Thomas Luongo at February 23, 2005 3:16 PM

Professor Hoppe, It is unfortunate that you find yourself in this situation but you are fighting the good fight, good luck with your efforts.

Posted by: Andrew Lindberg at February 23, 2005 3:18 PM

Thank you sir, for your great works of inspiration.

Logan Buck, Bowling Green State University, OH

Posted by: Logan Buck at February 23, 2005 3:18 PM

Posted by: Stephen Gordon at February 23, 2005 3:19 PM

It's a dissapointment and a shame that we have to allocate any time to combat these sort of infringements on our fundamental rights.

Posted by: Leonard Radtke at February 23, 2005 3:19 PM

I admire the courage to defy PC and speak the truth.

Posted by: James Howe at February 23, 2005 3:20 PM

Stephen Gordon

Posted by: Stephen Gordon at February 23, 2005 3:20 PM

Sydney Australia

Posted by: Frank Shostak at February 23, 2005 3:21 PM

Best wishes, Professor Hoppe: keep up the good work!

Posted by: Josh Grimm at February 23, 2005 3:25 PM

I have read and admired your work and wish
you the best in your struggle.

Posted by: James Nelson at February 23, 2005 3:27 PM

I have enjoyed hoppes writings for years. It would be a shame if he was prevented from expressing new views.

Posted by: Nathan Eames at February 23, 2005 3:29 PM

Alberta, Canada

Posted by: Rocky Freeman at February 23, 2005 3:29 PM

Support for Truth and Freedom? Yes, of course, and I won't bother to offer the obviously apt quote of von Mises regarding the need to proceed ever more boldly.

Posted by: John Stevenson at February 23, 2005 3:32 PM

James P. Gillespie
Portland, OR

Posted by: James Gillespie at February 23, 2005 3:37 PM

In our world there is a great demand for knowledge because it empowers us with the means to live and live well. Where then is this vital capital to be found?

I suggest that it is in your head alone with the possible exception that it may also exist in mine. The Professor may also have some of this stuff. I think he does and I actually thanked him for it. Thanks again.

Mistakes are made – false notions are possible and this destructive or counter productive activity is inevitable. So the question then is what is to be done?

Know the mistakes and move on?

I hope that knowledge moves forward.

We can all forgive errors in judgment if we have the capacity to recognize them.

If we cannot know our mistakes; if we do not posses this knowledge then must we resort to political correctness?

Posted by: Joe Kelley at February 23, 2005 3:38 PM

The sheeple do not deserve to have you on their faculty...

Posted by: Wendy Bauer at February 23, 2005 3:39 PM

Cristian Comanescu, President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute - Romania, Bucharest, Romania

Posted by: Cristian Comanescu at February 23, 2005 3:46 PM

Jim Berger, Denver, Colorado

This incident provides yet another example of why the state(s) should get out of the education business.

The University of Nevada should hang its head along with the University of Colorado. In the case of the former for trying to limit the speech of a highly qualified professor; the latter for giving a platform for a professor of limited qualification.

Both Hans Hoppe and Ward Churchill should have the lattitude of expressing their opinions in the classroom, because the rules of their respective institutions allow it. UNLV should apologize to Hans Hoppe for besmirching his reputation; CU should fire Ward Churchill because of his lack of academic qualification.

I bring upon this comparison because I believe we risk losing our responsibility to think as much as our freedom to speak. I believe Hans Hoppe helps stimulating thinking.

Posted by: Jim Berger at February 23, 2005 3:48 PM

Gabriel Calzada Alvarez, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain

Posted by: Gabriel Calzada Alvarez at February 23, 2005 3:48 PM

Marc Mayfield, LaGrange, Georgia

Posted by: Marc Mayfield at February 23, 2005 3:49 PM

Nikolay Gertchev, University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, France

Posted by: Nikolay Gertchev at February 23, 2005 3:50 PM

karen maeyens, gent, belgium

Posted by: karen maeyens at February 23, 2005 3:50 PM

Tracy Saboe - Sioux Falls, SD

Posted by: Tracy Saboe at February 23, 2005 3:54 PM

Contreras Andres, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Posted by: Andrew Contreras at February 23, 2005 3:55 PM

Brian Wilton, Washington State University

Posted by: Brian Wilton at February 23, 2005 3:58 PM

Thank you, Mr. Hoppe, for spreading the Mises Message!

Posted by: C. Loomis at February 23, 2005 4:00 PM

Adriana Mladenova, University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Posted by: Adriana Mladenova at February 23, 2005 4:01 PM

The good fight is worth fighting.

Posted by: Gary Burchsted at February 23, 2005 4:02 PM

Shame on the administration at UNLV for censuring a professor's opinions, and for failing to understand that even the so-called "facts" are ultimately subjective.

Kudos to Professor Hoppe for sticking to his guns.

David C. Bryant
Denver, Colorado

Posted by: David C. Bryant at February 23, 2005 4:03 PM

Ilana Mercer, WA, USA

Posted by: Ilana Mercer at February 23, 2005 4:05 PM

Delighted to learn that this case has resulted in a victory for a great scholar. What with Sam Francis's death, there's not been much good news around of late. But thank goodness that we can now put "Hans-Hermann Hoppe" and "victory" in the same phrase. Best wishes from Mebourne, Australia.

Posted by: R. J. Stove at February 23, 2005 4:09 PM

"Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito"

Hans-Hermann Hoppe - A living embodiment of this ideal.


Justin Ptak, Providence, RI

Posted by: Justin Ptak at February 23, 2005 4:11 PM


Posted by: DR. DOM ARMENTANO at February 23, 2005 4:13 PM

Christian Saucier, from Montreal Canada.

Posted by: Christian Saucier at February 23, 2005 4:16 PM

Political Correctness is the enemy of academic and personal freedoms It is used to intimidate the ignorant and the mentally inept.

John-Douglas of Nassau

Posted by: John-Douglas at February 23, 2005 4:20 PM

Perhaps Prof Hoppe should include university administrators as another example of those having a short time preference. (CGS, Mempis, TN)

Posted by: C. Guy Sperling at February 23, 2005 4:21 PM

Joshua Eller, UNC Greensboro

Posted by: Joshua Eller at February 23, 2005 4:23 PM

I've never had the pleasure to meet you, Professor Hoppe, but you've had a profoundly positive effect on my intellectual development; there are many more who feel likewise. Best of luck to you as you help us all move forward in liberty!

Larry Ruane

Parker, Colorado

Posted by: Larry Ruane at February 23, 2005 4:25 PM

On Feb. 15, '05 I sent this letter to Raymond W. Alden of University of Nevada in Las Vegas:
Dear Mister Alden:
When I read the news of the case against Professor Hoppe by the University’s grievance panel, I was astonished by the lack of their intellectual honesty.
In the third paragraph of your letter to Professor Hoppe, you mentioned the panel reviewed academic literature and found no support for Hoppe’s statements. I guess it depended on where they chose to look. Like the ‘offended’ student, some in your Panel may have felt Hoppe’s statements were not ‘politically correct.’ But, if that’s what guides our educational institutions nowadays, it is leading our country down a road to eventual disaster.
Economics is a study of the logic of human action. If a lifestyle is more risky than others, it has to affect the urgency of people, under different conditions, in deciding when to fulfill their needs (time preference).
Risk is a factor in Economics that must be evaluated. We in the health professions know that the surest way to transmit a fatal disease like AIDS, is through direct contact with infected blood. Since rectal tissue was not designed for sex, it tears far more readily than vaginal tissue. Hoppe stated that a homosexual lifestyle is more risky. When it comes to this preventable fatal disease, this is not an opinion; it is fact, and the statistics bear that out. May I direct you to just two? (The statistics are from the 2003 Gay Men's Health Crisis. Gay men, and gay men using injectable drugs, account for the overwhelming number of AIDS cases.
The data from the Federal Government also shows that heterosexual sex accounts for just 10% of the cases. See data on:

Also, the most promoted academic literature in America, in Economics is by Keynesians, whose theories have brought us nothing but inflation and ‘boom and bust’ cycles. It is taught as an empirical science, i.e the ‘hard’ sciences, that use observation to record the reactions of inanimate objects, or living organs that cannot think, then act. This method is highly inappropriate because all economic activity is generated by human action, which involves thinking, then acting. Even Keynes himself, in his 1936 German edition of his famous “General Theory,” stated that his system was applicable only in a totalitarian state, like Nazi Germany or in the Soviet Union. He wrote, it wouldn’t work in the free markets of England and the United States. Yet, all governments use it, to enhance their power.
You are indeed fortunate to have a world renown professor of Economics on your faculty, who teaches the reality of economic life, not the Keynesian nonsense taught in most colleges. It is supported by the power elite, only because it gives them justification to manipulate the economy, mostly for their benefit. The failures and unintended consequences in the use of these theories will continue, as long as our people are denied an education in ‘cause and effect’ logic in real life.
If the University of Nevada blindly follows the dictates of ‘political correctness,’ it will serve only to indoctrinate, not educate. Galileo’s declarations that planet Earth was not the center of the universe, was also, ‘not supported by peer reviewed academic literature’ either, and he was punished. When will UNLV get beyond that primitive thinking, and pursue the advancement of mankind?
If UNLV purports to defend the principles of a free society, you should know, the condemning student had no right to NOT be offended by anyone’s speech - nobody does. You claim your institution supports academic freedom. If that’s true, you need to support revision of Title 4, Chapter 8, Section 9 (5) of the UCCSN handbook, to allow whatever well qualified professors say in class. New knowledge may prove them right or wrong. That has been an accepted course in academia throughout history.
We already know that there is a plethora of pretentious Marxist (now called, “liberal”) ideas being taught in most American Universities that offend many wiser students. I refer to the ones who know that any form of socialism is immoral, and runs contrary to human nature. And, as it progresses, it brings a nation down to more of what Winston Churchill called, the “equal sharing of poverty.” Yet, how many of their complaints ever reach the Provost’s office? A double standard on a professor’s lecture, is intellectually unethical and dishonest. I hope UNLV doesn’t succumb to that practice.
Vincent J. Cozza, D.D.S., M.S.

Posted by: Vincent J. Cozza at February 23, 2005 4:26 PM

Best wishes to Professor Hoppe in this most important fight.

Posted by: John Buchanan at February 23, 2005 4:28 PM

Let's stand up against the tyranny of Political Correctness.

Very best wishes.
LM, Paris, France

Posted by: Laurent Monchi at February 23, 2005 4:33 PM

Not only am I glad for your victory, I am also glad that you have had the opportunity to see how large the remnant that cares for you and listens intently to you is.

Posted by: Paul Binder at February 23, 2005 4:38 PM

Jim Chappelow, University of Maine Orono

Posted by: Jim Chappelow at February 23, 2005 4:43 PM

Hang in there Prof. Hoppe and always remember you have many an-cap supporters from my generation especially. (I'm 21 y.o.)

Posted by: Tomas Pineiro at February 23, 2005 4:43 PM

It seems to me that learning requires an atmosphere of freedom for the exchange of ideas. This is particularly true if the process is intended to produce the greatest opportunity for the discovery and development of new ideas, processes & inventions - all so important in a world that will increasingly reward those who can achieve these results.

Posted by: E T Newton at February 23, 2005 4:45 PM

Scott Rosen, Alexandria, VA

Posted by: Scott Rosen at February 23, 2005 4:49 PM

Make the madness stop!

Posted by: Gary Halpin at February 23, 2005 4:50 PM

February 23, 2005
Lima, Peru

Dear Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe,
As a professor of economics at the private university in Lima, Peru, in south america, I see this discriminatory university's behavior as threath to academic freedom and bad example to my country, because, homosexual movements are growing their battles to mandate us through legislation to put their "rights?" in all private contracts.

My solidarity with you from a admirer to your brilliant work on defense of liberty in USA and the world.

Posted by: Tapia-Rocha, Jose at February 23, 2005 4:50 PM

Mark D. Fulwiler, San Francisco, California

Posted by: Mark D. Fulwiler at February 23, 2005 5:01 PM

Joe Calandro, Hartford, CT. For your future success in fighting the good fight.

Posted by: Joe Calandro at February 23, 2005 5:01 PM

Keep fighting Hans!

Posted by: Kevin Kretschmer at February 23, 2005 5:04 PM

Writer/actor, Chicago, Illinois

Posted by: Robert Kaercher at February 23, 2005 5:07 PM

Hillsdale College

Posted by: Robert P. Murphy at February 23, 2005 5:09 PM

A flagrant and disturbing example of political correctness, a pernicious institution if there ever was one. The PC nature of the "censure" was
proven by the rapidity with which the censure was withdrawn under a bit of pressure. Chuck George, Fairhope, Alabama

Posted by: H C George, MD at February 23, 2005 5:14 PM

Sven Thommesen, Auburn, Alabama

Posted by: Sven Thommesen at February 23, 2005 5:22 PM

Albert Esplugas, Barcelona, España

Posted by: Albert Esplugas at February 23, 2005 5:37 PM

Fabio Tintinaglia, Toronto Ontario Canada

Posted by: Fabio Tintinaglia at February 23, 2005 5:37 PM

The spirit of Juan de Mariana is alive and well.

Posted by: Luis Alberto Dietz Palandri at February 23, 2005 5:40 PM

You have my support

Posted by: frank sharp at February 23, 2005 5:51 PM

Congratulations to a true champion of freedom!

Posted by: PENNY FERGUSON at February 23, 2005 5:54 PM

Dr. Hoppe, you have my respect and admiration for your work towards freedom - academic and otherwise.

Stephanie R. Murphy
University of Masschusetts, Amherst
Amherst, MA USA

Posted by: Stephanie R. Murphy at February 23, 2005 6:03 PM

Economics Major

College of Charleston (SC)

Posted by: Charles Warren at February 23, 2005 6:06 PM

I wrote a letter to the President of UNLV, 3 assistants thereto, and 3 Board Members. I'm proud to have supported Professor Hoppe, and glad that freedom won out.

Posted by: Don Kresch at February 23, 2005 6:09 PM

Tokyo, Japan

Posted by: Kane Fenner at February 23, 2005 6:10 PM

Mr. Hoppe victory will be an important step in trying to redefine the term "Intellectual" the large public to who is exposed to primarly socialist consepts. Prof Hoppe's career is a bule print for thoes who want to save academy

Posted by: William L. Baldwin at February 23, 2005 6:17 PM

Douglas Cushman, Columbus, OH

Posted by: Douglas Cushman at February 23, 2005 6:19 PM

President, Institute for Energy Research; Senior Research Fellow, University of Houston

Posted by: Robert L. Bradley Jr. at February 23, 2005 6:23 PM

Political Correctness = Indoctrination
Challenging Assumptions = Education

What is UNLV's function?

Posted by: Christopher Wetmore at February 23, 2005 6:24 PM

La libertad debe ser defendida de todo ataque de insensatos con los mejores argumentos. Tal y como lo hace el profesor Hoppe.
Guatemala Centro America

Posted by: Krishna van den Brule at February 23, 2005 6:33 PM

I have very high regard for Dr Hoppe's ideas and his courage to express them. I am proud to live in the same community.

Will Palmer
Old Renegade Libertarian
Currently residing in Las Vegas

Posted by: Will Palmer at February 23, 2005 6:36 PM

I find this entire episode extremely concerning.

Such actions are reminiscent of a Nazi-style totalitarian regime.

I shall attempt to lend my support both openly and vocally.


Mr Christopher Hayes
Australian National University

Posted by: Christopher Hayes at February 23, 2005 6:37 PM

Guillaume Barbosa, Agen, France

Posted by: Guillaume Barbosa at February 23, 2005 6:48 PM

Tucson, Arizona

Posted by: Dewaine McBride at February 23, 2005 6:48 PM

Etienne Rochon, Vincennes, France

Posted by: Etienne Rochon at February 23, 2005 6:49 PM

Buffalo State College

Posted by: Ralph Raico at February 23, 2005 6:52 PM

Houston, Texas: Good luck to you, Dr. Hoppe, in your fight for just recompense. May the ACLU serve us well, and may you send a resounding message to government-run Universities across the united States that tyranny will not be tolerated!

Posted by: Monica Granger at February 23, 2005 6:54 PM

Best wishes!

Posted by: Ed Culver at February 23, 2005 7:04 PM

I hope H-HH doesn't have to escape like LvMises.

Posted by: Bill Marak at February 23, 2005 7:09 PM

Mr. Hoppe is a brave man.

Posted by: Lucas Grassi Freire at February 23, 2005 7:20 PM

The Christian libertarian Alliance is 100% behind you, Professor Hoppe!

Posted by: Shawn S.Smith at February 23, 2005 7:21 PM

Butler Shaffer
Professor of Law
Southwestern University School of Law
Los Angeles, CA

Posted by: Butler Shaffer at February 23, 2005 7:23 PM


Your battle is our battle. I am glad you stood up for yourself and for academic freedom. Every time one of these goons loses a fight, the rest of us have more of a chance to tell the truth.

Bill Anderson

Posted by: William L. Ander at February 23, 2005 7:36 PM

John Markley
Oak Lawn, Illinois

Posted by: John Markley at February 23, 2005 7:37 PM


Posted by: nicole reisch-galante at February 23, 2005 7:47 PM

Dwell only on the truth, Hans.

Posted by: William R. Prebble at February 23, 2005 8:03 PM

The University administration's failure to support its own by-laws is gross hypocrisy. The parallels to Nazi Germany are ominous indeed.

Thank you Professor Hoppe, for your courage and integrity.

Posted by: Dennis Wilson at February 23, 2005 8:07 PM

Paul Davidson
British Columbia, Canada

Posted by: Paul D at February 23, 2005 8:10 PM

Professor, Depatment of Anthropology, University of Alabama

Congratulations! This victory should stimulate us to protect our academic freedom before the administrators destroy it utterly.

Posted by: Charles W. Nuckolls at February 23, 2005 8:10 PM

I sent a note to the Chancellor regarding this and also sent Hans a letter of support originally.

The politically correct crowd is out of control.
If the wrong group is offended, no matter how ridiculous, people get chastised or worse.

Hans' comments were only common sense and by know means offensive. If they were anything someone says can be deemed offensive by some group or person.

Your comments seemed only logical in the general sense they were stated.

We support Hans.

Posted by: Dennis L Klein at February 23, 2005 8:10 PM

Congratulations on your victory, which in a very real sense is a victory for all of us who care for truth. And thank you for not joining in with the groveling apologizers who fear to stand up for the truth.

Posted by: Timothy Hallinan, M.D. at February 23, 2005 8:11 PM

Dr. Hoppe, thank you for standing up to the pressure to be "politically correct." Your principled stand helps everyone resist similar pressures, whatever their fields of endeavor.

Posted by: John L. Reed at February 23, 2005 8:13 PM

veritas nunquam perit!
Lisbon, Ohio

Posted by: Robert C. Cheeks at February 23, 2005 8:16 PM

Long live Hans!

Posted by: Robert Lechleiter at February 23, 2005 8:17 PM

If they could silence you for what you said in class, then they could silence us all. I applaud your victory in this matter as a victory for myself and every other academic.

George Reisman, Professor of Economics, Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University

Posted by: George Reisman at February 23, 2005 8:18 PM

Best wishes from Beaumont TX

Posted by: Dr John Granger at February 23, 2005 9:02 PM

You are indeed a lucky man, H-H H. I know I would think I am if I had so many people around the world express their belief in me and my right to ideas that challenges man to respect and treat others in a manner befitting the best in academic thought.

Posted by: armand de laurell at February 23, 2005 9:02 PM

Paul Tenney
San Francisco, CA

Posted by: Paul Tenney at February 23, 2005 9:07 PM

Bob Batemarco, Pace University

Posted by: Robert Batemarco at February 23, 2005 9:11 PM

As an admirer and former student of President Carol C. Harter from her SUNY Geneseo days, I am glad to hear that she has finally put a stop to the insanity at UNLV. Long live academic freedom, and long live that intellectual treasure, Prof. Hoppe!

Posted by: Gina Wilson at February 23, 2005 9:19 PM

Walter Pongratz
Im Berg 10
D-69469 Weinheim

Posted by: Walter Pongratz at February 23, 2005 9:34 PM

I will print copies and mail as well as e-mail to every one I can. I hope they in turn pass it on..

Posted by: Kenneth M. Williams at February 23, 2005 9:39 PM

The remark by the president of UNLV that academic freedom must be tempered with academic responsibility obscures the fact that nothing remotely on the order of academic irresponsibility appears to have been involved in Professor Hoppe's case. "Academic responsibility" can only rationally be understood to mean the professional competence of a professor--whether he or she knows the field, can communicate well what needs to be communicated, deals with students in a pedagogically effective and ethically unobjectionable way, etc. No professor has the responsibility of anticipating special, idiosyncratic sensitivities on the part of students (if they dislike the color green or dislike examples involving Poland or short people).
So, while it is gratifying to learn that Professor Hoppe isn't being irrationally attacked any longer, UNLV's administration appears to have a lot to learn about what is involved in academic freedom and in academic responsibility.

Posted by: TIbor R. Machan at February 23, 2005 9:50 PM

Denver, CO

Posted by: Noah Yetter at February 23, 2005 9:53 PM

Matthew G. Alexander
San Francisco, California

Posted by: Matthew Alexander at February 23, 2005 10:06 PM

Best wishes Prof. Hoppe!

Indranath Roy, Bangalore, India.

Posted by: Indranath Roy at February 23, 2005 10:11 PM

I am the proud libertarian father of a proud libertarian lesbian. Academic freedom rocks! - and I support that of the learned Professor. Jeff Daiell, Texas

Posted by: Jeff Daiell at February 23, 2005 10:13 PM

Libertarian solidarity. Sounds like an oxymoron, but it isn't. You managed it well.

I wish that you'll get over this incident very soon and keep on with serious stuff.

Antony Mueller, University of Caxias do Sul (UCS, Brazil.

Posted by: Antony Mueller at February 23, 2005 10:15 PM

Assoc. Prof. of Anatomy & Physiology,
STCC, Memphis TN.

I'm afraid we have to sue these politically correct administrators to make them stop bullying us and ruining our reputations.

Posted by: Douglas Smith at February 23, 2005 10:17 PM

Paul Foley, New Zealand

Posted by: Paul Foley at February 23, 2005 10:17 PM

Congratulations Dr. Hoppe.

Posted by: John Cooke at February 23, 2005 10:34 PM

Ryan Sestack, Brooklyn, New York

Posted by: Ryan Sestack at February 23, 2005 10:36 PM

“What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual & surest support?”
-- James Madison

Posted by: Tim Wallace - Houston, Texas at February 23, 2005 10:38 PM

Los Angeles, California

Posted by: Paul Blumstein at February 23, 2005 10:45 PM

Laguna Niguel, California

Posted by: Michael Goren at February 23, 2005 10:46 PM

Reason tells me that your arguments are correct.

Posted by: Hugh Ledbetter at February 23, 2005 10:47 PM

Dr. Hoppe,
You, Ward Churchill, and Lawrence Summers are now all in the same boat. I'll do what I can to help keep the boat afloat.

Posted by: Clark Patterson at February 23, 2005 10:53 PM

Econ Grad Student
George Mason University, Fairfax Va

Posted by: Daniel J. D'Amico at February 23, 2005 10:56 PM

Congratulations, Prof. Hoppe. Keep on keeping on.

Posted by: Peter at February 23, 2005 11:00 PM

A beautiful win for one of the best Professors in the world today.

Pleasanton, CA, High School Student in a public school =(

Posted by: Kyle Hitchens at February 23, 2005 11:13 PM

Robert Lundgren, Anchorage, Alaska

Posted by: Robert Lundgren at February 23, 2005 11:17 PM

Best wishes to Professor Hoppe in this his fight for academic freedom.

Clyde L. Garland
Texas, USA

Posted by: Clyde L. Garland at February 23, 2005 11:19 PM

Auburn, California

Posted by: Mike Carron at February 23, 2005 11:47 PM

Keep fighting the Good Fight, H-H H.

Brent Mattis
Berkeley, CA

Posted by: Brent Mattis at February 24, 2005 12:08 AM

István Váradi, Budapest, Hungary

Posted by: István Váradi at February 24, 2005 12:10 AM

Nathan Handler, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Posted by: Nathan Handler at February 24, 2005 12:13 AM

Johan Biermann, Pretoria, South Africa

Posted by: Johan Biermann at February 24, 2005 12:13 AM

Keep up the great work Professor Hoppe!

Posted by: Charles Graham at February 24, 2005 12:17 AM

Benjamin Kilpatrick, Student - University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Posted by: Ben Kilpatrick at February 24, 2005 12:40 AM

No, comment is *not* required

Posted by: JC Bender at February 24, 2005 12:48 AM

Department Chair
Economic Policy Department
University of Economics, Prague, Czech Rpl.

Posted by: Josef Sima at February 24, 2005 1:05 AM

Nassim Cassim Kamdar, Medical doctor, Durban, South Africa.

Academic and intellectual freedom is under attack as never before. I encourage EVERYONE to sign this letter.

Posted by: Nassim Kamdar at February 24, 2005 1:15 AM

Posted by: Adrian Lacatus, member of the Ludwig von Mises Institute - Romania, Bucharest, Romania at February 24, 2005 1:18 AM

Past President, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

Posted by: Don W. Printz, M. D. at February 24, 2005 1:24 AM

Liberalni Institut; Prague School of Economics; University of New York in Prague

Posted by: Dan Stastny at February 24, 2005 1:49 AM

Diana Costea, Executive Director of the Ludwig von Mises Institute - Romania, Bucharest, Romania

Posted by: Diana Costea at February 24, 2005 1:55 AM

Dr. Jan Schnellenbach
Philipps-University Marburg
Faculty of Economics
Department for Public Economics
Am Plan 2
35037 Marburg

Posted by: Dr. Jan Schnellenbach at February 24, 2005 1:59 AM

Peter R.A. van Maanen
Graduate Student
Graduate School of Teaching and Learning
University of Amsterdam
Amstelveen, the Netherlands

Posted by: Peter R.A. van Maanen at February 24, 2005 2:18 AM

Fredrik Nordquist, Stockholm, Sweden

Posted by: Fredrik Nordquist at February 24, 2005 2:50 AM

Tu ne cede malis...

Posted by: Fabio Gallazzi at February 24, 2005 2:57 AM

Prof. Pascal Salin
University Paris-Dauphine
Paris, France

Posted by: Prof. Pascal Salin at February 24, 2005 3:07 AM

Congratulations on your courageous and principled stand. Congratulations also to the people who rallied to your defence.

Rafe Champion

Posted by: Rafe Champion at February 24, 2005 3:16 AM

Professeur d'Economie.
Soutien complet.

Posted by: Bertrand LAMBERT at February 24, 2005 3:44 AM

Warsaw University of Technology, Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

Posted by: Rafał Przekop at February 24, 2005 3:47 AM

Christian Bjornskov
Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business

Posted by: Christian Bjornskov at February 24, 2005 3:58 AM

I sign for liberty !

Posted by: PEGUY Philippe at February 24, 2005 4:17 AM

Free exchange is the responsibility of the university to its students. Without free exchange we are left with mere indoctrination. Keep up the struggle to rid universities of thought police.

Posted by: John P. McGeehan at February 24, 2005 4:18 AM

Prof. Hoppe: I support your cause and wish you the best in the fight for academic freedom and a free society.

Posted by: Sandeep Prakash at February 24, 2005 4:22 AM

Arvid Westfelt, Stockholm, Sweden

Posted by: Arvid Westfelt at February 24, 2005 4:32 AM

Best Wishes, Professor Hoppe!

Posted by: Tiziano Buzzacchera at February 24, 2005 4:35 AM

Hagerstown Maryland

Posted by: Timothy Stahl at February 24, 2005 4:47 AM

Carlos Castro, Palencia, Spain

Posted by: Carlos Castro at February 24, 2005 4:55 AM

Taken in context, Professor Hoppe, your comments were a clever real-world example of the principle under discussion, and should have caused no offense at an institution of higher learning. It saddens me to think that I have more freedom of expression as a comedy writer trying to entertain than you do as a teacher trying to enlighten. I hope the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, comes to its senses.

Posted by: Kurt Luchs at February 24, 2005 5:20 AM

Edward D. Nelson
Perkiomenville, PA

Posted by: Edward D. Nelson at February 24, 2005 5:21 AM

One small battle won; the war continues.

Coral Springs, FL

Posted by: Lowell Sherris, M.D. at February 24, 2005 5:28 AM

Academic freedom is a pillar of a liberal society. All totalitarian regimes have sought to close down or regulate the academy. This is stabbing you from without, but potentially worse happens when you are stabbed from within by people who do know better. Never surrender to people who seek to compromise that, well done Hans – we wait to see if Larry Summers can take your lead …….. (do not keep your hopes up!).

Posted by: Toby O J Baxendale at February 24, 2005 7:25 AM

Thanks to people like Professor Hoppe I belive in power of logic. That's priceless.

Posted by: Pawel Skrzynecki at February 24, 2005 7:30 AM

It's the academic freedom, stupid!

Posted by: Daniel Voll at February 24, 2005 8:10 AM

Bretigne Shaffer, Brooklyn NY

Posted by: Bretigne Shaffer at February 24, 2005 8:11 AM

Don't let the bastards get you down.

Posted by: Thomas L. Knapp at February 24, 2005 8:34 AM

N.C. State University
Raleigh, N.C.

Posted by: E.C. Pasour, Jr. at February 24, 2005 8:38 AM

Jason Hollon, Birmingham, AL

Posted by: Jason Hollon at February 24, 2005 8:42 AM

All the best to Hans.

Posted by: Jim Cox at February 24, 2005 8:44 AM

University of Zurich, Switzerland

Posted by: Paolo Pamini at February 24, 2005 8:50 AM

Martin Stefunko, PhD.
Institute for Free Society, Bratislava, Slovakia
Visiting Fellow, Center For New Europe, Brussel

Posted by: Martin Stefunko at February 24, 2005 8:51 AM

Signed Michael Rozeff. Hard to believe we and Hans one won. We should feel like Emile Zola.

Posted by: Michael Rozeff at February 24, 2005 8:56 AM

So much for free speech at the University level.

Posted by: Diane Toth at February 24, 2005 8:57 AM

David Zientara, Franklin Lakes NJ

Posted by: David Zientara at February 24, 2005 8:57 AM

Wladimir Kraus, Universität Paderborn, Germany

Posted by: Wladimir Kraus at February 24, 2005 9:01 AM

I am pleased to be among those signing this letter in support of Prof. Hans Hoppe's effort to advance the cause of academic freedom for teachers.
William Marina,
Prof Emeritus in History, Florida Atlantic University

Posted by: William Marina at February 24, 2005 9:14 AM

Terrorism comes in many forms.

Posted by: John Sweeney at February 24, 2005 9:14 AM

Freedom in America is dying - it is a police state like South Africa was. As freedom = truth, honesty is dying also. Tragic.
Keep up the fight Prof Hoppe - you are not alone.
"Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

Posted by: Nicholas Jackson - Brussels at February 24, 2005 9:17 AM

Istituto Bruno Leoni, Milan, Italy.

Posted by: Alberto Mingardi at February 24, 2005 9:27 AM


Posted by: Jon Wolfenbarger at February 24, 2005 9:35 AM

Wally Conger, Arroyo Grande, CA

Posted by: Wally Conger at February 24, 2005 9:41 AM

Carlo Stagnaro

Posted by: Carlo Stagnaro at February 24, 2005 9:41 AM

Roman J. Bowser, Manhattan Beach, California

Posted by: Roman J. Bowser at February 24, 2005 9:45 AM


Posted by: Manuel Lora at February 24, 2005 9:46 AM

When they came for the Jews......I was not a Jew, so I said nothing.
When they came for the Catholics......I was not a Catholic, so I said nothing.
When they came for the academics and intellectuals.....I was neither, so I said nothing.
And when they came for me......there was no one left to speak.

Your work is most appreciated, Prof. Hoppe.

Posted by: Charlie Burden at February 24, 2005 10:08 AM

Gene Smiley
Professor of Economics
Marquette University

Posted by: Gene Smiley at February 24, 2005 10:11 AM

"If I want to be free from any other man’s dictation, I must understand that I can have no other man under my control." WG Sumner

Posted by: Jonathan Surran at February 24, 2005 10:15 AM

Woodbridge, Virginia

Posted by: MacDonald Phillips at February 24, 2005 10:18 AM

Only with free discussion can bad ideas be exposed and good ones too. That's why we must silence ALL speech! ;)

Posted by: Scott LeGear at February 24, 2005 10:28 AM

To some extent, ALL assertions in classes devoted to theories are opinions.
Our brother's error, apparently, was in not being "politically correct."
Beyond the sheer fascistic nonsense of this particular attempt at censorship is the irony that Professor Hoppe would be one of the major defenders of homosexuals against repression.
Well, we won, sort of -- "we" being advocates of liberty -- but obviously all of us need to realize to what degree opinions that are not "politically correct" are threatened.
Stay the course, Dr. Hoppe. You certainly have the support of the good people.

Posted by: Michael Morrison at February 24, 2005 10:30 AM

Retired Engineer

Tegucigalpa, HONDURAS

I've Finally reached a stage in life where I have time to think about more than trying to keep a refinery running, sometimes at a profit.

Liberty seems the most important, yet most elusive of all goals. I salute all the many who struggle to defend free speach and Austrian economics.

Posted by: William McDonnell at February 24, 2005 10:52 AM

.......keep up the good fight!

Posted by: dawn at February 24, 2005 11:00 AM

A student is offended by a professor's honest opinion about a matter relevant to the subject of the class. Instead of talking with the professor or--better yet--offering a counter-view in class, the student runs to the nanny state and brings in Big Mamma to conduct a coercive investigation as if a crime had taken place. Such conduct and acqiescence of the administration--too common in the era of "progressive censorship" that has gripped campuses for over 15 years now--constitutes the death of academic freedom. Why even have a university? Then the left wonders why Ward Churchill is shouted down or dis-invited to speak. It is time that the left and the right realized that free speech and academic freedom apply to all points of view, not just their own. Shame on the University of Nevada, Los Vegas!

Posted by: Donald Downs at February 24, 2005 11:02 AM

Sounds like a "hostile environment" indeed... I mean, UNLV.

(From Florianópolis, Brazil)

Posted by: Guilherme de Oliveira Quandt at February 24, 2005 11:04 AM

Jessica R. Simpson--Mobile, Alabama

Posted by: Jessica R. Simpson at February 24, 2005 11:04 AM

Americans must stand up for free speech, especially in academic settings.

Posted by: Michael A. Blake at February 24, 2005 11:16 AM

Posted by: fCh at February 24, 2005 11:17 AM

Graham O'Connor, UK.

Posted by: Graham O'Connor at February 24, 2005 11:21 AM

"Das Geheimnis des Glücks ist die Freiheit, das Geheimnis der Freiheit aber ist der Mut." (Perikles) Hang in there, Hans!

Posted by: Daniel Baader at February 24, 2005 11:26 AM

Grant M. Nülle, Research Fellow, Mises Institute

Posted by: Grant M. Nülle at February 24, 2005 11:33 AM

Kapaa, Hawaii

Posted by: R.S. Weir at February 24, 2005 11:34 AM

San Francisco, California.

Posted by: Robert Blumen at February 24, 2005 11:35 AM

Professor of Economics
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA, 20120

Posted by: Dr. Alexander Tabarrok at February 24, 2005 11:39 AM

All my best, Professor Hoppe.

Rod T. Peterson, Santa Ana, CA

Posted by: RodP at February 24, 2005 11:46 AM

John Bigelow, Chicago, Illinois

Posted by: John Bigelow at February 24, 2005 11:46 AM

Paul Farris, Austin, Tx

Posted by: Paul Farris at February 24, 2005 11:47 AM

Eric J. Shubert, Phoenix, Arizona

Posted by: Eric J. Shubert at February 24, 2005 11:47 AM

Academic freedom demands, above all, that instructors have the right to investigate alternative explanations for perceived phenomena. This, after all, is the basis for the scientific method. We must preserve this right to ask questions in the classroom.

Posted by: Larry Schweikart at February 24, 2005 11:48 AM

Hans Hermann Hoppe is friend of the reason and of the freedom, Hans is my friend. The freedom of investigation and the freedom of expression always will win.

Posted by: Antonio at February 24, 2005 11:52 AM



Posted by: VICENTE JARA VERA at February 24, 2005 11:54 AM

all my friendly support to you and your family

Posted by: carnis laurent at February 24, 2005 11:59 AM

The Hoppe case is a perfect illustration of the core meaning of that much overused term political correctness. It has two core components: (1) an absurdly narrow and mis-centered range of acceptable discourse on an issue; (2) harsh punishments for those who cross the line. The academic world is becoming a darker and darker realm.

Posted by: Lloyd Cohen at February 24, 2005 12:00 PM

Columbus, Ohio

Posted by: Michael Caution at February 24, 2005 12:06 PM

Congratulations! To paraphrase Che Guevara, we need many, many Hans-Hermann Hoppes.

Carey E. Stronach, Ph.D.,
President, Virginia Association of Scholars

Posted by: Carey E. Stronach at February 24, 2005 12:08 PM

Los Angeles, CA

Posted by: Steven Ng at February 24, 2005 12:10 PM

"We have now sunk to a depth at which re-statement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men."

George Orwell

Posted by: ken.mathews at February 24, 2005 12:12 PM

David Bergland, Attorney at Law
3134 Country Club Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Posted by: David Bergland at February 24, 2005 12:12 PM

Academic freedom was historically the first freedom of expression to be recognized by Western civilization. Any erosion of it is a blow to all freedoms which American hold dear.

David Yetter, Professor of Mathematics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Posted by: David Yetter at February 24, 2005 12:22 PM

Adjunct Faculty - Summit College
The University of Akron

Posted by: Dave Garthoff at February 24, 2005 12:30 PM

Hubert Hubien
Professor emeritus in the University of Liège

To support professor Hoppe is to support the freedom to teach, which is under rampant attack also outside the United States.
Academic freedom must be defended against all governments, many, if not all, of which would like to impose "correct thinking", which of course only they would be competent to judge.

Posted by: Hubert Hubien at February 24, 2005 12:38 PM

Go Hans!

Posted by: Kristy Holmes at February 24, 2005 12:44 PM

Sheldon Hamann, Anthon, Iowa

Posted by: Sheldon Hamann at February 24, 2005 12:56 PM

There is nothing sweeter than liberty.

Posted by: Conway von Girsewald at February 24, 2005 12:59 PM

Mesa, Arizona

Posted by: Casey Khan at February 24, 2005 1:09 PM

Jorge Valín, Barcelona; Spain.

Posted by: Jorge Valin at February 24, 2005 1:22 PM

Roma, Italia

Posted by: Piero Vernaglione at February 24, 2005 1:25 PM

Congratulations. Although, the entire episode is a sad commentary on the State (pun intended) of affairs at American universities.

Lance Connelly, Chicago, IL

Posted by: Lance Connelly at February 24, 2005 1:36 PM

Robotics Institute,
Carnegie Mellon University

Posted by: Drew Bagnell at February 24, 2005 1:45 PM

Piena solidarietà al professor Hoppe.

Posted by: Marco Massignan at February 24, 2005 2:01 PM

I support the concept of academic freedom.

Posted by: Robert J. Armstrong at February 24, 2005 2:03 PM

Don't let 'them' bring you to your knees! Defend Natural Law and I'll thankfully consider this to be your "finest hour".

Posted by: Ronald Slagboom at February 24, 2005 2:19 PM

I am pleased that Professor Hoppe is safe from further persecution for his original and insightful views, which, in any free society, should be tolerated and encouraged, no matter how many people they "offend."

During the controversy, I had authored a defense of Dr. Hoppe, entitled "Professor Hoppe against Political Correctness," which has been published in several online magazines.

Posted by: G. Stolyarov II at February 24, 2005 2:19 PM

I support your fight for the truth.
If you're ever in Cedar Rapids, IA,
I'd like to buy you a beer.

Posted by: William Partridge at February 24, 2005 2:25 PM

Philosophy Graduate Student
University of Dallas
Irving, TX

Posted by: Adam Martin at February 24, 2005 2:31 PM

Kudos to Professor Hoppe, for a great victory of truth and principle over the Commissars of victimology! Nebojsa Malic, columnist, Virginia.

Posted by: Nebojsa Malic at February 24, 2005 2:32 PM

May the enlightened minds prevail in the Professor Hoppe's just cause!

Posted by: Samuel Medrano, MD at February 24, 2005 2:34 PM

Professor of International Business and Marketing
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Posted by: Jerry Kirkpatrick at February 24, 2005 2:36 PM

Sin libertad académica no existe universidad propiamente dicha.

Posted by: Pablo Martín Pozzoni at February 24, 2005 2:44 PM

If the UNLV wishes to salvage its reputation as an institution of higher learning, it must compensate Hans for the harm done him and implement reforms to its student grievance process to ensure that incidents of this type are never repeated.

Eric Crampton
Department of Economics
University of Canterbury

Posted by: Eric Crampton at February 24, 2005 3:16 PM

Mises Institute member

Posted by: Ron Brown at February 24, 2005 3:29 PM

bruce nicoll photographer london UK

illigitimi non carborundum

Posted by: bruce nicoll at February 24, 2005 3:58 PM

Congratulations on the Victory! May you be fully vindicated and amply compensated for the hell they've put you through. And may your victory spur fear and trembling into the statist hearts of college administrators everywhere.

Posted by: Mike Ketcher, Editor & Pubisher, Financial Privacy Report at February 24, 2005 4:27 PM

Keep up the good fight. Freedom is at stake and if we ever stop being vigilant, it will all be taken away from us. Best of luck.

Posted by: Vern Martin at February 24, 2005 4:52 PM

Without free speech, education becomes merely instruction in the politically correct.

Posted by: Kenneth Hoffmann at February 24, 2005 4:57 PM

Bucharest, Ludwig von Mises Institute - Romania

Posted by: Tudor Smirna at February 24, 2005 5:16 PM

Ecracez l'infame!

Posted by: Karl T. Fielding, CFA at February 24, 2005 5:19 PM

I stand by Prof. Hoppe. However, I may add that the problem probably arose because of Hoppe's insistence on the a priori validity of his statements (theorems). Freedom in classroom discussion was therefore thought to be restricted or, worse, driven to preconceived conclusions and this might have caused anxiety to "relativist" audiences, which are not familiar to the austerity of different methodological approaches. Perhaps, the hostility shown against Dr. Hoppe was rooted in his indifference to public relations and his rare devotion to his principles.

Posted by: Nikos Koursoumpas at February 24, 2005 5:30 PM

Brad Kondrach, Austin, Texas

Posted by: Brad Kondrach at February 24, 2005 5:33 PM

Independent researcher, Vista, CA

Posted by: James H. Shawvan at February 24, 2005 5:40 PM

No affiliation. South Florida USA.

Posted by: N. Joseph Potts at February 24, 2005 5:40 PM

Congratulations Dr. Hoppe! As one who felt free to question professors in undergrad, no matter their demeanor, I was offended by what this Knight person has started. Kudos for taking on him and UNLV!

Best Regards,

Matthew Cole, Atlanta, Georgia

Posted by: Matthew Cole at February 24, 2005 5:56 PM

Tracy, CA

Posted by: Ian Stewart at February 24, 2005 6:17 PM

Massimiliano TrovatoVenice, Italy

Posted by: Bandini at February 24, 2005 7:02 PM

Grad Student
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Posted by: Matthew Armstrong at February 24, 2005 7:03 PM

Jay Andrade, Las Vegas, NV

Posted by: Jay Andrade at February 24, 2005 7:07 PM

In my opinion, from experience in two universities in Australia, academic freedom has always come a poor second to what is now called political correctness, here at least. Before the end of the Cold War, everyone was required to avoid offending Communists, so that the staff would have a clean record in the event of a Communist takeover. Now everyone has to avoid offending on sexual and racial grounds.

Posted by: Paul Rackemann at February 24, 2005 7:18 PM

Good luck professor Hoppe

Posted by: Eric Lucas at February 24, 2005 7:27 PM

Clinton, Utah

Posted by: Benjamin Orton at February 24, 2005 7:28 PM

Paul Marks - just an ordinary graduate of the Universities of Leicester and York in the United Kingdom.

Although I am not an academic I support acadmeic freedom. I hope that academics have the guts to defend this principle - or at least to remember "it could be me next".

Posted by: Paul Marks at February 24, 2005 8:27 PM

Michael Hall

Clarkston, Georgia

Posted by: Ike Hall at February 24, 2005 9:03 PM

I had to laugh when the letter said the "comments" were not supported by "peer review" academic literature. I guess concensus makes right in 2005. Sad that this even happened... but congrats on the well deserved win.
-Andrew Carver, Ph.D.

Posted by: Andrew Carver at February 24, 2005 9:09 PM

Congratulations on your victory. Don't change a thing.
Ken Zahringer, independent scholar, Columbia, MO

Posted by: Ken Zahringer at February 24, 2005 9:16 PM

Academic freedom is more important now than ever as individual liberty and independent thought are under vicious attack by the establishment.

Posted by: Alice Lillie at February 24, 2005 9:19 PM

In support of truth and justice in learning, and in support of my friend Dr. Hoppe.

Posted by: Aaron Lane Morris at February 24, 2005 9:42 PM

Good luck with the children, senior citizens, and childless couples which will be after you next. How dare you suggest they have different time preferences than the rest of us. ;)

Posted by: Brian Macker at February 24, 2005 10:35 PM

Thanks for standing up for our freedoms Hans.

Posted by: James Hayman at February 24, 2005 10:50 PM

Sudha R. Shenoy,
Hon'y Associate in Economic History,
School of Policy,
University of Newcastle,
New South Wales, Australia.

Freedom uber alles!

Posted by: Sudha Shenoy at February 24, 2005 10:58 PM

Good Luck!

Posted by: Ronnie Collins at February 24, 2005 11:08 PM

Prof. Antoine Gentier
University of Grenoble 2

Posted by: Antoine Gentier at February 25, 2005 12:03 AM

With a few minor changes, the words of Winston Churchill seem especially apropos to this situation: What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'

May victory in this battle be as quick and decisive, if less deadly.

Posted by: Doyle at February 25, 2005 12:17 AM

God save us all...

Posted by: Chad Williamson at February 25, 2005 12:25 AM

I have a son and a daughter going to University of Nevada at Reno could you recommend any economics professors there?

Posted by: Ronald W Moe at February 25, 2005 1:53 AM

Are there really any facts? We must stand up for free speech across the world.

Posted by: Simon Bellord, Woking ,UK at February 25, 2005 2:41 AM

If you wonder who is to blame for totalitarianism coming to America, look in the mirror. Evil arises when good men do nothing.

Posted by: James Cunningham at February 25, 2005 2:55 AM

Prof. Hoppe will be victorious in this pathetic attack on accademic freedom, there is no question about it. His accusers don't have a leg to stand on :)

Best wishes,

Stefan Metzeler
Pro Libertate and ISIL Switzerland

Posted by: Stefan Metzeler at February 25, 2005 5:03 AM

The truth can be a bitter pill to swallow. Please keep serving it.

Columbus, Texas

Posted by: Carl Hoppe Christensen at February 25, 2005 5:56 AM

Davide Martini, Brescia, Italia(Padania)

Posted by: Davide Martini at February 25, 2005 6:38 AM

The open and unfettered exchange of ideas is critical to the survival of a free society.

Posted by: Steven Randolph, Tampa, Florida at February 25, 2005 6:52 AM

"Homosexuals have a higher rate of time preference than heterosexuals". This statement may be true or false, but it cannot be offensive to someone. (Were Dr. Hoppe's statements offensive to old people, children, single persons?) It would have been offensive if having a higher rate of time preference is said to be inherently stupid, or morally wrong. Since this is not the case, the whole attacck against dr. Hoppe is inconsistent, illogical, and displays an incredible intelectual opacity.

Sorin Cucerai

Posted by: Sorin Cucerai, Bucharest, Romania at February 25, 2005 6:54 AM


Posted by: Pat Orr Barnett at February 25, 2005 7:02 AM

Former Univ of Texas.

Posted by: Floy Lilley, J.D. at February 25, 2005 7:09 AM

All points of view need to be listened to, thought about, and rationally discussed and debated!

Posted by: Brent Beckett at February 25, 2005 7:17 AM

Houston, TX

Posted by: Kevin Duffy at February 25, 2005 8:01 AM

My support to academic freedom and best wishes to Dr. HHH.
Fabian Chang W.
Economist and co-founder of Librepensador, mailing list for Ecuadorian public policy and current issues's debate.

Posted by: Fabian Chang W. at February 25, 2005 8:32 AM

I agree.
Freedom and islamic think-thanks ! i am muslim and libertarian and i sign this letter.

Posted by: Calicula_Nozick at February 25, 2005 8:38 AM

Colorado Springs, CO

Posted by: Nathan Bohlmann at February 25, 2005 8:41 AM

Free speech is easy to talk about, but a challenge to truly stand for. Best wishes in your struggle for free and open dialogue in America's Universities.

Posted by: Jeff Murrah at February 25, 2005 8:45 AM

I have just read Lawrence Summer's (President of Harvard) original controversial comments that brought him into open conflict with his faculty and others in academia. Here the roles are reversed. It was the faculty that brought pressure on Summers over a politically taboo subject, gender differences. The faculty is pressing to have Summers fired. It is as if academic freedom were "good for the goose, but not for the gander".

Summer's comments are available at Harvard University's web site so anybody could determine the commonality between the Summers and Hoppe cases.

I recommend that somebody contact Summer's office and bring the Hoppe case to his attention.

Phil Duffy

Posted by: Philip G. Duffy at February 25, 2005 8:55 AM

Best wishes to Hoppe.

Posted by: J. Anthony Barbour at February 25, 2005 9:05 AM

Kicken' butt, Hans!

Very best hopes for you.

Posted by: Tim Vaughan at February 25, 2005 9:07 AM

Do not let them silence you.

Posted by: J. Anthony Babour at February 25, 2005 9:08 AM

Robert Holliday,
Graduate Student,
Dept. of Philosophy,
Ohio State University

Posted by: Robert Holliday at February 25, 2005 9:27 AM

Juan Ramón Rallo, Valencia, España.

Posted by: Juan Ramón Rallo at February 25, 2005 9:38 AM

Appreciate your stand very much. All the best to you.

Posted by: Sean Allison at February 25, 2005 9:39 AM

Dr. Douglas B. Rasmussen
Professor of Philosophy
St. John's University
Jamaica, NY 11439

Posted by: Douglas B. Rasmussen at February 25, 2005 9:42 AM

Auburn, Alabama

Posted by: John Sloop at February 25, 2005 9:44 AM

I have always enjoyed your controversial arguments, as without them there would hardly be any academic debate. Whether one supports them or not, is a completely different question.
Gregor Hochreiter, Vienna, Austria.

Posted by: Gregor at February 25, 2005 9:49 AM

John S. Dovelos, Ph.D., Athens, Greece.

Political correctness is the new dogmatism with its own thought police that, during the past few years, has been dictating how we should think, speak and act. It appears that this "new age" mental totalitarianism has finally infiltrated the last bastion of freedom, Academia.

Posted by: John S. Dovelos at February 25, 2005 9:51 AM

Your courage to stand firm for the rights and freedom, which are the foundation on which America was built, sets an example for all patriots (in and out of the classroom).

May Freedom, Liberty and Truth prevail!

C. E. Brush

Lake Oswego, OR

Posted by: C. E. Brush at February 25, 2005 9:57 AM

Steve Sanders, Suwanee, Ga.

Posted by: Steve Sanders at February 25, 2005 10:01 AM

Wilson Mixon
Berry College

Posted by: Wilson Mixon at February 25, 2005 10:11 AM

All the way with Hoppe, defending libertarianism...

Posted by: Gerardo Valdez Ramírez at February 25, 2005 10:29 AM

David Hintz
Lover of Freedom
Newberg Oregon/Tucson Arizona

Posted by: David Hintz at February 25, 2005 10:32 AM

Auburn, Alabama

Posted by: Linda Schrock Taylor at February 25, 2005 10:47 AM

Student, Hillsdale College
Hillsdale, Michigan

Posted by: Neil Block at February 25, 2005 11:07 AM

Berkeley, California

Posted by: Anthony Gregory at February 25, 2005 11:12 AM

It's a victory both for Professor Hoppe and for academic freedom -- as well as for the students of UNLV, who benefit from Prof. Hoppe's lectures. Bravo, Professor!

Posted by: Daniel McCarthy at February 25, 2005 11:14 AM

unaffiliated, of Hillsdale, Michigan

Posted by: Dan Ruchames at February 25, 2005 11:15 AM

You are not alone, there are many people in the world that are for the values you represent to day.

Posted by: Celestino Carbajal, Finace Profesor, Universidad de Buenos Aires at February 25, 2005 11:17 AM

Adjunct Prof, Strategic Mgt.
Pres. American Productivity Group, LLC.
Pres. CEE, Inc.
Advisory Board, Center for Business and Public Policy
Honorary Chairman, Congressional Business Advisory Council
In which year was "academic freedom" crushed in Nazi Germany? Are these years 2003-05 our years?

Posted by: Dwight Carey at February 25, 2005 11:31 AM

You cannot protect free speech by reducing it, or punishing those who exercise it.

Posted by: David RICE at February 25, 2005 11:48 AM

Violating their own bylaws is a large opening for litigation, if I recall correctly.

Posted by: James Gholston at February 25, 2005 11:56 AM

Eric Rasmusen, Indiana University Department of Business Economics and Public Policy

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen at February 25, 2005 11:59 AM

Gabriel A. Giménez-Roche, University of Paris-Dauphine, France.

Posted by: Gabriel Giménez Roche at February 25, 2005 12:01 PM

"It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a 'dismal science.' But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance." -Rothbard

Thanks for fighting the good fight, Prof. Hoppe

John Teschky
Lombard, IL

Posted by: John Teschky at February 25, 2005 12:24 PM

I have a Ph.D. in philosophy and have known Prof. Hoppe for ten years. He is a brilliant, independent thinker -- the kind of thinker that should be the pride of any university, not someone subject to harassment.

Posted by: Larry J. Eshelman at February 25, 2005 12:28 PM

For evil to triumph, it is only necessary that good men do nothing. A good man has done something. Congratulations Mr. Hoppe.

Posted by: Michael T. Coakley at February 25, 2005 12:33 PM

Ben Focer, Phoenix, Arizona

Posted by: Ben Focer at February 25, 2005 12:38 PM

George Meredith, Wichita, Ks

Posted by: George Meredith at February 25, 2005 12:46 PM

Mitche Leigh Hunt, Writer/Educator

Posted by: Mitche Leigh Hunt at February 25, 2005 12:48 PM

Mark Davis, Longwood, Florida

Posted by: Mark Davis at February 25, 2005 12:57 PM

Support completely!!!

Posted by: noel berge at February 25, 2005 1:23 PM

John Carney, New York City

Posted by: John Carney at February 25, 2005 1:24 PM

Professor Hoppe,

You have done a great service to the students and faculty at UNLV by not compromising your principles. It is hard to understand why the University Provost did not take the same principled action when this complaint was filed and reprimand the student and not you. Hopefully, this battle has caused him to study the by-laws of his own university and will prompt him to issue you an apology.

Dan Winterrowd
M.A. Economics - University of Washington, Seattle

Posted by: Dan Winterrowd at February 25, 2005 2:18 PM

John Morgan

Posted by: John Morgan at February 25, 2005 2:19 PM

Ken Hall, Newport Beach, CA.

I'm with you Hans. Down with the PC tyrants. Up with academic freedom. Shame, shame on this university.

Posted by: Ken Hall at February 25, 2005 2:32 PM

As a current undergraduate student, I have a tremendous amount of respect for academic freedom. Best wishes Prof. Hoppe.

Posted by: Andrew Mauldin at February 25, 2005 2:42 PM

University of California, San Francisco

Posted by: Michael Acree at February 25, 2005 3:03 PM

Once again academia disgraces itself. UNLV administrators should be utterly ashamed of their actions. Thank goodness for heroic people like Hans who are willing to stand up for logic and reason!

Tony Sampognaro

Rensselaer, NY

Posted by: Tony Sampognaro at February 25, 2005 3:33 PM

Academic freedom is a cornerstone of all freedom.

Posted by: George R Whitfield at February 25, 2005 3:42 PM

Digital Library Software Engineer
Harvard University Libraries
Office for Information Systems

Posted by: Gary McGath at February 25, 2005 3:59 PM

Nice to see one of the good guys win. Also, nice and somewhat novel these days, to see contracts mean something.

Mark Scott
Wholesale Power Industry
Glen Allen VA

Posted by: Mark Scott at February 25, 2005 4:01 PM

I disagree with many of the things that you have said, Prof. Hoppe. I agree with many others. And I defend your right to say all of them.

Posted by: Jason Kuznicki at February 25, 2005 4:08 PM

Congratulations to Professor Hoppe. Now its time to get behind Professor Ward Churchill!

"I believe that people have the right of freedom and expression whatever their views, that the importance of defending these rights is all the greater when the person expresses views that are abhorrent to virtually everyone and that this becomes particularly important when the person in question is thrown out of his academic position."

- Noam Chomsky

Posted by: Erich Walrath at February 25, 2005 4:13 PM

Best wishes to Prof. Hoppe, Riccardo Rossi, Italy

Posted by: Riccardo Rossi at February 25, 2005 4:37 PM

Daniel Halvarsson, Umeå, Sweden

Posted by: Daniel Halvarsson at February 25, 2005 4:50 PM

The UNLV administration owes Professor Hoppe an apology, at the very least.

Posted by: Robert Campbell at February 25, 2005 5:05 PM

Jonathan Sampoerna, Singapore

Posted by: Jonathan Sampoerna at February 25, 2005 5:13 PM

Outrage in academia and in general often signifies a job well done in the advancement of comprehension; a job that may not have otherwise been done.

Toronto, Ontario

Posted by: Caley McKibbin at February 25, 2005 5:20 PM

Robert Jackson;
Department of Chemistry;
Kennesaw State University;
Kennesaw, GA

Posted by: Robert Jackson at February 25, 2005 5:36 PM

Best regards to you Hans. May you prevail against those who would stifle free thought. God Bless You!

Posted by: Joe Beary at February 25, 2005 5:49 PM

Fighters like Hans that give me hope!

Posted by: Charles R Sebrell at February 25, 2005 6:08 PM

You have my full support,
Carlos A. Ball

Posted by: Carlos A. Ball at February 25, 2005 6:10 PM

It has been very gratifying seeing all the support you have received, and we add ours for good measure.

Posted by: Anne-Lisbeth H Sebrell at February 25, 2005 6:13 PM

This incident at UNLV reveals to the entire world -- once again -- the deep and fundamental cluelessness that has characterized Nevada's highly politicized "educational" institutions for at least their last 50 years. Conservative scholar Russell Kirk wrote in amazement at the anti-intellectual lowest-common-denominator academic depravity characterizing the University of Nevada in the mid-1950s, and as the Hoppe incident shows, nothing, essentially, has changed in the system. A Google search on "Minard Stout" and "Russell Kirk" brings up a brief but interesting sketch of the state of things over 50 years ago:

Posted by: Steven Miller at February 25, 2005 6:16 PM

Freedom is the very foundation of scholarship.

Posted by: Kenneth Gregg at February 25, 2005 6:20 PM

The action agaainst Dr. Hoppe is nothing more than a smear. This low grade thinking is evidently led by a herd instinct instigated by severe sensitivity. This action is small minded attempt that tends to restrict academic freedom. If you can't take full discussion of a subject, you should not be in that class.

Posted by: Charlie DeVoto at February 25, 2005 6:23 PM

Once again an attempt is being made to hijack the University process to fit a political agenda.

Posted by: Alex Durrant at February 25, 2005 6:37 PM

All our best to you, Prof.

Posted by: Mr. & Mrs. Al Collette at February 25, 2005 6:47 PM

"Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties." -- John Milton

Posted by: Linda Cirincione, Colorado Springs, CO at February 25, 2005 7:17 PM

here's for calling it like it is!

Posted by: Richard Cornish at February 25, 2005 7:27 PM

Three cheers from my friend, Hans! Congratulations! Thank you for settng a precedent at UNLV for academic freedom and against the forces of political correctness and the suppression of reasoned discourse.

With warm regards,
Francis J. Beckwith, Associate Professor of Church-State Studies, and Associate Director of the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, Baylor University

Posted by: Francis J. Beckwith at February 25, 2005 7:28 PM

Houston, TX

Posted by: Christopher Scott at February 25, 2005 7:37 PM

J.E. Crosby, Mobile, Alabama

Posted by: J.E. Crosby at February 25, 2005 7:50 PM

Professor Hoppe,

You are an inspiration, you have my support in your latest battle for freedom.

Jeff Dick

Posted by: Jeff Dick at February 25, 2005 8:01 PM

Siena, Italy

Posted by: Tommaso Lorenzi at February 25, 2005 8:12 PM

Christine Niles, Indianapolis, Indiana

Posted by: Christine at February 25, 2005 9:07 PM

David Niles, Indiana

Posted by: David Niles at February 25, 2005 9:09 PM

Regardless of illogical Hegelian spouting, you have a God given right that is backed up by the Constitution to express yourself as you see fit. I know from your attitude displayed in your writings that you will not let this puppy reaction bother your thinkng or what you have to say.

What you have to say will carry on beyond this foolishness.Good luck and don't let the bastards grind you down. You are a gentleman and a scholar and there are not many of us left.

Charlie DeVoto

Posted by: Charlie DeVoto at February 25, 2005 9:28 PM

Ben Osborne, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Posted by: Ben Osborne at February 25, 2005 9:38 PM

the zero-tolerance policy is alive and flourishing. [this university must be funded in large part by the govt.] liberty is fast erroding being replaced with subservience administered by winners of the peter principal.

Posted by: dann at February 25, 2005 10:24 PM

Vincent Rozyczko, DVM, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Posted by: Vincent Rozyczko, DVM at February 25, 2005 10:24 PM

Auburn, Alabama

Posted by: Hilary Tucker at February 25, 2005 10:35 PM

Professor Hoppe, keep up the good fight. Kudos to you from Southern California.

Posted by: Patrick O'Hannigan at February 25, 2005 11:32 PM

May common sense and honest discourse supplant political correctness some day!

Posted by: Chad Chaney at February 25, 2005 11:59 PM

I strongly support Prof. Hoppe's academic freedom of thought and expression, and use of these liberties to research and profess subject matters he studies as he sees fit.

Posted by: Koray Erkan at February 26, 2005 1:17 AM

Civilization needs men like Hoppe.

Posted by: Steve Lalanne at February 26, 2005 1:20 AM

Best Wishes to Prof. Hoppe, by Guglielmo Piombini, Bologna, Italy

Posted by: Guglielmo Piombini at February 26, 2005 1:46 AM

We support you, Hans
Dr. Paul Belien, founder Centre for the New Europe (CNE), Brussels

Posted by: Paul Belien at February 26, 2005 2:22 AM

I fully support this letter and I wish to thank prof. Hoppe for his outstanding work.
Jos Verhulst, Antwerp, Belgium

Posted by: Jos Verhulst at February 26, 2005 2:31 AM

Bertrand lemennicier
professor of economics and Head of the Laboratoire d'Economie Publique at the University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas.

With all of my support and best wishes. As you may know, french libertarian professors have been already under such similar attacks from students and colleagues from our leftist intellectuals in trying to expulse them from the university. Fortunately and unlike in the U.S. our status as full professor protect us despite of laws forbiding to contest abortion and the holocaust,or to express racism and next to homophobia! France is not a country where freedom of speech exists. The politically correct has invaded France also.

Posted by: Bertrand Lemennicier at February 26, 2005 3:06 AM

Could we not create a worldwide annual price for an academic threatened because of an expression of ideas ? Matthias E. Storme, professor of comparative law at the Universiteit Antwerpen and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; former president of the Association of Flemish academics.

Posted by: Matthias E. Storme at February 26, 2005 3:07 AM

I am a professor at the University of Bucharest (Romania).

Posted by: Mihail Radu Solcan at February 26, 2005 3:42 AM

best wishes from Germany!

Posted by: Martin Jungbluth at February 26, 2005 3:54 AM

I support prof. Hoppe's position against dominating political correctness which is increasingly suffocating
Genova, Italy

Posted by: Ennio Palmesino at February 26, 2005 4:29 AM

Best Wishes.
In freedom
Nicola Iannello, Rome, Italy

Posted by: Nicola Iannello at February 26, 2005 4:35 AM

Best Wishes from a German Libertarian to Mr. Hoppe!

Posted by: Dietmar-Dominik Hennig at February 26, 2005 4:45 AM

Dear Prof.Hoppe
cheers for the victory in your personal battle,which does not means that the war against stupidity is over.You will always have the necessary support to win the war.rgds.bruno Camerin

Posted by: bruno camerin at February 26, 2005 5:02 AM

It's a shame to see what had happened to the right of free speak in America (and in the whole western world).
Best wishes to Prof. Hoppe from Germany!

Posted by: Kai Jäger at February 26, 2005 5:30 AM

Ansgar B. Gescher, Vienna, Austria

Posted by: Ansgar B. Gescher at February 26, 2005 6:16 AM

Yoong-Deok Jeon:
Daegu University, Korea

Posted by: Yoong-Deok Jeon at February 26, 2005 6:55 AM

I am the executive director of an Austrolibertarian think tank in Quito, Ecuador.

Posted by: Juan Fernando Carpio at February 26, 2005 7:45 AM

The dark clouds of political correctnes are gathering strength over America. If we do not bury the ideology of leftism once-and-for-all, the next stage in the PC arsenal will be reeducation camps, or as it will be known, "sensitivity training centers."

Freedom and liberty will be restored in America because of academics like Dr. Hoppe who speak and write the truth.

Murray Sabrin, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance
Executive Director
Center for Business and Public Policy
Ramapo College of New Jersey

Posted by: Murray Sabrin, Leonia, NJ at February 26, 2005 8:16 AM

Sebastian E. Kwiatkowski, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

Posted by: Sebastian E. Kwiatkowski at February 26, 2005 8:22 AM

Best wishes,to prof H.H.Hoppe,by an anarcho-austro-capitalism.

Posted by: massimo at February 26, 2005 8:36 AM

Porgo a lei esimio Professore, la mia solidarietà per gli ultimi avvenimenti e La mia enorme Stima per tutto il suo lavoro.

In fede Alberto Moioli

Posted by: ALBERTO MOIOLI at February 26, 2005 8:48 AM

Auch hier in Deutschland sind viele auf Ihrer Seite, verehrter Herr Professor!

Posted by: Ingo Wechsung at February 26, 2005 9:30 AM

CPO, USN (Ret.), Florida

Posted by: John Leone at February 26, 2005 9:41 AM

Congatulations to my favorite professor at UNLV!
Already a libertarian I quickly became an Austrian and soon after graduation, a member of the Mises Institute. Dr. Harter should be be fired a long time ago.
Michael J. Thomas
Naples, Italy

Posted by: Michael J. Thomas at February 26, 2005 9:50 AM

I'm an American concerned about rapidly expanding central government that is destroying our constitutional republic and the Bill of Rights. I have no affiliation other than I am opposed to tyranny.

Posted by: David Turner at February 26, 2005 9:59 AM

Brescia, Italy

Posted by: Eugenio Pelizzari at February 26, 2005 10:15 AM

It would be good to keep a record of all such cases, and award an annual prize to the worst of them.

Posted by: Roger Scruton at February 26, 2005 10:36 AM

John P. Bladel, student, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Posted by: John P. Bladel at February 26, 2005 10:57 AM

Professor Hoppe: Congratulations for courageously standing up to the politically correct thought police who seem to want to stop anyone from teaching anything they don't wish to acknowledge. Your are a shining example for all believers in academic freedom to follow. Best wishes!

Posted by: Mark G. Warner at February 26, 2005 11:33 AM

Academic freedom of speech !
Supporting from Flanders.

Posted by: Tanguy Veys at February 26, 2005 11:42 AM

Salt Lake City, Utah

Posted by: Jonathan C. Eschler, Jr. at February 26, 2005 11:49 AM

My support!

Posted by: Pol Jongbloet at February 26, 2005 11:54 AM

Let us defend the freedom of speech!
Let us be aware of the thought police, in Ukraine, in Belarus, in Russia and ... in the USA.
In "scary Belgium" we know: the biggest political party (the Flemish independance party Vlaams Belang) is being oppressed on behalf of political correctness.

Posted by: Guido Naets, Brussels at February 26, 2005 11:56 AM


Posted by: oosters paul at February 26, 2005 12:11 PM

Lisa M. Casanova
Chapel Hill, NC

Posted by: Lisa Casanova at February 26, 2005 1:06 PM

UNLV needs Professor Hoppe more than he needs UNLV.

John Egolf

Posted by: JOHN LEROY EGOLF, JR at February 26, 2005 1:35 PM

Best wishes for Prof. Hoppe

Posted by: Ronald Glaeser, Berlin, Deutschland at February 26, 2005 1:42 PM

Sascha Settegast

Hockenheim, Germany.

Posted by: Sascha Settegast at February 26, 2005 2:16 PM

Charles Strong, Federal Way, WA. If you listen to Prof. Hoppe's lectures, available from the Mises Inst., you will realize that this was never about sexual orientation but about Prof. Hoppe's ideas. The statists are, and should be, afraid of these ideas because if they become common belief it will mean the end of the state.

Posted by: charles strong at February 26, 2005 3:51 PM

Keep up the good fight to breathe life back into the 1st Amendment - dare I say there is hope for civil rights in this nation with a Hoppe victory?

Keep Hoppe -- uh, I mean hope -- alive!


Posted by: John Sophocleus at February 26, 2005 4:06 PM

Calvert Tooley, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

Posted by: Calvert Tooley at February 26, 2005 5:02 PM

UNLV's only true Rebel has emerged victorious!

Posted by: Doug French at February 26, 2005 5:27 PM

Good luck, Dr. Hoppe.

Posted by: Bob Furey at February 26, 2005 5:39 PM

This victory is a tribute to Prof. Hoppe's organization and political acumen. He is entitled to state reasoned opinions and if they make students uncomfortable, it is because learning and debate can have that effect. Congratulations, but always recall that for every victory against abusive administrations there are many defeats of which we never hear. What academia needs is a well funded, aggressive first-amendment defence organization free of political bias. And because this is multidimensional contradiction of terms, it will not happen.

Posted by: John Lighton at February 26, 2005 5:41 PM

Magna est veritas et prevalet

Posted by: Edmund Shanahan Yorktown University at February 26, 2005 7:09 PM

It appears the Left is well aware that their ideas can't stand up to debate. And, they are right!

Posted by: Grant Jones at February 26, 2005 7:18 PM

Simon Kromer, student in Tübingen, Germany (History, German):

I think it would have been better to back up the topic with more factual evidence or to make clearer that there is no factual evidence. However, in my German drama lecture a professor once explained to us the tragic of Ödipus and then compared it without any reason to Nazi-Germany. As Ödipus had to bear his guilt, today Germans had to bear the guilt of Nazi-Germany, he explained. Hoppe is far away from such arbitrary unscientific nonsense. His assertion may not have been backed by factual evidence, but it is an understandable logical deduction and that is enough.

Posted by: Simon Kromer at February 26, 2005 7:21 PM

Having had the honor of breaking bread with Prof. Hoppe on numerous trips to Las Vegas, I am certain he will prevail with his usual grace and determination to defend what is right.

Posted by: Chris Delanoy at February 26, 2005 7:55 PM

Santa Ana, CA, USA

Posted by: Joseph Kemmerly at February 26, 2005 10:16 PM

Jackson, MS, USA.

Posted by: Reid McKee at February 26, 2005 10:34 PM

It’s shameful the treatment that Hans Hermann Hoppe, a prominent economist, is receiving from Las Vegas’ University. The degree of political correctness and intolerance exhibited by the academic authorities doesn’t fit well with the teaching function that an educational institution is supposed to advance.

Guillermo Rodríguez G.
Movimiento Liberal Libertario Resistencia Civil

Posted by: Guillermo Rodríguez G. at February 26, 2005 11:01 PM

I would like to protest against the treatment that Profesor Hoppe is receiving from the lobbies around Las Vegas University.

That shows clearly the degree of intolerance against any issue that minimally question the perfection of the dogma of political correctness that many educational institutions, like Las Vegas University, are tolerating.

In the name of liberty, respect for other´s points of view and civilization to make whatever is in the academic´s hand´s to stop such totalitarian behaviour in that educational institution.

María Fernanda Salas Rodríguez
República Bolivariana de Venezuela

Posted by: María Fernanda Salas R. at February 26, 2005 11:13 PM

Best wishes in your fight agst stupidity.
Christian Michel

Posted by: Christian Michel at February 27, 2005 12:33 AM

Pavia, Italy

Posted by: Antonio R. Carbonera at February 27, 2005 1:55 AM

Pavia, Italy

Posted by: Paola Panceri Carbonera at February 27, 2005 1:58 AM

Congratulations so far, Hans. And keep up the good work.

Posted by: David B. Karsboel at February 27, 2005 2:08 AM

Dr. Hoppe,
the whole free world thanks you.
Ornella Dones
Milano, Italy

Posted by: Ornella Dones at February 27, 2005 2:59 AM

Dr. Hoppe continues the fight so nobly advanced by Rothbard and Mises.

Posted by: John Koch at February 27, 2005 6:01 AM

We're happy to learn that the politically correct psycho-police is not unstoppable yet.

Posted by: Gianluca De Rosa, Vittorio De Rosa, Francesca Morabito. at February 27, 2005 6:02 AM

Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe is possibly the finest professor I've ever known (and as a graduate of Williams College, I've experienced many good ones). As a scholar, he has demonstrated nearly peerless analytical rigor, as well as striking originality of insight; as a teacher, unmatched clarity of exposition; and as a man, intellectual integrity and moral seriousness of the highest order. That Professor Hoppe is at UNLV, instead of heading a department at one of the better Ivies, and is being harassed there no less, on the most trivial and baseless of grounds, instead of feted for the intellectual accomplishments that have made him a figure of international renown among serious scholars, speaks volumes about the enervated and degenerate condition of the American academy. The true friends of the 'life of the mind' can only weep ... or fight.

Stand fast, Hans! Your cause is just; your legions of students, friends and admirers are with you; our intentions are clear: we come both to praise academic freedom (and the free society that rests upon it) - and to bury its enemies.

David Drumheller
San Francisco, California

Posted by: David Drumheller at February 27, 2005 9:56 AM

Posted by: Richard Moss, Saline MI at February 27, 2005 10:08 AM

Terre Haute, Indiana

Posted by: Arthur E. Foulkes at February 27, 2005 10:12 AM

Keep up the good fight.

Posted by: Gary Short at February 27, 2005 11:19 AM

Jim McElroy,
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

Posted by: Jim McElroy at February 27, 2005 11:22 AM

Ondrej Volansky, Bratislava, Slovakia

Posted by: Ondrej Volansky, Bratislava, Slovakia at February 27, 2005 11:55 AM

To the UNLV administrators:
What kind of university attempts to suppress the work of a professor because his conclusions offended someone? A laughingstock of a university, that's what kind. Unless you put this situation right, your school can join the already distinguished ranks of instittutions of intellectual suppression such as Harvard and The University of Colorado. Get on the ball, or get left behind.

-James Fisher
Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, 2004

Posted by: James Fisher at February 27, 2005 12:49 PM

Perhaps these days, a young student may be forgiven for jumping to the conclusion that he is being stereotyped and insulted, without making a comprehensive examination of what was said. But for the administration of a major state university to jump to the same conclusion, without examining and understanding the very substance of the lesson, is deplorable. May this administration, and any Prof. Hoppe works for in the future, accept with humility that didactically valuable hypotheses may not be intuitively obvious and may have more logical support, a priori, than mere inflammatory opinion.

Erich Schwarz
Austin, Texas

Posted by: Erich Schwarz at February 27, 2005 1:04 PM

The fight for freedom never ends.

Today is Hoppe, tomorrow may be one of us.

Domingo Alberto Rangel Mantilla
Caracas, Venezuela

Posted by: Domingo Alberto Rangel Mantilla at February 27, 2005 1:45 PM

Another FReeper in your support sir!

Let's take back our institutions of higher learning from the relativists.

God bless you.

Nashville TN

Posted by: Charles Byrd at February 27, 2005 1:57 PM

Good luck with your initiative, Professor Hoppe!

Posted by: René van Wissen at February 27, 2005 2:47 PM

Jacek Sierpinski, Bedzin, Poland

Posted by: Jacek Sierpinski at February 27, 2005 3:44 PM

Keep up the spirits

Posted by: Kalev Kallemets at February 27, 2005 5:22 PM

Faculty of Law, University of Maastricht (The Netherlands)
Faculty of Law, University of Ghent (Belgium)

Posted by: Frank van Dun at February 27, 2005 5:22 PM

An abominable decision on the part of UNLV. But is it a surprise?

Posted by: Michael Hussey at February 27, 2005 5:43 PM

You are being attacked, not because you are wrong, but because you are right. In that, you are in excellent historical company.

Posted by: David Lemmon at February 27, 2005 6:32 PM

Trovo l'esempio del prof. Hoppe poco convincente se non fuorviante, nondimeno ritengo il comportamento dell'UNLV liberticida e odioso. Ho letto che il prof Hoppe ha insegnato anche nella filiale bolognese della John Hopkins University: ricordo a tutti, libertari e no, che nel marzo 2002 fu assassinato a Bologna dalle (nuove) Brigate Rosse il prof Marco Biagi, un giuslavorista (labor law scholar) dell'univ. di Modena, reo di aver collaborato (anche) con un governo cosiddetto di destra e di avere ispirato a questo una riforma del diritto dl lavoro un po' meno socialista (!!!) della precedente. Lascio le riflessioni e gli approfondimenti ai lettori.
Pardon for Italian language and best wishes to prof H-H Hoppe

Posted by: Alessandro Romano at February 27, 2005 6:45 PM

Is there anything left in this country that the founders originally had in mind?

Posted by: David Snellings at February 27, 2005 7:28 PM

Santos - São Paulo - Brazil

Posted by: Antonio Paulo Ferreira de Castilho at February 27, 2005 7:40 PM

I hope that this and the coming generations of learners and scholars will require more from their academic institutions than the members of society who preach "political correctness". Don't attend a university unless you are willing to be challanged to think!

Posted by: Cherie Harper at February 27, 2005 7:42 PM

Claudio D. Shikida, professor of economics at IBMEC-MG and FEAD, both in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

I would like to say that Academy isn't the right place for censorships.

Posted by: Claudio Djissey Shikida at February 27, 2005 7:53 PM

Best wishes to Prof Hoppe. I enjoy your books an hope to continue reading your future works!

Posted by: Christopher M. Reardon at February 27, 2005 8:04 PM

Hans is a national, no international, treasure.

Posted by: Fred Birnbaum at February 27, 2005 8:21 PM

We must work to protect our freedoms. I am a teacher of 18 years, and they may come for me.

Posted by: Nancy Coulombe at February 27, 2005 10:03 PM

I have recently learned more about Ward Churchill, and that interest led me to this site. I am profoundly changed by the plight of these two men. (Ward and Hans) and I thank them BOTH for their honesty which has opened my eyes wider than ever!

Posted by: Michele Stuart-Sacramento,California at February 27, 2005 11:08 PM

i support your work

Posted by: stephan p sykes at February 27, 2005 11:15 PM

What they call today "political correctness" is so utterly detestable. Didn't they once have more idiomatic "kangeroo court"?

Posted by: Mark Sunwall at February 27, 2005 11:33 PM

We must all stand together to protect our rights.

Posted by: Sabrina Coulombe at February 27, 2005 11:56 PM

If we do not stand together to protect our rights, our rights will soon be gone.

Posted by: Christina Mooney at February 27, 2005 11:58 PM

Los Angeles, CA
Long live intellectual freedom!

Posted by: Arman Demirjian at February 28, 2005 12:20 AM

UNLV has to choose between political correctness and academic freedom. If it continue to choose political correctness, it becomes just another indoctrination camp, and ultimately undermines its reason for being.

W.R. Peebles

Posted by: William Roger Peebles at February 28, 2005 12:42 AM

Universities should be the place where students are exposed to many points of view. To treat any view with a lack of respect indicates an inability to argue effectively with opposing opinions. This suppression of opinion decreases the ability of students to critically think, analyze and defend their own point of view. Political correctness seeks to repress opposing opinions and hurts the very causes it seeks to promote. In addition, ample research backs Hoppe's statements; shall we ignore data we disagree with? Or shall we become automatons, thinking as we are told to think?

Posted by: Jennifer Rash at February 28, 2005 1:01 AM

God bless you Professor Hoppe, you are one of my heroes!

Posted by: Joanne M. Hare at February 28, 2005 1:01 AM

Damein Zakordonski, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Posted by: Damein Zakordonski at February 28, 2005 1:03 AM

Reading Prof. Hoppe's work has enlightened and challenged me. I appreciate his scholarship and wish him the best.

Posted by: Rett Peaden at February 28, 2005 1:03 AM

Mike Jing, Toronto, Canada.

Posted by: Mike Jing at February 28, 2005 1:09 AM

Bill Rrahmoni, Student-Florida State University

Posted by: Bill Rrahmoni at February 28, 2005 1:15 AM

Being farsighted and planning for the future is a moral that comes from the Bible and is necessary for higher levels of economic prosperity. Immoral life styles are generally consistent with shortsightedness and not looking at the implications of ones's actions. The freedom to discuss liberty as well as the morality that is the basis of liberty must continue, and the immoral secular relgion of political correctness practiced by the left and right must be challenged freely.

Posted by: Joseph Hutsell at February 28, 2005 1:23 AM

Hi Hans,
good chance for your speech freedom.
Best regards

Posted by: Christian Passalacqua at February 28, 2005 1:25 AM

Bravo, brave Professor, from Anaheim, California.

Posted by: Stephen F. Dial at February 28, 2005 1:37 AM

Dear Professor Hoppe,

Your dogged resistance to the madness of PC and an Orwellian authority is an inspiration - and an encouragement - for anyone who loves freedom and civilization!

Robert Grözinger, Bath, UK

Posted by: Robert Grözinger at February 28, 2005 1:53 AM

I support you, Professor Hoppe.

Posted by: Brad Spangler at February 28, 2005 1:58 AM

All academicians are threatened by such attacks on academic freedom. We must make our stand now.

Posted by: William R. Hughes, Ph.D. at February 28, 2005 2:00 AM

In payment of respect to the greatest political theorist and political economist of today, from Kensington, California

Posted by: R.P. McCosker at February 28, 2005 2:18 AM

Academic freedom is a primordial element of liberty. Thank you, Professor Hoppe, for your courageous fealty to this essential cause.

Posted by: James C. Stevens at February 28, 2005 2:19 AM

Thank you, Dr. Hoppe, for the courage to state your opinions. Academic freedom is essential for the advancement of knowledge and science. Unfortunately, too many universities no longer understand this; they are more about being politically correct than about truth. Without freedom of speach (especially in a university), we become a Taliban-like society (i.e., a society absent of freedom).

Jeffrey Weinstein (Psychologist, Patton State Hospital, Patton, CA)

Posted by: Jeffrey Weinstein at February 28, 2005 2:19 AM

Keep fighting the good fight, Dr. Hoppe!

Posted by: Robert Creighton at February 28, 2005 2:28 AM

Mark Daly, Undergraduate @ Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI

Posted by: Mark Daly at February 28, 2005 2:49 AM

Give 'em hell Professor Hoppe!
Brandon D. Ragle
Phoenix, AZ

Posted by: Brandon D. Ragle at February 28, 2005 3:00 AM

Wjatever they say, the emperor still has no clothes

Posted by: Gawain Towler at February 28, 2005 3:08 AM

Jameson Pickett, Durham, North Carolina

Posted by: Jameson Pickett at February 28, 2005 3:17 AM

"I know not what course others may take, but as for me. give me Liberty or give me death"

We must all hang together or most assuredly we will all hang separately....

The more things change, the more the stay the same. Solidarity with Prof. Hoppe!

Posted by: Paul Tolnai at February 28, 2005 3:21 AM

Résister et Construire, Lausanne, Switzerland

I can only strongly support Professor Hoppe's clear stand in defense of his duty to teach what he is convinced to be true. Only this kind of resistance will prevent the creeping ideological tyranny in Academic circles. Capitulation here will prove eventuallly to be the doom of all our legitimate freedoms.

Posted by: Jean-Marc Berthoud at February 28, 2005 3:26 AM

bureaucrats are naturally flawed and reject wise counsel; find other supporters.

Posted by: George Keranen, M.D. at February 28, 2005 3:26 AM

Yet again, Professor Hoppe has made me proud to be a libertarian anarchist.

Posted by: Frank Martin at February 28, 2005 3:28 AM

James Rudy, Hilton, NY

Posted by: James Rudy at February 28, 2005 3:42 AM

Can think of nothing profound nor witty to say. It simply makes me sad.

Posted by: Brian Merritt at February 28, 2005 3:59 AM

I certainly agree that free thinking is a must for any researcher, though I may not agree with Prof. Hoppes philosophy of Mechanistic ideas.

I believe the organic model to be true.

Posted by: Rolf at February 28, 2005 4:16 AM

My personal solidarity with a champion of liberty.
Miguel Bastos Boubeta

Posted by: Miguel Anxo bastos Boubeta at February 28, 2005 4:31 AM

Michael G Croteau, Instructor (electric utility), Chattanooga, TN

Posted by: Michael G Croteau at February 28, 2005 5:21 AM

Amazing how often the very institution that is so critical of traditional religious institutions so often behaves like one at its worst.

Posted by: Sam Gaines at February 28, 2005 5:24 AM

Peter Heinonen, Lexington Park MD

Posted by: peter heinonen at February 28, 2005 5:25 AM

George Crispin
Auburn Al

Posted by: George Crispin at February 28, 2005 5:28 AM

Samuel E Maldonado, Miami FL

Posted by: Samuel E Maldonado at February 28, 2005 5:32 AM

Thank you for allowing me this small opportunity to stand up for a freedom, one important to the future of all Americans. If we are not free to think and speak, our nation is totally doomed to a future of slavery to an omnipotent state.

Posted by: Carl Bailey at February 28, 2005 5:41 AM

Keep on defending freedom of speech

Posted by: Prof. Dr. Marc Cools at February 28, 2005 5:46 AM

Missouri City, TX

Posted by: Carolyn Krysl Hutchinson at February 28, 2005 6:08 AM

Given his status as one of the truly great defenders of liberty, it is particularly saddening that Prof. Hoppe has been treated this way.

Sykes Wilford
Little River, South Carolina

Posted by: F. Sykes Wilford at February 28, 2005 6:19 AM

Doris Martin, Florida

Posted by: Doris Martin at February 28, 2005 6:28 AM

Tom Curtis
Salisbury, NC.

Posted by: Tom Curtis at February 28, 2005 6:36 AM

Larry Nieves, Munich, Germany

Posted by: Larry Nieves at February 28, 2005 6:37 AM

Best wishes to Professor Hoppe.

Posted by: Paul Bingham at February 28, 2005 6:40 AM

All must be done to preserve freedom of speech in this country. We must always be tolerant of ideas which challenge our own. It is to accept the death of culture and diversity when ideas are not allowed to be considered or debated.

Posted by: Gerald Sutterfield at February 28, 2005 6:42 AM

Michigan State University College of Law
East Lansing, MI

Posted by: Jay G. Wall at February 28, 2005 6:44 AM

We have already lost too many freedoms in this country (USA), and too many are not standing up and fighting back. Bravo to Mr. Hoppe.

Beth Fordyce

Posted by: Beth Fordyce at February 28, 2005 6:52 AM

I support academic freedom to teach politically incorrect ideas regardless of the State's disapproval.

Posted by: Tibb Middleton at February 28, 2005 6:56 AM

A Grandmother in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, wishes you well. Your freedom to speak is my freedom to speak.

Posted by: Sherry Schwabacher at February 28, 2005 7:01 AM

Regards to Prof Hoppe.

Robert M. Sadler, London, England.

Posted by: Robert Sadler at February 28, 2005 7:03 AM

Elko, Nevada

Posted by: Mary Rahn at February 28, 2005 7:06 AM

Felicitation for this victory. I hop(p)e -but i doubt- it's just a beginning

Posted by: Francois CALMES at February 28, 2005 7:06 AM

Stand tall, sir.

Posted by: Rick Ellis at February 28, 2005 7:19 AM

ONRRI scientist -- Roseburg OR
truth, for its own sake

Posted by: Leonard J. Schussel, PhD at February 28, 2005 7:28 AM

Mr. Hoppe's teachings should be evaluated on their merits alone and not on whether they are objectionable to a group that finds them at odds with their political goals. Freedom of speech is an all-or-nothing prospect. We cannot claim to be for freedom while silencing those with whom we disagree.

Stuart Grant
Ottawa, Canada

Posted by: Stuart Grant, Ottawa, Canada at February 28, 2005 7:33 AM

We are all richer thanks to your scholarship.

Pierre Bessard, Institut Constant de Rebecque, Lausanne, Switzerland

Posted by: Pierre Bessard at February 28, 2005 7:34 AM

The Problem is not the Higher learning institution, instead: It is up to our federal school system to turn out high school graduates who have learned to discern, come to conclusions and to think for themselves. The students should know and employ critical thinking in every area of their lives.

Posted by: Josephine Lindsay Bass at February 28, 2005 7:35 AM

Thank you for standing up for principle.
In peace and liberty,
Rich Aucoin, Waltham, Ma

Posted by: Rich Aucoin at February 28, 2005 7:40 AM

Professor Hoppe: Best of luck during this difficult time. It's only a little thing for me to do and I hope it helps.

Posted by: Jeffrey Jean at February 28, 2005 7:52 AM

to disagree is not to hate

Posted by: Andrew Thomas at February 28, 2005 7:53 AM

please keep your integrity. the government is served by ignorance and stupidity. Sheepish behavior is rewarded and integrity and truth are attacked.keep up the fight. yasmine ballantyne

Posted by: yasmine ballantyne at February 28, 2005 7:53 AM

Hans is right!

Posted by: Paul R. Dorr at February 28, 2005 7:54 AM

Keith Preston, American Revolutionary Vanguard, Richmond, VA

Posted by: keith preston at February 28, 2005 8:02 AM

Mr. Jean-Marie Doyon,

Ragley, Louisiana

Posted by: Jean-Marie Doyon at February 28, 2005 8:03 AM

If only we could extend this freedom movement to all schools, not just to universities.

Posted by: Ed Sparks at February 28, 2005 8:04 AM

American academic life is stifling. My own experiences at Pace Law School is illustrative. I was denounced for writing The Pied Piper, my biography of Allard Lowenstein, was told by the dean, Steve Goldberg, that there "were no questions without right anawers," in response to a question I asked in constitional law class concerning the reasoning in Roe v. Wade, and heard the academic dean, John Humbach, say, "It's wonderful how we all agree about everything." When I refused to sign the petition opposing the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court, Professor Barbara Salken told me there "would be reprecussions." Some proessor, I never found out who, posted a comment on my office that read "Fascist!" for inviting a retired CIA officer to address my Foreign Relations and National Security Law class. Defending academic freedom is not enough because there is nothing to defend. It does not exist in America. µµ

Posted by: Richard Cummings at February 28, 2005 8:04 AM

Professor Hoppe is a shining hero among a multitude of cowardly academics.

Charles John Gordon
Emmett, Idaho

Posted by: Charles John Gordon at February 28, 2005 8:05 AM

Down with the victimhood vigilantes
Paul Gottfried
Raffensperger Professor of Humanities
Elizabethtown College

Posted by: paul gottfried at February 28, 2005 8:09 AM

Dallas, Texas

Posted by: Konrad Wiemann at February 28, 2005 8:11 AM

Atlanta, GA

Posted by: Todd Gibson at February 28, 2005 8:24 AM

It's a shame that independence of thought, which used to be encouraged at our universities and what made them effective, is now being stifled just like in so much of the rest of our society.

Darin Henry, DC
Phoenix, Arizona

Posted by: Darin Henry, DC at February 28, 2005 8:28 AM

I agree with this!! I am a scientist and have had a univesity remove me for similar reasons!!
They can not hurt me any more but it still was not a pleasant time!!! Unfortunately the beuracracy tries to take more and more every day and any fulish acts are used to further their power!!!

Posted by: Ben Strehlmann at February 28, 2005 8:28 AM

Luiz Felipe Costamilan, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Posted by: Luiz Felipe Costamilan at February 28, 2005 8:31 AM

Great example to illustrate time preference!
Your accusers are the true fascists, keep up the good work Dr. Hoppe.

Posted by: Andrew Miller at February 28, 2005 8:31 AM

Professor Hoppe:

Keep up the good fight. We all must be free to speak and then ready to debate our ideas. UNLV has done you a terible diservice.

Thank you.

Dick Geyer
Las Vegas, NV

Posted by: Richard Geyer at February 28, 2005 8:33 AM

Kudos to Hans-Hermann Hoppe and Lew Rockwell for not just talking the talk but walking the walk.

Action is what the idea of government by contract (instead of government by coercion) needs.

Posted by: Earl Kitover at February 28, 2005 8:36 AM

The trade-off for exercising one's "right not to be offended" is an a priori rejection of all truth outside one's current state of understanding. To encourage a student in making such a choice is derelict.

Posted by: William Goss at February 28, 2005 8:37 AM

Political correctness is an inviting cancer, and must be challenged, to make clear what it is.

Posted by: Nick Alter at February 28, 2005 8:37 AM

Pipe Creek, Texas

Posted by: Edward H. Canada at February 28, 2005 8:39 AM

Houston, Texas

Posted by: Patrick Bond at February 28, 2005 8:43 AM

PC is the last refuge of the know-nothings. Please continue the good fight against the gathering darkness.

Kim Walker
Denver, CO

Posted by: Kim Walker at February 28, 2005 8:45 AM

Charlotte, NC

Posted by: Rick Pasotto at February 28, 2005 8:47 AM

Any compromising of academic freedom results in a concurrent weakening of free speech in the larger society of which the academy is an indispensable part. We owe a debt of gratitude to Professor Hoppe for his uncompromising defense of freedom of expression, without which any society becomes an aggregation of cowed conformists, ruled by group-think.

Posted by: Ken Rogers at February 28, 2005 8:49 AM

University of Pittsburgh

Posted by: Christopher G. Traylor at February 28, 2005 8:51 AM

Political Correctness is just another name for Police State.
Hoppe's case is just another example of the insanity.

Posted by: David Parr at February 28, 2005 8:52 AM


Posted by: Charles W. McLellan at February 28, 2005 8:53 AM

Let me know what I can do to assist you in this cause.

Posted by: Michael Owen at February 28, 2005 8:54 AM

viva sempre la liberta'

Posted by: Nicholas Lamparelli at February 28, 2005 8:55 AM

Mahomet, Illinois

Posted by: Elizabeth Cameron at February 28, 2005 8:56 AM

Mahomet, Illinois

Posted by: Elizabeth Cameron at February 28, 2005 8:56 AM

New York, NY

Posted by: Steven Milunovich at February 28, 2005 8:57 AM

Another reason to introduce Direct Democracy and privatise education

Posted by: Dirdem at February 28, 2005 8:57 AM

Another reason to introduce Direct Democracy and privatise education

Posted by: Dirdem at February 28, 2005 8:58 AM

London, United Kingdom

Posted by: Sanjiv Shah at February 28, 2005 8:58 AM

Stand Tall

Posted by: John Merko at February 28, 2005 9:00 AM

Steve Sweigart, Charlotte, NC

Posted by: Steve Sweigart at February 28, 2005 9:01 AM

Academic Freedom forever!

Posted by: Robert M. Baker, D.Min. at February 28, 2005 9:01 AM

As Nat Hentoff says: "Free speech for me, but not for thee". The motto of ALL liberals, and socialists, such as the present day Democrat Party.

Posted by: Michael Scallan at February 28, 2005 9:02 AM

Edward Bird, Baltimore MD

Posted by: edward bird at February 28, 2005 9:02 AM

To deny that different groups of people

and different individuals view the world

differently, and consequently make

different choices, is to deny that the

people are different in the first place.

Professor Hoppe's observation was

nothing more than an illustration of

this fundamental principle. To attack

him as the university has done is

unconscionable. It smacks of censorship

and demagoguery. Unfortunately, these

characteristics have become the hallmark

of higher education in the United State

of America of late.

To hope that academic freedom and

personal responsibility should reclaim

their rightful place in the American

agora in these days of prytaneolatry,

the de facto religion, is to hope too

much. Worship of the state is no less

an establishment of religion than was

the Church of England in Britain or

Shinto in Japan. The time for

disestablishing this religion, too, is

long past.

Posted by: Lehi Sellers at February 28, 2005 9:04 AM

Mark Larson--Atlanta, GA

Posted by: Mark Larson at February 28, 2005 9:05 AM

I sign this letter of support for you with a sense of foreboding. When political correctness is revealed for the virulent variation of fundamentalism and inquisition that it is, I just wonder what will take its place. There will always be those who are incapable of honest disagreement,profound debate, and an exchange of truly different ideas, and who must therefore repress the free speech of others in order to impose their agendas, not just in the schools, but eventually on the whole of society. I fear that the fight for academic freedom has been given a rapidly mutating virus from which it will NEVER AGAIN recover. Therefore, our efforts must be constant, and must be passed down from generation to generation from this time forward. God, I am such an optimist, aren't I?

Posted by: Albert Pinkoski at February 28, 2005 9:06 AM

I am an attorney in Omaha, NE and am outraged by the continual assault on freedom by the State. I once thought the government was not allowed to make laws which abridge the freedom of speech. Obviously, Nevada is exempt from our constitutional freedoms.

I should not be so angry with Nevada, though, since all 50 states and the federal government regularly limit speech in this nation. This case just goes to show how even what should be a beacon for thought and discussion of various points of view has become just another puppet of the governments conventional thought machine.

Posted by: James R. Swanson at February 28, 2005 9:06 AM

Best Wishes.

Posted by: Matt Nellans at February 28, 2005 9:07 AM

Dr. William M. Lay, Jr.
Professor of Business
Bryan College

The struggle for freedom is larger than one man's effort, but it requires the effort of every man.

Posted by: William Lay at February 28, 2005 9:11 AM

You are a courageous man for standing up to this nonsense.

Posted by: Paul Boyce, Ph.D. at February 28, 2005 9:11 AM

Marcus Verhaegh, Research Fellow, Mises Institute

Posted by: Marcus Verhaegh at February 28, 2005 9:14 AM

Being from Austin, Texas, I fully understand the degradation of life brought on by the thought police and thieving bureaucrats masquerading as our moral superiors. Good luck against the marauding hoards.

Posted by: Edward Corey at February 28, 2005 9:16 AM

Political correctnes is Orwellian, fascist, thought control and has no place in academia. Stand against it and it will fail.

Posted by: Phil Wolf at February 28, 2005 9:16 AM

Dear Prof Hoppe,
I'm hoping for your vindication in the matter.
Best regards,
Emanuel Dutra
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Posted by: Emanuel Dutra at February 28, 2005 9:16 AM

Do bear in mind that Political Correctness is an oxymoron

Posted by: Barney at February 28, 2005 9:16 AM

Give them hell, Hermann

Posted by: Roy Patchell at February 28, 2005 9:17 AM

Albert Navickas Vernon,ct

Posted by: albert h navickas at February 28, 2005 9:18 AM

The government uses schools to indoctrinate individuals as religious groups do indoctrinate their youngsters. This is the only way of assuring the survival of a deceptive doctrine.

What is bad about government-funded schools is most students think that what they learn from school (or university) is true, while the others students knowing better need to "play along" in order to gratudate. If the teacher says it is "true", then the student has no choice to agree, otherwise he/she will fail.

Academic freedom is important because we need teachers who have the guts to go against the meanstream, government-funded, indoctrination. We need to teach our chindren to think and act responsibly; not to obey blindly to policicians and conform to their agendas.

Posted by: Daniel Morin at February 28, 2005 9:19 AM

Stephen L. Mudge Irvine, CA

Posted by: Steve Mudge at February 28, 2005 9:19 AM

MacGregor K. Phillips


Olongapo City, Philippines

Posted by: MacGregor K. Phillips at February 28, 2005 9:21 AM

Business owner
Ada Michigan

Posted by: Leonard Fouty at February 28, 2005 9:21 AM

Ocqueoc, Mich

Posted by: James McKindles at February 28, 2005 9:23 AM

Wexford, Pennsylvania

Posted by: Adam Kirkton at February 28, 2005 9:29 AM

Chantilly, Virginia

Posted by: Laura Miller at February 28, 2005 9:30 AM

Freedon Fighter reporting for duty

Posted by: Cristiano Chiocca at February 28, 2005 9:30 AM

Ben Sommer, Rockland, MA

Posted by: Ben Sommer at February 28, 2005 9:30 AM

In the words of Voltaire, "Fight The Infamous Thing!"

Posted by: Marcel Votlucka at February 28, 2005 9:32 AM

I admire people like you.
Len Bailey (Australian, teaching computing in a women's college in the UAE.)

Posted by: Leonard Bailey at February 28, 2005 9:33 AM

Michael Stack

Department of Computer Science

Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, Illinois

Posted by: Michael Stack at February 28, 2005 9:34 AM

This case illustrates the absurdity of the entire PC movement.

Posted by: Scott Scheall at February 28, 2005 9:34 AM

I write in support of Prof. Hoppe.

Samuel F. Dominguez

Posted by: Samuel F. Dominguez at February 28, 2005 9:35 AM

Thanks to Dr. Hoppe for not rolling over.
David Lassiter, Stonewall, LA

Posted by: David Lassiter at February 28, 2005 9:36 AM

The sort of catering to ridiculous over-sensitivity, at the expense of allowing a scholar to illustrate a concept in a manner that may be most readily grasped by his students, is the sort of stupidity that is destroying real education in the West. Thank goodness Prof. Hoppe did not crawl into a hole, like so many others have.

We need a commitment to Academic Freedom, where we again not only allow, but openly encourage a real exchange of ideas that are not politically correct in the slightest.

Posted by: William Flax at February 28, 2005 9:37 AM

The action taken by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is absolutely despictable! It's yet another cause for alarm to Americans who value freedom.

I'm a retired Air Force officer with a career beginning in WWII and later, during the Cold War. It sickens me to see what our various government administrations have done, over the years, that weaken and destroy the moral and economic foundations of this country. And, what a terrible injustice it is to the men and women who have lost their lives (in our wars), and endured suffering pain, in defending the liberties our founding fathers created for us.

History provides ample evidence that nations do ultimately resort to revolution as a means to remedy governmental injustices. What corrective measures should we undertake?

Posted by: John S. Pletcher at February 28, 2005 9:37 AM

Fort Worth, TX

Posted by: John Korpi at February 28, 2005 9:37 AM

Busines owner, St. Louis, MO

Posted by: Robert L. Satchell at February 28, 2005 9:37 AM

Philip Malone
529 blinn road
croton, NY 10520

Posted by: philip malone at February 28, 2005 9:39 AM

Hoppe's comments were clearly not intended to harm any group, but rather to illustrate a correct economic principle. As such, the university should cease and desist, and the students should get thicker skin.

Posted by: Jeff Haymond at February 28, 2005 9:40 AM

Best wishes to you, Dr. Hoppe, in your ongoing efforts to speak truth to power. - Dr. Donald Mills (Asst. Prof., Mathematics, SIUC)

Posted by: Donald Mills at February 28, 2005 9:40 AM

Our energies here feed the very beast we resist. As others have said, while you may win this battle, you are creating/defining the very war that will further empower the state against us. Or is this an attempt at accelerating to the inevitable endstate of the state? (as some believe that Greenspan is doing)

If I didn't believe us to all be insane before, I certainly do now.

Best of luck!

Posted by: Ken Booth at February 28, 2005 9:41 AM

Dale Conklin San Diego CA USA

Posted by: Dale Conklin at February 28, 2005 9:43 AM

Academic Freedom gained ground and personal integrity holds the line. "All in all, not bad, not bad at all". Thank you Prof. Hoppe.

Posted by: Joan Thompson at February 28, 2005 9:44 AM

Support from further north in the desert, from a much smaller town.

Posted by: Thomas J. Creasing at February 28, 2005 9:45 AM

Jacques Y. Boudreau
Montreal, Canada

Posted by: Jacques Y. Boudreau at February 28, 2005 9:45 AM

Political correctness will rob us of our liberty.

Posted by: Steven Oswald at February 28, 2005 9:46 AM

Univerity of Guelph

Posted by: Ian Vecmanis at February 28, 2005 9:47 AM

David Hays,
Grand Coteau, Louisiana

Posted by: David Hays at February 28, 2005 9:49 AM

Retired Mises Institute Supporter

Posted by: Byron L. Stoeser at February 28, 2005 9:49 AM

Get off the shoulders of Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe please. Ram Avtar

Posted by: Ram Avtar at February 28, 2005 9:50 AM

A person interested in an end to the tyranny of political correctness.

Posted by: Martin Christensen at February 28, 2005 9:51 AM

Please sign my name to the document.

Posted by: David G. White at February 28, 2005 9:51 AM

Columbus, Ohio

An attack on academic freedom is an attack on us all.

Posted by: Marley Greiner at February 28, 2005 9:56 AM

Why does the university try to punish someone who has the courage to say something that may be controversial? It would make more sense that if you disagreed with a certain statement or belief that as a university administrator open it up to debate and encourage others to research and prove thier own viewpoint.

Posted by: Brian Costin at February 28, 2005 9:58 AM

It is deplorable that our educators opt for indoctrination over education.

Posted by: Martin Downie at February 28, 2005 9:59 AM

There is a chilling irony when an internationally respected advocate of freedom is charged with what amounts to a claim of violating the freedom of one of his students, albeit a student with political connections (a member of a protected minority group.

That no such 'freedom' exists for Proffesor Hoppe does not seem to be noticed.

Ed Kretschmer
Ann Arbor MI

Posted by: Ed Kretschmer at February 28, 2005 10:00 AM

George Mason University

Posted by: Rebecca Struwe at February 28, 2005 10:01 AM


Posted by: David Larsen at February 28, 2005 10:01 AM

Toledo, Ohio

Posted by: Margaret Sampson at February 28, 2005 10:04 AM

Keep up your good work.
Montgomery, AL

Posted by: Barton B. Cook, M.D. at February 28, 2005 10:06 AM

Thank you Von Mises Org!!

Posted by: Nicholas F Jensen at February 28, 2005 10:07 AM

Professor Hoppe stands athwart political correctness and shouts stop.

Posted by: Jack Bahl at February 28, 2005 10:07 AM

I support the free expression of all thought of whatever emotion. It is only through free expression of thought that I can know friend or foe. The suppression of any thought does not mean the elimination of it. It means the obfuscation of it.

Lloyd Achtymichuk
Vancouver, BC

Posted by: Lloyd Achtymichuk at February 28, 2005 10:07 AM

I am a subscriber to the Lew Rockwell and Mises
Insttute E-Letters and enjoy reading the principals and ideas promated by these E-Letters.
I am aan ardunt believer of Libertarian views
and Austrian Economics.

I support free speech and academecic freedom.Ir is a real pleasure and priviledge to add my
name in support of academoc freedom for all
Prefessors,whereever they may be teaching.

Posted by: Marlin B.Shiver at February 28, 2005 10:10 AM

Stand fast.

Posted by: J. Eric Brandt at February 28, 2005 10:10 AM

Don't let them get you. Best wishes.

Posted by: Emil J. Schauer at February 28, 2005 10:12 AM

Hans-Hermann Hoppe is a hero among the heroes of academic freedom. I salute you one and all.

Dan Glovak
Product Development Engineer
Troy, Michigan 48084

Posted by: Dan Glovak at February 28, 2005 10:12 AM

Graduate student Loyola University New Orleans.

Posted by: Kyle Juneau at February 28, 2005 10:13 AM

South Sioux City, Nebraska.

Posted by: Rev. James E. Nelson at February 28, 2005 10:13 AM

Concerned student from the Midwest. Best wishes.

Posted by: Matthew Rodriguez at February 28, 2005 10:14 AM

It's upsetting to see a University kowtowing to someone with the IQ of a sacred cow.

Posted by: Karl W. Liebhardt at February 28, 2005 10:15 AM

Elmhurst, IL

Posted by: Robert C Drefs at February 28, 2005 10:16 AM

If the university doesn`t want informed and intelligent discourse perhaps they should simply go to a correspondence course system !

Posted by: Michael Cuffe at February 28, 2005 10:17 AM

There's a large gap between being correct and politically correct. Only one is worth anything.

Posted by: Alan Carr at February 28, 2005 10:20 AM

Staff; Stanford University
This could be a two-edged sword in that I happen to support the ideas of Prof. Hoppe while I am opposed to the views of Ward Churchill.

Posted by: Perry Thoorsell at February 28, 2005 10:20 AM

Let freedom flourish and despotism die.

Posted by: Becky Axinn at February 28, 2005 10:23 AM

Victory will be sweet

Posted by: Andrew Kunian at February 28, 2005 10:23 AM

Stephen F Perry
Napa, CA

Posted by: Stephen F Perry at February 28, 2005 10:25 AM

Signed on Feb. 28,2005

Posted by: Mauricio Gutierrez at February 28, 2005 10:25 AM

To Whom It May Concern:

We are civilized because of the development of reason and the dissemination of this reason to others via university.

When reason has been outlawed in history, dark times have come to humanity.

The new censorship, regardless of its claims, if allowed to continue, will result in a dark age for all of us.

The existence of censorship is proof that some ideologies can exist only with force, as reason will prove the bankrupt nature of the ideology. The practitioners of censorship - for WHATEVER reason(s) - have more in common with Hitler and Stalin than Washington, Madison and Jefferson.

Kirk A. Hayes

Posted by: Kirk A. Hayes at February 28, 2005 10:28 AM

In the immortal words of Colonel Ludlow (in Legends of the Fall), "Screw 'em!"

Posted by: Chris Pickering at February 28, 2005 10:28 AM

The Government is out of control!

Posted by: Jeff Coffee at February 28, 2005 10:28 AM

Truth shall set us all free.

Good on ya mate.

John Hancock, UC Davis

Posted by: John D. Hancock at February 28, 2005 10:31 AM

An assault on academic freedom contradicts the concept of university and the American Constitution. Best wishes to Professor Hoppe for taking a brave position against injustice.
Cliff Winger, Fresno, CA

Posted by: Cliff Winger at February 28, 2005 10:33 AM

Elizabeth Morton
Stuart, FL

Posted by: Elizabeth Morton at February 28, 2005 10:34 AM

At one point, I thought universities were supposed to be forums where any thought could be expressed, but I don't see that way anymore.
The state needs to get out of the universitites, it needs to get out of the elementary schools, and it needs to get out of the high schools.
Good luck Hans!

Posted by: Charles Page at February 28, 2005 10:35 AM

We are not far from acheiving Orwell's vision where thought is criminal......

Posted by: David Lankford at February 28, 2005 10:36 AM

Professor Hoppe has a special talent for illuminating obscure and sometimes arcane ideas. With his hands tied by absurd nannying, the sometimes un-obvious concepts which he specializes in, have no chance to be transmitted to others. Allow Professor Hoppe the full freedom to use his mind as he sees fit.

Posted by: Robert Long at February 28, 2005 10:38 AM

"This I believe:
That the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world.

And this I would fight for:
The freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.

And this I must fight against:
Any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual."
-- John Steinbeck

Posted by: Trey NeeSmith at February 28, 2005 10:38 AM

Political correctness is just that, it is political. It should be banned from the university setting. No clear debate on any subject can take place without confronting subjects that may offend someone. As long as individuals are not being belittled directly every subject should be open to discussion in the class room that pertains to the subject at hand.

Posted by: Alan L. Lasley at February 28, 2005 10:39 AM

Keep the classrooms clean and well lighted. Leave the transmission of ideas to those who are much more qualified.

Posted by: dennis de ford at February 28, 2005 10:42 AM

Vancouver,B.C., Canada - Retired professionl engineer.

Posted by: Murray Gavel at February 28, 2005 10:43 AM

We all need the encouragement and the courage to continue this battle.

Posted by: André Dorais at February 28, 2005 10:46 AM

Hang in there.

Posted by: Daniel Belkerdid at February 28, 2005 10:49 AM

"We must all hang together or we shall all hang separately." Benjamin Franklin

Posted by: Kenneth L Fitzgerald at February 28, 2005 10:51 AM

William R. N. Howell, Jr.
Director of Student Services
Kenai Peninsula College, Soldotna, AK
University of Alaska

Posted by: William Howell at February 28, 2005 10:51 AM

Mr. Knight, the student who made the complaint, apparently has some misperceptions of what value a university is designed to deliver. If he was seeking validation of his lifestyle, rather than increasing his personal advantage in an informational world, he should have invested himself in something like a club or a religion.

The UNLV also appears to have fundamental misperceptions regarding what business it is in.

I can, without Professor Hoppe’s impressive credentials, make similar self-evidently valid generalizations regarding homosexual males, without support of peer review or statistical precision for my generalization to serve in illustrating a point:

“Homosexual males will tend to be found in association with other homosexual males,” is another “purportedly empirical statement” any thinking person can make without prior resort to academic literature.

And, doesn’t any assertion in a learning environment or any other environment, with or without “experimental/statistical support” require some exercise of discernment or discrimination on the part of the listener, at a minimum to test the assertion’s validity in a given context?

This exercise of reasoning faculties is what one would hope to receive abundantly in exchange for investment of tuition, time and effort in an educational institution.

Out of the hundreds or thousands who evidently received the value from Professor Hoppe they expected in exchange for their investment, why is UNLV shifting from the business of creating and satisfying ongoing demand for their product, to the business of defending the delicate sensibilities of one dissatisfied customer, exhibiting a failure to fit his investment to the desired result as fundamental as purchasing a step-ladder to ride in a bicycle race?

Posted by: D. Willard Garrett at February 28, 2005 10:55 AM

George Rupert, Limassol, Cyprus

Posted by: George Rupert at February 28, 2005 10:55 AM

Academic freedom is one of the cornerstones of the western intellectual tradition. Without it, there would be no venue for the free exchange of ideas. History has shown that all attempts to limit academic freedom have resulted in the stifling of intellectual enquiry (at the very least) to absolute tyranny and mass murder (at the worst, as in the Lysenko affair). It is up to all of us, but especially those in the university community, to do everything in our power to uphold the principle of academic freedom, especially if we disagree with the opinions of those whom we are defending. Only in this way will our basic freedoms be preserved, for ourselves and for our descendents.
--Allen MacNeill, Senior Lecturer,
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

Posted by: Allen D. MacNeill at February 28, 2005 10:56 AM

Dear Hans-Hermann,
We are with you.
On behalf of New Economic School - Georgia,
Paata Sheshelidze,

Posted by: Paata Sheshelidze, Tbilisi, Georgia at February 28, 2005 10:57 AM

A comment is a waste of time. Those who might benefit from it would neither accept it or understand it.

Posted by: W. Michael Nesbit at February 28, 2005 11:02 AM

Perry Kotval, firm believer in individual libery from Windsor, California

Posted by: Perry Kotval at February 28, 2005 11:05 AM


Posted by: Mike Forbes at February 28, 2005 11:06 AM

Freedom is all we have of value!

Best wishes Professor Hoppe.

Paul Dietrich, MBA;

Member LVM Institute.

Posted by: Paul Dietrich at February 28, 2005 11:07 AM

The whole notion of the politically correct is somewhat akin to "Animal Farm" - "all animals are equal but some are more equal than others."

Posted by: John R. O'Sullivan at February 28, 2005 11:07 AM

For the past 45 years, I have financially supported Hillsdale College instead of my Alma Maters, University of Michigan and Northwestern University. When UNLV starts to feel the financial pinch, they will quickly correct their course. JUST SAY NO to financial support! I'm proud to support you, Prof. Hoppe!

Tex Norton
Anaheim Hills, CA & Burnet, TX

Posted by: Tex Norton at February 28, 2005 11:10 AM

In defense of Hans-Hermann Hoppe freedom to teach austrian economic in the way he does.

Posted by: Alfredo Marcolin Peringer at February 28, 2005 11:18 AM

Santa Rosa, Calif.

Posted by: Ronald R. Hooper at February 28, 2005 11:19 AM

I still need to read the man's books. Maybe when they come down in price...

Posted by: D A Prakash at February 28, 2005 11:20 AM

Golden Halbert, Tempe, Arizona

Posted by: Golden Halbert at February 28, 2005 11:29 AM

We support your efforts to maintain a free and open discussion of important issues and wish you sucess in prevailing over PC (politically correct)criticism.

Posted by: John A. Adams III, CPA,PhD at February 28, 2005 11:31 AM

Mike Breslin, New Hudson, Michigan, U.S.A.

Posted by: Michael L. Breslin at February 28, 2005 11:34 AM

I have enjoyed reading your papers very much. They need to be read by many more! So don't lose heart and keep those pc clowns where they belong! I think you have a lot of supporter out there!

Posted by: Dirk Koehler GO at February 28, 2005 11:36 AM

If professors are forced to teach state-sponsored economics, can state-sponsored science be far behind? The U.S. is repeating Germany of the 1930s.

Don Hull
Costa Mesa, CA
2X Libertarian Candidate for Congress

Posted by: Don Hull at February 28, 2005 11:36 AM

Luke Jenison, Hillsboro, OR

Posted by: Luke Jenison at February 28, 2005 11:37 AM


Posted by: Stephen Campbell at February 28, 2005 11:38 AM

In such a circumstance as this; you will be damned by your enemies before and after the fight, all that remains is to maintain RIGHTEOUS PERSISTENCE in the storm. If WE allow such "academic" terrorism to be victorious then WE AND our progeny will also be damned. If there is anything I might do to assist, please contact me.

Posted by: Bradley H. Werrell, D.O. at February 28, 2005 11:39 AM

Thank you!

Posted by: James Babb at February 28, 2005 11:39 AM

Jacob B. Michaelsen Santa Cruz, CA

Posted by: Jacob B. Michaelsen at February 28, 2005 11:41 AM

An academic institution without intellectual freedom is a sham.

Thanks for taking a stand against the forces of political correctness that would silence those who challenge us academically.

Posted by: Steven C Meschia, PhD at February 28, 2005 11:41 AM

Hopefully the reason will win......

Posted by: Jan Tomas at February 28, 2005 11:41 AM

Best wishes...

Posted by: Lee Melarangeli at February 28, 2005 11:42 AM

If our young people are not exposed to both sides of an issue they are not being truly educated.

Posted by: Clarence Fisher at February 28, 2005 11:42 AM

Economics Teacher Brookville, Pa.

Posted by: William Kutz at February 28, 2005 11:44 AM

Adriano José Sandoval from São Paulo, Brasil

Posted by: adriano josé sandoval at February 28, 2005 11:45 AM

I wish you well, Professor Hoppe.

Art Thomas
Barboursville, Va

Posted by: Art Thomas at February 28, 2005 11:49 AM

ted sikkink,brussels, belgium, europe

Posted by: ted sikkink at February 28, 2005 11:54 AM

Jim Blandford, Austin, Texas/Burlington, VT

Posted by: Jim Blandford at February 28, 2005 11:54 AM

Rebecca Jones, Evart, Michigan

Posted by: Rebecca Jones at February 28, 2005 11:55 AM

Dear Sir or Madam,

Dr. Hoppe did not insult or discriminate against any student, has not engaged in any intelletually or morally dishonest activity, and has not breached his obligation to provide a stimulating learning environment and to encourage intellectual growth among his students. He merely posited a debatable position concerning an issue economic interest. Consequently, he incurred the wrath of the victim-identification industry, which is fundamentally inimical to the free exploration and expression of ideas.

Dr. Hoppe's dispute is important precisely because it represents the culmination of the efforts of the state to control the ideas and statements of those engaged in the intellectual debates raging today. The response of many individuals and institutions across the intellectual and political spectrum is both intense and heartening, and I hope it bespeaks and awareness of the stakes in the dispute.

Free Hans-Hermann Hoppe!


Fred B. Clayton
Orlando, Florida

Posted by: Fred Clayton at February 28, 2005 11:56 AM

Attorney, Certified Public Accountant, Beverly Hills, California - I am concerned about the rise of anti-semitism on campuses under the guise of political correctness.

Posted by: William H. Rosenberg at February 28, 2005 12:00 PM

Dr. Hoppe,
Having very recently completed your fine book "Democracy, the God that Failed", you have challenged my mind as you have been doing for many students. There is a place for orthodoxy and a place for open discussion.

I am relieved to see that you have fought and won your battle for open discussion.

George Gregory, Houston, Texas

Posted by: George Gregory at February 28, 2005 12:10 PM

Best wishes to Prof. Hoppe, and congratulations on his courage! C. F. Sills, Professor of Philosophy, Yorktown University

Posted by: Clarence F. Sills Jr, PhD at February 28, 2005 12:11 PM

Bryan LePla, North Richland Hills, TX

Posted by: Bryan D. LePla at February 28, 2005 12:12 PM

Dr. Hoppe,

Your willingness to voice unpopular opinions - perhaps uncomfortably on the mark, in the eyes of some - is sorely needed in as intellectually stifling an environment as we are currently enduring in the United States, both inside and outside of academia.

I support you completely, and unqualifiedly. With my regards,

Pete Earle

Posted by: Pete Earle at February 28, 2005 12:17 PM

My sincerest appreciation for Professor Hoppe's efforts to maintain our freedoms. The stiffling of the learning process for the benefit of political correctness has a long history of human misery and destruction. It takes courage to eschew the "safety" of the "get along" approach. The administration of UNLV has proven that it is unfit to be the custodian of [any] the school.

Posted by: Arne Mortensen at February 28, 2005 12:18 PM

Freedom is as Freedom does.

Posted by: Private Citizen Eugene J. Kernan at February 28, 2005 12:20 PM

Academic freedom is endangered mostly by academics.

Posted by: James M. Dodson at February 28, 2005 12:23 PM


Posted by: JANOS CSEPKU at February 28, 2005 12:23 PM

I hope that the UNLV officials in charge of the Kafka-prosecution of Hoppe eventually obtain more suitable positions. Prof. Hoppe was a member of my Ph.D. dissertation committee at UNLV and I regard him as one of the world's foremost university academics.

Posted by: Roger Roots, J.D., Ph.D. at February 28, 2005 12:24 PM

Assoc. Prof. Emeritus

School of Medicine

University of Washington

Seattle, Washington

Posted by: Mark Nameroff at February 28, 2005 12:25 PM

Jake Mortenson, University of South Dakota, Vermillion

Posted by: Jake Mortenson at February 28, 2005 12:25 PM

It is difficult for freedom minded thinkers, even when arguing passionately against fundamental encroachments on our liberty, to give up the idea that a win-win compromise is possible. Here's to Dr. Hoppe for realizing that a compromise with coercion is just that - compromising. It would have been compromising to his values, and to his integrity. The principled stand is the right one, and I salute him for it.

Posted by: Caleob T. King at February 28, 2005 12:27 PM

Neil Craig, Glasgow, Scotland (Bookseller)

Posted by: Neil Craig at February 28, 2005 12:31 PM

Best wishes, Professor!

Joshua Daley Paulin, Esq.
Boston, Massachusetts

Posted by: Joshua Daley Paulin at February 28, 2005 12:31 PM

Leo Wong

Albany, NY, USA

Posted by: Leo Wong at February 28, 2005 12:34 PM

Diogo Costa, Universidade Católica de Petrópolis, Brazil

Posted by: Diogo Costa at February 28, 2005 12:36 PM

I am a conerned citizen very strongly opposed to the University's interference.

This interference destroys the very goal it pretends to protect.

Stand fast, Professor Hoppe. Never give up, never relent against small minds. Use every tool you have to fight back.

Posted by: Anthony Welch at February 28, 2005 12:39 PM

Phillip Osborn, Hagerstown, MD - a citizen in favor of a return to Constitutional limits on government

Posted by: Phillip Osborn at February 28, 2005 12:41 PM

Affiliation: Retired. Formerly at the University of Alaska SE, the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research, and private industry.

Posted by: Juan Rivero at February 28, 2005 12:46 PM

I find it repugnant, but unfortunately not surprising, that a university would respond to the silly complaints of an overly “sensitive” student by harassing any instructor. It is especially so when the professor is one with international respect and acclaim like Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

Posted by: David Wordinger at February 28, 2005 12:49 PM

Thank you, Dr. Hoppe

Posted by: Joyce Brand at February 28, 2005 12:50 PM

Adjunct Instructor Samford University
I always thought the academic community believed that theories should be scientifically proved or disproved. It appears that UNLV prefers another course.

Posted by: Randall Morgan at February 28, 2005 12:54 PM

Corey Hendon, New London, TX

Posted by: Corey Hendon at February 28, 2005 12:56 PM

As a university proffessor in Wisconsin, I'm shocked at the treatment of Hoppe! What happened to acadmeic freedom!

Hoppe should be allowed to say what he wants in the class! God knows, students have to listen to everything else whether they want to or not!

Posted by: Rev. Edward R. Straka, MA at February 28, 2005 1:01 PM

Monterey, CA

Posted by: William R. Wiltschko at February 28, 2005 1:01 PM

Modern academe has as it's goal the complete capitulation of independent thinking to the statist mindset. Anyone who dares tread on nonsocially correct thinking has about as much chance of going undetected and unchastized as a Neo-nazi parade in downtown Manhattan.

All my best to support a man whose mind I would like to get more of, not less.

Ray Ogden, Clinton Township, Michigan

Posted by: Raymond J. Ogden, ChFC, CLU at February 28, 2005 1:01 PM

I oly wish the same standard was applied to everyone in the college I attend. As a middle aged white male more than once I have been asked to stand in front of my class and beg my fellow students for forgiviness becuase of the past sins of my race. Two years ago I was nearly thrown our of the university because of my refusial to do so. Here students and professors alike are expected to express what ever is politically correct at he time and failure to do so can result in your exclussion from the educational environment (politically correct for being thrown out of the university). It is because of my experence as a non-traditional student that I am signing this form.

Posted by: roy hill at February 28, 2005 1:02 PM

Stanley Kaplan, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Posted by: Stanley L.J. Kaplan at February 28, 2005 1:03 PM

University of Toronto

Posted by: Gwendolyn Sheldon at February 28, 2005 1:08 PM

Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe did nothing wrong. Get government out of education (and everything else).

Posted by: Charles Beaird at February 28, 2005 1:10 PM

Dobie wrote:
"Oddity of character does not flourish in an atmosphere of conformity and orthodoxy. I do not have any strong feeling that the world is going to the devil much faster than it has been accustomed to going during he past thousand or two thousand years, but I do sincerely wish for more eccentrics and heretics."

Keep buggering on!

Posted by: John D. Harrison at February 28, 2005 1:18 PM

The treatment of Hans Hoppe at UNLV is a disgrace. Academic freedom must be protected.
--David J. Theroux, President, The Independent Institute

Posted by: David J. Theroux at February 28, 2005 1:19 PM

The ideas of free speech etc can´t be stressed enough!!!!

Posted by: Willi Urbach at February 28, 2005 1:19 PM

Belfair, Washington

Posted by: Chad Greene at February 28, 2005 1:20 PM

Sehr geehrter Herr Prof. Hoppe
Ich wünsche Ihnen viel Kraft und Ausdauer!
Freundliche Grüsse
Marco Vitali

Posted by: Marco E. Vitali at February 28, 2005 1:21 PM

This attack is ludicrous and simply shows the level to which "open discussion" has fallen at our "institutions of higher learning."

Posted by: Jim Panyard at February 28, 2005 1:21 PM

John Hughes, Frostburg, Maryland

Posted by: John Hughes at February 28, 2005 1:25 PM

I would not have survived your ordeal.
Robert G. Anderson.
Retired Economist, Sheridan, Wyoming

Posted by: Robert G. Anderson at February 28, 2005 1:26 PM

Thankyou Mr. Knight. You have succeeded in exposing the ugly reality that is the Pacific NorthWest. Please persist in your "righteous" crusade as you are doing exactly that which so many have failed. Destroy the largest, yet believed harmless, bastion of Maoism in the United States of America. The charade is over!
The eyes of the world are watching now. That is what you have always wanted, no?
Danielle Patricia Von Tungeln

Posted by: Danielle P Von Tungeln at February 28, 2005 1:28 PM

Matt Young, Southern California

Posted by: Matt Young at February 28, 2005 1:30 PM

It is time to defend freedom in the universities. I am a psychiatrist concerned about PC and freedom to think and inquire.

Posted by: John Wadsworth at February 28, 2005 1:32 PM

Fred Lafaire, Tilburg University (Netherlands)

Posted by: Fred Lafaire at February 28, 2005 1:33 PM

Danielle P. Von Tungeln
Vancouver, Washington

Posted by: Danielle P Von Tungeln at February 28, 2005 1:34 PM

Thank you, Dr. Hoppe, for standing tall by your principles. Your stance is an example for all those who understand and cherish the vitality of freedom.

Posted by: Jacques Tucker, Kansas City, Missouri at February 28, 2005 1:36 PM

I find the universities willingness to collapse in the face of even nominal pressure to kowtow to the politically correct to be sad and pathetic. As a holder of both undergraduate and graduate degrees, I am embarrassed by your conduct.

Posted by: Eric Jaenike at February 28, 2005 1:36 PM

Salt Lake City, UT

Posted by: Jared Rich at February 28, 2005 1:37 PM

Free speech is the backbone of a free society.
-Ryan Brixius, Minnesota State

Posted by: Ryan Brixius at February 28, 2005 1:37 PM

Philip Alan Smith, Charleston Southern University

Posted by: Philip Smith at February 28, 2005 1:38 PM

University Professors should be free to express all views. Censorship has no place in universities. Students should have the opportunity to explore all academic subjects to enable them to think objectively. Professors should be free to include any and all texts and opinions to his/her students to further their intellectual development.

Posted by: Leslie J. Koris at February 28, 2005 1:39 PM

It is a national disgrace that you have to plead your case at all ! Congratulations on setting an important victorious precedent for other moral thinkers to follow and build on. Nokomis, Fl 34275

Posted by: tom edmondson at February 28, 2005 1:41 PM

The Hoppe case strikes a blow for the separation of Education and State!

Posted by: Jeff Scott at February 28, 2005 1:42 PM

Prof Hoppe, mi associo volentieri al sostegno espressole dalla comunità internazionale. Come diceva EInstein sia l’universo che la stupidità umana sono infiniti (anche se aveva qualche dubbio sulla infinitezza dell’universo)...e questa campagna contro di lei ne è la testimonianza.
Un caro saluto da un laureato all’Università di Bologna!

Posted by: Andrea Luchi at February 28, 2005 1:44 PM

Del O. McLeod
Willows California

Thank you Dr. Hoppe, for having the courage to stand up for freedom.

The public at large had better wake up to it's loss of freedom. If not we will one day find that going against what is "politically correct" to be a jailable offense.

Posted by: Del McLeod at February 28, 2005 1:49 PM

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Posted by: Dana Dobbin at February 28, 2005 1:50 PM

Prof. Hoppe should never have been accused.
I am very amazed and shocked by the Board's decision, for the following reasons:
- freedom of speech: Hoppe doesn't initiate the use of violence against homosexuals.
- theory: the statement that homosexuals have higher time preferences than regular heterosexuals with families is a priori true, because life ends with homosexuals themselves. They will not live forth in next generations, hence will not, all things being equal, aim at producing future goods that can be consumed by their own offspring, yet consume as much as possible during their own life time. To deny this argument is absurd. A reductio ad absurdum may clarify this: suppose all men on earth all of the sudden become homosexual. Then human life on earth will certainly vanish within 120 years. No human future will exist. This is so obvious that further argumentation against it makes no sense.

Ruben Jongkind
University of Nijmegen
TNO Research Institute

Posted by: Ruben at February 28, 2005 1:54 PM

Louisville, KY

Posted by: Nick Karem at February 28, 2005 1:55 PM

All must keep an open mind and consider all possibilities!

Posted by: Dr. Marina Karem at February 28, 2005 1:57 PM

Arcata, CA

Posted by: Terrance P. Jones at February 28, 2005 2:03 PM

I am a strong supporter of Mr. Hoppe's position.

Posted by: Don Russell at February 28, 2005 2:04 PM

I am encouraged by the tremendous support HHH has received.

Reflecting back to campus life in the late sixties and early seventies, Professor Hoppe's remarks would not have caused even a stir.

The matter would have been dealt with through open dialogue, and a workable solution developed.

My University professor friends report a prevailing climate of 'fear of reprisal.'

Let's hope this episode sends a clear message to idealogues everywhere----freedom of speech is paramount, and PC intimidation tactics will not be tolerated.

Posted by: D.R. Mente at February 28, 2005 2:10 PM

I support Mr. Hoppe's position completely.

Posted by: Matt Keck at February 28, 2005 2:11 PM

The fact that a University in Nevada, of all places, would exercise stricture upon the free speech of a tenured Professor, makes me want to vomit.

I thought that the "dawning of political corectness", which I was unfortunate to see at Rutgers University, was bad enough. But I see that this odious disease of "mind control" has succeeded in its migration westward.

And this emotional and political excercise is all about the self-proclaimed homo-sexuality of Lord Maynard Keynes?


I protest against the "velvet mafia". I protest against ALL "government sponsored" victims. I protest against the false premise that there is, as a group, ANY victims in need of "we're here from the government, and we're here to help you," sort of State protectionism. Particularly with MY tax dollars .

Enough!! I say "To Hell with this 'Political Corectness' Garbage".

There shall be NO laws prohibiting the excercise of free speech. Get it?

Joseph Zack

USMC 1969-70

Junior College 1977
Rutgers University 1978-80

Posted by: joseph zack at February 28, 2005 2:15 PM

Best wishes to Professor Hoppe.

Posted by: Peter L. Petrakis at February 28, 2005 2:15 PM

Victoria, Texas

Posted by: George Weaver at February 28, 2005 2:18 PM

Praying for the victory of freedom in Des Moines, Iowa!

Posted by: Adam Jacobs at February 28, 2005 2:22 PM

.....And the Truth shall make YOU FREE!

Posted by: Rev. Bradford C. Gifford at February 28, 2005 2:23 PM

Las Vegas, NV

Posted by: Pamela Lynn at February 28, 2005 2:24 PM

I support this petition

Posted by: Robert Byers at February 28, 2005 2:25 PM

Streettalk Advisors

Posted by: Michael Smith at February 28, 2005 2:26 PM

Larissa Price, student at the London School of Economics

Posted by: Larissa Price at February 28, 2005 2:30 PM

San Francisco, CA

Posted by: David Rhodes at February 28, 2005 2:32 PM

"There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come." -- Victor Hugo

Posted by: Mike Bayer at February 28, 2005 2:35 PM

Congratulations, Sir.

Posted by: C. K. Phalon at February 28, 2005 2:37 PM

Chicago, Illinois
M.B.A. student, DePaul University

Posted by: Theofanis D Lekkas at February 28, 2005 2:41 PM

I support Hans Hoppe, period. You go boy!


Posted by: Dain Fitzgerald at February 28, 2005 2:42 PM

I believe in free speech and will continue to defend it against these continual attacks.

Posted by: Jason VanBruaene at February 28, 2005 2:42 PM

San Francisco

Posted by: Andrew Sirkis at February 28, 2005 2:45 PM

The efforts of Dr Hoppe to promote critical thinking are imperative for maintaining our democratic form of government and since we are an empire for the survival of human civilization itself. In this time when the art of sophistry and words of mass deception are eminating from the State, we must introduce our young to a variety of thought concepts and enable them to think freely and draw their own conclusions based on the inherent goodness of the human spirit.

Posted by: William Schreiner, PhD at February 28, 2005 2:48 PM

The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
-James Madison

Posted by: Allen L. Twigg at February 28, 2005 2:50 PM

Michael Smith, Arundel, Australia.

The philosophy of Globalism says it all:

'Globalism is a system that caters for all
human emotional development and does
not restrict individual freedom, where
that freedom does not interfere with the
freedom of others'

No ones freedom was restricted nor interfered with at professor Hoppe's lecture.

Posted by: Michael Smith at February 28, 2005 2:51 PM

Barby Hendricks, Fort Collins, CO

Posted by: Barby Hendricks at February 28, 2005 2:52 PM

I support Professor Hoppe, and all other signatories in their individual and collective effort to preserve, protect and stregthen academic freedom in the United States.

Posted by: John L. Skees at February 28, 2005 2:53 PM

Travis Thomas, University of Washington, Seattle

Posted by: Travis Thomas at February 28, 2005 2:59 PM

Kudos to Dr. Hoppe for standing up not just for himself, but for all academics. By not backing down you have already won.

Posted by: noah pugsley at February 28, 2005 3:08 PM

North Canton, Ohio, U.S.A.

Posted by: Ralph E. Fisler at February 28, 2005 3:17 PM

Here's hoping Professor Hoppe beats the bureaucrats at their own game, then promptly sets himself free from "academia" to produce scholarly writing for decades to come, out there in the free-ish market! JC, Western Standard/JMCK Radio, Calgary, Canada

Posted by: John Collison at February 28, 2005 3:17 PM

Give'em hell Hoppe!!!

Posted by: Mike Belleman at February 28, 2005 3:20 PM

Signed by John Hines, Irvine CA

Posted by: John Hines at February 28, 2005 3:22 PM

Mark Hagerman, Des Moines, Iowa

Posted by: Mark Hagerman at February 28, 2005 3:33 PM

Education is of primal importance to retain freedom.

Posted by: James Clark at February 28, 2005 3:33 PM

San Francisco CA

Posted by: Gerald T. Cullen at February 28, 2005 3:34 PM

I am a fan of Dr. Hoppe's and can only hope that he will continue to be able to say or write the truth, regardless of his position academically.

Posted by: Jim Lellman at February 28, 2005 3:34 PM

Los Angeles, CA

Posted by: Talha Rizvi at February 28, 2005 3:35 PM

Bureaucratic witchcraft is intolerable in academia.

Posted by: Robert Klassen at February 28, 2005 3:35 PM

It´s worth backing freedom wherever it´s in trouble. Thank you for being such a free-thinker, Mr. Hoppe!

Posted by: Jose Antonio Baonza-Diaz, Madrid (España) at February 28, 2005 3:42 PM

Let sanity ring.

Posted by: Michael Giannone at February 28, 2005 3:43 PM

Affiliations: Master of science (wildlife ecology) from Mississippi State University. I currently teach statistics and various other courses at a private college. I plan to pursue a PhD in the near future.

I adhere to libertarian principles and fully endorse and support Professor Hoppe, this letter, and the ideals of academic liberty.

J. Cole
Birmingham, Alabama

Posted by: Jonathan Cole at February 28, 2005 3:46 PM

My gosh, a little baby crying because of what a teacher said in class. Grow up. That goes for the Universities too. If you can't allow someone the right to freedom of speech and expression, then why don't you pack up and go to the Middle East where you'll be more appreciated.

Posted by: Lance at February 28, 2005 3:55 PM

Defend academic freedom for all!

Posted by: Mark Hadzewycz at February 28, 2005 3:56 PM

We should always fight for freedom, regardles circumstances.

Posted by: Adam Bielecki at February 28, 2005 3:57 PM

I'm glad Mr. Hoppe is on the front lines. A contemmporary American university is not a friendly place for great thinkers. Your efforts are appreciated!

Posted by: tc at February 28, 2005 4:02 PM

Give 'em hell Hoppe!

Posted by: Michael Miles at February 28, 2005 4:02 PM

I thought the main purpose of a university is to examine universal truths. Apparently, UNLV doesn't think so. Keep up the good fight, Professor Hoppe.

Posted by: Carl F. Horowitz at February 28, 2005 4:04 PM

Conrad, MT

Posted by: Ben Knobel at February 28, 2005 4:05 PM

May liberty become the norm within the political context once again.

Posted by: Robert W. Watson, M.Ed., J.D. at February 28, 2005 4:12 PM

We are becoming more Fascist every day. Gov't and organized religions will try to dictate all behavior and speech.

Milton Hillman. MD, JD
Greenville, SC

Posted by: Milton Hillman. MD, JD at February 28, 2005 4:24 PM

As a journalist writing about economic issues, it is hard to believe that a statement of fact can meet with such resistance in academia. Unfortunately, such is the influence of the left and political correctness in our society.

Posted by: Jim Woods at February 28, 2005 4:34 PM

I am appalled what is happening in this country! Myself, refugee from the communist regime, the old Czechoslovakia, can only testify to the situation at hand. I am grateful, that I could have live in this great country for the past 35 year!


Posted by: Milan Zacek at February 28, 2005 4:37 PM

United States of America - the land of the free.....thanks to you, Hans, there is still hope left, that this will not be a void imagination, an entire deception or even a plain fraud one day!
All the best to you,

Posted by: Dr. Axel Schernhammer at February 28, 2005 4:47 PM

Alex MacMillan, Ontario, Canada

Posted by: Alex MacMillan at February 28, 2005 4:52 PM

Freedom of speech is an integral part of a FREE SOCIETY. When this principle is challeneged by one, all are potentially affected.

Therefore, a situation such as the one that surrounds Professor Hoppe, if it is allowed to stand unabated, a piece of the very foundation of our Republic will be in jeopardy.

Thus, I believe it my responsibility to sign this petition in his defense.

Posted by: Susan Tovey at February 28, 2005 4:55 PM

Well done to Mr. Hoppe. A fine example of the cost of liberty.

Posted by: Daniel Tiegs, Niantic, CT at February 28, 2005 5:00 PM

Ken Peterson
Downey, California

Posted by: Ken Peterson at February 28, 2005 5:05 PM

The freedom to think, to read, to question, is part of what makes us human, rational, civilized. "Political Correctness" is such a silly, vapid stupidity, you'd have thought it would have been laughed out of this country. Had Twain, Mencken and a few other sturdy baloney-detectors still had been alive, it would have and hilariously so. Thank God some backbones still exist to protest this idiocy of decrying the observable truth. Let Hoppe say whatever he will--the man is brilliant, after all. Frankly, with this example, I'm of the opinion that university administrators have yet to achieve the status and dignity of belonging on the same page in the encyclopedia as homo *sapiens*

Patricia Neill Boone

Posted by: Patricia Neill Boone at February 28, 2005 5:14 PM

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Posted by: J. M. McCrillis at February 28, 2005 5:21 PM

I support Professor Hoppe.

Posted by: Paul D. Perry at February 28, 2005 5:22 PM

John W. Payne
Undergraduate at Washington University in Saint Louis

Posted by: John Payne at February 28, 2005 5:22 PM

I do hereby declare as an individual to support this petition in favour of freedom.
Living and working in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Posted by: Thomas Richard Weniger at February 28, 2005 5:41 PM

Paul Ceccarelli
Evergreen, CO

Posted by: Paul Ceccarelli at February 28, 2005 5:43 PM

The Constitution demands free political speech, wheather that is teaching a class, giving a speech, or standing on a tree stump. Any University Staff attempting to "quiet" free speech is acting as an "Enemy of the Constitution" and should be arrested and tried as such. At the very least any public funding (in itself, an unconstitutional act) should be withdrawn from such a School (University or otherwise). The "liberty haters" have too long had their way in this, and other, countries.

Posted by: Gene Ray at February 28, 2005 5:45 PM

Thomas Bell, from Midwest City, OK

Posted by: Thomas Bell at February 28, 2005 5:46 PM

SIgned by Gregory Mark Fisher, Sydney, Australia. Fight the good fight, Hoppy!

Posted by: Greg Fisher at February 28, 2005 5:49 PM

Daniel Mailhot, grad student, University of Florida

Posted by: Daniel Mailhot at February 28, 2005 5:50 PM

I stand fully behind the free expression of thought which should be due to Professor Hans-Herman Hoppe. I cannot help but wonder if the incident in question would have caused as much of a stir at a non-statist, private institution.

Posted by: R. R. Schneider, Jr. at February 28, 2005 5:52 PM

Dallas, Texas

Posted by: Keith Langenbeck at February 28, 2005 5:55 PM

I feel very honored to be part of this petition and speak out with rage the postion the university exectuve team is taking on this issue. Its a disgrace and afront to freedom of speech and creativity.

Posted by: Madelyn Burley-Allen at February 28, 2005 5:57 PM

Deefrfield, Illinois

Posted by: R. H. Bailin at February 28, 2005 6:02 PM

Shouldn't universities show the greatest reverence for and belief in the First Amendment

Posted by: Brian Newbatt Smith M.D. at February 28, 2005 6:05 PM

Knight should have challenged the professor in class to produce supporting facts for his claims. If the professor could not, this would speak for itself. A letter in his file is ridiculous.

Posted by: Andrew Austin, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay at February 28, 2005 6:11 PM

Thank you Dr. Hoppe for your courage and determination to protect academic freedom!

Posted by: Stephen J. Goulet, Cal State East Bay, Hayward, CA at February 28, 2005 6:12 PM

Location: 2337 SW, Archer Road, Gainesville, FL, 32608, USA

My adherance to the cause and this signature in no way reflects the views of University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Posted by: Harsh Suri at February 28, 2005 6:14 PM

Considering the content of the 'letter of instruction' of 9Feb05, I would think that at the very least, a formal apology by the UNLV is in order, along with the reinstatement of any pay withheld. The apology should include a clear admission that the 'letter of instruction' and the committee decisions upon which it was based were errors made in haste, and have no force.

David R. Swope, Jackson MS

Posted by: David R. Swope at February 28, 2005 6:18 PM

Best wishes for you, and all of us who supprot you.....

Posted by: Mart Grams at February 28, 2005 6:27 PM

Geoff Kahermanes, San Jose, California

Posted by: Geoff Kahermanes at February 28, 2005 6:28 PM

Tampa, FL

Posted by: Michael Gretchen at February 28, 2005 6:28 PM

University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Posted by: Morgan Catha at February 28, 2005 7:01 PM

Jason W. Richner, Albany, Oregon

Posted by: Jason W. Richner at February 28, 2005 7:03 PM

Atlanta, Georgia

Posted by: Chris Sullivan at February 28, 2005 7:12 PM

Huntington Beach, CA

Posted by: Alan Heath at February 28, 2005 7:24 PM

Keep up the good fight, Professor Hoppe!

Posted by: Steve Kizlik at February 28, 2005 7:32 PM

Undergraduate, University of Queensland
Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Posted by: Will Smith at February 28, 2005 7:44 PM

I support Academic freedom

Posted by: John D. McConnico lll at February 28, 2005 7:49 PM

Freedom, truth, reason, quality.

Posted by: Kemp Moyer at February 28, 2005 7:49 PM

What is orthodox is not necessarily true. If it is not allowed to be questioned, we will never recover from the errors of the past.

Posted by: Nathan Miller at February 28, 2005 8:02 PM

The first amendment must apply everywhere; especially in the University.

Posted by: Dennis Stuart . M.D. at February 28, 2005 8:15 PM

Keep up the fight against the general poison that is statism.
Aurora, Colorado.

Posted by: John Rowland at February 28, 2005 8:16 PM

Richard C. Grimm, Grove City College

Posted by: Richard C. Grimm at February 28, 2005 8:23 PM

Best wishes to Prof.Hoppe

Posted by: David Sivia at February 28, 2005 8:43 PM

Jared Price, graduate student, Auburn University

Posted by: Jared Price at February 28, 2005 8:50 PM

Let reason rule.

A is A.

Posted by: Tyson Richmond at February 28, 2005 8:54 PM

Professor Hoppe, I salute you for your courageous defense of intellectual honesty and academic freedom.

Posted by: Jared Light, Teacher, Gallup-McKinley Co. Schools, NM at February 28, 2005 8:58 PM

There's hope!

Posted by: Steve Scott at February 28, 2005 8:59 PM

Research Fellow
Hoover Institution
Stanford University

I don't care what Prof. Hoppe said. His academic freedom, and the right of the students to be in an environment with academic freedom, must be protected.

Posted by: David R. Henderson at February 28, 2005 8:59 PM

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats--H.L.Mencken

Posted by: Matthew Moriarty at February 28, 2005 9:04 PM

Political correctness, instead of being a sensible restriction on overly inflammmatory expression that might unfairly injure members of sensitive minorities, is being enforced as a new Puritanism by people who think they have all the answers, and having the answers, think any further discussion is irrelevant, even heretical. But we know where the history of heresies has led--often directly toward enlightenment. Vive monsieur Hoppe!

Posted by: Garry L. Eaton at February 28, 2005 9:09 PM

Itis a previlege to support Dr. Hoppe.
Leland L Young
McCandless(Pittsburgh area), PA

Posted by: Leland L Young at February 28, 2005 9:24 PM

As one born without freedom, I can attest to the importance of refusing to bow down to threats.


Posted by: Ian Vaughan at February 28, 2005 9:28 PM

Political correctness and discrimination create an atmospehere where learning cannot take place. Academic freedom for Professor Hoppe and others like him should be guarded and encouraged, not thown away by the fear of oppression.

Jim Fisher
Spartanburg, SC

Posted by: Jim Fisher at February 28, 2005 9:29 PM

Good Luck To Dr. Hoppe, A very courageous man. I hope he wins in this short run. In the long run, ofcourse he will.

Posted by: Vamsi Krishna at February 28, 2005 9:33 PM

As someone deeply offended by many comments made by Hans-Herman Hoppe--as well as by his writings--I cannot but express my support for his right to them. I would never set out to stain his career over some bigoted remarks, and thus have remarkable contempt for anyone who does and for a university that encourages such intolerant behavior. Good luck Dr. Hoppe, I hope that you receive a full apology, and perhaps a Nobel prize : )

Posted by: Ellennita Muetze Hellmer at February 28, 2005 9:36 PM

Truth always offends the Ignorant.
Always has and Always will.
The battle for enlightenment never ends.
To seek Truth is what education is all about.
Professor Hoppe, have Heart, Justice is on
your side.

Mathias Fett Clifton, NJ

Posted by: Mathias Fett at February 28, 2005 9:40 PM

Gonzalo Leon 253 Fair Mountain Drive, Blowing Rock, North Carolina USA.

Posted by: Gonzalo Leon at February 28, 2005 9:45 PM

Professor Emeritus of Mineral Economics, The Pennsylvania State University. I have found Professor Hoppe a thought-provoking writer on economic issues. It is ironic that his simple effort to clarify economic principles about which no controversy prevails should have led to an uproar. It attests to the way university administrators around the United States have alllowed themselves to be intimidated by aggressive pressure groups. Censure still would deplorable had the lecture been an attack on skepticism about Hoppe's policy views. An attack on an example of how the basic principle of time preference works is an absurdity.

Posted by: Richard L. Gordon at February 28, 2005 9:45 PM

sad to see this happen, hoppe is certainly my favorite economist.

Posted by: andrew bolinger at February 28, 2005 9:46 PM

Posted by: Heinz Markmeyer at February 28, 2005 9:48 PM

Talk Show Host
ABC Radio Networks

Posted by: Brian Wilson at February 28, 2005 9:56 PM

thanks for fighting for us

Posted by: Jerome Arnett, Jr., MD, FCCP at February 28, 2005 10:04 PM

Fight on Professor Hoppe!! Your situation perfectly illustrates the need for Horowitz's Academic Freedom Bill of Rights. The Academy demands diversity in all arenas except when it comes to ideology/world view/political persuasion. If this bill held sway on many campuses it would break the current 90%+/- hegemony.
Garth Whittington

Posted by: Garth Whittington at February 28, 2005 10:06 PM

Best wishes from the "liberal left" of Fort Worth, Texas.

Posted by: Stephen Cox at February 28, 2005 10:20 PM

Never retract. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl. -Benjamin Jowett

Posted by: Joseph Mansfield at February 28, 2005 10:21 PM

Darren Senger, Los Angeles, CA

Posted by: Darren Senger at February 28, 2005 10:24 PM

Politics are best left to the politicians. They should not play any part in our educational institutions.

Posted by: Charlie James Keith at February 28, 2005 10:25 PM

Owatonna, MN

Posted by: Christopher Norbury at February 28, 2005 10:37 PM

Behind you all the way.
Austin, Texas

Posted by: Allan Edgar at February 28, 2005 10:43 PM

Stand up to these tyrants!!!

Posted by: Dave Watson at February 28, 2005 10:48 PM

I had the pleasure of being enrolled in two of Dr.Murray Rothbard's classes as a student at UNLV in 1989-92 and found them to be thouroughly thought provoking and enlightening. I also sat in on one or two of Dr.Hoppe's lectures, with his permission, and found him to be extremely knowledgeable and thought provoking. I'm happy to hear about the outpouring of world wide support that he enjoys and am happy to add my name to this list.

Posted by: F.A.Dieterich at February 28, 2005 10:52 PM

Academic freedom of speech is essential if the U.S. Constitution is to survive.

Posted by: Dr. Ben F. Irvin III at February 28, 2005 11:09 PM

Hail Hoppe! Slay the statist hydra with the whistling edge of your intellectual broadsword!

Posted by: Josh Duryea at February 28, 2005 11:10 PM




Posted by: mr. william. l. andrews at February 28, 2005 11:14 PM

As an undergraduate student enrolled in New York University, I have been taught that the university is a forum for learning and evaluating ideas. However, many students at NYU and other universities desire to censure ideas that are deemed "politically incorrect", which is indeed an ambiguous term at best. Academic freedom is incompatible with the notion that thinkers when expressing ideas must always abide by the terms of political correctness for its own sake. The day when a distinguished intellectual is punished because one student disagrees with an anology used in a lecture on the principles of economics and praxelogy marks the end of all pretentions that we live in a free society.

Posted by: Joshua Shoenfeld at February 28, 2005 11:18 PM

No affiliation
825 Bayshore Drive, #306
Pensacola FL 32501

Posted by: Leslie E Webb III at February 28, 2005 11:27 PM

Dan the Temp (worker) in Providence, RI quotes Mencken for HHH:

"I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave."

Posted by: Daniel J. Fallon at February 28, 2005 11:32 PM

The case against newspaper editor Peter Zenger centuries ago was that his paper was deemed objectionable by the authorities. In court, Zenger stressed that what he wrote was true, and therefore truth should trump any political sensitivities.
Hoppe declared that gays indulge in riskier behavior than straights who have children. A lesbian was offended, and the administration sought to restrict the professor.
First, what Hoppe said may or may not be true. It is a provative statement, - one that ought to encourage more research. As a gay, I think he is correct. I was quite involved in the civil rights movement in my native South in the 1950s & 60s, a risky behavior. Had I been intersted in having children, I might well have preferred to simply watch the movement on television. I think Hoppe is telling the truth, and that should trump any politically correct sensitivities. But even if Hoppe's assertion is at some point proven to be false, does not a professor have the right, yea, the duty, to promote research by provoking thought?---------Hugh Murray

Posted by: Hugh Murray at February 28, 2005 11:32 PM

Unwarranted remarks? Every marketer knows that the homosexual segement is a target rich environment for the exact reason Dr. Hoppe cites; namely, no children.

Posted by: Kevin McLain at February 28, 2005 11:43 PM

I was not at all surprised at the treatment of Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe. I have worked on both sides of the fence in academe: instructor and adminstrator. The attack against academic freedom in the name of noble causes and under the color of law and within the context and the pretext of the Zeitgeist has been personally felt by me in both those capacities. Dr. Hoppe has my total support.

Fairview Baptist Church

Louisiana College

Sons of Confederate Veterans

Posted by: Dr. Robert M. Peters at February 28, 2005 11:43 PM

Luke Morris, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI

Posted by: Luke Morris at February 28, 2005 11:49 PM

This ignorant tyranny must stop. We all stand with you, Professor Hoppe.

Posted by: Daniel J. Olson at February 28, 2005 11:54 PM

The truth shall make you free.

Posted by: Robert Nef at February 28, 2005 11:57 PM

Posted by: Anthony J at March 1, 2005 12:08 AM

We must all defend Hoppe today, lest we become the target of these intellectual midgets tomorrow.
Prof. Robert W. McGee
Andreas School of Business
Barry University
Miami Shores, FL 33161 USA

Posted by: Robert W. McGee at March 1, 2005 12:11 AM

Enough already.

Posted by: Hans Frank at March 1, 2005 12:19 AM

On Thursday, UNLV released a statement that read, in part: "It is unfair for the news media and others who may have read incomplete accounts of this situation to judge the university's intentions and values regarding this matter. ... UNLV is deeply committed to upholding the tenets of academic freedom, and equally committed to investigating reports of discrimination."

Perhaps they should complete the account, then, instead of withholding it. Until then, it's perfectly fair to judge on what we have.

Posted by: Jeff, Utah at March 1, 2005 12:25 AM

The student who complained should be ignored because he did not try to explain his view to Mr. Hoppe. And, he did not challange Mr. Hoppe to a public debate. The complainant does not seem to belive his own complaint.

Posted by: Richard G. Eramian at March 1, 2005 12:32 AM

Finally, a war for freedom that I can support.

Posted by: Aaron Smith at March 1, 2005 12:42 AM

Marble Hill, MO

Posted by: James Nall at March 1, 2005 12:45 AM

All the more reason to separate school and state!!!

Lee Killough, Conroe, TX

Posted by: Lee Killough at March 1, 2005 12:53 AM

Truth -- La Verdad -- is the most important thing we have (and one of the hardest to find). To infringe upon it is the greatest crime. UNLV has a unique opportunity here to distinguish itself among the world's universities by taking an unequivocal stand for truth.

Posted by: Enrique Gonzales at March 1, 2005 12:55 AM

Bogdan Glavan
Romanian-American University
Bucharest, Romania

Posted by: Bogdan Glavan at March 1, 2005 1:25 AM

President and Director, Institut Economique Molinari, France-Belgium

Posted by: Philippe Cécile at March 1, 2005 2:25 AM

No affiliation...just a very non-PC, and thoroughly fed-up citizen. Yuma, Arizona.

Posted by: D. J. Weber at March 1, 2005 2:30 AM

Honestly, I'd be worried if our champions of liberty weren't facing oppression of this sort. These are the most dangerous men of our age because what they have to say is true. I am thoroughly grateful to Hoppe and any others who have been treated less than fairly because of their labors on behalf of freedom.

Posted by: Gino Salvatelli, Taylor University, Student at March 1, 2005 2:41 AM

Professor Hoppe, they cannot refute you, so they must attempt to silence you.

Posted by: Alexander Baker at March 1, 2005 3:03 AM

This is another sad example of so-called "political correctness", using adminsistratory measures to suppress free scientifical inquiry. "Free" and "scientifical" should be a redundant combination, but sad to say, it isn't.
What is even worse, those who try to quell any opinion they can't spell or even paraphrase, should really bother to listen/read the other side's argument; but truth is never the issue with political correctness, rather spelled as "political corruptness". Let Hoppe teach whatever he wants and try to prove he's wrong in a fee academical dispute - if you can...

Posted by: Ulrich Biele at March 1, 2005 3:20 AM

Nikolaos Damilakis, Athens, Greece

Posted by: Nikolaos Damilakis at March 1, 2005 3:36 AM

I'm the admirer of Prof. Hoppe,and I firmly support him. Jerome Ma,the editor of the chinese edition of America's Great Depression and The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible,Shanghai,China.

Posted by: Jerome Ma at March 1, 2005 4:32 AM

Piotr Mastalarz, Wroclaw, Poland

Posted by: Piotr Mastalarz at March 1, 2005 4:52 AM

If they try to drown out one voice, we'll form a chorus!

Posted by: Laurel Price at March 1, 2005 4:56 AM

Academic freedom is too precious a commodity to be turned into a football between the "rival gangs of authoritarians", the "politically correct" Left and its ideological kissing cousin, the "patriotically correct" Right.

Posted by: Terry Washington at March 1, 2005 5:25 AM

May God protect us from political correctness

Posted by: Mauro Tosco, Università Orientale, Naples (Italy) at March 1, 2005 5:33 AM

Jan Lewinski, Polish Mises Institute

Posted by: Jan Lewinski at March 1, 2005 6:17 AM

California born and raised supporter of freedom of thought and speech currently living in Germany.

Posted by: Barbara Ellis at March 1, 2005 6:23 AM

Fight these bastards, Professor!

Lukasz Szostak

Ludwig von Mises Institute Poland

mobile: +48.691.404.710

Posted by: Lukasz Szostak at March 1, 2005 6:23 AM

I am a University professor in Cali, Colombia. I am also a defender of the natural order of men: natural rights and private property. Professor Hoppe is one of the great leaders and thinkers in the libertarian revolution. An attack on him is an atack on freedom and and ourselves. From these far lands were the fight for freedom is begining to being fought I send my word of support, and I pray for everyone to understand what is at stake here, that is, to realize that without freedom there is no future for our civilization, there is no future for man.

Posted by: Luis Eduardo Zamorano at March 1, 2005 6:45 AM

Like sexual harassment laws, Professor Hoppe is being persecuted not for something positive that can be verified but for how others feel in regard to his statements. If one feels harassed, then presumably one was harassed. But there is no objective criterion for evaluating how any one person may feel. This is nothing more than persecution for uttering what some consider to be an unpopular opinion.

Posted by: Patrick Barron at March 1, 2005 6:57 AM

Thomas Hammett - Freedom of speech is only meaningful when it protects speech with which we disagree.

Posted by: Thomas Hammett at March 1, 2005 7:22 AM

Best of luck!
Michael Keferl, Japan

Posted by: Michael Keferl at March 1, 2005 7:24 AM

John Karrys Toronto, Canada

An Educator With Principle is the Gold Standard for learning.

Posted by: John Karrys at March 1, 2005 7:51 AM

Volker Jahn, University of Bonn, Germany

Posted by: Volker Jahn at March 1, 2005 8:00 AM

Orland Park, IL

Posted by: Daniel Curry at March 1, 2005 8:06 AM

The freedom of speech and free competition of ideas- the strongest weapons of liberty- must be defended.
Student, University of Economics, Czech Republic

Posted by: Petr Fiala at March 1, 2005 8:16 AM

My well wishes and admiration to you.

Posted by: Derek Getman at March 1, 2005 8:18 AM

Oak Park, IL

Posted by: Nicholas J. Kaster at March 1, 2005 8:19 AM

Good luck

Posted by: Mark Leonhard at March 1, 2005 8:27 AM

Cornelius van Vorst, Fairfax, Virginia

Posted by: Cornelius van Vorst at March 1, 2005 8:32 AM

A Toast: To validity and soundness as academic values. Not managerial mush. Congratulations, Professor!

Posted by: Paul Jansen at March 1, 2005 8:34 AM

I have a MA in economics from the University of Oklahoma and work as a market analyst. I have followed the persecution of Hans-Hermann Hoppe at the hands of the PC police at UNLV with sadness. That such an esteemed professor could be attacked for a harmless comment, which only the most ignorant of people would find offensive, is shocking. I encourage you to restore sanity, honesty and justice to your school by ending the assault on Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

Posted by: Roger D. McKinney at March 1, 2005 8:53 AM

Academic freedom is the backbone of the University system, without it we risk becoming an indoctrination function of the state.

Posted by: Ron Baty at March 1, 2005 8:55 AM

The historical space in which our concerns and hopes are develop are not as farther as a concern too. This vast support to Professor Hans Hermann Hope might prove that libertarian rights to free speech are against features that do enhance science progress nowadays -or even never- as tolerance with the dissent argue.

Posted by: Nelson Marmolejo at March 1, 2005 8:55 AM

Hilliard, Florida

Posted by: Pat Gardner at March 1, 2005 9:22 AM

I agree with the petition

Posted by: Karel Beckman at March 1, 2005 9:36 AM

Tim Hopper
Canberra, Australia

Posted by: Timothy Hopper at March 1, 2005 9:46 AM

He has a right to say what he thinks-freedomof speech

Posted by: Harriet B. Kurzweg at March 1, 2005 10:14 AM

Great minds cause great controversies.

Prof. Hoppe,
It was great honor to be in your class.
Best wishes.


Jana Hass

Posted by: Jana Hass at March 1, 2005 10:20 AM

We cannot allow freedom of speech to be taken away.

Posted by: F.T. Kurzweg,M.D. at March 1, 2005 10:28 AM

May the state, someday, not interfer with academia.

Posted by: Shannon Griffith at March 1, 2005 10:31 AM

Robert Fort, Electrical Engineer, Dallas, TX

Posted by: Robert Fort at March 1, 2005 10:41 AM

Louise from Houston, Texas

Posted by: Louise at March 1, 2005 10:47 AM

State University of New York at Buffalo

Posted by: James E. Springate, M.D. at March 1, 2005 10:50 AM

I´m supporting Prof. Hoppe from his native Germany. We Germans should be happy to know that one of us is standing up for freedom as Prof. Hoppe does.

Posted by: Ralf Mathey at March 1, 2005 10:52 AM

Chair, Contra Costa County (CA) Libertarian Party

Posted by: Camden W. McConnell at March 1, 2005 10:56 AM

Philip Stanton, Urbana, Illinois

Posted by: Philip Stanton at March 1, 2005 11:09 AM

Robert the Bruce won freedom for Scotland by hanging in there against all the odds, against the seemingly invincible Plantagenet tyranny of England. Professor Hoppe is in the same mould, as a man who will not be beaten by over-mighty tyrants. One day his ideas will help free the world. Please keep hanging in there, Professor. We're all behind you! :-)

Andy Duncan, Henley On Thames, England

Posted by: Andy Duncan at March 1, 2005 11:13 AM

Antonio Gimeno, Madrid, Spain

Posted by: Antonio Gimeno at March 1, 2005 11:14 AM

Dublin, Ireland.
Go Hoppe Go

Posted by: Piotr Ciszewski at March 1, 2005 11:27 AM

For the freedom, for Hans Hermann Hoppe

Posted by: Leonardo Facco (Editore) at March 1, 2005 11:31 AM

Freedom of expression matters...for all of us.
Austin, TX

Posted by: Nicholas Symington at March 1, 2005 11:39 AM

Private citizen with four children who will in future graduate from college.

No one should fear free speech. If it is objectively false, good scholars will refute it. If it is true but unpopular, it needs even more to be heard.

Posted by: Henry Whitney at March 1, 2005 11:45 AM

no comments...

Posted by: Adam Bijas at March 1, 2005 11:46 AM

I'd like to relate one very brief story that tells you what kind of person Prof. Hoppe is. After reading one of his articles, I asked him a question in an email. I was amazed -- busy as he is, he took the time to write a very comprehensive (and enlightening!) reply to someone he had never heard of! This is not too unusual of people associated with the Mises Institute, but I was still so impressed at his willingness to converse one on one with a complete stranger. His intellectual energy and love of liberty really shine through!

Posted by: Larry Ruane at March 1, 2005 11:50 AM

Louisville, Kentucky

Posted by: Ronald C Foley at March 1, 2005 12:04 PM

It is refreshing to see that some people still retain enough back bone to stand up for what is right.

Posted by: Warren Johnson at March 1, 2005 12:12 PM

Thomas and Stefan Jacob, friends and on behalf of many swiss admirers: Undank ist der Welt Lohn. Good luck

Posted by: Thomas Jacob at March 1, 2005 12:19 PM

"To live is to fight" (Marcus Aurelius)

Posted by: Dragos Dumitru at March 1, 2005 12:20 PM

Dr. Hoppe's inspiring resoluteness is in the Misesian tradition. The quest for truth shall prevail, in spite of academic fads, thanks to scholars like him.

I'm a former George Mason University economics student.

Posted by: Rose Ellen Ray at March 1, 2005 12:22 PM

Thanks to Prof. Hoppe.

Posted by: Cisse Spragins at March 1, 2005 12:29 PM

May you not get discouraged in your struggle Professor.

Daniel Blackshields
LVM Institute Europe
The Freedom Institute, Ireland

Posted by: Daniel Blackshields at March 1, 2005 12:35 PM

Jonathan Corn, Houston, TX

Posted by: Jonathan Corn at March 1, 2005 12:36 PM

Does anyone else appreciate the irony of the usual suspects coming out of the woodwork to defend the academic freedom of Ward Churchill while Professor Hoppe was/is being persecuted for saying something that was true and innocuous? The administration at UNLV has thoroughly embarrassed itself. These nitwits make Jerry Tarkanian look like the great defender of academic integrity in the history of the institution.

Paul Peterson
Department of Politics
Coastal Carolina University

Posted by: Paul C. Peterson at March 1, 2005 12:52 PM


Posted by: BILL DARBY at March 1, 2005 12:54 PM

Mats Landström,
Department of Business and Economics,
Gävle University, Sweden

Posted by: Mats Landström at March 1, 2005 1:08 PM

Denver, CO

Posted by: Robert H Thorne at March 1, 2005 1:15 PM

Jim Morse, Computational Geology, Inc., Weybridge, VT

Posted by: Jim Morse at March 1, 2005 1:37 PM

Robert Bradley, Kingsport, TN

Posted by: Robert Bradley at March 1, 2005 1:40 PM

Scottsdale, Arizona

I became aware of Professor Hoppe through
the Mises Institute and now support him completely.

Posted by: David Tolby at March 1, 2005 1:41 PM

Freedom of speech implies freedom to offend. Since when is it a natural right to never hear an opinion you don't already hold?

Posted by: Michael Brown at March 1, 2005 1:59 PM

Tempe, Arizona. What more can I say that has not already been said?

Posted by: John Coughlin at March 1, 2005 2:04 PM

Stephen Robnett, Clemson University, South Carolina

Posted by: Stephen Robnett at March 1, 2005 2:06 PM

Dr. Hoppe,

I thought you'd like to know the reaction of a young (late 20's) New Zealander named Paul Adams to your book, Democracy, the God that Failed. I lent it to a friend of Paul's named Wenzel Huttner (a German who moved to NZ with his parents when he was a teenager) who lent it to Paul. Both Paul and Wenzel are in their 20's, very smart, and both work in tech businesses here. They are young men who are going to influence others worth influencing in their generation.

I've been talking to Paul about von Mises for several years. But it took a master communicator, namely you, to close the deal and open Paul's mind up to a new, more bracing worldview. I much appreciate your efforts to extend Mises' and Rothbard's work.

Below is an excerpt from Paul's email to me.

JW Deming

Hi John
Anyway, the reason why I was going to write is that sometime back Wenzel lent me “Demoncracy – the God that Failed” [ha – I just looked at “demoncracy” (sic) as I wrote it and thought – how Freudian-ingly appropriate]. I put off reading it for ages but over these holidays I finally sat down to read it. MAN THAT IS AN INCREDIBLE BOOK!!! SHIFTED MY WHOLE WORLD VIEW. As Neo would say “whoa”.

AND I finally I get who you were talking about all along and why you thought he was important: Ludwig von Mises – what a FRICKIN GENIUS!!!!!!!!! That guy is a legend. When did he live? Where is his shrine?

Wow – that guy is incredible. Unbelievable insight. I feel like I’ve had my eyes shut for the last 15 years. Shame the entire world is heading (blindly) in the wrong damn direction. Incredible. Anyway, would love to sit down and discuss his work more with you some time if you’re free.

Look forward to talking,

John W Deming
Private Bag MBE N-302
Auckland 1030 NZ
Ph +64 9 523-4562
Mb +64 027 248-8076

Posted by: John W Deming at March 1, 2005 2:08 PM

Best wishes, Professor Hoppe

Bob Bowers, Reading , PA

Posted by: Bob Bowers at March 1, 2005 2:11 PM

Dennis Sperduto, Middletown, New Jersey

Thanks so much for all you have done to preserve and advance knowledge and rationality in economics and political science, and in particular, for defending and elaborating on the system of thought best represented in the twentieth century by Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard.

Posted by: Dennis Sperduto at March 1, 2005 2:32 PM

I am professor of Economics at Montana State University-Northern, in Havre (North Central) Montana.

Posted by: James Rolph Edwards at March 1, 2005 2:45 PM

I support this letter on behalf of Dr Hoppe.

Posted by: Scott Reamer at March 1, 2005 2:46 PM

Financial Heretic News

Posted by: Raymond Jewell at March 1, 2005 2:54 PM



Posted by: Sergio Zarate Perez at March 1, 2005 2:56 PM

Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature. Samuel Butler

Posted by: Hardy Bouillon at March 1, 2005 3:14 PM

Director of Choral Activities
Bishop Kelly High School
Boise, Idaho

Posted by: David Pedersen at March 1, 2005 3:15 PM

The French libertarian team of Catallaxia and backs you.

Posted by: at March 1, 2005 3:21 PM

Fight the good fight. Best wishes to Professor Hoppe

P. LaLande.
Owen Sound Canada

Posted by: Phillip LaLande at March 1, 2005 3:24 PM

Danny LeRoy, Department of Economics, The University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Posted by: Danny LeRoy at March 1, 2005 3:27 PM

Political correctness is one of the main banes of modern U.S. society. Government corrosion of freedoms is another. In this case we have both.

Posted by: Hal Faulkner at March 1, 2005 3:33 PM

Best wishes to H.H. Hoppe

Posted by: Turek at March 1, 2005 3:43 PM

Very well Mr. Professor ! I wish we had such a brilliant political correctness fighter at Warsaw University. Small but zealous group of libertarians at Economic Department gives You moral support !

Posted by: Maciej Bitner at March 1, 2005 3:43 PM

You go Professor!

Posted by: Ray Spitz at March 1, 2005 3:53 PM

I am relieved that Professor Hoppe stood by his principles and did not cave in to political correctness. I am glad that the University withdrew any action against you; however, I am ashamed that a university would even threaten a faculty member over such a complaint.

I sincerely hope that the University will re-affirm its stand on academic freedom and never allow political correctness to interfere with teaching and research again. Perhaps this conflict will spur meaningful discussion on how to preserve academic freedom.

J C Alexander, Joplin, Missouri

Posted by: J C Alexander at March 1, 2005 4:19 PM

Lover of economics, freedom and diversity.
I especially love the kind of diversity which is most important but rarely allowed on university campuses today. Diversity of Thought!

Albert Mattheis

Posted by: Albert Mattheis at March 1, 2005 4:29 PM

I had the special privilege of attending several lectures at the History of Liberty conference in 2001 and I can tell you he's not the man Michael Knight makes him out to be.

Knight needs to grow up, agree to disagree, and move on with his life. Moreover, UNLV needs to abide by its own bylaws regarding acedemic freedom. I support Professor Hoppe and the effort to restore his good name--not that any of us had any doubt.

Posted by: Bruce Faling at March 1, 2005 4:49 PM

God bless you.You're really great man!
Student from Poland

Posted by: Wojciech Łapiński at March 1, 2005 4:58 PM

They have a party in heaven: Rothbard and Mises. And you, Hans, are the celebrated hero. Great!

Posted by: Roland Baader at March 1, 2005 5:13 PM

Student of economics and law from Poland. Do not give up mister Hoppe!

Posted by: Krzysztof Kuznik at March 1, 2005 5:16 PM

Christopher Jourdain, Miami, FL

Posted by: Christopher Jourdain at March 1, 2005 5:25 PM

Ryan Moore. St. Louis, Missouri.

Posted by: Ryan Moore at March 1, 2005 5:25 PM

Go Hoppe! Speak your mind, it's a free country, or IS it?

Posted by: Russ Spokas, Columbus Ohio at March 1, 2005 5:38 PM

Andrew Mancini
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Posted by: Andrew Mancini at March 1, 2005 5:40 PM

Best wishes to Prof Hoppe from Poland.

Posted by: Cezary Siwiak at March 1, 2005 5:47 PM

Mohegan Lake, New York

Posted by: Brian Murdock at March 1, 2005 6:02 PM

Would that there more people with the courage of their convictions like Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

The economics professor that had a very profound influence on me used to give an introductory course on comparative economic systems. Wonderfully and in turn he managed to arouse the ire of "***ists" various by presenting arguments and positions that challenged the students to think logically.
Interesting to note this Professor was, by birth at least, Austrian. His name was Adalbert. G. Lallier and I feel he too would 'sign' this letter in support of Professor Hoppe were he in a position to do so.

Posted by: Christopher K. Thomas at March 1, 2005 6:21 PM

Andrei Kreptul
3L, Seattle University School of Law
Seattle, WA

Posted by: Andrei Kreptul at March 1, 2005 6:29 PM

Stand fast, Hans.

Posted by: Joakim Ekstrom, Uppsala, Sweden at March 1, 2005 7:23 PM

Gypsum, Colorado

Posted by: Lowell L. Price at March 1, 2005 7:30 PM

Assistant Professor of English
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Johnstown, NY

Posted by: John J. Holden at March 1, 2005 7:37 PM

Mary Murphy
Albany, New York

Posted by: Mary Murphy at March 1, 2005 8:07 PM

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
History student at Universidade Federal Fluminense(UFF) on Brazil.

Posted by: Felipe Svaluto Paúl at March 1, 2005 8:46 PM

Not an academic, just a citizen who values free expression, the foundation of our Republic.

Posted by: Michael Woods at March 1, 2005 9:00 PM

Good luck, professor. Your writings have opened up a whole new range of ideas for me.

Keep up the good fight!

Jeffery Johnson

Posted by: Jeffery F. Johnson at March 1, 2005 9:11 PM

I am a student of Dr. Hoppe's at UNLV, and have witnessed the infamous lecture for myself. There is nothing controversial in what Dr. Hoppe said. Any person or couple with no children has a higher time preference than those with children. It's just common sense.

Posted by: Karla Nagy at March 1, 2005 9:26 PM

Nathan Kleban, Louisville, Kentucky

Posted by: Nathan Kleban at March 1, 2005 9:37 PM

How can you tell that the establishment is actually getting scared of the growing libertarian movement? GO! Dr.Hoppe GO! God bless you!

Posted by: Sean Sack at March 1, 2005 9:38 PM

Devin Stevenson. Finance, University of Utah

Posted by: Devin Stevenson at March 1, 2005 10:04 PM

I remember back when I was young, it was common for someone to dismiss a minor affront with a shrug and a statement that "well... It's a free country." People do not say that any more. With good reason. Hans, help us make it so people say "it's a free country" once again.

Especially because what you say is so obviously true.

Posted by: Joseph Ignat at March 1, 2005 10:10 PM

Tony Tramontana, Monroe, Louisiana

Posted by: Tony Tramontana at March 1, 2005 10:16 PM

Retired Chemical Engineer - Sun City, AZ

Posted by: JOHN V. DAVIES at March 1, 2005 11:01 PM

Truth often offends, especially those who use lies to gain personal advantage.

Posted by: Sharen Frewing at March 1, 2005 11:02 PM

What a cliche example of PC madness!!
... good to see so many people who value freedom.

Posted by: fred mann at March 1, 2005 11:05 PM

The truth must be spoken those who object must prove it false

Posted by: D.A.Thompson at March 1, 2005 11:15 PM

University of London

Posted by: T J Olson at March 1, 2005 11:32 PM

Dr Phillip Mayne,
Wagga Wagga

Posted by: Dr Phillip Mayne at March 1, 2005 11:50 PM

Signed March 2,2005

Posted by: Robert Noval at March 2, 2005 12:05 AM

Keep on fighting the good fight against the PC goons. From a music student at Mississippi State University.

Posted by: Clifton Rybick at March 2, 2005 12:23 AM

While I am proud to be an American, I am often saddened by the actions of my fellow Americans. Thank you for having the courage to stand up to the supression in our selectively free country.

Posted by: Amanda M. Thompson at March 2, 2005 12:27 AM

May freedom and wisdom some day reign on our troubled earth.

Posted by: Susan Wolfrey at March 2, 2005 1:07 AM

We must roll back these academic tyrants, these pansies who cower at the boisterousness of liberty.

Posted by: Jordan Dickens at March 2, 2005 2:20 AM

I do deeply believe Proffesor Hope's gonna get through these ridiculous issues .His economical knowledge must consist of many logical economical assumptions even if it applies to homosexualists .They want to be treated as everyone else in the society so what for this threatening is ?? I don't get it .Right now Proffesor 's got his back to the wall 'cause of the political correctness of the University of Nevada but in a few months everything will be smooth and clear .

Posted by: Wojciech Łyżwiński at March 2, 2005 2:31 AM

Phoenix, Arizona

Posted by: Ricky J. Moore II at March 2, 2005 4:37 AM

Cathy Cuthbert

Posted by: Cathy Cuthbert at March 2, 2005 6:03 AM

Huntland, Tennessee

Posted by: Stanley Turner at March 2, 2005 9:17 AM

I admire your courage in standing up to this academic inquisition. Best wishes in your endeavor.

Posted by: Aaron Singleton at March 2, 2005 9:26 AM

Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Posted by: Brad Dexter at March 2, 2005 9:50 AM

Never give up.

Posted by: Robert Anthony Peters at March 2, 2005 10:25 AM

Professor of Painting, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Posted by: darby bannard at March 2, 2005 10:33 AM

Dr. Hoppe, your teachings have been invaluable to me. Thank you.
Ryan Taylor
Burbank, CA

Posted by: Ryan Taylor at March 2, 2005 10:36 AM

This is to support Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe and citizens for the right to speak an opinion without reprisal as in our God given right and protected by our constittution as a free American citizen.

Posted by: Charles Sigerseth at March 2, 2005 11:03 AM

Dr Dsvid Hosbein


Grass Valley, California

Posted by: David Hosbein at March 2, 2005 11:26 AM

When academic freedom goes, totalitarian government cannot be far behind.

Posted by: Henry Haller at March 2, 2005 11:40 AM

Also on behalf of a new institution, John Woolman College of Equity-Restorative Justice, Peacemaking, and Conflict Transformation. Stay the course!

Posted by: John Wilmerding at March 2, 2005 11:49 AM

Poland, Chorzow - Defend the scientifical truth, herr Doktor, so muss es sein !

Posted by: Jakub Plotkowski at March 2, 2005 12:21 PM

Prof. Hoppe is a brilliant intellectual and does not deserve such an unfair treatment.

Posted by: Lucas Grassi Freire at March 2, 2005 12:39 PM

Freedom is never free. Thank goodness for the courage and persistence Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe and others have shown in the face of the oppressive politically correct shibboleths of "post-modern" academe. Too bad Larry Summers has not displayed similar mettle at Harvard.

Posted by: Robert J. Doyle Jr. at March 2, 2005 12:49 PM

Posted by: Triya at March 2, 2005 12:53 PM

Free Hoppe! Free America!

Posted by: Joe Pulcinella at March 2, 2005 1:12 PM

Thanks for your enlightening articles and taking the time to answer my questions: They have all made me think.

Posted by: Tom Skiles at March 2, 2005 1:17 PM

I have heard Dr. Hoppe lecture and it is a treat for the mind every time. For truth and liberty!
Economics Student, Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky USA

Posted by: David McGee at March 2, 2005 1:20 PM

If teachers such as Professor Hoppe are not free to present as many sides of issues as possible to their students, how are the students to thoroughly consider any issues at hand and arrive at intelligent conclusions about them?

Without academic freedom, we are sunk.

Posted by: Joanna Parker at March 2, 2005 1:24 PM

All the best

Posted by: Dr. Bruce J. Malina Omaha, NE at March 2, 2005 1:31 PM

Sheldon Richman, Conway, Arkansas

Posted by: Sheldon Richman at March 2, 2005 1:39 PM

There is no "right to not be offended"... Professor Hoppe's persecutors can go to blazes.

Best wishes from a humble student from SUNY at Albany.

Posted by: Justin Ruggiero at March 2, 2005 1:55 PM

Max Holzheu
Universidad Francisco Marroquin

Posted by: Max Holzheu at March 2, 2005 3:05 PM

I believe Hayek was fundamentally wrong in believing that capitalism worked against state control, but respect his views on freedom. It is always an error to leave the cause of human rights to a bureaucracy, for which it always becomes a tool of self-preservation at the expense of human rights.

Posted by: Robert Knox Dentan at March 2, 2005 3:17 PM

Instead of reason and discussion there's narrow sightedness and foolishness. All the very best to you professor Hoppe. A lot of people are rooting for you.

Jüri Saar
Tallinn, Estonia.

Posted by: Jüri Saar at March 2, 2005 3:18 PM

School must be the place where ideas reign over emotion, and where the drive to understand is favored over the desire for comfort. Let us be heretics!
Student at
the Ohio State University

Posted by: Timothy Pray at March 2, 2005 3:40 PM

Robert Currier, Albany, New York

Posted by: Robert F Currier at March 2, 2005 4:15 PM

Newberg, Oregon

Posted by: David M. Robinson at March 2, 2005 4:31 PM

Logan Boettcher, Moscow on the Willamette (Portland, OR)

Posted by: Logan Boettcher at March 2, 2005 4:41 PM

Department of Psychology Southwest Missouri State University Springfield, MO

Posted by: Donn L. Kaiser at March 2, 2005 4:56 PM

Robert J. Brager, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.A.

Posted by: Robert J. Brager at March 2, 2005 7:16 PM

Associate Professor of Economics
Economics Dept
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
Johnstown, PA

Posted by: George S Berger at March 2, 2005 7:35 PM

Academic freedom is worth supporting.

Posted by: John Stack at March 2, 2005 8:37 PM

Berkeley students for freedom.

Posted by: Robert Eberhart at March 2, 2005 8:50 PM

Best wishes, Hans!

Posted by: Myles Kantor, Boynton Beach, Florida at March 2, 2005 8:56 PM

Best of luck, Professor Hoppe. It's worth noting that without a real, free environment in academia, the students are the real losers. Further, an unfree academic environment puts students at a competative disadvantage in the marketplace of ideas.
Round Rock, TX

Posted by: Joseph Crowe at March 2, 2005 9:15 PM

I feel honored to be able to support a group of individuals dedicated to preserving what are our most fundamental rights. Let it continue in earnest.

Posted by: trent morton at March 2, 2005 9:17 PM

I really appreciate your work. Thank you to continue
the fight for liberty.

Posted by: Sylvain Falardeau at March 2, 2005 9:18 PM

As long as the state pretends to educate us, this battle will go on.

Posted by: Brian Gladish at March 2, 2005 9:26 PM

Professor of Architecture
University of Colorado

Posted by: Joseph B. Juhasz at March 2, 2005 9:47 PM

Frederic Beisson
Visiting Scholar
Michigan State University

Posted by: Frederic Beisson at March 2, 2005 10:52 PM

gwrome, Loyola University New Orleans

Posted by: Gregory Rome at March 2, 2005 11:04 PM

Way to hang in there, Dr. Hoppe. Standing up for what's right is usually a pretty thankless job; so let me join the (now 1300) others in thanking you for your tireless commitment to the principles of freedom.

Posted by: Greg Wickline at March 2, 2005 11:20 PM

Kick arse and take names!

Posted by: R Bradley at March 2, 2005 11:38 PM

Paul Ellsworth Pugh II
Libertarian Party
Saratoga Springs, NY

Posted by: Paul Ellsworth Pugh II at March 3, 2005 2:43 AM

Manuel Junker, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Posted by: Manuel Junker at March 3, 2005 2:50 AM

Never let truth be silenced!

Posted by: Fredrik Vestman at March 3, 2005 4:51 AM

Neil Furner, Singapore

Posted by: Neil Furner at March 3, 2005 4:59 AM

Freedom to say only what pleases the ears of others is not worth having.

Posted by: Peter Bjørn Perlsø at March 3, 2005 7:55 AM

Department of Economics
Birmingham Southern College

Posted by: Paul Cleveland at March 3, 2005 9:09 AM

Why is it that when a professor claims that the 9/11 victims were "little eichmans", the liberal elite rushes in to protect him, but when an economics professor makes a statement that is probably true concerning homosexuals, we see virtually no media coverage?

Posted by: Michael Douglas Schuch Woods at March 3, 2005 9:35 AM

Best wishes to you Dr.Hope..U are the best alive libertarian thinker...University must remember this...Most sincerely...

Posted by: Rasim Ozan Kütahyalı at March 3, 2005 10:14 AM

Best wishes,Hans

Nobel Prize nominee novelist,Paris

Posted by: Mario Vargas Llosa at March 3, 2005 10:17 AM

Offense must not be grounds for censorship. It seems to me that UNLV violated Title 2, Chapter 2, section 2.1.2 of its UCCSN Code entitled "Academic Freedom" when it "instructed" Professor Hoppe and disciplined him. That section states: "Academic freedom is essential to these purposes and is applicable to both teaching and research. Freedom in teaching is fundamental for the protection of the rights of the teacher in teaching and of the student in learning. Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth and knowledge. A member of the faculty has freedom and an obligation, in the classroom or in research, to discuss and pursue the faculty member's subject with candor and integrity, even when the subject requires consideration of topics which may be politically, socially or scientifically controversial. In order to insure the freedom to seek and profess truth and knowledge, as stated in Section 2.3 of the University and Community College System of Nevada Code , the faculty member, as defined in Section 2.2 of this chapter, shall not be subjected to censorship or discipline by the University and Community College System of Nevada on grounds that the faculty member has expressed opinions or views which are controversial, unpopular or contrary to the attitudes of the University and Community College System of Nevada or the community. (B/R 4/02)" The code explicitly states that faculty members "shall not be subject to censorship or discipline...on the grounds that he has expressed opinions or views which are controversial, unpopular or contrary to the attitudes...of the community." The Universtiy was in the wrong here and Professor Hoppe should suffer no negative consequences.
Brent Davis, Headmaster, American Academy
Mercer Island, WA

Posted by: Brent Davis at March 3, 2005 10:25 AM

Academic freedom is a fundamental right of teachers AND students. This does not give teachers and students a "right to NOT be offended," unless, of course, one subscribes to the arrant and arrogant nonsense, and sick and twisted reasoning contained in such writings as Herbert Marcuse's classic "Essay on Repressive Tolerance," written several decades ago. It remains one of the founding documents of the contemporary witch hunt against those of truly differing opinions. These defenders of speech codes are deathly afraid of authentic debate and exchange of ideas, for they see it as a tool of unending repression and confusion against "the people." The erosion of academic freedom thus has a long and ignoble, but hardly ignorable history. "All animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others." Apparently, only those who espouse truly "progressive" ideas may speak on behalf of the "poor and downtrodden" and such.

Unless academic freedom and free speech itself belong to all people, and to all students and teachers, we are done for as a free society. Just as in our discussions and defense of civil liberties we must also take civil rights into account; they are both sides of the same coin. The dangerous prescription contained in essays such as Marcuse's would dare to re-define the established universe of discourse as something limited to "progressive" groups and persons only. The explicit purpose is to control social policy, the everyday life of the body politic, and our very bodies and minds, beyond the halls of academe.

It is good to be alive and to still have a free mind, and to fight this culture war day in and day out with every fiber of our being, is it not?!

Posted by: Albert J Pinkoski at March 3, 2005 10:56 AM

Would it also be unfair to state that homosexuals tend to have less children than heterosexuals without a commissioned study? Can we not use common sense without concern for the eggshell strewn political landscape in America?

Posted by: Chris, Chicago at March 3, 2005 12:25 PM

Perhaps there is hope for freedom of speech, after all.

Posted by: Christiane Koval at March 3, 2005 1:34 PM

If Professor Hoppe's comments are so offensive, why does the government continue to launder our tax dollars into UNLV?

Posted by: Brannon Jordan at March 3, 2005 1:49 PM

Richard Scott, Melbourne, Florida

Parent of a Hillsdale College student and 3 other children deciding on their college preference. Incidents such as this certainly narrow the field of schools I am willing to support through tuition payments.

Posted by: Richard Scott at March 3, 2005 2:36 PM


Posted by: Richard Koffler at March 3, 2005 2:52 PM

Waterdown, Ontario Canada

Posted by: Sheldon Jackson at March 3, 2005 2:57 PM

Professor Hoppe. Your courage and perserverance has set us an example and reminds us that we must defend the ideas of freedom everyday not only in our writings but also in the way we live our lives. Thank you for that.

Rodney F. Hiser Ph.D.
Butler Community College
El Dorado, KS

Posted by: Rodney F. Hiser at March 3, 2005 5:04 PM

John Wiltbank

Posted by: John Wiltbank at March 3, 2005 6:14 PM

Best wishes, Mr. Hoppe. As a libertarian activist who has run for U.S. House twice, and yielded truly remarkable results (27.2% with 54,736 votes in 2004), and with my eyes set on a 2006 victory against the odds, I know well what you're facing right now.

Let's remember that only people with determination, despite disadvantages, are the ones who always change the landscape of the future for the better.

Posted by: Frank Gonzalez at March 3, 2005 6:24 PM

Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito
("Do not yield to the bad, but always oppose it with courage."

Dr. Hoppe: I'm sure you're familiar with this line from Virgil, adopted by Mises as his motto. May you also gain strength from it and prevail.

John Seiler

Editorial Writer, The Orange County Register

Posted by: John Seiler at March 3, 2005 6:51 PM

Professor Hoppe: May I congratulate you on your victory in this battle. However, may I also say that this fight is far from over. Those who value man's fundamental right not only to think for himself, but to express his thoughts as well, must realize that there is one way, and one way only, to uphold that right: So-called "political correctness," and all that it stands for, must be utterly and completely eradicated--period. No compromises, no deals--nothing of that sort can be pursued by anyone who values independent thought. I recognize, as I am sure you do as well, Professor, that this is truly a case of "either-or." Speaking for myself, I can honestly say that I try my best to do my part to put across this point to any and all persons who value their freedom to have any thoughts of their own.
So once again, Professor Hoppe, congratulations, and let us go on fighting the good fight.

Posted by: Richard S. Kaminski at March 3, 2005 8:29 PM

Congratulations Profesor Hoppe !

Keep up the good work, because as we know:

“Sapientiam Autem Non Vincit Malitia”,

or “Wickedness prevails not over Wisdom” (Wis. 7:30).

Best regards,

Dr. Ahmed Youssif, MD
Institute of Philosophy

Posted by: Dr. Ahmed Youssif, MD at March 3, 2005 8:52 PM

A politically motivatated attack. Either they are very ignorant of the importance of free speech, or they are the kind of careerists that are ruining this country.

Posted by: Jacob Wittmann at March 3, 2005 8:58 PM

Without full academic freedom, the university system ceases to mean anything at all. Even if you disagree with a viewpoint, censoring it instead of letting it stand or fall on its own merit is a "cure" far worse than any supposed disease.

Posted by: Cian Ross at March 3, 2005 9:54 PM

The persecution of Professor Hoppe is a combination of Lewis Carroll and Franz Kafka. It's pathetic that such a thing could happen in a country with a constitution that ensures a right of free speech.

Posted by: Thomas McGovern at March 3, 2005 10:55 PM

Michael Rizzo
Danville, KY

Posted by: Michael Rizzo at March 4, 2005 12:15 AM

Kyiv International School, Kyiv, Ukraine

Posted by: Joe Bearden at March 4, 2005 1:02 AM


Posted by: Juliusz Galkowski at March 4, 2005 1:08 AM

Amadeus Gabriel, Brussels, Belgium

Posted by: Amadeus Gabriel at March 4, 2005 2:23 AM

Victoria, Australia desperately needs your input.

Posted by: Daniel Mosier at March 4, 2005 3:46 AM

Greenville, Alabama---
We all must open our eyes to the fact that the government seems to be on the course of circumventing this academic freedom enjoyed by the universities, no matter how curtailed it may be or has been in recent years, by directly influencing the curriculum of the public school system to satisfy it political agenda. I support academic freedom in all aspects of education and urge others to look into and fight for the right for our children from the youngest age on up to the university level to recieve education free from this politically influenced inculcation.
Viva La Veridad! Viva La Revolution! Egalité,Liberté,Fraternité!
Sign me up!

Posted by: Zeanne Hallback at March 4, 2005 9:05 AM

I absolutely agree with and support your ideas and views!
Here's wishing you the strength and energy to lead your cause.

Posted by: Chase at March 4, 2005 9:05 AM

I wonder what happened if Hoppe held a lecture in economics at one of Italy's universities: freedom of choice itself is very politically incorrect an issue around here...

Valerio Filoso, Researcher in Public Economics, School of Economics, University of Naples, Italy.

Posted by: Valerio Filoso at March 4, 2005 9:58 AM

Department of Economics
Ohio University

Posted by: Richard K. Vedder at March 4, 2005 10:44 AM

For what avail
the plough or sail,
or land or life
if freedom fail ?

Posted by: Trude Blomsoy at March 4, 2005 10:52 AM

More idiocy in academia.

Posted by: John Hudock at March 4, 2005 11:30 AM

Thank you, Prof. Hoppe, for your efforts on behalf of liberty and against mind-numbing political correctness. Today's article, "The Intellectual Incoherence of Conservatism," was fascinating, and thoroughly summed up a major issue in just a few pages. You are an inspiration!

Posted by: Karl D. Bennion at March 4, 2005 12:25 PM

full support for mr. Hoppe

Posted by: Maciej Kamiński at March 4, 2005 12:42 PM

UNLV was trying to enforce a cultural view, in the process sacrificing objective investigation. If UNLV is private, then it may impose any such policies on its employees; and the public can decide whether to patronize UNLV. If it is public, then management freedom tends to be constrained.

Posted by: Craig Landefeld at March 4, 2005 12:44 PM

Liberty - It is more than just an interesting least it should be. Good luck Professor Hoppe!

Posted by: M. Senseney at March 4, 2005 1:42 PM

Hans Hermann Hoppe is an excellent teacher - I had the pleasure of taking seminars from him at the Mises Institute Summer Session held in the Bay Area on two different occasions in 1989 and 1990. I am disgusted that this has happened to him. The classroom should be a place of free speech and discussion and any one concerned about getting their feelings hurt should not go to college. They should just stay in their room with the TV off, the radio off, no newspaper, and the shades drawn.

Posted by: Kristen Young at March 4, 2005 1:50 PM

Academic Freedom knows no political affiliations and must be preserved at all costs. I applaud this effort and had to sign the petition. From a Liberal in North East Ohio, good luck!

Posted by: Paul Merda at March 4, 2005 1:54 PM

Wishing Dr. Hoppe the best through this.

Posted by: Cliff Knizley at March 4, 2005 2:05 PM

David Fonda Marble Hill, Missouri

Posted by: David Fonda at March 4, 2005 2:56 PM

Hats off to a courageous champion of freedom.

Posted by: Katy Delay at March 4, 2005 3:20 PM

I appreciate all your efforts for our libertarian freedom.

Posted by: John O'Sullivan at March 4, 2005 3:35 PM

I congratulate you on your victory, Dr Hoppe - this is a victory for free speech and academic freedom and one more indication that we need to get rid of modern democracy if we want Western Civilizarion to continue unabated without a new Dark Ages.

Posted by: Dr. George Lenz, Berlin-Warsaw at March 4, 2005 3:41 PM

Hmmm, a professor can not make truthful statements without fear of a Star Chamber at UNLV. Okie, dokie.

Posted by: John Tuttle at March 4, 2005 4:25 PM

Ragnar Scheuermann, San Jose, California

Posted by: Ragnar Scheuermann at March 4, 2005 5:23 PM

Penny N. Burbank, Monroe, LA

Posted by: Penny N. Burbank at March 4, 2005 5:29 PM

"Endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable, liberty...". Liberty is God-given. No state is above the individual. Every person is ultimately (and only) responsible to God.

G. L. Carr, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Gordon College, Wenham, MA

Posted by: G. Lloyd Carr at March 4, 2005 6:30 PM

Congratulations Professor Hoppe! Please carry on your studies, teachings, writing, and lecturing so we may continue to learn from your wealth of knowledge.

Sincerely, Russ K. Jeans - MBA, CPA; 2000 Mises University Alumni; 2002 Austrian Scholars Conference attendee;100% Anarcho/Capitalist.

Posted by: Russ K. Jeans at March 4, 2005 8:20 PM

My most sincere thanks to Dr. Hoppe for his invaluable wisdom and his inspiration to all those who believe in liberty.

God be with you!

Posted by: Scott D. Evans, Centreville, Virginia at March 4, 2005 8:32 PM

Kansas City, MO

Posted by: Sean T. O'Toole at March 4, 2005 9:08 PM

Austin, Texas

Posted by: Tom Darilek at March 4, 2005 10:39 PM

Dr. Clarence J. Funk, Senior Scientist, SPAWAR System Center, San Diego, CA

Posted by: Clarence J. Funk at March 4, 2005 11:19 PM

Thanks for providing a profound contribution to the people who treasure the founding ideals and principles of this country.

Frederic Herman, Ph.D., P.E.
Colorado Springs, CO

Posted by: Frederic Herman at March 5, 2005 12:02 AM

Extra-full support for mr.Hoppe from Gdansk Poland

Posted by: Radoslaw Wieczorkowski at March 5, 2005 2:11 AM

As a bisexual myself, I don't find the comments made by Hans-Hermann Hoppe about homosexuals and time preference offensive. Even if they had been offensive, professors should be free to speak their minds in a classroom setting without fear of official reprisal. Of much more concern than the expression of possibly unpopular or offensive opinions is the lack of ideological diversity on American university campuses. As part of an ideological minority at his school, Hoppe is someone whom the university should be bending over backwards to make sure is treated fairly, so that they can attract other professors of diverse views and improve their ideological balance. Libertarians and other students with minority views need role models who think like they do, and when one of the few available role models for them is persecuted, it creates a hostile learning environment.

Posted by: Starchild at March 5, 2005 2:35 AM

Illegitimus non carborundum

Howell, Michigan

Posted by: Jason Banks at March 5, 2005 3:29 AM

Keep up the good work. I am an uneducated (never attended college) libertarian. I came to this ideology by reading articles posted by FEE and The Mises Institute. I fear if I had gone to college I may have been brain washed with the states agenda. Again, keep up the good work, people like me are getting a GOOD education from your articles.

Posted by: William Singer at March 5, 2005 9:58 AM

Excelsior Professor Hoppe!

Eric Heuerman
Madison Heights, MI

Posted by: T. Eric Heuerman at March 5, 2005 10:33 AM

Hope this helps.

Lancaster, CA

Posted by: David Erickson at March 5, 2005 10:58 AM

Best regards.
Kelly Kehrer, Texas

Posted by: Kelly Kehrer at March 5, 2005 11:08 AM

Lothar Bleeker, Ph.D., M.A. (Dunelm., GB)
Euskirchen, Germany

Posted by: Lothar Bleeker at March 5, 2005 11:27 AM

Don’t despair, even if common sense is not so common.

Posted by: Tomasz Kost at March 5, 2005 11:32 AM

Carlos Sierra, Orlando, Florida. Because academic freedom matters most to the students who may someday enjoy it.

Posted by: Carlos Sierra at March 5, 2005 12:14 PM

Keep fighting for freedom! Illigitimi non carborundum!

Posted by: Harry C. Veryser at March 5, 2005 12:53 PM

This is nothing more that a blatant plot to fire an eminent Libertarian teacher. I also teach but in an high school in France and I know all the problems the truth teacher find on their way to stop the brainwashing.

Posted by: Xavier COLLET, Aubigny, France at March 5, 2005 2:15 PM

Student. UFMG | FJP. Brazil.

Knowledge and science can't develop without academic freedom.
Best whishes to prof. Hoppe.

Posted by: Luciana Lopes Nominato Braga at March 5, 2005 2:47 PM

I support academic freedom.

Posted by: Richard Cox at March 5, 2005 3:10 PM

Go, Hans.Don't ever give up!!

Posted by: Giorgio Fidenato at March 5, 2005 3:12 PM

You have the support of a graduate of Purdue University (1979) and California State University, Hayward (1996).

Posted by: Tom Pavletic, Alameda, California at March 5, 2005 3:54 PM

It is a priviledge to support Dr Hoppe and in turn to associate ones self with those supporting Dr Hoppe.

Posted by: Todd Bruce, Toronto, Ontario, Canada at March 5, 2005 4:12 PM

I read Dr. Hoppe's remarks that were the impetus for the administration's attack, and I find it laughable that university administrations find it necessary to go to such ridiculous lengths to insure that specially protected groups do not have their feelings hurt. Unless we cut these ever tightening chords that are strangling the discourse of ideas in the university setting, free speech will be looked upon as some quaint notion that earlier generations took for granted but is no longer viable in the contemporary politically correct environment. It appears that a significant portion of the rising generation, after 12 years of p.c. approved curicula, when polled, believe that journalistic opinions should first be approved and edited by the government before allowed in print. Obviously, liberty can be given up without violent confrontation, if the rising generation is indifferent to it, therefore it becomes significantly important that as this takes place that there are a few brave, scholars who are willing to call attention to it all. Thank heavens for men like Dr. Hoppe!

Posted by: Roger Kartchner at March 5, 2005 4:27 PM

Hoppe! I support you with with my whole heart. You are a Giant! You are a very, very important man for liberty. Our cause is true and just. We will fight them (the state and it´s supporters)to the very end.

Posted by: Björn Lundahl at March 5, 2005 5:13 PM


Si dice che la verità trionfa sempre, ma questa non è una verità. (Anton Cechov, Quaderni)

Posted by: Dr. Franco Murru at March 5, 2005 5:16 PM

Academic freedom is an essential element in the pursuit of open and rigorous inquiry.

Posted by: Fred Butler, Manhattan Beach, CA at March 5, 2005 6:26 PM

Doug Blinkhorn, reader, Atascadero CA.

Posted by: Doug Blinkhorn at March 5, 2005 9:04 PM

Being able to speak your opinion with out fear of retribution is very important. Not only in the academic arena but in the public arena also. We have to the right to put forth our opinion on any subject even if it might offend someone. Its not only a 1st Amendment right but it's our God given right.

Posted by: Robert Carter at March 5, 2005 9:30 PM

Free speech is fundamental to your existence.

Posted by: Maureen Trovato at March 5, 2005 10:05 PM

I hope you are able to continue teaching and sharing your wealth of knowledge and understanding Dr. Hoppe.

Posted by: Chris Kerr at March 5, 2005 10:50 PM

5502 39th st #105 groves,texas.this is dangerous nonsense.this wimp student and nauseating unlv administration are classic examples of the pure absurdity of political correctness.

Posted by: michael g keller,do at March 5, 2005 11:10 PM

Although I HATE some of Professor Hoppe's positions (and especially some remarks) and consider them wrong and narrow, I LOVE academic freedom. Therefore I wish him victory in this battle and full compensation for the damage that was done to him!

Or they will come to us next.

Christian Butterbach, Hamburg, Germany

Posted by: Christian Butterbach at March 6, 2005 3:03 AM

Very few people believe in actual freedom anymore. They only believe in freedom for the things they approve of, and force and control for things they don't. Since this belief occurs on all sides, all you actually end up with is force and control for everyone.

When will people realize that only by guaranteeing freedom for everyone can you guarantee freedom for yourself?

As usual, a competition of special interests masquerades as a competition of ideology.

John Kyle, Houston Texas

Posted by: John Kyle at March 6, 2005 3:44 AM

Go on, Hans. We'll always support you even we don't agree. César. Murcia.

Posted by: César Cobos at March 6, 2005 4:11 AM

Hope this letter will help to stop an unprecedented hunt for dr. Hoppe started by one immature student.

Posted by: Radek Nemecek, Prague, Czech Republic at March 6, 2005 6:37 AM

Best of luck.

Posted by: Christopher Maloney at March 6, 2005 8:40 AM

Making honest statements can and will offend someone. If they do not like it, they can debate the individual rather than running to the Thought Police. Hoppe's critics are too inept to debate him,and they tried and failed to silence him.

Posted by: James E. Egolf, Sr. at March 6, 2005 9:30 AM

Keep up the good work, the struggle for liberty, and the fight against intolerance and censorship.

Oscar Blanco
Financial Consultant &
Columnist for libertarian newspaper "EXPRESO"
Lima, Perú

Posted by: Oscar M Blanco at March 6, 2005 11:21 AM

Where is truth? Right where reason, logic and freedom leads us; there cannot be freedom where dogmatism and obtuse thinking are the realm of things.
Dr. Hoppe must be apologized to and all his teaching rights absolutely restored.
Luis M. Aguilar
Physics Teacher

Posted by: Luis M. Aguilar at March 6, 2005 2:33 PM

Hope you win against this ignorant fool

Posted by: Jason at March 6, 2005 2:33 PM

Our professors exist to challenge our accepted ways of thinking. Otherwise, we would stay high- schoolers for the rest of our lives (which sounds like this student's plan).

Posted by: Chuck Ellis at March 6, 2005 2:43 PM

let's fight for freedom !!

Posted by: Michael Buszewski, Warsaw, POLAND at March 6, 2005 4:53 PM

Wroclaw, Poland

Posted by: Wojciech Grodzki at March 6, 2005 5:07 PM

Academic freedom is part of the liberty granted mankind by God and guaranteed by the First Amendment. No one protected me from the statist, anti-American, anti-God, or anti-military statements made against me while I was in undergraduate school. It came with the territory. It made me think more clearly about who I was, what I stood for, and what I believed was truth. I only demanded (and at times was given) the opportunity to defend my own positions and my own calling, no matter how unpopular.

Dr. Hoppe provides valuable insights into the realities of the laws of political economy. These laws are inherent realities of human nature -- they are not deniable or able to be cancelled even if they are "politically incorrect" or upsetting or angering to individuals, any more than the laws of gravity can be repealed because they are insensitive to those who might fall, or who are pained by its effects on their bodies.

I pray that his freedom of speech and of conscience is not only preserved, but emphasized, and extended to all Americans.


Posted by: Steven E Daskal at March 6, 2005 7:53 PM

Dr Hoppe's work is an inspiration to me and, I venture to say, lovers of freedom around the world. May this incident move forward, if only by one small step, the ultimate demise of the State. Freedom!

Posted by: Roy Drake at March 6, 2005 7:53 PM

Follow the crowd and you will never be followed by a crowd ;-)

Barry Bartlett, MSc Student, University of Essex, Colchester, England

Posted by: Barry Bartlett at March 6, 2005 7:56 PM

All of us,both individually and in groups, have charactristics that can serve to illustrate an economic principle.
The fact that in this case homosexuals along with the very young, and the very old, were offered as examples; in no way maligns them or suggests, that all the individuals comprising these separate demographic groups would behave collectively to prove the Professor's point.

London, Ontario

Posted by: Ronald Hampe at March 6, 2005 8:24 PM

Great spirits have always encountered violent oppositon from mediocre minds.........Einstein

Posted by: Frank Russell at March 6, 2005 10:24 PM

Hoppe, I don't know you but your persecution by the university especially by Carol Hartar is a clear example of the abuses being perpetrated by these statists. I wish you the best. If the Libertarians had more support, then things like this would not happen.

Posted by: Rebecca Iocca at March 6, 2005 11:05 PM

Stay strong and keep up the good work.
Sincerely, Alan Andersen, Attorney-at-Law

Posted by: Alan Andersen, Salt Lake City, UT at March 6, 2005 11:21 PM

Best wishes to Prof Hoppe.

Posted by: Morawski at March 6, 2005 11:57 PM

The truth is the most important.
The knowledge is objective, views are subjective.

Posted by: Janusz Baczyński at March 7, 2005 1:24 AM

Best wishes...

Posted by: Piotr Uczkiewicz at March 7, 2005 2:24 AM

Political correctness is like ten rules from Orwell's "Animal Farm" - abused by some to harass others

Posted by: Roman Zalewski at March 7, 2005 3:05 AM

Tobias Saueressig, Wuppertal, Germany

Posted by: Tobias Saueressig at March 7, 2005 4:06 AM


Posted by: Tomasz Deregowski at March 7, 2005 4:13 AM

University of Bialystok, Poland

Posted by: Robert Ciborowski at March 7, 2005 5:37 AM

Best wishes from Poland :):)

Posted by: Dariusz Szumiło at March 7, 2005 6:07 AM

Stop the socialism in Europe!

Posted by: Robert Iwaszkiewicz, Wroclaw, Poland at March 7, 2005 6:24 AM

We are with you, Professor.

Posted by: Łukasz Studziński at March 7, 2005 6:37 AM

Politische Korrektheit ist eine Form von Rinderwahnsinn.

Posted by: Stephan Glutsch at March 7, 2005 9:02 AM

Congratulations, Hans, for being the only man in America who has the ambition to stand up for what's right in academic life. Sometimes, others will follow; but always, many will look upon you for guidance.

Posted by: Michael Robb at March 7, 2005 11:52 AM

The "medieval mind" (in the worst sense of that term) is resurfacing in the form of "political correctness." The root of this problem is the near-universal elevation of emotion above reason, leading to the elevation of ignorance above knowledge and the search for knowledge.

Posted by: David Rowlett, Author of "Those Who Know" at March 7, 2005 1:46 PM

Tomasz Łuczak, Katowice, Poland

Posted by: Tomasz Łuczak at March 7, 2005 2:28 PM

This case is simply outrageous. We absolutely must have freedom of speech on our college campuses, as well as everywhere else in this country. Hasn't the university heard of the 1st Amendment?!

Posted by: Susan Wells at March 7, 2005 3:10 PM

Adam Hornik, Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland

Posted by: Adam Hornik at March 7, 2005 3:24 PM

Go forward prof HHH !
Ave Freedom, morituri te salutant.

Gregory Chlewicki
LIBERTARIA (somewhere in POLAND)

Posted by: Gregory Chlewicki at March 7, 2005 3:48 PM

Paul Kuntz
Las Vegas, NV

Posted by: Paul Kuntz at March 7, 2005 3:49 PM

good luck with all of this

Posted by: Casey Evans at March 7, 2005 4:15 PM

David Fortin, Apple Valley, CA

Posted by: David Fortin at March 7, 2005 5:38 PM

Anders Mikkelsen, Princeton NJ

Posted by: Anders Mikkelsen at March 7, 2005 6:51 PM

The proponents of "tolerance" are the most intolerant. These Bolsheviks must be smashed. California.

Posted by: Rich Tejidor at March 7, 2005 7:55 PM

Posted by: Harry Stulemeijer at March 7, 2005 11:40 PM

I strongly support Profesor Hoppe in this case, as being free to express your opinions is the basic of our civilisation; it is the only way to moove ahead.

Posted by: Arkadiusz Mroczek at March 8, 2005 12:49 AM

Gazi University, Turkey

Posted by: Atilla Yayla at March 8, 2005 6:10 AM

Tomasz Zieliński, Katowice, Poland

Posted by: Tomasz Zieliński at March 8, 2005 6:30 AM

Academic freedom is necessary to open and illuminate minds indoctrinated into statism. Let freedom ring and down with the State and the people that foster it.

Posted by: Richard Weyand at March 8, 2005 7:10 AM

Any full discussion of economics should include the Austrian school.

Gibsonia PA

Posted by: Jeff Banyas at March 8, 2005 7:44 AM

Professor Hoppe is one of the most original thinkers alive today. Happily, he is also someone who won't back down to this kind of intimidation. Great leaps forward in knowledge and truth always come with adversity. Keep up the good work Hans.

Anthony Santelli, Ph.D.
Scarsdale, NY.

Posted by: Anthony Santelli at March 8, 2005 9:40 AM

There's no freedom in state-owned universities. Socialism and marxism kills America, as it has already nearly killed Europe. Greetings and best wishes from Poland.

Posted by: Piotr Formella at March 8, 2005 11:02 AM


Prof. Hoppe's comments drawing in homosexuals as a case for economic comparison was a legitamite academic inquiry. Indeed, the comments did not portray homosexuals in a particularly bad light; in other words, it was not a pejorative statement about homosexuals.

The UNLV response was far overdone. Hoppe's thesis about the economic activity of homosexuals is a statement that is open to investigation, and it is in fact demonstrably true. In academia, if anywhere in this world, I assert that TRUTH IS AN ABSOLUTE DEFENCE.

Best wishes,
JP Straley

Posted by: J. Paige Straley at March 8, 2005 11:39 AM

My position is in support of Professor Hoppe. He is an apparently good and courageous instructor. Shame on the people who detest metaphysical inquiry, those who place creation above Creator.

Posted by: Mat McClain at March 8, 2005 1:32 PM

If quoted correctly, Michael Knight cannot even consistently use grammer. The fact that he would bring this complaint against one of the most consistent thinkers I have read is infuriating.

Posted by: sarah mcmurray at March 8, 2005 3:26 PM

I am a Computer Software Engineer and Libertarian in San Diego. The very idea that comments delivered in an economics lecture should lead to this sort of indefensible harassment in America, and at an institution of "higher learning", leads one to tremble with fear at the prospects for individual liberty and freedom of expression everywhere. The actions of the University Provost in this matter were, IMHO, cowardly and reprehensible in the extreme. If anyone is deserving of censure here, it is the Provost himself.

Posted by: Stephen Cicero at March 8, 2005 4:17 PM

Fort Hay, Selma, Oregon

Posted by: Friedrich Bellermann at March 8, 2005 10:55 PM

I wish you victory!

Posted by: Peter Solyi at March 9, 2005 5:49 AM

Mikolaj Stempel, Poznan, Poland

Posted by: Mikolaj Stempel at March 9, 2005 1:50 PM

UNLV's attempt to restrict the content of your expressions is not unique. A short conversation with Alan Kors or David Horowitz would confirm that statement. Others have discussed the connection of the right to expression with the possession of property rights. This is a valid connection, but there is a deeper, more essential connection. The right to expression is inherent in Man's nature. I cannot coerce your thoughts, although I may be able to coerce or restrain your actions. Your mind is free. Hence, you should be free to express your thoughts. In an academic setting we have long believed in Academic Freedom. Today that freedom has been eroded to the point where the UNLV, for one, tried to tell you that your Academic Freedom extends only to expressions having the approval of the administration. Your situation is not unique. The co-called PC Movement is nothing less than an attack on your right to use your own mind to reach your own conclusions. You and others must continue to rally in defense of rational epistemology. You may count me as one of your troops. Sincerely, Bill Ballou (mbr. MPS)

Posted by: F. William Ballou at March 9, 2005 2:07 PM

Colorado State University Finance graduate.
Good luck Hoppe! I've always been a fan of your work.

Posted by: Caleb Bolander at March 9, 2005 3:14 PM

William Hartwell, Hinsdale, New Hampshire

Posted by: William G. Hartwell at March 9, 2005 6:16 PM

The purpose of a teacher is to teach people how to think, not what to think. In high school children are told, as mine was that you are not allowed to think outside of the box. This is treason of the highest order. A huge diservice to our way of life. They must not continue this. Do not give up and God Bless.

Posted by: jean robert kutzer II at March 9, 2005 9:28 PM

Professor Hoppe's work has been so important in my own intellectual development that I can hardly stomach what has been done to him at UNLV. This episode makes me all the more aware of the prospective consequences I might have to face as a future Austrian professor. Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audientior ito!!

Posted by: Mark Crovelli at March 9, 2005 9:57 PM

|Demokratie|Der Gott, der keiner ist|

Sogenannte Demokratisieurung ist an den Europa eine Katastrophe gewesen. Es ist sehr gut, daß man das kritisieren wollte. Besten Dank für das Buch.

Posted by: Klaus von Grewendorp at March 10, 2005 4:40 AM

Sogenannte Demokratisierung ist eine Katastrophe an den Europa gewesen. Es ist sehr gut, dass man das kritisieren wollte. Besten Dank für das Buch.

Posted by: Klaus von Grewendorp at March 10, 2005 4:43 AM

I know what repressions and censorship mean! I was living in such a system in Poland for decades. Fortunately since 1990 the course has changed. Regimes start from small repressions. Please remember in U.S.A. the post war history of Central and Eastern European countries. I wish America will not follow that way.

Posted by: Witold Kwasnicki, Professor of Economics, University of Wroclaw, Poland at March 10, 2005 6:32 AM

Geehrter prof. Hoppe,
meine Solidarietät Ihnen für alles!
Ich bin ein Fan von Ihnen: das Buch "Demokratie,der Gott, der keiner ist" ist wirklich wunderbar......
Ich wünsche Ihnen alles Gute.
Mit freundlichen und paleolibertärischen Grüßen,

Gregorio Bardini,Lana (Südtirol)

Posted by: Bardini Gregorio at March 10, 2005 8:37 AM

Veritas premitur, non opprimitur.

Posted by: Bartosz Witwicki, Polish Mises Institute at March 10, 2005 8:52 AM

David Mello,
Bradenton, FL

Posted by: David Mello at March 10, 2005 9:39 AM

Concerned Citizen Tampa,Fl

Posted by: Daniel Martin at March 10, 2005 9:40 AM

I haven't signed this before, because I assumed you asked for personalities, or at least faculty; of course I agree with Mr. Hoppe here, and I think that the UNLV administration is horribly in the wrong. I only read today that you also ask for "citizens worldwide". (Romania, Eastern Europe.)

Posted by: Marcel Popescu at March 10, 2005 10:03 AM

Keep up the good fight, your base of support grows everyday.

Posted by: Erik Hanson at March 10, 2005 10:06 AM


Posted by: martin pot at March 10, 2005 10:49 AM

Save Hans Bueller!

Posted by: Gary Halpin at March 10, 2005 11:34 AM

"I know no country in which there is so little true freedom of discussion as in America" wrote Alexis de Tocqueville. (note that he wrote this during decentralized Jacksonian expansionism) He continued: "In America, the majority raises very formidable barriers to the liberty of opinion....Not that one is exposed to the terrors of an auto-de-fe, but he is tormented by the slights and persecutions of daily obloquy....he subsides into silence, as if he was tormented by remorse for telling the truth.... (one) may retain his civil rights, but they will be useless to him....The majority (read politically correct) lives in the perpetual practice of self-applause."
From--"Power exercised by the majority in America upon opinion."

Tocqueville obviously saw that we revered "Freedom of Speech" and despised heterodoxy. From the Philadelphia Aurora to Professor Hoppe, the crossing of the Rubicon to unpopular opinion is a mighty task in our quasi-exportable "democracy". If herteodoxy can't exist on a university campus in Las Vegas, then "open" as in "open society" is just another term in today's American English rendered without any real meaning.

It is at times like these that it important to remember and restate that "The American Creed" is: there is no American Creed. Such is historically unpracticed, but nonetheless true.

Posted by: John Flanagan at March 10, 2005 11:42 AM

The amazing scholarship of professor Hoppe has been a source of inspiration for me. Keep up the good work.

José Roberto Hall Brum de Barros,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Posted by: José Roberto Hall Brum de Barros at March 10, 2005 12:05 PM

Those, like you, who do not waver in their integrity have already won. Peace be with you.

Posted by: Brian Dunaway at March 10, 2005 12:30 PM

Michael Park, Santa Cruz, California

For an establishment that claims to be tolerant of various viewpoints, UNLV has shown a striking hypocrisy by enforcing ideological conformity. Something more than just a tepid letter from the President, seemingly calculated to reduce liability rather than solve the problem, is needed.

Whatever happened to pursuit of the Truth, no matter how offensive it may be to the prevailing views of the day?

Posted by: Michael Park at March 10, 2005 12:52 PM

Keep fighting the good fight. Deo Vindice!

Posted by: Henry Clemens at March 10, 2005 1:37 PM

I have been watching this matter for some months now and this simply reinforces and validates more than ever that one of the key achievements necessary to secure our freedom and to have a free society is the complete and total elimination of the government's monopoly status in education. While the most obvious place to start is in the various states' k-12 systems, higher education needs the same fix. Here in the State of Wisconsin, we have choices but no choice (article by me here) More power to you, Mr. Hoppe!

Posted by: William Ayres Danielson at March 10, 2005 1:45 PM

Posted by: Steven Horwitz at March 10, 2005 1:48 PM

Tina Patel, United States

Posted by: Tina Patel at March 10, 2005 1:52 PM

Derek J. Smith. Glendale, Arizona.

Posted by: Derek J. Smith at March 10, 2005 1:56 PM

Senior, Winona State University, Winona, MN.

Posted by: Erik Zidek at March 10, 2005 2:04 PM

Don't be afraid of ideas.

Posted by: Eric Liebman at March 10, 2005 2:13 PM

Francis Bleyer, Spokane, WA

Posted by: Francis Bleyer at March 10, 2005 2:15 PM

Posted by: Jamie S Yates at March 10, 2005 2:38 PM

London, England
Don't let the bastards grind you down.
Keep up the good work

Posted by: Bill Jones at March 10, 2005 2:39 PM

Undergrad student at Biola University ( in La Mirada, CA.

Posted by: Wesley Mijares at March 10, 2005 3:16 PM

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Posted by: Bill Ross at March 10, 2005 5:44 PM

Thank you, Hans!
Craig Blatter, Vancouver, Canada

Posted by: Craig Blatter at March 10, 2005 6:16 PM

Go get em!

Where would Liberty be if only the most rebellious individuals were brave enough to challange the status quo?

Where would Liberty be if everyone grew up and gave up any rebellion after age two or age 18?

It remains the responsibility of the universities to nuture rebellion so the Liberty may live.

Posted by: gail k lightfoot at March 10, 2005 7:57 PM

The action taken against Hoppe is disgraceful from an academic standpoint. Restricting discussion to politically correct language and ideas is not only an assault on the freedom of the lecturer to express their knowledge, but an assault on the education of the students' supposedly being "educated".

Glen Comerford
B Psych
Sydney University, Australia.

Posted by: Glen Comerford at March 10, 2005 8:37 PM

David Aldred
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada

Posted by: David Aldred at March 10, 2005 9:00 PM

A salute to Hans-Hermann Hoppe from Sceptic of the London Fog.
Brilliance is too often silenced.

Posted by: Lisa Turner at March 10, 2005 9:02 PM

Freedom of speech is under attack everywhere. A university should be the institution to defend this freedom.

Posted by: B.S. Cooke at March 10, 2005 9:28 PM

Diane Warth, Denmark, IA

Posted by: Diane Warth at March 10, 2005 10:11 PM

Denver, Colorado

Posted by: Ryan McMaken at March 10, 2005 10:45 PM

The complaint against Dr Hoppe illustrates the totalitarian mentality that prevails on some US campuses. Those who disagree with the professor sought to crush arguments they did not like through coercion, rather than counter them through debate. Disciplinary procedures should be used only when the students' physical security or possessions – not their beliefs - are under threat. In my college days in 1980s Paris, it never occurred to me to ask the Sorbonne authorities to gag the Marxist-structuralist lecturers I found so offensive (I would, thankfully, have been given short shrift anyway!) Trying to police the contents of a course, rather than the behaviour of professors and students, is a totalitarian endeavour on a par with curbing free speech in the wider society. It is disappointing that a leading US university even considered it. Henri Astier, London.

Posted by: Henri Astier at March 11, 2005 6:10 AM

Enjoy your life. Enjoy truth. Be assured of our admiration and gratitude. Don't let the bastards get you down.

Posted by: Ginny Rober at March 11, 2005 6:23 AM

Acworth, GA

Posted by: Deborah Acuff at March 11, 2005 7:47 AM

Please leave Professor Hoppe alone.
Let us debate ideas in the university,
on the internet,
in the market square,
and in our homes,
not in the courtroom.

Posted by: Rusty Mason at March 11, 2005 7:49 AM

I support Prof. Hoppe.

Posted by: Lloyd. D. Gray at March 11, 2005 8:54 AM

Thank you Prof. Hoppe. Best wishes and the best of luck to you. Keep up the good work. Government has no good business in education.

Alliance for the Separation of School & State
4546 E Ashlan #3282
Fresno, CA 93726 USA

Posted by: Daria Huizenga at March 11, 2005 9:09 AM

Are there academic institutions for us or are we here for the academic instituions?

Posted by: Havlik Petr at March 11, 2005 10:17 AM

Thank you Mr. Hoppe for standing for your rights. You are a true patriot!

Posted by: Jeffrey A. Murphy at March 11, 2005 10:32 AM

I'm praying for victory, as I will graduate high-school this year and soon be off to college. I'm fighting hard for liberty wherever I can. Let us all become a part of that critical mass.

Posted by: David E. Zurbuchen, Kenosha, WI at March 11, 2005 9:14 PM

Patryk Bochenek,

Posted by: Patryk Bochenek at March 12, 2005 3:01 PM

Dr. Ludwig Van den Hauwe,
Brussels, Belgium

Posted by: Dr. Ludwig Van den Hauwe at March 12, 2005 4:08 PM

I hope you will win, and I wish it for you and all of us.

Posted by: Bochenski at March 12, 2005 4:52 PM

I'm in total support of Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

Posted by: Susan O'Donnell at March 12, 2005 11:01 PM

A victory for academic freedom.
Dan Habel, UNLV student

Posted by: Dan Habel at March 13, 2005 12:34 AM

Please accept my support Dr. Hoppe.

Posted by: Rusty Ashbaugh at March 13, 2005 9:02 AM

A man who continues to write and speak for the freedom of the individual over the State is worthy of the strongest defense possible. We need more and more people to speak and write with the voice of Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

Bruce A. Carr
Lawyer and Libertarian

Posted by: Bruce A. Carr at March 13, 2005 11:49 AM

Support from Poland.

Posted by: Maciej Miasik at March 13, 2005 4:27 PM

"Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you decide how to respond." -Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein

Posted by: Ronald L. Perkins, Jr. at March 13, 2005 8:14 PM

Mateusz Pondel, Wroclaw, Poland

Posted by: Mateusz Pondel at March 14, 2005 2:38 AM

Best wishes to Prof Hoppe

Posted by: Jerzy Kwiatkowski at March 14, 2005 3:05 AM

For Freedom of Speech,
Best wishes for Prof Hoop
Radoslaw Michalik, Southampton

Posted by: Radoslaw Michalik at March 14, 2005 3:07 AM

Hoppe is the only shining light that their is in Las Vegas, besides all the other in the strip. Anyway I still think hes great and I also think that he is the only honest scholar in the entire town.

Posted by: Edward Ronquillo at March 14, 2005 11:47 AM

Roderik Olde Kalter, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Posted by: Roderik Olde Kalter at March 14, 2005 2:18 PM

Support from a Princeton libertarian

Posted by: Matt Ginivan at March 14, 2005 6:26 PM

San Pedro, CA

Posted by: Stephen P. Barrows at March 14, 2005 11:45 PM

Erie, Pennsylvania

Posted by: David F. Dieteman at March 15, 2005 8:51 AM

Stephen Zapatka

Phoenix, Arizona

Posted by: Stephen Zapatka at March 15, 2005 8:25 PM

Proud to be in the same intellectual camp with H5-the Heroic Hanseatic Hans-Herman Hoppe!

Paul Hanson of Floral Park, NY-Student, SUNY Empire State College

Posted by: Paul Hanson at March 16, 2005 10:40 AM

I'm a computer science student at DeSales University in PA and strongly support Professor Hoppe's quest for academic freedom. Triple-H is the best voice for liberty out there and he needs to be defended. Don't give up the fight Hans!

Posted by: Chris Papadopoulos at March 16, 2005 7:22 PM

Columbus, Ohio

Posted by: Brandon Middleton at March 16, 2005 9:44 PM

Krzysztof Brejnak, Warsaw, Poland

Posted by: Krzysztof Brejnak at March 17, 2005 8:58 AM

Maria Brejnak, Warsaw, Poland

Posted by: Maria Brejnak at March 17, 2005 9:08 AM

Marcin Brejnak, Warsaw, Poland

Posted by: Marcin Brejnak at March 17, 2005 9:11 AM

Rafał Borkowski, Poland

Posted by: Rafał Borkowski at March 17, 2005 10:31 AM

I think what happened to Professor Hoppe is outrageous: My keenest support from Italy.

Posted by: Domenico Stefano Sabadini at March 17, 2005 10:50 AM

UNLV grow up.

Posted by: Joshua Castro at March 17, 2005 12:11 PM

I offer my unwavering support to Professor Hoppe.

Posted by: Daniel P. McCall at March 17, 2005 1:37 PM

Maurice, Louisiana.

Posted by: Chantal Saucier at March 19, 2005 3:32 AM

Stefan Sękowski, Lublin, Poland

Posted by: Stefan Sękowski at March 19, 2005 9:49 AM

"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, no one but you can free your mind" keep teaching the critical thinking skills, and always question authority.!

Posted by: Ivy Lobato at March 19, 2005 9:51 AM

This whole affair is ridiculous.

Posted by: Ale Hartman at March 19, 2005 12:13 PM

The UNLV administration's reaction to Professor Hoppe's classroom remarks is a prime example of the moral relativists need to protect their dominant position within academia and the culture by means of a bureacratic end-run around academic debate. No discussion can be permitted on these subjects, particularly and ironically in those institutions established precisely for such discussion, lest the official religion of 'multiculturalism' be exposed to the light of critical examination. Professor Hoppe has shown the campus bureaucrats they have more to fear from him, than from the 'diversity' enforcers. And this is the only language bureaucrats understand. Thank you Dr. Hoppe.

Posted by: William Bird at March 19, 2005 1:22 PM

It galls that academic freedom is an endangered species...The right to liberty is not negotiable. It must be fought for with law suits,petitions,and contribution boycotts by alumni bases if necessary.

Posted by: Larry McMillion at March 19, 2005 4:24 PM

Tatiana Schwansee Rueda. Salamanca, Spain

Posted by: Tatiana Schwansee Rueda at March 19, 2005 6:54 PM

As one of your former students I found you to be honest and forthright and only to have spoken the truth based on research and i am glad to hear that Carol Harter has decided to not pursue this allegation against you which i believe is groundless and I wish you much success in the future.
Morris Courtney

Posted by: Morris Courtney at March 20, 2005 1:22 PM

"Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur" Ennius and "Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito." Von Mises...Supporter of liberty and freedom until i requiescat in pace.

Posted by: Samuel Granato at March 20, 2005 11:58 PM

The libertarian world stands firmly behind you, Hans, in these times of ignorance.

Posted by: Per Bylund at March 21, 2005 1:59 PM

Dallas, Texas

Posted by: Jim Clark at March 22, 2005 1:18 PM

Hans-Hermann Hoppe is an absolute giant in the
libertarian tradition, a worthy successor to the
mantles of Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard.
This episode disgraced UNLV; may it never happen
again. (Bill Schmidt; Jackson, Michigan)

Posted by: F. William Schmidt at March 22, 2005 1:46 PM

God Bless Professor Hoppe!

Posted by: Jack Denis Papin at March 23, 2005 4:51 AM

Dear Professor Hoppe,

My name is Lucas Mendes. I'm 23 years old and study economics in UNIJUI university, Ijuí city, in Brazil.

I admire your papers and knowledge, are simply fantastics!


Lucas Mendes
Santa Bárbara do Sul - RS - Brazil

Posted by: Lucas Mendes at March 23, 2005 5:32 AM

Long time reader of HHH

Posted by: Mike Whelan at March 23, 2005 11:19 AM

It is immposible, students can't be such stupid.

Posted by: Eugeniusz Skubacz at March 24, 2005 8:23 AM

Congratulations Mr.Hoppe for your victory

Posted by: Domingo Alberto Rangel Mantilla at March 24, 2005 9:20 AM

Freedom. Always.

Cássio Bianconcini. São Paulo, SP - Brasil

Posted by: Cassio at March 24, 2005 3:57 PM

Good luck in your fight against cultural Marxism (commonly known as 'PC').

Posted by: Rick Batey at March 25, 2005 2:45 PM

Best wishes to prof. Hoppe, by Piotr from Warsaw, Poland

Posted by: Piotr Rosik at March 26, 2005 1:21 PM

Anna Gruhn, Wrocław, Poland: I am shocked that America - country which's always been associated with of freedom of speech as well as freedom of teching is now place of such discussions. Choice between freedom of expressing oneself's opinion and political correctness is obvious. Best wishes to professor Hoppe.

Posted by: Anna Gruhn at March 27, 2005 9:56 AM

St. Paul, Minnesota

Posted by: Chris Lowry at March 28, 2005 11:29 AM

The Provost needs to think through what he is doing to the University's reputation as well as his own. I think he needs to read the University's by-laws, if he has never done so, prohibiting such actions and send a letter of retraction and apology to Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe. This sort of action goes against academic freedom, and restricts student learning and thinking. Please do not add me to any e-mail lists

Posted by: Elton B. Fox at March 28, 2005 6:43 PM

You go Hans!

Posted by: Olivier Schreiber at March 28, 2005 10:55 PM

PHD. ETH Zürich, Switzerland, now in Australia

Posted by: Thomas Widmer at March 29, 2005 2:19 PM

Terre Haute, Indiana

Posted by: Allen Snyder at March 29, 2005 3:17 PM

Keep up the fight against political correctness.

Posted by: Dan Webb at March 29, 2005 4:37 PM

I am a Canadian Citizen (Senior).

I am thoroughly sick of Political Correctness in
both of our countries!


Posted by: gordon duncan at March 30, 2005 9:46 AM

Let Justice Be Done Though The Heavens May Fall.

Posted by: Joseph Newhard at March 30, 2005 6:01 PM

Thanks you very much Professor Hoppe for your very much wise teachings and lessons

Posted by: Alberto Mansueti at March 31, 2005 8:36 AM

Vern Snyder, San Diego, CA
Former student, ’92 Grad

Dr. Hoppe is a “TEACHER” in the truest sense of the word. While he welcomed and encouraged other OPINIONS he responded with FACTS. What that means is I didn’t always agree with him (being career military we had our differences), but I could never find flaws in his logic. To try and force people like him to be “politically correct” would effectively “neuter” him academically and, indeed, would begin the process of rendering all academia worthless---starting with UNLV! It would make me sorry---even ashamed---that I carry their diploma as a credential.

Posted by: Vern Snyder at March 31, 2005 9:52 AM

I am a student in Hoppe's class Money and Banking. He is one of the first professors at UNLV that has presented a subject with such depth. It is outrageous that the University spent a year persecuting MR. Hoppe. Once again truth wins over deception.

Posted by: Brandon Gable at March 31, 2005 11:45 AM

Freedom of Speech in the USA require "Amendments"..

Keep up your good work,

Nicolas R Ronet, Western Australia,

Posted by: Nicolas R Ronet at March 31, 2005 3:44 PM

I am an teacher in China mailand. I can hardly believe this kind of thing cold happened in U.S.

Posted by: wangwenyu at March 31, 2005 9:11 PM

Alexander Dilger, University of Münster, Germany

Posted by: Alexander Dilger at April 4, 2005 8:58 AM

Ohne Gedanken- und Redefreiheit gibt es keine Wissenschaft!

Posted by: Univ.-Professor Dr. habil. Thomas Hering, Fern-Universität in Hagen, Deutschland at April 4, 2005 9:25 AM

Professor of Education Emeritus
San Diego State University

Posted by: Patrick Groff at April 5, 2005 1:30 AM

Torkill Bruland, Oslo, Norway

Posted by: Torkill Bruland at April 5, 2005 3:10 AM

Ich unterstütze Prof. Hoppes Plädoyer für Freiheit und seine Kritik am Demokratismus als Triebkraft für Entzivilisierung und Dekadenz weitgehend! Daher freue ich mich auch schon auf seine Reihe von Vorträgen in Deutschland. Mit Freude habe ich außerdem von der mißlungenen Demontage seiner Person durch "politisch korrekte" Freiheitsfeinde in der vorzüglichen Zeitschrift "eigentümlich frei" ( gelesen. Weiter so, Herr Hoppe!

Posted by: Thorsten Thomsen, Kiel (Germany) at April 5, 2005 8:28 AM

It is very painful to read about decline of academic freedoms in USA from Budapest or Prague...

Posted by: David Prokop at April 5, 2005 10:12 AM

Noah J. Tyler
Ph.D candidate at George Mason University

Posted by: Noah J. Tyler at April 5, 2005 12:02 PM

Thank-you for standing up for "true" education.

Posted by: Daniel Ott, El Paso, TX at April 5, 2005 2:58 PM

The imlications of this case are felt in Norway, too. Best of luck.

Posted by: Amund Farberg at April 5, 2005 3:42 PM

Every society deserves what it is not ready to change. Unfortunately, history takes revenge on those who try to change it.

Posted by: Martin Kersting at April 6, 2005 9:21 AM

Th reason I chose to dedicate my life to Economics was due to people like Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

Posted by: George Novela at April 6, 2005 10:29 AM

Well done.

Posted by: Frans Buzek, Bogota, Colombia at April 6, 2005 2:01 PM

Colorado Springs, CCO

Posted by: Bruce Linster at April 6, 2005 3:53 PM

Jacques Barzun has compared "political correctness" to the Inquisition. This is clearly another case, by the University, NOT Hoppe, for he is clearly a victim of persecution by some administrative bureaupath. I wish him all the best, and support him is this case, completely, and without reservation.

Philip Spears
Matton Professor
Economics and Buisiness Department
Berea College
Berea, KY 40404

Posted by: Philip Spears at April 6, 2005 6:39 PM

Jacques Barzun has compared "political correctness" to the Inquisition. This is clearly another case, by the University, NOT Hoppe, for he is clearly a victim of persecution by some administrative bureaupath. I wish him all the best, and support him is this case, completely, and without reservation.

Philip Spears
Matton Professor
Economics and Buisiness Department
Berea College
Berea, KY 40404

Posted by: Philip Spears at April 6, 2005 6:39 PM

The Hoppe ordeal is perhaps one of the greatest illustrations of academic cencorship in the current political climate. Being a homosexual, I am neither offended or perplexed by Dr. Hoppe's assertion. Clearly, his idea is based in rational academic pursuit, and should be considered at least as a possible reason for some seemingly irrational homosexual behavior. Reference "bug chasers" if this fact is in doubt. I support Dr. Hoppe's freedom of expression, as I do even for those whom I veheminately disagree. As a college student, I fear the intentions of those who would stifle the free pursuit of knowledge. If one disagrees with Dr. Hoppe's opinion, allow them to compete with him in the market of ideas.

Posted by: Brandon Beck at April 7, 2005 12:41 AM

Keep up the brilliant work

Posted by: Alfred Pellingham at April 7, 2005 6:03 AM

I hope you will win, and I wish it for you and all of us.

Posted by: Izabela Sajdak at April 7, 2005 2:59 PM

Francis St-Pierre, Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec, Canada

Posted by: francis st-pierre at April 8, 2005 1:56 AM

I wrote a favorable review of Hoppes book "Democracy -the god that failed" for a nationwide Swedish business newspaper. He is a great author and unlike some others not just complain but also comes up with workable solutions for our society.

Posted by: Tommy Rydén at April 8, 2005 3:37 PM

Joseph C. LaBaw
Fletcher, NC

Wake Forest University, Class of 2009

Posted by: Joe LaBaw at April 8, 2005 6:30 PM

Congratulations, I am releived to know that academia prevails.

Posted by: Kelechi C. Akalaonu at April 10, 2005 8:07 PM

Bill Workman
Logan, Utah

Posted by: Bill Workman at April 11, 2005 10:04 AM

I see the same oppression here in Sweden every day; the state-monopoly on universities turns them into propaganda machines. I am glad to see that one man is standing up to it all. In fact, all over Europe a reaction against cultural Marxism is coming, slowly but surely, despite the media tricks used against it. Hans Hermann-Hoppe and others like him deserve the support of all those who will benefit from the change back to freedom.

Posted by: Marcus H at April 11, 2005 10:39 AM

Call'em as you see'em - keep up the good work.

August Grammas

Posted by: august grammas at April 11, 2005 11:07 AM

Our future depends on the noble ideas and efforts of philosophers and economists like Professor Hoppe. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Posted by: Clayton Reeder at April 11, 2005 11:56 AM

Have always admired your work, though I am more "paleo" than libertarian. Several years ago, I donated a copy of DEMOCRACY,THE GOD THAT FAILED to The Citadel's library.

Posted by: Jack Chandler at April 11, 2005 12:18 PM

Elton John—the world's most prominent homosexual—seems to agree with Hans Hoppe:

April 10, 2005 -- SIR Elton John had another big spending year in 2004. His company accounts reveal that Elton, who gave $41 million to charity, also spent $71,000 on flowers, $6,500 on a wig and an average $9,400 a week on vet bills. Sir Elton, a notoriously extravagant party-thrower, once admitted that saving was not his strong point. He said: "I have a flair for writing songs but I don't have a flair for business. I don't have any people to leave money to. I am a single man. I like to spend money." Guess old habits die hard.

Posted by: David Kramer at April 11, 2005 12:43 PM

Madrid, Spain.
My support for a brave (and wise and clever) man.
Lassen sie sich nicht klein kriegen, Herr Hoppe!

Posted by: Ildefonso Polo Elvira at April 11, 2005 1:03 PM

This means a lot.

Posted by: John Wylie at April 11, 2005 1:30 PM


Posted by: Michele Malinchak at April 11, 2005 2:48 PM

If we don't stand with Hoppe, who will stand when the thought police come for us?

Posted by: Deanna Forbush at April 11, 2005 3:07 PM

How is it one can be castigated for expressing him/her self in a "Free' society? I have long suspected that going to an University was a waste of time, (unless you wanted to be brainwashed to become 'one with the crowd')and in capable of expressing free thought. My fears seem justified

Posted by: Richard G. Schillinger at April 11, 2005 3:13 PM

To victory!

Posted by: Gary Snodgrass at April 11, 2005 3:29 PM

Pittsburgh PA; All the Best

Posted by: J Frank Jad at April 11, 2005 3:32 PM

James Leroy Wilson, columnist,

Posted by: James Leroy Wilson at April 11, 2005 4:09 PM

It is clear that Hoppe will never become a university president. All of them are hybrids: half jellyfish, half chameleon. Change this ratio, and they immediately retire, "for personal reasons."

Posted by: Gary North at April 11, 2005 4:20 PM

Hoppe's intellectual integrity is of the first order.
Sic Semper Tyrannus

Posted by: Richard Storey at April 11, 2005 6:07 PM

Government and it's agencies in all their form make for 'licenced' coersion and stiffle free thought, free markets and liberty. It is the sign of the times and it needs to be challenged.

Posted by: Sanjay at April 12, 2005 6:18 AM

I support unequivocally and without any qualification the stance of Professor Herman Hoppe.

Melvin J. Burmaster
Attorney in the
State of Louisiana

Posted by: Melvin J. Burmaster at April 12, 2005 7:32 AM

Your victory is savored by all who appreciate what freedom really should be. I would hope that you continue the war that UNLV has waged against you. Prove what freedom means in the courts.

Posted by: Rick Gwin at April 12, 2005 8:03 AM

Congratulations on beating them at their own game! Sincerely happy to see this. From a fan in the corporate world in Illinois.

Posted by: Tim Hopkins at April 12, 2005 8:18 AM

Good for you, Professor Hoppe!

Posted by: T.I. Andor at April 12, 2005 8:36 AM

Thanks for standing up, forcefully and bravely, against the tyranny of institutionalized argumentum ad hominem.

Posted by: Douglas Dowell at April 12, 2005 8:45 AM

Thanks for your strong voice for freedom.

Posted by: Jon W. Erdner at April 12, 2005 9:01 AM

As a fellow-monarchist (who disagrees with many of your other views), I congratulate you on your victory. One of the goals of the PC crowd is to make certain ideas "unthinkable" (saving them the time and trouble of actually having to refute those ideas). If we let the PCers succeed, we will find ourselves forbidden to think at all. Keep up the good work!!!

Posted by: Doug Rees at April 12, 2005 9:06 AM

Dr. Summers would have been well advised to solicit your counsel.

Posted by: Allen A. Nightingale BA CSULB at April 12, 2005 9:14 AM

Herr Professor ... very well and bravely done!

There is truly no more vicious critter than a lefty scorned. :)

Best regards.

Posted by: Bud Hovell at April 12, 2005 9:44 AM

Entrenched tenured professors are what is causing the extreme, intolerant Marxist philosphy that is being spewed at our young people.
My one request to tenured professors at state universities supported with public tax money: If your PC and anti-American beliefs are allegedly mainstream, then I challenge you to float them in the free market where people would be required to pay from their own pockets the privilege of hearing them. When you can no longer feed yourselves because no one will pay you, then you will realize that your "mainstream" ideas only drowned you.

Posted by: Joe Haynes,R.Ph.,C.Ph.,MBA at April 12, 2005 9:51 AM

Keep up the good work. I only wish we had more professors like you. - Brian Clark, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Posted by: Brian Clark at April 12, 2005 9:58 AM

I support Hans-Hermann Hoppe in his quest to defeat "thought police"!

Posted by: Leiv Bornecrantz at April 12, 2005 10:53 AM

Durban, South Africa

Right on, Professor Hoppe!

George Barkhuizen

Posted by: George Barkhuizen at April 12, 2005 11:17 AM

Professor Hoppe deserves, at a minimum, a full written apology from the President and associated staff at the University of Nevada - LV.

Posted by: Richard L. Ptak at April 12, 2005 11:18 AM

I am with you. Free to speach for all the people.

Posted by: Gianfranco Mazzero at April 12, 2005 11:51 AM

Congratulations on your vindication!

Posted by: Gary S. Shumway at April 12, 2005 12:27 PM

Sergio Aita @ Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Posted by: Sergio Aita at April 12, 2005 12:54 PM

UNLV must apologize to Dr. Hoppe and institute better supervision of this commasar character.
Keep up your fine work sir.

Posted by: Robert Ransom PhD at April 12, 2005 2:19 PM

Affiliation: Concerned citizen of the United States, graduate of Pomona College, Claremont, CA, 1960.

Location: Woodinville, WA.

Thanks to Prof. Hoppe for making the long, hard slog at great personal expense.

Posted by: Bob Hill at April 12, 2005 2:26 PM

One small victory for free speech!
... may there be many, many more.

Congratulations, Dr. Hoppe.

John Cartledge
Allentown, PA

Posted by: John G. Cartledge at April 12, 2005 2:31 PM

The fact that this issue and situation have not received more wide spread attention outside of academia illustrates the success of the thought police. Congratulations Dr. Hoppe. I wish that I had had the opportunity to study under you.

A long time student of Ayn Rand and Libertarianism.

Posted by: Bonnie MacGregor at April 12, 2005 2:48 PM

Affiliation: Pol Science Major at Jönköping International Business School, Sweden.
Congratulations on your victory and on the victory of academic freedom!

Posted by: Rudi Mölling, M Pol Sc at April 12, 2005 2:51 PM

Chicago, IL

Posted by: Matthew Lonergan at April 12, 2005 3:01 PM

Congratulations on your victory over this inane attack and the forces of political correctness. Best wishes.

Posted by: Jack Karakelian at April 12, 2005 3:23 PM

The Orwellian society is "ante portas"...

Professor Hoppe's "political correctness" ordeal is a clear sign of the shape of things to come...

Therefore, free thinking people must team up and confront the "beast" for the sake of forthcoming generations.

In this titanic battle the Von Mises Institute is a veritable bastion for academic, intellectual and moral freedom.

In the end, the Truth shall prevail.

Posted by: Michael Panagiotopoulos at April 12, 2005 3:37 PM

Freedom in academic life must and will prevail.

John Kersey
Knightsbridge University, Denmark

Posted by: John Kersey at April 12, 2005 4:22 PM

All evil must be fought, and that includes the ultra-liberal academic harrassment such as foisted on Prof. Hoppe and as is braiwashing college students across the land. Let every academician, parent, and citizen be aware of the outrages like this on many campuses, and FIGHT against them. Every conservative teacher, as soon as such an assault as evident in this case starts, needs to use increasingly available resources to fight back and "sue the bastards" ASAP.

Posted by: Robert Heltman at April 12, 2005 4:35 PM

Canadian Universities take note. The price of freedom is..................

Toronto, Canada.

Posted by: Douglas Allan at April 12, 2005 4:55 PM

I just want to say to Professor Hoppe "great job in standing up for what you believe." There are far too many liberals in all school systems today. If you don't agree with them, you are considered an outsider or ignorant. They bend the rules to promote their own agenda or to accomplish what they consider is right. The rules don't apply to them. Political correctness is ruining this country. In my humble opinion, much of what the universities are promoting is usless garbage that will not help our children when they get to the real world. I work in the real world as a builder and a developer. I have found that most people who act like the ones that repremanded Mr. Hoppe, althought very smart, would never make it in the real world. They write books that no one reads and are generally negative people who accomplish nothing of substance.

Don Karem, CPA, MBA

Posted by: Don Karem, CPA, MBA at April 12, 2005 5:31 PM

From: David Michael Myers, Martinsburg WV

West Virginia, the state who's motto:

"Montani semper liberi"
(Mountaineers are always free),

has changed its motto by seven decades of collectivist, socialist, Democrat statutory rape of the populace to:

"Montani nonquam liberi"
(Mountaineers are no longer free.)

Your writings are an inspiration. Your courage is admirable.

You seem to truly understand the essence of individual freedom and have the guts to defend your understandings and beliefs.

Is there anything we can do to bring attention to the egregious activities of these "thought-Nazis"?

I know what I would like to do, but that is illegal.

Best regards from a committed individualist.

Posted by: David Michael Myers at April 12, 2005 6:52 PM

Well done, Dr. Hoppe. While you have not received the full vindication for the evils inflicted upon you, your struggle has brought deserved shame to those who harbor malice toward free minds and free spirits. My only fear is that the enemy has learned no lesson and will never receive the fullness of a just rebuke.

Posted by: Zachariah Crossen at April 12, 2005 8:05 PM

One who desires to be loved by everyone may find himself in a trap; in order to be loved by all, one must be all things to all people, and this can lead to duplicity, dishonesty, and changing tack with every trend and whim that overtakes popular opinion.

Thank you for reminding academia of their responsibility to be about a search for Truth, rather than a search for Love.

Posted by: Quinn Tyler Jackson at April 12, 2005 8:32 PM

The challenge of your academic conduct illustrates the deterioration that has occurred to the freedoms protected by our bill of rights.

Posted by: Robert Canby at April 12, 2005 9:32 PM

Bravo Dr. Hoppe! You are to be admired greatly for your dedication to academic freedom and honesty. May your courage be an example for others to follow.

Posted by: James McCrink at April 12, 2005 10:33 PM

Dear Dr. Hoppe, as an ad hoc private teacher of economics, my hat is off to you, and your courage and dedication! While we still have the opportunity, you have shown that the best defense is a good offense; they of the intellectual dark side can not survive in the light of the day. Congratulations!

Posted by: Robert B. Cottrell at April 12, 2005 10:49 PM

As a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, I disagree with you on most issues. And yet I agree wholeheartedly and unreservedly that you must be free to teach as you will regardless of how anyone feels about your beliefs.

"Political correctness" is merely the latest, most fashionable form of intellectual repression. It is despotism in the guise of kindness and it must be exposed as such.

Thank you for your efforts to help free academia from the constraints of PC.

Posted by: Greg at April 13, 2005 1:05 AM

And yet one of the biggest criticisms of Western religion was it's intolerance of viewpoint in the time of the Inquisition. How ironic!

Posted by: Michael D Gay at April 13, 2005 1:49 AM

Congratulations!Has your book (Democracy,etc)been published in Britain?

Posted by: mark taha at April 13, 2005 4:12 AM

I am with Hans Herman Hoppe

Posted by: Luis A. at April 13, 2005 10:23 AM

Prof. of Applied Nutrition
(and Prof. for Photogrammetry (retired)

I knew for a long time, that Prescott Bush, the Grandfather of GWB financed Adolf Hitler and his party (NSDAP) on behalf of Harriman and Thyssen. The political climat in the US is such now, that definitely there is no more DEMOCRACY in sight in the US. And Philadelphia's 'The Trumpet' still blaims the Germans to be NAZI's (again).... Congratulations Hans-Herrmann Hoppe. You definitely put the fingers in a wide open wound...

Posted by: Siegfried Haberl at April 13, 2005 12:11 PM

Thank you for your very important books and articles. We have to fight against the modern inquisition.

Posted by: Thomas Klein at April 13, 2005 1:41 PM

Thank you for fighting the fight we must continue to fight for academic freedom as that is what university is supposed to be about. Problem is, too many faculty are of one persuasion and students are not exposed to real debate.

Posted by: James W Thacker at April 13, 2005 1:54 PM

NYC: I would hope that the professor is doing everything in his power to enlist the support of UNLV alumni, particularly the ones who actually contribute money to their school. Many people today are appalled at the way our universities and colleges are marginalizing themselves, and I'm sure that includes many UNLV graduates. He should persuade them to give their money to Washington & Lee.

Posted by: Chris Wigert at April 13, 2005 4:21 PM

Professor Hoppe's case opens a sad reflection on the present state of individual liberty, and on its history. It's outrageous that we still have to hear such things, as professors being harassed for a petty commentary. It also serves to remember the totalitarian origins and bent of the "left-over Left". Let's hope that "planning" does not extend from markets to our languages!

Mexico City, Mexico.

Posted by: Juan Manuel Pérez Porrúa Pérez at April 13, 2005 9:59 PM

Kia Ora Professor;

I am pleased to give you my support and best wishes; " TU TANGATA " (Stand Tall)

Posted by: Julian Fairlie at April 14, 2005 12:50 AM

Adelaide, Australia

Posted by: Jonas Harrow at April 14, 2005 2:54 AM

Thank you, Mr. Hoppe

Posted by: Brendan McMahan at April 14, 2005 4:17 AM

If it is improper or illegal to make statements
which simply discuss the factual differences
between economic decisions among various
ethnicities then the dirty little secret is that
Madison Avenue wouldn't make a buck.

Dr. Hoppe is NOT an advertising agent trying exploit such group differences. Indeed, his assertions of such differences open up such exploitation to thelight of day. UNLV wants to
censure this?

John Perry
Department of Computer Information Systems
De Anza College
Cupertino, CA

Posted by: John Perry at April 14, 2005 5:19 AM

Carl Beatty, Vero Beach, FL

Posted by: Carl Brandt Beatty at April 14, 2005 7:31 AM

Humanities Chair
Newark Academy
Livingston, NJ

Posted by: Lee Abbey at April 14, 2005 8:47 AM

Thank you for having the courage to persevere against this in spite of the personal costs that you had to bear. I remain dismayed that too many American universities have become so radically intolerant of dissenting viewpoints that to talk of serious intellectual and scholarly inquiry would be comical if it weren't so serious. It's quite ironic that universities have become the places least likely to respect ideas that run contrary to the prevailing, politically-correct doctrines. Instead, the thinking at these universities is increasingly monolithic, dogmatic and ossified. Perhaps the only way to change this is to continue to challenge them in full view of the public? It seems that these absurdly foolish tyrants tend to retreat under the weight of public scrutiny.

Posted by: Daniel G. Colombo at April 14, 2005 9:24 AM

Thank you for fighting the good fight

Posted by: Jerry Glenn at April 14, 2005 10:42 AM


Posted by: John O'Brien at April 14, 2005 10:56 AM

Sooner or later we're going to reach the tipping point, and the educational establishment will have to face reality. Good work, Professor!

Posted by: Lily Downing at April 14, 2005 10:59 AM

Kudos to Professor Hoppe! I can hear the UNLV commissar gnashing his teeth all the way to Finland!


Posted by: Kenneth Sikorski at April 14, 2005 11:01 AM

Thank you for the courage to stand against oppression.

Posted by: Christopher Sanders at April 14, 2005 11:38 AM

Swiss Re Capital Management & Advisory
New York, NY

Posted by: Eric Dennis at April 14, 2005 12:02 PM

Congratulations and thanks for standing up for our rights!!!

Bryan Baumgart

Posted by: Bryan Baumgart at April 14, 2005 12:35 PM

Thank you for demonstrating to those sniveling weasels, the average adminstrator in higher education, that there are faculty members who will not lay down for them.

Posted by: Neal Lemerise at April 14, 2005 12:58 PM

GOOD FOR YOU! I just wish you had sued them, you could have taken them to the cleaners. The powers that be at that school should be removed as they have shown that they are not fit to be in power.


Posted by: Eric Cole at April 14, 2005 1:15 PM

Thank you for standing up and going public. I applaud you.
Jarvis Miller
President Emeritus
Texas A&M; University

Posted by: jarvis miller at April 14, 2005 2:31 PM

Powerful & persuasive. A university means just that: an open forum for all thought & discourse. Perhaps a small victory in the war against liberal thought control in our colleges, hurrah for prof Hoppe and thanks to the ACLU.

Posted by: TC Sherman at April 14, 2005 2:42 PM

You gives me hope that all of academia is not afflicted with "group think". What i cannot understand is why it is not obvious to "academics" that situations such as yours prove that Orwell was right, just a few years early.

Posted by: Paul Gross at April 14, 2005 3:58 PM

Jennifer Kildee, Berkeley CA

Posted by: Jennifer Kildee at April 14, 2005 4:48 PM

It's sad that our universities have devolved to such a degree. This type of intimidation and complete blindness to any kind of introspection by the administration is truly appalling.

Bravo, Professor Hoppe!

Posted by: RMVilla at April 14, 2005 5:15 PM


Posted by: Michael McFarland at April 14, 2005 5:28 PM

Good going, my man.

Posted by: Anthony Pisciotta at April 14, 2005 6:43 PM

Congratulations, and thank you for fighting sensitivity fascism.

Posted by: Steven Snow at April 14, 2005 7:28 PM

Eternal vigilance, as the man said, is the price of freedom. A small victory but there are lots more fights to fight.

Keep up the good work.

Atanu Dey

Posted by: Dr. Atanu Dey at April 14, 2005 8:06 PM

Hans-Hermann, you are a fighter and I am proud of you! Are you familiar with Ernst Zündel's predicament? Reading your story was like reading Ernst's tribulations in Canada.

Posted by: Friedrich J. Adam, Fayetteville, GA at April 14, 2005 8:07 PM

Your patience is extraordinary. Fortunately you were not crushed.

Best regards,

David Elliott

Posted by: David Elliott at April 14, 2005 8:16 PM

Osher Doctorow Ph.D., age 66, formerly California State Universities and Community Colleges (Mathematics), currently Private Consultant in Mathematics and Statistics. Author of several dozen papers including about a dozen peer reviewed and another dozen delivered at conferences, and several thousand internet contributions.

Posted by: Osher Doctorow Ph.D. at April 14, 2005 9:11 PM

Congratulations for your actions and standing up against this ridiculous political correctness---it's a disaster. Sincerely, Karen Weinstein Salem, NH

Posted by: karen weinstein at April 14, 2005 10:52 PM

Justin Roy Taylor, Gainesville, FL., University of Florida

Posted by: Justin Taylor at April 14, 2005 11:27 PM

Danny Haynes, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Posted by: Danny Haynes at April 15, 2005 7:21 AM

Well Done Hans- Hermann Hoppe.

Posted by: Rolf Karl Krogsæther Homstad PH.D at April 15, 2005 8:04 AM

The shame is with UNLV and its myopic administration. Dave Pellinen

Posted by: Dave Pellinen at April 15, 2005 8:36 AM

São Paulo, Brazil

Posted by: Guilherme at April 15, 2005 8:51 AM

Hans, you are evidently an admirable and courageous man. You have fought a great rear-guard action in the dark (and perhaps dying days) of our once great, and now increasingly pathetic, civilization.
(Australian, working in the UAE.)

Posted by: Leonard Bailey at April 15, 2005 11:31 AM

Czarek, Poland

Posted by: Czarek at April 15, 2005 2:18 PM

Alexi Valencia, Fairfax, VA

Posted by: Alexi Valencia at April 15, 2005 6:11 PM

Congratulations, Professor, on your victory over the psychopathological action of the Statist, you continue to be a guide, an innovator, and an inspiration.
A description of a recent court victory in another venue-
drew in part on *Democracy: The God That Failed*, a work that has to be studied, rather than merely read.

Posted by: Forrest Bishop at April 15, 2005 10:24 PM

Thomas J Jackson
Ojai, Ca. 93041

Help stop the government's attempts to muzzle acedemic freedom.

Posted by: Thomas Jackson at April 15, 2005 10:57 PM

Thank you for fighting the good fight.

Posted by: Kyle McGrath at April 16, 2005 8:32 AM

Professor of Natural Language Computing,
Dept of Informatics,
Sussex University,
Brighton, England

Posted by: Geoffrey Sampson at April 17, 2005 10:04 AM

I'm gay and I support Hoppe. This is just ridiculous.

Posted by: Marc Zappala at April 17, 2005 4:23 PM


Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by nature
and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of Criteria.
Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive characteristic
is, and of Right ought to be, the natural foundation of his
environments, institutions, and respectful relations to his
fellow-man. Thus, he is oriented to a Freedom whose roots
are in the Order of the universe.

Posted by: James Fletcher Baxter at April 17, 2005 9:30 PM

Yay academic freedom, boo stalinist thought police.
R. King

Posted by: Ryan King at April 18, 2005 9:32 AM

One would hope that UNLV is wiser as a result of this debacle. Any bets?
Frank Tussing
Las Vegas, Nevada

Posted by: Frank Tussing at April 18, 2005 2:45 PM

I wholeheartedly support you and your views.

Posted by: Jeanne Wood at April 19, 2005 11:22 AM

Congratulations Dr.Hoppe

Posted by: Abraham King at April 19, 2005 11:31 PM

Herzlichen Glückwunsch und weiterhin Gottes Segen auf ihrer Arbeit wünsche ich aus Deutschland.

Posted by: Stefan Sedlaczek at April 20, 2005 2:38 AM

Un grande felicitacion y muchos saludos de Espana, Tanja Krienen

Posted by: Tanja Krienen at April 20, 2005 5:39 AM

bk, rèpublique fèdèrale de bananas (or new ddr)

Posted by: Thomas Wolff at April 20, 2005 8:02 AM

You had won the first round but the war against social engineers and looterscontinues not only in the classrooms but also in thousand of other fronts all over the world. Although they are trying up to now in your contry they couldn´t erode the pillars of freedom and the respect for individual rights. I´m not so lucky in my country all this enforcerers of the oficial "true" have been in charge of the goverment for more than 60 years. Please dont´t give up that there are many soldiers willing to fight for the individual rights.

Leandro Ostuni

Posted by: Leandro Ostuni at April 20, 2005 1:55 PM

I fully support academic freedom. This case has always seemed to me to be very foolish and groundless. I wish Dr. Hoppe all the very best.

Posted by: Aditya Simha at April 20, 2005 3:22 PM

In defense of an individual time preference for everybody.

F... the Thought Police!

Posted by: David Schah, Libertäres Institut at April 21, 2005 4:36 AM

This case is another argument against the collectivist funding of education. Maybe one of UNLV's claims to academic relevance (Professor Hoppe) will soon teach at a good private college, offering my grandchildren a better choice of schools.

Posted by: Lee Welter at April 21, 2005 11:10 AM

Congratulations on your defense of Liberty!
Gerardo Hernandez
Campbelltown NSW, Australia

Posted by: Gerardo Hernandez at April 23, 2005 12:25 AM

Santa Clara University

Posted by: Warren Gibson at April 24, 2005 1:03 PM

I had the good fortune to be able to take two classes from Dr. Hoppe a few years back while earning my Bachelor's, and they were the two most interesting and truly informative classes I ever took. Thank you, Dr. Hoppe, for standing up to UNLV's administration and defending liberty!

Posted by: Scott Landry at April 24, 2005 1:27 PM

Hayek having observed the raise of the National Socialist Workers party (nazi) in his homeland wrote that those who saw a totalitarian regime first hand will be able to recognize whenever it tries to rise again. For me, having grown up in a totalitarian communist country where people did get prosecuted for exercising freedom of speech, it appears that the UNLV authorities are forerunners of this "Brave New World" of political correctness. It is good to hear that the case has been dropped, but it pictures the shift of today’s establishment towards new set of values that are more important than the old fashioned freedom. Using the famous Soviet dialectics I would call it “The True Freedom”, and there is no room for ordinary freedom in the wake of the True one.

Posted by: Piotr Belter, San Jose, California at April 25, 2005 3:20 PM

My congratulations to Prof.Hoppe on the successful and logical conclusion of this unpleasant incident. [a blight on the traditions of freedom(academic or otherwise) in the USA].And let us hope this also proves that,- in the long run,- rationality and objectivism will prevail./


Sasy Kumar

Posted by: Sasy Kumar at April 26, 2005 3:32 AM

Alex Naef, Oregon State University

Posted by: Alex Naef at April 27, 2005 2:35 PM

Berlin, Germany

Posted by: K.M.Majewski at April 28, 2005 4:32 AM

Keep fighting. Vielen dank.

Posted by: Jan Stampe at April 28, 2005 6:13 AM

Ed Smith, math professor, Jacksonville State University

Posted by: Ed Smith at April 28, 2005 5:17 PM

David J. Rosen, Berwyn, IL

Posted by: David J. Rosen at April 29, 2005 12:31 PM

Even if I did not agree with Hoppe's opinions, I gladly support his right to think freely and communicate this sense and practice of freedom to his students as a most valuable legacy. Banning freedom from the university is a major tool of totalitarisms and dictatorships (and we know about that in Chile 1973-1990)

Posted by: Gustavo Hawes, Chile at April 29, 2005 2:04 PM

Carol Roberts, Albuquerque, NM

Posted by: carol roberts at April 29, 2005 4:14 PM

It is very good to see that finally some are willing to fight back against political correctness.
Christof Weiss, Bergamo/Italy

Posted by: Christof Weiss at May 2, 2005 5:26 AM

University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario Canada

Posted by: Tommy Raffoul at May 3, 2005 8:45 PM

I have 3 students (2 college, 1 high school) in my house ; way to go, Mr. Hoppe !

Posted by: Clifford Larrew at May 4, 2005 12:03 PM

Unfortunate but hardly surprising. I've been dealing with this insanity for 25 years.

Posted by: Joel Warren Lidz, Ph.D. at May 4, 2005 3:31 PM

It has become very apparent that we need to pay much more attention to our universities and the infestation of idealogues and psuedo intellectuals that overrun them. They have transformed what should be a bastian of critical thought, reason, and the pursuit of truth and knowledge into a haven for the "Republic of America" challenged who are bullying, with a power they do not deserve, our children and those professors who try to teach them as advertised. This should not stand and is not acceptable. We should be extremely worried that there is not a national outcry against this.

Gerald Twitchell
The Boeing Corporation
Graduate Student - University of Phoenix
Seattle, Washington

Posted by: Gerald L Twitchell at May 4, 2005 4:21 PM

Be strong and dont give up, socialism is still alive, yesterday socialism fought against free people, today it fights against a truth screaming :let live freedom ....

Posted by: Paweł Nogal at May 5, 2005 8:30 AM

Viel Glück, Kraft und Durchhaltevermögen bei Ihrem Kampf gegen die Gedankenpolizei der Politischen Korrektheit wünscht Ihnen
Ingeborg Knaipp, Wien, Austria.

Posted by: Ingeborg Knaipp at May 5, 2005 12:35 PM

Robert Menrohm - Los Angeles, California

Posted by: Robert Menrohm at May 5, 2005 5:52 PM

Thank you for your strong and principled stance. We all need examples, such as you, so we know how to "stand" when our turn comes.

Posted by: Vincent Pinto, Aurora, IL at May 8, 2005 1:57 PM

Keep up the good work

Posted by: Peter Hugod at May 10, 2005 11:41 AM

Academic Freedom is essential... even when the conclusions of the teacher are at odds with the convictions of those in power.

Posted by: Jason Boothe at May 10, 2005 11:56 AM

Professor Hoppe,
I am very happy for you and enjoy your lectures and writings......You make me wish I could go back to my Econ classes back in '68 ............ BEST WISHES to a real anti-intellectual intellectual!!
ACM, Warminster,PA

Posted by: Armand C. Monturano at May 10, 2005 1:25 PM

I am greatly disturbed by the narrow, myopic view taken by UNLV which will prohibit furtherance of academic thought into uncharted territory. 'Freedom Of Thought' this is what we need to fight for... Prof. Hoppe i wish you all the best in this perverse fight against the development of human thought.

Posted by: rohan ghalla at May 12, 2005 7:25 AM

Professor Hoppe, a heck of a lot of people are counting on YOUR research and scholarship, not the UNLV administration.

Posted by: Peter Ganss at May 12, 2005 10:48 PM

Academic freedom is a right!

Posted by: Karol Walczuk at May 13, 2005 5:58 AM

Revolutionary people never die in history. they change and make new history. Hans-Harmann Hoppy is one of such personalities.SOME MOTHER'S SON. LONG LIVE BRAVE HEART MR. HANS-HARMANN HOPPY.

Posted by: dr.zahid mirani at May 15, 2005 11:12 AM

Clint Schaumkel, Graduate Student, San Mateo, Ca.

Professor Hoppe, if the outcome is victorious you will be rightfully returned the time and money spent in the cause of "freedom of thought." If otherwise, then you will have struck a center blow to Humpty's head that will result in cracking and an eventual fall!

Posted by: Clint Schaumkel at May 18, 2005 6:30 AM

Academic freedom for conservatives and libertarians doesnt exist. My daughter is a conservative young lady, is studying to be an English teacher, but must submerge her beliefs in order to pass her classes.

Posted by: James Carson at May 18, 2005 2:50 PM

It is such a shame that an economist of world stature as Dr. Hoppe has to be put through a case with no merit! I am an alumni of UNLV Engineering and the few things that people outside UNLV can relate to about the school are - Rebels Basketball, Wole Soyinka, UNLV's Austrian Economics contribution(Rothbard, Hoppe) among others. I wish I had taken atleast one course with this wonderful economist during my days @UNLV.

Posted by: Mahesh Vee at May 19, 2005 1:35 AM

Diversity also includes diversity of thought.

Posted by: John MacGregor at May 19, 2005 2:04 PM

I suspect the commercial potential for the following poem is, alas in this age of deception, nil, but I thought Prof. Hoppe might have some small measure of appreciation for this humble
offering since he has inspired it.
Typhoid Maynard

The Devil’s in the details, the Devil’s in the walls,
The Devil’s in the Army, now, and in the hallowed halls,
He’s marshalling his forces, and soon they will control,
The democratic sources, and every straw-man poll.

With knowledge sub-divided, and perception in retreat,
Ignorance his gift sublime: his victory complete,
What you don’t know can’t hurt you, is what his minions say,
Just spend with gay abandon, let your leaders show the way.

The nihilistic gnostics, within their Ivory Towers,
Murder Lady Liberty, adorn her grave with flowers,
Sophia at the city gates, ignored in all the noise,
Casts her pearls before the swine, yet she maintains her poise.

For Truth will out, as Truth will do, in spite of vain desires,
What’s believed in common circles, cannot put out her fires,
‘spite poisonous persuasion, or mammon that enthrals,
The writing thereon overpowers those voices in the walls.

And Typhoid Maynard, whose disease corrupts the common mind,
Lays unabashed within his grave, but one day he will find,
There’s something larger than his lies, and than his futile plan,
And the long run is far longer than the life of one frail man.

Posted by: John Stevenson at May 20, 2005 12:41 PM

All the best

Posted by: Brian Richard Wood at May 23, 2005 6:36 PM

If students don't possess the critical faculty to discern, they are not fit for tertiary study, and it is their educational system which has failed them. The suppression of ANY view engenders bigotry - the blind attachment to one view and hostility to any other. If naysayers have any concern, it should be for their own bigotry, and their ignorance of the academic ideal - to engage, to reason, to criticise, to learn.

Posted by: Matthew Tutty at May 25, 2005 6:20 AM

Luk Sermeus,Kontich (Antwerpen),BELGIUM

Posted by: Luk Sermeus at May 26, 2005 9:33 AM

Warsaw, Poland

Posted by: Rafał Trzeciakowski at May 27, 2005 3:49 AM

Mihalache, Gabriel-Paul
Economics & Operations Research Student
Bucharest, Romania

Posted by: Gabriel Mihalache at May 30, 2005 1:23 PM

Jürgen Richarz, Academia Verlag, St. Augustin, Germany

Posted by: Jürgen Richarz at June 1, 2005 5:47 AM

Looking forward to your speaking at the Martin-Luther-University of Halle/Wittenberg on June 9, 2005.

Best wishes, Professor!

Stephan Römbach
Halle/Saale, Germany

Posted by: Stephan Römbach at June 2, 2005 3:24 PM

I recently read in a car magazine that the Subaru Forrester is the top car bought by lesbians in their 40's. Fact or fiction?
People who cross out their own names in their signature (e.g. Raymond W. Alden III) often have rather large skeletons in their closets. Fact or fiction?
A moron friend of mine recently checked the spelling of the name of a relatively famous author by googling it. The hits were 3-1 in favour of the correct spelling. I say he got lucky. Now that google gives us access to every Dick and Jane's version of the truth, having a Ph.D is no longer helpful for correct discernment. Fact or fiction?

Posted by: Chris Ionescu at June 2, 2005 5:07 PM

Czech republic

Posted by: Martin Horut at June 3, 2005 6:40 AM

Catholic, Monarchist and Distributist.

Posted by: Jason Fabaz at June 3, 2005 6:16 PM

Hoppe, you are the true new prominent voice of the Austrian School; Menger, Mises, Hayek, Rothbard & co had their day, today is yours and I sincerely hope no one takes your day away from you. Are you supposed to forfeit your own construction of your own time-preferences because of intellectual intolerance? The urgency of the need for real liberty has never been more evident.

Posted by: Gidson Bales at June 6, 2005 1:13 AM

Sie haben den Mut, den sozialistisch geprägten Etatisten mit Fakten zu begegnen und für Ihre Ideale einzustehen; es ist sehr bedauerlich, daß Sie damit zu einer kleinen Minderheit in der Riege der Intellektuellen gehören, wo Ignoranz und Idealismus leider vorherrschen. Meine besten Wünsche für die Zukunft,

Kenneth T. Gund

Posted by: Kenneth T. Gund at June 8, 2005 6:18 AM

Keep the flag of free speech high!

Dr. Pekka Roponen

Posted by: Pekka Roponen at June 11, 2005 3:23 AM

Pasadena, California

Posted by: Steve Massey at June 11, 2005 1:13 PM

Unless we can speak freely, we cannot live truly.

Posted by: Jude Chua Soo Meng at June 12, 2005 1:37 AM

Jason Jewell
Kensington, MD

Posted by: Jason Jewell at June 12, 2005 9:33 AM

Freedom of thought lies at the core of all human liberty. Coercion is the basis of all tyranny. I stand with Dr. Hoppe.

Posted by: J. Douglas Sizemore at June 12, 2005 7:04 PM

Kåre Hvid Lind, Copenhagen, Denmark

Posted by: Kåre Hvid Lind at June 13, 2005 4:49 AM

Mendo Castro Henriques, Ph. D
Professor of Political Philosophy
Universidade Catolica

Posted by: mendo henriques at June 13, 2005 8:30 AM

Congratulations! A victory and breath of fresh air in a worthy effort to thwart the thought police of Big Sister.

Posted by: bryan bourgeois at June 13, 2005 12:21 PM

Ah, America in the early 21st century. Our national whipping-boys are the academics and the intellectuals. Voters line up to vote for which ever well-heeled candidate can present himself as the most "down home" by doing the best job of mangling the English language and reciting the most trite "BoMFoG" speech.

Heaven forbid you make someone THINK, eh?

Posted by: Sam Russo at June 13, 2005 10:38 PM

Lassen Sie sich von diesen politisch-korrekten Anpassern, Dummköpfen und Spinnern nicht unterkriegen!

Posted by: Wolfgang Haag at June 14, 2005 1:15 PM

Hoppe is no libertarian, but I think it was wrong for the university to punish Hoppe in this way because it makes a martyr out of him, and I support freedom of speech. However this doesn't change the fact that Hoppe is not a libertarian, but rather an authoritarian with a coating of "libertarianism" to hide his deep-seated prejudices. See for instance

or his views about immigration.
The fact that his books have been translated into several languages is irrelevant; so have books by all sorts of cranks.

Posted by: Bruno Panetta at June 20, 2005 8:08 AM

Lassen Sie sich nicht unterkriegen!

Posted by: Ulli Reitz at June 20, 2005 12:45 PM

VDSt! Berlin und Charlottenburg, Germany

Posted by: Martin Noack at June 22, 2005 3:31 PM

Manuel Huber, Germany

Posted by: Manuel Huber at June 23, 2005 1:29 PM

Being able to analyze and discuss any subject freely is important no matter who it bothers. Universities and schools are important for using ways of thought and debating and coming up with paths for action on issues. It is wrong to suppress any idea; therefore, I support the professor in his rights for expressing his.

Posted by: Juan Arturo Muro, Family Literacy Instructor in El Paso, TX at June 24, 2005 4:57 PM

Savannah, GA. Sic Semper Tyrannus!

Posted by: Richard Storey at June 25, 2005 5:04 PM

Norman Rose, Hamburg, Germany

Posted by: Norman Rose at June 27, 2005 7:55 AM

I don't know much about you and what you are doing, but it should be possible to say things freely!

Posted by: Theo Gottwald at June 29, 2005 1:37 AM

We support you. The Leveller (A modern day Regulator).

Posted by: Paul O'Neil at June 30, 2005 1:22 PM

This is typical of the left-free speech and academic freedom for everyone except those who are "politcally correct"(a phrase lacking any substance if there ever was one). Those repressing Prof. Hoppe should be ashamed of themselves. I am disgusted, but not shocked. I am sure that incidents like this are rampent in academia.

Posted by: Jared R.T. Buck at June 30, 2005 4:12 PM

Political Science Instructor, Sheridan College

Posted by: Michael Walker at July 1, 2005 2:58 PM

Johan Branders, Rillaar, Belgium

Posted by: Johan Branders at July 1, 2005 3:55 PM

Keep up the good work and down with tyrants and bureaucrats.

Posted by: James Foye at July 2, 2005 10:19 PM

Bitte hundert modale Libertäre gegen einen Hoppe!!!

Long live freedom of speech!

Long live Mr. Hoppe!!!

Posted by: Carsten Rauschenbach at July 3, 2005 9:34 AM


Posted by: Carsten Rauschenbach at July 3, 2005 9:36 AM

Stay calm and strong. Keep up the good work.
Munich, Germany

Posted by: Anton Baldauf at July 9, 2005 9:16 AM

Für die Freiheit !

Posted by: Andreas Lehmann at July 10, 2005 3:36 PM

H. Bahadir Akin, Turkey

Posted by: Bahadir Akin at July 16, 2005 2:06 PM

Keep on Rockin' in the free world

Posted by: Torsten Frahm at July 18, 2005 7:06 AM

Dear Dr. Hoppe,

I've recently finished at Portland State, therefore I know exactly what you are going through, though not as a teacher, but as a student. In some cases I had to fight for an appropriate grade because my position is at odds with the conventional (Marxist) view.

I am currently reading your book "A theory of Socialism and capitalism," which I am enjoying very much despite the poor education I received at PSU. I admit that in some of the latter chapters I've resorted to making a chart to keep track of the arguments (I have no formal education in philosophy, but I do understand logic, being a computer scientist)

One thing I'm curious about is if you mean the "same thing" by "a-priori" as Kant, et al. Because you seem to indicate that the a priori/a posteriori dichotomy is false by pointing out that thinking about something before doing something is also doing something.

Anyway, it's a minor curiosity, but your linguistic argument seems to suggest (to my undereducated mind) that Kantian philosophy is invalid from the very first breath--not that I'm taking issue with that, since that would be a great relief to me!!!

I sincerely wish I was in the position to take one of your classes.

Anyway, keep up the good work and:



David Christian

Posted by: David Christian at July 18, 2005 7:28 PM

I am a student of economics at UFF ("Universidade Federal Fluminense", in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil) and I am thankful for your work and the work of other economists of the Austrian school that gave me a new, refreshing and ultimately important view of economics and society which, unfortunately, I cant possibly hope to find at my university.

I hope that you and others who dare to speak against the prevailing dogmas succeed in your battle for freedom.

Posted by: Roger Gonçalves Guimarães at July 20, 2005 10:46 PM

Keep on figthing for academic freedom!
Thomas Rudolf, Universitaet Bayreuth (Germany)

Posted by: Thomas Rudolf at July 22, 2005 6:45 AM

Free thinking is not the best possible option for developement.
It is the only one.
Keep it libertarian!
Mihai S.

Posted by: Sarbu Mihai at July 22, 2005 1:42 PM

Congratulations on your victory, In My humble opinion you are the best economics teacher they have

Posted by: Eric E Johnson at July 27, 2005 1:41 PM

Ich bin Ingenieur und lebe in Deutschland. Eine Stimme sagte mir, dass unsere Gesellschaft irgendwie krankt. Nach längerem Suchen bin ich auf Prof. Hoppe gestoßen. Zum Glück gibt es noch Denker von seinem Schlage. Danke Prof. Hoppe! Georg Möller Bad mergentheim, Deutschland

Posted by: Georg Möller at July 30, 2005 1:52 PM

I have read your book "Demokratie, der Gott der keiner ist" and I was extremely excited about your ideas. Seems like you are rediscovering long lost faith in ideas that seemed to have vanished in the gutter of our "modern" welfare state, ubiquitously taxing governements. Keep it up, you have my full support.


Clemens Winner

Posted by: Clemens Winner at August 6, 2005 3:59 PM

Keep on fighting for liberty. You have made me see the light. Thanks a lot.

Posted by: Jesper Rasmussen at August 9, 2005 6:00 AM

Hoppe is one of the economists who understands best what property rights are. He has come up with several interesting insights in political and economic research.

Jan Krepelka, Institut Constant de Rebecque, Switzerland

Posted by: Jan Krepelka at August 11, 2005 8:53 AM

I do not share Prof. Hoppe's enthusiasm for capitalism, but I demand the respect of his right to express his views, whichever they may be.
Nuno Cardos da Silva, Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon, Portugal

Posted by: Nuno Cardoso da Silva at August 13, 2005 5:00 AM

You've been an inspiration.

Posted by: Jack Parker at August 14, 2005 8:46 PM

Keep fighting Hans!

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Shame on UNLV.
Harold Hunt
Still free in North Carolina, and shame on all who try to end it.

Posted by: Harold Hunt at August 18, 2005 8:45 PM

Maikel Van Zaanen, Almere, The Netherlands

Posted by: Maikel Van Zaanen at August 19, 2005 11:01 AM

I know very little about Hoppe, but I support academic freedom. Too many scholars are being prevented from teaching/expressing their views. This is not a good sign. If we disagree with someone, we talk about it calmly and rationally.

Posted by: James at August 20, 2005 4:58 PM

Willem Coppenolle, Student, Flanders (Europe)

Posted by: Willem Coppenolle at August 21, 2005 6:46 PM

Mises Institute Member

Posted by: Larry R. Gavel at August 23, 2005 10:46 AM

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Posted by: Rick W. White at August 23, 2005 5:37 PM

Novello Papafava, Padova, Italy

Posted by: Novello Papafava at August 27, 2005 5:24 AM

With Hoppe there is HOPE, hope that democratic egalitarianism finally goes to where it belongs, into the garbage can of history. And hope that private property and freedom regain their proper place. Dear Professor Hoppe, please continue to arm us with your arguments and help us block the road to serfdom.

Posted by: Hubert Lerch at September 2, 2005 5:18 AM

Sam Huff
Muncie, IN

Posted by: Sam Huff at September 3, 2005 9:51 AM

Edward Stringham,
Department of Economics,
San Jose State University,
San Jose, CA 95192-0114,

Posted by: Edward Stringham at September 3, 2005 12:27 PM

James J. Pizzadili DC, Anchorage, Alaska

Posted by: James J. Pizzadili, D.C. at September 4, 2005 1:19 AM

My name is Kim Johnsen im a student at the university of Copenhagen.

Posted by: Kim Johnsen at September 4, 2005 11:40 AM

Let freedom ring. And may the tradition of individual freedom based on free markets be the ideal of the USA and maybe one day bring the freedom back to Europe.

Greetings from Germany

Posted by: Sebastian Landthaler at September 7, 2005 1:10 PM

I'm a student at UNLV, and professor Hoppe is one of our most intellectual professors on campus.

Posted by: Rafael Oganesyan at September 8, 2005 1:27 AM

My best wishes to Prof. Hoppe

Posted by: Rapisarda at September 8, 2005 4:36 AM

Dan Vorechovsky, Prague, Czech Republic.

Posted by: Dan Vorechovsky at September 9, 2005 5:13 AM

No comments

Posted by: Dr. Ben Hengeveld, the Netherlands at September 14, 2005 4:08 AM

I am most impressed by Hans Hoppe's magnificient reasoning, sometimes standing many conventional or PC thoughts upside down. That is the way humanity can develop and prosper. Such a talent should be encouraged, not critisized.

Best wishes from

Sture Astrom,
Politically interested retired businessman

who enjoyed last year's Copenhagen lecture thoroughly.

Posted by: Sture Astrom at September 14, 2005 12:28 PM

wolność rządzi !

Posted by: Adam Kruszewski at September 15, 2005 4:32 AM

Hunt them Down

No mercy for the political correct.

Posted by: Victor van Dijk at September 16, 2005 3:25 AM

ach te crazy moi koledzy to patryk Lipiec i paweł Sokolnicki i jesce dawid wylegała ja zawsze gała i Krzysiek Szamotulski to ja patryk Belien

Posted by: Patryk Belien at September 22, 2005 12:13 PM

Libertäre Grüße aus Deutschland.

Gregor Salmen, Menden, Germany.

Posted by: Gregor Salmen at September 24, 2005 3:36 AM

Lassen Sie sich nicht unterkriegen! Wir brauchen die libertäre Revolution auch in Österreich...

Walter Maschner, Hard, Vorarlberg

Posted by: Walter Maschner at September 25, 2005 1:31 PM

There seems a little more to this than just political correctness, me thinks: perhaps a fear of free market economics led to the original letter...

Posted by: Master Henry J. Golding at September 30, 2005 2:52 PM

Fight for freedom!

Posted by: René Schmitt at October 4, 2005 1:44 AM

Welcher Unterschied besteht zwischen der UNLV und anderen Instituten unter staatlich autoritärem Regime? Hat der Kampf Sinn? Im Moment sehe ich das so, da er viel Aufmerksamkeit erregt. Aber auf Dauer? Haushalten Sie bitte mit Ihren Kräften und Ihrer Zeit, ganz emotionslos.
Meine besten Wünsche, E.G.P.

Posted by: Ernst G. Pohlhausen, Bonn, Germany at October 4, 2005 7:29 AM

from Iceland

Posted by: Thordur at October 12, 2005 2:26 PM

Steve D. Klamm
Cedar Valley, Utah

Posted by: Steve D. Klamm at October 19, 2005 6:42 PM

The Administration of UNLV seems to need a little sensitivity training about the meaning of academic freedom.

A student who makes an unfounded charge against a faculity member which could result in dismissall should be held liable.

Posted by: R Johnson at October 23, 2005 9:33 PM

Thank you for all you have done for the cause of liberty.

Posted by: Michael Baxter at October 24, 2005 3:58 PM

from Prague

Posted by: Bohdan Ganicky at October 27, 2005 1:07 AM

Greetings from Basque Country, Spain, for a great champion of liberty. We need you Mr. Hoppe. Your Victory is ours.

Posted by: Fernando Barrera López de Lacalle at October 27, 2005 10:15 AM

I support Professor Hoppe's academic freedom against today's totalitarian thought police and its' stormtroopers.

Posted by: Jari Havela at October 30, 2005 12:40 PM

Keep up the good work.Freedom of speech!!!!

Posted by: Peter Van den Meerssche at November 1, 2005 5:37 PM

The cornerstone of education is opening the mind, stifling opposing views because you disagree with them is not more justified for unpopular topics than popular.

Posted by: James Littiebrant at November 1, 2005 7:06 PM

Dr. Hoppe is both a revolutionary and a scholar. His recent book, Democracy: The God That Failed is a four-star intellectual tour de force!

More thinkers of his variety are needed.

Posted by: Jimmy Licon at November 1, 2005 11:50 PM

The lecture is the private property of the teacher and to restrict or limit that private property in any form is to move in the wrong direction for the betterment of society.

Posted by: Philip Dimon at November 3, 2005 1:18 PM

Our position is anarchistic radical libertarian.

We believe in the principle of self-ownership. With regard to economic and political questions we hold radical-libertarian views. We are pro-capitalist and believe that any form of socialism creates poverty.

“Freedom does not mean a lack of discipline, rather it means responsibility. To be liberal doesn’t mean to rule, but to serve freedom.” Karl Hermann Flach (1929-1973)

Regrettably, today’s liberal idea has been adapted and manipulated in favor of socialistic interests and re-distribution. The abused and strange interpretation of “liberal” no longer reflects individual freedom appropriately. The libertarian idea has been revived by libertarians who still hold the original, classical values, and this idea supports the freedom for self-governance without pressure from the state.

Libertarians are realists. They don’t live in a dream world. They act non-violently from within the existing society. They don’t vote for left-wing or even right-wing extremists. They know that the promises of these freedom enemies (in Germany these would be the PDS and NPD) can only lead to more regulations and humiliations, in essence to even less freedom. But libertarians feel the responsibility to protect their right for freedom and independence through civil disobedience. They do this by maintaining a critical distance from the government as well as its democratic parties in accordance with the saying: “Less government – more freedom.” My personal pronounced anarchistic position is, as a goal I am working on: "No government - more freedom!"

Prof. Hoppe we, the whole family, cross our fingers for you!!!

Posted by: Robin Renitent at November 8, 2005 10:16 AM

I am a student at the University of Pittsburgh. Ideas are a sacred ideal that must be protected, especially (and only if) they are backed up on facts and sound ideas.

Posted by: Usman Mushtaq at November 10, 2005 4:00 PM

Outrageous....Academic freedom is reserved only for Far-Left Liberals from Boulder, CO. Please remember this.

Posted by: Brian Foote at November 16, 2005 3:12 AM

I fully agree with your stance and feel vindicated by your victory. I was a student in your class in 2001 and learned more about Economics in your Money and Banking class than all the other courses I took on Economics while at UNLV.

Posted by: Jeff Hulet at November 17, 2005 1:42 PM

I fully support Professor Hoppe in his battle for academic freedom against the assault on his freedom to teach.

Freedom. . . .


Posted by: RJohnson at November 18, 2005 2:36 PM

Manny Hoppe Muscatine, Iowa

Posted by: mannyhoppe at November 28, 2005 6:12 AM

As I am sure you are aware, university faculty are paid mostly by various government entities. Therefore, the government is their primary employer and they set the rules of employment. I would imagine that so-called acedemic freedom clauses are going to be revised in coming years removing all doubt as to who decides what is acceptable and who does what they are told. As the article says, Hoppe may have won the battle, but the outcome of the war is doubtful. Too many of today's faculty support the government's attempts to muzzle acedemic freedom. Eventually, they will get things setup such that you can't say anything the government doesn't like and a majority of the faculty will cheer the new rules as a savior.

Best wishes


writer of "my name is red" and "snow"

Posted by: Orhan Pamuk at December 2, 2005 4:25 AM

liberal reactionarism cannot be allowed to truimph here. This case is ridiculous.

Posted by: Jacob G. Hill at December 3, 2005 1:38 PM

"It would have loved the freedom, I create, at any time, but in the times in which we lived I feel inclined to adore it" Alexis de Tocqueville

Posted by: Alberto Fernández Alonso, Lcd. in Sociology at December 3, 2005 8:43 PM

Waldemar Sendor, Krakow Poland

Posted by: Waldemar Sendor at December 4, 2005 2:53 PM

Waldemar Sendor, Krakow Poland

Posted by: Waldemar Sendor at December 4, 2005 2:54 PM

my best to you and yours

Posted by: jarrod lehman at December 4, 2005 5:27 PM

Catherine Grayson, Nashville, Tennessee

Posted by: Catherine Grayson at December 6, 2005 3:03 PM

It's essential to respect academic freedom. Statements made by Professor Hoppe don't seem to be offensive.

Lima, Peru

Posted by: Luis M Delgado at December 15, 2005 8:10 AM

Thank you for your books and articles. Best of luck.

Posted by: Alex Tripodi at December 17, 2005 9:18 PM

UNLV MBA Student and local Las Vegas resident

Posted by: David Schnell-Davis at December 18, 2005 9:40 PM

Freedom of speech is absolute.

Posted by: Tuur Demeester at December 21, 2005 11:07 AM

Dr. med. Werner Ende
Facharzt für Innere Medizin und Labormedizin
D-83435 Bad Reichenhall Deutschland(Germany)
Go on Prof. Hoppe! The world lacks of critical and free speech and writing!
I fully agree with the students and Profs. from Your
University, supporting You with this statement!

Kind regards
Mit den besten Wünschen
für Ihre berufliche und publizistische

Werner Ende Thu Dec 29 00:09:16 2005

Posted by: Werner Ende MD at December 28, 2005 5:10 PM

Nature's victory is unevitable.

Posted by: Cezary Ostrowski at December 29, 2005 5:40 AM

Best wishes to Prof. Hoppe from Spain.

Posted by: Gloria Corella at December 29, 2005 2:58 PM


Posted by: Rene Schmitt at January 6, 2006 8:27 AM

Rob Wearne, Sydney Australia.

Prof Hoppe too few people are prepared to speak the truth.

Thank you.

Posted by: Rob Wearne at January 18, 2006 11:27 PM

Good luck! from Slovakia

Posted by: Michal Matovcik at January 23, 2006 9:04 AM

Guten Abend aus Mallorca, Prof. Hoppe!

My name is Roberto and am 40 years old. I have a joint degree in law and economics at the University of Deusto (83-88 Bilbao), then a Magister in Europa-Recht an der Universität des Saarlandes (88-91) (an institution you probably remember--> I had a great time there), then an LL.M in Banking & Financial Law from Boston Univ. .. this to my academic background, but I thing it's enough and i should stop here.

I live in the island where Prof. Huerta de Soto spends his holidays (he's a nice house in Cape Formentor), altough he does not have much free time left after running an insurance company and his academic career.

I am an ardient "supporter" of the same economic ideas that you defend, the "austrian" school, or maybe the "old spanish" school as some defend. I was taking a look at the LUDWIG VON MISES web and found your page and read the incident.


Certainly people who do not plan to have children, like for example, old people, homosexuals (except of course the ones who do plan to adopt children) or single heterosexual persons, who for different reasons do not want to have children or want to remian single (Like myself, at this point in time in my life) DO HAVE , ceteris paribus, a different time horizon regarding economical decisions such consumtion or investment riks...

IF you have to support a family, you would , ceteris paribus, behave otherwise economically for you have to provide/think not only for yourself, but are also responsible for others, in other words, you would tend ceteris paribus to save more and be more cautious with yourinvestments, so there is enough for your children school or college ans so on.

Being single and not planing to have children, I do tend to consume more right away, as I would do if I'd plan to have children.

My former girl-friend in Köln, who does not want/ plan to have children either, consumes almost all the money she earns travelling around the world...If she'd plan to have (or adopt) children in the future, she would save more and consume less.

My homosexual neighbor, who does not plan to have children, spends more right away (nice cars, travels a lot too, etc,) that he'd do if he had ocnsidered having children.

I have several homosexual clients (german), and none of them has or plans to have children, and they do behave different economically speaking; even when I recently talked about estate plannig with one them, he said to me he'd rather spend most of the assets he has now during his calculated life-time and the he does not want to leave anything to long distance relatives he does not even know.

The same economical behaviour had two lesbians friends of mine, who make a quite a lot of money by the way, for almost 20 years --> a lot of upright consumtion...(this has changed when they recently decided to adopt a child: now they save a little bit more and spend a little less).

This morning I was reading in a law journal an article about credit card companies who direct their marketing and client-acquisitions campaing specially to singles and homosexuals, because from the studies and data they had collected, this kind of groups tend to "burn" their credit-cards, and are good customers for credit-card companies.

Well; the reference you made in your class to homosexuals (or elderly people,... or die-hard singles like me!) having a different "time horizont" or a different relative attitude to consumtion, saving and risk, as persons with familiar responsibilities to take care of, is correct, ceteris paribus(of ocurse if you have a big family but you happen to win the lottery or, you may spend as easily as your carefree single professional in his 40's with no kids.

At least I think so, and some other people laso think so, for example my homosexual friends, with whom I talked about this, and who are indeed a very good example of this different attitude to consumtion or savings: having no descendendy they do indulge more in consumtion or risky investments, and they are quite right to do so...

Or should they rather stop or curtail their easygoing (and economically rational!! for they have no descendats to leave their wealth to)
consuming attitudes and reing in his burn the credit card habits so that the spanish or geman state or the son of a cousin whom they don't know or care about finally inherits the money they do not spend.


I fail to see how your quite correct and rational comment could in any way be construed as an attack on homosexuals.

In any case it would be quite to the contrary: it proves the rationale (and the independence,I might add) of their economic behaviour, which is the same as of other persons in the same situation --> elderly heterosexuals or heterosexuals who do not want or plan to have children, like me, and beleive me we are GROWING number of "odd people" (at leats it's what my parents and friends think of my decission not to marry and not to bring children to this world) altough we still are not so numerous as homosexuals are. But we are growing!

I FAIL to see how saying what you stated does create an "hostile enviroment" or whatever the Kommissars of "politic correctness" (in the U.S. understanding of that concept) said.

It's like if a statistics professors would say that more words stating with the syllabe "Ho-" such as "Homer Simpson", "Hooligan", "Howard", "homosexual", "homofobic", "homoplatus",or "Horrendous" tend to be derived from the latin root "hominis", as words starting with "Hi-" are...And then somebody in your class accusing you of insulting or not respecting the rights of gay groups ... for using the word "homosexual" in vain or with some treacherous, malevolous intention.

The first reaction (mine at least) would be to think if the student is utterly stupid, just plain dumm or had been smoking a "joint" or taking drugs that morning, to say that stupidity, or to think that he is just provoking me. OR Maybe it was an excuse, a farce, and he just hates profs. from germany or whose first name is Hermann and wear glasses.

It makes nosense whatsoever, BUT- AND THE BIGGER PROBLEM in my oppinion lies here- THE REACTION OF YOUR UNIVERSITY IS EVEN MORE INCREDIBLE!! It's a joke?!?

I do even considered that all those statements about your or th UNLV's freeedom of education, of research, etc., are "Fehl am Platze", have actually NOTHING TO DO with the issue, really.

The issue is and first question is: HOW IS POSSIBLE THAN AN INDIVIDUAL (understandable: there are more than enough superidiots dressed as idiots in universities) AND THEN YOUR WHOLE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY proceed against you for
saying what you said.

CEteris paribus, homosexuals (or singles heterosexcual with no kid plans) do tend to behave economically as you said. IS THIS CREATING AN HOSTILE TEACHING ENVIROMENT OR WHATEVER?

Lucky you that you are not in a sociology class and did not say anythig of the sort that homosexuals, are more often than not, brighter, cleaner, more polite and sensitive, with better "taste" for clothes or less rude than my personal experience and opinion. Then they would have crucifixed you.


IT seems as if you cannot say anything at all regarding homosexuals in an unversity class at UNLV, for they'll attack and destroy you, even if you say some thing as simple and value-"neutral" as the fact that homosexuals, who usually do not have children, do tend for thast reason to have different "time horizons" or consumer/saver habits , as persons with kids to support do.

If the UNLV has not yet understood (kapiert), that it owes you AN EXTREMELY BIG apology, than one has to feel sorry for the sorry state and intellectual or ethical capabilities of your university.

Ich wünschen Ihnen weiterhin viel Erfolg.
Es ist höchstnotwendig sich gegen diese Vollidioten (fast im technischen Sinne) zu verteidigen und ihnen im Wege zu stehen.

Posted by: Roberto Mazorriaga Las Hayas, Spain at February 2, 2006 7:25 PM

Pro free speach! Political correctism is our biggest enemy.

Posted by: Henne at February 3, 2006 10:41 AM

Your ideas are more profoundly rational than even Ayn Rand's. The criticism against you, as others have elaborated, is, on its face, ludicrous. Only the mentally retarded could sincerely believe you were speaking maliciously.
Even my homosexual friends would agree. Please never compromise. The world is short of Heros.
"Tu ne cede malis."

Very best regards, Professor.
William Schoenen Jr.
Morganton, NC

Posted by: William Schoenen Jr at February 4, 2006 2:56 PM

Independent intellectuals and great thinkers are a rare commodity nowadays and Prof. Hoppe certainly belongs to this species. As a former international student at UNLV almost 17 years ago, I can truly say that he had an inspiring impact on my life and his teaching leads ceratinly to much more responsibility in this ever-growing global society.

Posted by: Wittmann, Ernst at February 7, 2006 7:40 AM

Keep up the Good Fight Professor Hoppe.

Posted by: Sam Kain at February 10, 2006 8:06 AM

You are an inspiration and resource for freedom oriented folks everywhere. We at appreciate your work and the work of the Mises Institute.

Posted by: Larry at February 10, 2006 8:09 AM

The Netherlands

Posted by: Jelle Verhoef at February 12, 2006 7:49 AM

As in "Animal Farm", Napoleon and Snowball have to eliminate all their critics to further the hegmonic, benevolent society.

Posted by: Robert Cantwell at February 16, 2006 5:38 PM

Never give up or temper your message.

Posted by: Angelo at February 18, 2006 10:00 AM

Devin Snead, Houston, Texas

Posted by: Devin Snead at February 18, 2006 10:45 PM

Fortunately the time preferences of University administrators are very low, so I'm sure their attention spans were exhausted on this issue long ago.

Posted by: William Walker at February 26, 2006 12:30 PM

Neither jackals nor the jackasses that worship them can keep a superior man hobbled for any real stretch. Following the initial swipe they must commit themselves wholly to cultivating doubt among onlookers upon the question of their motives.

One hopes that the distinguished Professor Hoppe is never again made to endure such utter foolishness.

Posted by: David McClain at February 27, 2006 4:03 AM

Gairuzazmi Ghani. University of Southern California

Fight On.

Posted by: Gairuzazmi Ghani at February 28, 2006 3:37 PM


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Posted by: Justin M. Keyes at March 3, 2006 7:25 PM

Fort Wayne, IN.

Free speech for all.

Posted by: Martin Kraegel III at March 4, 2006 3:53 PM

Pierre-Yves Novalet, Brussels, Belgium

Posted by: Pierre-Yves Novalet at March 6, 2006 1:02 AM

Its a shame

Posted by: radek at March 10, 2006 8:57 AM

Daniel Alberto Alegrett Salazar, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela.

Posted by: Daniel Alegrett at March 13, 2006 8:50 AM

Justin Lerner, Spring Hill, Florida

Posted by: J.L. at March 13, 2006 6:42 PM

Go on and stand brave.

Greets from Austria

Posted by: Alexander Grießer at March 18, 2006 8:54 AM

Melissa Paulson, Las Vegas, NV

Posted by: Melissa Paulson at March 24, 2006 10:50 PM

Never surrender! The fight continues, and it will last until the victorious end! The world of the future will be free. The communism was overthroned, now it's time for this nasty whore - democracy!

Posted by: Jakub Urbanski, Poland at March 25, 2006 2:11 PM

What is the point of this blog? Are we trying to Lionize this man?

God Save the Czar! Nicholas, Martyr and Sovereign Rules.

Posted by: James Hansen at March 25, 2006 11:24 PM

Let's keep thought-experiments free.

Posted by: Pietro Poggi-Corradini at March 28, 2006 10:13 PM

Good Luck

Posted by: Lucia Cifonelli at March 29, 2006 12:14 PM

M.A., University of Northern Iowa, 1977

Posted by: Roleigh Martin at March 30, 2006 12:32 AM

Woodland Hills California

Posted by: Stephen Smrdel at March 30, 2006 12:42 PM

Hans-Hermann Hoppe must be supported with the same consideration of diversity as everyone else.

Posted by: Mark Keller at March 30, 2006 1:37 PM

I support Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe's right to teach economics his way at UNLV. I believe that he is the finest professor of economics in the United States.

Posted by: Lee Marcus, CPA at March 30, 2006 7:58 PM

Jesper Juul Andersen, Denmark

Posted by: Jesper Juul Andersen at March 31, 2006 12:21 PM

I love your thoughts and aspire to be like you.

Posted by: Ken at April 13, 2006 7:57 AM

Thankyou Hans and very many blessings to you.
I first heard you interviewed by Phillip Drew. Your conclusion of comparative harms of Democracy and Monarchy are the same as mine. It was good to hear another think on these things.


Posted by: Alto at April 17, 2006 5:08 PM

Keep up the good work dad. Your knowledge and ambition make me very proud.

Posted by: Emily Hoppe at April 17, 2006 10:40 PM