Unlike that school in North Carolina, we at The Blaze believe everyone has the right to free speech. However, we also believe that just because you have the right, it doesn't necessarily mean you should say whatever is on your mind.
For instance, we’d advise against publicly referring to Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber, as a "very rational" modern day “prophet.”
Why? Because Kaczynski’s currently serving a life sentence for murdering three people with mail bombs, that’s why. It’d be like going to a cocktail party and opening up with an anecdote about how charming you think Ted Bundy is. Just don’t do it.
But despite his incarceration, and despite the fact that he's nicknamed the "Unabomber," David Skrbina, a lecturer at U of M-Dearborn, argues that the infamous domestic terrorist offers a "very rational" critique of modern society.
"The reason why he sent the bombs was not so much because he thought killing people would do any good, the reason was that it gave him the leverage to force the publication of [his] manifesto," Skrbina told The Chronicle of Higher Education.
"In a sense he had this larger cause, which is a noble cause. If it turns out to be true that there is this vital threat to the planet or to humanity, there'll be no doubt that Kazcynski was right, that the technological system is a kind of mortal threat," he added.
Skrbina’s new book, “Technological Slavery,” is a collection of his correspondences with Kaczynski.
And although Skrbina condemns Kaczynski’s murder of three innocent people in the book's forward, there's still an air of admiration for the incarcerated man.
"[H]e was one of the few people who had the guts to stand up and say [that technology is a mortal threat], and to say that only the most radical action against the system can protect us from these worst possible outcomes," Skrbina said. "So, it may yet turn out to be true that he was a prophet and potentially a kind of savior of humanity and the planet."
Skrbina even sort of compares Kaczynski to President Obama when he argues with his students about the validity of teaching Unabomber theory.
"If I wanted to be sarcastic, I'd say our president kills people all the time, why should we listen to a murderer called Barack Obama?" he asked. "But we do. OK, it's a different context and different circumstances, but there's a kind of parallel there."
The Washington Examiner’s Joel Gehrke notes that some students "are clearly fans and take class after class with the professor, appreciating the way he raises questions others shy away from."