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Prof says he’s ‘censored’ by ‘radical left-wing’ colleagues as he’s ‘banned’ from teaching anti-Marxism class to all

AN ECONOMIC professor of over twenty years claims he is being "censored" by "radical left-wing" colleagues after not being allowed to open an anti-Marxism class to all students.

Taught by Professor Evan Osborne at Wright State University in Ohio, Marxism: A History of Theory and Practice is allegedly an honors course.

According to the College Fix, Osborne has been given permission to teach the class in the fall to honors students as "only honors students may enroll in honors courses."

Osborne taught the class in 2014 in a similar format to honors students and wanted to offer it as an economics elective after the fact, opening it to all students.

"We have an angry, radical-left cohort in the department, they praise Marxism in the classroom, they will not let me teach critically about it, and numerous people in the university have refused to do anything about it," Osborne told the College Fix.

Having taught at Wright State University since 1994, Osborne has won several teaching awards including a Fullbright teaching grant.

The class in question is critical of Marxism while being “both an introduction to Marxist economic thought and the history of political power exercised in the name of that thought," according to the syllabus.

Students are reportedly assigned works by Karl Marx and look at the ramifications and Western romanticism of communism before ending the course with a positive outlook on capitalism.

Osborne believes that Marxism is favored in the school's curriculum and believes students need an "alternative" to that world view.

"“That my department is full of extremists who probably don’t belong in a business-college economics department, to be sure, is a manifestation of academic freedom,” Osborne said. “And I do not want to change how economics is taught at WSU, broadly speaking. I just want my academic freedom to offer a different view to also be respected.”

In December 2015, when economic's department's undergraduate committee looked at opening the class to all students, some of Osborne's colleagues allegedly emailed the department chair saying he was "teaching Marxism incorrectly."

Osborne also claimed that no other elective proposed in the economics department had ever been turned down.

In 2016-2017, Osborne was the interim department chair before taking sabbatical leave in 2018-2019.

He told the College Fix that during a separate incident, he was told he couldn't be apart of deciding if business-college faculty inside and outside the economics department could be tenured or promoted because he is a "white male."

Osborne struggled to get his class on Marxism on the spring and summer class schedules but succeeded in getting it on the fall schedule when the economics department chair changed.

The professor believes that "institutions of higher learning" are nearly all in a crisis.

"The indulgence of unapologetic lefitst censorship, at Wright State as elsewhere, is now impossible to justify."

"If faculty want to preach that Marxism is a triumph of human thought, so be it," he added. "If other faculty want to argue that actually it was a disaster, and a crime against humanity, this view should no longer be fanatically censored.”

Wright State University did not immediately respond to The Sun's request for comment.

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