E. B. White – Writings from The New Yorker 1927-1976 (1949)

A healthy university in a healthy democracy is a free society in miniature. The pesky nature of democratic life is that it has no comfortable rigidity; it always hangs by a thread, never quite submits to consolidation or solidification, is always being challenged, always being defended. The seeming insubstantiality of this thread is a matter of concern and worry to persons who naturally would prefer a more robust support for the beloved structure. … But they do not always perceive that the elasticity of democracy is its strength—like the web of a spider, which bends but holds.

“Academic Freedom”

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