It’s clear that DeSantis’s attacks on the content of research and teaching are part and parcel of his plans to eliminate university self-governance, end the labor protection of tenure, and cut the total higher education budget. . . . Conservatives’ outlandish claims that radical professors must be stopped from brainwashing students with critical race theory serve to discredit institutions of higher education in the public mind, legitimizing the funding cutbacks, the embrace of corporate management practices, and the elimination of labor protections. Academic freedom of all kinds is under assault.