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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

my favorite response:

This is my favorite response yet to Summers resigning (from RedIvy):
A Sad Day
If the rumor mill is true, then tomorrow will go down in the annals of Harvard history as a truly sad day indeed. A moderate and effective President with many great ideas will be forced to resign by a group of very vocal socialist FAS professors that have hijacked this university, despite clear opposition from both the student body and the faculty of most of the graduate schools. It all started with a few innocent and completely appropriate comments made that were a little too much for the professors' vision of a socialist utopia embodied in Harvard. If we can be grateful for anything in this, it's that the pack of wolves who forced Summers out will have little or no say in who comes in next. Maybe our next president will help us to work towards giving them the boot, something that, I think we can all agree, is long overdue.
I honestly think that many Republicans are still fighting the Cold War, and I love it.

3 Comments:

At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Ranen said...

ok, if you take out the word socialist both times is it really that wrong? Summers is (or i guess i should say "was") a "moderate and effective President with many great ideas" he was "forced to resign by a group of very vocal (socialist) FAS professors" and there was "clear opposition from both the student body and the faculty of most of the graduate schools" If you go back and read the transcript of his actualy quote about women and science you could argue that it was just a few innocent comments. After that this comment turns to horse shit about giving the faculty the boot but the first 2/3 of it makes sense, republican or democrat. I'm going to miss the big guy. At least he says what's on his mind. That takes balls. I guess his must be just a bit too big.

 
At 6:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The italics on the words "socialism" followed by your concluding retort obviously reveals that you don't know your history.

The Cold War was a briefer period of superpower rivalry buttressed by earlier (and yes later) periods of "the long march throught the academy." Marxists and Fabian Socialists have always seen education as one important strategic channel for promoting their collectivist goals.

On recent history, writes University of Michigan's David Scobey - who directs the Arts of Citizenship Program there - "it is undeniable that higher education served as a refuge, perhaps the only powerful institutional refuge, for progressive politics in the face of the rightward tendency of national politics during the late twentieth century." http://www.artsofcitizenship.umich.edu/about/02102000.html

Now, better apprised of the facts, perhaps you care to revise your chortle?

-Orson

 
At 6:18 PM, Blogger andrew golis said...

Orson,

I actually know quite a lot about the history of the left at Harvard, and there hasn't been a significant "socialist" contingent here in over forty years. There may still be a handful of socialist professors out of hundreds and hundreds, but it is laughably absurd to say that it's a socialist faculty trying to impose a socialist utopia.

 

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