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    The Left Seizes Harvard
    February 22nd, 2006

    The American left, long in decline, has shored up its base, definitively seizing the high ground of American academia. The resignation of Lawrence Summers as president of Harvard University, the nation’s oldest, and the world’s richest and most prestigious university, marks a significant coup d’etat for the left.

    A faction, only a plurality within one segment of the university, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, has proven its ability to drive from office a brilliant and energetic leader who had been committed to pushing Harvard a little bit back toward the political center.

    The breaking point began to unfold when Summers dared to entertain as a possible hypothesis that there might be inherent differences between men and women, which in turn might affect the success females experience in mathematical and scientific endeavors. It has now been established that orthodox feminism, not free intellectual inquiry, determines what may be said by the leaders of Harvard. “Veritas,” Latin for “truth” should be replaced as Harvard’s official motto by some other expression. Perhaps the motto of the Red Guards during China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution: “Politics in command.”

    But Summers’ sins were multiple. He dared to suggest to Afro-American Studies Professor Cornell West that recording rap albums was not consistent with his scholarly function. He encouraged Harvard to return ROTC to campus, from which it had been expelled in an earlier wave of leftist bullying in 1969, and commended the value of patriotism. He spoke of the problem of grade inflation. And he dared to suggest that anti-Israel agitation, in the absence of comparable agitation over the same issues existing in other countries, smelled of anti-Semitism.

    Summers was correct on each and every one of these points. Almost undoubtedly, a broad majority of Americans would support him, if informed of the specifics and asked about them. But America’s campuses are becoming further and further removed from America’s mainstream values, a situation which will benefit neither academia nor society in the long run.

    The visible abandonment of the disinterested pursuit of the truth at a flagship institution undermines the rationale for taxpayer-funded grants and loans, subsidies to state institutions, private philanthropy, and ultimately to the prestige which is the foundation of the academy’s power in American life. At a time when knowledge and innovation matter more than ever, a critical generator of these resources is going on the fritz.

    One would think that when leadership of an institution powered by a nearly $26 billion endowment is being contested, there would be a fight to the end. Instead, Summers preemptively surrendered. Presumably this means that he understood he lacked the backing (where it counts – on the Harvard Corporation) to endure in the face of a challenge.

    What is bizarre is that the challenge came by only from leftists, who so far have failed to demonstrate more than a plurality of support within only one of the many faculties which comprise Harvard.

    The Harvard Corporation, which governs Harvard University, could boast that it is the oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere. Some within Harvard like to note that Harvard is also the world’s first decentralized corporation. Each of the faculties – such as Law, Medicine, Business, Dentistry, Design, Public Health, Education, Divinity, and the grand daddy of them all, Arts and Sciences – has its own endowment account, sets its own tuition, appoints its own faculty (tenure is subject to approval of the president – one of the few direct powers Summers enjoyed), and generally governs itself.

    There is an old saying within administrative circles at Harvard: “Every Tub its Own Bottom,” (so familiar it is abbreviated ETOB) meaning (among other things) that the price of such autonomy is that the impecunious Divinity School or Education School must scramble to pay their bills, never mind that the Faculties of Medicine, Law and Business experience much greater success in dunning their wealthy graduates for donations.

    The Faculty of Arts and Sciences, which includes humanities and social sciences faculty members, is the most leftist-inclined among the various “tubs.” Because the FAS teaches undergraduates, as well as graduate students not enrolled in the professional schools, it tends to be regarded as the “real” university. Its classrooms and offices dominate Harvard Yard and the central campus in Cambridge familiar to most visitors.

    Because so many undergraduates go on to enjoy great material success, the FAS is able to raise significant monies from alumni, and receives large gifts from outsiders to establish academic programs, research institutes, and other organs for funding and carrying out scholarship and teaching.

    The seven members of the Harvard Corporation evidently failed to rally around Summers, even though he serves as one of them. The fatal weakness of this power elite is that much of university life depends on willing adherence to norms and standards, rather than on incentives, detailed regulations, and penalties. This reliance on social control mechanisms rather than formal structures, empowers minority factions to create such a ruckus that fears of “ungovernability” arise. As the Boston Globe editorialized today, “Summers was losing the ability to be effective….”

    The lesson is now clear. Even the most powerful of universities can be bullied by a minority within a minority segment of the university. By yelling and protesting, by embarrassing with a potential vote of non-support, and ultimately by threatening non-compliance with the sacred informal rules governing academic life, the wealthy and influential members of even the most prestigious governing boards can be cowed.

    Because Harvard, for better or worse, is a role model for much of the rest of American higher education, the lesson will be learned on every campus. Truth is out and the power of protestors is in.

    A nascent dark age threatens the heart of our national ability to discover new knowledge, right at the critical point where young minds are trained and basic outlines of knowledge are set. It does not augur well for anyone other than enemies of our civilization, who reject new knowledge and innovation.

    Thomas Lifson is the editor and publisher of The American Thinker. He received graduate degrees from and served as a member of both the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Business Administration at Harvard.

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    Free speech is great, as long as it is THEIR free speech. Keep them from power lest you go to jail for saying something they don't like. Of course, keeping them from power shouldn't be a problem, as long as they keep talkin'. LOL

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    not to be RUDE!butt would you just get to the point "SANS" any of the 'POLITICAL" retoric!?is it the quality of life you are concerned with!?the quality of effectiveness!?the quality of results!?the SPREAD OF QUALITY!?vrs WHATEVER!?hehe!!thank you,your obediant servant,your toilet cleaner....hehe!!and hey!!can i get a raise!/minimum wage just dont CUT IT in the REAL WORLD!!hehe!!

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    No one has sent any conservatives to jail for free speech. You only hear about liberals going to jail. Please give us some examples of some conservatives going to jail over the issue of free speech Pwrone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone
    The Left Seizes Harvard
    February 22nd, 2006

    The American left, long in decline, has shored up its base, definitively seizing the high ground of American academia. The resignation of Lawrence Summers as president of Harvard University, the nation’s oldest, and the world’s richest and most prestigious university, marks a significant coup d’etat for the left.

    A faction, only a plurality within one segment of the university, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, has proven its ability to drive from office a brilliant and energetic leader who had been committed to pushing Harvard a little bit back toward the political center.

    The breaking point began to unfold when Summers dared to entertain as a possible hypothesis that there might be inherent differences between men and women, which in turn might affect the success females experience in mathematical and scientific endeavors. It has now been established that orthodox feminism, not free intellectual inquiry, determines what may be said by the leaders of Harvard. “Veritas,” Latin for “truth” should be replaced as Harvard’s official motto by some other expression. Perhaps the motto of the Red Guards during China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution: “Politics in command.”

    But Summers’ sins were multiple. He dared to suggest to Afro-American Studies Professor Cornell West that recording rap albums was not consistent with his scholarly function. He encouraged Harvard to return ROTC to campus, from which it had been expelled in an earlier wave of leftist bullying in 1969, and commended the value of patriotism. He spoke of the problem of grade inflation. And he dared to suggest that anti-Israel agitation, in the absence of comparable agitation over the same issues existing in other countries, smelled of anti-Semitism.

    Summers was correct on each and every one of these points. Almost undoubtedly, a broad majority of Americans would support him, if informed of the specifics and asked about them. But America’s campuses are becoming further and further removed from America’s mainstream values, a situation which will benefit neither academia nor society in the long run.

    The visible abandonment of the disinterested pursuit of the truth at a flagship institution undermines the rationale for taxpayer-funded grants and loans, subsidies to state institutions, private philanthropy, and ultimately to the prestige which is the foundation of the academy’s power in American life. At a time when knowledge and innovation matter more than ever, a critical generator of these resources is going on the fritz.

    One would think that when leadership of an institution powered by a nearly $26 billion endowment is being contested, there would be a fight to the end. Instead, Summers preemptively surrendered. Presumably this means that he understood he lacked the backing (where it counts – on the Harvard Corporation) to endure in the face of a challenge.

    What is bizarre is that the challenge came by only from leftists, who so far have failed to demonstrate more than a plurality of support within only one of the many faculties which comprise Harvard.

    The Harvard Corporation, which governs Harvard University, could boast that it is the oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere. Some within Harvard like to note that Harvard is also the world’s first decentralized corporation. Each of the faculties – such as Law, Medicine, Business, Dentistry, Design, Public Health, Education, Divinity, and the grand daddy of them all, Arts and Sciences – has its own endowment account, sets its own tuition, appoints its own faculty (tenure is subject to approval of the president – one of the few direct powers Summers enjoyed), and generally governs itself.

    There is an old saying within administrative circles at Harvard: “Every Tub its Own Bottom,” (so familiar it is abbreviated ETOB) meaning (among other things) that the price of such autonomy is that the impecunious Divinity School or Education School must scramble to pay their bills, never mind that the Faculties of Medicine, Law and Business experience much greater success in dunning their wealthy graduates for donations.

    The Faculty of Arts and Sciences, which includes humanities and social sciences faculty members, is the most leftist-inclined among the various “tubs.” Because the FAS teaches undergraduates, as well as graduate students not enrolled in the professional schools, it tends to be regarded as the “real” university. Its classrooms and offices dominate Harvard Yard and the central campus in Cambridge familiar to most visitors.

    Because so many undergraduates go on to enjoy great material success, the FAS is able to raise significant monies from alumni, and receives large gifts from outsiders to establish academic programs, research institutes, and other organs for funding and carrying out scholarship and teaching.

    The seven members of the Harvard Corporation evidently failed to rally around Summers, even though he serves as one of them. The fatal weakness of this power elite is that much of university life depends on willing adherence to norms and standards, rather than on incentives, detailed regulations, and penalties. This reliance on social control mechanisms rather than formal structures, empowers minority factions to create such a ruckus that fears of “ungovernability” arise. As the Boston Globe editorialized today, “Summers was losing the ability to be effective….”

    The lesson is now clear. Even the most powerful of universities can be bullied by a minority within a minority segment of the university. By yelling and protesting, by embarrassing with a potential vote of non-support, and ultimately by threatening non-compliance with the sacred informal rules governing academic life, the wealthy and influential members of even the most prestigious governing boards can be cowed.

    Because Harvard, for better or worse, is a role model for much of the rest of American higher education, the lesson will be learned on every campus. Truth is out and the power of protestors is in.

    A nascent dark age threatens the heart of our national ability to discover new knowledge, right at the critical point where young minds are trained and basic outlines of knowledge are set. It does not augur well for anyone other than enemies of our civilization, who reject new knowledge and innovation.

    Thomas Lifson is the editor and publisher of The American Thinker. He received graduate degrees from and served as a member of both the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Business Administration at Harvard.

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    Free speech is great, as long as it is THEIR free speech. Keep them from power lest you go to jail for saying something they don't like. Of course, keeping them from power shouldn't be a problem, as long as they keep talkin'. LOL

    Ha..ha..ha.. This degenerate, fascist weasel is at it again treating us to yet another bizarre vision of his little parallel universe as seen through the looking glass of right-wing, Zionist hypocrisy.

    If anybody wants to get a look at what real censorship and "doublethink" thought control is all about, all one needs to do is take a look at what happened to a guy named David Irving in Austria this week.

    Yes, there really are people going to jail for exercising free speech, but not for imaginary things cooked up in the deluded fantasy world of "pwrone".

    They are going to jail for saying things that don't happen to fit the rigid, politically correct orthodoxy of "pwrone's" favorite and most cherished group, the Zionists.

    (click here )
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4733820.stm

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    Yes. You Jew-hating pus-oozing race-baiting moron, that is precisely the story I am referring to. These are liberals , not 'Jews' who enact laws to sauve their conscience. It is a particularly liberal trait. It is just political correctness run amok, coming to a town near you. Soon.

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    Please demonstrate that it was "liberals" responsible for enacting whatever laws that make it illegal in Austria to deny the holocaust.

    If no such law(s) actually exist, then please demonstrate that it was "liberals" for sentencing him to prison despite no law existing making holocaust denial a crime.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone
    Yes. You Jew-hating pus-oozing race-baiting moron, that is precisely the story I am referring to. These are liberals , not 'Jews' who enact laws to sauve their conscience. It is a particularly liberal trait. It is just political correctness run amok, coming to a town near you. Soon.

    But, haven't you declared time and again ad nauseam throughout your rabid rantings that the seditious, anti-American, Jew hating, "librul" scum are bereft of and beneath a conscience? So what, pray tell, conscience are you talking about? Let's face it. You're a very mixed up, poor excuse for a human being. You should, at least, stop lying to yourself about that. Believe me, you're not hiding it from anybody else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dante
    Ha..ha..ha.. This degenerate, fascist weasel is at it again treating us to yet another bizarre vision of his little parallel universe as seen through the looking glass of right-wing, Zionist hypocrisy.

    If anybody wants to get a look at what real censorship and "doublethink" thought control is all about, all one needs to do is take a look at what happened to a guy named David Irving in Austria this week.

    Yes, there really are people going to jail for exercising free speech, but not for imaginary things cooked up in the deluded fantasy world of "pwrone".

    They are going to jail for saying things that don't happen to fit the rigid, politically correct orthodoxy of "pwrone's" favorite and most cherished group, the Zionists.

    (click here )
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4733820.stm
    haha, funny.. You want us to compare what happend to this Harvard guy to what happened to a guy in Austria?? Hahahaha. Cmon man. Austria.

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    But Summers’ sins were multiple. He dared to suggest to Afro-American Studies Professor Cornell West that recording rap albums was not consistent with his scholarly function. He encouraged Harvard to return ROTC to campus, from which it had been expelled in an earlier wave of leftist bullying in 1969, and commended the value of patriotism. He spoke of the problem of grade inflation. And he dared to suggest that anti-Israel agitation, in the absence of comparable agitation over the same issues existing in other countries, smelled of anti-Semitism.

    Can anyone tell me why any of this stuff is a bad thing? Just on the surface, are any of these ideas so horrible that he should resign?

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    Quote Originally Posted by USNavySubSailor

    Can anyone tell me why any of this stuff is a bad thing? Just on the surface, are any of these ideas so horrible that he should resign?
    Doesn't it make you wonder what the real reason was that he did?


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    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone
    The Left Seizes Harvard

    A nascent dark age threatens the heart of our national ability to discover new knowledge, right at the critical point where young minds are trained and basic outlines of knowledge are set. It does not augur well for anyone other than enemies of our civilization, who reject new knowledge and innovation.
    The bombastic and frivolous ravings about the librul lefist boogieman seizing control of Harvard ignores the tyrannical domination that the reactionary right had over the campus for many years. In another dark age in the not very distant past the ultra-right was very busy destroying young minds. The CIA and military spooks were using the whole campus as laboratory for military mind control experiments. This is only one bizarre episode in the Harvard’s history and a reminder to those that would take any of Lawrence Summer's ideological babble seriously or to let it stand unchallanged.

    Ted K the CIA & LSD
    CounterPunch

    by alexander cockburn and jeffrey st. clair

    July 15, 1999
    Ted K., the CIA & LSD
    It turns out that Theodore Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber, was a volunteer in mind-control experiments sponsored by the CIA at Harvard in the late 1950s and early 1960s.


    Timothy Leary and the CIA
    http://www.mindcontrolforums.com/hambone/tlcia.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone
    Yes. You Jew-hating pus-oozing race-baiting moron, that is precisely the story I am referring to. These are liberals , not 'Jews' who enact laws to sauve their conscience. It is a particularly liberal trait. It is just political correctness run amok, coming to a town near you. Soon.

    yea, Austria has always been known to be quite "liberal".
    is that a joke???

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    Quote Originally Posted by umdkook
    yea, Austria has always been known to be quite "liberal".
    is that a joke???
    I was wondering the same thing, umdkook. Hence:

    Quote Originally Posted by Yirmeyahu
    Please demonstrate that it was "liberals" responsible for enacting whatever laws that make it illegal in Austria to deny the holocaust.

    If no such law(s) actually exist, then please demonstrate that it was "liberals" for sentencing him to prison despite no law existing making holocaust denial a crime.

    Thanks.
    This has as yet been unanswered.

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    Are you becoming enfeebled? Seriously...the well is running dry on the left of this forum. Okay...slowly now... do you understand the concept of 'political correctness'? Do you think that it is a liberal invention for keeping people from talking about the truth of issues by making them socially unacceptable? If you have a better definition, please pipe up. Do you doubt that our left is demonstrably awed and infatuated by all things European, especially weakness and depravity(please note left-leaning judges looking to europe for guidance)? Can you follow this through to the end on your own, now? No?

    Can you think of a more stark example of political correctness than this jailing in Austria? Do you comprehend that at least half of all the racial problems now being suffered by our European friends are due to their mewling acquiescence to political correctness? Think they maybe should have SAID something? LOL

    As in europe, if liberals have their way, we will soon be able to marry animals. Also, saying stuff they do not like to hear will land you in jail. If you don't see the future of sick American liberalism in Europe, well...you just ain't lookin'! Try harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone
    Are you becoming enfeebled? Seriously...the well is running dry on the left of this forum. Okay...slowly now... do you understand the concept of 'political correctness'? Do you think that it is a liberal invention for keeping people from talking about the truth of issues by making them socially unacceptable? If you have a better definition, please pipe up. Do you doubt that our left is demonstrably awed and infatuated by all things European, especially weakness and depravity(please note left-leaning judges looking to europe for guidance)? Can you follow this through to the end on your own, now? No?

    Can you think of a more stark example of political correctness than this jailing in Austria? Do you comprehend that at least half of all the racial problems now being suffered by our European friends are due to their mewling acquiescence to political correctness? Think they maybe should have SAID something? LOL

    As in europe, if liberals have their way, we will soon be able to marry animals. Also, saying stuff they do not like to hear will land you in jail. If you don't see the future of sick American liberalism in Europe, well...you just ain't lookin'! Try harder.

    Bla..bla.bla.. This guy is like a toy wind up monkey. Wind it up and it goes: "librul" "librul" "librul" "librul" all fvcking day...like the energizer bunny. Now we have the energizer fascist chimp. But the batteries never run down, no matter what. Does anybody have a bat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pwrone
    Are you becoming enfeebled? Seriously...the well is running dry on the left of this forum. Okay...slowly now... do you understand the concept of 'political correctness'? Do you think that it is a liberal invention for keeping people from talking about the truth of issues by making them socially unacceptable?
    Enfeebled? Cute, maybe you didn't read my post.
    Your the one suffering from paranoid delusions!!
    Who is stopping this guy from talking?
    Answer NO ONE!!
    No one is listening to him though, with good reason, he's a babbling lunatic!!

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