Wednesday, November 20, 2002
Right. Does anybody remember hearing this debate? I remember hearing that the book had implications that would be uncomfortable to campus orthodoxy, and the rest was silence. The review shouldn't look as naive as it does. Campuses should be the place where our culture debates the crucial questions of our age. But of course modern campuses are nothing of the sort. What we have are political stances, social-transformationalist proclamations, chants, speakouts, and enormity unity of political opinion with deep and profound intolerance for those who disagree. Campuses don't debate; they silence those who deviate from orthodoxy rather than debate them and they do it with political power, not reason.
I suppose it's because it's late in the afternoon and I'm tired, but it is striking me as terribly, terribly sad that that review is so painfully naive about the capability or willingness of academics to genuinely debate anything of any real significance on campus.