Harvard’s action was not a governmental policy, it’s true, as it was in the USSR (nor was the penalty for Grace death, or exile to Siberia—except perhaps in the metaphoric sense). But it has become way too prevalent in this country that, to advance in academia or journalism or any number of professions, one must toe the party liberal line, with ostracism the penalty for violations.
Some changes take long times to happen. Some, less.
The revered names in American higher education seem bent on changing themselves from hallowed facilitators of the country’s élan to fierce-visaged, implacable Grundys manning PC brake-presses to bend students so as to reflect light in the right way.
They don’t seem to realize just how much America is on to them, nor how quickly their brand is withering.
We will see.
One possible test:
Before Jimmy Carter was inaugurated one of his top aides, Hamilton Jordan, said that they were trying to break the establishment stranglehold on every administration.
If, he said, you see somebody like Cy Vance in a top position, you will know we failed.
That bright young crew was attempting the difficult. With Jimmah, the impossible.But Jordon proved prophetic. When Carter announced his cabinet Cyrus Vance was in it as Secretary of State. We know what a wonderful job he did. What he and Jimmah did is our most dangerous foreign policy challenge.
So maybe we should let Harvard and Yale keep charging $100,000 for school. Kind of like an Italian shoe maker.
But let’s stop prostrating ourselves before their magnificence. They’re colleges, not Ninja schools in Kill Bill V.
And judge them by how they treat the least among them.