Carol Platt Liebau: All Wrong

Thursday, February 23, 2006

All Wrong

Richard Bradley (aka Richard Blow) writes one of the silliest pieces I've seen in the LA Times in a long time -- and that's saying something.

Bradley argues that Larry Summers was done in not because of politics, but because he was trying to make Harvard University more like Washington, whatever that means, and the Harvard faculty (presumably, bravely, in Bradley's view) was simply resisting politicization. In a nutshell, Bradley argues:

Summers was ousted not because of a clash of conservative versus liberal ideologies. After all, Summers was Bill Clinton's former Treasury secretary. He is a liberal.

Not by Harvard standards, pal -- by that measuring stick, he's a reactionary right winger (and so is Bill Clinton, for that matter). And Bradley's written a book about Harvard? Wouldn't trust much that it says . . . he doesn't know what he's talking about.


Blogger Wickedpinto said...

I'm sorry a guy named "dick blow" almost sounds satirical.

And From what I get of the Summers ouster, it is based more on the "rights" of minorities, after all, wasn't he behind the. . . MAN! whats the name of that rotten lowlife race hating scumbag who's skin happens to be black?'s resignation? And what sort of VILE and HATEFUL act did summers commit against that guy? he said "write a scholarly work sometime this year" OH! THE DREAD!!

Anyways, that ridiculous true story above, makes me make this comment.

there is a difference between an appreciation of minority rights, and an exaltation of minority rights. The former is an acknowledgement is not perfect, and the latter is a proof that university's in fact want to be plutocratic rulers without any sort of repercussions. (I picked the right "-cracy" didn't I? Plotocracy?)

9:27 PM  
Blogger Cowboy Steve said...

The Cornell West ouster did upset the fringe elements of the faculty, and they were the driving force behind his leaving.

The characterization of the University as a whole as wanting to do away with him is incorrect, he had significant support in the Graduate Department, the administration as a whole and many Alumni.

What is apparent, and the most disturbing aspect of the situation is the utter unwillingness to stand up to the p.c Mullah's(ettes) on the undergraduate faculty, once the fatwa was issued against him, he was doomed, anyone who spoke in his defense would be branded a sexist, racist, homophobe, etc...

It was the cartoon riots on the Charles.

That's how it looks from here.

1:48 PM  

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