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Politics and Pieing
I read today on DrudgeReport that New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, speaking at Brown University, had a pie thrown at him and I pitied the poor conservatives who must have done this, those who clearly did not understand the value of free speech. It was much to my surprise when I read that attempted pieing was perpetrated by two so-called “environmental activists,” for whom Friedman was too far to the right.
Conservatives such as Pat Buchanon, Ann Coulter, Milton Friedman, David Horowitz, William Kristol, and others have all been thrown at by students on the left in the past. (After Ann Coulter was thrown at and missed by two students with evidently poor aim she commented that it is fortunate that liberals are so weak and bad at sports.) I would never expect something like to happen with Dartmouth students, but it is too bad that some of our intercollegiate peers seem to think that throwing a pie is somehow a substitute for reasoned debate on ideas.
In any event, it is a shame that Mr. Friedman, a fine columnists and I think a tremendously bright intellectual, had to face such a juvenile reception… although to be fair, it is Brown after all.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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