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HYP Radicals Speak to Left Radicals
In watching Dartmouth’s (and other schools’) young radicals, I find myself amazed at how they march in lockstep. A group of scholars from HYP has now encouraged all students to break from their resective groups and, horror of horrors, think for themselves:
A real radical is someone with an independent mind, someone who goes against the prevailing ideological tide. We’ll watch — without holding our breath — for any sign that this advice has been followed.
On August 9, University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax and University of San Diego law professor Larry Alexander published an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer calling for a revival of the bourgeois values that characterized mid-century American life, including child-rearing within marriage, hard work, self-discipline on and off the job, and respect for authority. The late 1960s took aim at the bourgeois ethic, they say, encouraging an “antiauthoritarian, adolescent, wish-fulfillment ideal [of] sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll that was unworthy of, and unworkable for, a mature, prosperous adult society.”
Flaming radicals both.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
Good title; the real radicals today are those who point out the obvious that is not supposed to be noticed in order to protect Progressive sacred absolutes, in this case egalitarianism pushed to the level of absurdity.
The HYP professors should have included a specific warning to the students that the “actual bigots,” those who seek to “protect the hegemony of their opinions by claiming that to question those opinions is itself bigotry,” will unfortunately include many of their teachers and administrators.
Students should be told that a degree of deference is due to the opinions of faculty only when they are non-politicized statements strictly concerning their area of expertise; outside of that, a high degree of skepticism is in order.
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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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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