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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:

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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.

Addendum: The above declaration comes hard on the heels of a controversial op-ed by two professors in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Heather Macdonald reports:

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.


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