The world is more complicated than most of us like to acknowledge. Of course, in the end we’ll be divided into sheep and goats, and that’s all that will matter, but in the meantime there are lots of factions and infighting, especially among the goats. Think Jacobins and Girondins, Stalin and Hitler, or Auburn and Alabama. (That last is a joke by an Arkansan transplanted to Alabama.)
I never thought I would link to a Huffington Post article on this blog, but today Lew Rockwell’s site pointed me to this piece by a former Barnard College professor railing against the liberal Establishment that fired him because he was too “edgy.” Apparently he celebrated the Seven Deadly Sins too vigorously in his American history classes and undermined the belief that “social progress” has always been advanced by those who are virtuous in their personal lives. In fact, he said that the “oppressors” of American history were right in everything they said about the “oppressed”; it’s just that his different value system “turned those epithets into tributes.”
I don’t think I would want this professor as a colleague, but his rejection by the tenure committee also smacks of hypocrisy. It’s interesting to see how when the rubber meets the road, a lot of talk about tolerance of differing viewpoints goes out the window at prestigious academic institutions.