2/22/2006

a shitstorm in a stinkpot

Alan Dershowitz had an op-ed hissy fit in todays Globe over Lawrence Summers' ouster. Now, I don't feel one way or another about Summers. He ran Harvard like the gazillion dollar corporation it is. But then Harvard can fairly well run itself. The flap over his comments about girls and boys that got so much play around this time last year and garnered him his first no-confidence vote was blown out of proportion and showed the worst tendencies of the left in response to the worst tendencies on the right, it's true, but who really cares? It's a testament to the Harvard community's ridiculously bloated image of Harvard as a cultural force.

Now that Summers has said to hell with it, and will be off to bigger and better things, Dershowitz is getting all wiggy over the "coup d'etat engineered by some in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences." He's afraid that now "the most radical elements of Harvard will be emboldened to seek to mold all of Harvard in its image. If they succeed, Harvard will become a less diverse and less interesting institution of learning governed by political-correctness cops of the hard left. This is what happened in many European universities after the violent student protests of the late 1960s."

Settle down Dershy. I mean, seriously, how relevant is the Faculty of Arts and Sciences anyway? Dershowitz himself has been living in the Harvard bubble too long. I mean he's been a professor of law there for 42 years. This internal squabble is not anything any of us outside of the bubble should pay the least mind to. I don't think Harvard's going to change the way it does business. I don't think any of the more culturally relevant and economically viable faculties are going to be suddenly radicalized, and remake America in the image of afroqueer clit-lit theory, or whatever their secret radical agenda is.

It's a shitstorm in a stinkpot is all it is.

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