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A series of near riots on campuses aimed at silencing guest speakers has exposed the fact that our universities are no longer devoted to the free exchange of ideas in pursuit of truth But this hostility to free speech is only a symptom of a deeper problem writes John Ellis Having watched the deterioration of academia up close for the past fifty years Ellis locates the core of the problem in a change in the composition of the faculty during this time from mildly left leaning to almost exclusively leftist He explains how astonishing historical luck led to the success of a plan first devised by a small group of activists to use college campuses to promote radical politics and why laws and regulations designed to prevent the politicizing of higher education proved insufficient Ellis shows that political motivation is always destructive of higher learning Even science and technology departments are not immune The corruption of universities by radical politics also does wider damage to primary and secondary education to race relations to preparation for the wor This is a very important book one that will be uickly labeled 'reactionary' and a host of other negative epithets It will be so labeled because of the accuracy of its argument the fearless nature of its recommendations and the passion and relentlessness of its rhetoric Basically it takes the 'tenured radicals' notion explored by Roger Kimball and pursues it to its endpointWhen the SDS issued its Port Huron statement it was not taken seriously because the SDS consisted of a few hundred individuals in a nation of hundreds of millions but the promised Gramscian march through the institution of higher education eventually happened and its results are now largely irreversible This happened because of a confluence of events—the expansion of the universities each crying out for additional faculty and resulting in job opportunities for the politically radical as well as the reduction of reuirements for higher degrees; the opposition to the Vietnam war radicalizing students in mass numbers; the civil rights movement which was good and pure in motive but eventually utilized to extend tribalism identity politics and the fracturing of society into interest groups all examined brilliantly by Christopher Caldwell in his recent book THE AGE OF ENTITLEMENT 2020 and Lyndon Johnson's so called 'great society' programs developed explicitly to encourage dependency and guarantee a solid voting bloc for decadesAs these events intermingled and created a multiplier effect the nation's colleges and universities were captured by the far left principally in the humanities and soft social sciences but with ripple effects demands for diversity over excellence reductions in reuirements the attempted 'theorizing' of disciplines reductions in expectations and other efforts which began to erode STEM fields as well The ultimate result—our current plight—is a system of 'higher education' which is often a system of indoctrination The principal problem here is that the far left is convinced of its rectitude and convinced of its program and is as a result incompetent to teach since true education is absolutely dependent on the ability to see multiple sides of issues present multiple sides of issues and inculcate a spirit of analysis which is designed to pursue truth satisfy curiosity recognize the dimensions of great art and thought and not to force acceptance of orthodoxy This is why we have lost free speech on campus This is why politically driven faculty hire other politically driven faculty and distort university budgets by including offices filled with apparatchiks whose role is to reinforce orthodoxyNote that in the course of his argument JE offers a number of interesting insights For example the overwhelmingly higher proportion of left leaning to right leaning faculty continues to grow inexorably but it is still distorted by the few remaining senior faculty who are 'traditional' educators first and not political activists They show up in some of the faint 'conservative' numbers in the statistics but they are about to retire or like JE and myself are already retired If they exist they

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