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Re: Duty & Dershowitz

By on 2.23.06 | 10:03AM

Dave, Alan Dershowitz is on a roll. In the Boston Globe he whacks away without mercy at the Harvard clique that's finally succeeded in making a Trotsky of Larry Summers.

Max Weber once wrote of their type, 'For of the last stage of cultural development, it might well be truly said: "Specialists without spirit, sensualists without heart; this nullity imagines that it has attained a level of civilization never before achieved."'

When Dershowitz writes that "Once the academic bloodletting began, it was difficult to stanch the wound," he describes the conversion of the academy into Weber's glorious professional nullity, of which junking Summers is only a part. "Now that this plurality of one faculty has succeeded in ousting the president," he goes on, "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. It should not be allowed to happen at Harvard in the wake of the coup d'etat engineered by some in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences."

The prosecution rests. Read my brief for a class-action suit against the Anticulture of Arts and Sciences here.

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