I must admit that it does feel good to be vindicated. I've been ranting and raving about rampant leftist indoctrination and political correctness in American colleges and universities for over 10 years now. Two prominent Civil War bloggers have been faithful to poo-poo my posts and evidence. That's not surprising as both of them are heavily invested in that particular worldview.
Don't get me wrong, as a contrarian by nature, vindication is not something I need to press on or be confident in my opinions and perspectives. (If you don't believe me, ask my wife.) Nonetheless, it is rather gratifying to see (day by day and increasingly frequent) those contrarian opinions vindicated. Such is the case today.
Providence College English Professor Anthony Esolen recently made the following comments about "higher ed" in a National Review piece. It's taken from his latest book:
Debauchery, perversion, contempt for your supposedly benighted ancestors, lazy agnosticism, easy and costless pacifism, political maneuvering, and an enforcement of a new orthodoxy that in denying rational analysis seeks to render itself immune to criticism. You sink yourself in debt to discover that your sons and daughters have been severed from their faith, their morals, and their reason. Whorehouses and mental wards would be much cheaper. They might well be healthier, too.Professor Esolen has apparently been subjected to the same criticism about his observations that I have, i.e., cherry picking the most extreme anecdotal evidence to support your opinion. As I've noted on numerous occasions, at some point, the anecdotal evolves into the empirical. We long ago crossed that threshold when it comes to evidence of academia's leftist indoctrination and extremism. It's now daily headlines. The good professor's opinion on such criticism is almost verbatim what I've said:
People who say that such events are rare and therefore not to be taken too seriously are either fools or liars.I more frequently call them "ignorant or complicit", but Elosen's characterization may work for some. It is also worth noting that Elosen is careful to point out that one of the tenets of the "new orthodoxy" in academia is to swear allegiance to the fact that Americans must hold contempt for our "supposedly benighted ancestors." Is that not what you see on a daily basis from many academic related history blogs? You know it is.
This is part of the "moral reformer" DNA: "We are morally superior to all previous generations and, therefore, obligated to pronounce them evil."
You know I'm right. You see it on the