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“Woke” McCarthyite Academe

July 28, 2021

A colleague from our undergraduate school years in the 1960’s asked whether I had read Victor Davis Hanson‘s “The American Descent into Madness.”

I replied that I had not but observed that Dr. Hanson, Emeritus Professor of Classics at Fresno State, is one of only two intellectual conservatives remaining at a severely diminished Hoover Institution.

I added that the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago had also experienced significant decline. Supported in its early years by wealthy Chicago businessmen, many of them Jews who fled persecution in Stalin’s Russia or Hitler’s Germany, the presence of Milton Friedman and Frederic Hayek symbolized their commitment to political and economic freedom.

All that has changed.

The day before, I had searched for contact information for a retired professor at Tufts University.My eyes were immediately drawn to a colored display of Tufts’ commitment to diversity

Diversity and Inclusion


“Tufts represents more than an opportunity to educate oneself. It offers a place to be oneself.”

— President Anthony P. Monaco

More on Diversity at Tufts

The University of Pennsylvania “compacts” with its community to “be radically inclusive.”

Penn Compact 2022

The Penn Compact 2022 motivates community members to innovate, be radically inclusive, and positively impact their local, national, and global communities

This reminded me of a Professor of English I recruited to teach at Yorktown University. As chairman of his Department, he was instructed to find a woman academic to teach Shakespeare. He said, “I will find the best Shakespearean scholar, irrespective of Gender.” He soon left teaching at that college.

Anyone familiar with American higher education, like Victor Davis Hanson, will tell you that America’s colleges and universities are in deep Doo-Doo.

Dr. Hanson refers to cases like my former colleague in terms formerly used to describe discrimination against Communists in government employment.

“The public is becoming repulsed at the woke McCarthyite culture on campus and will be more turned off when campuses open in the fall in 2019-style. At the Ivy League or major state university campuses, admissions are no longer based on proportional representation in the context of affirmative action but are defined increasingly by a reparatory character.”

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