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G-File, Sunshine of My Day

I loved your piece on the New York Times Magazine college conservatives article, Jonah. I agree with all your points, although it’s telling and welcome that even Colapinto acknowledges the tendency of political correctness to alienate students. Oddly, your piece leaves me happy, rather than angry. I guess it’s because you say–and readers seem to confirm–that NRO has had a big impact on campuses. Of course students send me e-mail in response to my pieces, but it’s tough to gauge just how much play NRO really gets at colleges. I’m happy doing what I do, but I miss teaching. Nothing can substitute for direct contact with students. The takeover of the academy by the Left never ceases to sadden me. And if conservative professors were actually allowed on campus, I think all students (including future New York Times reporters) would be a lot less likely to treat conservatives as a mysterious species of oddly inhuman folk. Of course that’s why the left has done everything in their power to keep conservative teachers out. Still, the idea that NRO is really getting through to folks on campus is wonderful. It makes me happy to think I’m a part of it. So thanks for brightening my day.

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