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Here’s a task for some enterprising reporter at The Harvard Crimson. Check out my Corner post on the scandal of Harvard University Press’s suppression of The Case for Marriage, by Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher. Then find out what Harvard faculty members were sitting on the Harvard Press Board on Syndics when the book was axed. See if any of those professors are willing to talk about what happened. While you’re at it, see if any of those professors might be among the prominent faculty critics of Lawrence Summers today. The most interesting finding of all would be the possibility that one of today’s prominent feminist critics of Lawrence Summers might have had a direct hand in suppressing the publication of The Case for Marriage. The key question is, which Harvard faculty member short-circuited the usual process of approval, after two positive reviews, by authoring an extraordinary internal critique of the book for the press. My guess is that whoever did that was a doctrinaire faculty feminist unwilling to give a fair shot to alternative points of view. If that person is still on Harvard’s faculty, I’d guess they’re likely to be among the loudest voices calling for Summers’s head. I’m speculating here. This mystery may never be solved. But I do think it’s well worth pursuing.

Stanley Kurtz — Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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