The Corner


How Nasty Can the Academic Left Get?

They get pretty darned nasty, as the treatment given to Sarah Lawrence College professor Samuel Abrams shows. I write about it in today’s Martin Center article.

Abrams has been researching the ideological landscape of American higher education and found evidence that the ranks of college administrators are even more loaded with “progressive” zealots than the faculty — something many of us have long thought to be true. He had the temerity to make that point in a New York Times op-ed and for that was vilified by SJW students and scarcely defended by the school’s president.

Long ago, leftist academics liked to argue their beliefs, but today they mostly prefer to harass and punish anyone who disagrees with them. I think that much of Acton’s observation about the corrupting nature of power applies to this terrible trend.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.