The Corner

Re: Summers

I take your point, Derb, and it’s a good one. But let me make the opposite case. I wonder if Harvard’s feminists might have trapped themselves. Even The Washington Post today editorialized its concern about free debate at Harvard. Summer’s talk was well within the bounds of reasonable discourse, and the public knows this. To get rid of Summers now would be too embarrassing to Harvard, and too damaging to the free exchange of ideas in colleges everywhere. I know colleges suppress ideas all the time. But the level of public scrutiny is so high here that the academic left may have overplayed its hand. They are stuck with Summers now, and whether he goes or stays, they’ve turned him into a free speech martyr. I say we’re winning.

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

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