The Harvard Crimson sent out a notice on its editorial page that it will not tolerate conservatives who attended Harvard to bad-mouth the institution after graduation like some alumni have done. This is from the National Review:
“In an editorial entitled ‘Warning: Do Not Enroll’ the enlightened future journalistic leaders of the Crimson staff take aim at alumni critics such as [Texas Senator Ted] Cruz, Mitt Romney, and Bill O’Reilly, calling their criticism (and this is rich, considering the recent cries of ‘McCarthyism’ against Cruz) ‘episodes of treachery.’”
I have a good friend who earned his Ph.D. so he could criticize academia in general and the PhD in particular. Without thoughtful criticism, education does not advance. Liberalism has set academia back a hundred years or more, especially in the so-called social sciences, because it does not allow critics to breech the academic wall. Once liberalism has set itself behind the ramparts of academia, there can’t be any retreat no matter how ridiculous the position.
Only Leftists can challenge the status quo. You might remember how college campuses in the 1960s were attacked by Leftists – from the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin to Columbia and Kent State. At Kent State students protested the presence of ROTC on campus. The protestors set fire to the ROTC building, and when firemen attempted to put out the fire, the protesters cut their hoses.
Let’s not forget the Free Speech Movement on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, when students “insisted that the university administration lift a ban on on-campus political activities and acknowledge the students’ right to free speech and academic freedom.”
It’s always OK to criticize the university, any university, as long as the goal is a Liberal one.
The history of Harvard, to remind the Crimson editors, was based on the conservative principles based on the foundation of Jesus Christ and the Bible. I know you might be shocked by this claim, but it’s true.
In 1636, Harvard was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from the donation of property and the library of Reverend John Harvard. The declared purpose of the college was “To train a literate clergy.” Here is a section from the 1642 ‘Rules and Precepts.’:
“Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life, John 17:3 and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdom, Let everyone seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek it of him, Proverbs 2:3.
Now it’s just ‘Veritas,’ as long as it’s the Liberal version of truth.