April 05, 2003

Academic Idiocy Watch The legacies

Academic Idiocy Watch

The legacies of Vietnam era protest culture and faded memories of the grand old days on risible display in this NYT piece:

"We used to like to offend people," Martha Saxton, a professor of women's studies at Amherst, said as she discussed the faculty protest with students this week. "We loved being bad, in the sense that we were making a statement. Why is there no joy now?"

Hate to break it to Martha, but restraining genocidal regimes from WMD possession post 9/11 is a major strategic imperative. It's quite beyond moronic ruminations about being "bad" (is she studying P Diddy lyrics when not poring through the Kristeva reader?) so as to make a "statement."

A Professor Sarat adds this:

In Madison, teach-ins were as common as bratwurst," he said. "There was a certain nobility in being gassed. Now you don't get gassed. You walk into a dining hall and hand out an informational pamphlet."

A certain nobility in being gassed? Tell that to these people. CAUTION: GRAPHIC PICTURES.

Posted by Gregory at April 5, 2003 04:42 PM
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