Academia is in trouble. The campus has been infiltrated if not besieged by the radical left that has for its chief goal not simply the disruption of the educational system in America but the destruction of the establishment—politically, economically, and socially.
Some of the most prestigious institutions in our country, including Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, California, Stanford, Swarthmore, and Indiana, have been targets of the insurgents. There have been sit-ins, sit-downs, mill-ins, and takeovers. Students have carried guns, wielded meat cleavers, and resorted to mob rule. People have been assaulted, buildings have been burned, bombs have been exploded, obscenities have been mouthed, administrators have been spat on and cursed. Deans have been threatened and intimidated by students and physically removed from their offices. In the classroom teachers have had bananas shoved down their throats to prevent them from continuing their lectures.
In confronting the universities, the dissidents have singled out genuine problems on which to focus their discontent. They point to injustice and racism in American society. They demand an end to the R.O.T.C. They call for black study programs, and for reform of the institutional structures to allow students a role in selecting faculty, organizing curriculum, and teaching classes. It would be silly to suggest that there are no real grievances; it would also be silly to say that the radical left is composed of God-honoring, love-inspired, reasonable people.
Generally the response of administrators and faculties to the student outbreaks has been disappointing. Some years ago, during the heyday of McCarthy, when liberalism was challenged by what has been called the extreme right, the reaction ...1
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