We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In the 1930s, the Columbia administration participated in what could be described as the coddling of the Nazi regime. In 1933, Nazi ambassador Hans Luther gave a speech on campus in which, according to a 2006 article in Spectator by Rafeal Medoff, he focused on Hitler’s “peaceful intentions” in Europe. Columbia maintained student exchange programs with Nazi universities throughout the ’30s, while, in 1936, our university sent a representative to the 550th anniversary celebration of the University of Heidelberg, even though, writes Medoff, it had “already had been purged of Jewish faculty members, instituted a Nazi curriculum, and hosted a burning of books by Jewish authors.”
Read the whole piece, which I feel is rather unfair. Columbia is hardly an anti-semitic institution. The failure is one of discrimination - of being unwilling to decide what is good and what is bad, or, as our NJ says, "what is worthy and what is not"... or, worse, in actually declaring that one thing - ignorant murderous scum - is worth welcoming into your home, but another (ROTC and campus recruiting) is not.
In modern academia, Columbia is hardly unique in these failures of conscience, decency, honor, and vigorous adult judgement. Columbia is, in fact, an amazing place, but not so much so that the administration is immunized from Pomo Psychosis: they may even still believe that it is the "advanced" way of thinking. My message to Columbia today: Grow a pair, and stand for something.
One needs to remember the ideological alliance between German National Socialists and the Soviet regime which was formalized in 1939. American progressives were soft allies of both until the Nazis invaded. The ideological attachment to statism and top down 'planning' and social engineering was the common ground. National Socialism and Stalinism were the ideals at the time. Today the progressives are attached to a jumbled, confused ideological framework based on nothing but a suspicion of the American idea and a natural dispostion toward anyone who believes the same. It's an incoherent and prejudicial hatred of all things American.
Tom C., stamford,Ct.
When I was in college back in the 70s, a teacher once inflamed the class by pointing out that college life extended adolescence. The class reaction, of course, was one of adolescent rage. It would appear that nothing is different now, and that those who remain in college as life-long professors and administrators continue to have their adolescence extended.
They'd let Hitler speak, says Columbia Dean. But they won't let the Minutemen come talk. Anything which destroys their precious freedoms is good, anything which protects the nation which birthed these ingrates is bad.
This is just more suicidal behaviour on the part of the declining Republic. Call it 'human nature', or better, fill in the blank:
I’ve worked in the private sector. They expect results. Maybe that’s part of Ahmadinejad’s charm. He’s you know, a really powerful incompetent nutjob. Who wouldn't want the chance to examine such a specimen up close and personal?
Well said BD, but in the end Columbia as many institutions of Higher Learning( relatively speaking) can hide behind the religious tolerance fence so many do and have in the past. There can't possibly be anyone who will be in the audience that won't be thinking the man is a world class NUTJOB but then we have some homegrown ones here too. In the end, as you said, it is the difference between "what is worthy and what is not"... which is at the crux of the matter.
What important, unexpected, or original thing did they expect him to say? That would be, uh, nothing. What then was the purpose in inviting someone to speak whose content is utterly predictable? Now try to discover an answer that isn't the intellectual equivalent of masturbation.
Assistant Village Idiot
Actually, there is a history of anti-semitism at Columbia. I read something somewhere which described how they would only allow for a certain, limited number of Jewish students to enroll every year.
The story today is a different one, so you're technically correct to say that Columbia is no an anti-semitic institution, but it sure as hell was one at an earlier point in time.
I'm guessing most or all of the Ivys were this way so move along, nothing to see here...