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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh & Yale's Open Letter: Paranoid & Hysterical | National Review

Remember, this open letter is no mere statement of opposition to Kavanaugh. It’s a demand that one of the country’s most respected institutions of higher learning be “ashamed” for celebrating the success of one of its graduates — a person who has a long track record of service to the academy and respect for his ideological opponents. It’s a call to enlist institutions of higher learning in a radical ideological crusade. It’s a message to conservative Americans that we hear loudly and clearly — that we’re evil, our views are not worthy of respect, and we should have no place in the highest echelons of the American academy.

To read the Yale letter is to peer into the future. It’s mainly signed by a collection of young lawyers and students who are already on a trajectory to lead the American academy, government, and economy. They represent a left-wing face of American intolerance, and that intolerance will haunt our politics for decades to come. If you think polarization is bad now, the radical students at Yale are sending a clear message: They have not yet begun to rage.


At least it's not a letter from the faculty.

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"one of the country’s most respected institutions of higher learning": pah! Nobody, surely, can respect an institution named after a slave trader? Nor can one respect young "radicals" who can't stir their stumps to get the institution to change its name.

Posted by: dearieme | Jul 12, 2018 4:17:38 AM

At least one signatory is a professor - David Grewal - and one of my classmates from 2002. But yes, most are current students/recent alums. My favorite line was the rhetorical question - does Yale only care about proximity to power and prestige? Umm, yes, that's why all of us went there. It certainly wasn't the academic rigor.

Posted by: Randy | Jul 12, 2018 1:44:11 PM