BY AARON BARLOW
Stripping politics from academic discourse, something David Horowitz and his right-wing fellow travelers long ago cowed us faculty into doing, creates manifold dangers. We’re seeing them in the Trump candidacy, something even academics are to blame for. We’ve divided societal implications and questions of accepted truth from our narrowed topics, ushering our students into a fact-free Mar-a-Lago ballroom. Stepping down from our own positions of authority, we have allowed others, their positions based neither on tradition nor proven efficacy, to take our places on the dais. We have allowed a neoliberal mindset to gel within American leadership and a Calvinist-style surety to harden within a large swathe of the population. Our relativism and sense of the limits of individual knowledge, stemming from Enlightenment thinking, has been used to turn us into cowards while charlatans seize the opportunity to enrich and empower themselves.
If it’s any solace, we aren’t the only…
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