The law school at Stanford has John Yoo on the faculty. The left? R u kidding me?
Yoo is an authoritarian from the Neocons. It was he who rationalized away constitutional concerns. It was he who framed the institutionalization of torture in the US Government.
Is that right, left, center, or just plain old "barbarian"?
I think it is good that the younger generation objected to having a war criminal address the students. Who is next? Charles Manson to address the students?
Gawd. #NoRice sounds great to me, and I don't even tweet.
So you think Yoo is representative of the rank-and-file in academia?
If Dr. Rice's appearance was unacceptable to Rutgers, it shouldn't have invited her. But it did. Whether the speaker is someone whose view you approve of or not, Rice's feeling no choice but to back out of the appearance should be an embarrassment to the university. Perhaps in the future, Rutgers won't waste time with speakers from diverse backgrounds and opinions and will simply present a list of potential guests to the few protesting profs and their students for approval. Much simpler and more graceful this way.
I'll attempt to be consistent here and say that I believe Ms. Rice did the polite and gracious thing by putting the special day of the students ahead of her own ego or desires.
This is the same position I recommended when a couple of weeks ago there was a thread about the First Lady causing controversy by being a commencement speaker at a highschool and several parents and students objected. It was my advice that she not attend although most Democrats/liberals believed she should speak.
Either you believe that controversial speakers should not be chosen for such events or you have no problem - it should not be based on your perception of their controversial behaviour or their political affiliation.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
IMO, Ms. Rice's withdrawal was, in fact, classy. She yielded to the students' desires.
On a larger point, the students and university missed out on the kind of opportunities that come with academic freedom. Academic freedom provides students with exposure to differing perspectives under the idea that such exposure helps them sharpen their own analytical and critical thinking capacities. The development of such capacities is stunted when students are exposed only to a narrow range of ideas and are not placed in a perspective of having to consider and weigh differing viewpoints.
That the students caused the administration to change its mind is a good thing.