As the Columbia University controversy rumbles on, one of Daniel Drezner's commenters detects a reason to be cheerful about the new campus orthodoxies. I can't say I'm convinced but, hey, it's a thought:

By ceding the academy to the left, we've actually given the hardcore leftwingers a stake in the system. The Weathermen and Black Panthers and American Indian Movement kids of the 1960s and 1970s — you know, the ones who shot at federal agents and blew up munitions plants — are now lounging around in their tweeds, blissfully debating the finer points of Noam Chomsky and, thank goodness, staying out of the way of the rest of us. And, so long as these guys control hiring and tenure, the next generation of the radical left has an incentive to stay in school and generate leftwing scholarship that the rest of us won't read — and they won't be spending all their time smashing in Starbucks windows in downtown Seattle.

Incidentally, Drezner also has a link to an interesting-sounding lecture on globalization by Martin Wolf.

And I love the piece on "man dates". (No, I didn't know what they were either.)

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