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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 23, 2008

Get this. Some University of Chicago faculty smell heresy in the air. They're having none of it:

Few names are more associated with the University of Chicago than Milton Friedman's.

But that's exactly the problem, say some faculty who want to put the brakes on a plan to name a new research center after the Nobel Prize-winning economist.

In a letter to U. of C. President Robert Zimmer, 101 professors -- about 8 percent of the university's full-time faculty -- said they feared that having a center named after the conservative, free-market economist could "reinforce among the public a perception that the university's faculty lacks intellectual and ideological diversity."

Harvard's Harvey Mansfield sardonically remarked, "Diversity means a fellow Leftist in a skirt." It takes a numbingly partisan humorlessness to maintain that suppression of Milton Friedman's name on a building would enhance the university's reputation for openness. Yet Friedman himself would admit that the obtuseness of the Liberal Inquisition, combined with its unlovely fondness for compulsion, must serve its adversaries' interests in the long run.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 01, 2008 11:53 AM ET USA

    The Left's ideological basis means only dissolution, once established in a society it leads to emptiness and a rot that eats away that society's foundation, leading eventually to its own fall and demise. Of course in the process it will destroy it's host, like a lethal virus, and something new has to come and sweep away the corpse of a liberal society.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 26, 2008 11:43 PM ET USA

    This year marks the twentieth anniversaryof the publication of Alan Bloom's ' The Closing of the American Mind' . Daily we are treated to news stories in which we learn that highly placed NASA scientists are demanding that those who have doubts about global warming must be tried and condenmned.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 24, 2008 7:26 AM ET USA

    Of course. Well said. It's wrong to call people of the Left anything other than leftists. Liberal academic is almost an oxymoron. I spent 40 years teaching in a college classroom and can verify the ideological oppression that goes on daily.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 23, 2008 7:25 PM ET USA

    Mansfield's comment is exactly on point. The word "diversity" is code for "people who think like us." As an alum at a prestigious East Coast school that prides itself on recruiting for diversity, I tried to write a letter of recommendation for a conservative Christian young man, who had the grades and the SATs to get in. I argued that his Christianity was a huge PLUS in their search for diversity because there were so few on campus. The ploy failed. Liberals aren't liberal today at all.