Sunday, March 12, 2006

Manliness and apologies

A few weekend echoes of the events at Harvard. See the blog translated to German. Hold SHIFT to open links in a new window. Press F11 for full screen on/off.

In the Washington Times, Victor Davis Hanson of Stanford University explains that apologies used to reveal character. Unfortunately, they reflect something else today, especially if they occur at a wrong time, wrong place, and for wrong reasons.

Pennsylvania Independent compares the presidents of Harvard and Upenn. In other words, Scott Robinson paints how the atmosphere and policies at Harvard are likely to look like under a new president.

Niall Ferguson, a well-known professor of history at Harvard, explains in The Telegraph how and why the Summers controversy shows the real nature of many historical events in the past. He argues, among many things, that the progressive professoriat used Summers as a proxy of George W. Bush, a target to revenge for their lost 2000, 2004, ... elections. Much like Prof. Hanson above, Ferguson thinks that an apology is a serious error - blood you drop to sharks to make them feel even hungrier. These comments sound obvious today but they were not completely obvious 1 year ago.

The Boston Globe features the (almost) last standing conservative at Harvard, the professor of government Harvey Mansfield who explains what manliness is, why it has always been one of the essential driving forces of this world, and why the society and especially the feminists will have to learn how to live with it.

In the Financial Times, Michael Keane, a professor of economics at Yale University, argues that one can say a lot about the character of important people from their stories with "nobodies" in their environment. While Keane was an undergraduate "nobody" at MIT, he had a story that shows that Lawrence Summers passed the test.

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