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Academic Bias... and comment by Mr. Herz.

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Submitted by Brutus (Canada), Apr 20, 2005 at 03:22

As a student of the vaguely prestigious University of Toronto, I can say that the humanities department (with a few notable exceptions in the Renaissance and Classics departments), is rather saturated with leftists of all brands.

To use an anecdote, I once had to drop a course in 18th century European History becuase my professor pointedly refused to discuss any relevant material and simply ranted about IBM as white slavers (it is important to note that he himself used a laptop for his presentations), Mr. Bush as the son of some unholy devil cult, and how he was a Marxian (someone who was not a Marxist but still admired Marx). He made sure to give us all exam questions in advance. Such stories are incredibly common... and become even more common in ideologically-oriented topics such as the French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, American History, Great Depression and anything to do with the 20th century in general.

Now, it must be noted, there are more leftists in prestigious schools, as opposed to small-town colleges (where Conservatives predominate). Ivy League, MIT, CalTech, Berkley, Duke, have all gained noteriety for the power of leftists on their campuses. But, these universities also hold a greater degree of cultural prestige and influence. A study from harvard holds considerably more weight (if only perceptually) than one from say... Ashland University. Therefore, it would be almost fair to say that all of academia is now controlled by men who actually thought - and still think - that the Soviet Union was "good in theory, bad in practice".

As for commenter Mr. Peter J. Herz... . The Cavaliers of St. George have supported unsavoury elements before in defense of the West, and there is a good chance they will do so again. Any conclusions you have made from that are purely speculative - and that is the softest word I can use to describe that load of gibberish.

-B.
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