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Hear a tirade, fear a whisper

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Submitted by Garry Prior (Malaysia), Apr 1, 2003 at 22:00

Perhaps, just perhaps, the comments are couched in such inflammatory terms in order to penetrate the longer term consciousness of the hearers, and help to re-inforce the natural balance back to the middle. I would be much more concerned if these professors were behaving secretly.

I heard a statement over 30 years ago from a lecturer in Industrial Relations who came from a trade-union background. It was so outrageous that I never forgot it. It took me 20 years to understand what he meant and 25 years to realise he was right.
The statement was so preposterous at the time, but today would be self-evident. I kept coming back to it.

Incidentally, isn't the Dean of Columbia Meyer Feldman, a South African Jew and one of the best lecturers I ever had ( at the same institution as above)? I would have thought that Meyer Feldman is a man who is more than capable of handling this situation and using outrage to re-inforce understanding.

I value your website for all that it challenges me to confront my own thoughts and form judgements despite the welter of conflicting evidence and views, both heretical and anti-heretical.
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