It's time we call political correctness what it is: a liberal code of thought, speech and conduct. Anyone who thinks conservatives are behind any of this lunacy is either uninformed or being dishonest.
The Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) at Harvard University issued a no-confidence vote this week condemning university president Lawrence H. Summers. The stated reasons for the censure, according to the New York Times, were "longstanding dissatisfaction with his management style and, to a lesser extent, his remarks in January about women in science."
To a lesser extent? Right. How many believe Dr. Summers would have incurred the wrath of the academics had he not opened his mouth in a closed meeting in which he threw open for discussion the theory that women, in general, have less aptitude in science and math than men?
Do you not remember the uproar that ensued following his remarks: the outrage of women and the emotional response of one female academic leaving the room in a huff? Are you aware that Dr. Summers has been spending the last several weeks, perhaps months, groveling to the individual members of the FAS, trying to prostitute himself back in their favor?
The action of the FAS is disgraceful and serves as a damning indictment of the state of academic inquiry among our universities today. We are not talking about some ragtag junior college here, folks, but the most celebrated, august, nonpareil Ivy League university in the universe: Harvard.
The FAS just could not abide the suggestion that women might have different intellectual strengths from men. It not only wouldn't accept Summers' apology, it virtually demanded his head and permanently tarnished his reputation.
The dirty secret -- at least it's a secret to liberals -- is that political correctness, emanating as it does from a liberal mindset, is not open-minded, it's not inviting, and it's not progressive or enlightened. It is the antithesis of what liberalism claims to be all about.
No, the liberal code is illiberal, it's close-minded, censorial, tyrannical, oppressive, uncompassionate, intolerant, anti-libertarian, anti-intellectual, anti-academic inquiry, arrogant, proud and unforgiving.
One outspoken professor, J. Lorand Matory, a professor of anthropology and African and African-American studies, was quite clear to reporters following the meeting that the beleaguered Summers should step down. "There is no noble alternative for him but resignation," said Matory.