Mary Katharine Ham

And, if the Ivy Leagues can’t be trusted as judges of character, don’t count on them to be right on matters of policy, either. Check out these predictions about the Soviet Union. Only exorbitant tuition can buy you prescience like this!

MIT economist Lester Thurow praised the “remarkable performance” of the Soviet economy and asserted that “Today it is a country whose economic achievements bear comparison with those of the United States.”…

As Charen notes, Sovietologist Seweryn Bialer of Columbia said in 1981, “The Soviet Union is not now, nor will it be during the next decade, in the throes of a true systemic crisis.”

Monday, Lee Bollinger struck a small and unexpected blow for the integrity and reputation of American academia, but academia has a lot to answer for. In its haste to praise the “other” over the American, the exotic over the familiar, the egalitarian over the free, the country’s “best and brightest” have handed out small slices of sanction to the murders of millions along with diplomas. Even as Bollinger scolded the diminutive despot, enough Columbia students gathered to cheer Ahmadinejad and scold Bollinger for his lack of hospitality that it should have embarrassed Columbia. It will no doubt work well on Iranian state TV.

"You are either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated," Bollinger told Ahmadinejad Monday.

At America’s universities, brazenly provocative and astonishingly educated has proven to be the dumbest mix of all.


Mary Katharine Ham

Mary Katharine Ham is editor-at-large of HotAir.com, a contributor to Townhall Magazine.

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