Hello Ben. I decided to write you an email because we always end up playing phone tag when I try to call. I guess that?s because of the three time zone difference. That won?t be a problem when you leave the Left Coast for Cambridge next year. At any rate, I just finished reading your new book ?Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America?s Youth.? As you might expect, I have a few comments.
When I first heard about the book, I wondered whether you would try to provide systematic evidence of liberal bias in higher education or whether you would just tell a bunch of wacky university stories. I was glad to see that you did both. And, regarding the latter, I am pleased that you named names in the process. Some of the nuts at your university need to be ?outed,? so to speak. It was a nice present to give to your professors on the very week of your graduation from the University of Commie Liberal Activism (UCLA).
For years, I have wanted someone to write a book like ?Brainwashed.? So many times, I have found myself walking down a hall accidentally overhearing some liberal professor telling the class something like the following: ?Transsexuals are just the same as you and me? or ?Marriage is a form of capitalist oppression, which is only beneficial to men. Studies prove it!? After overhearing such garbage, I just wanted to be a student again for a day so I could take notes and publish them later. That is what you have done and it is classic reading.
Some people reading the opening pages of your book might take issue with your assertion that ?the spectrum of ideas (at the modern university) extends only from the left to the far left.? But how would they explain an email that you reprint on the very next page? In that email, a UCLA administrator asks that you not ?out? him for writing to compliment you on your conservative column for the school newspaper because ?it?s professional suicide to engage in free expression? at UCLA. Your school is obviously such an oppressive environment that administrators know and admit it, at least privately.