Thomas Sowell

Even in San Francisco, where street violence by anti-war rioters goes unpunished, the gray hairs among these "demonstrators" (as the press calls them) speaks volumes about the generation gap.

But, make no mistake about it, the political left is in firm control on campus and in the media. Our students get a steady diet of the left-wing vision of the world from elementary school through graduate school. But sanity breaks through now and then, partly as a result of conservative talk radio and conservatives scattered here and there in the media, but more importantly because reality breaks through, especially when life and death are involved.

Most of the young do not yet have the intelligentsia's dexterity with words to deflect evidence and evade common sense. Even before this war began, the contrast between the people and the intellectuals was apparent. The terrorist attacks of September 11th filled most Americans with shock, anger, and resolve -- except for those among the intelligentsia who saw just another opportunity to make cleverly outrageous statements against the United States.

Being clever, daring, and morally one-up are very important to those who live by words -- certainly more important than being right, and more important than defending the society which makes their freedom possible and tolerates so much of their nonsense.

If nothing else, the time is long overdue to rethink tenure that allows such self-indulgence and "faculty self-governance" which has allowed the left to blackball those who do not share their ideology, in order to keep people with different ideas from teaching and breaking their classroom monopoly.

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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