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08-13-2018, 11:01 AM
In an op-ed for the Boston Globe, Dani Rodrik, professor of international political economy at Harvard Universityís Kennedy School of Government, calls for what is effectively an academic blacklisting of members of the Trump administration, who, Rodrik contends, should be prohibited from receiving "even a semblance of honor or recognition" from the gatekeepers of higher learning.

"Universities should uphold both free inquiry and the values of liberal democracy," writes Rodrik. "The first calls for unhindered exchange and interaction with Trumpist views. The second requires that the engagement be carefully calibrated, with not even a semblance of honor or recognition bestowed on those serving an administration that so grossly violates liberal democratic norms."

Rodrik's open call for academia to treat members of the Trump administration differently than members of all previous administrations follows outrage from academics over the University of Virginia Public Affairs center's appointment of Marc Short, Trump's former director of legislative affairs, to a one-year senior fellow position. Before that, Harvard appointed Trump campaign staffer Corey Lewandowski as a fellow at the universityís Institute of Politics.
Such appointments, Rodrik argues, presents a "serious dilemma" to administrations due to "the danger of normalizing and legitimizing what can only be described as an odious presidency":

The Trump administration confronts universities with a serious dilemma. On one hand, universities must be open to diverse viewpoints, including those that conflict with mainstream opinion or may seem threatening to specific groups. Students and faculty who share Trumpís viewpoint should be free to speak without censorship. Universities must remain for free inquiry and debate. Moreover, schools and institutes of public affairs must offer student and faculty opportunities to engage with the policy makers of the day.

On the other hand, there is the danger of normalizing and legitimizing what can only be described as an odious presidency. Trump violates on a daily basis the norms on which liberal democracy rests. He undermines freedom of the media and independence of the judiciary, upholds racism and sectarianism, and promotes prejudice. He blithely utters one falsehood after another.

Rodrik condemns those who serve in the Trump administration as "necessarily tainted by the experience" and thus unworthy of being honored by universities. And it's not just key members of the administration; according to Rodrik, the Trump "stain" applies to anyone who has held any position under this "shameful presidency"


Angry Old White Man
08-13-2018, 11:16 AM
Running scared, they know they will soon be unemployed if things continue to improve and return to normalcy. These aren't educators but simple anarchist and seditionist. They should be arrested and sent to prison, that would set the tone for future wannabe copy cats.