"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Double Standards

From today's article in the L.A. Times about classics professor and conservative columnist Victor Davis Hanson:
"Hanson is a very skillful scholar who made some major contributions," said W. Robert Connor, a retired Princeton University classicist. "What makes me nervous is that over time, the political agenda in his work has become stronger and more evident. I worry that the scholarly talent has become subservient to the political."
Question: Has any liberal academic ever been nervous about the political agenda of linguistics professor Noam Chomsky, or worried that his scholarly talent has become subservient to the political? Check out this page from Chomsky's website.

How many of these articles are on the subject of linguistics?