31 May 2006


Todd Gitlin, possessed of infinite lefty street cred for having been head of the SDS in the '60s, opens up a can on Theory, identity politics, and other forms of academic unreality in an essay, “The Self-Inflicted Wounds of the Academic Left.”

I love the seductions of armchair radicalism and high theory as much as the next guy and more than most, but Gitlin is spot on. Check his essay out if you happen to care about such things. (And if you do, you may want to check out another old post of mine on lefty academic blather.)

1 comment:

TheWayOfTheGun said...

I quite like that "their positive tropism for foreign saviors" is juxtaposed with "their reliance on intricate jargon."

Hmm, you don't say...