The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Wednesday, February 23, 2005  

The “Professor” as (Republican) Political Propagandist

Ruth R. Wisse, flaming neocon, Commentary contributor, Bush supporter, friend of Midge, and the Ann Farnsworth Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish literature at Harvard University, speaks out, appropriately crankily and absurdly ideologically, about the controversy surrounding her ultimate boss, Harvard president Lawrence “Larry” Summers in Tuesday’s Philadelphia Inquirer.

Midge, Friend of Barbie, Friend of Ruth

Ms. Wisse screeches:

A vocal part of the faculty was looking for the chance to reclaim their hegemony. These are people frustrated that they can’t unseat President Bush, and he is the closest thing that [sic] they can depose. Since he [Summers] appears to be somewhat to the right of them, he will suffice as a surrogate. I would hope these forces would be exposed: This is a place that wants to deny people free speech.

Now, I don’t know whether the doctorate-less Ms. Wisse is tenured at Harvard, but if she is, may I ask, in view of the lunacy quoted above, Why?

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