Education: The New Front

Social Scientist David Riesman of the University of Chicago is no man to deny that there are enough irresponsible attacks upon U.S. colleges and universities to raise the hackles on any intellectual's neck. But in their loud protests, do the intellectuals always help their own cause? In a lecture at Mills College, Riesman answered no. In Riesman's opinion, intellectuals "tend to overestimate the monolithic power of reaction."

Can You Top This? All too often, says Riesman, "intellectuals take delight in telling each other atrocity stories about America. [But] the naming of evils, intended...

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