When the Ivy League seceded from America

This is actually a request that a book (or several) be written.
So far as I know there currently is none on this subject.

ROTC (the Reserve Officer Training Corps) had a long and honorable service on America’s campuses up until 1969.
Then, in protest over the Vietnam War, it was made persona non grata on the Ivy League campuses.
America’s involvement with that war ended in 1973, but ROTC remained persona non grata.
The reason switched to the military’s exclusion of homosexuals.

One would think that the eight Ivy League colleges might show some diversity of thought.
Why should they agree on this controversial and political (there is nothing academic about it) subject, while so many other colleges accept ROTC?
This is clearly groupthink.
What caused it? What is the transmittal method, the mode of thought, that draws these universities together on this subject?

Back in 1969, who drove the drive to push it off campus—who were the faculty and students who did this?
How did they do it?
How has the ban been maintained?

This action took place circa 1970, when the students might have been about 20 and the faculty 30 or 40.
Now, 40 years later, the students are 60 while the faculty are in their 70s and 80s.
Time is running out on when the active participants in those events may be interviewed, while their memories are still viable.
Now is the time to produce a record of who did what to whom and why back then.
Now it the time to write a book describing those days and events.
There should be plenty of opportunity to add colorful events from those dramatic days, and the 40 years of maintaining that ban.

The R.O.T.C. Myth
New York Times Op-Ed, 2010-10-25

EVERYONE knows that Ivy League universities banned the Reserve Officer Training Corps from their campuses during the Vietnam War. Forty years later, the bans continue, though the reason has shifted from war protest to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gay men and women in the military.

That’s what everyone thinks. But it’s not true. Instead, the bans are a convenient fiction, one that lets the military (and to some extent, universities) off the hook when it comes to the growing distance between civil and military America.


Everyone buys into the myth, but at the expense of military readiness.
The military needs to return to the colleges it walked away from,
and everyone needs to stop pretending that
R.O.T.C. programs ended because of a ban.

[I don’t know what the truth is here, but her account is certainly radically different from the conventional wisdom on this.
This is surely an important enough issue that someone in DoD should answer her charge.

One civilian answer is
Harvard's 40-Years of Anti-Army ROTC Rhetoric Unveiled; No Myth.]



Enforcing PC

Kevin MacDonald on 2010-02-22 wrote:

Another example is E. O. Wilson,
the Harvard biologist who in 1975 stunned the academic left
with the publication of Sociobiology: The New Synthesis.
Wilson included a chapter applying evolutionary thinking to humans —
a topic that had been expunged from the social sciences
ever since the triumph of Boasian anthropology in the 1920s.
Wilson was already well-known as an entomologist and ecologist,
and his position at Harvard gave him immense authority.

The Left went into full-fledged moral panic mode,
led by high-profile attacks from Richard Lewontin and Stephen Jay Gould
both of whom were also at Harvard
and were discussed in Chapter 2 of Culture of Critique
as examples of leftist Jewish intellectuals
who undermined evolutionary and biological approaches in the social sciences.

Some examples of the criticism Wilson’s book received from the academic left
are described at Wikipedia.
I personally was particularly offended
by the physical attack on Wilson where, at an AAAS meeting,
an opponent dumped a pitcher of water on Wilson’s head
and shouted “Wilson, you’re all wet.”

There were many among the politically correct who,
unwilling to stick to intellectual debate,
or to thinly veiled threats of being discredited (e.g.),
resorted to all sorts of methods to advance their ideas
and discredit their opponents, by any means possible,
from street theater to demonstrations to sit-ins to disrupting classes, exams, and meetings,
tactics which even today are used by
the enforcers of political correctness (e.g., also).

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