By Jonathon Van Maren
Conservatives have been banging on about the leftist drift of universities for so long that it scarcely seems necessary to write yet another column on the decline of our academies of higher learning. From William F. Buckley’s God and Man at Yale to Nathan Harden’s God and Sex at Yale, scores of fat books have been written on the Left’s long march through our institutions. When I was doing my undergrad ten years ago, the political correctness was insufferable — unless you found the right profs (and conservative students compared notes constantly). These days, many profs ask you to declare your pronouns at the beginning of the semester and include theirs in their syllabi.
All that to say that crazy stuff on campus might be bread and butter for culture war commentators, but very few folks are actually shocked when they pen a column about how shocked they are about the latest. But I’ll admit to be a bit bug-eyed at journalist Christopher Rufo’s latest revelation — a video of University of Minnesota medical students swearing a public oath to “honor all Indigenous ways of healing that have been historically marginalized by Western medicine” and to fight “white supremacy, colonialism, [and] the gender binary” to boot. (The colonialism stuff was there when I was studying history at university, of course — but fighting the gender binary?)