Harvard Editorial: Conservatives Need Not Apply

by Nathan Harden - Fix Editor on February 28, 2013

The editors of the Harvard Crimson published an opinion piece today telling three prominent conservative figures who attended Harvard–Texas Senator Ted Cruz, commentator Bill Reilly, and Mitt Romney–to get lost.

“If we could have spoken to these three men,” the open-minded (and doubtlessly diversity conscious) editors wrote, “we would have told them never to come to Cambridge.”

Harvard liberals sure are an accepting bunch. Here’s an excerpt:

If you think Harvard is a revolutionary communist hotbed, don’t apply. If you think Harvard is full of “pinheaded” professors, don’t enroll. And if you think Harvard pollutes the minds of its students, don’t walk out of here with a degree—and certainly don’t get two.

You see, lately, there seems to be a pernicious trend of public figures—especially those on the right—falling in love with Harvard just long enough to benefit from its educational resources and, yes, its social prestige, before turning against our school. Just recently, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas affirmed his belief that Harvard Law School was, during his years as a student there, home to a cohort of “Marxists who believed in…overthrowing the United States government.” In November, Fox News pundit and Harvard Kennedy School graduate Bill O’Reilly glibly referred to Harvard professors as “pinheaded” while implying that the Harvard community is morally suspect for its acceptance of Harvard College Munch, a group for students who share an interest in kinky sex. And last April, presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who holds a J.D. and MBA from our fine institution, lambasted President Obama for having spent “too much time at Harvard.”

Such episodes of treachery are apparently attempts to curry favor with the more anti-intellectual members of our body politic. Yet it is finally time that we say enough is enough. We at The Crimson urge anyone who plans on one day scoring political points by maligning Harvard to neither apply, enroll, nor graduate from this fine institution.

That’s right, conservative graduates who dare to criticize Harvard are traitors! If you care to read the rest of the tirade, entitled, “Warning: Do Not Enroll,” click here.

I wonder where anyone ever got the idea that Harvard was hopelessly biased?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=530954023 Jackson K. Eskew

    Yes, how dare anyone even imply that Harvard is morally suspect for approving a group dedicated to debauchery?! The race to the bottom accelerates….

  • interestedobserver2

    Seems that Harvard professors and administrators have no lock on being “pinheaded.” The student editorial board is doing its level best to make sure they at least get honorable mention in the pinheadedness department….

    In return, allow me to state; “If you’re a Harvard student or faculty member who believes ‘my country; always wrong,’ don’t apply for a job at any company I run. If you believe that going to Harvard somehow makes you morally superior to those of us in ‘flyover country,’ don’t come here looking for a job or a place to live. If you think that putting Harvard on your resume means that you can sneer at anyone who can’t put it in theirs, then why not just stay in the People’s Republic of Taxachusetts and leave all us unreconstructed red necks to live out our lives in blissful ignorance WITHOUT the benefit of your snide and narcissistic opinions.”

    • Good

      Get over yourself! Who would want to work at a company with a jerk like you for a boss?

      • interestedobserver2

        Funny — I was just thinking the same about you and your Harvard grad buttbuddies.

    • Dr T

      As one who graduated with an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (which is run by Tufts WITH the cooperation of Harvard) ..and who personally encountered the smug attitude of which you speak..I couldn’t have said it better.

      The self appointed left wing intellectual and moral superiority of many (thankfully..not ALL!) who have attended the
      “elite” institutions of higher education in our nation is beyond belief.

      My advice to those who graduated from such schools and absorbed their obnoxious attitudes of superiority?

      Get over yourselves.

      You don’t know as much as you THINK you do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/usmccowgirl Angelina Maria Lopez-Robison

    Harvard’s new motto: “If you don’t agree with our liberal ways, don’t apply”. Pretty much sums it up….

  • http://twitter.com/PakFanPajamaMan TAFKA Gary Busey

    The problem becomes that the three people they mention may have had to experience Harvard to gain that impression to begin with. How do the people at Harvard not realize that?

  • http://bcove.me/26it1p8i world’s greatest orator

    Gotta love that “yes, its social prestige” bit–was that widdle noosepaypa edurtoryal meant as some form of Monty Python homage? Did they mistakenly run early copy from the April Fools edition?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyle.massey.169 Kyle Massey

    Funny how there was no mention that those three (relatively) conservative men had any difficulty with the rigorous academic requirements of the university. In other words, they don’t care about your ability to think – just your willingness to think like them.

  • Pinhead (Harvard 1965)

    Dissent Will Not Be Tolerated!

  • Frank

    They are a bunch of cultural Marxists at Harvard…and I do not say this from the perspective of mainstream American conservatism, I consider myself to stand outside of the American political perspective.

    The Universities of the West were originally founded to teach what the Hindu’s would call “jnana yogi’s,” that is, men seeking God through the Path of Knowledge.

    Today’s Universities, with albeit some notable exceptions, are dens in which the most pernicious, false and destructive doctrines are taught.

  • piboulder

    These young ‘uns have no memory of what happened 40 years ago, because it was before they were born. There was plenty of criticism of Harvard back then by the radical left, which is now in power. By the logic of this historically ignorant staff their parents shouldn’t have gone to Harvard, either. However, one exception is they criticized Harvard en masse *while they matriculated*, which I guess can’t be said for the conservatives who have been called out. Not to say that their criticisms were somehow more noble or worthy of acceptance, nevertheless Harvard, and others in the Ivy League, were much more responsive to their criticism than they’ve been to modern day conservative criticism. Perhaps there’s a lesson in that for conservatives in terms of tactics.