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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