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    Alan Dershowitz Slams ‘McCarthyism’ Behind Removal of Harvard Law Prof Ron Sullivan as Residential Dean

    Alan Dershowitz Slams ‘McCarthyism’ Behind Removal of Harvard Law Prof Ron Sullivan as Residential Dean

    “Any student who feels unsafe in the presence of two distinguished lawyers doesn’t belong at a university.”

    The removal of Harvard Law School professor Ron Sullivan as dean of Winthrop House for joining the defense team of Harvey Weinstein has sent shock waves through the legal academic community.

    Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz has sided with Sullivan and made his opinion known in a column for FOX News:

    McCarthyism comes to Harvard — Why this should alarm us all

    When I was a college student, lawyers who represented Communists would be fired from academic positions. In parts of the South, lawyers who represented civil rights activists were fired. In some areas of the country lawyers who represented men accused of sodomy or women seeking abortions would be fired.

    Now Harvard College joins this Hall of Shame by firing Professor Ron Sullivan and his wife, Stephanie Robinson from their positions as Co-Deans of Winthrop House because Sullivan decided to represent a man accused of rape. The defendant is the highly controversial Harvey Weinstein, who is presumed innocent and has not yet been tried.

    Many troubling arguments have been offered in defense of the decision not to renew Sullivan’s role as Dean of Winthrop house. The most common – and dangerous – is that students feel “unsafe” around a lawyer who is representing Weinstein.

    Feeling “unsafe” is the new mantra for the new McCarthyism. It is a totally phony argument not deserving of any serious consideration. Any student who feels unsafe in the presence of two distinguished lawyers doesn’t belong at a university. They should leave and not force the firing of the professor.

    The “unsafe argument” could be made against a dean who is gay, Black, Muslim, Jewish, Republican or libertarian. No credence should be given to the argument, especially since the students apparently did not feel “unsafe” when Sullivan was representing a convicted double murderer.

    Read the rest here.

    Dershowitz expanded his thoughts during an appearance on the Laura Ingraham show on Monday night:

    I couldn’t agree more with Professor Dershowitz. This situation was the inspiration for my new column at Townhall:

    Harvard Is Punishing a Law Professor for Representing Harvey Weinstein, And They Should be Ashamed

    A strange and unsettling thing is happening at Harvard.

    Harvard Law School professor Ron Sullivan Jr. is being removed from his deanship at the school’s Winthrop House. His wife, Stephanie Robinson, who is a lecturer in the law school as well, has also been cast aside.

    According to The New York Times, “They were the first African-American faculty deans in Harvard’s history.”

    What crime could they have committed to deserve what is obviously a demotion? The answer should alarm anyone who values the American legal system.

    Sullivan and Robinson are being punished because Sullivan joined the legal team representing the disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein last year, and social justice warriors on campus think that means Sullivan is somehow complicit in Weinstein’s alleged crimes.

    Like everyone else in the world, these Harvard students think Harvey Weinstein is a grotesque pig. Unlike everyone else, the students think that somehow disqualifies him from due process under the law.

    Read the rest here.

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    Barry | May 15, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Harvard has been done for at least three decades. No longer an institution of higher learning par excellence, it is now an institution dedicated to communism in the USA.

    No surprise here, none at all.

    HarvardPhD | May 15, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I was criticizing the university administration for caving to a fairly small group of protesters. When one speaks of “Harvard” one does not necessarily mean the great majority of the students there, as one should not necessarily when speaking of the political climate at any other academic institution.

    Aside from the craven behavior of the Harvard administration on such issues, the broader problem is not that so many students are activists in radical causes, nor that they necessarily even passively support the views of the SJWs among them. It is that they are unwilling to oppose them when they disagree, sometimes strongly. It is a matter of going along with what seems to be a prevailing ethos supportive of radicalism, and often of fear in opposing even some cause that is especially disagreeable. Fear of standing up to groups themselves unafraid to intimidate and humiliate dissenters, fear of being alone, fear of broader social ostracism, fear of being branded ‘racist’ or ‘sexist,’ fear of being hounded by campus and internet lynch mobs.

    Individualism is generally in decline among students in our time, and there is now a prevailing attitude among them that makes protest marches and demonstrations sacrosanct. It is not only that the rights of students to speak out and show their displeasure are supported, it is that such protests (at least for politically correct causes) are given a pass even when the lives and academic careers of the rest of students are disrupted over causes for which they otherwise have little sympathy. A “culture of complaint” has been enshrined.

    But one is wrong to say that Harvard is “done.” Its influence, and those of other elite institutions is as strong as ever. A very great deal of worthwhile intellectual work is still done within the academy. There really are no competitors in this regard. The problem for the rest of our society is that citizenship is no longer being learned within those ivied precincts. In fact, some of it is being unlearned by students who when younger might have had some respect for our civic culture. Given that Harvard (and Yale, and Georgetown, and Michigan, and Stanford, and Berkeley etc.) students will inherit a large chunk of the leadership of our society in the future, it is a problem for all of us.

      Barry in reply to HarvardPhD. | May 16, 2019 at 9:20 pm

      “There really are no competitors in this regard.”

      Of course there are.

      My rough guess is that 75-80% of the student body at Harvard are SJW’s. Either that or they’re pussy’s, afraid to stand up for their selves and freedom.

      The reason the administration “caved”, one – they are in agreement, and two, they know the vast majority of the other students support the “fairly small group”.

    txvet2 | May 16, 2019 at 12:57 am

    McCarthy gets blamed for a lot of things he didn’t do. So does “McCarthyism”.

    Old Navy Doc | May 16, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Harvard need only to look at Oberlin and Hampshire College to see the goal they are plummeting toward.

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