Dear NAS (www.nas.org):
This morning I
got tired of listening to a feminist complain about her
husband's erectile dysfunction, and decided to take a walk
across campus to get some peace and quiet. I dodged
the feminist administrators who were passing out condoms on
the way to the library. I also plugged my ears to
block the sound of skinny white guys beating out the latest
anthem of cultural diversity on African drums in the
When I got to
the library, I discovered that the bottom floor had been
converted to a coffee shop. That made it too loud for
me to do any thinking, much less any reading. So, off
I went to the student union which, to my great
disappointment, featured Jerry Springer on nine of the ten
color TVs in the lounge/dining room. I got frustrated
after listening to people talk (on national television, no
less) about having sex with their in-laws. That was
when I decided to move on.
working off my frustrations in the university recreation
center, but exercising to the sound of gangster rapper CDs
was a bit of a distraction. All of that talk about
killing "bitches" and "whores" with a 9mm was not my idea
of recreation. In fact, it made me feel pretty
uncomfortable and, quite possibly, created a hostile
say, all of these distractions got me thinking about the
decline of Western civilization. So, I decided to go
home early and start again tomorrow.
I cannot tell
you how thrilled I was when I checked my mail at home and
discovered that you had sent me a brochure describing the
purpose and activities of your fine organization.
When I saw the slogan "For Reasoned Scholarship in a Free
Society" printed on the cover of the brochure, I
immediately sensed that we shared a set of common ideals.
The idea of
joining an organization of professors, graduate students,
college administrators and trustees committed to rational
intellectual discourse has never been more appealing.
Your assertion that an informed understanding of the
Western intellectual heritage is necessary to sustain our
civilization's achievements is undeniable. You are
also correct to point out that current "perspectives" in
higher education reflexively denigrate our Western
intellectual heritage. I agree that such denigration
is accomplished only through willful indifference to both
logic and evidence.
sixteen "issues of concern" highlighted in your brochure,
allow me to enumerate seven I consider to be particularly
The decline of academic standards in higher education.
The politicization of scholarship and teaching.
The use of sexual, racial, and other criteria
unrelated to merit in hiring, promotion, and student
Dogmatic hostility to Western civilization, and
turning the study of non-Western cultures into an
instrument for denouncing American society.
Unfair treatment of colleagues suspected of holding
"politically incorrect" views.
The decline of civility on college and university
And, perhaps most importantly, the suppression of
students' freedoms of speech and association.
I look forward
to interacting with the state, local, and campus groups NAS
has formed to foster support for its educational
philosophy. I also look forward to receiving your
NAS Update. Finally, I
hope to have the opportunity to submit some of my work to
your quarterly journal
I am pleased
that you can accept my payment of $42.00 for a one-year
membership on-line at
http://www.nas.org. I look forward to working
with you in the coming year.
Mike S. Adams (www.DrAdams.org).