Yet, in his quest to call attention to threats to liberal education emanating from initiatives abroad, Sleeper ignores the most urgent menace, which is the politicization of liberal education here at home.
It is not because of the desire to curry favor with foreign autocrats that American universities have hollowed out core curricula on their own campuses. It is not because of the profit motive that universities have purged the humanities of their exhibition of the drama and complexities of moral and political life in favor of a tedious, contrived, jargon-laden jeremiad against Western civilization. It is not because of an ambition to extend their brands overseas that universities have eviscerated due process in campus disciplinary procedures. And it is not because the administration has excluded faculty from decision-making processes that universities have imposed gross restrictions on freedom of speech while inculcating in students a sense of entitlement to have their opinions go unchallenged and their feelings go unhurt.