|Middlebury students turn their backs on Charles Murray|
In my view, Donald Trump is unfit to be president in ways that apply to no other candidate of the two major political parties throughout American history. As far as I can tell, Trump has no character. He is a bully with subordinates. He does business in ways that good business people despise, and he's not even very good at that. He says things about people that are so obnoxious, that calling them obnoxious doesn't come close to how awful they are. He constantly lies about things that can be checked, he brags incessantly, but he doesn't even brag about things that he could apparently be proud of.
And yet, what’s almost certain to happen is that people will read Murray’s conclusions as a white supremacist pitch for making America great again. What needs to happen is people have to break out of the simplistic good guy/bad hombre shorthand we work with these days. And that requires nuanced thinking and an honest detailed analysis of ideas.
Don't sell Middlebury short. Don't judge it by the small number of people in masks shutting down discourse (that's me, talking to myself.)
Wait till you've read the conclusions of Charles Murray's research.
And then get seriously depressed.
*Correction, March 9. I originally identified Mark Regnerus as an evangelical, insinuating that his unfounded anti-gay conclusions were based on religious prejudice. He is, in fact, a convert to Roman Catholicism. Because he has been cited as declaring that one's religious faith should guide one's research (see Mark Oppenheimer's article on the subject in the New York Times), I believe the suggestion was still appropriate, if not necessarily warranted, but I apologize for getting the facts wrong. I have now corrected the text.