Painful experiences long ago convinced Barvinok that requirements to affirm any ideal are corrosive in academia.Surprising to see this pushback against diversity DIE dogma.
“I grew up in the Soviet Union, where people had to affirm their fealty to ideals, and the leaders embodying those ideals, on a daily basis,” he told me. “As years went by, I observed the remarkable ease with which passionate communists turned first into passionate pro-Western liberals and then into passionate nationalists. This lived experience and also common sense convince me that only true conformists excel in this game. Do we really want our math departments to be populated by conformists?”
Monday, December 18, 2023
Marxist Thinking Infects Colleges
The Atlantic magazine essay: