18 November 2007

Sean Wilentz on Hillary Clinton

What I really like about this post is that a respected historian is taking an unapologetic stand on presidential politics. When I was growing up, professors were not ashamed to comment and involve themselves in political affairs. But during the past few decades, the need to appear "neutral" has apparently driven academics from the public sphere. I assume the constant abuse by wingnut conservatives has something to do with that silliness.

It's about time historians and other academics reenter the civil realm. Neutrality is impossible anyway, and we desperately need to assert ourselves as citizens during these times of torture, empire, greed, and inequality.

While I don't necessarily agree with everything Wilentz has said, it's refreshing to see him get involved. Let's not allow the right-wingers to silence us.

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