Polemics & Exchanges

Letter from a Legend

Chronicles’ editors should be commended for publishing several hard-hitting articles on the left’s pernicious censorship and particularly for providing an interview with a young friend of mine, Michael Millerman, who has been victimized by academic bigots (“Interview with a Condemned Academic,” Chronicles, August 2019).

Like Michael, I have written on Leo Strauss and Martin Heidegger and, to add to my long list of politically incorrect acts, prepared an introduction to the English edition of Dugin’s study of Heidegger’s philosophy. What makes Millerman’s story stand out from other examples of students and colleagues who have been treated badly by universities is its obvious lack of appeal to authorized conservative publications. Although the victim meets at least some of our official conservatives’ standards of acceptability, since he is Jewish and describes himself as a “Zionist,” he also, to his detriment, displeased a Straussian neoconservative professor at the University of Toronto.

Millerman, it seems, focused in his dissertation on figures whom our conservative celebrities dislike for their own reasons; and therefore they have no obligation to rise to his defense. Had Millerman been hassled for arguing that Martin Luther King was a free-market conservative, or that Plato was an atheist playing word games with his readers, I’m sure Clifford Orwin...

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