Friday, February 23, 2007

A Red Under Every Mortarboard

From one of my students, asked to analyze the flaws in an argument she found to have been made unethically:

The most alarming thing about this argument is the author's comparison between a person with a PhD to a communist. I understand the author was trying to reiterate how American citizens feel threatened by professors expressing their views. However, it is extreme to compare people with PhD's to communists. Because communism was a very serious thing and no matter what the professors do, they will never be as bad as the communists were in the fifties. This is a shameless play for an emotional response out of the audience.
Yours for the coming revolution,
Rachel the Red from Riverside