Well not exactly an Oscar, but Harvey Mansfield was awarded one of the Bradley Prizes last week, and the good people at City Journal
have been kind enough to post his remarks upon accepting the award at the Kennedy Center ceremony. Harvard comes in for a spanking, as you would expect. Excerpt:
Confidence in progress has now been replaced by postulation of change. Progress is achieved and can be welcomed, but change just happens and must be adjusted to. "Adjusting to change" is now the unofficial motto of Harvard, mutabilitas instead of veritas. To adjust, the new Harvard must avoid adherence to any principle that does not change, even liberal principle. Yet in fact it has three principles: diversity, choice, and equality. To respect change, diversity must serve to overcome stereotypes, though stereotypes are necessary to diversity. How else is a Midwesterner diverse if he is not a hayseed? And diversity of opinion cannot be tolerated when it might hinder change.