December 10, 2004
HARVARD is addressing its academic diversity problem, and it deserves congratulations for that. But diversifying an institution is never easy. As is to be expected, some senior faculty are resisting the new blood. More here: "Goldsmith has been dogged by opponents at the law school, who have continued to argue among themselves over his conservative interpretation of international law and criticized their Harvard colleagues for failing to demand a full investigation of his government work."
If a lefty were being treated this way, we'd be hearing about McCarthyism and crushing of dissent in
John Ashkkkroft's Alberto Gonzales' America. Notwithstanding that Goldsmith has been critical of my position on cyberporn and the Commerce Clause, I think that he's a first-class scholar and a good hire for Harvard. (Related item on Harvard hiring here.)