By Judy Wallen
“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”—Leonard Cohen.
When I went to college in the 1980s, I recall how inscrutable the politics of many of my professors was. One day the professor would argue with the class over the virtues of Madison or Marx, Milton or Melville or whomever we may be studying, and then the next day the professor would completely reverse course, arguing with equal ferocity against them. The students could never figure out where the professor stood. Rumors would circulate how all of this was some kind of ploy to teach us how to think. Some would eagerly embrace the rumors, while others would laugh at those who flattered themselves with the belief that all these tiresome exercises would be enough to claim an intellectual advantage. Whatever disagreements there were, everyone agreed that questions and challenges, no matter how silly…
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