[Marxism] Fwd: Three Tales of Moral Corrosion | by Masha Gessen | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Sep 18 19:09:02 MDT 2017

On a mostly different note, Chelsea Manning, the former soldier who 
spent seven years behind bars for leaking classified information, had 
her fellowship offer rescinded by Harvard. Former White House press 
secretary Sean Spicer and former Trump campaign manager Corey 
Lewandowski, who were meant to be Manning’s short-term classmates at the 
Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, still have their fellowships. 
Harvard’s decision was precipitated by a flurry of protests against 
Manning’s fellowship, including the withdrawal of the CIA director, Mike 
Pompeo, from a Harvard forum.

Let’s linger on this for a second: the head of the nation’s spy agency 
has pressured the country’s most prestigious private university into 
reversing an academic appointment. If any pressure was exerted on 
Harvard to withdraw its offer to Lewandowski, who has been accused of 
attacking a female reporter and was filmed grabbing a Trump rally 
protester by the collar, or to Spicer, who repeatedly lied to the 
American public as the president’s spokesman, it was unsuccessful. Nor, 
certainly, could any such pressure have come from quarters as powerful 
as the CIA, not even close. Any political figure who advocated that 
Harvard refuse an association with an open ruffian or a public liar 
would certainly be accused of attempting to stifle free speech.


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