Ohio State University librarian controversy

At Ohio State’s main campus, April was usually the time for protests: The weather was nice and thousands of students had senioritis. Marches would be held, demands would be presented, promises would be made, and all would be forgotten by September.

But at OSU-Mansfield? I never thought they had it in them.

Scott Savage is entitled to hold his opinions in peace if they do not interfere with his conduct as a librarian. Unless there is more to this story than I have seen, his actions were hardly harassment.

As a librarian myself, though, I am disappointed that Savage chose such a weak polemic to recommend to freshmen. Was that really the best he could do?

Colleges should introduce their students to viewpoints that challenge mainstream values, but should also ensure that those viewpoints have intellectual, philosophical, literary, or historical heft to them.

Why waste student time — why waste anyone’s time — with Kupelian’s shrill ravings? Why, when Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations is available? Or Christopher Lasch’s The Culture of Narcissism? Or Pope John Paul II’s Crossing the Threshold of Hope? Or, as Savage is a Quaker, the pastoral letters of George Fox?

That the Savage case has become a “conservative” rallying point is a sign of how weak a grasp many “conservatives” have of conservatism. Life has more to offer than fear, anger, hate, and paranoia.

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