Roderick Long on Bruce Bawer's Sloppy Attack on the Academic Left


Some hail Women's Studies, Queer Studies, Black Studies, and Chicano Studies for at last giving due attention to the experiences and perspectives of groups that have traditionally been marginalized and oppressed in Western societies. Others condemn them as bastions of obscurantist jargon, poor academic standards, and intolerant collectivist politics. That there might be some truth in both judgments is a suggestion rarely defended, however obvious it might seem. A book making a sincere effort to sift the gold from the dross would be a welcome contribution to the debate.

Unfortunately, Roderick Long writes, Bruce Bawer's The Victims' Revolution is not that book. Bawer has brought a sledgehammer to a job requiring tweezers.