Dear Harvard Corporation:
You have just effectively fired Harvard president Larry Summers. I request that you consider me as his replacement.
As you surely realize, the Summers controversy mirrors the fight over the Mohamed cartoons. Summers' original sin was suggesting that intrinsic aptitude might explain the dearth of female science professors. Although men and women probably have on average the same level of mathematical talent, some evidence suggests that the distribution of this talent in men is greater than in women. As a result, there may be many more men than women who are extremely good at math.
Summers' intrinsic aptitude statement was sacrilege to the multicultural feminists who dominate your social science and humanities faculty. Multicultural feminists hold that any statistical under-representation of women must be due to white male oppression. For Summers to suggest otherwise would be analogous to the King of Saudi Arabia suggesting that Mohamed wasn't a prophet.
Summers' intrinsic aptitude comment, like the Mohamed cartoons, exposes the conflict between free inquiry and multiculturalism. Multiculturalism, whether practiced by Islamic fundamentalists or radical feminists, holds as its highest value that no one should be permitted to hurt the feelings of privileged minorities. Unfortunately, freedom of speech and freedom of inquiry often cause hurt feelings. Indeed, some of the best scientific research deliberately sets out to offend others by falsifying their cherished beliefs.
Summers unfortunately gave in to the feminist multiculturalists. He apologized and gave them $50 million. Such a Neville Chamberlain-like approach doomed his presidency. Once the radicals knew he could be intimidated he could never again do anything they opposed. My hope is that you have fired Summers so as to put someone in place who can and will take on the radicals now in control of your Arts and Science Faculty. I am such a person.
If made president of Harvard I would spend the $50 million Summers pledged to the feminists to instead set up a center to study genetic differences in intelligence between men and women. The center would prove that Harvard, once again, is committed to free inquiry.
The social science and humanities departments at Harvard, similar to most other U.S. colleges, lack intellectual diversity. The controversy over Summers' remarks shows that the multicultural left has a strong dislike of even considering ideas contrary to their world view. We certainly couldn't expect them actually to hire faculty who hold anti-multiculturalist views. As president of Harvard I would strive to increase diversity even though doing so will anger members of the academic left. Under my presidency, any department at Harvard that is not ideologically diverse will lose the right to make hiring decisions. A department that, for example, has systematically excluded Republicans, conservatives and libertarians shouldn't be trusted with the power to make new hires.
I suspect that many qualified applicants will seek the Harvard presidency, so I understand my chances are slim. But if you don't pick me I urge you to choose someone who will stand up to the radical multiculturalists.
Imagine what would happen if the Danish government apologized for the cartoons, fired the editor of the paper that printed them, and gave $50 million to the radical Islamic protestors who have demanded the heads of the cartoons' creators. Islamic radicals across the world would become empowered and freedom of speech in Western civilization would be at risk.
If you allow the feminist multiculturalists to win this battle then intellectual diversity in higher education will be imperiled. Consider the fate of a graduate student or untenured professor who holds "politically incorrect" views. If the president of Harvard can be fired for expressing such views, surely lesser beings in the academic world will fell compelled to self-censor or leave academia. The best hope for academic freedom is that you don't let the radical feminists win, and choose someone they will despise even more than Larry Summers.