Thursday, October 18, 2012

What ever happened to Dinesh D'Souza?

Survivors of the culture wars will remember D'Souza's 1991 anti-political-correctness manifesto, Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus. His career as a a conservative had begun suitably enough a decade earlier while he was an undergraduate at Dartmouth College. He continued to publish best-selling books, which I suspect were (unlike IE) read mostly by those who already accepted their affirming bottom lines: Capitalism is good, patriotism is good, Christianity is good, Ronald Reagan was good. D'Souza was a go-to guy for educated conservatism in many venues and fora. Here, for example, is an anti-gay-marriage piece he wrote a few years ago.

I lost track of D'Souza a few years ago; turns out he had become president of Kings College, a small evangelical college housed in the Empire State Building. He was an odd choice, since he is Roman Catholic, or was. And it was an equally odd choice for him, unless it was a sinecure that gave him a place to stand from which he thought he might move the earth.

Well, he resigned yesterday following a bit of messiness that began when he turned up somewhere with a lady who was not his wife of twenty years, but whom he introduced as his fiancé.

I don't care about his sex life, but there you go again. What a judgmental hypocrite.

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