transcription: "Academy has been invaded by a new way, a new form of studying. It used to be the case at universities, you were teaching a recognized subject within a recognized curriculum, and you were carrying out research or scholarship in the humanities which was open minded, guided by the pursuit of truth, and not dismayed particularly if it came to a surprising or unorthodox conclusion.
One of the 1st things that happens when a totalitarian govt takes over is that the universities are cleaned up. That is to say, people who are doing that sort of thing get thrown out. This is what happened when the Nazis took over German universities and when the communists took over Russian universities. And it was the case in Eastern Europe in my day, with the sole exception of Poland, which had universities which were the only universities where every professor was on the right. That was because the communists were everywhere. But, on the whole, this is the first move the totalitarian makes to stop that kind of free minded, open scholarship pursuit of truth.
So, we have been lucky in inheriting universities of that kind, but is it the case that we still have them?We have seen the growth of an extraordinary number of new subjects in the university, in which the pursuit of truth seems to be secondary to something else. The other thing being the pursuit of some kind of political conformity. If you take a subject like Women's Studies, I know this is a controversial issue, but perhaps this can be talked about freely in this room...you can't talk about it freely in America, on the whole. Anyway, there is a subject, it is very difficult to imagine that you would succeed in that subject if you didn't have either at the outset, or certainly in the conclusion, feminist opinions. It is a subject constructed around an ideology. It might be that this ideology is grounded in truth, who knows? But to question it is something which is essentially made impossible by the curriculum and by the way of teaching it. And I think you'll find that there are quite a lot of subjects like that growing in our universities, in which conformity to an orthodoxy takes precedence over intellectual method." youtube