more than one subsequent tale postedrnon A California womanrnnamed Tanith Tyrr, who claims to be arnprofessional “adult writer,” even detailedrnthe gunpoint abduction of a man sherncalls “Joe Baker.” Tyrr has Baker torturedrnand exentually killed.rnThe female student named in Baker’srnstory has declined, as we go to press, torncomment on the controversy.rnColumbia Universityrnby Tom WoodsrnMost of us recognize that cries forrn”tolerance” have become thernleft’s weapon of choice in its erosion ofrnthose few civilized norms that remain inrnAmerican life. The image the left likesrnto conjure up is that of an ignorant bandrnof rednecks sadistically persecuting homosexualsrnor other minorities, when therntruth is that most ordinary Americansrnwould be satisfied simplv to go throughrnlife without having condoms thrown atrnthem or their children.rnhi such an atmosphere, the only absoluterntruth becomes tolerance itself. Exasperated,rna few friends of mine, curiousrnto test the umbrella of tolerance, formedrnan organization last year called Studentsrnat Harvard Erotically Engaged with Petsrn(SHEEP). Its “coming out” letter to thernHarvard Crimson, later reprinted in FirstrnThings and the Rothbard-Rockwell Report,rndecried the discrimination and opprobriumrnto which practitioners of bestialitrnha’e historically been subjectedrn”because we refuse to form relationshipsrnaccording to sociallv constructed categoriesrnsuch as ‘species.'”rnThe problem, of course, is that thesernmovements are impossible to parody, forrnno sooner have you come up with arnclever satire than the lefties have begunrnto adx’ocate seriously the very idea yournproposed in jest. As Murray Rothbardrnobserved, we emplo’ reductio ad absurdumrnwith such people at our peril, sincernthe tend to be all too willing to embracernthe absurdum.rnNo, a student group advocating bestialityrnhas not been formed (yet), but itrncan scarcely be far away. The New YorkrnPost and the Washington Times, whichrntend to ha’e a keen eye for these things,rnquickly latched on a few months ago to arnbreaking stor’ at my place of graduaternstudy, Columbia University—the formationrnof a student organization calledrnConversio Virium (CV), a group devotedrnto the discussion of bondage, domination,rnand sadomasochism.rnNow even without this development,rnColumbia University, with no right-wingrnstudent newspaper, no sympatheticrnprofessors, and with a guide to New Yorkrnlisting no fewer than 16 homosexual orrnAIDS-related groups but not a singlernchurch, already ranks among the mostrninhospitable environments for a normalrnperson. But this episode added a wholernnew dimension to an already less-thanidealrnsituation.rnMercifully, a coalition of campus religiousrnorganizations recently succeededrnin repealing the group’s recognized statusrnby a vote of 18-15, but at the Pyrrhicrnprice of recognizing this group of misfitsrnas worthy of any discussion at all. Notrnsurprisingly, respectable campus opinionrnwas unanimous in condemning therngroup’s expulsion as the worst humanrnrights violation since the turning away ofrnH[V-positie immigrants, and pledged tornappeal the decision. One CV memberrnvowed to remain on a liquid-onlv dietrnuntil the organization has received a formalrnapology from its persecutors andrnbeen fully reinstated.rnSeveral days later. Modern Times,rnColumbia’s “progressive newspaper,”rnpublished a front-page story condemningrnthe head of the religious coalition forrndisplaying “genuine hatred and intolerance”rnfor those who do not subscribe tornher “strict moral code.” Even worse, ofrncourse, was the “not-so-thinlv-veilcdrnhomophobia” that permeated the expulsionrneffort. For its part, the CohimbiarnDaily Spectator detected the mailed fistrnof fascism behind the vote to expel, arngesture which in its view “violated thernrights of every student at Columbia.”rnCan’t give up that fundamental right tornengage in acts of torture on someonernelse’s property.rn”There is, indeed, a higher law thanrnthe Earl Hall constitution,” the Spectatorrnsolemnlv intoned, referring to the documentrnthat allows for such expulsions.rnThe meaning here is unclear, but it’s arngood bet that the reference is not to thernnatural law, the old-fashioned view that arnqualitative difference exists betweenrnman and beast, and thus between the actionsrnappropriate to each. When FallenrnMan is made the measure of all things,rnas the left would have it, strange and horrificrnconsequences inevitably follow.rn”What a contemptible thing is man,”rnwrote Seneca, “if he fails to rise above thernhuman condition!”rnUniversity of Wisconsin-rnMilwaukeernby Michael KentrnAt the heart of the most recent politicalrncorrectness controversy at thernUniversity of Wisconsin at Milwaukee,rnwhere I am a graduate student, is thernproposed “Great Books Certificate Program.”rnThe program, first presented tornthe Course and Curriculum Committeernlast November, is the brainchild of arngroup of 23 professors headed by Dr.rnDavid Mulroy of the Department ofrnClassics and Hebrew Studies. The goalrnof the program is “to provide guidance tornstudents seeking a rigorous liberal artsrneducation. It provides an incenti’e forrnsuch students to select courses that traditionallyrncompose the nucleus of a liberalrnarts education and are still consideredrnespecially valuable by a large number ofrnfaculty members, i.e., courses in foreignrnlanguage, mathematics, the history ofrnWestern civilization, and in the greatrnbooks, i.e., original works widely regardedrnto be of fundamental importancernwithin various disciplines.” Other certificaternprograms exist for students completingrna voluntary regimen of coursesrndealing with various racial and ethnicrnminorities.rnWhile “Creat Books” programs likernthis one were once common in the liberalrnarts, many faculty members at UWMrnsee no merit in them. This view manifestedrnitself in the three-to-two voternagainst recommending the program tornthe Associate Dean’s Office for approval.rnPredictably, a key point of contention, inrnthe words of Professor Campbell Tathamrnof the English Department, was thern”problematic” nature of the whole notionrnof “great books.” Professor JoycernKirk of the History department complainedrnthat the program was “too Western.”rnFortunately for the students, the issuernattracted the notice of the student pressrnas well as the Milwaukee Sentinel. Sentinelrnstaff writer Dave Tianen listedrnamong his “Top Ten reasons why GreatrnBooks classes do not belong at UWM”:rnbecause they “soak up valuable class-rnJUNE 1995/45rnrnrn