requirements, Fordham held firm. It isnhard to beHeve the Jesuits capable ofnstomaching even the sight of ProfessornGordon, who has repeatedly writtennfor a magazine judged “obscene by anynstandard” by the New York Court ofnAppeals in 1973. “It is hard to conceivenof how a publication could reachnany further lows in attempts to appealnto prurient interest,” opined the court.nAnd unlike a Toynbee interview innPlayboy, Gordon’s work in Screw—nobscene in style, diction, and contentn—does not rise above its surroundings.nMeanwhile the same university officialsnwho defend their professors’ rightnto publish such material are asking thencourt to strike from the record Zagano’sn”scandalous and inflammatory”nreferences to Professor Gordon’s Screwneditorials. Fordham representatives arenalso suggesting that the court put thenentire record of the case under seal tonreduce press coverage of the suit. Nondoubt it would injure tender judicialnand public sensitivities (to say nothingnof alumni giving) to learn what professorsnare doing with their academicnfreedom these days.nThe facts are different, but it is thensame story on the West Coast. StanfordnUniversity oiBcials recently canceledna course on the moral philosophynof war and peace, taught by retirednNavy Admiral James Stockdale, winnernof the Congressional Medal ofnHonor and one of the clearest thinkersnon military ethics we have had in anlong time. The reasons for Stanford’sncancellation of the course remain unclear.nAdmiral Stockdale, a fellow ofnthe Hoover Institution, allegedly failednto file a curriculum form on time, butnthat seems an inadequate excuse fornterminating a highly successful andnprovocative course. With an enrollmentnof over 100 students on a campusnwith only 5,000 undergraduates,nStockdale’s course was doing twice asnwell as the university’s countercoursenon the philosophy of pacifism.nStockdale reports that many of hisnstudents have been “more or less astoundednby what I had to say. I thinknmost university students draw sort of ancurtain over what happens to people inncombat. This idea of war being hell—nthat’s the beginning and end of it fornthem.”nMany at Stanford believe that thenreason the course was canceled wasnthat liberal faculty members detest thenconservative mainstream politics of thenHoover Institution. Affiliated withnStanford but not directly subject tonadministration or faculty control, thenHoover Institution has attracted manynleading scholars (who are authorizednto teach on campus) and has beenndesignated as the recipient of PresidentnReagan’s official papers. Many facultynmembers at Stanford resent the presencenof a conservative study center andnmany still harbor anti-Vietnam Warnsentiments strongly at odds with Stockdale’snteachings about the Communistsnand the war effort. Apparently,nacademic freedom can be stretchednonly so far. If only Stockdale hadnwritten a couple of Screw editorials.n”Can 50 million Frenchmen benwrong?” used to be the great rhetoricalnquestion in advertising. Now the questionnis more likely to go somethingnlike, “Can the Swedes ever do anythingnright?” Whether it’s social policiesnor staying “neutral” in World WarnII, the people who run modern Swedennare doing their best to live down tonthe age-old epithet, “dumb.” The bestnof the country must have emigrated tonthe U.S. The biggest opportunity tondisgrace themselves in world opinionncomes every year, when the SwedishnAcademy announces the Nobel Prizes.nThis year they outdid themselves. ThenRev. Jerry Falwell had his doubtsnabout Desmond Tutu, but this year’snselection—International Physiciansnfor the Prevention of Nuclear War—nstrains the faith and charity of everyonenfamiliar with their work. (For theirnscare tactics, these doctors should havenreceived the Little Red Hen Award.)nWhat could top the Peace Prize? Considernthe Prize for Literature, whichnthis year goes to a dried-up master ofnthe avant-garde, Claude Simon.nThat’s right: Claude Simon. Don’tnlook for his books in the stores or in anlocal library. They probably will notnbe there, unless you live in walkingndistance from a great university with anlarge French department full of professorsnwho enjoy the combination of badnprose and plotless fiction. The Swedesnhad better watch out: it’s awards likenthese that make you mad enough tonspank your children. ccnLIBERAL ARTSnFinishing SchoolnnnL.isa Birnbach (liigh priestess of prep)nextols Hampshire College (a leftovernfrom the 60’s counterculture) and in theneoiirse of discussion offers us a wonderfulnnew definition of liberal-hip openniindedne.ss:nThere i.s a lot of anger atnHampshire College, mainlynmanifested in a mistrust of OutnThere—the horribly imaginednreal world. Students andnteachers alike, all on anfirst-name basis, have a sense ofnbeing part of somethingndifferent, politically correct, andnsomehow more right than othernplaces, if you come with annarrow mind, don’t botherncoming at all (from LisanBirnbach’s College Book ; 1984J).nRight. At Ilampsiiire, they burn peoplenwith narrow minds! ccnRock ‘n’ roll never forgets. Neither donthe senators’ wives who lead the ParentsnMusic Research Center. Theyncan repeat verbatim almost every dirtynline in rock music. Quite an accomplishment,neven if you only tried tonmemorize Prince’s contribution to thengenre. While the PMRC is makingnlittle progress on rating rock music, anmore direct form of pressure is beingnexerted on Dire Straits, whose #1 songn”Money for Nothing” has beenndeemed offensive — but not bynwell-connected mothers. This time itnis homophiliac “males” who object tonpublic use of the word “faggot.”nQueer, isn’t it, how it’s all right to be itnso long as you don’t use the word andnqueerer still that the lyrics actuallynmake fun of lower class hostility tonrock musicians and homosexuals? Ifnwe did not already know how muchninfluence they have in the arts, we donnow: You can still hear the uncensorednversion on the album, Brothers innArms, but the top 40 single had to benrerecorded. It’s good to know thatnsome standards of decency still prevail.nJANUARY 1986 / 51n