The Princeton Way
is described in Stanley Kurtz’s article,
Establishing an alternative program is what Princeton did when it faced alumni anger for hiring euthanasia-advocate Peter Singer. In response to the Singer hiring, Princeton created the Madison Program, headed by the brilliant natural-law theorist, social conservative, and frequent NR/NRO contributor Robert George. Now social conservatives at Princeton have a place to go. They don’t feel intimidated, and it’s actually easier for students to take courses with liberal profs — because they know their careers don’t depend on it. Columbia needs to adopt the same solution for its troubled Middle East studies program: Set up an alternative program in foreign affairs and matters Middle Eastern under the control of professors with a different point of view.
In fact, Princeton’s Madison Program is a model for solving the political-correctness problem in the academy as a whole. We may not be able to do much about tenured humanities and social-science faculties at elite colleges that are liberal by margins of more than 90 percent. But setting up small enclaves of professors with more conservative views is a real possibility. It’s amazing how much the presence of even a relatively small alternative program can do to generate debate — and diffuse intimidation.
At minimum, conservatives need to do everything they can to preserve and support Princeton’s Madison Program. As social conservatives are losing even the University of Chicago as a base, Princeton is rapidly becoming the key quality alternative for producing a new generation of conservative intellectuals.