As, ken21, I especially liked this:
...prestige and legitimacy often accrues to those who most successfully express an oppositional identity."Oppositional identity"! I hadn't realized there was a name for the disease, which I've always attributed just to being a self-loathing ass.
This paper of Mr. Brown is very powerful. Churchill flaunts his acquittal in the disruption case, and Mr. Brown has just pulled the rug on it. Shall we assume that the Regents have a copy of this? Just in case, I sent one off, and another copy to my uncle in Denver, a UC graduate and son of a 1950s regent, who will make sure they see it.
In 1736 I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the small-pox, taken in the common way. I long regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I mention for the sake of parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it; my example showing that the regret may be the same either way, and that, therefore, the safer should be chosen.
That's what I love about real scholarship. When you put it side by side with the schlock that Nancy Rabinowitz calls scholarship, there is no contest.