As the title would announce there is an increasing polarization that is coming into Universities in France. This comes from both ends as traditional and right-wing views become more entrenched, as well as left-wing progressive views devolve further and further from their rational beginnings. Frederique Vidal, the minister of Higher Education Research and Innovation, called the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) to look into this creeping Islamo-Leftism that is permeating universities. The purpose of this in Vidal’s own words are to find out “what is academic research and what is militant and opinion.” Obviously, this has caused no small amount of furor in many in academia. They see this as state intervention into academia which is a blow to free speech. Many academics, professors, and directors have announced their displeasure at this.
I for one see this as a good thing no matter how it plays out though. Nobody can disagree that academia and most universities nowadays in Western Europe and North America do not have a much more left-leaning orientation to their philosophies and agendas. So, if this study were to come out and somehow prove that there is no such influence or dark hand on academic study then who wouldn’t be happy about that? On the other hand, if it were to reveal some sort of hidden agenda or influence in our schools would not it be a good thing if it were brought to light? At the end of the day however I am simply entertaining the idea this plays out. I don’t see how such a study would even quantify or begin to examine this, and many others don’t as well. It will be interesting to see what transpires out of this, will it simply get pulled back and forgotten about, will they create an actual investigation (farce or not), will this hurt Macron further OR empower him more (especially in the eyes of right wing voters)?
There is also an interesting social media analyzation of this term through the lens of twitter if you are interested as well.