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The cover story from last week’s issue of The Weekly Standard commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students, a book that Camille Paglia famously described as “the first shot in the culture wars.”

That shot was still reverberating when the proprietor of this website was an undergraduate. The book is difficult—I seem to recall long digressions into 19th century German philosophy—but surely stands as the definitive critique of the strange admixture of Leninism, Edward Said, “inclusivity,” hyper-specialization, and careerism that prevails on American campuses. The essay is drawn from Andrew Ferguson’s afterword to the anniversary edition.