When universities and media go down the drain

Who realized that Hans Christian Andersen’s 19th-century fairytales would anticipate 20th- and 21st-century challenges about groupthink, media, education and envy and mob procedures, Harvard and Yale involved?

Alexander Gerschenkron (1904-78), a Russian-born Harvard financial historian, did.

On April 11, 1968, Gerschenkron shipped a lecture at the college in which he quoted at size Andersen’s The Most Outstanding Detail in conveying a campus riot two days earlier – relevant for both of those the Harvard students’ new desire about closing down a police station, and the Yale law students’ intolerance toward a discussion in a latest session arranged about debating … free of charge speech, that the two would make Russian President Vladimir Putin very pleased.