Thursday, February 04, 2016

Facebook's birthday gives us reason to recall Harvard and the military recruiter controversy


Today, since it is Facebook’s birthday (and as I wrote a post about such on my main blog) I thought about the political climate at Harvard when Mark Zuckerberg was attending there (before founding Facebook), and the idea that he must have been aware of the controversy over protesting military recruiters on campus under “don’t ask don’t tell” and then challenging the Solomon Amendment.  All of this came about when Elena Kagan, now a Supreme Court justice, was a dean of Harvard Law School, and protested the recruitment (the school eventually relented).  She would face questions during her confirmation hearings, as detailed on Politifact.   NPR also has a story here.

It's interesting that Kagan's views took into account the national importance military service and the sacrifice such service can imply.  In earlier decades, military recruiters had been shunned because of the Vietnam War.
 
The topic seems a bit timely to me now also because on Tuesday, February 2, the Senate Armed Services Committee held hearings on whether women should be required to register for Selective Service (Issues blog, Feb. 3).

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