During the campus convulsions of the late 1960s, when rebellion against any authority was considered obedience to every virtue, the film “To Die in Madrid,” a documentary about the Spanish Civil War, was shown at a small liberal arts college famous for, and vain about, its dedication to all things progressive. When the film’s narrator intoned, “The rebels advanced on Madrid,” the students, who adored rebels and were innocent of information, cheered. Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, had been so busy turning undergraduates into vessels of liberalism and apostles of social improvement that it had not found time for the tiresome task of teaching them tedious facts, such as that the rebels in Spain were Franco’s fascists.
Or perhaps Andrew Cusack had time-traveled with some friends and was sitting in the audience.
There was (is?) a branch of Antioch in my hometown… Until this round of articles about the closing came out I never understood how they could pack a whole university into an office building.
Hat tip to the Cranky Professor.