As I’ve written before, we wrestle with these issues all the time now in higher education. Students are scared and angry and eager to strike a blow for social justice, and often that involves banning speakers or castigating alumni. School officials are so preoccupied with safe spaces and micro-aggressions that they sometimes forget what they’re there to teach.

Personally, I have no problem with Scaramucci having been on the Fletcher board. Sure, he’s indelicate, and he probably knows less than zero about international diplomacy. I certainly would have objected had Tufts invited him to deliver an endowed lecture on nonproliferation.

But, you know, if we went around purging college and nonprofit boards of rich donors with no real expertise to speak of, an awful lot of catered pasta salad would go uneaten.