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Just saw President Biden on TV speaking about this. Looks like his ship is headed straight for the iceberg. The loan forgiveness will be too small not to disappoint the younger voters he's losing and is trying to win back, but will nevertheless further alienate the working class.
The hashtag for our little project on commencement-related speakers, honorary degree recipients, and viewpoint diversity in academia is: #CommencementWatch2022
I'll be partnering with @CrazyRadicals on this little project. We'll code a speaker or degree recipient as ideologically one way or another, or as a Democrat or a Republican, only if there is a clear demonstrable, publicly available record supporting that coding.
I'm guessing now that it's 5 to overturn Roe, Chief Justice Roberts concurs in the judgment--says no need to reach Roe--making it 6 to uphold the law; 3 in dissent. Does Justice Thomas write the opinion for the Court himself, or assign it to Justice Alito ... or Justice Barrett?
St. Olaf College ended a professor’s institute directorship a year early after the institute hosted a controversial talk by the philosopher Peter Singer. Here's more on our letter to St. Olaf's president. insidehighered.com/quicktakes/202…
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In a private conversation, a famed political scientist told me that there are few gifts President Biden and his party could hand their Republican opponents as valuable as pushing through student loan debt forgiveness. It would, he said, trigger a massive working class backlash.
The political tonedeafness of the Biden admin is among its biggest problems. Not only does it create a body designed--and named--to sound creepily like the Ministry of Truth, it appoints to head its "Disinformation Governance Board" a notorious ideologue. A self-inflicted wound.
The culture war is a class war. An illuminating analysis of why the corporate elite, the big law firms that serve them, and the rest (Woke capital) do the bidding of the cultural left by Williams College political scientist Darel Paul. wesleyyang.substack.com/p/woke-capital…
Among the many reasons to admire @JonHaidt: here he is recommending and sharing a strong critique of his own work. Only dedicated truth seekers--people who put truth above ego and everything else--do things like that. Such people are in short supply. twitter.com/JonHaidt/statu…
Just when you thought it couldn't get crazier: "ACLU helped draft article at heart of Depp v. Heard case in return for $3.5m donation." Guest appearance by ... Elon Musk. H/T @NAChristakis theguardian.com/film/2022/apr/…
The tea leaves I'm reading tell me that CJ Roberts is unlikely to be writing the opinion for the Court in Dobbs. From this, I infer that my prediction that he would join a majority in overturning Roe was incorrect. Perhaps he won't even join in upholding the Mississippi law.
Fascinating (and really quite beautiful) essay by Jennifer Frey on Anscombe, Foot, Midgely, Murdoch. Especially intriguing is the friendship between the two philosophical stars of the quartet, Anscombe and Foot. The Somerville Quartet | The Point Magazine thepointmag.com/criticism/the-…
Join us live on Zoom at 4:30 PM ET tomorrow, April 27th! @KimStrassel of the @WSJ will talk about "Modern Threats to the First Amendment." Register here for this Elizabeth M. Whelan Lecture: bit.ly/strassel
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@TheFIREorg sends a stern letter to @StOlaf for rescinding Santurri's position as direction of @StOlafIFC -- a blatant violation of academic freedom: cc: @AFA_Alliance @McCormickProf @jflier @JohnHMcWhorter @kcjohnson9 thefire.org/fire-letter-to…
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I'm immensely grateful to Prof. Andrew Walker and the other distinguished scholars who have contributed to this forthcoming volume of essays engaging my thought in philosophy of law, moral and political philosophy, and bioethics. Also grateful to Sen. Ben Sasse for his Foreword. twitter.com/andrewtwalk/st…
As colleges and universities announce their graduation speakers and honorary degree recipients, let's keep track. For convenience we'll monitor the US News top 20 research universities and top 20 colleges. How many will be progressive? How many conservative? Democrat? Republican? twitter.com/McCormickProf/…
Alums can send a message: "I will signal my displeasure by abstaining from contributing to my 40th reunion class gift to MIT. Instead, I will donate to the James Madison Program at Princeton which invited Abbot to speak following his disinvitation by MIT." nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-ope…
We're entering the season when the public can see just how embarrassing the lack of regard for viewpoint diversity in academia really is. Keep an eye on who gives Commencement addresses and receives honorary degrees. It will provide a little window into the souls of institutions.
What is it about freedom of thought, inquiry, and discussion that so many academic administrators cannot understand? It's how we as intellectual communities--universities--pursue truth. We challenge each other. We marshal and consider reasons, evidence, and arguments. It works. twitter.com/kewhittington/…
St. Olaf College @StOlaf removed the director of @StOlafIFC on campus for the crime of inviting moral philosopher Peter Singer to give a public lecture. The @AFA_Alliance objects to this assault on intellectual freedom on campus. academicfreedom.org/afa-sends-lett…
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Join us for our annual Elizabeth M. Whelan lecture this Wednesday, April 27th. We'll be live on Zoom at 4:30 PM ET with @KimStrassel of the @WSJ. She'll be talking about "Modern Threats to the First Amendment." Register to attend: bit.ly/strassel
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Alums can send a message: "I chose to show my displeasure by abstaining from contributing to my 40th reunion class gift to MIT. Instead, I'll donate to the James Madison Program at Princeton which invited Abbot to speak following his disinvitation by MIT." nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-ope…
"Some thought political correctness was a fad that was gone forever. On the contrary, it gathered strength over the next two decades, rooting itself in university hiring practices and speech policing, until it became what people now refer to as wokeness." reason.com/2021/12/13/the…
3/ An example: The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University. This superb program is the fruit of state legislative initiative. It helps to ensure the presence of robust civil discourse on the ASU campus. Students are massively benefited.
2/ Beware of "cures" that are as destructive of intellectual freedom and robust debate as the diseases they are meant to cure. There are positive things you can do to protect intellectual freedom and overcome groupthink and indoctrination on university campuses. Do those things.
1/ State officials: You're right that there are serious problems and abuses, including indoctrination, in higher education. But banning advocacy of certain ideas or theories is NOT the way to promote knowledge and advance learning. Free speech plus viewpoint diversity is the way.
Dear Harvard: Please be a university. Don't exclude/disinvite academically qualified speakers because others disapprove of them. Let such people present their evidence and arguments and let others scrutinize and question. Let people make up their own minds about where truth lies. twitter.com/DorianAbbot/st…
"We should all be open to anyone who's willing to do business in the proper currency of intellectual discourse. And that's a currency consisting of reasons, arguments, and evidence." @McCormickProf CC: @JonHaidt heterodoxacademy.org/podcast/episod…
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Following an opinion for the Sixth Circuit by Judge Thapar, “Professor disciplined for refusing to use transgender student’s pronouns to receive $400K in settlement.” thehill.com/changing-ameri…
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This week on Heterodox Out Loud, we sat down for an enlightening conversation with @McCormickProf—distinguished professor at Princeton University—to discuss the case for courageous truth-seeking in academia and beyond 👇
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Check out this new episode of @HdxAcademy's Heterodox Out Loud podcast: @McCormickProf explores the flawed human tendency to reject and censor opposing arguments — especially when they contradict values and beliefs that are held with conviction. heterodoxacademy.org/podcast/episod…
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"The point of dialogue...is to get at the truth of things.... It's most fundamentally & importantly valuable for its own sake, worth having for its intrinsic enrichment of us as rational creatures, as thinking beings." @McCormickProf heterodoxacademy.org/podcast/episod…
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Southern Baptist Seminary invited the Catholic public intellectual Ryan Anderson to deliver three lectures--and deliver he did! Superb, truly exemplary, lectures on 1) natural law, 2) church and state, and 3) contemporary moral controversies. Not just for Baptists and Catholics! twitter.com/andrewtwalk/st…
"We need the courageous people, students & faculty who will actually defy the bullying, will speak their minds, will model the truth-seeking discourse... if our campuses are to be reformed & live up to their missions" @McCormickProf CC: @NAChristakis heterodoxacademy.org/podcast/episod…
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"The most fundamental thing is to recognize one's own fallibility & interact w/ your interlocutors in truth-seeking discourse founded upon the recognition that however much I may cherish my views... I might be wrong" @McCormickProf heterodoxacademy.org/podcast/episod…
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Grateful to Zach Rausch for letting me make "The Case for Courageous Truth-Seeking" on his Heterodoxy Out Loud podcast. heterodoxacademy.org/podcast/episod…
I believe that indoctrination (of any type) has no legitimate place in education. Indoctrination is the antithesis of education. So Prof. Clark and I disagree very fundamentally. But I salute her candor and honesty. Most profs who try to indoctrinate their students deny doing it. twitter.com/DrMamaEsq/stat…
The women of the CanaVox marriage movement weigh in on New Jersey''s K-12 sex and gender "education" curriculum: "It’s clear that this isn’t about teaching biology, but ideology." thepublicdiscourse.com/2022/04/81878/
No family should be broken. No divorce should be cheered. No one should take delight in the dissolution of a couple's marriage or treat such a tragedy as a matter for mirth. We need to recover our understanding of marriage as a sacred bond, one supported by the whole community.
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You can now watch my @SBTS lectures! “Natural Law Theory and How to Think About It,” “Thinking About Church and State, Morality and Law,” “Thinking About Four Key Creational Truths.” eppc.org/appearance/vid…
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"One too often hears from unhappy readers who have gripes than from happy readers who say, 'This was nicely done.'" So nice to receive this email from a professor of theology about my @newcriterion essay responding to @kimsmithholmes You can read it here: eppc.org/publication/th…
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Madison's Notes Ep. 51 is now available wherever you get your podcasts! @JTLonsdale joins the show to speak with @antonintscalia about leadership, the state of higher education, the case for optimism, and more! Listen, subscribe, and leave us 5⭐️: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lea…
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Happy Easter! Here's a little of the "Cherokee Shuffle" to brighten your Easter morn'. (The Gibson's cap is from Gibson's Bakery, Oberlin, Ohio.) twitter.com/McCormickProf/…
6/ A joyous Easter to Christian friends and followers. (And, let me add, chag Pesach sameach to our Jewish "elder brothers in faith" who are celebrating Passover this weekend.)
5/ The duty of the Christian believer, and the community of believers, will be--now and till the end of time--to do our best to cling to the deposit of faith; to bear witness to Christ and his Gospel; to understand and do the will of God--worshiping Him in spirit and in truth.
4/ While Jesus tarries, there will be no heaven on this earth. The Church, considered in its human aspects--that is, as an institution made up of frail, fallible, fallen human beings--will be imperfect. In every era, it will have strengths but also weaknesses--some of them grave.
3/ We have had the witness of great saints and martyrs. We have purged some evils that were once embraced as if they were truly Christian. So here again, let us appreciate and conserve what is good, without idealizing (or idolizing) our own era.
2/ Modern Christianity has weaknesses but also strengths. We have produced no thinker on a par with Aquinas; no poet even remotely in the league of Dante, no building to match in beauty the cathedral at Chartres. But we have the benefit of important developments of doctrine.
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