We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It was a New Yorky weekend for us - Brooklyn Sat night, Manhattan Sunday afternoon to join the climate march to attend the opening of the Met Museum's From Assyria to Iberia show. The climate parade did snarl up midtown traffic.
The initiative is something more than trying to ensure students, faculty and staff are happy, said Penny Rue, vice president of campus life at WFU. It’s about trying to help students find meaning and purpose, not happiness.
“We’re looking for something a little deeper than that,” Rue said.
The tawdry march of the fools is sort of sad in its collective IQ, but I celebrate their right to do it. Just watch Michelle Fields interview of Robert Kennedy (at PJTV or Twitchy) to get the full flavor.
On the more intellectual side, where I am not comfortable and you are BD, Philip Hamburger (Columbia) wrote a full-throated attack on Congress' lazy delegation of power to the Executive and now the big-government left has responded with a review from Adrian Vermeule (Harvard). The target seems to be the "libertarian judges" of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, I think. I'd be interested in your take.
I'm in the middle of reading "The Forgotten Man" by Amity Shlaes at the moment. It's not an easy read but is compelling in its own way.
What I found a little disheartening about reading the book is not so much the lack of knowledge about how the laws of the free market operate (the market, insofar as what existed then on Wall Street) but rather the perverse insistence on how those laws MUST adhere to the laws of the legal world. Attempting to push centralized efficiency laws onto small businesses built on personal relationships only served to put more and more small businesses out of business. Not to mention the boneheaded idea of killing off livestock in an effort to raise the prices at just the time when no one could afford to buy at any price. What were these people thinking????
So here we are, how many years later, and the same thing is happening. The latest generation of these folks who seem unable to look at the actions taken by FDR and his brain trust to lessen the effect of the depression and see that they contributed to the problem, nor to see the parallels now.
Professors on Food Stamps would be hilarious if it weren't so pathetic. Let me state up front that I am an adjunct prof [but what I am is a full-time, non-tenure track].
Too many of the adjuncts I work with are: 1) fully prepared to teach the soft A grade courses demanded by many students and that the U wants to keep before they finally go away deep in debt; 2) pretty much unaware of how either economics or organizations work; 3) unwilling to admit there are just not enough tenure track jobs for all those who seek them; 4) not particularly good at anything else that pays better, and; 5) unwilling to give up the dream of a tenure track job no matter what the odds are.
It really is sad, because some of my colleagues are quite good and well-versed in their disciplines but will almost certainly never get a tenure track job. I'd argue that if you've had your PhD in hand for more than two years and are still an adjunct then unless you teach something unusual you might as well pack it in.
I happened to be qualified to teach something that only a few can. When we list the tenure track position most similar to what I teach we may get 25 apps of which 8-9 might really be qualified. Each of those 8-9 probably get a tenure offer somewhere.
If we list jobs in most of our other areas we are likely to get around 200 apps, of which 125 or more are fully qualified. Consider the odds.
Finally, of course, the tenured faculty in most colleges/univs are way to the Left except where it concerns their livelihood and they aren't about to push to pay adjuncts better and sometimes treat them like galley slaves.
Look to the organization and what it has become to see why.
CS Lewis warned of the "Dangers of National Repentance."
Basically, it's not repentance, it's accusing others in a particularly disingenuous, self-righteous way.
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On Putin, I believe he wasn't threatening to invade those countries, only to make the point that the U.S. is making him out to be the uber aggressor when he's not. If he were what we say, he could occupy those countries, no sweat.
There is something wrong with our rush to make Putin what he's not.