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.
I can vouch that being a moderate black Republican isn't easy. My black GOP colleagues and I endure endless ridicule and questioning from other African Americans, including close friends and family members who wonder how we can belong to a political party that is so overwhelmingly white, male, Southern, conservative and seemingly closed to ethnic minorities.
“Critical thinking” is a form of intentional deracination and displacement. Its basic assumption is that students enter college or university with a set of under-explored moral commitments that they have inherited from the broader culture. Most dangerous and of concern are those students who enter college with traditional, particularly religious commitments that represent an obstacle to “critical thinking.” The implicit opposite of “critical thinking” is faith, understood as an unreflective set of commitments to pre- or anti-rational beliefs. An education in critical thinking takes on the appearance of contentless inquiry, but is in fact deeply informed by a considerable set of Enlightenment beliefs, including the effort to inculcate deracinated reason, a conception of the individual as a monadic “self,” antipathy to culture and religion, philosophical skepticism, a deep-seated materialism, and a devotion to a cosmopolitan outlook that permits one to be comfortable everywhere and nowhere in particular. The vast panoply of our “diverse” institutions of higher education are increasingly dedicated to the uniform formation of this particular sort of human being, and in the absence of a good understanding of the implicit content of “critical thinking,” are successful in that endeavor.
Indeed, "critical thinking," "deconstructionism," multiculturalism, and general Pomo Thought need more of their own attitudes applied to themselves. They are flimsy constructions, the plastic hula-hoops of our generation. The name of the game is being cool - and tenure.
Vaclav Klaus sounds like our kinda guy. A Continental Thatcherite. And, of course, if the NYT so clearly disapproves of him, that's good enough for me! After he straightens out those collectivist Europeans, let's hope he can do the same for the Obamunists. Ah, the irony of it all.
And it wasn't "..too late for me to try to reconstruct the items..", but a case of disgust. I just hate that electronic poof behavior.......
"The vast panoply of our “diverse” institutions of higher education are increasingly dedicated to the uniform formation of this particular sort of human being, and in the absence of a good understanding of the implicit content of “critical thinking,” are successful in that endeavor."
Baloney. Gen-Xers and Y-Xers are not likely, because of the blatherings of some old professorial coot, to becoming 'uniform' adherents to any one philosophy. These kids are a lot cooler than we were and are much more likely to reflect in the golden eye of cynicism that rational thinking also implies thinking rationally: One philosophy for all is not rational.
"I can vouch that being a moderate black Republican isn't easy. My black GOP colleagues and I endure endless ridicule and questioning from other African Americans,..."
Does this mean it's okay for white people to release our inner-racist and drink beer and slap black people on the back and say "Yo!" I mean, fair is fair, and I'll be damned if I want to be held back because I'm a White-Anglo-Saxon-Former-Protestant. I want to be a shiftless whitey and you better not say anything about that. 'Sides, Obama will make it all right even if he is a shifting democrat.
By the way, Meta and the rest of you lovely folks ... If you want a breath of fresh air as relief from the foetid fumes of the new administration, look up one of my favorite Teddy Roosevelt stories on Google: " Perdicaris Alive or Rasuli dead!" Now there's a battlecry for the next election! It's sort of a pair with the terrific story appearing on the web today describing the Marines deployed in the Mid-East, 30 of whom took on 250 "insurgents" and defeated them on their own ground. Blackfive has it, but I've seen it elsewhere. When our Marines get a chance to fight, they're awesome.
Great story, MM...
A passage: "During the battle, the designated marksman single handedly thwarted a company-sized enemy RPG and machinegun ambush by reportedly killing 20 enemy fighters with his devastatingly accurate precision fire. He selflessly exposed himself time and again to intense enemy fire during a critical point in the eight-hour battle for Shewan in order to kill any enemy combatants who attempted to engage or maneuver on the Marines in the kill zone. What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn’t miss any shots, despite the enemies’ rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position."
From what I have read, Klaus is a live wire. I am sure he is difficult to deal with.
I have found that people, who are smart and have thought long and hard about various subjects, usually have strong views. They can also be cantankerous because they don't suffer fools well. People who engage them without being prepared may be taken aback by the lack of respect shown to them. Unpreparedness is viewed as laziness. If prepared, disagreements can be heated.
Here is my favorite line in the article. “If you lived under communism, then you are very sensitive to forces that try to control or limit human liberty”.
I fear that too many Americans take liberty for granted.