Monthly Archives: March 2011

Marx, Universities, Speech and US Prosperity

Given many public comments on the idea of hiring an administrator who wrote about Marx at KSU, I think this article from Salon raises good questions.  And it has a great quote for the President of Columbia University in 1948:

There will be no administrative suppression or distortion of any subject that merits a place in this University’s curricula. The facts of communism, for instance, shall be taught here — its ideological development, its political methods, its economic effects, its probable course in the future. The truth about communism is, today, an indispensable requirement if the true values of our democratic system are to be properly assessed. Ignorance of communism, fascism, or any other police-state philosophy is far more dangerous than ignorance of the most virulent disease.

Who among us can doubt the choice of future Americans, as between statism and freedom, if the truth concerning each be constantly held before their eyes? But if we, as adults, attempt to hide from the young the facts in this world struggle, not only will we be making a futile attempt to establish an intellectual “iron curtain,” but we will arouse the lively suspicion that statism possesses virtues whose persuasive effect we fear.

Found in Bulletin of the American Association of University Professors

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Speech and Academia – a chill in the air

This NYT editorial by Krugman — notes dangers of chilling thought and speech in academia.   See previous post on this topic.

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Made here — intriguing notions

Inspirational story in NYT today about efforts in San Fran to alert locals about products made there.  More important, discussion about smaller, locally targeted, mfg processes which create real jobs.

In particular, I like the values expressed in this statement (esp. in light of the stories of US companies going abroad to avoid taxes e.g. GE):

Jamieson Leadbetter, a fourth-generation baker whose grandfather gave him this advice when he decided to continue the Portland, Me.-based family business in San Francisco: “Pick your community well. You’re not there solely to make money; you’re there to play a larger role.”

Georgia’s Department of Econ Dev sponsors this site for Georgia made/grown products: http://www.gamadegagrownproducts.org/

 

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You are what you learn

There has been quite a dust-up over a candidate for Provost at KSU.

See article here and here.

Citizens have written that if you take my tuition and tax money – I should have a say what you teach.  Imagine being limited to teach what people already know.

My take:

Society used to believe those that pursued knowledge, pursued truth, and pursued God. Society no longer pursues any of those, as they would rather repeat erroneous statements than spend time pursuing truth. And, that is why our educational system is failing. Society does not care about learning.

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