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Post 40

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 9:28amSanction this postReply
Postmodernist academic language is very easy to spot and really gets on my nerves.  Here is one of the most obscene sentences from professor XXXX's post :

"If anybody wants to debate the complex and varied responses of scholars of Naziism, I would be most happy to."
I have never seen anyone dare to use this kind grosteque relativistic language when discussing Naziism but I don't spend much time in academic circles.  Usually it is something like :

"This part of the course focuses on the complex and varied responses of African American feminist writers to 19th century Western Literature."

"Descartes and the Role of Women in Society :  How did Cartesian influences lead to the objectification of the female body in America?"

(This was actually a topic of discussion in a Philosophy 101 class I took a few years ago)

 - Jason

(Edited by Jason Quintana on 11/30, 10:03am)

Post 41

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 2:13pmSanction this postReply
I second Robert W.'s bravo!

A stirring post, man, keep it up. It's so good to know these people will have to deal with this.

If I recall correctly, you have tenure. Is there anyway they can get you?


Post 42

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 8:10pmSanction this postReply

I love sticking it to Lefty academics. I used to do it in their classes, thinking I was saving entire classes at a time from their BS but my grades suffered.

Ask yourself what you're trying to achieve and how it would be best done.

A few years ago an aquaintence of mine, Berin Szoka, wrote an article in defence of an article in the campus magazine that chided his ivy league university for seeking to introduce an Indian/Hindu course. Berin pointed out that there would be very few people interested in taking the course, given how few were interested in taking a related course. IIRC, he pointed out that less attention should be paid to these backward mystical cultures and at one point he used the quote,  "We put a man on the moon, these people put bones in their noses." He received death threats and the VC at the university would have done nothing about it. In the end he needed help from The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (www.thefire.org ), IIRC. You can find out more by googling his name.

As much fun as you'll be missing out on, perhaps you should focus on other means of preventing this course. Whatever you do, pick your battles. You can influence more young minds while you remain in the classroom than if you remain a legend at Purchase.

(Edited by Andrew Bates on 11/30, 8:27pm)

Post 43

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 9:34pmSanction this postReply
     Sorry about the non-specificity of what I meant. I meant the term Dhimmitude not as a 'subject', but as a 'term' in dictionaries and encyclopedias.
     I have no doubt that there's terms not in dictionaries, etc, that one can find subject-wise in Google.
     Thanx for the info, though; o-t-o-h, I'm only getting ~23,000 listings on the term 'Dhimmitude'. --- Strange are the ways of GOogle.


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