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By Four Arrows, Walter Block

Famous professors on contrary facets of the cultural wars come jointly and have interaction in "cooperative argumentation." One, a "Jewish, atheist libertarian" and the opposite a "mixed blood American Indian" carry to the desk extensively varied worldviews to undergo at the function of faculties and universities in learning social and ecological justice. the result's an enjoyable and enlightening trip that finds extraordinary connections and formerly misunderstood rationales which may be on the root of a global too polarized to operate sanely. "How fresh to learn a debate among a libertarian and a revolutionary the place the individuals should not attempting to one-up one another or ranking debating issues yet easily attempting to current an intellectually rigorous case for his or her philosophy, respectfully debate their alterations, examine from one another, and with a bit of luck locate universal ground." -Dr. Ron Paul, (R) Congressman, 14th District, TX

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I am not trying to make an “Indian” of Walter, merely an honest man. Walter: I have but three minor points to make, and then, I think, we are finished with this chapter, the writing of which has been an exhilarating experience, after Four Arrows’ final whack at this piñata. ” I beg to differ. As far as I am concerned, a professor should indeed have such a right. For example, if I set up a mythical Blockhead University (my favorite university, I get to do exactly what I want, there) and announce we are going to teach things like 2+2=5, that triangles do not have 180 degrees, that water is composed of H3O, not H2O, I think I would have every right to do so.

This leaves out libertarians, who are usually (Ron Paul is an exception) linked with neither party. A similar disparity exists in departments of sociology, philosophy, history, religion, political science, and an even greater bias exists in feminist studies, black studies, queer studies, multicultural studies. ” According to the findings of these authors, the rot afflicts physicists by a ten to one ratio of Democrats to Republicans. I really do not see how it can be denied that the university campus (my knowledge of the K-12 situation in this regard is inadequate; I bow to Four Arrows’ superior information in this realm) is almost an entirely owned branch plant of the left.

He said there are plenty of debate format books out there, where scholars of differing opinions “have at it” with each other. We recognized, early on, that given the disparity of our views, we could not entirely ignore that element in this book. Nor was this all to the bad. An honest debate, where each person took seriously the views of the other, is rarely attained. ” However, in Four Arrows’ view, and I am sure he will correct me if I misunderstand him on this point, our book should attempt to be something more than that: we would also strive mightily to reconcile our positions with those of the other guy.

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