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  1. Rob Tracinski on "What Went Right?"

    Could anybody give an example of where Rob Tracinski "went right." Rob's foreign policy opinions have been wrong across the board. Using the fact that some blog/press releases/OP-eds agree with you is not evidence. RT in Three Elections, 2005, p.19. "The Forward Strategy of Freedom has made the final transtion from being dismissed as an absurd and impossible notion to becoming an uncontested foreign policy consensus. And this consensus is essentially correct." Now he based this being "correct" on the republicans winning in 2004, the democratic critics admitting Bush is popular and Bush's speech, including, "And any who doubt the appeal of freedom in the middle east can look to Lebanon." RT in the Nov. 4th, 2004 TIA Daily. "When it comes to Iraq, expect action, not talk, in Bush's second term." RT in TE p.6. "More important, this was virtually all that he said [just platitudes]on the subject of the war. When asked a question later in the press conference about the justification for the invasion of Iraq, he began a reply, then cut if off by saying, simply, "there's no need to rehash my case." Indeed, there was not. Just as the most eloquent words spoken about Bush's foreign policy were the words he did not feel he had to "rehash"- so the most eloquent statement on his domestic agenda was what he did not say: he laid out no religious agenda. Indeed, when asked about the allegedly religious "values voters," he responded that "no president should ever try to impose religion on our society."" ... "
  2. Founders College website

    Is Founders College the future of college education? Is Harvard going to follow Gary Hull's plan? Commentary magazine for September 2006 is up on the web. Donald Kagan of Yale writes on what's wrong with Harvard, "As Goes Harvard..." With quotes from Harvard president, Bok, dean of Harvard College, Lewis, etc. the conclusion is Harvard needs to more like Founders College. No, he didn't say Founders college but every point covered as a problem for Harvard, was covered by what little Dr. Hull has said about what he wants Founders to be. Harvard Dean, Lewis: "But there is absolutely nothing that Harvard can expect students will know after they take three science or three humanities courses freely choosen from across the entire course catalog." "A curriculum that exposes Harvard as "a university without a larger sense of educational pupose or a connection with its principal constituents." Donald Kagan: "to the Harvard faculty, undergraduate education is at best of secondary interest." "Core Curriculum...distinguished by the absence of any core of studies generally required." "Significant number of courses in Harvard College are taught by graduate students...a collection of inexperienced leaders of discussion or pseudo-discussion groups." "...most faculties lack precisely that requisite sense of professional responsibility, and are instead the major obstacle to improvement." Harvard President, Bok: "Many seniors graduate without being able to write well enough to satisfy their employers." "Many cannot reason clearly or perform competently in analyzing complex, non-technical problems, even though faculties rank critical thinking as the primary goal of a college education." "Most have never taken a course in quantitative reasoning or aquired the knowledge needed to be a reasonably informed citizen in a democracy." The typical curriculum as "a vast smorgasbord" amounting to "an admission of intellectual defeat." An Administration's powerlessness over a tenured faculty causes a "lack of compelling pressure to improve undergraduate education" that helps explain professors' "casual treatment" of the purposes of undergraduate education, "their neglect of basic courses that develop important skills, their reluctance even to discuss issues of pedagogy, their ignorance of research on student learning, and their unwillingness to pay attention to much of what goes on outside the classroom." Seems Gary Hull is ahead of the curve.
  3. Gary Hull founding a college?

    Burgess, thank you for showing how sloppy Noumenalself's thinking was in his post. The BB&T Foundation was set up to help the bank. Founders college doesn't exist yet and is going to be based in Maine. The Anthem Foundation's plan is to promote the scholarship of Objectivists. Founders is being set up to teach (at least in the beginning). ARI "does not necessarily endorse" any Objectivist organization's output, even Anthem's. So at this time there is no evidence to ponder. Well, you can ponder this: the BB&T Foundation is not funding the college, but they did fund most of the work on the curriculum, etc.
  4. Did the Communists vote for the Nazis?

    Burgess: 1) Page 193 (HB) 2)Yes, Ayn Rand wasn't a professional historian, so if she used one of many sources that said this, its not her fault. Now Ayn Rand could be right, if by "communist party" she means the CP members of parliament. Remember the point Ayn Rand was making was, both the left and the right worked together to "destroy their common enemy: capitalism and its parliamentary form of government." How they worked together is less important. 3)Yes, Karl Dietrich Bracher's "The German Dictatorship" was published in 1969. Evans gives this as a pioneering study of the fall of Weimar and the Nazi seizure of power. 4)Yes, for instance, Evans said the focus of most serious scholarship of the Nazis went like this:1945 through the 1960's was the Weimar collapse and Nazi seizure of power. In the 1970's and 1980's it shifted to years 1933 to 1939, driven by the opening of all the captured documents from Western Allied custody. In the 1990's it was the years 1939 to 1945, with the opening of Soviet bloc archives.
  5. Did the Communists vote for the Nazis?

    The communists voted for their own people and once in local, state, and federal governments sided with the Nazis to make them ungovernable. From KGB: The inside story,"Before the Nazi takeover it[communist party] concentrated its fire not on the Nazi Party but on its main rival on the left, the socialist SPD. After the Nazi takeover[last free election 1933], many Communists switched their support to Hitler." Ayn Rand was reporting the mainstream view at that time. Conservative writers combined the two above facts (during the coldwar) and came out with the wrong conclusion. Liberals reported what the socialists said about the communists. But Ayn Rand really had no choice because scholars of the Third Reich would not get to this subject until the mid 1960's. I think the definitive history (with the latest scholarship) is the three vol. "Coming of the Third Reich" by Richard Evans. In his preface he discusses how historical research of the Third Reich has gone through phases.
  6. According to Mike Shapiro's blog (he is one of Kelley's presenters at toc) July 17th, 2005: "Duncan Scott interviewed Nathaniel Branden, who admitted some belief in ESP and the supernatural, much to the raised eyebrow dismay of the audience." http://www.livejournal.com/users/madbard/ 07-17-2005
  7. Roe v Wade lowered crime

    The book "Freakonomics" by economist Steven Levitt. He won the John Bates Clark award for the top economist under 40. He was the man who proved a number of Chicago public-school teachers had inflated student standardized test scores. He uses bulk data of police reported crime like the book "More Guns, Less Crime" did.
  8. Roe v Wade lowered crime

    Crime started dropping around 18 years after abortion was made legal. But in the few states that made it legal three years before, their crime rates started to drop three years earlier. The philosophical ideas in the legal system didn't change that much in the early 90's to cause this drop. Conservative groups today are trying to say religion or certain behavors forced on kids caused this to happen. Is this another example of conservatives trying to take credit for a change in the culture that they have nothing to do with.
  9. Archimedes and the siege of Syracuse

    The Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel tried and failed even when they used mirrors.