Good luck to 'em. I don’t think they compete with UT, I don’t particularly think Austin needed a private school, and I’m generally skeptical of their raison d’être, but if they feel they’re providing a necessary service and students agree, who am I to stand in the way?
West Virginia President E. Gordon Gee… and former Harvard University president Lawrence H. Summers are part of the board of advisors.
“Universities are the places where society does its thinking, where the habits and mores of our citizens are shaped,” Kanelos wrote on Monday. “If these institutions are not open and pluralistic, if they chill speech and ostracize those with unpopular viewpoints, if they lead scholars to avoid entire topics out of fear, if they prioritize emotional comfort over the often-uncomfortable pursuit of truth, who will be left to model the discourse necessary to sustain liberty in a self-governing society?”
“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time – when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness… The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”
Or believe in conspiracy theories about about main stream media “all in it together”
worldwide to spread “their truth”. Fox News, OAN, Infowars, to the rescue, right ?
Who knew news would become like a religion ?
Wow above post flagged as “Offensive” ?
Again you can’t help yourself mentioning these networks. What makes you think yours are better?
Freedom is about the freedom of expression. The second you start singling out these networks vs yours you believe that a dictatorship with only one means of expression is a real democracy. Do you realize how dangerous this frame of mind is?
In the 60’s the hippies wanted free speech to combat the establishment which was fair. Now that they are in control , they don’t want free speech was is hypocritical. Can’t have it both ways, both sides need to be heard regardless of who is control which isn’t happening now with the media or at universities.
I agree different Schools of thought need to have their day. Should always try to understand the other side viewpoints. As long as the other side grants the same.
Generally agree, but you’ve got to draw the line somewhere.
Do we need to understand “the other side” of the Holocaust?
What about understanding “the other side” if it is built on lies?
Nowadays we can’t even agree on what is fact and what is fiction. “The other side” is always lying in our modern world.
There is and should be room for various philosophical differences and economic ideas. Absolutely.
But like you pointed out there are some things that just don’t need debated or given oxygen in public discourse. That doesn’t mean that they sound suffer government consequences for it. But that didn’t mean they sound get to say anything consequence free.
I do find it ironic that the fiber Bari Weiss, this anti cancel culture warrior made her conservative bones by trying to cancel college professors for not having a pro Israel stance.
Agree. I speak on philosophical differences with a civil honest public discourse. Even philosophical difference’s can get you killed. Look what happened to Socrates.
Says who? You? You see the point?
What makes you think the so called other visit disputes the Holocaust? You do or think they do? You see the point?
Difference is this is a private univ not using PUF funds so
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And this civil discourse got flagged ; something about censoring facts is the way to go ?
This may could change someone’s POV and save a lot of heartache.
You keep going and going and going to force fed us your opinions. This is about a private university. You don’t like it? Who cares? You want to open up your own university? GO AHEAD!!!
He’s right, this thread is about the unaccredited “University”. Where all the faculty have Kept their tenured positions at those bastions of illiberalism #sobrave. Operating out of a 5 bedroom house in Austin, funded by the Cicero Institute. The “University” first thing they will be charging for is an online discussion of the “forbidden courses” which I’m guessing for many people who sign up for the real lessons will be about the libertarian ideal"caveat emptor"
Well of course , the charge has been that universities are full of communists and socialists since what , the 1950s ? A “patriotic “ professor cannot compete in such a hostile environment. The obvious answer is create your own like minded people university ! Facts, data , don’t matter.
The ideology is what must be supported! If the data and conclusions don’t fit the ideology, discard the data.
And that leads to beliefs in everything is a conspiracy.
Pray for our public socialistic universities.
I think it was the 60’s where they started churning out all those dope smoking hippies. That’s when the commies took over
But be sure to check forbidden course number 1 one. “I used the N word on social media and am being scorned for it. Are these the consequences of my own actions? Or have I been cancelled?” Just remember the best form of payment is always anonymous crypto Monero or as always checks made out to cash.
To both of these, I think the answer is yes. “Understanding” and “agreeing with” aren’t synonyms. With the Holocaust specifically, there’s a lot of academic study dedicated to understanding the beliefs and the motovations that made it possible. It’s a worthy subject matter. Likewise, understanding the rapid spread of disinformation in the present era and its consequences and the beliefs that stem from it are critical to nearly any interpretation of the past decade+ of geopolitical history.
Undergrads should be able to listen to points they disagree with and think critically about them.
“Facts, data, don’t matter”
You can’t help yourself. You are the one pre-judging a University that has not opened…YET
“The ideology is what must be supported! If the data and conclusions don’t fit the ideology, discard the data.”
These are your own words. You keep judging without even knowing what the classes will be about.
A university is about critical thinking not brain washing children that America is evil and that every white man or woman is a white supremacist. Parents going to school boards stopping critical race theory is the prime example of parents of all races fighting back.
That’s one because… They and pretty much all their ilk couldn’t explain critical race theory accurately if they’re lives depended on it. It’s nothing more than an example of effectively using