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Dear Humanities Profs: We Are the Problem

“Academic politics are so vicious because the stakes are so small” — attributed to Henry Kissinger. Eric Bennett’s scathing assessment of activism masquerading as inquiry. “The IYI [intellectual yet idiot] pathologizes others for doing things he doesn’t understand without ever realizing it is his understanding that may be limited” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Skin in the Game. The…

Is Jordan Peterson an original thinker?

Marc Champagne’s latest podcast outlines the disingenuous sour-grapes attitude that is characteristic of the clerisy who have only recently become fully aware that their institutionalized monopoly has been severely corroded and depreciated — it’s quite palpable just how out of joint their noses are. Long before the web, the seeds of their own destruction had…

Oakeshott on Education

Here is Anthony’s entry on Oakeshott from The Routledge encyclopaedia of educational thinkers — note, MO’s date of death is incorrectly stated. anthony o’hearJoy A. Palmer CooperLiberal educationMichael OakeshottPhilosophy of Education

No Patrimony

Here’s the very excellent Frank Furedi who has this new piece in First Things and who, is of course, a regular contributor to the ecumenical and well-named Spiked. Now what is especially interesting about Frank is that he reminds me a great deal of Paul Hirst and another decent chap, Jerry Cohen. As the Guardian obituary says of Paul, he…

Remembering Peter Augustine Lawler

Elizabeth Kaufer Busch’s brief article “Liberal Education Rightly Understood” remembers Peter Augustine Lawler in Perspectives on Political Science. See also an obituary in the Claremont Review of Books by Daniel Mahoney, an obit I heretofore hadn’t come across. Sigh . . . Peter and I had some writing plans. Allan BloomElizabeth Kaufer BuschLiberal educationpeter lawlerReligion &…

The Coddling of the Western Mind

Forthcoming. Though the American context is specified, this book would be of salience across the Anglophonic world. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of the book go to support the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a vital and most effective bulwark against the inquisitors, their complicitous bloated bureaucrapcy and their zombie swarm…

Michael Joseph Oakeshott

Born on this day, that most subtle, civilized, cultivated, elegant, insightful, humane and liberal quality of mind. For all things Oakeshottian check out the Michael Oakeshott Association, the unaffiliated Michael Oakeshott Society, loads of stuff on this site including a very rare BBC recording of Oakeshott on the philosophy of history, and last, but no means least, A Companion to…