Author: Paul Gordon

What Private Universities Teach Us About “Free Speech” on Private Property

Peter G. Klein of Mises.org challenges the notion of ‘free speech’ on private property by looking at how private universities reflect that reality.  However, private universities that have contracts that don’t allow for ‘free speech’ and stifle the free expression of professors may find themselves facing market pressures that public universities don’t have to face. from https://mises.org/blog/private-property-and-higher-ed Peter G. Klein The US higher-education world has been rocked the last two years by student protests, “free-speech” controversies, and allegations of faculty misconduct at schools as diverse as Missouri, Yale, Middlebury, Berkeley, and Evergreen State College. You’ve all heard about safe spaces, microaggressions, intersectionality, snowflakes, claims that certain forms of speech constitute violence, and so on. Professors have been assaulted by protesters and even fired or pressured to quit for expressing politically controversial ideas (though some are protected). Certain private groups have been banned, even from meeting off campus. Students, faculty, and staff are subjected to endless hours of sensitivity training, despite evidence that such programs increase, rather than alleviate, tensions among groups. Some schools are already experiencing blowback, while others are taking advantage of these controversies to differentiate themselves from rivals. Pundits are predicting campus craziness as the next hot-button issue in US presidential politics. What is to be done? While I greatly admire the efforts of groups like FIRE to protect the rights of faculty and students accused of...

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Is Iraq Better Off Now or Under Saddam Hussein?

Ron Paul Liberty Report looks at the reality of Iraq and challenges the notion that Iraq is better off now than it would have been if America had not intervened. from http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/a-mainstream-dose-of-reality-on-iraq The title of the article says it all: “Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. “Handed the Country Over.” Of course, that title implies that if the U.S. government had not exited Iraq in 2011, Iran would not be “dominating in Iraq.” That’s ridiculous. Iran has been dominating in Iraq ever since the U.S. ouster of the Saddam Hussein regime in 2003. ​ The Times essentially acknowledges that central point: When the United States invaded Iraq 14 years ago to topple Saddam Hussein, it saw Iraq as a potential cornerstone of a democratic and Western-facing Middle East, and vast amounts of blood and treasure — about 4,500 American lives lost, more than $1 trillion spent — were poured into the cause. From Day 1, Iran saw something else: a chance to make a client state of Iraq, a former enemy against which it fought a war in the 1980s so brutal, with chemical weapons and trench warfare, that historians look to World War I for analogies. In that contest, Iran won, and the United States lost. This is what most Americans have avoided confronting ever since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Ever since then, Americans from...

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NY Schools Forced to Hire Bad Teachers

Thanks to the NY Dept of Education, NY gov schools will be forced to hire bad teachers, because folks, at the end of the day, gov schools are about two things- indoctrinating kids to follow the state and jobs, jobs, jobs.  Hiring incompetant teachers has the effect of meeting BOTH goals. from https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-teachers-no-one-wants-1499989012 On Monday the city’s Department of Education said it will require city schools to fill between 300 and 400 vacancies from the Absent Teacher Reserve, or ATR. This is the politically sanitized name for the “rubber rooms” where teachers who couldn’t be fired but no one wanted would sit from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. collecting a paycheck as they napped or played cards. After a horrified public learned of the practice, the city abolished rubber rooms in 2010. But many of those same teachers are now in ATR, which is no long a physical room but remains a form of employment limbo. Some teachers are there because their last school closed. But trained, licensed teachers in ATR can apply for vacant positions in 1,700 other public schools. If a teacher can’t find another job in such a large system, there’s probably a good reason principals don’t want him…… The underlying problem is a tenure system that makes it all but impossible to fire teachers after they’ve spent four years on the job. Those suspended for...

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Another Clinton “Witness” Suicides Himself, This Time in Miami

If it’s just a coincidence, then there are some extraordinary things happening surrounding the multiple deaths of Clinton “Witnesses.”  The latest witness to show up dead is a Haitian who was found dead in Miami.  Perhaps Occam’s Razor should be applied here,  If it is, then methinks there’s something rotten in the state of Clinton, decompossing bodies of murder victims.. from http://www.shtfplan.com/conspiracy-fact-and-theory/haiti-official-who-exposed-the-clinton-foundation-is-found-dead_07162017 The mainstream media’s silence over Klaus Eberwein’s death is deafening. Eberwein was a former Haitian government official who was expected to expose the extent of Clinton Foundation corruption and malpractice next week. He has been found dead in Miami at the age of 50. The circumstances surrounding Eberwein’s death are also nothing less than unpalatable. According to Miami-Dade’s medical examiner records supervisor, the official cause of death is “gunshot to the head.“ Eberwein’s death has been registered as “suicide” by the government. But not long before his death, he acknowledged that his life was in danger because he was outspoken on the criminal activities of the Clinton Foundation. Eberwein was a fierce critic of the Clinton Foundation’s activities in the Caribbean island, where he served as director general of the government’s economic development agency, Fonds d’assistance économique et social, for three years. “The Clinton Foundation, they are criminals, they are thieves, they are liars, they are a disgrace,” Eberwein said at a protest outside the Clinton Foundation...

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The Science is Settled, Free Speech is Too Dangerous to Allow

Here is yet another reason why scientism (governing through science) is a bad idea,  An article in the New York Times is purpoting to use “science’ to demonstrate that the idea of free speech is not good.  The article attempts to justify censoring speech that might be harmful on the basis of scientific studies that show that more than stick and stones can break your bones, apparently words can as well. from http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/267291/new-york-times-makes-scientific-case-outlawing-daniel-greenfield#.WWvtqoN7dQE.facebook In between assorted claims that President Trump is a threat to Freedom of the Press, the New York Times decided to publish a case for abolishing Freedom of Speech. Once again the media shows that it represents the greatest threat to the First Amendment. The editorial, “When Is Speech Violence?” is a microcosm of today’s leftist insanity. There are the spurious appeals to science and claims of victimhood wrapped around a hot take that inverts reality while providing ammunition to the worst intersectional extremists on the left. Words can have a powerful effect on your nervous system. Certain types of adversity, even those involving no physical contact, can make you sick, alter your brain — even kill neurons — and shorten your life. Your body’s immune system includes little proteins called proinflammatory cytokines that cause inflammation when you’re physically injured. Under certain conditions, however, these cytokines themselves can cause physical illness. What are those conditions? One...

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