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(Gawker)   To offset liberal bias, university to add "Conservative Thought and Policy" professor. Topics of study include "The Reagan Colonoscopy: A Journey Inside Greatness"   (gawker.com) divider line 112
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2013-03-15 09:41:00 AM  
If the University was hiring a professor to push liberal propaganda there would be outrage.

Of course, it could be fun to have such a class use it to show how the GOP line is a completely misguided and warped version of rational conservative thought.

/I know, all professors push a liberal agenda
//it's only because reality has a well know liberal bias.
 
2013-03-15 09:45:16 AM  
i really don't like this whole 'colleges are librul' thing.  sometimes it seems that the GOP just hates education in general.
 
2013-03-15 09:46:51 AM  
Conservative Thought and Policy: A Syllabus

Week One:
Tax Cuts
Week Two: We Highlight the Parts of "Atlas Shrugged" We Want to Quote in Our Yearbook
Week Three: Really, Tax Cuts
Week Four: How To Call Negroes and Lesser-American Illegals 'Racist' So It Makes Sense In Your Mind Because It's Not You That's Racist Because Abe Lincoln Was A Republican
Week Five: Spring Break
Week Six: Young Conservatives Bake Sale That Proves A Point About Affirmative Action, Which, By The Way, Martin Luther King Was Probably Against
Week Seven: How the GOP Can Convince Dingbat Broads That We're On Their Side
Week Eight: Did We Mention Tax Cuts?
Week Nine: Final Exam: Will consist of making a collage of pictures of Reagan and Jesus
 
2013-03-15 10:06:41 AM  
Conservative Thought?  Is it a short course?
 
2013-03-15 10:10:17 AM  
Selected readings for the course will include:

Mexicans and the New Social Compact: Deportation as Character Builder

When Not Calling Becomes Rape: An examination of how the ultra-feminist movement is trying to imprison all men

The Most Eminent Domain: A new look at the Kelo decision and its applicability toward a woman's uterus

Welcome to the Holocaust: An exploration of how "civil rights" legislation has put White people in America at the brink of extinction

It's (not) the Environment, Stupid: How environmentalists are the ones destroying the earth
 
2013-03-15 10:18:43 AM  
Each class comes with a small hammer and an icepick.
 
2013-03-15 10:21:12 AM  
Isn't conservative thought basically, "Status quo is good, stick to your guns, change is bad"?
 
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2013-03-15 10:23:50 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Isn't conservative thought basically, "Status quo is good, stick to your guns, change is bad"?


No.  Conservative is the name of a political movement.
 
2013-03-15 10:24:06 AM  
He'll be a big hit in Boulder.
 
2013-03-15 10:27:56 AM  

EvilEgg: If the University was hiring a professor to push liberal propaganda there would be outrage Tuesday.

 
2013-03-15 10:28:28 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Isn't conservative thought basically, "Status quo is good, stick to your guns, change is bad"?


Not exactly.  Actually it's more like, "change for change's sake is bad", which as we have seen over the the past 50 years has proven true.  More careful consideration of the changes we make in society leads to fewer incidents of having to backtrack because something didn't work out or had unintended consequences that outweigh the advantages.
 
2013-03-15 10:29:01 AM  
"We want students to have a chance to understand a conservative, free-enterprise approach to public policy," Mr. Wright said. "I think it's underrepresented on the campus."

Uh, I'm pretty sure every university offers this approach. It's usually called the college of business.
 
2013-03-15 10:29:57 AM  

Uranus Is Huge!: He'll be a big hit in Boulder.


And meanwhile, nothing will change the mind of the rural Colorado kids who go to CSU because they just couldn't handle all the hippies at CU.

\Not to say that CSU isn't a good school, but I have heard this so many times.
 
2013-03-15 10:31:43 AM  
You'd think conservatives would be selected by the Free Market to teach their ideology, if anybody actually wanted them to.  It's a shame that they rely on affirmative action in order to subvert the Free Market for their personal gain, at the cost of innocent, American taxpayers.
 
2013-03-15 10:31:58 AM  

hdhale: Actually it's more like, "change for change's sake is bad", which as we have seen over the the past 50 years has proven true.


You're going to have to expound on that one a bit. What changes over the last 50 years do you deem to have been made solely "for change's sake"?
 
2013-03-15 10:34:42 AM  

vpb: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Isn't conservative thought basically, "Status quo is good, stick to your guns, change is bad"?

No.  Conservative is the name of a political movement.


Depends entirely on whether you are using the big 'C' or the little 'c'.  Even the Conservative Movement isn't anything even remotely monolithic, as there are people who are fiscal conservatives, but Libertarian or Liberal on social issues, people who are social conservatives and fiscal conservatives, even people who are socially conservative but supporters of big government (a typical member of MADD).
 
2013-03-15 10:35:08 AM  

qorkfiend: hdhale: Actually it's more like, "change for change's sake is bad", which as we have seen over the the past 50 years has proven true.

You're going to have to expound on that one a bit. What changes over the last 50 years do you deem to have been made solely "for change's sake"?


Civil rights, women's rights, workers' rights, gay rights, ... so much evil "change for change's sake".
 
2013-03-15 10:35:59 AM  

hdhale: Actually it's more like, "change for change's sake is bad", which as we have seen over the the past 50 years has proven true.


[citation needed]
 
2013-03-15 10:39:21 AM  
Molavian: EvilEgg: If the University was hiring a professor to push liberal propaganda there would be outrage Tuesday Econ.
 
2013-03-15 10:40:39 AM  
To emulate conservative thought simply figure out what a greedy corporation or organized religion would want a mob of poorly educated sheep to believe.

"The is no global warming (because it would cost me money)."

To emulate liberal thought simply figure out what a bunch of emotionally stunted control freaks would want a mob of over educated, status conscious sheep to believe.

"Yes, the 27 degrees my parent's paid for really DO make me smarter than you despite the fact that I still suck at everything."


Unfortunately,  It really is that simple.
 
2013-03-15 10:42:58 AM  
i had some conservative professors. there are a lot more conservative opinions in university, they're just not as loud about their opinions.

/ yet, i don't deny that the majority leans liberal.
// once i got to law school, the number of conservative professors increased rather dramatically.  and i went to a hippy communist jesuit law school.  i mean, we had to study poor people law.  lots of it.  and do things for the poor.  legal things.
 
2013-03-15 10:43:15 AM  

hdhale: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Isn't conservative thought basically, "Status quo is good, stick to your guns, change is bad"?

Not exactly.  Actually it's more like, "change for change's sake is bad", which as we have seen over the the past 50 years has proven true.  More careful consideration of the changes we make in society leads to fewer incidents of having to backtrack because something didn't work out or had unintended consequences that outweigh the advantages.


Conservatism doesn't conserve much of anything. Employment (in this country...), constitutional protections against presidential overreach, people having homes.
 
2013-03-15 10:43:19 AM  

EvilEgg: If the University was hiring a professor to push liberal propaganda there would be outrage.


That's kind of like saying "why isn't there a White Entertainment Nework".
 
2013-03-15 10:46:35 AM  
The made up position is, naturally, the first of its kind anywhere, and is entirely funded by donations from concerned conservative citizens like Denver banker Earl Wright.

Am I the only one who lol'd at this?
 
2013-03-15 10:48:32 AM  
So it is about 15 mins long including reading the syllabus?
 
2013-03-15 10:51:32 AM  

Thisbymaster: So it is about 15 mins long including reading the syllabus?


The prayer to St. Reagan takes a while.
 
2013-03-15 10:53:12 AM  
Textbook:
Ch. 1 - Biblical arguments against interracial marriage - it's Armageddon!
Ch. 2 - Burying opposition to interracial marriage when it is no longer politically convenient.
Ch. 3 - Biblical arguments against gay marriage - Re-read Ch. 1 and replace "interracial" with "gay".
Ch. 4 - Burying opposition to interracial marriage when it is no longer politically convenient - Not yet!
 
2013-03-15 10:56:06 AM  

Philip Francis Queeg: Thisbymaster: So it is about 15 mins long including reading the syllabus?

The prayer to St. Reagan takes a while.


and requires a teleprompter.
 
2013-03-15 10:57:24 AM  
Yellow Sprinkles on Your Cupcake: How Trickle-Down Really Works
 
2013-03-15 10:59:54 AM  
Right wing nuts think everyone in the MIDDLE is a "liberal".
 
2013-03-15 11:03:21 AM  
I work at CU, so I'm getting a kick, etc.

The last two presidents of the university have been very conservative, and this position is the brainchild of the former, who had been a senator with an (R) after his name. The position is privately funded, so while we complain about this kind of partisan crap, there's no real wrong-doing here (other than hypocrisy. Affermative action for some, little American flags for others!) The University only gets something like 3-5% of its operating budget from the state anymore, so once it goes fully private we can dump this kind of "both sides" crap and be as we want to be, which is more liberal arts/science, less animal husbandry than CSU.
 
2013-03-15 11:04:11 AM  
Affirmative action strikes again.
 
2013-03-15 11:05:43 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Isn't conservative thought basically, "Status quo is good, stick to your guns, change is bad"?


Traditionally, yes.  Recently it's more a call to return to the halcyon days of the 1950s when the US was preeminent while the rest of the world was either a bombed out husk or primitive backwaters and women and minorities knew their place.
 
2013-03-15 11:07:38 AM  
rational thought does not belong in a daycare
if yer young and not lib you have no heart
if yer older and not conservative you gots no grey matter

this will certainly elicit rational conversation
 
2013-03-15 11:09:36 AM  

astro716: I work at CU, so I'm getting a kick, etc.

The last two presidents of the university have been very conservative, and this position is the brainchild of the former, who had been a senator with an (R) after his name. The position is privately funded, so while we complain about this kind of partisan crap, there's no real wrong-doing here (other than hypocrisy. Affermative action for some, little American flags for others!) The University only gets something like 3-5% of its operating budget from the state anymore, so once it goes fully private we can dump this kind of "both sides" crap and be as we want to be, which is more liberal arts/science, less animal husbandry than CSU.


Unfortunately that would take amending the state constitution. It is retarded that state voters get to dictate CUs policy when they don't want to fund them.
 
2013-03-15 11:11:19 AM  
There's actually a fairly large body of conservative thought that is not derp. I cover it briefly, along with liberal thought, in my class. Buckley and Goldwater are the bulwarks.
 
2013-03-15 11:11:41 AM  
I assume this will be some sort of theoretical class as there are so few actual conservatives to study...
 
2013-03-15 11:12:17 AM  

Mentat: Conservative Thought?  Is it a short course?


Don't know, but you definitely take a short bus to get there.
 
2013-03-15 11:13:15 AM  

Begoggle: Right wing nuts think everyone in the MIDDLE is a "liberal".


If you're not then you're an idiot.
 
2013-03-15 11:15:30 AM  
Should've called it Conservative Reasoning and Policy so the course abbreviation would have been CRAP.
 
2013-03-15 11:19:56 AM  

Zagloba: Molavian: EvilEgg: If the University was hiring a professor to push liberal propaganda there would be outrage Tuesday Econ.


Really?  Have you visited the University of Chicago recently?  Or how about the University of Florida where the university gave the right to choose econ professors to the Koch Brothers in exchange for donations?
 
2013-03-15 11:24:09 AM  
I've had more than my share of politically conservative professors over the years in various state schools. They were on the whole, quite good and helpful. They helped me sharpen my own critiquing abilities, perhaps more then the liberal ones. The students that I have had over time who identified themselves as conservatives have been really good ones too...they don't just buy my framing of literary and conceptual issues but they care enough to challenge them too. And I think that's great. The problem I have is that there are already courses covering political and philosophical thought at UCBoulder:

==
PSCI 3054: American Political Thought

Highlights the development of American political theories and ideas from colonial period to present. Can also be taken for American field credit. Recommended prereq., PSCI 2004. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: United States context or ideals and values. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomore, Junior or Senior) only.

==

PSCI: 3092 : Comparative Political Economy:

Presents theories on the interaction between policies and economics, economic models of politics, and familiarizes students with an approach that will prove useful in understanding current developments in both economics and politics. Explores relationships between financial markets, currency regimes, and politics with some special consideration of the behavioral foundations of political and economic developments. Prereq., PSCI 2012.


==
PSCI 3171 - Government and Capitalism in the United States

Examines competing theoretical approaches to questions related to origins, development, and purposes of modern government in the United States; particular attention paid to impact of transformations in the underlying structure of the capitalist economy. Prereq., PSCI 1101. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: United States context.

==

PHIL 2200 : Major Social Theories

Introductory study of major philosophies of the past in relation to political, economic, and social issues. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: ideals and values.


==
PHIL 3200: Social and Political Philosophy

Systematic discussion and analysis of such philosophic ideas as community, freedom, political power, and violence. Prereq., 6 hours of philosophy course work. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: ideals and values. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomore, Junior or Senior) only.

==

A course focusing  surveying and comparing conservative political and philosophical thought would be fine. It might might be more appropriate for a Special Topics seminar, depending on how its taught. But it could be a good one. I'd be interested to look at Mr. Hayward's syllabus.
 
2013-03-15 11:27:05 AM  
Conservatives are terrorists. Put them in a cage.
 
2013-03-15 11:29:02 AM  

Somacandra: A course focusing surveying and comparing conservative political and philosophical thought would be fine. It might might be more appropriate for a Special Topics seminar, depending on how its taught. But it could be a good one. I'd be interested to look at Mr. Hayward's syllabus.


A course critically examining conservative thought with a good amount of academic rigor would be a good thing. I doubt that this course will do that.
 
2013-03-15 11:39:20 AM  

FARK rebel soldier: Conservatism doesn't conserve much of anything. Employment (in this country...), constitutional protections against presidential overreach, people having homes.


Conservatives don't even conserve the environment.
Frankly all it looks like conservatives wish to conserve is white, male privilege.
 
2013-03-15 11:40:44 AM  

hitlersbrain: Unfortunately, It really is that simple.


Well, the important thing is that you've found a way to feel superior to both.
 
2013-03-15 11:41:54 AM  

Begoggle: Right wing nuts think everyone in the MIDDLE is a "liberal".


That's cos they think THEY are the "middle".

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2013-03-15 11:49:02 AM  

It would be an interesting class if, in fact, it took an objective approach to conservative thought and policy, and left plenty of room for honest critique and investigation.

Unfortunately, you can sum up the motivation behind conservative thought and policy in a single, simple word:


Greed.


I don't really think there is anything else guiding them, and it's no coincidence that the least educated and most intellectually dishonest among us happen to be the conservatives' most ardent supporters.  They're greedy for power, money, and status, and anything that provides an obstacle to that is immediately declared "liberal" or "foreign" or "socialist" or "anti-Jesus."  They are simple toadies looking to be rewarded for kissing the asses of those in power because they lack the ability to think critically for themselves.

It would be entertaining if it existed in any other nation.  The fact that it's allowed to exist here is disheartening.  We used to be better than that.
 
2013-03-15 11:51:43 AM  
Headline made me think of think of this for some reason:

http://youtu.be/AxlvKA6ipvs
 
2013-03-15 11:52:54 AM  

HallsOfMandos: Headline made me think of think of this for some reason:

http://youtu.be/AxlvKA6ipvs


Probabaly NSFW - sorry, should have marked it as such
 
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