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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 34
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2013-03-15 10:31:43 AM
11 votes:
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 09:46:51 AM
5 votes:
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 09:45:16 AM
5 votes:
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 10:29:01 AM
4 votes:
"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 09:41:00 AM
4 votes:
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 11:41:54 AM
2 votes:

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 11:39:20 AM
2 votes:

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 11:03:21 AM
2 votes:
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 10:59:54 AM
2 votes:
Right wing nuts think everyone in the MIDDLE is a "liberal".
2013-03-15 10:53:12 AM
2 votes:
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 10:40:39 AM
2 votes:
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 10:35:08 AM
2 votes:

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 05:35:42 PM
1 votes:

BullBearMS: James F. Campbell: BullBearMS: This must be cross posted to Politics, because I can't remember the last thread that had this many of the Politics tab Democratic party shills show up to defend the party doing something that not only is absolutely wrong, but is the exact opposite of what they claimed they would do when they ran for office.

I'm not a Democratic party shill, you flaming sack of dog crap. When someone asks for proof, show it to them, you farking hypocrite. Don't make claims you can't back up. You're no better than conservatives when you do that shiat.

Did you not notice where I posted links to the two tax rates prior to that? Or are you just going for personal attacks?


Dude, I posted a plot backing up your assertion and you jump on me for defending tax breaks for billionaires. You're all over the map here. BothSidesAreBadSoCrazyGoNuts!
2013-03-15 04:20:13 PM
1 votes:

BullBearMS: Then they made the tax cuts they campaigned against permanent.


You do realize the Democrats campaigned against making the tax cuts for upper-income earners permanent, right? And that they've wanted to preserve or expand the lower-income cuts while ending those for higher earners? Which ended up being precisely what they did?

No, of course you don't.
2013-03-15 02:41:17 PM
1 votes:
Conservative Thought (in the United States, at least) is an oxymoron.
2013-03-15 01:57:51 PM
1 votes:

Satanic_Hamster: Week Six: Young Conservatives Bake Sale That Proves A Point About Affirmative Action, Which, By The Way, Martin Luther King Was Probably Against


Random CSB:
My daughter said their College Dems swarmed one of those bake sales early with minority customers, bought everything cheaply, then set up a stand and resold it at a profit to prove Democrats are stronger on economic issues.
2013-03-15 01:54:51 PM
1 votes:

Weaver95: i really don't like this whole 'colleges are librul' thing.  sometimes it seems that the GOP just hates education in general.


There's always a couple departments that are really off the charts and one or two schools that are really out there, which is what the GOP uses to justify "liberal schools".  I'm sure even as I type this, Women's Studies at Berkley is doing something pants on the head retarded.  In reality though the entire College of Engineering at many schools tends to lean conservative.  The Republicans just hate them because engineers can do math and thus tend to laugh at many of their economic ideas.

/when I was in college I took an interesting class on political movements and one interesting fact was engineers tend to be more likely to be extremist since we're trained that there is always an optimal way to do things, so there much be an optimal way to run society
2013-03-15 01:09:30 PM
1 votes:

Queensowntalia: I'm a super lefty hippie liberal, but I would take this course. I would like to understand conservative thought a little better. I would also probably enjoy debating with the professor. :)


You can't debate willful ignorance and confirmation bias.

There is real andsubstantive debate to be had with a real conservative type person.  People like this are basically robots programmed to spew the same talking points with little or nothing to back it up.  Just go take a look at the heritage foundation "on the issues".

http://www.heritage.org/issues

It's almost satire in how stereotypical it is.
2013-03-15 12:49:41 PM
1 votes:

pute kisses like a man: 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.


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Smart people are more likely to get advanced degrees or become employed in academia. Who knew?
2013-03-15 12:16:50 PM
1 votes:
For those that aren't doing well and need to drop the class, will they be getting a Dubya?

/eh? eh?
2013-03-15 11:49:02 AM
1 votes:

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 11:29:02 AM
1 votes:

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 11:27:05 AM
1 votes:
Conservatives are terrorists. Put them in a cage.
2013-03-15 11:24:09 AM
1 votes:
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.

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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.


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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 11:11:41 AM
1 votes:
I assume this will be some sort of theoretical class as there are so few actual conservatives to study...
2013-03-15 11:07:38 AM
1 votes:
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 11:05:43 AM
1 votes:

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 10:57:24 AM
1 votes:
Yellow Sprinkles on Your Cupcake: How Trickle-Down Really Works
2013-03-15 10:46:35 AM
1 votes:
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 10:43:15 AM
1 votes:

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 10:39:21 AM
1 votes:
Molavian: EvilEgg: If the University was hiring a professor to push liberal propaganda there would be outrage Tuesday Econ.
2013-03-15 10:28:28 AM
1 votes:

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 10:27:56 AM
1 votes:

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

2013-03-15 10:10:17 AM
1 votes:
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
 
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