Thursday, December 6, 2007
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Best Prudence... ever
Emily Yoffie -- a.k.a., Slate's Dear Prudence -- provides the best response to an academic query:
Dear Prudence,The only problem with Yoffie's answer is that it's incomplete -- Hitchens would also try to get Jesus to procure him several drinks and a
posted by Dan on 12.06.07 at 07:45 PM
In light of the professor's remarks regarding the book, I am inclined to view the earlier parts of his letter to Prudence differently. I have been on both sides of this issue, though am most assuredly not a "liberal" in the modern sense, (rather, am a John Locke liberal). University professors tend to believe they are not only always right, but that their lectern can also function as a bully pulpit for their political beliefs. That said, any attempt by a student to engage the professor in public discourse probably was met by some sort of condescending BS by the professor, which caused the student to react in a less than gentlemanly fashion. Professor "Rather" reminds me of a modern European history professor I had in graduate school who claimed Spam (the meat, not the email) was a plot by evil early 20th century robber barons to keep poor people poor--you know, cheap meat keeps them happy so they don't try to advance their economic status, whereas no meat available for a low price causes the poor to move up the economic ladder. Professor "Rather" is a putz of the first order.posted by: Useless Sam Grant on 12.06.07 at 07:45 PM [permalink]
Hmm... the highly educated professor seems "afraid" to engage the student in debate. Interesting.
which means I get some benign stuff about local veteran's events, as well as some pretty awful anti-Islamic stuff
Atleast the student did include some benign material. That says something, doesn't it?
I wonder if the anti-Islamic material consists of things like beheadings, female circumcision, suicide bombers, execution of gay people and so forth...
I would really need to know something about the content of the student's statements to give better advice.posted by: Ody on 12.06.07 at 07:45 PM [permalink]
I would probably normally think that the student is something of a lout (even well-meaning 19 year olds can be rather intemperate, no?) but since he's interested in having a signed copy of her book, it suggests to me that the balance of the fault lies in the professor. I mean, what exactly is the problem with him having a signed copy of her book? Very odd...posted by: Michael Simpson on 12.06.07 at 07:45 PM [permalink]
Hitchens would also try to get Jesus to procure him several drinks and a pack of cigarettes as well.
Is that why Hitchens dislikes Romney so much, cuz he thinks Mitt won't buy him his Chivas and Lucky Strikes (or whatever brands he prefers)?
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