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  •  If this were a church, this would be called... (9+ / 0-)

    "Iraq: the bravest 1% fighting for the richest 1%." ~ An Unknown Kossack.

    by Neon Vincent on Sun Apr 27, 2008 at 04:05:49 PM PDT

    •  The Sara Scaife Foundation? (0+ / 0-)
      Hillary owns this one, too, just like she owns the attempts to dismantle mainline churches including my own. The largest Presbyterian Church in Northeast Ohio has just split -- and Hillatty's fine with that too, I guess. Thanks, Hillary.  Now go away.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

      by anastasia p on Sun Apr 27, 2008 at 04:11:47 PM PDT

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    •  So in academia we should call it (0+ / 0-)
      - spirejacking?
      - towerjacking?
      - campusjacking?

      Chaos, fear, dread. My work here is done.

      The Music Room - Every weekend. Music & Musicians discussion.

      by madhaus on Sun Apr 27, 2008 at 04:22:58 PM PDT

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      •  We should call it social psychology (4+ / 0-)

        The idea that Liberals are weak because they listen to other peoples ideas and try to be fair and balanced doesn't come from their bringing blacks and women into the dialog in the fifties, it comes from their bringing think tanks and the federalist society into an unholy union with academia.

        Although liberal Platonism with the statesmans republic populated by philosopher kings, guardians and the like is not exactly a new concept, Leo Strauss's best and brightest dialectic that spread from the University of Chicago in the forties added an ironic twist to the torch race on horseback.

        Mentoring the best and brightest to be good statesmen and guardians as a way to make a better world, with an emphasis on law and order through education, healthcare, social security, and all the other consequences of a carefully structured economy and a new world order sounded like one of the better consequences of America coming out on top after WWII.

        Law schools and judges, bankers and scientists all bought into the american dream and worked hard to pass it on to their children by getting them into the best schools.

        Unfortunately the rest of the world wanted some of the good life for itself. Naturally the guardians who had made the world safe for Democracy thought their military industrial complex should come first. Eisenhower built a national defense highway system so we could see the USA in our chevrolet.

        Then the cold war hit. After all the James Bond stuff, Korea, Cuba, the Congo, Vietnam, El Salvador, BCCI, and Iran Contra, The benign neglect of the War on Poverty, The war on Drugs, all the little covert actions, assassinations, Gorbechov took it upon himself to deprive us of an enemy.

        The combination of Madison Avenue, the cold war, and the emerging main stream media, all the things that had made made patriotism important were suddenly threatened by the spector of world peace.

        The framing that gave us a national security agency, national security, emergency powers, just kept on trucking in Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, MIT, Stanford and the rest of the Ivy Leauge.

        Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Impeach, Incarcerate

        by rktect on Sun Apr 27, 2008 at 05:33:20 PM PDT

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    •  Nope (17+ / 0-)

      It would be called a return to the values of Dartmouth when my brother attended it in the early 60's.  He came out of there a hard right winger, and he still is one.  Mostly what he learned at Dartmouth was to drink, swear foully, and be dismissive of women.

      Dartmouth was started to convert Indians to Christianity, which conversion was rumored to have been made easier by large applications of rum.  It didn't change much between the founding and when my brother went there.  

    •  Thanks for the recommendation (1+ / 0-)
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      Sounds like a good read.

      "It's been headed this way since the World began, when a vicious creature made the jump from Monkey to Man."--Elvis Costello

      by BigOkie on Sun Apr 27, 2008 at 04:33:06 PM PDT

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    •  In basketball, they call it 'goal-tending' (1+ / 0-)
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      "Change doesn't happen from the top down,
      it happens from the bottom up." Barack Obama

      by shpilk on Sun Apr 27, 2008 at 05:37:53 PM PDT

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    •  "DO?" (1+ / 0-)
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      Really, there is nothing that one can "do" about Dartmouth and quite a few other distinguished colleges targeted for take-over.
      Bottom line: Let 'em have it!!!  
       But, really, there has been an ultra-conservative 'cell' at Dartmouth for a long long time. It was and is strongly manifested in an arch-conservative college newspaper -- I ordered a few copies just to read what in the world they were saying, and it was immature Ayn Rand poopola. Very adolescent.
       It is ultimately up to the faculty, the admin. and the students to get Dartmouth on the right track, if its ever to happen.  Meanwhile, D. and similar, are being made so expensive, only the children of the very very wealthy, the Hedge Fund Generation, can afford to attend!! Westminster College in Missouri, famous for the Churchill Iron Curtain speech, has been taken over to a considerable extent by a bunch of religious right-wing alumni (cardiologists are the worst!), and they even had Dick Cheney deliver a speech on international politics in 2004. He spent his whole speech talking against Kerry. Boo! hiss!
      I will make a prediction about all this: When Bush is long gone, and if good Democrats are running the country, and the mood of the people is optimistic and more balanced, a lot of this college trustee take-over stuff will shrivel. The debilitating effect of the BushCheney administration knows no limit; college trustees of huge wealth are only a very tiny casualty in a much larger struggle.

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