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March 26, 2007

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Jennifer Cascadia

I have a "friend" who seems to be keen to take the Horowitz line about the decadence of the liberal arts. Unfortunately this man, who would put himself above all of those practising the liberal arts, is himself unwittingly inept at the LIBERAL ARTS lesson of constructing a rational argument. He is schooled in biology and simply cannot do this. In particular, he can't stick with the abstract conception of a particular theorist in order to find out what the theorist means by it, within a particular philosophy. Rather, he changes the word to mean whatever he thinks it means, thus unwittingly superimposing his own ideology over that of the theorist, and so missing the theorist's points. (He can't read theory.) He doesn't realise that he is even doing this. And yet he thinks that the humanities departments are corrupt.

Hattie

Yes. That interchange between Horowitz and Steinberger is classic in showing a man who spouts off vs. a man who can construct rational arguments.
Horowitz is a know nothing who was recruited by the Rove cabal to do a number on higher education. He's failed at his mission and will shortly be out of a job, along with all his other wingnut pals.
We won.

Jennifer Cascadia

That's good. However, we should be aware that there are many more where he came from.

Hattie

Horowitz is a complete tool. The American public is fed up with people like him. Horowitz acts on orders from the neo-con cabal, which is on its way out.
Read this explosive piece by Glenn Greenwald and watch the video of those glossy pundits sneering at the idea that Rove will ever be brought to justice.
They're all going down together.
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2007/03/26/matthews/index.html

Jennifer Cascadia

i'll read it. I hope the American public is really tired of this. I hope they can see through it and have the will to act at last.

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