Trump at the UN

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Steve Bannon Interview

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There is a lot we might say about this interview. Bannon is excellent and most thoughtful. Charlie Rose is clearly out of his league. Rose parrots the establishment/limosene liberal line and Bannon pushes back.  Not too many people know how to do it, or have the talent to go on a main stream show, and completely defeat the liberal host.

https://charlierose.com/video/player/30951

The 60 Minutes video:  https://www.cbsnews.com/embed/videos/steve-bannon/

One Professor Leaving the APSA

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A rather generous account of one professor leaving the American Political Science Association (APSA) because of its penchant for group think, and ideological conformity along a near exclusive leftist spectrum.

For good measure, I looked at the entire conference program to see whether the preponderance of panels on left-wing approaches to diversity in the teaching and education sections was to balance a lack of them elsewhere. I searched for panels on the holy trinity of identity politics: sexism/feminism, racism/white privilege, and sexual orientation/homo/transphobia. My best guess is that conference attendees will have a choice of 104 panels on these topics, in addition to the 4 in the teaching and learning sections. Just for laughs, I searched for panels on political, ideological, or viewpoint diversity. None.

There should be no wonder why higher education is decreasing in influence–the educational value parents and students know is not about real learning.  It is about indoctrination and propaganda.  Sadly.

 

Trump Pivot Part 2

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Ben Domenech at the Federalist was back yesterday elaborating on his excellent thesis that Trump has pivoted to the Democrats because the congressional leadership is just as feckless as Obama was as president.

We ought not be surprised.  Trump has been signaling he would do so (it’s a link to the WaPo, so just know it is a fake story overall, but notes the Trump admin said as far back as March, they might work with Dems if Republicans cannot pass legislation.  The rest of the story is pure WaPo slop).

The problem with McConnell and Ryan is not that they are insufficiently ideological. It’s that they represent a party to which the president of their party (technically) does not belong, a theory of government that he explicitly ran against. There is no mandate for the “Better Way” agenda. There is no mandate for McConnell’s agenda – whatever that is. There is a mandate for something like Trump’s agenda – or big pieces of it. And he’s flexible about which pieces.

Congressional leadership thinks if they and Trump disagree, clearly Trump should give way and follow their lead. But why? He beat them, and they couldn’t beat him. The party didn’t go for any of the other candidates because they wanted him. Yet since his inauguration congressional Republicans have acted like they have an equal seat at the table. They don’t have that, and they don’t deserve it. And Trump should stop pretending they do.

It is more likely that Trump peels off the remainder of the Democrat base, making them Republicans.  Trump will pivot in hopes he can get the Congressional leadership to play ball.  If they don’t, then they will have to explain come 2018 why they are still unable to do anything.

Trump Pivot?

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Our friend Ben Domenech writes that Trump has made a shift to working with the Democrat Party because the Republicans are intransigent.  This may be the case.  But in the recent deal–disaster relief for debt ceiling–Trump has actually done very little.  This may be a deal to get a better deal.

Congressional Republicans should wake up.  Deal with Trump or face an electorate who wonders why you matter.

Save the Liberal Arts?

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Another book has hit the market on why we should save the Liberal Arts.  A review of that book is noted here.  It is one of many books that praise the liberal arts for being so general and so practical as to be able to follow you throughout life and into any career.

Fair enough, but the problem is not that it is out of fashion, the problem is the colleges, curriculum, and finally, professors.

Colleges do not have a clear mission to be a liberal arts institution.  This means that they have no idea why it is of value in the first place.  Liberal education is just one of many tracks one can choose and still be successful–so the argument goes.

Curriculum:  On nearly every campus is awful.  It is a Golden Corral of choice and every choice is equal.  Student are majoring in narrow specialties now that stroke the ego of the professor and give them some semblance of existence that justifies…their existence.  It is so narrow as to hardly be marketable.

On another note, the notion of what liberal means is all this is lost.  No longer do we teach students to think about the things most needed.  We ridicule our heritage and philosophy, not to mention history.  Try to find a required course in Ancient political thought, or British History?  Good luck.

Related to the last point, students are generally not stupid.  They know that most professors in higher ed today are out of touch and frankly, not able to teach them anything that matters.  Indeed, most of today’s education is indoctrination, not examination.  There are few generalists who have something to say that might be meaningful deeply to a person.  Therefore, students skip the ever specialized departments and the professors and head for something that might teach them something.

However, even Mike Rowe has noted that we need more welders, plumbers, etc., as those jobs pay, and pay well.  Most of the public has not gotten the message, hence why these jobs are now lucrative.  There is a shortage.  I would trust a hard working welder over a college grad from a 4 year institution any day.

Higher Ed has had a monopoly on what apparently students need, and then they drop them into a college where they can choose what they think they need.  It is a vicious circle that will remain broken until higher education actually begins to teach something meaningful again.

 

Arming Japan

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It should be no surprise to readers that we have argued for the warming of Japan for some time now.

Now comes Walter Russell Mead who is not as bullish on a nuclear Japan as we are.  Mead is certainly right to be skeptical, but Japan is not the country it once was after 70 years of western reconstruction.  It is a more or less pro-western/westernized country.  Take a trip to Hawaii where one may tun into a plethora of Japanese tourists, ad you will notice how similar they are to the west in tastes and music/style/”values.”

While it does not come without risk, a capable ally who may also focus on their own defense from hostile neighbors would be a good thing both in policy and financially, for the U.S.

Failing New York Times Caught Fabricating Again

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It appears that the New York Times has lied–I know, I know, such a shock–about Trump again.  This time they literally made up and misrepresented Trump quotes, and Glenn Thrush is yet again a part of the scheme to misquote Trump.

I wish I could say this was an anomaly.  But, I cannot, and hence the NYT remains a fake newspaper, especially given the “mistake” was so easily avoidable by, you know, actually watching his speeches.