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    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

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Charles Murray and Middlebury: Bordering on Resignation

Posted by Dale Kuehne on March 14, 2017

As one who has drawn askant stares for requiring my Politics of Diversity students to read The Bell Curve by Charles Murray, this episode grieves me. As one who regards the University as our society’s last hope for freedom because of its singular role in fostering the free exchange of ideas, I find myself discouraged to the point of resignation. As one who still bears the physical and emotional scars from the actions of University protestors that shut down talks I was invited to give in the US and Europe on the meaning of the human person and human relationships, I find myself wondering if the good in me is dead.

What I need, what we need, is to somehow start again. To be reborn.

16th of June, nine 0 five, door bell rings
Man at the door says if I want to stay alive a bit longer
There’s a few things I need you to know. Three

Coming from a long line of travelling sales people on my mother’s side
I wasn’t gonna buy just anyone’s cockatoo
So why would I invite a complete stranger into my home
Would you?

These days are better than that
These days are better than that

Every day I die again, and again I’m reborn
Every day I have to find the courage
To walk out into the street
With arms out
Got a love you can’t defeat
Neither down or out
There’s nothing you have that I need
I can breathe
Breathe now

16th of June, Chinese stocks are going up
And I’m coming down with some new Asian virus
Ju Ju man, Ju Ju man
Doc says you’re fine, or dying
Nine 0 nine, St John Divine, on the line, my pulse is fine
But I’m running down the road like loose electricity
While the band in my head plays a striptease

The roar that lies on the other side of silence
The forest fire that is fear so deny it

Walk out into the street
Sing your heart out
The people we meet
Will not be drowned out
There’s nothing you have that I need
I can breathe
Breathe now
Yeah, yeah

We are people borne of sound
The songs are in our eyes
Gonna wear them like a crown

Walk out, into the sunburst street
Sing your heart out, sing my heart out
I’ve found grace inside a sound
I found grace, it’s all that I found
And I can breathe
Breathe now

Breathe by U2 from No Line on the Horizon (2011)


5 Responses to “Charles Murray and Middlebury: Bordering on Resignation”

  1. The University thinks of itself as The Place for free exchange of ideas, and that ideal is still upheld by many in the academy. But it has eroded considerably, and there are increasingly places where free exchange of ideas is just something people say. There are a lot of colleges, and cherry-picking the worst incidents for newsiness is misleading. OTOH, there is a fresh supply every day, suggesting that there’s a reality to it. When there are enough “worst incidents” so that only the “worst, worst incidents” make the news, things aren’t good. We have been proud as a society that we let the university have free speech because we think it’s good for us in the long run. If it can’t meet that need anymore, its role will change.

  2. After reading the article twice, I was unsure if you ‘resigned’ to the fact academia is nearly lost because ‘free’ exchange of ideas is rarely possible or if you were ‘resigned’ to leave your post in the struggle. Either way, I pray you continue. The best of Western civilization is worth preserving and there are fewer and fewer people holding onto the mooring tethers. I fear if too many more let go, all we enjoy will float away into the chaos of the unknown and we will finish our determined descent to be lower than our primordial ancestors. Your voice is crucial, your investment priceless.

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