Skip to comments.Ward Churchill: A Case Study in American Capitalism - (phony "revolutionary" working the system!)
Posted on 05/16/2005 5:08:04 PM PDT by CHARLITE
Here's an idea for a new class sure to take America's campuses by storm. The title: "Ward Churchill: A Capitalist's Blueprint for Succeeding in America."
By now, everyone from Berkeley to Boston has heard the story of Boulder's infamous America-hating professor. And while the media storm surrounding him has faded-at least for now-his ongoing story presents a valuable case study in basic economics for socialists and free-marketers alike.
Today, Churchill's books are required reading at more than 100 universities. Since his January rise-to-fame, when the nation first learned of his essay where he compared innocent 9-11 victims to Nazis, his invitations to speak around the country have tripled, giving him the ability to charge thousands a pop plus expenses every time he steps behind his beloved microphone.
Churchill's supporters would say he needs to cash in on his celebrity now, because the current investigation into his plagiarism could end his academic career. But a closer look shows that despite his tireless rantings against capitalism, the professor had a strong grasp of "supply and demand" even before his notoriety slipped beyond Boulder's ivory tower.
In an effort to better understand this man, I traveled to the lion's den of the left, the Left Hand Book Collective, located on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall, one of the most expensive and elite retail locations in America. The store is a celebrated 25-year-old book co-op run by an all-volunteer staff; its cash register receipts proclaim-the epic symbol of commerce and capitalism- without irony that "Capitalism Kills!"
On its website, the co-op describes its mission as providing "access to alternative viewpoints and difficult-to-obtain sources of information." Such viewpoints include Churchill's, and students and supporters can purchase books there to fulfill Churchill's course reading lists.
Not surprisingly, many of the texts required or suggested for Churchill's courses were written by the professor himself. For a semester-long class dedicated to ranting against the FBI, the reading list includes Churchill's "Agents of Repression: The FBI's Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement," as well as "Cointelpro Papers: Documents from the FBI's Secret Wars Against Domestic Dissent," co-authored by Churchill and Jim Vander Wall.
The paperback books are offered (dare we say "for sale"?) by Left Hand at almost $20 each, leading one to wonder why Churchill doesn't offer the books to the co-op at cost, allowing its volunteers to lower the purchase price for customers. Perhaps in the future he can self-publish, circumventing our capitalist publishing system, which would allow him to minimize profits while passing savings on to those who buy his books.
Certainly, if Churchill could spare a few bucks for this beloved co-op, its organizers could sleep better at night. "I would like the financial worry to go away," dedicated volunteer Kathy Partridge says on Left Hand's Internet site. "Really that would only take two or three more sales a day. If just two or three more people came in and bought a book we would be in the black."
Or maybe Ward Churchill could just give a few of his books away for free every day. It would certainly mean less to him than to the volunteers who tirelessly parade his book around as part of his cause. An act of philanthropy would allow Left Hand to better compete with massive, corporate online retailers like Amazon, who offer the same books for at little as $6.
But Ward Churchill is a capitalist, a moneychanger, and a technocrat. He sees a buck and he takes it. He is living the American dream; he created a product and is now exploiting it in the free marketplace. Such successful innovation should be examined as part of a larger study on capitalism-a system Churchill mocks.
On second thought, Churchill should hold on to his money. After all, therapy isn't cheap and it could take years on the couch for him to effectively rationalize his love affair with capitalism. Perhaps it is a course subject better saved for another semester. He will need to write a book about it first.
Jessica Peck Corry serves as a policy analyst for the Claremont Institute's Colorado office. She can be reached at email@example.com. This editorial originally appeared in The Colorado Daily on Thursday, May 12, 2005.
Ward Fraud Chruchill. He makes threats of physical violence to anyone calling his bluff. Allow me to add my name to THAT list! He is a pussycat. A wuss. A coward.
He is no indian and couldn't make it if it weren't for doing so on the backs of true indians.
He is an acedemic fraud!
from article: "Today, Churchill's books are required reading at more than 100 universities." Academic commerial symbiosis! Note: Universities use Michael Moore's F9/11 film as a "text".
"Capitalism Kills" - a Karl Marx communist maxim.
Marxism is the very antithesis to America's founding precepts of FREE ENTERPRISE. Should commercial enterprise be freely exercised by the people, or should government control all commercial enterprise and claim the dynamics of "capitalism" (generating wealth) is governments' exclusive power and right? Capitalism is commercial enterprise. Whether conducted exclusively by government or by freely by citizens, capitalism cannot become extinct. It's a natural survival imperative of humans since primal times. Please note that socialist France's government owns approx. 41% of France's businesses which are operated by government (crony & nepotic) employees - which accounts for France's stagnant economy.
Anti-capitalists REALLY covet the power of capitalism and resent the economic independence of the middle-class. Marx HATED the bourgeoise - the rising middle class circa 1860's. Who do elite "liberals" hate most? - the stupid, unenlightened middle class who works like hell to able to send their kids to college and to afford texts written by anti-capitalist Marxist Ward Churchill!!!
Apparently, also a genetic fraud, and......from what we've learned, he's a fraud as a human being every which way.
Thanks for your comment. This guy has slipped beneath the radar, and it's really not good for that to happen, because his cowardly acts and academic plagiarism should not go unpunished. If the media doesn't cover the story, then he'll get away with his felonies while others just like him, in universities all over America will continue to laugh all the way to the bank.
Ward Churchill really qualifies for a tenured exile in the best anti-capitalist nation in the world.
What are the U.S.' policies and laws on deporting or exiling an undesirable fraud, malevolent anti-American pro-marxist insurgent like Ward Churchill? I don't believe in preventing his fanatical speech - it's marxist cliched redux and Marxist propaganda rehash. I do believe it would be only fair to award Churchill with an endless sabbatical in a non-capitalist "utopia" - a remote atoll where there are no commodities from capitalism. Churchill shouldn't be instructing anti-capitalism until Churchill has a real life lesson by living in a society without capitalism. The best lesson for Churchill is to live naked, divested of all material assets and accommodations, on an isolated "utopian" atoll.
Excellent solution. How to make it happen, though, is the challenge.
Thanks for the great post!
Hummm...the commonwealth of Utopii Atolla hires Churchill to speak, transports Churchill there by Helicopter, drops him off and well, forgets to return. The humidity rots Churchill's clothes to tatters within a week. Churchill never finds the Utopii Atolla's non-existant Town Hall where he was to deliver a speech. However, after a few desperate days of manic-depressive episodes and nicotine withdrawal agony, Churchill notes the total absence of capitalism. Also, he soon realises there are no other humans on the isle. He is pleased there is an endless supply of bananas. Thereafter, Churchill settles into blissful misanthropic isolation practicing old tirades. The indigenous primates, a society of very clever monkeys, gang-up on Churchill to keep him away from THEIR bananas.
Well, it COULD be a solution...