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Who are the best conservative academics? (Shameless vanity)
Posted on 11/01/2001 6:18:22 PM PST by watsonfellow
With all this talk of liberal professors etc. can we come up with a list of the best professors, conservative or not, in Academia?
I nominate Catherine Pickstock at Cambridge, her work is nothing less than the total destruction of the deconstructionist ideology, especially in its dangerous views on language etc....
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Thomas Sowell and Walter E. Williams are very good.
posted on 11/01/2001 6:20:07 PM PST
Ben Stein, Ph. D. Academic, actor, wit, brilliant and a conservative.
I teach at Penn State. I nominate myself. :)
posted on 11/01/2001 6:22:04 PM PST
posted on 11/01/2001 6:22:13 PM PST
James Q. Wilson and John Lott.
posted on 11/01/2001 6:22:48 PM PST
John Lott at Yale University
posted on 11/01/2001 6:24:06 PM PST
Judge Robert Bork.
Aside from Pickstock, I should say that at Claremont McKenna College, we had a great number of academic superstars. Charles Kesler, James Nichols, John K. Roth, Gordon Bjork, Ward E.Y. Elliott, etc.....
I bet you're alot of fun at parties.
Ton's o fun.
I have never heard of Turley, so I did a quick search, and this
popped up. Cheers.
The professors I know well are alas all retired or dead or past their prime (Friedman, Stigler (the guy who first fingered the high cost and anti-competitive affects of regulation), Cropsey (a hard core Aristotelean (sp), Posner, etc. Sad in a way.
posted on 11/01/2001 6:33:58 PM PST
He is VERY funny. He was on with Brit Hume the night of Clinton's deposition video and he told Brit, "After hearing President Clinton's definition of sex, I'm not sure my wife and I have ever had it."
posted on 11/01/2001 6:37:04 PM PST
Cropsey of the Strauss and Cropsey reader?
CMC's government department is a refuge for Straussians.....while I am not one of them, I have great affection for them.
John McWhorter at Berkeley. He's young, smart, and one of the few black conservatives on the West Coast. He wrote "Losing the Race" (a "quit whining and get a job, and by the way, Johnnie Cochran's a sleaze and OJ is guilty as sin!" type of book.) He's also written for National Review and a few other conservative magazines, has appeared on Politically Incorrect and a few daytime talk shows. He teaches Linguistics and some black theater.
Sowell and Novak are the best of the best.
But I like Williams and think he is, like Sowell, very witty, and this part of his message doubles its impact, as it does for Sowell.
Rush, a very impressive autodidact, has tremendously well-thought-out points of view, and also packages them so well that he is very convincing on many things. He is also hilarious with the mock-serious tone of voice, and mock pomposity (I think it's mock -- LOLOLOL.) He has noodled-out tons and tons of why liberals think and deceive as they do -- this is a real service to our country.
I used to really, really look up to Joseph Sobran, but, lately, he has become so dogmatic about the Constitution, and how we have so far strayed from it, that he is really depressing to read. Sure, he's right about how we have strayed from the ideals of the founding fathers, and sure, the country was much freer in 1801 than in 2001 -- no argument from me there. But, as humans, we fall short from so many idealized situations --- I think he should encourage better implementation of the Constitution, but, to believe that we can instantly repeal all welfare-social security-transfer payments-etc., etc., he is both unrealistic, and counterproductive.
Bit by bit, he can teach this, but to throw up one's hands and beat the drum about how miserable a failure our country is -- this is not the way to go, and it sours persons to his otherwise very good message.
R. Emmett Tyrrell: likewise used to be very witty, but now, cooperated or executed the sale of this formerly good magazine to some guy named George Gilder, and presided over its ruin. He is more into namedropping and has become very much like the pols he formerly scrutinized.
Noonan: Peg-leg is the best, a little sappy lately, especially on the tube, but that's A-OK. I wish she would write speeches for W, it would be a perfect fit.
posted on 11/01/2001 6:41:55 PM PST
He recently wrote a great essay for City Journal, entitled "Towards a Usable Black History" http://www.city-journal.org/html/11_3_toward_a_usable.html
posted on 11/01/2001 6:42:48 PM PST
That's him. I must admit I stuggled a bit in his course. And I stuggled in when writing a term paper in another course through Leo Strauss' book on Machiavelli and his book The Florentine. What nightmare THAT was. My real talent as an undergrad lay in economics, where I actually found I had considerable talent. Yep, it amazed me a bit too.
posted on 11/01/2001 6:43:13 PM PST
I'll second that. He is by far, one of the most BRILLIANT thinkers and makes the most SANE and indepth comments of any conservative in the last 10 years.
Why else did the Demoncrats work so hard to get rid of him???
posted on 11/01/2001 6:43:23 PM PST
Hewitt is an environmental lawyer, not a professor.
posted on 11/01/2001 6:44:31 PM PST
I was a Classics and PPE major...in my senior seminar/tutorial in economics we spent some time on Coase and his analytics....it was very fascinating, especially his emphasis on the need for close to perfect information.
I used to deliver Coase's mail at the law school. No, you don't need perfect information actually. Efficiency is a relative matter. JMO.
posted on 11/01/2001 6:47:13 PM PST
Hewitt is a professor at the Chapman University School of Law. (Orange, CA)
How about the late Alan Bloom. "The Closing of the American Mind" was pretty influential 15 years ago and is still well read.
posted on 11/01/2001 6:49:55 PM PST
posted on 11/01/2001 6:50:11 PM PST
Oh, IC. It might be a bit early to call him a great professor.
posted on 11/01/2001 6:50:17 PM PST
The post was cut off before I could finish it. Obviously, you don't need perfect information, but my understanding of it was that the closer you get to perfect information (ie in terms of responsibilities and rights, obligations and ownership) then litigation is less likely, and if it occurs, it becomes easier to adjudicate.
Mortimer Adler thought Bloom was a lightweight. I tend to agree from my limited exposure.
posted on 11/01/2001 6:51:13 PM PST
posted on 11/01/2001 6:51:27 PM PST
In my experience, litigation can thrive with quite perfect information. The sans culottes can be quite irrational, and that combined with lawyer avarice is more than sufficent to keep the lights in all the courtrooms lite, as well the rooms of a phalanx of private judges.
posted on 11/01/2001 6:53:55 PM PST
Are you a lawyer? You went to Chicago I am assuming....after my fellowship, I am doing teach for america for two years and then possibly law school.
I am interested in hearing more about the University of Chicago.
Without a doubt William F. Buckley Jr. is the best Conservative, but too acedemic and ugly to ever get elected to anything.
In finance, Eugene Fama reigns supreme. He rather dominates certain aspects of the field.
posted on 11/01/2001 6:56:19 PM PST
what dept?? i am at psu too!
posted on 11/01/2001 6:58:59 PM PST
Good grief Torie. I don't suppose that from your limited perspective you bothered to read his bestseller, The Closing of the American Mind?
posted on 11/01/2001 6:59:13 PM PST
To: Terrorista Nada
er academic... LOL
Washington & Lee's Jefferson Davis Futch, III. Brilliant.
posted on 11/01/2001 7:00:37 PM PST
To: Terrorista Nada
My all time favorite Conservative professor is John R. Parrish, Professor Emeritus of Economics, U. of Illinois, College of Commerce, U-C
Chicago for undergrad and business school, and then to U of Michigan for law school. Btw, the most conservative professor at U of M was gay, and died of AIDS. He once said in his class on the Uniform Commerical Code that the law school had just met all its quotas by hiring one professor: the hiree was female, black, and Republican. He bet against a tax professor (Hart Wright, a wonderful guy but a hard core Dem) that Ford would beat Carter. When Carter won, he wrote a check to pay off the gambling debt, noting on it that it was recompense for an illegal transaction against public policy. Wright the next day in class bellowed his rage at the sharp practices indulged in by his colleage. Wright liked me though (he singled me out in class to take a bow) when I trashed in a public forum (quite successfully I think) Charls Walker (undersecretary of the treasury at the time), for his supply side economics snake oil. Wright was amazed when he found out that I was voting for Ford. It was all quite fun.
posted on 11/01/2001 7:04:26 PM PST
I did. I disliked it. Sorry. The sex chapter blasting away at The Bolero during student climaxes was all too much, although amusing, as was his obsession with The Republic.
posted on 11/01/2001 7:06:12 PM PST
posted on 11/01/2001 7:09:16 PM PST
You may dislike it. I would have no argument with that. But you only get so far by debunking it with dislike. It leaves too many questions unanswered, and that is contributes to the very academic problem Bloom addressed.
posted on 11/01/2001 7:10:36 PM PST
Another time. If we get more "involved" with each other around here, maybe I will reread it (it has been awhile), and post my review. Cheers.
posted on 11/01/2001 7:12:27 PM PST
These two guys are dead and eminently British, but Charles Oman and William Fortescue were the best Military Historians of all time. Both were prolific writers in the early decades of the 20th century. No one like them has since appeared. Both were conservatives who stressed the importance of a strong military and both were very un PC even for their times because of that.
posted on 11/01/2001 7:16:14 PM PST
Meteorology...hence "wxman"...short for weatherman. What about you?
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