Skip to comments.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....
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.
CMC's government department is a refuge for Straussians.....while I am not one of them, I have great affection for them.
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.
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