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Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain
An argument against what Collini calls the 'declinist thesis', the belief that contemporary intellectual life is getting increasingly dumbed down and stagnant. Declinists, Collini suggests, are in den...
Academic Fraud and the Ponzi Scheme of 'Higher Learning': Higher Education in Crisis
It’s sad to say, but U.S. higher education increasingly resembles a pyramid scheme. The schools at the top continue to compete for elite students, by appealing to prospective applicants via the creati...
Aliens, Antisemitism, and Academia
Frim, Landon; Fluss, Harrison
Criticizing Enlightenment thought has become fashionable across the political spectrum. For the past several decades, more and more academics have called reason into question. This is especially true ...
American Power and the New Mandarins
Chomsky writes about American power and violence, especially in the context of the Vietnam war, and he focuses especially on the complicity of American intellectuals in supporting and enabling the Ame...
Bound By Power: Intended Consequences
Klaehn, Jeffery (ed.)
These essays focus on how power and ideology work within society. Interviews are with Noam Chomsky, Linda McQuaig, Robert Bertuzzi and others. They speak to the issues of the understanding of power an...
The Case Against Alan Dershowitz: Plagiarism, Cover Up and Misrepresentations
Menetrez, Frank J.
Documents numerous instances of plagiarism and misrepresention by Alan Dershowitz in his smear campaigns against critics of Israel.
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
CIA Off Campus: Building the Movement Against Agency Recruitment and Research
Mills, Ami Chen
Mills describes campus organizing against the CIA's recruiting and research programs on campus. She also describes how to detect secret CIA activities and how to combat them. She gives voice to the mu...
Connexions Library: Education, Children Focus
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on education and children.
Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism
A methodical deconstruction of Edward Said's Orientalism.
Edward Said, Orientalism: Reviewed by Malcolm Kerr
The book contains many excellent sections and scores many telling points, but it is spoiled by overzealous prosecutorial argument in which Professor Said, in his eagerness to spin too large a web, lea...
For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their enemies
A rebuttal of Edward Said which examines who the Orientalists were, how historically they advanced their disciplines, and what their achievements have been. Irwin calls Said's book "a work of malignan...
Free Speech and Acceptable Truths: Statement of the Alumni for Responsible Speech
Alumni for Responsible Speech
While we support freedom of speech and academic freedom, we believe that university administrations have a duty to provide a safe learning environment in which students and faculty are protected by in...
Helping you reach the media: How Sources can help you get more and better media coverage
Media coverage is the most valuable kind of publicity there is because it is based on the news value or information value of what you do or say, and is therefore far more credible than paid publicity ...
How Does the Subaltern Speak?
Vivek Chibber argues that postcolonial theory discounts the enduring value of Enlightenment universalism at its own peril. Focusing particularly on the strain of postcolonial theory known as subaltern...
Humanism Betrayed: Ideology, and Culture in the Contemporary University
This book offers a defence of liberal humanism as a philosophy of higher education, particularly in the humanities, against the illiberal trends, political and intellectual, that are currently dominat...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume II: The Politics of Social Classes
Draper ranges through the development of the thought of Marx and Engels on the role of classes in society.
Manifesto of a Tenured Radical
Divided into three parts: "The Politics of English," "The Academy and the Culture Debates," and "Lessons from the Job Wars."
The Menace of Liberal Scholarship
Noam Chomsky builds upon Senator Fullbright's criticism of social science scholars which suggests that they have failed to act as independent critics of government policies and having instead become a...
No Grades in Higher Education Now!: Is the Revolution any closer?
Author and social scientist Stuart Tannock has recently published a historical and critical overview of the practice of grading in education.
Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship
Chomsky's classic analysis of the liberal scholarship that justified American foreign policy and aggression during the 1960s.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - September 10, 2016: Back to School
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Education – about the world, and about social change in particular – is a key element in the work that Connexions does. In this issue of Other Voices, we explore a few aspects of the ways in which edu...
A Political Witch-Hunt in the Name of "Academic Freedom": In Defense of the American Studies Association
Wald provides insight into the American Studies Association's decision to boycott Israeli universities and defends the group's decision against the backlash given by the media and academia.
'Radical Academia: Beyond the Audit Culture Treadmill'
Cahill, Rowan; Irving, Terry
It was not just in economics that the radicals retreated; it happened in all the social sciences and humanities. And not just because of political timidity; they had been outflanked. Knowledge product...
Reading Orientalism: Said and the unsaid
Varisco, Daniel Martin
An extensive discussion of Edward Said's influential 1978 polemic 'Orientalism'. Varisco mounts a sustained critique on Said's flawed methodology, his skewed and selective handling of literary evidenc...
Review: Political War Over Palestine: Against The Current vol. 131
It has become impossible to review titles like these, or discuss the issues they raise, without reference to the rise of an exceptionally vicious campaign against critical activist voices and academic...
Said, Edward, Critical Notes on
Edward Said was admired by the anti-imperialist left for his courageous defence of Palestinian rights. However, Irfan Habib argues that unfortunately Said's scholarly work, notably his major work 'Ori...
Edward Said's shadowy legacy: Tricky with argument, weak in languages, careless of facts: but, thirty years on, Said still dominates debate
So many academics want the arguments presented in Edward Said's Orientalism (1978) to be true. It discourages any kind of critical approach to Islam in Middle Eastern studies.
Silent Coup: How the CIA is Welcoming Itself Back Onto American University Campuses
Telling the Truth: Socialist Register 2006
Panitch, Leo; Keys, Colin (eds.)
A collection of essays that examines the difficulties of illuminating the degenerative and secretive nature of public life.
Ten Days That Shook the University: On the Poverty of Student Life
Published in 1966 at the University of Strasbourg by students of the university and members of the Internationale Situationniste.
The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex
Giroux, Henry A.
Details how two decades of shifts in university funding brought increased intrusions by corporate and military forces onto university. After 9/11, the intelligence agencies pushed campuses to see the ...
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The Noam Chomsky Web site.
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Academics can change the world -- if they stop talking only to their peers
Heleta discusses the limited audience that academics publish for and the lack of real-world impact their ideas have as a result.
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