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Federalist 69 - by Alexander Hamilton. 1. What are the chief characters in regards to the President as outlined in the proposed Constitution? 2. Why does Hamilton believe the term of office for a President should be longer than three years? 3. What was the term of office for the king of England and what, in your opinion, is the potential for abuse in such a term? Would the term of office of the king of England present any advantages - in the Founders experience and in your opinion - over over the new American system? Read all of the questions and post your response at our new resource Self-Educated Man

Posts Tagged ‘sociological philosophy’

A Philosopher Defends Favoritism

A Philosopher Defends Favoritism

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Philosopher Steven T. Asma Steven T. Asma has an interesting article on fairness versus favoritism at The Chronicle of Higher Education website. Favoritism, acting on behalf of our friends, neighbors, and kin, is a deeply rooted human instinct, Asma points out, and one that contradicts abstract ideas of fairness. [...]

Obama’s Calling: America’s Life After Death—Selwyn Duke

Obama’s Calling: America’s Life After Death—Selwyn Duke

BY SELWYN DUKE I have never been so unhappy to be right. I’ve long said that Barack Obama would win re-election, and two weeks ago I stated as much in print. In making this prediction, I was almost alone among traditionalist pundits, with some, such as Dick Morris (Mr. Batting Zero), actually forecasting a Mitt Romney landslide. And, no, [...]

Remembering the Work of Jacques Barzun

Remembering the Work of Jacques Barzun

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Jacques Barzun The great teacher, cultural historian and social critic Jacques Barzun died yesterday (October 25, 2012) at the age of 104. The French-born Barzun’s father, Henri-Martin Barzun, was a civil servant in the French ministry of labor, but the elder Barzun was also a writer and many prominent authors and [...]

Why Diversity?

Why Diversity?

Abigail Fisher and her attorney BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The Fisher affirmative action case has inspired Philosophy professor Chris Surprenant to contribute an excellent opinion piece to today’s New Orleans Times Picayune. Professor Surprenant suggests that the Fisher case should encourage us to think about the value of diversity and [...]

Bernard Lewis on the Middle East and Islam—Carl Bankston

Bernard Lewis on the Middle East and Islam—Carl Bankston

Historian Bernard Lewis BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The part of the world dominated by Islam concerns all of us today, as we face a Syria already in a state of civil war, deal with the shock of an American ambassador murdered by religious fanatics in Libya, and attempt to block new terrorist attacks against our own country. Bernard Lewis is one [...]

Affirmative Fantasy

Affirmative Fantasy

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III In one of the latest contributions to the commentary on the Fisher case, sociologist Thomas Espenshade speculates that institutions of higher education may be facing the end of affirmative action. Citing the study of affirmative action students he did with his co-author Alexandra Walton Radford, Espenshade acknowledges [...]

Class Based Affirmative Action

Class Based Affirmative Action

Richard Kahlenberg BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The website Inside Higher Education discusses a new report issued by the Century Foundation. Part of the debate on affirmative action on the eve of the Supreme Court’s consideration of the Fisher case, the report, authored by Richard Kahlenberg, argues in favor of replacing race-based affirmative [...]

The Arab Fall

The Arab Fall

Protestors in Egypt BY CARL L. BANKSTON III This past year, when many were waxing euphoric about the “Arab Spring,” I expressed skepticism about the prospects for anything that Americans would recognize as democracy in the Muslim-dominated nations of North Africa and the Middle East. Political systems, I’ve argued repeatedly, are not [...]

Endless Rights and Endless Obligations

Endless Rights and Endless Obligations

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in late 2005, about 5,000 families lived in public housing. Following the storm, rather than replace housing developments that many argued had become concentrations of crime and chronic poverty, the officials of Housing and Urban Development announced that it would replace those [...]

Obama Ancestries and the Problem of Race Concious Policies

Obama Ancestries and the Problem of Race Concious Policies

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III I recently ran across a report of a genealogical study that found that President Obama’s mother probably had at least one African ancestor, in addition to her European forebears.  One of Obama’s now recognized distant cousins, who said that he has always considered himself “Caucasian,” had his DNA analyzed and [...]

Civic Engagement in Weimer Germany

Civic Engagement in Weimer Germany

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III While the recent hurricane raged outdoors, I re-read The Coming of the Third Reich, the first volume in the trilogy on the history of Nazi Germany by Richard J. Evans. As a frequent critic of the civic engagement movement in contemporary education (see here, here, here,  and here) I noted the follow passage on page [...]

Fisher v UT Austin: Social Science Takes a Stand

Fisher v UT Austin: Social Science Takes a Stand

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III With some misgivings, I’ve decided to renew my membership in the American Sociological Association and attend this year’s meeting. I have too many professional and personal obligations to opt out. Still, my misgivings grew a bit more when I noted that the ASA has joined the American Educational Research Association [...]

School Discipline Again

School Discipline Again

Professor Carl Bankston BY CARL L. BANKSTON III A new article by Heather MacDonald, published online in the current issue of the City Journal, criticizes the campaign recently launched by the Departments of Education and Justice against disproportionate minority discipline rates in public schools. MacDonald argues that the two Departments [...]

The Persecution of Mark Regnerus

The Persecution of Mark Regnerus

Prof. Mark D. Regnerus BY CARL L. BANKSTON III Two of the greatest problems in social research are confirmation bias and the attribution of causal relations among concepts. The first refers to the tendency to find results that confirm our preconceived ideas. This may be more or less conscious: since researchers “know” that diversity [...]

Prison Doctors

Prison Doctors

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The New Orleans Times Picayune, following its usual practice of passing off editorials as front-page news, reports that most of the physicians working full-time at the state’s prisons have been disciplined by the state medical board. Of the fifteen full-time doctors, two have been in federal prison, five are still on [...]

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