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The home of “things said” by the National Association of Scholars.

Corporate Wolves in Academic Sheepskins, or, a Billionaire’s Raid on the University of Tulsa

Jacob Howland

A sordid little tale of crony capitalism under the guise of public philanthropy.

Dreaming of a Black Christmas

Dion J. Pierre

UCLA Prof. Melina Abdullah recently called for a "Black Christmas" as a protest against capitalism. This idea is nothing new. 

Fifth Avenue

Peter Wood

Peter Wood reflects on monuments to the American Dream and the politics of grievance on display on college campuses.

This Changes Everything?

Rachelle Peterson

Naomi Klein's new movie admits conservative critics of the environmental left were right. 

Academic Social Science and our Capitalist Economy

William H. Young

William Young assesses the impact of contemporary social science on the economy.

Why Brooklyn College Business Dean “Cut Bait” on Koch Proposal

Ashley Thorne

The Brooklyn College business school dean refused to approve a grant proposal drafted by Mitchell Langbert.

Prager U: The Promise of Free Enterprise

Jason Fertig

Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute asserts that happiness through earned success can be achieved only in a system of free enterprise.

How to Manage Race Relations and Succeed

Glenn Ricketts

Is there an alternative to affirmative action?  Jonathan Bean thinks so.

Social Justice and Copernicus

William H. Young

William Young explores the metaphysical dimensions of contemporary social justice theories.

Class Warfare on the Left

William H. Young

William Young examines the embrace of class warfare by many academics and public policy advocates.

Reproaching the Rich

William H. Young

William Young examines public perceptions of wealth distribution in present-day America.

Prager U: Free Market Morality

Jason Fertig

Is the free market morally superior or inferior to other economic systems?

The Youth Vote

Jason Fertig

We know why faculty lean left.  But why do students?

Capitalism and Governance

William H. Young

William Young discusses the relationship between governmental regulation and economic growth.

Growth and Governance

William H. Young

William Young examines the relationship between economic policy and economic growth.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Liberal Education

William H. Young

William Young discusses the need for liberal educatrion for today's workforce.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Critical Thinking

William H. Young

William Young describes the kind of critical thinking skills needed in modern business enterprises.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Human Capital

William H. Young

William Young discusses the growing shortage of skilled workforce personnel, and its implications for economic recovery.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Compensation

William H. Young

William Young examines corporate compensation policies and related controversies

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Taxation

William H. Young

William Young examines the impact of corporate and business tax policies on the economy.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Corporatism

William H. Young

William Young discusses the contrasts between corporatism and free market capitalism.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Equal Pay

William H. Young

William Young analyzes the current push for "pay equity" in the work force.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Democracy

William H. Young

William Young discusses contemporary notions of democracy and social progress.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Community Colleges

William H. Young

William Young examines the role of Community Colleges in American higher education.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Opportunity

William H. Young

William Young discusses current problems and prospects of opportunities in the workforce.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Social Darwinism

William H. Young

William Young discusses the reputation and reality of Social Darwinism's influence on business practices.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Inequality

William H. Young

William Young analyzes the current controversy over wealth inequalities.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Independence

William H. Young

William Young examines the idea of the independent economic individual and his return to the workplace.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Law

William H. Young

William Young analyzes the economic impact of burgeoning litigation and regulatory expansion in modern capitalism.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Jobs

William H. Young

William Young discusses the growing number of jobs in technological fields and the shrinking pool of workers qualified to fill them.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Growth

William H. Young

William Young describes the process of economic growth in modern capitialist economies.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Finance

William H. Young

William Young discusses aspects and issues in modern financial capitalism.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Productivity

William H. Young

William Young analyzes the development of increased productivity in modern capitalism.

Capitalism and Western Civilization: Corporations

William H. Young

William Young explains the role corporations in the development of modern capitalism.

Capitalism and Western Civilization - Metamorphosis

William H. Young

William Young describes the development of modern capitalism's productive capacity.

Capitalism and Western Civilization - The Founding

William H. Young

William Young discusses the founding of the American commercial republic in the context of Western Civilization.

Capitalism and Western Civilization - Human Nature

William H. Young

William Young examines the role of human nature in shaping modern capitalism.

Capitalism and Western Civilization - Exchange

William H. Young

William Young begins a new series on Capitalism and Western Civilization with an analysis of its philosophical and moral basis.

Reciprocity and Western Civilization

William H. Young

William Young continues his series with this dicussion of reciprocity in the Western social tradition.

Marxist Justice and Western Civilization

William H. Young

William Young discusses the mainstreaming of Marxist ideas in the K-12 educational curriculum.

On the "White Privilege" Conference

George Leef

Carol Iannone has a terrific blog post on this at Phi Beta Cons.

The Provocative Ideas of "Publius Audax"

robkoons

Pajamas Media have published a series of posts on higher education in Texas, authored by “Publius Audax”, a pseudonym for a professor at an undisclosed state university. Readers of this blog might be interested in what Publius has to say. In “Needed Reforms for Public Higher Education in Texas (and Elsewhere)”, Publius advocates what he calls the “Entrepreneurial Professor” model.

Daniel Bell (1919-2011) - An Appreciation

Russell K. Nieli

Russell Nieli offers an appreciation of Daniel Bell, the sociologist who taught us that the modernist elevation of self-expression as a cultural ideal would erode the personal discipline on which capitalism is based.

Higher Education Needs the Creative Destruction of Capitalism

George Leef

That view is hardly surprising among the limited government types who frequent the NAS blog, but quite surprising when you hear it from a "progressive" writer. That's the case, however, with DIY U by Anya Kamenetz, and I write about the book in this week's Pope Center Clarion Call. I entitle my piece "Three Cheers for Half a Book" but it's really only about the first third that is marred by the author's fondness for hard-wired leftist ideas such as that we need to "fix the economy" with more redistribution and by fomenting labor unions. That stuff isn't relevant to Kamenetz's core argument that higher ed is being transformed to make it far more user friendly and less expensive. Although she doesn't exactly say so, change is happening through laissez-faire capitalism. The free market's process for discovering what works well and abandoning what works less well is boiling away and will lead to dramatic changes in higher education -- unless the institutions of the status quo manage to stop it by the use of political influence. This is something that "progressives" and free-market advocates can agree on: established institutions (businesses, universities, professional associations, etc.) usually attempt to protect themselves against change by appealing to politicians for favors. To the extent that they succeed, progress is thwarted. As momentum for change builds, look for colleges to start lobbying for regulations designed to slow or stop it.

Manhattan Institute's "Capitalism on Campus" Conference

George Leef

In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, I write about the "Capitalism on Campus" conference sponsored by the Manhattan Institute. It was a first-rate event that brought together scholars to discuss how capitalism fares these days (not very well, on the whole) and what approaches we might take to ensure that more students get something other than the anti-capitalist mentality (as Ludwig von Mises termed it) that is so prevalent among professors.

Re: The Next Michael Moore?

George Leef

Economics professor Steven Horwitz has written an article for the Foundation for Economic Education taking further issue with the scurrilous piece I mentioned here on Monday. Like so many others who have an instinctive hatred for the system of voluntary production and exchange (generally called "capitalism" but that term is so loaded with both emotion and misinformation that it's better to avoid it), the writer of the piece in question doesn't get his facts straight. Horwitz provides some needed instruction.

Making a Profit Doesn't Make You a Villain

George Leef

In today's Pope Center Clarion Call, Hillsdale economics professor Gary Wolfram discusses the recent study on for-profit higher education published by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. He finds that the authors have correctly identified the factor that makes the for-profits efficient, namely that their incentives are aligned with the interests of students. Being "non-profit" may sound lovely to those who have been raised with what Ludwig von Mises called the anticapitalist mentality, but non-profit status doesn't mean that self-interest disappears. The quest for profit drives all kinds of businesses, including educational ones, to make the best use of resources.

Ringing Defense of College Courses on the Value of Entrepreneurship

George Leef

In today's Pope Center piece, Michael Strong gives a ringing defense of programs such as those funded by BB&T that are designed to teach students about capitalism and particularly the value of entrepreneurship. Students usually enter college knowing little or nothing about the role of the entrepreneur, and most graduates leave with some degree of hostility toward business, thanks to professors who harbor an ignorant hostility toward capitalism. (In this article, Strong provides an example.) So if we think it a good thing for young people to complete their college studies with a more informed and realistic view of how economic progress comes about, what is wrong with programs like those BB&T has been promoting? Nothing, Strong argues.

Spilling the Beans

Peter Wood

A radical prof celebrates the “democratic space” of the contemporary university.