Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Sopranos Hit Higher Education: A Case of Academic Politics on Steroids

Academic politics is a staple of university life. What happens when the blood sport gets out of hand may surprise even hardened university heavy-weights, not to mention the general public. I contend that the sordid fraud and other aggressive lies are of the sort that, when manifesting societally, can easily trigger political protests, which in turn can turn enforcers of the law into violators with impunity. The dynamics were on full display in Ferguson, Missouri in August of 2014. A common denominator does indeed exist: the propensity of human nature to abuse a monopoly of power and to view other people as objects rather than ends in themselves.

The entire essay is at "Political Protests"