12/04/2004

Deux très intéressants articles sur le blog de David Mayer


Deux très intéressants articles sur le blog de David Mayer:

 

Le premier sur le « liberal bias » dans les campus Américains  

 

One way in which the left-liberal bias influences the way professors teach is their tendency to use the technique that Ayn Rand called “the argument from intimidation.”  She describes it as a type of argument, resembling the ad hominem fallacy, that is not really an argument at all but rather a means of forestalling debate by psychological pressure.  “The essential characteristic of the Argument from Intimidation is its appeal to moral self-doubt and its reliance on the fear, guilt, or ignorance of the victim.  It is used in the form of an ultimatum demanding that the victim renounce a given idea without discussion, under threat of being considered morally unworthy.  The pattern is always: `Only those who are evil (dishonest, heartless, insensitive, ignorant, etc.) can hold such an idea.’”   Rand’s examples cite explicit uses of the technique – “Surely you are not an advocate of capitalism, are you?” uttered with a tone of “scornful or belligerent incredulity.” Or, to use another of her examples, “`Professor X?’ (X standing for the name of a distinguished theorist of free-enterprise economics.)  ‘Are you quoting Professor X?  Oh no, not really!’ – followed by a sarcastic chuckle intended to convey that Professor X had been thoroughly discredited.  (By whom?  Blank out.)” 

 

Et le second sur la « Pledge of Alliance » qui serait anti-constitutionnelle et non-Américaine.


As the Declaration expressly affirms, the United States was founded on one basic political principle:  that the individual is sovereign.  That means, in terms of religion, that the individual is free to believe whatever he wishes and to act on those beliefs, provided he does not harm others or interfere with their equal rights to freedom. 

 

Jefferson wrote the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which declared that “the opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction.” 



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