October 27, 2007
Great conference audio with some of the worlds leading intellectuals including Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Norman Finkelstein & John Mearsheimer.
In Defense of Academic Freedom – Conference Audio – 12 October 2007
“The Oct. 12 conference, titled ‘In Defense of Academic Freedom,’ brought together not only Jews and non-Jews, but professors whose ideological differences are so vast they likely agree on little else than the notion that Jewish groups have degraded the quality and breadth of discussion in the media and in Washington.
Mearsheimer is a proponent of the realist school of international relations, which resists the intrusion of moral considerations into cold calculations of national interest. Chomsky’s belief that American policy in the Middle East is motivated solely by imperialist aggression is greatly informed by the moral consequences of American behavior.
Nevertheless, they came together around the view that universities are the final redoubts of robust criticism of Israel. Naturally, they added, these institutions are now coming under assault.”
October 27, 2007
This movie was commissioned by Internet Archive for the 2007 Open Content Alliance meeting held on October 17, 2007
Libraries going open!
Project Gutenberg is also worth exploring, many of histories defining texts are avaiable free from the site as their copyright has expired and they’ve entered the public domain. E.G. Walter Lippmans book Public Opinion that shaped the development of western democracy away from true democracy to control of public thought,
it argues that twentieth century advances in the technology of “the manufacture of consent” amounts to “a revolution” in “the practice of democracy” because this allows the control over public opinion about the world and about the public’s interests in that world. Control of public opinion is a means to controlling public behavior.
October 7, 2007
“Changing people: Shocking them into obedience”
October 6, 2007
.. see text of his speech below in full – The press office at Dundee University had refused to provide it, place it in the library or put it online.
I’m a big admirer of Craigs work and really enjoyed his views on education and University life.
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