Thursday, October 13, 2005

New UNLV Hoppe-Bash?

I do wonder if the "Pursuing Academic Freedom in a Time of Crisis" conference was intentionally scheduled for a time when Hans Hoppe was out of the country. He is delivering a talk at a conference in Lithuania. Christina Littlefield in today's Las Vegas Sun says that the
"conference is free and open to the public. The conference runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday in the Richard Tam Alumni Center. For more information or to register for the panel discussions, visit"

As Littlefield points out,
"The UNLV professor who started a ruckus over academic freedom was not invited to Friday's conference on the topic.

Economics professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe, whose showdown with administrators sparked the "Pursuing Academic Freedom in a Time of Crisis" conference, said he was miffed not to be formally included but glad his colleagues were continuing the debate.

Hoppe quietly fought university administrators for a year over comments he made in a spring 2004 lecture before teaming with the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada in February 2005 and going public with his case."

Littlefield says, in an article about the conference, that:
The role of tenure is one of the issues being discussed Friday during UNLV's first conference on academic freedom.

The conference was sparked by nationwide controversies last spring, including attempts by UNLV administrators to censure economics professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe.

The criticism that swirled around Hoppe... fueled debates about tenure, academic freedom and academic responsibility, said Jonathan Knight, chairman of the American Association of University Professors tenure and academic freedom division.

Tenure is supposed to allow professors to say things that are politically incorrect without their having to worry about repercussions from their employers, Knight said.

You can send a letter to the Las Vegas Sun or to the UNLV Rebel Yell (campus student newspaper)

Just a thought.
Just Ken
CLASSical Liberalism


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4:13 PM  
Blogger Just Ken said...

I wish I could agree with you, and then be done with it, but I am just not a mind-reader and do not know what Hoppe's inner thoughts are on the matter. I have met Hoppe several times informally and have listened to his lectures.

It may be that he has some hidden agenda, but I just don't see that. Nor do I see sufficient reason to assume that he is a racist. If I did, I would openly condemn him for this.

We live in a capitalist society with many ethnicities and religions. In the work that I have done over the years, I have worked with literally thousands of people on an in-depth manner while mediating issues with them. I have been called all sorts of things by open racists and have observed the under-the-breath mutterings of the closet types.

I have also seen and known people struggling with such matters. I WILL give them the benefit of the doubt. I give people who call me "white devil," "nigger," "honky" and far worse, the opportunity to learn and progress. Perhaps I get the moniker of being too liberal with them, but there are so many people who just have never learned even the simple basics of cooperation, I find it easier to work with them on a one-to-one basis. And help wherever I can.

For years, I worked in a town called Compton in California where the major differences were between light-skinned african-americans and dark-skinned african-americans. Asians, whites, hispanics were the minorities, with hispanics being the largest minority. There was bigotry there, and I learned the different types that people assumed in their lives.

I was the only white person that many of the kids ever saw (I worked in the school programs) up to that point in time. Many found it novel, but in all the time that I worked there and walked or bussed home, morning, noon or night, it was never the people there that took offense, or were angry with me.

Hoppe is intelligent, and contrary to your note, his economics are quite good. I have found him careful and thoughtful in person and in his lectures. I have also read his books (the ones in enlish, anyway) and probably all of his essays. I don't intend to call him something that is an extrapolation and interpretation of his statements.

You shouldn't either.

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