- The Washington Times - Monday, March 4, 2002

Sex 101
"According to a Feb. 15 article in Berkeley's student paper, The Daily Californian, a class on male sexuality … had come under administrative scrutiny after several students who had taken the class revealed that their classmates and instructors did quite a bit more than just talk about sex. … Students and student-instructors … alike reportedly took part in an orgy. …
"Even if it weren't for mandatory sex education, young people today would still be (by a long shot) the most sexually sophisticated generation in the history of the human species. … Over the past 20 years, academics, advertisers, Hollywood producers and civil rights advocates have successfully collaborated to blur all distinction between standard and deviant sexuality, along the way ennobling the worst, most anti-social and self-indulgent aspects of our character.
"So just what is it that these students think they're missing? If 'Temptation Island,' 'Will and Grace' and National Condom Day aren't enough, what more do they require?"
David Orland, writing on "Sex for Credit," Thursday in Boundless at www.boundless.org

Philosophy vs. freedom
"Why would an intellectual, unthreatened by censorship or official coercion, seek to justify repressive, dictatorial regimes? …
"For the philosophically minded, a liberal democracy can in fact be a cruel and desolate place. Democracy not only fails to appreciate, but positively resents the philosopher's claim to superior insight. Liberalism reduces political life from broad philosophic debate to the private competition of individual interests. And even this lackluster politics is confined to a 'public sphere,' shielding all other fields of human endeavor from philosophical critique. The entire practice of philosophy, the attempt to answer political questions apart from a popular vote, becomes an anachronism. Indeed, the greatest affront to philosophy is liberal democracy's indifference to ultimate questions of right and wrong. …
"'Though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first,' as Aristotle put it some time ago. Philosophers living under tyranny may sometimes be subject to abuse, but at least they are relevant."
Steven Menashi, writing on "Charmed by Tyranny," in the February/March issue of Policy Review

Slavery shakedown
"It was Jesse Jackson who, years ago, perfected the art of the racial shakedown. Preying on white guilt and corporate America's visceral fear of bad publicity, he would make the rounds of some of the nation's biggest companies, question why there weren't more black faces in the workrooms, and drop a few unsubtle hints about boycotts or making his 'concerns' public.
"That was all it ever took. Soon thereafter, the company would sign a pledge committing itself to more 'diversity,' which it would back up by hiring some of Jackson's friends to high-paying positions, or making cash payments to his organization. …
"Now … the champions of national slavery reparations have adopted the same approach. Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree and TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson's 'dream team' of lawyers and activists are planning to present corporate America with a bill for the crimes of slave masters and traders over a century ago."
Chris Weinkopf, writing on "The Reparations Shakedown," Feb. 27 in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

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