- The Washington Times - Monday, May 13, 2002

Satanic clown
"Ten months ago, let alone 10 years ago, conservatives looked at [Ozzy] Osbourne as representing the worst of music's nihilistic outer reaches.
"On air, I scolded President Bush for falling for the current Ozzy adulation, and asked can anyone imagine President Reagan dignifying someone like Osbourne, regardless of the forum? Scores of my listeners rose to Ozzy's defense: 'I was really surprised at how out-of-touch you are!' wrote one. 'Ozzy rules!' said another.
"So I watched some episodes of the MTV megahit 'The Osbournes' that a friend had taped. Ozzy shuffles around his house looking as dazed and confused as he did surrounded by journalists and politicians in the ballroom of the Washington Hilton.
"He's a reformed LSD-using, alcohol-abusing, self-proclaimed heavy-metal Prince of Darkness, who now works out a couple of hours a day and seems genuine in his adoration of his wife and kids.
"This man, whose face, mind, and body advertise the ravages of a life of excess, is entertaining precisely because he is a clown, an ironic fate for one who persuaded a generation of metal heads that he was Lucifer himself. He is the 2002 version of the loveable town drunk.
"Even if Ozzy amounts to just a one-hit wonder on television, he and his business-manager wife may be a lot savvier than outward appearances convey. They just inked a $20 million-dollar deal with MTV for two more seasons. Who's laughing now?"
Laura Ingraham, writing on "Prince of the Night," Thursday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Academic consensus
"There was a time in American academic discourse when a genuine debate took place regarding the future of Western societies. That debate pitted scholars of a free market orientation against those who advocated that the government should limit markets.
"The debate about state and market has now disappeared from the universities. One might think this means that one side won. How could anyone argue for socialism after the collapse of the Soviet Union? Surely the historical evidence is against the utopia of state planning and for the vibrancy of the market economy.
"One might indeed think this, but one would be wrong. The 'great debate' did not end because socialism failed. Indeed, in many realms of academic inquiry there is a strongly rooted anticapitalist consensus. What has changed is that scholars on the academic Left now refuse to engage in reasoned debate with scholars whose work explores the functioning of the market system."
Russell Berman and Stephen Haber, writing on "Whatever Happened to the Academic Left?" in the spring issue of the Hoover Digest

Freudian complex
"Sigmund Freud was an atheist nearly all his life. As [Harvard University professor Armand] Nicholi notes, he experienced a brief period of 'wavering' in his student days, even writing to a friend, 'The bad part of it, especially for me, lies in the fact that science of all things seems to demand the existence of a God.' But most of his professors, his peers, and many authors of the time were steeped in scientific materialism, and their influence prevailed.
"Freud himself believed in the validity of shame and guilt. Yet his closed universe, with no authority higher than science, contained few tools for dealing with good and evil. So he fell back on education. People must be taught that ethical behavior was in their own best interest, he stated; once they became well educated, they naturally would behave ethically."
Gina R. Dalfonzo, writing on "Lewis vs. Freud," Thursday in Boundless at www.boundless.org


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