Wednesday, September 08, 2004

More Good Reads

A couple of articles over at TechCentralStation caught my eye today. I'll excerpt their ledes.

First, Mary Grabar in "Zell and the Converts":

Long before the twin towers were brought down by diabolical promoters of an ideology in 2001, another tower, representative of the great accomplishments in Western culture, had crumbled after an attack from within. Some of the hijackers aiming the planes into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and toward the Capitol had spent time as students on U.S. and European campuses and must have sensed that many of their professors would have been in sympathy with them.

They were right, as some of the reactions to 9/11 on university campuses and on government-sponsored media, demonstrated. While the good average citizens expressed shock, outrage, and patriotism, disillusioned sophisticates lectured to classes on the evils of the West. While most of America put up American flags, the remaining enthusiasts of Marxism plastered the hallways with "Understanding Islam" posters. While most of America grieved, dissolute graduate students grabbed the opportunity to post political diatribes against the U.S. government on university list-servs.

The other is Gregory Scoblete in "The Market State President":

One of the most intriguing aspects of President Bush's convention acceptance speech last week was his rhetorical embrace of the Market State, a concept fleshed out by Phillip Bobbitt, a former director of intelligence in the National Security Administration under President Clinton, in his opus The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History.