RETHINKING POLITICAL VIOLENCE
On a lighter note, here's a Leiter note--a blog post from Brian Leiter, a left-liberal philosopher who teaches at the University of Chicago. Leiter is unhappy with the "attack on workers' rights" by "the Republican criminals in Wisconsin" and also with plans in Pennsylvania to cut funding for public universities. He writes:
"At some point these acts of brazen viciousness are going to lead to a renewed philosophical interest in the question of when acts of political violence are morally justified."
Chicago is a private university, but almost the entire higher-education industry is heavily subsidized by taxpayers, so that Leiter's position here is self-interested as well as ideological. Blogress Ann Althouse, a professor at a public university, goes against interest when she writes of Leiter:
"He's inclined to approve of the impulse toward violence on the left and willing to mobilize the discipline of philosophy to generate rhetoric to support its political goals. It's quite disgusting."