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Postby Chrisy Moltisanti » Thu Apr 12, 2007 3:16 pm

http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Professor ... _0409.html

A top Constitutional scholar from Princeton who gave a televised speech that slammed President George W. Bush's executive overreach was recently told that he had been added to the Transportation Security Administration's terrorist watch list. He shared his experience this weekend at the law blog Balkinization.

Walter F. Murphy, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Emeritus, at Princeton University, attempted to check his luggage at the curbside in Albuquerque before boarding a plane to Newark, New Jersey. Murphy was told he could not use the service.

"I was denied a boarding pass because I was on the Terrorist Watch list," he said.

When inquiring with a clerk why he was on the list, Murphy was asked if he had participated in any peace marches.

"We ban a lot of people from flying because of that," a clerk said.

Murphy then explained that he had not marched, but had "in September, 2006, given a lecture at Princeton, televised and put on the Web, highly critical of George Bush for his many violations of the Constitution."

The clerk responded, "That'll do it."



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Postby Coppermine » Thu Apr 12, 2007 3:24 pm

Here's food for thought: why are intellectuals (scholars, scientists, etc.) more prone to socialist ideals?
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Postby Chrisy Moltisanti » Thu Apr 12, 2007 3:29 pm

Coppermine wrote:Here's food for thought: why are intellectuals (scholars, scientists, etc.) more prone to socialist ideals?


Because they're concerned for the greater good and not individual triumph at the expense of the masses.
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Postby TheRock » Thu Apr 12, 2007 3:39 pm

Chrisy Moltisanti wrote:
Coppermine wrote:Here's food for thought: why are intellectuals (scholars, scientists, etc.) more prone to socialist ideals?


Because they're concerned for the greater good and not individual triumph at the expense of the masses.


Wow! He teed that one up perfectly for you and you hit it out of the park! Let's try another one:

Why doesn't socialism work?
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Postby StlSluggers » Thu Apr 12, 2007 3:53 pm

TheRock wrote:Why doesn't socialism work?

Because most people aren't scientists and scholars?

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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Thu Apr 12, 2007 3:58 pm

When I was in high school, a professor did an interesting experiment in my government class.

Each of us was supposed to write down which form of government we thought best; the only catch was that he got to decide which person we'd be in that society.

The one that most people seemed to choose, given those circumstances, was socialism.

Chrisy- I'd edit the quotes at the bottom of yr page. It's an important story and the message will be lost in the obviously biased stuff at the bottom.
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Postby Chrisy Moltisanti » Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:05 pm

TheRock wrote:
Chrisy Moltisanti wrote:
Coppermine wrote:Here's food for thought: why are intellectuals (scholars, scientists, etc.) more prone to socialist ideals?


Because they're concerned for the greater good and not individual triumph at the expense of the masses.


Wow! He teed that one up perfectly for you and you hit it out of the park! Let's try another one:

Why doesn't socialism work?


In the USA? Because no one has given a modernized idea of it a chance.
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Postby AcidRock23 » Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:11 pm

Chrisy Moltisanti wrote:
In the USA? Because no one has given a modernized idea of it a chance.


I'm kind of inclined to agree w/ this, it's only recently that computing power exists that might offer some hope of managing the sort of information/ funds available on a national scale. The efficiencies that could be gained there could pay for TONS of stuff...
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Postby Chrisy Moltisanti » Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:12 pm

Something tells me Walter is a pretty darn good American:

Walter F. Murphy

20th century American political scientist and writer. He won a Distinguished Service Cross for his service as a Marine in Korea, eventually retiring with the rank of Colonel.
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Postby TheRock » Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:13 pm

StlSluggers wrote:
TheRock wrote:Why doesn't socialism work?

Because most people aren't scientists and scholars?

:-b


:-b Good one.

Plenty of possible answers, that one's maybe too easy.

Here's a better one:
TheRock wrote:Why doesn't socialism work?


And.... why haven't scientist and scholars figured that out yet? ;-)
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