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In his classic work Imperialism J.A. Hobson noted the role of universities as guardians at the gate of the existing order. Since the second half of the 19th century TPTB have been concerned that their university graduates have "sound views". "Sound men, sound views." I have personally encountered this in my graduate work, though I was too naive to recognize what was happening at the time. In the fall of '64 I was exposed to A.J.P. Taylor's The Origins of the Second World War, E. H. Carr's The Twenty Year Crisis, to Norman O. Brown's Life Against Death and to Thomas Khun's Nature of Scientific Revolutions. I found them all confirmatory of what I suspected and embraced them enthusiastically. While my quickness of comprehension may have suited me to being a graduate reader, my embrace of the ideas, I now suspect, marked me as 'unsound' - both with the professor, an ex US Navy captain with a mid career PhD from Stanford with specialization in the British Labour Party, and with most of the rest of the faculty at the University of Arizona in Tuscon, which, though being the Democratic bastion in AZ had a very conservative History faculty. I thought they were liberal because of the atheists and gays on faculty. Some on social issues was about it.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Mar 25th, 2015 at 02:39:14 PM EST

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