Martin Henrichs asserts if I do not require my students to read novelist George Orwell and economists F.A. Hayek, Thomas Sowell, and Milton Friedman it follows I am “a propagandist, not a professor.”
This is an odd demand to make of a philosophy professor, since we primarily teach the works of the great philosophers, such as Plato, Descartes and Kant.
Nonetheless, I agree with Henrichs these authors are worthy of study, and I have assigned Hayek, Friedman and Orwell in my classes.
Henrichs is right: those who would use the classroom simply to promote their own ideological leanings are propagandists, and should be condemned.
Mitch Daniels attempted to ban from Indiana history classrooms a book by his ideological adversary, historian Howard Zinn, and to replace it with a book by non-historian, but fellow conservative Republican, William Bennett. Is that not the behavior of a propagandist?
- David Detmer, Munster