Phi Beta Cons

Cary Nelson would probably think this a wonderful course

In this week’s Clarion Call my colleague Jay Schalin examines a geography course at Chapel Hill that gives “one interpretation” of poverty. It’s due to capitalism.
If a geography instructor wants to dabble in development economics, he ought to know a bit about it. Alas, this guy’s students got nothing but Marxist hysterics; nothing from Peter Bauer, Hernando de Soto, or anyone else who comprehends that governmental policies that prevent capitalism from breaking out in Africa, South America, and elsewhere keep poor people poor.
The instructor’s “one interpretation” happens to be one that’s as good as an “interpretation” of cancer as an imbalance of bodily humors.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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