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The Thought Police and Hoppe

February 10, 2005 by

Professor, ACLU may sue UNLV, from The Rebel Yell.

This is a particularly instructive–and scary–article. Finally, the name of the student who accused Hoppe, Michael Knight, is revealed. Some of his comments are really a sad statement on the egalitarian, entitlement mentality of today’s brainwashed crop of sniveling, totalitarian-minded students.

Although Hoppe claimed that none of his students had any questions or comments during his lecture, Knight stated that most students never talked to Hoppe or asked questions because of his “unapproachable demeanor.”

“The way he carries himself and the way he acts toward students makes them feel stupid for asking questions,” Knight said. “They were too intimidated. E-mailing him my concerns never crossed my mind because I knew that he would be just as unapproachable via e-mail as he is in person.”

So, this kid felt stupid? I wonder why.

Although Hoppe claimed that none of his students had any questions or comments during his lecture, Knight stated that most students never talked to Hoppe or asked questions because of his “unapproachable demeanor.”

“The way he carries himself and the way he acts toward students makes them feel stupid for asking questions,” Knight said. “They were too intimidated. E-mailing him my concerns never crossed my mind because I knew that he would be just as unapproachable via e-mail as he is in person.”

The way he carries himself? I suppose it’s that German accent and wearing a suit. Instead of dressing like a shabby slob, as is today’s fashion. Curious how Hoppe would get very high remarks as a professor if he’s so unapproachable. Anyway, what does unapproachability have to do with the complaint? What snotnosed brat punks students have become.

Knight said that he was not necessarily expecting anything to come of his complaint, but was shocked at how Hoppe dealt with the complaint in a class lecture the next week.

Knight said that Hoppe conducted himself in a way that seemed he did not take the complaint seriously. “It was like a slap in the face,” Knight said.

According to Knight, Hoppe brought it to the class’s attention that he had offended a student, but did not offer an apology or acknowledgement of any insensitivity on his part.

“If he had come back and apologized for offending anyone, or even if he didn’t bring anything up at all again, it would have been fine, but I feel that he was taking it to the next level,” Knight said. “His choice of words was unacceptable.”

So, the student deems the professor’s sensitivity level to be unacceptable. Amazing. Students with real majors and career ambitions don’t have time for such BS. They study and work hard to ace the material. They don’t bother with such bunk.

Knight felt that the university has handled the situation correctly, stating that the administration has shown great concern and has helped him through the ordeal. However, Knight said that the experience has taught him valuable lessons about the people he will be facing in the world.

Well, at least Knight learned something in college.

“At first I was in shock that a professor could discount a student’s concern like that,” Knight said. “But now I feel like a stronger person for voicing my concern and it makes me proud of who I am.”

That’s what college is all about–”learning experiences” at the expensive of professors, so the student learns to be “proud of who they are.”

Knight added that he felt Hoppe should go through mediation and sensitivity training so that in the future, he could avoid offending anyone else.

This is the scary part. They want to send Hoppe to a reeducation camp. And these people are the smug ones who think they are liberal and tolerant and open to diversity. This is literally chilling.

I’m thinking, maybe the money I’m saving up for my son’s college tuition would go beter to buying him a year backpacking in Europe, a year in vo-tech school learning to be an electrician, and the rest for a good downpayment on his house. Why waste money on college if this specimen is the result?

(entire text of article follows)

Rebel Yell – News
Issue: 2/10/05

Professor, ACLU may sue UNLV
By Justin Chomintra

Economics professor Hans Hoppe may be seeking legal action against UNLV, demanding that the university stop all threats of reprimand for comments he made about homosexuals in a March lecture to his money and banking class.

Hoppe, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, contend that it is ridiculous for the university to try to punish him for expressing his rights for freedom of speech as well as academic freedom. The ACLU, on Hoppe’s behalf, also stated that although they would rather it not come to it, they are willing to sue UNLV for its violation of Hoppe’s civil rights.

“The university has blatantly violated its contractual obligations toward me,” Hoppe said. “Instead of protecting me from frivolous interference with my right to academic freedom, university administrators have been permitted to engage in a witch-hunt against me.”

Officials from the university declined to comment on the case, stating that they could not openly discuss personnel issues.

The allegedly offensive comments were made on March 4 while Hoppe was lecturing his ECO 303 class on how different demographics tend to plan differently for the future.

While using multiple examples to illustrate his points, Hoppe said that homosexuals tend to plan less for the future than heterosexuals.

Factors Hoppe offered to support his statement were the ideas that homosexuals live riskier lifestyles and tend not to have children.

Hoppe then went on to address theories that economist John Maynard Keynes may have been influenced by his homosexuality when he adopted his “spend it now” philosophy to keep the economy strong and cyclical, suggesting that homosexuality entails spontaneity.

Hoppe said that he made it clear to the class that he was merely speaking in generalities and that the generalized economic planning of certain demographics was not always true.

However, Michael Knight, a student in Hoppe’s money and banking class, was offended by the comments and took his concerns to the administration immediately after the lecture.

“I just couldn’t believe he took something like that and generalized it,” said Knight, a recent UNLV graduate who received his Bachelor of Arts in Economy with a minor in Management. “I was shocked.”

Although Hoppe claimed that none of his students had any questions or comments during his lecture, Knight stated that most students never talked to Hoppe or asked questions because of his “unapproachable demeanor.”

“The way he carries himself and the way he acts toward students makes them feel stupid for asking questions,” Knight said. “They were too intimidated. E-mailing him my concerns never crossed my mind because I knew that he would be just as unapproachable via e-mail as he is in person.”

So Knight e-mailed Dean Richard E. Flaherty of the College of Business, along with

Stephen Miller, chair of the Economics Department, the day after the lecture. A few days later, the administration notified Hoppe that an informal complaint had been issued against him for his comments.

Knight said that he was not necessarily expecting anything to come of his complaint, but was shocked at how Hoppe dealt with the complaint in a class lecture the next week.

Knight said that Hoppe conducted himself in a way that seemed he did not take the complaint seriously. “It was like a slap in the face,” Knight said.

According to Knight, Hoppe brought it to the class’s attention that he had offended a student, but did not offer an apology or acknowledgement of any insensitivity on his part.

“If he had come back and apologized for offending anyone, or even if he didn’t bring anything up at all again, it would have been fine, but I feel that he was taking it to the next level,” Knight said. “His choice of words was unacceptable.”

Knight then decided to change his complaint against Hoppe from informal to formal, which lead to a months-long series of hearings.

Ultimately, Hoppe said, the university offered to give him a letter of reprimand and have him give up his next pay increase. On the advice of an attorney friend of his, Hoppe contacted the ACLU, who took him into their counsel and are now prepared to sue if Hoppe faces any kind of punishment.

“As the ACLU, I hope that legal actions will not be necessary,” Hoppe said. “The university has committed a grave injustice. It should back down immediately, offer me an apology, and think about how to compensate me for the harm it has done.”

Hoppe claimed that the ordeal has had widespread affects on both his mental and physical health. “This affair has been dragging on in an almost Kafka-esque fashion for almost a year now. It has cost me countless sleepless nights, my health has suffered, as my doctors will attest, and most importantly, it has robbed me of my ability to concentrate on my work.”

Knight felt that the university has handled the situation correctly, stating that the administration has shown great concern and has helped him through the ordeal. However, Knight said that the experience has taught him valuable lessons about the people he will be facing in the world.

“At first I was in shock that a professor could discount a student’s concern like that,” Knight said. “But now I feel like a stronger person for voicing my concern and it makes me proud of who I am.”

Knight added that he felt Hoppe should go through mediation and sensitivity training so that in the future, he could avoid offending anyone else.

However, Hoppe feels that the university is in need of improvement, claiming that, “The university’s academic reputation has already severely suffered from this incident.”

Hoppe claimed that UNLV President Carol Harter and other university officials have already received hundreds of letters from around the world persecuting the university for its injustices.

Harter could not be reached to confirm Hoppe’s claims.

{ 25 comments }

David Heinrich February 10, 2005 at 6:45 pm

I like the link on Prof. Hoppe’s ratings, but I think they’re a little bit idiotic in one sense: the “easyness factor”? That’s a disgusting reflection on our colleges when professors who are “easier” are considered better, and it’s considered a good for professors to give “easy” tests.

One person even remarked:

He is interesting, but I found his test to be some what difficult – only because they are 75 true/false

True/false questions hard? That’s a laugh. You’re practically guaranteed to get at least a 50% just by guessing. This is just testing recognition knowledge — you don’t even have to conjure it up yourself.

The only time multiple choice questions are hard — and not even then — is on AP tests, or other similar tests, where you are penalized for giving incorrect answers (a way to discourage guessing).

Unless the professor creates a very tight time-squeeze, or asks extremely difficult questions — as a way to separate out students — usually, when people think a test is “hard”, that means that they just didn’t study enough for it. It’s not a fault of the professor.

David Heinrich February 10, 2005 at 6:48 pm

This comment from a student was also interesting, and reveals the UNLV’s attitude towards Hoppe:

Hoppe is the man. He’s really smart and will say really controversial things. He makes boring classes really really interesting. BTW, his dept hates him, so he’ll rip on the school a lot. I tried to sign up for a 3rd class and the dept chair called me in and told me I had to take it from someone else.

So, they’re actually preventing people from taking more than two of Hoppe’s classes? Better not let those kids hear too much of the truth — they just might start to believe it!

GMB February 10, 2005 at 6:51 pm

My goodness. How is it that your American High-schools are producing such girly-men. Isn’t there some way to talk to this kid. Make him realise what a unique ideas man Hoppe is and try and get the kid to back off.

David Heinrich February 10, 2005 at 6:56 pm

GMB,

Nope, unfortunately not. You see, high schools are producing whiney commie little brats, who think that their entitled to something, and that everyone should have to walk on eggshells not to hurt their puny little “feelings”.

NamedForRep.Ron February 10, 2005 at 7:13 pm

Hoppe was plenty approachable when I met him at a Mises conference. Overall he struck me as a pleasant and friendly person.

David Heinrich February 10, 2005 at 7:47 pm

They should have a new class in college, the first class you take. Actually, it should be a prerequisite for attending college: How to be a real man. Oh, wait, that might offend some people. How about “Desensitivity Training”?

As someone else said, this student is sufficiently sensitive; that is, sensitive in the infantile manner.

The student said that he found Prof. Hoppe “difficult to approach”, and that other students did as well. As Kinsella pointed out, that’s hard to square with Hoppe’s excellent ratings as a teacher, and it is personally impossible for me to square with first-hand knowledge. At the Mises University, I attended several of Prof. Hoppe’s lectures, and never found him unapproachable.

Why is Prof. Hoppe difficult to approach? Because he wears a suit, and is professional with his business, providing calm, methodical, and well-planned lectures? Given the lackadaisical attitude of many students towards classes, given the terror that some of them have at the thought of actually learning something (especially something different from their socialist preconceptions) that might be one explanation. As part of “sensitivity training”, I suppose Prof. Hoppe will be required to wear “bling bling” and to come into class looking like a clown.

Or maybe the reason he thinks Prof. Hoppe is difficult to approach is because of his German accent? Now let me, for a moment, act like this spineless student. So, I suppose he wants the school to “Americanize” Prof. Hoppe’s accent? As a person of German background, I am offended by that! I take great offense! This student should have to attend “sensitivity training”, so as not to accidentally offend those of us who are German.

Or maybe — perhaps a very likely explanation — the student was simply in awe of Prof. Hoppe’s vastly superior intelligence, relative to his own? Maybe this little brat will want the “sensitivity trainers” to tell Prof. Hoppe to “dumb down” his lectures and make himself to be less than he is.

Other Professors should heed this warning. You don’t want to appear to be too professional, too smart, too well-prepared, or too classy. After all, stupid cowardly students might find you “difficult to approach”.

This all sounds like some dystopian novel. It is not the job of a professor to coddle to a student’s fragile ego and emotions, nor should he have to plan his lecture so as not to “upset” anyone. Professor’s should be allowed to focus on how best to teach their students, not forced to plan lectures that couldn’t possibly offend anyone.

There is a lesson to learn from all of this for Michael Knight. The lesson is that he should give serious thought to new and challenging — even potentially offensive or politically incorrect — ideas. The lesson is that he should stand up and say something when he disagrees, not run to the nearest bureaucrat. Whether or not that lesson is to be taught remains to be seen. If that lesson is not taught, then another — dangerous — lesson will be taught: that he can whine and cry whenever he’s “offended”. More chilling, the “lesson taught” to professors will be that their main job is not to teach, but to coddle to the fragile ego and emotions of studuents, to present watered down material in a way that is so convoluted that it is useless, to avoid challenging students with difficult and controversial ideas.

I sincerely hope that Prof. Hoppe is entirely vindicated, and that this disgusting display of political correctness stops. Furthermore, not only should Prof. Hoppe be vindicated, but he should also be compensated for having to endure this nonsense.

Stephan Kinsella February 10, 2005 at 7:58 pm

Dear President Harter,

I am a practicing physician in Atlanta, Georgia who has had the pleasure of hearing Professor Hoppe speak at a conference in Auburn, Alabama at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He struck me as a very serious man and I was somewhat hesitant in approaching him at the conclusion of his brilliant lecture. After mustering the courage, I found him very engaging and we spoke at length about Karl Popper’s philosophy of science as well as theoretical libertarian society. More than the content of our conversation, however, I was struck by the sincerity and warmth he demonstrated to a total stranger. In passing, he mentioned that his pursuit for the truth had “made him enemies” (In retrospect I am sure he was referencing the ongoing witch hunt at UNLV). I replied that I was sure it had also made him many more friends.

I share the above anecdote after reading that a student at UNLV, Mr. Michael Knight, has included in his complaints that Professor Hoppe was unapproachable. I can only say that I once too harbored that prejudice against the somewhat stoic German; but when I opened my mind, I met a friend.

Sincerely,
John R Morgan, MD

Stephan Kinsella February 10, 2005 at 8:21 pm

As someone who knows and respects Prof. Hans-Hermann Hoppe, I urge President Harter and her staff to reaffirm UNLV’s deep commitment to thetenets of academic freedom by vindicating Prof. Hoppe and his right tofree self-expression in the classroom. Prof. Hoppe is a world-renowned economist and philosopher whose remarkably rigorous and creative contributions to both economic and political science have brought him, and by extension the University, great honor. UNLV deserves to be proud of such an exemplary scholar and teacher. And UNLV deserves to be proud of its commitment to upholding the academic freedom that Prof. Hoppe has done so much to commend. I encourage and expect UNLV to show its pride, and uphold its commitment to academic freedom, by exonerating and celebrating Prof. Hoppe and his outstanding contributions to the intellectual life of the University and the greater community of scholars.

Sincerely yours,
Patrick Tinsley
Student, Suffolk University Law School

Mike February 10, 2005 at 8:29 pm

Michael Knight? The character that David Hasselhoff played in the 1980′s?

Curt Howland February 10, 2005 at 8:37 pm

Mr. Kinsella,

Reading your comment about “saving your money” and “sending your kid to vocational school”, I can sincerely suggest that you do exactly that.

There is yet another reason to do so that you do not mention: maturity. The 12 years of forced labor, punishment for the crime of being young in the US, imparts nothing of maturity to the psyche of the student. After so long of being herded like cattle and having their feelings coddled instead of their minds respected, going to a college is hardly anything more than another 4 years of high school.

After a few years of supporting himself, performing a trade whatever it may be, if he then chooses to attend a college for academic studies such as economics the subjects will have far more meaning for him. He will also have a greater sense of what subjects actually interest him. There will be a sense of “real world” application of theory, as well as a better ability to detect bull-s**t such as, “the professor mentioned homosexuals as a demographic and that hurt my feelings”.

No one who has actually worked for and with people for a living could say something like that with a straight face. Different people comport themselves differently, that is a fact of life quickly learned outside of government run day-prison.

With lifetimes of 80 years easily reached, there is time for more than just work and procreation. This is a time and opportunity for everyone to utilize not only the energy of their youth but also the wisdom only found in experience.

Oh, and that house will make a wonderful source of capital after several years of inflation for the costs of a decent college, that might not be affordable when he is 19.

Curt Howland February 10, 2005 at 8:41 pm

Oh, and one need only look at the title “Democracy: The God That Failed” to know that Prof. Hoppe will have offended pretty much everyone in the “establishment”.

…not that any establishment-type would have actually read such a book. Isn’t the ability to challenge dogma without ignorant repercussion what tenure is supposed to have been created to facilitate?

His persecution is hardly a surprise. May his credentials and record speak for itself and he be offered a position somewhere that will appreciate his work.

Stephan Kinsella February 10, 2005 at 9:21 pm

Dear Regents of UNLV,

I know you did not ask to be put in the spotlight on this issue. But Prof. Hoppe is truly one of the greatest treasures of your university. He is just brilliant, by any standard.

I realize you do have to take into consideration the needs of your students, but their needs should be tempered with the knowledge they are no longer in the baby-sitting environment they might have enjoyed in “required” public schooling through high school. Neither Christians, homosexuals, nor any other group can be guaranteed a world free of offenses to their sensibilities.

You can’t afford to pay Hans-Hermann Hoppe what he is worth or you would have to let go a dozen or so inferior professors or administrators. So please, give him a raise. It is the least you can do for his troubles relating to latest administrative difficulties he has been dealt.

Sincerely,
Dewaine McBride
Tucson, Arizona

Paul Binder February 11, 2005 at 6:03 am

Professor Hoppe is a treasure. I have always felt that there was something inappropriate with his attacking a system from its inside. Though it would expose Professor Hoppe to trauma, from my selfish viewpoint I’d like to see him outside of the system. Certainly there must be enough of us that appreciate the work he does to support him voluntarily without coercing people that don’t appreciate his work to do so against their will.

Benjamin Marks February 11, 2005 at 6:27 am

The Hoppe hoopla continues: Without Hoppe things would be hoppeless. If Hoppe is so involved in the kangaroo-court why not call him Skippy?

Benjamin Marks February 11, 2005 at 6:30 am

Oops, I meant to put this above but the HTML code for some reason disappeared: http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2005/Feb-11-Fri-2005/news/25847462.html

NamedForRep.Ron February 11, 2005 at 7:32 am

The second part of my above comment was cut off…what I was going to ask was whether UNLV’s MA in economics program is any different from the typical econometric/empirical nonsense and if one could find an Austrian-friendly program there. As I’m currently considering going for a master’s, earning one under the guidance of H3 would be a privilege and an honor.

I wonder if UNLV ever considered how appeasing crybabies might drive away serious students.

If not UNLV, is there any program where I wouldn’t have to, for example, learn calculus?
-Paul

jeffrey February 11, 2005 at 7:47 am

Thanks, Benjamin, for the link to this story, which quotes the student as saying: “”When the door closes and the lecture began, he needs to make sure he is remaining as politically correct as possible.”

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Professor, UNLV at odds over lecture complaint
By K.C. HOWARD
REVIEW-JOURNAL

“The reputation of the university is dramatically soiled, I would say, and I thought they would realize this and give in. I want an apology from them that they mistreated me.”

UNLV Professor Hans Hoppe rejected a peace offering Thursday from university administrators who had sought to penalize him for a controversial statement he made about homosexuals in a class lecture last year.

University officials said in a statement Thursday that after investigating the matter, they had reached “a fair conclusion for all parties involved.”

But Hoppe, a tenured professor, said he does not consider the matter resolved and is prepared to seek vindication in court.

In a March lecture on economic planning, Hoppe told his money and banking class that homosexuals do not typically plan for the future. The remark prompted a student to lodge an informal complaint against Hoppe.

The incident has stirred debate over academic freedom versus academic responsibility and whether advocacy, opinions and theories have a place at the lectern.

“The reputation of the university is dramatically soiled, I would say, and I thought they would realize this and give in,” Hoppe said. “I want an apology from them that they mistreated me, that they gave in to a brat who should have been told to grow up.”

Hoppe also wants a letter that university officials placed in his personnel file Wednesday removed.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, who is representing Hoppe, released to the media a copy of the “nondisciplinary” letter written by Ray Alden, executive vice president and provost.

In it, Alden said Hoppe’s conduct violates “standards of scholarship and instruction responsibility, as well as the accuracy obligation” established by the university system. Peer-reviewed academic literature did not support Hoppe’s statements about homosexuals, Alden added. And Hoppe’s alleged facts created a discriminatory environment because they were not qualified as opinions, theories or opened for debate, Alden wrote.

“That sort of attitude or policy cannot help but have a chilling effect on the speech of all professors,” said Gary Peck, the ACLU of Nevada’s executive director.

Hoppe, 55, a conservative libertarian economist with almost 20 years experience at UNLV, gave the lecture to about 30 undergraduates. He was describing groups that generally plan for the future and those that do not.

Very young and very old people tend not to plan for the future, he said. And couples with children tend to plan more than couples without.

Another example Hoppe gave was homosexuals, who, he said, tend to plan less for the future than heterosexuals.

Further illustrating his theory on Thursday, Hoppe said, “They (homosexuals), of course, typically do not have children, so accordingly they also have a shorter planning horizon than adults with children.”

Michael Knight, the student who filed the complaint against Hoppe, said Thursday that he hoped the university’s actions would deter the professor from making similar statements again.

Knight said that as a graduating senior seeking a degree in economics, he had needed to take the course and had to pay to hear such unsubstantiated opinions.

“He was stereotyping homosexuals — we don’t have any family values; we don’t know how to manage our money; we basically just blow all our money immediately — that was my take on it,” said Knight, who is gay. “When the door closes and the lecture began, he needs to make sure he is remaining as politically correct as possible.”

Hoppe said he clarified to the class a week later that he was making generalizations and did not mean to offend anyone. That led Knight to believe Hoppe did not take the matter seriously.

“He really didn’t care about the situation at all and the fact that I felt very uncomfortable with what happened,” Knight said.

Knight, who graduated in August and now lives in Seattle, said if Hoppe had prompted a classroom discussion and apologized, he would not have complained.

Hoppe, who said the theory has backing from economists worldwide, said a student always can raise a hand and start a debate.

“I don’t know of any single professor who ever qualified all of his statements saying, ‘This is my opinion; this is a well-established fact,’ ” Hoppe said. “You would never be able to give any lecture whatsoever.”

The ACLU has threatened to take the matter to court unless the institution removes any reference to the controversy from his file.

A university grievance committee recommended Hoppe be docked a week’s pay. But Alden’s letter did not outline financial penalties, Hoppe said.

University officials declined to comment on the specifics of their resolution. But Richard Linstrom, UNLV chief counsel, said, “His status at the university is unchanged.”

UNLV Student Body President, Henry Schuck, said students want professors to stick to the facts in class.

“I don’t think it’s possible to check your beliefs at the door, but to represent those as your beliefs is critical,” he said. “I view what is said in the classroom as factual stuff, so to come out of there with things that aren’t factual, it’s a disservice to students.”

In a statement, university spokeswoman Hilarie Grey said UNLV is committed to academic freedom and investigating discrimination. But, she said, with academic freedom comes academic respon- sibility.

“The purpose of keeping these proceedings confidential is to protect both the complainant and the faculty member involved,” Grey said. “It is unfair for the news media and others who may have read incomplete accounts of this situation to judge the university’s intentions and values.”

jeffrey February 11, 2005 at 8:07 am

And here is a copy of the letter the university sent to Hoppe. This is the document that seems to suggest that professors must only echo conventional wisdom and no more: they enjoy only the freedom to teach was is already known and accepted by everyone else. How enlightened!

jeffrey February 11, 2005 at 8:30 am

Finally a reminder of the university by-laws on academic freedom: ” 2.1.2 Academic Freedom . Academic freedom is essential to these purposes and is applicable to both teaching and research. Freedom in teaching is fundamental for the protection of the rights of the teacher in teaching and of the student in learning. Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth and knowledge. A member of the faculty has freedom and an obligation, in the classroom or in research, to discuss and pursue the faculty member’s subject with candor and integrity, even when the subject requires consideration of topics which may be politically, socially or scientifically controversial. In order to insure the freedom to seek and profess truth and knowledge, as stated in Section 2.3 of the University and Community College System of Nevada Code , the faculty member, as defined in Section 2.2 of this chapter, shall not be subjected to censorship or discipline by the University and Community College System of Nevada on grounds that the faculty member has expressed opinions or views which are controversial, unpopular or contrary to the attitudes of the University and Community College System of Nevada or the community. (B/R 4/02)”

Stephan Kinsella February 11, 2005 at 12:52 pm

Michael Knight’s blog and website. He seems so proud of himself in this ordeal, I’m sure he’d love to hear comments from Hoppe supporters, via email or comments on his blog.

Mark D. Fulwiler February 11, 2005 at 2:05 pm

Yes, what an “ordeal” this poor man (Knight) has been through. This ranks up there with being firebombed at Dresden or being sent to the Nazi death camps.

David Heinrich February 11, 2005 at 2:23 pm

The little punk mentioned he works at Expedia.com on his LiveJournal. Maybe we should e-mail Expedia.com too, put some pressure on them. Furthermore, maybe we should organize a boycott of Expedia.com by libertarians, students, and professors who believe in academic free-speech and believe that abiding by contracts is important.

Stephan Kinsella February 11, 2005 at 2:24 pm

Professor eyes suit against university, excellent article by Christina Littlefield from Las Vegas Sun. UNLV is looking ever more ridiculous.

Peter February 11, 2005 at 9:08 pm

I loved this bit:

“I don’t think it’s possible to check your beliefs at the door, but to represent those as your beliefs is critical,” he said. “I view what is said in the classroom as factual stuff, so to come out of there with things that aren’t factual, it’s a disservice to students.”

What does that mean for “mainstream” economists (who have approximately nothing factual to say)?

miles tracy April 19, 2008 at 10:21 am

I think that Hoppe is trying his best to fit into the system that requires him to lie. he gives tests of true / false yes. he knows that he has no right to test a person and hold the cookie for them to fight over. The students have purchased the A+++ it is their personal choice what they do with what they have purchased. He has a legal obligation to give every student that pays for the class an A++++ before the class begins…. he knows he has no right to withhold what is rightfully theirs, so there really is no reason for the test except to stroke the professor’s ego. only a truely stupid professor thinks he has a right or responsibility to test his students. especially an economics professor. The idea that people need to compete for something that they have already purchased is truely only capable in the mind of a ****domesticated animal****. Darwin explained this very well but in todays universities we are taught about things from people who’s intent is to groom the children to be ” Productive Citizens of the earth” Hobbes English Colonialism. Hoppe is doing a great job by causing people to think for themselves. We have been brainwashed and it is very painful to admit that your whole life has been as a tool for theft and slavory of your fellow men.

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