29 October 2008

Academic Inquiry For Joe The Plumber


Some academics like to poke fun at the Politically Incorrect Guide series. That’s to be expected. As the publisher’s site explains:

“Regnery Publishing created the bestselling Politically Incorrect Guide™ (P.I.G.) series to tackle a variety of topics in our society—issues that have been hijacked by politically correct historians, academia, and media.”

Even so, many of these books have been written by credentialed academics and experts in their fields. They are written mostly for a general audience and not for academic peers. Thus, the authors are not constrained to follow politically correct dogma and kiss the ring of the court historians. Yet they serve a useful purpose in revealing that there is much more to the subjects addressed than what the PC elites in academia and the media are force feeding us—the statist approved version. They provide a good place to start an inquiry and provide sources for further study. By all means, read the scholarly works being published by the university presses--many of them very good studies--but why not explore other views and celebrate diversity in opinion and academic inquiry? Do not fear the truth, come to the light.

I’ve listed a few of these very popular books below, along with the authors and their credentials:

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization

By Anthony Esolen who is a professor of English at Providence College, and a senior editor of Touchstone magazine. He is the editor and translator of several epic poems of the West, including the three volumes of Dante’s Divine Comedy. He is one of the team-teachers of Providence College’s Development of Western Civilization Core Curriculum. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife, Debra, and two children.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible

By Robert J. Hutchinson, who is a veteran religion writer, studied philosophy as an undergraduate, moved to Israel to study Hebrew, and earned an M.A. in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. He writes frequently on the intersection of religion and popular culture. He lives in Southern California with his wife and five children.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution

By Kevin R. C. Gutzman, J.D., Ph.D. who is associate professor of American history at Western Connecticut State University. He received his Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas, his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of Virginia. Dr. Gutzman is the author of Virginia’s American Revolution: From Dominion to Republic, 1776–1840 and was a featured expert in the documentary film John Marshall: Citizen, Statesman, and Jurist. He has written scores of articles and encyclopedia entries, as well as reviews of books, films, and exhibitions for magazines academic and popular. He lives in Bethel, Connecticut, with his three children.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism

By Robert P. Murphy who earned his Ph.D. in economics from New York University. A former professor at Hillsdale College, he is now an adjunct scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute and an analyst at Laffer Associates. He has worked as both an economics scholar and lecturer, as an investment/business analyst, and as a writer of popular journalism on economic topics. He lives with his wife and son in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature

By Elizabeth Kantor who earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in philosophy from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She is the editor of the Conservative Book Club, and writes for Human Events.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design

By Jonathan Wells who is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington. He holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in theology from Yale University. He is the author of Icons of Evolution: Why Much of What We Teach about Evolution Is Wrong (Regnery) and is currently doing intelligent design–related scientific research.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism

By Carrie Lukas who is the vice president for policy and economics at the Independent Women’s Forum. She is a senior fellow at the Goldwater Institute and a contributor to National Review Online. She holds a master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science

By Tom Bethell who is a senior editor at the American Spectator. He has contributed to many publications, including the New York Times magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Crisis, and National Review. He writes often on science. Tom Wolfe has called Bethell “one of our most brilliant essayists.” Bethell was born and raised in England and graduated from Oxford University in 1962 with a degree in philosophy, physiology, and psychology. He lives in Washington, D.C.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

By Professor Thomas E. Woods, Jr. who is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as The Church Confronts Modernity: Catholic Intellectuals and the Progressive Era and The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy. He holds four Ivy League degrees, including an A.B. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Columbia. He teaches courses in Western civilization, is the associate editor of The Latin Mass magazine, and is a prolific essayist on historical subjects. He lives with his family in Coram, New York.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War

By H. W. Crocker III who is the author of Robert E. Lee on Leadership; a history of the United States military, Don’t Tread on Me; a history of the Catholic Church, Triumph; and the prize-winning comic novel The Old Limey. Crocker holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and American Literature from the University of California at San Diego, and a Master's Degree from the University of Southern California's School of International Relations in London, England. He lives on the site of a former Confederate encampment near the battlefields of Northern Virginia.

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