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Cass ’05 on Marcus

Oren Cass ’05 reports on the Marcus/D’Souza debate that I commented on previously.

Marcus responed by saying (get ready for this) “I’m not looking to win this debate, I’m looking to win votes.” Ah, get a whiff of the intellectually rarified and pure air up here in the Ivory Tower. I can’t think of anything sufficiently snide to do his comment justice.

I don’t know if these are the only two things that Marcus got wrong. It would seem improbable that the things I happen to know about are the things he got wrong, and everything I don’t know about he got right. The Israel test (which states “if a newspaper messes up coverage on Israel, which I am qualified to notice, then they’re probably messing up on other stuff too”) suggests Marcus was probably fudging the data elsewhere.

But then, to quote him at one point, “The facts never speak for themselves.”

If I want to hear ideologues spout half-truths and non-sequiturs with rhetorical flourish, I’ll turn on cable news. I had hoped for more from a member of the faculty.

We all do.

Of course, without being there, it is tough to know if Cass’s comments are fair and balanced. Does anyone know if a transcript of the debate is available?

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#1 Comment By non-polisci student On October 30, 2004 @ 12:39 pm

Hardly surprising, Marcus’ course was by far the worst I ever took while attending Williams. Describing his class as pedantic and simple-minded really unstates the mind numbing tedium of his class.