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88 Members of ‘Teacher-Scholar-Activist,’ Signed Letter Against Barrett, None of Notre Dame Law

88 Members of ‘Teacher-Scholar-Activist,’ Signed Letter Against Barrett, None of Notre Dame Law

Notre Dame has over 1,000 faculty members. None of those who signed the letter work in the ND law school.

MSNBC analyst and author of books on Democratic presidents Jonathan Alter tweeted that 88 colleagues of Judge Amy Coney Barrett at Notre Dame signed a letter against her nomination to SCOTUS.

One thing: None belong to Notre Dame Law School. They are also members of a group called “Teacher-Scholar-Activist.”

I wonder if Barrett ever met Jason Springs, professor of Peace Studies. How about Amy Mulligan, professor of Irish, Medieval Studies, and Gener Studies?

These people, who again are not at the law school, insist Barrett must withdraw based on the exact same talking points given by the Democrats:

  • Rushed nomination, too close to the election
  • Respect RBG’s dying wish
  • Nomination happening “at a treacherous moment in the United States.”

Oh, the replies are fantastic.


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JackinSilverSpring | October 13, 2020 at 2:56 pm

Why should we take seriously what professors of basket weaving have to say about this?

A fine example of weapons-grade balonium.

    henrybowman in reply to Pasadena Phil. | October 13, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Potemkin villages are valuable as an occasional tactic. But Democrats seem to have been reduced to using them exclusively for their overall strategy.
    You have to have something other than bullshit to succeed at war.

2smartforlibs | October 13, 2020 at 3:10 pm

mean as much as a low life Hollyweirdo giving their 2 cents

Jonathan Altered State.

Alter is a turd.

I’m genuinely curious–what is peace studies? These “scholars” wouldn’t recognize a qualified judge if one came up and hit them in the face with the Constitution.

    Milhouse in reply to rochf. | October 13, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Peace and conflict studies is a social science field that identifies and analyzes violent and nonviolent behaviours as well as the structural mechanisms attending conflicts (including social conflicts), with a view towards understanding those processes which lead to a more desirable human condition. A variation on this, peace studies (irenology), is an interdisciplinary effort aiming at the prevention, de-escalation, and solution of conflicts by peaceful means, thereby seeking “victory” for all parties involved in the conflict.

    This social science is in contrast to military studies, which has as its aim on the efficient attainment of victory in conflicts, primarily by violent means to the satisfaction of one or more, but not all, parties involved. Disciplines involved may include philosophy, political science, geography, economics, psychology, sociology, international relations, history, anthropology, religious studies, and gender studies, as well as a variety of others. Relevant sub-disciplines of such fields, such as peace economics, may be regarded as belonging to peace and conflict studies also.

    In other words, twaddle.

George_Kaplan | October 13, 2020 at 7:46 pm

Regarding the claim that 88 of ACB’s faculty colleagues oppose her nomination, isn’t this fake news?

b. One of the divisions of a college or university: the faculty of law.
c. All of the members of a learned profession: the medical faculty.

By what measure are Peace Studies, Irish Studies, Medieval Studies, or Gender Studies even remotely the same faculty as law?

SeekingRationalThought | October 13, 2020 at 9:36 pm

There is a reason that few are willing to trust academics in positions of power any more. They don’t have the skills to exercise power and, you know, to….accomplish stuff. While there are exceptions, most academics go through life making no decisions of consequence, organizing nothing and avoiding responsibility. Sure they can ruin a students life and often do, but they seldom exercise significant influence even in their college and town. The reason for this is that they are paid to think, not to do. And if you don’t do, you don’t know how to accomplish things. Medical, legal and some business programs are exceptions to this rule as are some individuals within the sciences. These exceptions exist because their disciplines require actual work and the acceptance of responsibility.

How can people who even claim to be academics use RBG’s fake “dying wish” as a reason for anything?

An amazing coincidence here:

The number of professors at Duke University who signed a controversial advertisement in the university’s student newspaper, on April 6, 2006, denouncing the lacrosse players was — 88. The players were subsequently found innocent and the prosecutor (Nifong) was punished (not sufficiently, IMO). I don’t believe that the professors were punished at all, not even by their own consciences.

If you are too young to remember this case, look for “Group of 88” at Wikipedia.