President D'Souza Published in Washington Post
Continues to model the Kingsian vision for students
NEW YORK, October 12, 2010—The President of The King’s College, Dinesh D’Souza, published an op-ed in the Washington Post last Friday. The article continues the national dialogue that D’Souza has sparked with the controversial topic that has been the subject of multiple radio and television interviews, a #1 best-selling book, and articles in several prominent publications.
D’Souza theorizes that the key to explaining President Barack Obama’s policy decisions rests not in anything like Marxism or European-style socialism. Rather, D’Souza explains that President Obama works from an anti-colonial mindset.
Anti-colonialism, D’Souza explains, “is the idea that the rich countries got rich by looting the poor countries, and that within the rich countries, plutocratic and corporate elites continue to exploit ordinary citizens.” He develops the argument—which can be read here—by looking at Obama’s policies in such areas as finance and oil.
The King’s College seeks to prepare students for principled leadership in the institutions of government, civil society, media, law, education, business, the arts, and the church. Part of this education is understanding the importance of ideas, and how ideas are built on assumptions.
President D’Souza is providing a model for our students by examining the assumptions of a public figure and creating an argument to explain why these assumptions form the basis of ideas. His thesis—exploring the causal factors of Obama’s policies—looks to the very core of what might drive the president’s agenda.
Likewise, all of our faculty are encouraged to engage the public sphere and to generate discourse on ideas that matter. The emphases of a Kingsian education—politics, philosophy, economics, business, media, and culture—are all fair game for civic engagement. Our students not only learn ideas in the classroom, they also see faculty and staff engaging in civil discourse about these ideas outside of the classroom.
While the College itself does not necessarily endorse what our faculty and staff argue, we applaud President D’Souza and our faculty for boldly venturing into the public square and showing students how they might act similarly in the future.
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