Paul Carrese, the director of the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University, defends the School against accusations of political allegiances. JMC is a supporter of the Free Speech and Intellectual Diversity series Carrese mentions in his article.
SCETL’s reconnection of liberal education and civic education shouldn’t be controversial
David Marino leveled serious charges against the ASU school I direct in his State Press column. We welcome discussion about the School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership, but a calmer look at facts and our record suggests that his use of terms like poison, dangerous and politicizing doesn’t embody the higher discourse, and non-polemical university environment, he claims to value.
Marino did interview me for his opinion column but was more swayed by recent caricatures of our school in the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education than by facts evident in our first year at ASU.
Paul Carrese is the founding Director of the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University. For nearly two decades he was a professor of political science at the United States Air Force Academy. He is author of The Cloaking of Power: Montesquieu, Blackstone, and the Rise of Judicial Activism, and co-editor of three other books – on George Washington, constitutionalism, and American grand strategy. His most recent book is Democracy in Moderation: Montesquieu, Tocqueville, and Sustainable Liberalism. He has held fellowships at Harvard University; the University of Delhi (as a Fulbright fellow); and the James Madison Program, Politics Department, Princeton University.
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