Gingrich the candidate presents himself as. Part of the wonkery is the absence of any human detail. What did a colonial-era Congolese school look like? What was in the textbooks? How did the teachers treat their students? The reader never learns because Mr. Gingrich never went there — although he did go to Belgium.
He cites interviews with one American and seven Belgians — but not a single Congolese, though there were hundreds living in Europe and the United States he could have talked to. Instead, the future legislator was interested in how educational policy in the Congo reflected tensions in Belgian political life — between Catholics and secularists, and between the French and Flemish halves of the country.
Absent Congolese voices and lives, the dissertation is as dry as a stale biscuit. Despite these limitations, however, Mr. Gingrich is clear-eyed about colonialism. For example, the natives received medical care because it improved their capabilities as a work force. They received enough education to be effective workmen.
He scoffs at Belgian pride in setting up two universities during the final years of colonial rule, pointing out that the students were overwhelmingly white. In the 60's, defending pre-independence Congo was also a matter of delegitimating leftwing insurrection in the Congo. Exactly right. I don't suppose all of this will matter if he gets the nomination, but it does give us a window into his mind.
Thank you for the helpful comment. The Dutch speakers, the Flemings, were somewhat 2nd class citizens. It is therefore entirely probable that all the relevant Belgian documents were in French. Professor Laurent was very proud of being Newt's supervisor, and he did not relish being corrected. I wouldn't be surprised if the intellectual orientation of the dissertation reflect Laurent's worldview. I think a more Newt's more authentic views, if any, are probably to be found in his later embrace of various neo-neo-Marxist forms of techno-happy futurology.
So maybe you can report on those. Eric, thanks for the comment. I am curious -- since you ae a philosopher, did you study at all with my old friend Hugo Bedau? I think perhaps I have read as much of Gingrich as I want to. Life is too short. Is the young Newt prone to any ideology other than trumpeting the views of his Professor Overlord?
I came to know and admire Hugo at Tufts, but dummy that I am never took a class with him! I decided on becoming a philosophy major rather late in my college year, so had to scramble to complete the degree requirements. I could not find any indication, but I did search for evidences of academic publication, and found none.
Maybe he was a lousy teacher. That was a time when getting tenure was not hard, since the public higher education sector was expanding rapidly. At UMass at that time [UMass being a far superior institution] virtually every junior faculty person got tenure.
I'm another of the few who have read Gingrich's dissertation because I research education provision in DRC and agree largely with your comments. Thanks for the post. Still, he reaches some rather alarming conclusions about how hard the Belgians tried. The Belgian education system in DRC was atrocious; it allowed only 4th-6th grade educations for the vast majority of citizens and left the country completely unprepared for post-colonial success.
My understanding is that Gingrich was denied tenure due to spending too much time focusing on electoral politics and not enough time on publications and teaching. At any rate, god forbid that any of us be judged on the basis of our dissertations! Gingrich's dissertation is about educational policy after , King Leopold's Congo Free State ceased to exist in It would have been more frustrating from an examiner's perspective, for example had he included irrelevant filler about the horrors of the Leopoldian system in a study about a completely different topic all he needed to mention was the near absence of an educational policy in the CFS.
Something I wish more writers would realize. Surprised that nobody has yet put this in context with Dr. Gingrich's attack last year on President Obama's "anti-colonial" world view. That would seem to make this reading much more relevant to present questions than Wolff gives himself credit for.
Re "unknown's" comment: since there is not a single thing I like about Gingrich, I'm not letting him off the hook. The topic here is not the DRC but Gingrich. No one suggested he put filler in his dissertation or even that it would have made sense for him to write about Leopold or Conrad.
They weren't his topic. The issue is that it seems from what is said about his dissertation that he did not recognize the relationship of education as a system of reproduction to the ideology that governed it. Did DRC's history begin in ? Gingrich is an influence-peddler, a mail-order scam artist, a megalomaniac, and a heartless bastard, so it is not too much to point out that he didn't consider the slaughter of 11million Congolese as sufficiently large crime for him to recognize while exculpating the Belgians.
Obama's lawyers have fought release of his thesis, LSAT scores, and grades. Neither Bush nor Gore had a problem with release of grades. As President of Harvard Law Review, he has the distinction of not publishing a single article under his own name. By all accounts, his one unsigned article on abortion is not impressive - even has some verb antecedent noun problems.
As a guest lecturer for twelve years or as he calls it "Constitutional Law Professor" at the Un of Chicago Law School, he did not write one single article for a professional journal. Unlike Pres Obama, Gingrich has not constructed a legal firewall around his academic writing.
For this, he should be praised. I'd like to see you take on the Obama "smartest man in the room" myth next. Columbia University won't release his MA thesis on nuclear disarmament. He did write one unsigned article on abortion rights, noted for its verb antecedent noun errors. Additionally, during his twelve year tenure as a "Constitutional Law Professor" his description or visiting lecturer more accurate description , he did not wrote a single legal journal article.
At least Newt Gingrich has not created a legal firewall around his academic writing, has produced a wealth of books on public policy, as well as a public record of producing legislation. I'd like to see you take on the Obama "smartest man in the room myth" next. I am a trifle puzzled by your comment. I am no expert on Obama's life, but the account on Wikipedia makes no mention of graduate work at Columbia, and gives a time line of his successive jobs and activities that seems to leave no room for him to have enrolled as a graduate student and then completed an MA thesis.
What is more, in my experience in academic life, it is unusual for someone to write an MA thesis in a field like Political Science. Can you tell me where I can find some information about his graduate work at Columbia?
I remember Bedau from Reed College around At one point he was one of the few 2 or 3 faculty members to come out publicly against the Vietnam war. Contrary to its reputation, Reed discourages faculty political involvement, and Bedau may have left for that reason.
He did write a senior paper for one course, but it was not filed with the university and neither Obama nor the teacher of the class has a copy. It was just an ambition undergrad paper. I did read his entire online course transcript back in , and even published an opinion piece about a tiny sliver of it in the LA Times Newt's total inversion of Edwards Demming's philosophy, whom he claimed as a mentor.
It was a good deal more entertaining than his disseration, I'm sure, in an Ed Wood kind of way. I have no proof, but I believe a constributing factor in his not getting tenure was his general disinterest in doing his job. Not only was he always running for office, he also kept teaching futurology courses--which I don't believe he ever had any academic training for. In short, he lacked discipline and he lacked interest in his discipline.
The relatively few university libraries with which I am reasonably familiar do not, as far as I know, allow one to download an unpublished dissertation listed in their catalogs. That is, isn't it? I am therefore a bit surprised that you were able to download the thing from the Tulane website with the help, as you say, of the Duke librarian.
Either Tulane is unusual in this respect or I am wrong about what the standard procedures are for unpublished dissertations. Bennett: I have no opinion on Gingrich one way or the other not being a US citizen I can afford to ignore him. The only point I wanted to make is that Gingrich's PhD is a fairly standard piece of work. The language used or conclusions reached are not out of line with other academic publications of the time. Though it wouldn't cause a stir, a PhD thesis like this would probably pass today as well at least at some universities.
I've only skimmed through the thesis, but I don't find that it exculpates the Belgians from colonialism per se he didn't need to voice an opinion on this , merely that the post-war education system was well-intended though ultimately misguided. Aldwin I don't know why I came up as 'unknown'. LFC, I do not have any experience trying to download dissertations, so I cannot say whether the Tulane practice is unusual, but the reference librarian at Duke did not comment on it, so I assumed it was now a pretty standard thing.
The vulgar comment was uncalled for. I was incorrect about the MA thesis, even though the site referenced a Time mag article. Mistakes happen, that's one of the purposes of dialogue. One error doesn't discount the weight of the other facts. Have you uploaded Newt's dissertation to any site, like Scribd?
If not, would you be kind enough to permeit me to have a copy of Newt's dissertation so that I might do so. Hmm, were someone to upload my doctoral dissertation to Scribd without my permission, as if it were de facto public property, I think I would be extremely pissed. Lots of us have written dissertations that, at later stages of our careers, we are not especially fond of. As Dr. Wolff notes, they are in a sense juvenilia, and not something we should really be judged by unless we've taken the trouble to revise and submit for real publication "publication" in the University Microfilms sense is pretty much pro forma only.
Now, since Newt sometimes tries to make hay with his, maybe it's fair game. But taking it out of context by posting on Scribd for the internets to point and laugh at is dirty pool, I would think. I benefit from it. Perhaps you might consider passing along your concerns to the Tulane Library in an official complaint. They have, in actuality, violated Gingo's rights. Me, I'm merely suggesting we just say "What the hell, it's Gingo, an unprincipled serial liar and bag of wind. Let's just go ahead and, for the catharsis of it, violate his damn copyright.
He's certainly quite a monetizer, wouldn't you agree? So, my guess is that the diss. My second guess is, he is, as a dishonest lout, concerned that there just might be some long-forgotten plagiarizing within. As for the persistence of juvenalia, well, Gingo qua Gingo is gleeful when calling out his opponents on statements they may have made, or may not have made as, for example, pre-schoolers.
And he holds them to those statements. Also, he speaks quite proudly of his earlier works, as in, "You ought to purchase my book on. Finally, dissertations as "juvenalia"? Oh really? Then perhaps PhD's need not be as well-regarded as they are. Universities, however, seem to still believe that dissertations are major writings.
Could you get behind that? I've got my our? Of course you are correct in an important sense: one may - ought to - re-jigger one's earlier dissertation or scholarly articles at a future time in light of new information, but to call the early work that helped earn a PhD. Oh, and why do you believe his dissertation would be laughed at if released into the wilds of the Internet?
I believe it would more likely be the source of true Homeric sadness. And where's Gingo's original birth certificate? Now that's juvenalia. Has that been revised?! He's older now. He's had time to think it through. Not "juvenalia" that's different. Everything else you assert is pure unresearched balderdash you've heard from the insane rantings of talk radio hosts.
The Master's degree on "nuclear disarmament" you assert Obama earned is incorrect, as in it does not exsist. What you cite is a paper Obama produced for a Bachelor's degree honors seminar in American Foreign Policy. By the way, he received an "A" in the course, and the paper was discarded by the professor years ago, and Obama did not himself keep a copy. Perhaps you kept all your high school term papers? If so, please submit them for analysis since you may yet become President, particularly in this era where the likes of Gingo, Perry, and Bachmann are in the running.
Obama, by the way, never sought a Master's degree in anything. Your comments about his presidency of Harvard Law Review shows your misunderstanding of law reviews, in general, and Harvard aka, "the Law School" , in particular. Let's put it this way, Obama's election to the presidency at HLR was, then, the equivalent of a rabbi being elected President of Iran, i.
Also, it is not unusual or shame-worthy for a law review editor-in-chief to choose not write an article for the review. As for Obama, he had been awarded a book contract in his second year, and that took precedence. Finally, if he had indeed written a HLR piece, you would've pissed all over it, as you well know. You also understand nothing regarding Obama's tenure at U. There, he was for all that time both adjunct and a lecturer. He was not on a tenure-track.
Adjuncts, though considered by U of CLS to be "professors," are not required to write law review articles. Here are the facts, courtesy of U. Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although not full-time or tenure-track. The title of Senior Lecturer is distinct from the title of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama, each of the Law School's Senior Lecturers has high-demand careers in politics or public service, which prevent full-time teaching.
Several times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined. Let us now speak frankly of frankly speaking. Part Two, thankfully, of only two parts: cont'd. You also know nothing about President Obama's Senate record. He introduced many bills.
In addition, President Obama was then a freshman senator. Freshmen senators do not routinely author many bills; it's part of the informal code of Senate etiquette. You write: "At least Newt Gingrich has not created a legal firewall around his academic writing, has produced a wealth of books on public policy, as well as a public record of producing legislation. Gingrich has no "academic writing" whatever other than his dissertation. I suggest you compare that with our President's record at U.
I suppose we might differ here, but having read some of his pulp fiction and nonfiction, I consider them a preposterous pile of undereducated, uninformed, and ego-maniacal bullshit. And so do most professional reviewers. As I say, perhaps we differ here. Can we agree to do so?
Gingo's record of legislation is equally embarrassing to defend if you're the kind of person who seeks fairness, decency, cooperation, and concern for others in public policy. But, here, may we also agree to disagree?
I feel quite saf in my belief that you have not the slightest idea of what you mean by "verb antecedent noun errors. Finally, through your baseless attacks on the President, you have proved you are, like Gingo, a slacker who, like most of your anti-Obama cabal, have no taste for real factual research, i. In addition, I'm utterly exhausted with you utterly selfish Ayn Randies, and your completely undereducated and ill-informed viral stupidity that has infected this land for decades, especially during the last few years.
I think that the Democratic party - primarily wimps who are afraid of the likes of you - has let you get away with it for too long. But not here, not now. I'm praying that you folks pick Gingo, that mendacious half-wit bag of wind as your nominee. Hey, even you might agree with this: his debate experience has been against a group who are, but or Romney and Huntsman, a bunch of carnival clowns.
Gingo's utterly unprepared for the likes of a sitting president of high intelligence, oratorical skill, and years at the actual helm, not the imagined helm Gingo believes is in his hands. Ah, yes. I was thinking of "genatalia. Haven't used "juvenilia" since I was a tyke in short pants. Oh hell. I was thinking of "juvenalia," not "genitalia. Haven't used "genitalia" since my sixth marriage. As Newt Gingrich turned out, it doesn't seem that scholarship was his main interest at all.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the year in which he finished his dissertation was that remaining embedded in university was, at that time, a good way to avoid the draft. What an unfounded comment. I should know better! I actually think that Gingrich, however he bloviates, is often worth the time to pay attention, for several reasons. I would like to read a critical examination of the policies he has proposed. And I would love a debate between Obama and Gingrich that did not degenerate in name-calling or bringing up an unchangeable past.
I also read him as outside of the Boehner box, as a former Speaker of the House in more cordial times. I'm Flemish, and born in That means that I was 18 years old in I have a Ph. Never had anything to do with the colony, except that I escaped by three months being parachuted into Katanga. But this is what I remember: 1 the colonial administration was French. I remember Father Haazen who composed the Missa Luba.
They got a holiday back home every 10 years. The rather cheesy movie "The nuns story" gives a rather accurate description - for all I know. I volunteered to go to Congo for them, a plan that was wisely? We had a leader from Ruanda, Evarist Nunkinwanza certaily misspelled , who was incredibly popular and - I think - became a minister in independent Ruanda.
What a super Belgian francophone professor may have imparted on his innocent US students - I shudder at the thought but I'm a Flemish nationalist, so I'm definitely biased. And what Newt may have made of this - I don't want to go there Boehner, by contrast, is a political eunuch. And the times then were, when judged by the prevailing "heat" of the era, were every bit as uncordial as today's.
In act, those times, and Gingo'sart in them, made today's poisonous GOP possible. Newt's ideas are, in general and in particular, almost always nonsensical, particularly when viewed in economic terms. Have a look at his recent "brainstorm" to put kids to work, for pay, at public schools in "poor neighborhoods. Moreover, the janitorial staff that would be replaced by children would, of course, be unemployed, and their unions weakened.
In all, whether he's serious or not about this, the afect on labor would be to reduce employment and incomes by driving down the wages paid for janitorial work of the very parents of these "poor kids" Gingo seems to care so much about. Hint, he does not care a whit. Additionally, Gingo's "idea" suggests that janitorial work is nothing more than sweeping and polishing, something a child can do. Having done no physical work for pay in his own life, he can sit back and imagine what work entails.
For anyone to take advice about working from Newt is absurd; by most accounts even by his campaign staff, such ass it is he is a lazy bum of a guy who, without politics, would likely still be living at home and refusing to take out the garbage. Stylistically, they are very different. The times -- the mid s -- were very different. More prosperous, for one thing.
Most Speakers are bare-knuckle fighters in the political trenches. Boehner is not, because he cannot go bare knuckles against his own party. I think there are four or five levels of Newt Gingrich -- none of them that laudable, all of them interesting. The best thing, from my POV as a watcher who has no intention of voting for him, is that he came up with the Contract for America and got some of it passed.
If we are largely academics, dishing on politicians, can we not take a slightly more "academic" or neutral point of view on this person? I am not an academic. For example, I recognize argument as not sloganeering. You understand little of congressional politics, history, or Gingo. I spent more than 30 years on Capitol Hill working among these folks in senipor positions.
Gingrich was a failed Speaker in nearly any sense. Read the facts. As you're an academic, perhaps Wikipedia will be something you're familiar with. Gingo will have no better chance, as candidate or president, influencing his own party today than Boehner does. Gingo would have been flummoxed by the Tea party as well.
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