Below is the screen shot of the University of Toledo's Department of Sociology and Anthropology website.
As you can see, the "pioneer" (as he's described) Karl Marx is featured. The welcome says:
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at The University of Toledo is dedicated to understanding and improving social life. From our disciplines' earliest days, pioneers such as Karl Marx and Margaret Mead have championed both social understanding and social change.
Our graduates go on to work in a wide variety of settings, from community development corporations to social movement organizations to social service organizations. Many also go on to graduate schools in fields such as law, education, public health, social work, the social sciences, and the humanities.
The link for Marx takes you to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy where it describes him:
Karl Marx (1818–1883) is best known not as a philosopher but as a revolutionary communist, whose works inspired the foundation of many communist regimes in the twentieth century.
Interestingly, the link for Margaret Mead takes you to a University of Southern Florida College of Arts and Sciences page which says:
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As Mario wondered, why Karl Marx? "At a taxpayer funded university in a country that has traditionally been the antithesis of Marxism? Frankly, I find this offensive. Wasn't Adam Smith good enough?"
Why not Albert Hobbs, one of the few conservative sociologists?
As Gary North wrote:
"Conservative sociologist" is as close to an oxymoron as you can get in academia, comparable to "civil government."
North also described sociology as
"...an academic discipline that has long been dominated by collectivist political liberals and radicals..."
If this is true, then wouldn't featuring a conservative sociologist on the UT web page indicate to all that the college was devoted to exploring all aspects of sociology and not just the liberal ones?
Considering the dearth of conservative sociologists, couldn't they find one who didn't promote one of the worse systems ever? If the Department is dedicated to "improving social life," Karl Marx, Marxism and Communism are certainly NOT the examples to follow.
As Mario continued:
Old Karl invented the most idiotic philosophy in history - briefly, that a small group of elites could know what's best for everyone else, better than they do. This was at such variance with human nature that it unleashed massive mayhem, misery and oppression and has been dumped on the thrash heap of history, where it belongs, by all the major countries which actually tried it, like India, China and the old Soviet Union!
The countries still sticking with old Karl's basic ideas include N. Korea, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia and a few more broken states in Africa, all having one thing in common - grinding poverty and merciless oppression.
Is this what students who study the teachings of Karl Marx in the UT Sociology Department learn? Or does this public, tax-funded university teach that Marx's theories are just as valid as any other?
No matter what they learn, is Karl Marx really the public face the University wants for their Sociology Department?
I think not.