A Slow News Day

From: Kevin Wildes

Sent: Sunday, December 26, 2021 1:44 PM


Cc: [email protected]

Subject: Slow Day

Dear Mr. Gill,

Your recent column about Walter Block caught my eye as I scanned the internet.  After reading your column I can only guess that it must have been a slow news day.

Gill, James. 2021. “This professor was accused of racism in class. But he recorded his lectures.” The Advocate, Times-Picayune; December 26;

I was neither surprised by your column nor was I surprised by Prof. Block and his remarks.  The academy lives through a commitment to finding truth and the free expression of ideas and thoughts.   However, Professor Block prefers to engage in superficial slogans and sayings (rather than engaging in serious scholarship and arguments).  Serious scholarship and argument takes place in blind, peer-reviewed, referred journals rather than in saying provocative things in class to annoy or entertain young people.

At the same I hope that journalism would address serious issues rather than wasting its time on trivial entertainment by a professor.  Your columns remind me of a quote from Abraham Lincoln:  “He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know”.

Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

University Professor

Saint Joseph’s University

From: Walter Block <[email protected]>

Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2022 8:33 PM

To: ‘Kevin

Subject: RE: Slow Day

Dear Fr. Wildes:

Good to hear from you again. I hope and trust all’s well with you in your new academic post.

I agree with you that the gold standard for scholarship can be found in “in (double) blind, peer-reviewed, refere(e)d journals.”

I have over 600 such publications.

Just out of curiosity, how many do you have?

Best regards,


As of today, 1/10/22, Fr. Wildes, SJ has not yet condescended to respond. I have no doubt he soon will


2:57 am on January 11, 2022

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