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  • Philip Jessup proposed the idea of a transnational law course. His vision of the subject was broad, including public and private international law; state and non-state actors; business, administrative, and political affairs; as well as negotiation and litigation. Inspired by his idea, TLB is only constrained by its pursuit to address all law transcending national frontiers.

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March 27, 2007


Patrick S. O'Donnell

To your excellent course offerings I might add a few more:
-War on Terror Equals Spread of Democracy
-Democracy Grows Out of the Barrel of Big Guns
-Non-Western Dress, Qur'an and Grounds for Suspicion
-Rational Risk Assessment Irrelevant to War on Terror
-The Glorious Utility of Fear in a Democratic Republic
-Machiavelli's The Prince or The Discourses? What the Founding Fathers Did Not Know
-Allies: Love Us or Leave Us Alone
-International Law: Relevant Only to Economics
-Diplomacy: We Speak, You Listen
-The Utopian Fiction of Checks & Balances

Travis Hodgkins

Patrick-- Those are some amusing course listings! It's also good to see you checking in on TLB!

Since one of my fellow bloggers commented to me personally that this post might be a bit over the top and a slightly off topic, I feel I should explain why I think it's quite appropriate. An ad for ONLINE homeland security degrees is begging to be ridiculed. When I think of homeland security, I'm imagining the brightest and the best America has to offer, shielding the rest of us from harm. When I think of online degrees, I think of rent-a-cops and security guards. I certainly do NOT think of a sophisticated CTU agent from the TV show 24, which is what I think the ad is trying to portray.

Moreover, if the agency we know as Homeland Security is actually employing people with these online degrees to work as anything other than security guards, then I think we all have reason to panic. I know, I'm an elitist, and I realize there is a possibility that some VERY bright people have degrees from this online school, BUT I intuitively doubt they are working for Homeland Security. I could be wrong, it has happened before... But you know this ad still deserves mountains of mockery!

Patrick S. O'Donnell

Of course I agree with you Travis and, in any case, we need the relief of satire now and again (especially after the seriousness of my--well, O'Neill's--previous comment). The elitism you refer to is nothing to apologize for, unless of course it's employed in a mean-spirited and condescending manner or to browbeat others, neither of which occurs in this instance (I admit to thinking that 'very Bright people' would not be drawn to such a course offering in the first place, but as I'm not too fond of online degrees of any sort, my judgment here is dispositionally biased).

All good wishes from a devoted reader,

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