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An opportunity for swashbuckling researchers

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Submitted by Dave (United States), May 1, 2019 at 13:43

The blocking of controversial research by trembling academics can be overcome by intrepid entrepreneurs who manage to tell it like it is to a public hungry to lap up all the lurid details of a good story. There's a reason that crime shows are so popular on TV: People love an exciting story involving wackos and psychopaths, and where better to find real life characters like than the annals of Mideast history?

Granted, doing the research can be very difficult, or even dangerous, but that makes it all the more challenging and rewarding, and even profitable. There's a huge potential market just waiting to be tapped. Just look at how Robert Spencer has sold so many copies of his books because he has carved out a no-holds-barred, truth-telling niche where others have feared to go. Come on, we don't live in the Soviet Union, even if our universities do - carpe diem folks.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Gasping for Air [884 words]Reno DenoMay 3, 2019 01:26249695
1Remembering John Wansbrough [178 words]dhimmi no moreMay 4, 2019 14:26249695
Exactly the reason why many people don't trust academia. [58 words]DongMay 1, 2019 20:57249669
1I Want Constantinople Back [2 words]David RyanMay 1, 2019 17:39249660
2An opportunity for swashbuckling researchers [153 words]DaveMay 1, 2019 13:43249653

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