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The Politically Correct assault on the university is relentless but the University of Chicago has recently seemingly provided a victory for fans of intellectual freedom. John Ellison, Chicago’s Dean of Students sent a letter to the incoming freshmen class stating, “You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.” “Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn without fear of censorship.” And, of the utmost importance, the University embraces this discomfort because it is a defining characteristic of “…our commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression.” He goes on to say that Chicago will not be a place of “trigger warnings,” “safe spaces” and “micro-aggressions” nor will it disinvite speakers due to their unpopular views. Members of the community must have the freedom to espouse and explore a wide range of ideas. Hard to be more unPC than that!

Does this herald the long awaited push back against campus PC? Will professors now be energized to expose students to “controversial,” supposedly highly offensive views? Based on my four decades of teaching political science at top universities, let me suggest that little will change. The Social Justice Warriors and thin-skinned “communities of color” among others will continue to throttle lively classroom conversations and any professor who insists that matters have improved, still risks his career.

The reason for this dismal prognosis is that frank, often disconcerting exchanges celebrated by Chicago’s Dean of Students are mentally beyond many students and ideas that professors consider “thought-provoking” will be deemed “hateful” for the simple reason that countless students cannot grasp them or just garble the professor’s point. That students are perplexed by intellectually demanding discussions is hardly new; what is new is that their bewilderment, misperceiving black as white, is now taken seriously by boot-licking administrators. Take my word for it—even at decent schools innumerable students lack the intellectual agility and knack for abstraction necessary for free-wheeling, enthusiastic debates. Faced with these students, a savvy professor will continue to avoid anything that might, however unlikely, be misinterpreted as “hate.” Even if everything is explicitly hypothetical and the lecture’s purpose is just to explore possibilities, why risk student outrage?

Keep in mind that it takes only a single student to complain to the Dean to launch a time-consuming investigation and even if cleared, this investigation itself will remain a blot on one’s academic record in a world where even a suspicion of insensitivity can be costly. And the odds of having one such hyper-sensitive student unable to grasp subtle arguments can only grow as universities diversify their recruitment pool to those who would normally fail to make the academic cut. If American higher education all resembled the high-IQ University of Chicago, and no admission exceptions were made for the doltish, the PC pox would vanish.

In an environment where even the slightest misstep can be a micro-aggression, forget about playing Devil’s Advocate to stimulate re-thinking a seemingly settled orthodoxy. Woe to the professor who to get the intellectual juices flowing, said, “Just for the sake of argument, let me suggest that most of today’s former colonies, nations such as India, Nigeria and Kenya, would be economically prosperous, less violent and enjoy a better standard of living if they lived under colonial rule. Does anybody here disagree?”

Yes, a few students—probably the smartest in the class–would find this discussion inviting but for those with modest cognitive ability—some of whom might be half asleep during the lecture or heard of it only second hand–the professor’s musings will be misconstrued as endorsing colonial rule, i.e., whites dominating people of color, a hanging offense on today’s campuses. Moreover, a particularly vigorous Devil’s Advocate performance would only compound the professor’s blasphemy. Imagine this professor rattling off statistics demonstrating that many ex-colonies are now worse off than when under British or French rule? Further imagine that this pedagogical exercise convinced a few students that colonialism was a good deal for the locals. Even if outraged students remained silent, they would give the “racist” professor terrible marks on the anonymous, un-appealable course evaluation, no small matter in today’s “customer-oriented” university.

A similar trouble-inviting, but intellectually stimulating enterprise is to re-visit old, now discredited laws that only today seem unthinkable. How about asking students to travel back to the days when homosexuality was a criminal offense? Surely, the professor could argue, there must be some reason why nearly every society, for thousands of years, made homosexuality a crime, so what did law-makers have in mind? Yes, the brave professor would continue, such laws reflect religious prohibitions, but why would nearly all the world’s religions outlaw homosexuality, including making it a capital offense? Did the biblical prophets or today’s mullahs know something that has been forgotten? Moreover, what are the benefits of de-criminalization other than for homosexuals themselves?

Another tactic to generate lively class discussion was to argue that benefits achieved via political pressure may also entail major (though hidden) liabilities. My favorite example explains how anti-discrimination employment laws make the targeted beneficiaries more expensive to hire and thus encourage employers to employ those lacking legal protection or, in some instances, either outsource jobs overseas or automate the task. I make this point concretely by noting that paralleling all the legislation protecting African Americans from racial discrimination has been increasing black unemployment and corresponding increase in hiring illegal Hispanic employees who will never file complaints of racial discrimination. In other words, cherished benefits may not be worth it.

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Now, try to imagine a class in which I engaged students with these (and similar “controversial”) arguments. No doubt, regardless of hedging that that these discussions were entirely intellectual exercises, not advocacy of any policy, my course would unlikely survive past the mid-term exam. All the snowflakes and Social Justice Warriors would be demanding that the Dean fire me immediately as a racist, misogynist, xenophobic hate-monger. The safe space venues would be over-flowing while the traumatized received anti-anxiety drugs at the Student Health Center. How can a respectable university employ a teacher who tells his students that the willingness of women to take a lower salary is a competitive advantage? And what about his alleged view that anti-discrimination laws should be repealed?

The bottom line here is that that admitting those who struggle with complicated intellectual arguments is inimical to sustaining lively, wide-ranging classroom give-and-take. That understood, it is pointless to issue proclamations endorsing a vigorous marketplace of ideas. What drives today’s campus PC is the decision by the administration to coddle those “offended” even if this hurt reflects an inability to understand that the professor is not a Nazi when he plays Devil’s Advocate to explain Adolph Hitler’s racial theories. Dean Ellison may be receiving kudos for his letter, this is only a gesture. Campus PC is not going away.

 
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  1. dan hayes says:

    How did you ever manage to overcome your many antiPC transgressions while in academia? I fondly remember listening to a tape of your lecture at an early American Renaissance convention where you described how you wound up schlocking jewelry and haberdashery to an initially outraged mob of student activists.

  2. What drives today’s campus PC is the decision by the administration to coddle those “offended” even if this hurt reflects an inability to understand that the professor is not a Nazi when he plays Devil’s Advocate to explain Adolph Hitler’s racial theories.

    The federal government drives campus PC.

    Federal government controls the purse strings for many college loans and grants, and threaten colleges with federal litigation, loss of federal loan-grant support, and loss of academic accreditation if they don’t adopt federal diversity and inclusion policies.

    Diversity is a professional victim cult.

    Inclusion is entitlements for victim cult people.

    Diversity By Group: African American, Alternate Lifestyle, Asian, Disabled, Hispanic & Latino, Jewish, Native American, Women

    …..

    http://www.mindexchange.com/diversity.htm

    • Replies: @Olorin
  3. As usual, Robert, you hit it on the head. I would like to think that the U of Chicago’s stance is a solid step in the direction of sanity, but perhaps your “dismal prognosis” is the most realistic.

    Time will tell.

  4. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.”

    Does this herald the long awaited push back against campus PC? Will professors now be energized to expose students to “controversial,” supposedly highly offensive views?

    If one manages to estrange and distance himself enough from it, the human comedy isn’t completely devoid of amusement features.
    One is, how many names, throughout history, they have given to it which can not said, id est truth.
    This is what “may challenge you” (may? It surely does, all the times!), and is “highly offensive” (of will-to-power and vanity, in the endless spectrum of shapes of which they take the form).
    Humans used to be simpler: they had two names, “madness” and “evil” for truth some centuries ago.

    Take my word for it—even at decent schools innumerable students lack the intellectual agility and knack for abstraction necessary for free-wheeling, enthusiastic debates.

    It seems to me that growing up amid comfort fails to turn humans into fully-fledged men.

    You say that “If American higher education all resembled the high-IQ University of Chicago, and no admission exceptions were made for the doltish, the PC pox would vanish.”
    Are we sure?
    I tend to doubt the “PC pox” was originarily delivered by low-IQ people; likewise, I see plenty of top-IQ people among its torch-bearers. For one example, I’d expect that the IQ of Franz Boas, Lewontin, Robert Putnam was and is extremely high (“Identity itself is socially constructed and can be socially de-constructed and re-constructed.
    … identities are socially constructed and malleable”, he has stated.)

    Let me advance a tiny bit of criticism, in that I don’t think it enlightened to name as “doltish” students who do not have the mental skills to attend a top university.
    I would see the matter as separate from IQ, and focus on maturity and intellectual courage: it’s these traits that have disappeared, while heterodirection and belonging to the group have taken the place of tradition individualism.
    I wonder why The Lonely Crowd by Wiesmann, a book that foretold the USA’s intellectual and social future many a decade beforehand, is so seldom cited.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    , @pyrrhus
  5. Historian says:

    Just for the sake of argument, let me suggest that most of today’s former colonies, nations such as India, Nigeria and Kenya, would be economically prosperous, less violent and enjoy a better standard of living if they lived under colonial rule. Does anybody here disagree?

    Upper-level economics classes do debate this sort of stuff. You have to be an economics major and pass all the lower-level economics courses to get in. That keeps out the troublemakers.

    The economics literature says that settler colonies do better than extractive colonies. White farmers have to depend on loyal farmhands for intense work at sowing and harvesting, so they will treat the natives well. Extractive economies attract the get-rich-quick types, who work the natives to death.

    Kenya would be better off because it had a white settler class that made up 1% of the population. Nothing like South Africa or even Rhodesia, but still large enough to determine the overall direction of the country.

    Nigeria would be worse off because the British discovered oil in the 1950s. The natives would have seen no improvement in conditions, but the oil money would have gone to Britain instead of staying in Nigeria.

    India would be about the same. There were only 200,000 British in India in 1947. Not enough Europeans to be a settler colony, not enough resources to be an extractive colony.

    • Replies: @IA
    , @Alfred
    , @CraigAustin
  6. He goes on to say that Chicago will not be a place of “trigger warnings,” “safe spaces” and “micro-aggressions” nor will it disinvite speakers due to their unpopular views.

    How can he get away with saying that in 2016?

  7. Jason Liu says:

    Young people under 30 will always enjoy zealous, utopianist moral outrage. This happens all over the world, and probably always will. When I speak with people my age and, I often feel like I’m the only person who doesn’t give a shit about social justice, except to criticize it. The left surely understands this, and has capitalized on the immaturity of college kids for centuries now.

    What can be done about it? A solution would have to be lasting, meaning that it must accommodate human nature. Instead of trying to squelch all youthful idealism, it should be redirected and minimized until those years pass.

    A political path to defeating campus leftism should look like:

    1. Academic reform. Defunding if not outright purging activist and egalitarian thought from the academy using political language such as budget cuts, staff shakeups, and restructuring. This move is rarely as controversial as it looks, because most citizens are not involved in the higher echelons of academia. It does not require an exceptional or truly fascist government. Turkey just purged a huge number of professors, and Japan has moved to clamped down on liberal arts across the country.

    2. STEM supremacy. STEM chauvinism is often not enough, as it still consideres “leftist” fields like anthropology to be valid. It isn’t, at least not until social sciences is take over and redirected to serve nationalist ideology. Future right wing leaders should use the appeal of jobs training as a method to enact STEM monopoly on dissenting institutions. This leads nicely to:

    3. Early careers in valid fields. The time, stress, and realism of making money and holding down a job significantly distances young people from wasting excess time on activism. It also creates more materialistic mindsets, which shifts their worldview away from humanism.

    4. Early families. Admittedly, this one is not as easy as the previous points, but it is hoped that an early career creates an early maturity, which further snowballs into earlier families. The compounding effect of multiple responsibilities shifts most people away from political extremism, and would in essence create a class of social units for use by a nationalist leader. This creates an environment where law and order can be used as a political weapon against egalitarians across society.

  8. Realist says:

    The majority of college students…..shouldn’t be.

    • Agree: Che Guava
  9. @Anonymous

    Thank you for making me feel good about my memory….Not Wiesmann but David Riesman (and, because I have of course just checked, Nathan Glazer and Reuel Denney, the last of whom I don’t know and have ever heard of).

  10. Miro23 says:

    What the article is describing is a true religious system with believers and heretics.

    So, Church leaders (professors) are only required to transmit the PC dogma in return for their position in the hierarchy, with the idea of applying stock phrases to heretics – not engaging them in discussion.

    The Bolsheviks knew how it worked and operated the same package to enforce their dictatorship with their “enemies of the people”, “reactionary elements” etc.

    • Agree: John Jeremiah Smith
  11. Surely a group of relaticely tough and worldly acafemics could be found to deal with the problem proactively. Or even just one strong individual.

    1. Make a video record of everything.

    2. Perhaps also arrange a carefully scripted set up and if a protest to college authorities was made ensure that the complainant was shown up as stupidly misunderstanding what was said.

    • Replies: @Trevor
  12. The destruction of free speech is the highest priority of the left right down to iron rule over the vocabulary that is allowed.

    See:

    http://fosterspeak.blogspot.com/2016/01/homophobia-islamophobia-and-other.html

  13. @Jason Liu

    How about raising the voting age to 25? We don’t allow children to vote and young people mature slowly nowadays. The 18-24 year old mind is too immature and detached from the realities of the world, such as work, taxes, child rearing, etc.

  14. Jason Liu says:
    @JimboHarambe

    That’s good too, but it would be hard to implement politically.

  15. @Realist

    Agreed.

    Take away the student loans (that will never be repaid) and the students will disappear into the real world where their bull shit will be ignored. There will be no need for an army of overpaid administrators. The economy doesn’t need any more debt slave waiters with useless degrees.

    • Replies: @Realist
  16. Yes, a few students—probably the smartest in the class–would find this discussion inviting but for those with modest cognitive ability

    This is not really this dichotomy we are talking about but ”logical versus magical” mindtypes, and not ”smart versus dumb”.

    (socially)liberals, on avg, are just like ”high functioning evangelicals”, the same black hole for logical thinking, a vulnerable-magical mindtype but for real things and not for fantasy-stuff (even worst).

    the evolution of ignorance, specially about certain perspectives and not all.

    there is some kind of beliefs that are directly swallowed up by certain mindtypes than for others, without any processing/mastication/critical thinking to choice if this information is factually correct or not, as a kind of magnet. we are passengers of our mind-body systems, we are hostages of the imperative force of our brains, while some will be more hostages than others.

    Self lives in self-awareness and is still an undeveloped area of the brain. Human self-awareness is awakening to its own ” prison ”.

    most people who are against iliberals tend to have above average logical skills or logical mindtype, they tend to access more, quickly and constantly their pure cognitive skills (naturalistic skills) than affective to try to understand the world while il-liberals, specially the illiberal crowd tend to have kind of affective-cognitive squint.

    Of course we will have ”modest cognitive skills” among many illiberal university students but we know that many of them will have ”higher cognitive skills”, less higher logical skills.

    always the dichotomy Blanche DuBois versus Stanley Kowalski…

    liar, sophisticated, too soft (of course is not all of illiberals who are exactly like this type) or sincere, simple-mind, too truculent (many of hyper-masculine types will be like that)…

    Moreover, what are the benefits of de-criminalization other than for homosexuals themselves?

    And what is the problem about it*

    Stop to cheat, bully or call name-callings against physical deficient people ”only” benefit this people. and*

    most part of the time homossexuality has been criminalized because most of irreligions are natalist, more fidels, more power, simple as that.

    homossexuality is not a marvellous human expression but real rational people can’t and don’t generalize us if most of us were problematic…

    prohibition of certain types of pretty problematic sexual recreational and ”deviant” practices is correct… but will not all about homossexuality that will be like that.

    ”even” truculent logical mindtypes tend to analyse things in the very simple and generalized way, exactly like

    ”Four legs good, two legs bad!”

    and of course, the groups ”they” dislike deserve worst consideration as possible.

    again, no there a lgbt ”community”, unfortunately, homossexuals are just like blacks and other groups who are used as scapegoats…you know…

    what you, *seems*, forget to mention is the fundamental role of certain people…

    to talk about PC in the west and forget to mention this ”people” is just like to talk about inundations and destructions without talking about cyclone, 😉

  17. @Realist

    The majority of college students…..shouldn’t be.

    True enough, but the majority of colleges and their “professors” and admins shouldn’t be, either.

    In fact, that’s most likely true for most “authorities” and other yokels in positions of power as well.

    Ben Franklin, as “Silence Dogood,” with 2 years of formal schooling under his hat, at the age of 16 assessed the situation regarding higher “ed” well.

    “I reflected in my Mind on the extream Folly of those Parents, who, blind to their Childrens Dulness, and insensible of the Solidity of their Skulls, because they think their Purses can afford it, will needs send them to the Temple of Learning, where, for want of a suitable Genius, they learn little more than how to carry themselves handsomely, and enter a Room genteely, (which might as well be acquir’d at a Dancing-School,) and from whence they return, after Abundance of Trouble and Charge, as great Blockheads as ever, only more proud and self-conceited.

    Silence Dogood

    Silence Dogood, No. 4
    Printed in The New-England Courant, May 14, 1722.

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @animalogic
  18. Dean Ellison will either be fired or recant his bold stance by the Christmas break.

  19. @dan hayes

    It was not that difficult. Few of my faculty colleagues–at least back then–believed the PC crap and this was also true for most students. Private conversations were very different than what occurred in public. And there are few incentives to challenge the idiots in public. Almost nothing is gained by stating the obvious and much can be lost.

  20. pyrrhus says:
    @Anonymous

    Both the IQ and the mental maturity of students at top universities have been dropping for 50 years, so I doubt that they are independent variables. I recall many politically incorrect lectures from my days, including one by a famous chemist on the chemistry and virtues of napalm….I don’t think that would fly today!

  21. anon930 says:

    This doesn’t feel true. The black students at say the University of Chicago probably score a couple hundred points higher than the ones at the University of Illinois, same with White/Asian/Latino. But do the kids at U of C seem less PC. Not really, or at least not that I can tell. I think even the black students at Harvard understand the opposing arguments, they just reject them as hateful. There doesn’t really seem to be much of a positive correlation between intelligence and rejecting the PC orthodoxy. In fact the correlation might be going the other way. Surveys of voters for instance show that the worse informed someone is the more non-partisan they are.

    • Replies: @IA
  22. mtn cur says:
    @JimboHarambe

    People in the “western republics” don’t appear to mature at all these days, which is why, since the Korean war, “armed overseas portfolio protection excursions” have proven so popular with sheep dipped liberal gentry whose investment habits are frequently lethal to young citizens gulled into military service under the guise of defending their country, especially since their future has been low bid to red china and at least the military feeds and houses them.

  23. Nature being a force that abhors a vacuum, can we not predict that some true education establishment will spring forth, probably in unpredictable locations and circumstances?

    The American university system is done — finished, from the Ivies to the Cornbelt. While one must suspect that the normal intelligence distribution curve has been forced leftward (in all contexts) due to increasing population and increasing proportion of IQ-deficient population, intelligent youth still exists and still needs education. Intelligent professionals and scientists still need effective forums for discussion, study, peer review, etc.

    What form will that take? Will it be, at least to some degree, forced into an “underground” profile? In 2016 Amurrica, “collij” has social/political value, and analytical, educated intelligence does not.

    This brave new world kinda sucks at times.

  24. Back in my college daze, I remember a class into which a female black student wandered. She was a real pistol. If a subject came up with which she could insert her civil rights agenda, she readily crowded out all other opinions and was quick to shut up opposition with the “R” word. These people are execrable. And truly stupid. And the professor was less than helpful.

  25. ogunsiron says:

    Is it really dumb people who are driving the takeover of western society by SJWism ?
    I’ve spent the last few years being extremely disappointed by the extent to which groups of pretty smart people are one after the other embarking on the SJW boat. It is a comfortable climate for the dumb so they go along too, but i just don’t think they set the agenda. There are high IQ, verbally agile people who decide to cater to dumb BLM affirmative action “students”, for their own reasons.

  26. Durruti says:

    Robert Weissberg cleverly queers the discussion.

    “Just for the sake of argument, let me suggest that most of today’s former colonies, nations such as India, Nigeria and Kenya, would be economically prosperous, less violent and enjoy a better standard of living if they lived under colonial rule.”

    Why not begin the discussion with the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy? And his brother, and ML King? Why not begin a discussion that would enter into a learning cycle of –

    1. What is a republic?

    2. What is democracy?

    3. What is a constitution?

    4. and lead later in the semester to a perusal of – what is economic prosperity?

    5. what is morality, from the 10 Commandments to Magna Charta, to the Bill of Rights???

    But Nooo! as John Belushi would say. Weissberg begins with a suggestion that Nations and their citizens might be better off as colonies, subjects of other nations – Oligarchs.

    And to Ace my point, (as we say), Weissberg concludes,

    “What drives today’s campus PC is the decision by the administration to coddle those “offended” even if this hurt reflects an inability to understand that the professor is not a Nazi when he plays Devil’s Advocate to explain Adolph Hitler’s racial theories.”

    Yes, let that prof play “Devil’s Advocate” with Hitler’s racial theories. But never suggest the professor to Devil’s Advocate (verb) – America’s slaughter of 2 million Vietnamese, 1 million Indonesians, slaughter of millions of Arabs, the Coup d’etat in Dallas, the 9/11 mystery straight falling Towers, including Building # 7, which was NOT hit by a plane, or the phony Electoral Circus that confronts us Right Now in 2016.

    Worse, is the excuse that America’s students cannot learn; as a Professor, I have met few students who could not learn.

    Yes, America’s (and the rest of the world’s), educational establishment is in place to Brainwash the next generations. They do a fine job. Complaints are made if a Professor criticizes a given imperialist war, the 2 twin gang electoral circus, or the Zionist Land Thieves. But if we are prepared to risk our Tenure (and who isn’t), we enter the trenches intelligently, and with Love, and engage.

    Weissberg is careful to steer the discussion (on this website) away from any useful understanding of the political straight jacket we are in. Hmmm! Misdirection agent?

    For the Restoration of our Democratic Republic! Properly introduced, any student might understand that challenge. They might understand – if not misdirected and put to sleep by closet racists and colonialists. All nations, including Palestine and America are better off – Free. Put that thought in your pipe & smoke it – Weissburg.

    • Replies: @Jacques Sheete
  27. IA says:
    @Historian

    India would be about the same.

    You are forgetting the corruption factor. Non-Europeans are far more corrupt, generally. The top 5% keep the money for themselves.

    • Replies: @Delinquent Snail
  28. IA says:
    @anon930

    That’s a very good observation.

  29. CCZ says:

    Abstracts of some of the “best” of the worst politically correct leftist diversity excessive social science articles can be found at:

    Enjoy the intellectual pretentiousness of the politically correct academics.

    • Replies: @Kristen
  30. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    What’s going to happen to these little darlings when they graduate and get some arrogant, mean and demanding tyrant boss, lording over them?

    They’ll probably wind up in a psychiatric hospital.

  31. @Durruti

    Yes, America’s (and the rest of the world’s), educational establishment is in place to Brainwash the next generations. They do a fine job.

    I keep making that claim, and have yet to have anyone challenge it. Everyone should know by now that the system ain’t what it’s advertised to be.

    Here’s George Carlin (who is one of many) speaking the truth…

    …it is pointless to issue proclamations endorsing a vigorous marketplace of ideas.

    It’s also depressing to think that there are some who think that institutions of “higher” learning ever been a rational venue for discussion in the marketplace of ideas.

    • Replies: @Durruti
  32. @dan hayes

    When I was in university around the turn of the millennium, the only conservatives left on campus were the neocons, usually in classics departments and sometimes in history. The reason they dodged the purges is largely due to ethnic solidarity. This also had the unfortunate effect of allowing neoconservatives to shape the worldview of a generation of government functionaries, and the fruits of which we reaped in the 21st century.

    The old neoconservatives are dying out or taking private gigs, and the ethnic cohort who supplied them doesn’t feel obligated to even support a “propositional” nation. This is why academia has gone bonkers. There isn’t even a small cadre of neurotic anglophile ellis island arrivistes to gently apply the brakes to the train.

  33. Mark Green says: • Website

    PC is a multi-headed beast. And it covers a lot more ground than what’s alluded to in this carefully-packaged article. Indeed, Weissberg manages to avoid the most contentious aspects of political correctness. His oversight comes as no surprise. It fits a pattern.

    But since Weissberg brought up the subject, I wonder if he actually knows a lot about Adolf Hitler’s ‘racial theories’. What actually were they?

    Does Weissberg really want us to go there? Somehow, I doubt it; despite his chatter about politically correctness being a product of stupidity. Weissberg is too smart, I would expect, to offer up such an shallow conclusion. Yet he does.

    I am not an expert on Adolf Hitler, but did Hitler in fact invent a constellation of racial theories that were uniquely his? Or is Weissberg referring only to Hitler’s famous hatred of the Jews?

    Widespread, Darwinian-based racism (‘social Darwinism’) was ubiquitous in the early and mid-20th century, and even well before.

    After all, long before Hitler was even born, sub-Saharan Africans were routinely referred to as ‘savages’ by 16th and 17th century European explorers. Black Africans were deemed primitive and dangerous. Further, Darwin’s politically incorrect tome on race and evolution (‘Origin of Species’) burst on the scene well before before Hitler’s birth.

    Please remember that the subtitle of Darwin’s seminal book ‘Origin of Species’ included this subtext: ‘by means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Survival.’ Wow. Explosive.

    And yet this subtitle remains largely unknown in the modern world. Why? Political correctness deleted it. Darwin be racist!

    So Hitler certainly did not invent the idea of racial inferiority when it comes to blacks. In fact, Hitler almost never spoke about Africans; unlike say, Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson–both of whom wanted black Africans shipped out of the United States upon emancipation. Talk about racists!

    And surely, Hitler did not invent ‘anti-Semitism’. Not by a long shot. European animus towards Jews spans centuries and preceded the original Catholic church.

    Hitler was also not the first to rail against Jewish media power, Jewish banking power, Jews and communism, and the ‘anti-Semitic’ Jewish reputation for trickery and (national) disloyalty. Martin Luther–founder of the Protestant reformation–sounded the alarm about Jews centuries before Hitler.

    In addition, Hitler was not a white supremacist as much as he was an Aryan supremacist. Do you appreciate the distinction, Mr. Weissberg?

    Hitler simply said very little about the other major races (blacks and Asians); though he was a ferocious ethno-nationalist–not unlike many of today’s Zionists.

    Most significantly, Hitler was bitter over the Great War, America’s needless entry into this European conflict, and the Treaty of Versailles. He blamed the Jews for many of Germany’s political misfortunes. And he was not entirely unjustified.

    But the big politically-incorrect bombshell here is that Hitler made some amazing political deals with Jews before the outbreak of WWII. That’s right: Hitler made deals with early Zionists which enabled Jews to travel safely to Palestine. Incredible!

    Between 1933 and 1939, the Nazis may have safely shepherded as many as 60,000 European Jews to what later became the Jewish State (Israel). See: ‘Transfer Agreement’. See: ‘Haavara’.

    Since you and I treasure an open ‘marketplace of ideas’, Mr. Weissberg, I knew that you would welcome this provocative information.

    Granted, it’s considered very un-PC to examine facts about Hitler that do not contain the word ‘genocide’ beside them, but discovering truth and history can be unexpected journey. Fortunately, smart people welcome new ideas and information; especially when they’re buried by political correctness. Correct?

    As for the Nazis and the Zionists, a period of limited cooperation between these groups did occur. It’s a fascinating (but highly censored) episode in Jewish history. I devote a chapter to it in my book ‘Persecution, Privilege & Power’. So please share the news.

    Steven S. Wise, former president of both the World Jewish Congress and the American Jewish Congress told a NY rally in June, 1938: “I am not an American citizen of the Jewish faith. I am a Jew…. Hitler is right about one thing. He calls the Jewish people a race and we are a race”.

    Maybe Steven S. Wise right about this. Maybe not. But people should be free to make up their own mind on this provocative subject. Don’t you agree?

    As for Hitler, he was far more interested in the differences (political and otherwise) between the peoples of Europe, including the Jews–than the larger human races (which includes Blacks and Asians). Does this surprise you? It shouldn’t.

    Since there were virtually no blacks to speak of on the entire European continent during WWII, Hitler said almost nothing about Africans or Asians; though German troops did fight alongside Japanese troops throughout WWII. Nazi Germany was the only white country to join with and fight together (as equals) with a non-white people during WWII.

    Hitler famously respected the Japanese and worked with them. And the Japanese admired Hitler and respected the German people. Are these neglected facts consistent with Hitler’s infamous ‘race theories’?

    I think that it’s also fair to say that Hitler was no more racist towards blacks than Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Woodrow Wilson, FDR or Harry Truman. All these great American presidents were–judging by their writings and speeches–as ‘racist’ about blacks (or more so) than Adolf Hitler. Shocking. But true.

    Admittedly, saying this is very un-PC. But the evidence is there and the case can be made.

    Yes, Hitler did look down upon Poles and Slavs. And Hitler was certainly hostile towards the Jews, but for complex historical, economic and cultural reasons–not merely racial ones. Do you disagree?

    Like the Fascists in Italy, Hitler detested the Jewish role in Bolshevism as well as the communist revolution. Oddly, PC chatter about European history invariably overlooks the immense Jewish role in the rise and spread of communism between the two wars. Does this politically correct oversight irritate you?

    Indeed, Hitler’s mish-mash of ideas involving race (excluding the Jews) were not entirely dissimilar from the views expressed by respected thinkers such as Charles Darwin and Herbert Spencer.

    The kind of ‘racist’ thinking that was ubiquitous among whites before WWII went underground after the Holocaust became HUGE and then Brown vs Board of Education became sacred. These Big Lessons have been elevated and proclaimed and enforced by our dominant media ever since.

    But the chief beneficiaries of political correctness, Mr. Weissberg, aren’t just women and people of color. Surely you realize that.

    Weissberg: “If American higher education all resembled the high-IQ University of Chicago, and no admission exceptions were made for the doltish, the PC pox would vanish”.

    Do you really believe that, Mr. Weissberg?

    Granted, PC does protect the dumb. But sometimes it protects the powerful as well as the intelligent. And they’re not going to let PC go. Never. It serves them far too well.

  34. i agree with the author. sensitive topics should not be off limits at the college level.
    colonialism and the white savior meme should be a lively discussion.
    religion’s ignorance of the human condition, as well as, an adherence to fairy tales, funny hats, violence, backwardness(which is why it’s dying in all modern societies)should be discussed & debated.
    here’s one i’m sure the author meant to cite, but just forgot: why has & have muslim and western societies(russia included) developed a hatred for jews? why does the hatred persist? why have jews turned from the oppressed to the oppressor?
    how about a few more: why aren’t bush & obama in jail? why are civil right violations tolerated? why is permawar promoted? why is american fascism extant?
    of course, there’s much much more to discuss.
    but, it won’t happen. colleges are becoming vocational schools. thinking is no longer required. indoctrinization to prole-hood is promoted.
    thought is dangerous in today’s america.

  35. “…the University of Chicago has recently seemingly provided a victory for fans of intellectual freedom. ”

    Is your assertion accurate? My understanding is that the Dean’s letter springs from an event at the UofC in which an anti-BDS speaker was shouted down. Is it really courageous for Chicago to become part of the effort by various state legislatures, the US Congress, the ADL, Bibi Netanyahoo, Haim Saban and Hillary Clinton to crush the BDS movement?

  36. @IA

    LOL

    thats funny. As far as i can tell, corruption is a human trait thats shared in every culture. The ones in charge like to be there, and will do whatever they need to do to stay there, regardless of the methods they use.

    • Replies: @IA
    , @ogunsiron
  37. Kristen says:
    @CCZ

    These are funnier than hell … and sadder than fiction.

    Hang in there, CCZ.

  38. @JimboHarambe

    Thats a good idea. Ive been saying the same thing since i was a middle schooler. We should also have some kind of test to verify if the person can read, knows the material they are voting on and not allow felons or people mentally disabled to vote.

    Why would you allow a retarded murderer who knows nothing about the topics being voted on to vote? That makes NO SENSE.

  39. JohnDough says:

    The working model for PC censorship in US higher education is the Zionist censorship model of stifling opposing speech. This coupled with the social engineering of our societies being broken down into identity politics groups which have axes to grind, some justified and some imaginary. This doesn’t matter as long as divide and conquer rules the classrooms.

    The Zionist model has been so successful over the years with spies in classrooms to report professors who go off model, calls to Jewish backers to make people fall in line, firings, keeping professors from getting tenure, professional assassination, and career destruction among other things. Hillel is their Shin Bet on campus. Now many groups do the same thing. Unsurprising that Mr. Weissberg didn’t mention it. It’s all about control and placing lies above truth and dogma before dialog! Good post from Mark Green above!

  40. IA says:
    @Delinquent Snail

    Well, corruption is definitely more blatant in, say, India than Norway, but you would probably blame it on colonialism, I reckon.

  41. ogunsiron says:
    @Greg Bacon

    or they’re numerous enough that workplace culture changes to adapt to them ?

  42. ogunsiron says:
    @Delinquent Snail

    degree/amount of corruption doesn’t matter ? I guess you could argue that the corruption in western countries is just as bad as that in the 3rd world countries but don’t expect readers to just take your word for it. For what it’s worth I’m open to the idea that things are more corrupt here in the western world than we commonly think. But that’s not quite the same as thinking that corruption is the same everywhere.

  43. Trevor says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    The pattern seems to be, though, that teachable moments seldom (ever?) result in anything being taught. Think of ‘Niggardly-gate’: the ignorant didn’t learn a new word, rather those who should know better chose to impoverish the vocabulary of public discourse.

    I don’t think we want for people bloody-minded enough to employ the tactic you suggest. The problem is that for it to work, you need opponents susceptible to shaming.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  44. Olorin says:
    @Joe Franklin

    The federal government drives campus PC.

    Federal government controls the purse strings for many college loans and grants, and threaten colleges with federal litigation, loss of federal loan-grant support, and loss of academic accreditation if they don’t adopt federal diversity and inclusion policies.

    Yes, absolutely.

    And for especially over-extended Ed Biz outposts, this funding is all that is keeping them afloat, thus they are increasingly to entirely dedicated to figuring out how to harvest their share of federal (and state) diversibling.

    It follows that the diversity nonsense genre is ramping up as they try to out-compete the next party for the bucks.

    You have racial diversity for Asians, blacks, Mexicans, and Muslim bag ladies? Well, we have fifteen flavors of tranny diversity–nyeah!–and nine different kinds of Gender Respectful bathrooms, each with a hand carved totem pole in one of 73 flavors of Native American/Pacific Islander styles!

    Free trigger warning with each flush!

    In fact many of these institutions exist solely because of the expansion of federal funding, the dumbing down of curriculum, and grade inflation.

    There was a lot of money to be harvested from the ’90s on…so the only way to keep expanding is to cultivate a larger and larger pool of applicants and those admitted. By necessity, as you note, these will not only be dumbed down…but the categories proliferated.

    And let’s not forget that many Ed Biz outposts are heavily into the lending business.

    But here’s the rub: for many millions of Americans, the Ed Biz is where they and their parents/communities turned for jobs in the 1970s and on as American workers’ employment was offshored or automated to maximize Wall St. /global/speculative profit.

    The idea was that since workers would need to be more skilled to “compete,” they would need more training in more sophisticated skills.

    A traditional college curriculum–designed around cultivating the thinking, expressive, and problem solving skills of the brightest, and letting the kids of well connected families get more connections–cannot achieve that.

    Actually nothing could, given the tens of millions of new, low skilled, often illegal immigrant workers exported in that time period as well. The expansion of the population base was engineered deliberately to drive down wages and allow the globalists to skim as profit the high levels of productivity of American workers in the last 1/3 of the 20th century.

    So now we have all these College Lite administrators whose job it is to extend the Ed Biz game awhile longer. They work hand in glove with Wall St. and government to destroy the middle class while promising mobility to the undertow and profits to elites.

    It’s not entirely unreasonable. Consider these higher ed employment numbers from 2012 for “colleges that qualify to award federal financial aid”:

    https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/09/26/number-college-faculty-and-staff-members-flattens

    Even a 20% contraction in Ed Biz outposts would produce staggering direct job loss. That doesn’t include the pass-along jobs, like those who provision and contract for colleges and universities.

    I’ll stop there, since as a three-decade survivor of the Ed Biz myself I have plenty to say on the topic. I will also note that I would have liked to do anything rather than work in the Ed Biz, and fortunately in my late 30s branched out into microbusiness (not related to my Ed Biz employment at all).

    I’m of the view that that’s where we should be putting billions, i.e., systemic support for self employment and micro job creation, not into more conversion of colleges into cold storage for snowflakes.

    • Replies: @Epochehusserl
  45. Olorin says:

    Robert wrote:

    If American higher education all resembled the high-IQ University of Chicago, and no admission exceptions were made for the doltish, the PC pox would vanish.

    You do realize that the University of Chicago was founded by John D Rockefeller and a bunch of social engineering Baptists (American Baptist Education Society) at the height of the (old) Progressive Era in the US?

    As a poli sci prof you probably know far better than I that its first political science professor, Charles Edward Merriam, was an adamant progressive who established progressivism as the official stance of American poli sci. He was a founder of the notion that behavioralism could be applied to political science, and later one of FDR’s brain trust.

    You likely know more than I about how, during the long tenure of its president Robert Maynard Hutchins, the university coined the term “talented tenth” and pushed a very left view of all economic, political, and social issues (e.g., massive expansion of the welfare state)? He went on to become the head of the Ford Foundation and defended the university’s teaching of communism over the course of two decades.

    Just a couple examples to suggest that the University of Chicago is one of the cradles of the trends of demographic dumbing down, virtue production/signalling, and what we call PC in higher ed. Hardly a likely potential source of their overthrow.

    They’re pushing back against Snowflakism for one reason only that I can see: somebody’s seeing the writing on the wall for making money off of posing as meritocratic. A new marketing approach, in other words.

    Further evidence of this comes from how the president of The Evergreen State College–a public liberal arts school in WA State that depends on federal money and third-tier low-SAT students–responded to Chicago’s/Ellison’s statement by quickly using the moment to establish and advertise THEIR brand.

    I’m willing to bet that Chicago isn’t handing back any of those Ford Foundation or US taxpayer funded Diversidollars. Their line in the sand would likely be washed away the first time the transgendered-till-graduation offspring of a big donor took umbrage at (whatever whatever).

    The baseline problem with higher ed, in other words, isn’t political correctness. It’s its indistinguishability from any other mercantile product delivered in franchise form.

  46. Max Payne says:

    today’s “customer-oriented” university

    Well there’s your problem right there. Once again the love of money trumps everything else.

  47. Realist says:
    @WorkingClass

    I agree. Some of the degrees conferred are absolute bullshit.

  48. ” Surely, the professor could argue, there must be some reason why nearly every society, for thousands of years, made homosexuality a crime, so what did law-makers have in mind? Yes, the brave professor would continue, such laws reflect religious prohibitions, but why would nearly all the world’s religions outlaw homosexuality, including making it a capital offense? Did the biblical prophets or today’s mullahs know something that has been forgotten? Moreover, what are the benefits of de-criminalization other than for homosexuals themselves?”

    Professors who use weasel words like “nearly” to repeatedly insinuate “99.999%” and otherwise conduct fact- free-discussions ought to be fired. Crack a book before you bloviate.

    “Moreover, what are the benefits of de-criminalization other than for homosexuals themselves?”

    Constructing a society not run by Jews.

  49. rg the lg says:

    As a librarian in any number of educational settings, student ignorance is often the primary barrier to any learning via controversy. Alas a colleague at Texas Tech University was challenged by a student because the student had her mother ‘assist’ her with an assignment. The prof said the bibliography was not valid coming from a HS library. The girl then pointed out that most of the books she cited were available in the Tech library.

    The mother (truly a helicopter) visited with the dean. The girl ended up with an A in the class despite never bothering to go to class again. The mother was closely allied with an oil man who gave away scholarships like water. Tech took his money. Many of the students quit because it was ‘too hard’ and went home. The girl graduated … and the mother made sure that Tech knew what the consequences would be if she didn’t.

    So, who is at fault?

    The oil man; the mother; the girl; the dean; the professor?

    Money talks … and in this case the oil man quit giving out scholarships. I see him as being a victim of a helicopter mom, and his own wish to do good. I see the daughter as a victim of a system that tolerates such behavior.

    Nuff said.

  50. “Did the biblical prophets or today’s mullahs know something that has been forgotten?

    Well, since “nearly all” their ideas about the world were false if not absurd, I’m guessing “not likely,” Alex. According to Justinian, same-sex acts cause earthquakes, so there’s that. On the other hand, since Jews and Moslems have always tried to help us ignorant goyim, I guess we can trust them.

  51. @Trevor

    But it could after a few instances of humiliation of the complainants and any staff who supported them serve as a deterrent, especially if followed up with defamation suits and anything else ingenious lawyers could cook up.

  52. I am lucky enough to have gone to university 40 years ago before the political correctness incubus was a serious issue. It was also free at that time. It is unfortunate for the people born too late to have benefited from these factors.

  53. @Jason Liu

    It might appear that Jason is against “political correctness”: he’s not. He just wants his OWN PC, that is a right-wing PC.
    That Mr Weissberg’s arguments are equally valid against ANY type of PC seems to have escaped him.
    To do him credit Jason not backward in asserting just how right wing he is: take this gem — “STEM chauvinism is often not enough, as it still consideres “leftist” fields like anthropology to be valid. It isn’t, at least not until social sciences is take over and redirected to serve nationalist ideology. ”
    Yes, wouldn’t that just stimulate young minds, working in the social sciences safely redirected to “nationalist ideology”. I’m sure Stalin would have approved.
    Please don’t be fooled, Mr Liu
    is not a conservative: he is a traditional, un-cliched fascist.
    (Incidentally, restricting the vote to those 25 or so & above because of the immaturity of those younger is a great argument for taking the vote away from everyone: after all, just how “mature” are the bulk of ALL adults ? But, then again maybe that IS the point)

    • Replies: @Jason Liu
    , @artichoke
  54. @Jacques Sheete

    Ben forgot the most important reason wealthy parents send their dull-witted kids to college (especially an “Ivy”). That is, in modern parlance, to NETWORK with their equally wealthy peers, and any odd person of talent who might prove useful at some point in the future….

  55. Jason Liu says:
    @animalogic

    That is correct. I am not an American conservative, I am nationalist in the East Asian style. I believe nationalism is more important than freedom, including when it pertains to speech.

    • Replies: @animalogic
  56. @Jason Liu

    What we really need is to overthrow duke vs Griggs power and start attacking the doctrine of disparate impact and racial quotas. The universities will not reform themselves until someone turns off the money spigot.

  57. Alfred says:
    @Historian

    “but the oil money would have gone to Britain instead of staying in Nigeria.”

    You are joking surely? Ever heard of Sani Abacha? Do you think his predecessors or successors were/are any different?

    “London Games: HOW BRITISH BANKS HELPED ABACHA AND FAMILY TO LAUNDER $1.3 BILLION”

    http://www.nairaland.com/153479/london-games-how-british-banks

    For a good read, try “Capitalism’s Achilles Heel: Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market System”

    • Replies: @Historian
  58. @James O'Meara

    Homosexuals ? Other than homosexuals themselves, who cares ?
    As long as they mind their own business (which does NOT involve propaganda etc) I will mind mine. There ARE bigger fish to fry.

    • Replies: @Santoculto
  59. @animalogic

    Who cares**

    So, why most care about how some tiny percent of population will make sex*

  60. Joo retarded/”evolved” gypsy kings is that kind of absolute STUPID people who complicate simple things…

    smart**

    just in your dreams…

    even in the astuteness, in their own game, ”joooss” are mediocre.

    ”they’ look like pretty astute just because most of non-jews look like miserably idiotic /MORALLY dumb.

    who cares if certain pseudo and little ”state” in the Levant**

  61. TheJester says:

    In an earlier life, I taught philosophy, ethics, and logic at three major universities. The ethics and logic would often drift into spirited discussions about feminism, racism, and abortion. The class discussions were full of what today would be considered microaggressions and allusions to subjects deemed racist, sexist, misogynistic, and intolerant. “Question for the day: Is is true there is no such thing as sexual deviancy … and that all questions about values are personal choices and all personal choices are created equal?” In short, I could not survive a day at the modern, PC university.

    Indeed, I can be grateful to have received my own education (two masters and my course work for my doctorate) in the era when the university was a place to be exposed to challenging new ideas and perspectives.

    I agree that the political power behind microaggressions, safe spaces, and trigger warnings are the mediocre students (snowflakes) who are herded through today’s universities. They do not appear to care about a real education and the intellectual and emotional challenges associated with it. Their concerns for more practical: They want to complete their classes without a failing grade with the least amount of effort. The appeal to microaggressions, safe spaces, and trigger warnings are practical strategies to avoid challenging curriculums, competent professors, and the occasions to test their ignorance that would frankly embarrass them. And it works!

    The new Chancellor of the University of Nebraska has just announced that, in the interest of diversity and inclusiveness, nothing OFFENSIVE will be tolerated anywhere and in any context at the university. But, as a point of logic, does that means that the Chancellor and his new policy are exempt from those like me and I’m sure some of the students that find such policies inherently OFFENSIVE.

  62. @Jason Liu

    Thank you for your frankness.
    It’s difficult to know how, if at all, your nationalism applies to the US. I don’t know enough about East Asian Nationalism to know whether it has a rational application to the US. Your views on freedom of speech make me suspect that application is extremely limited. Some cultures find it almost inconceivable to grasp what the West has generally known for centuries: that freedom of speech, and freedom generally makes a nation stronger, not weaker. Of course, we are culturally adapted to degrees of freedom, whereas that may not be the case with some Asian countries, especially those without even a facade of democracy.Where democracy in principle exists, Japan or Korea say, my impression is that freedoms of many kinds are valued.

  63. the author wonders – were colonized peoples better off under colonialism? by which he means – in the opinion of the colonizers – of course. the opinions of the colonized would likely be quite a bit different. but those folks were and are backward & stupid, so their point of view is backward & stupid.
    lots of white folk claimed the slaves were better off under slavery.
    were the jews better off under feudalism and pogroms in russia?

    • Replies: @ogunsiron
  64. @James O'Meara

    honestly fam, I prefer Seinfeld as an overlord to some psychopathic lisping pedophile.

  65. Svigor says:

    (Incidentally, restricting the vote to those 25 or so & above because of the immaturity of those younger is a great argument for taking the vote away from everyone: after all, just how “mature” are the bulk of ALL adults ? But, then again maybe that IS the point)

    Why restrict voting by age at all? Surely refusing to give the vote to toddlers is a great argument for taking the vote away from everyone.

    Personally, I think voting age shouldn’t be higher than the age requirement for military service. Drinking age fits in there somewhere, too. I don’t see how someone mature enough to get his head blown off for Uncle Sam should be prohibited alcohol. Maybe keep the age for bars at 21, but let them buy their own at 18?

  66. Svigor says:

    I believe nationalism is more important than freedom, including when it pertains to speech.

    So do I, but I don’t see the big conflict. Nationalists should have the sense to know that a certain level of freedom-seeking is probably hardwired into Europeans.

    Especially at this point in the game, we desperately need the freedom to be dissident Nationalists.

  67. ogunsiron says:
    @Lawrence Fitton

    were the jews better off under feudalism and pogroms in russia
    —-
    The Jews had a great time in medieval Eastern Europe. You may want to read a little on the economic and social roles played by the jewish minorities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.
    Ashkenazi jewry’s properity translated into tremendous population growth. By the 19th century they had started to run out of niches in eastern Europe, so some of them got to know what it was like to be poor. Apart from that, for most of their time in Europe they lived incredibly better than the peasants. They had no interest whatsoever in farming the land but they didn’t mind selling the goods. Just try reading a little. You need it.

    —-
    he author wonders – were colonized peoples better off under colonialism? by which he means – in the opinion of the colonizers – of course
    —-
    Being a POC myself, I’ve been privy to many a conversation between POCs where nostalgia for the colonial times was expressed. I know Congolese who miss the Belgians. Not Leopold but the later Belgian administration. I’m pretty sure that there is no shortage of black South-Africans who miss Apartheid. Certainly a lot of Zimbabweans miss Rhodesia. None of those nostalgic people miss the feeling of being a 2nd class citizen, certainly. But they do miss the way things worked so much better.
    —-
    but those folks were and are backward & stupid, so their point of view is backward & stupid.
    —-
    Indeed lots of people in Africa and in other places like that are backwards and stupid. You think backward and stupid people only exist in Europe or in the southern usa or something like that ?
    —-
    lots of white folk claimed the slaves were better off under slavery.
    —-
    It should be a valid topic of discussion.

  68. syonredux says:
    @James O'Meara

    “Moreover, what are the benefits of de-criminalization other than for homosexuals themselves?”

    Constructing a society not run by Jews.

    Dunno. There are lots and lots of Gay Jews…..

  69. @Historian

    You seem to forget that the British displaced a colonial power in India, the Islamists had colonized India for 1000 years, the British stayed less than 100. When the British left, they left behind infrastructure that remains today, when the Islamists where defeated they left behind Muslims, the principal cause of trouble in India today.

    • Replies: @Historian
  70. @Olorin

    It’s actually worse than you say it is. On the other end we have the collection agencies who reap bonuses for rolling debt over to another ledger not for liquidating the account. I worked for a student loan collection agency and I received bonuses far exceeding what I collected because the Obama adminstration was making up the rules as we went along. They allow the student to rehab the loan based upon income and we would receive a fee based upon the size of the loan not the size of payments taken, that isn’t how other collection agencies operate. For example, if the student has no income they would let you take 9 payments of 5 dollars and the company would receive thousands of dollars in credit. In an honest world, it wouldn’t have been worth my bother to call this person as the phone call wouldn’t justify my salary.

  71. Historian says:
    @Alfred

    You are joking surely? Ever heard of Sani Abacha? Do you think his predecessors or successors were/are any different?

    “London Games: HOW BRITISH BANKS HELPED ABACHA AND FAMILY TO LAUNDER $1.3 BILLION”

    $1.3 billion is a lot of money, but it is small compared to the value of the oil that has been pumped out from Nigeria.

    Extractive colonies are mostly about the distribution of wealth. Even a corrupt native government is better than a good colonial government. If they divert 10% of the profits into numbered Swiss accounts, that’s still better for the country than sending 100% of the profits to British shareholders.

    Settler colonies are very different, because there is nothing to pump out of the ground except water. Capital is very scarce and must be painstakingly accumulated through years of harvests. Corruption eats away at the scarce capital, and the country becomes unable to pull itself up by the bootstraps.

    • Replies: @Epochehusserl
  72. Historian says:
    @CraigAustin

    You seem to forget that the British displaced a colonial power in India, the Islamists had colonized India for 1000 years, the British stayed less than 100. When the British left, they left behind infrastructure that remains today, when the Islamists where defeated they left behind Muslims, the principal cause of trouble in India today.

    Just to clarify, the economics literature is about European colonialism. This is the only form of colonialism that is possible to study economically, because we have reliable economic statistics.

    We do not have that kind of data about the Mughal Empire. You could argue either way. For example, Islam might have been good for India because it connected the country to the trading networks of the Middle East.

    The British left behind good infrastructure in India. However, the British infrastructure was no better than a native Indian government could have gotten. For example, China built its own rail network by issuing bonds and bidding out the work to European companies.

  73. @Historian

    Isn’t your definition of extractive colonies somewhat tautological? Foreigners can bring the rule of law to some areas and access to trading partners within a empire.

    • Replies: @Historian
  74. @Jason Liu

    I agree with your assessment. If we can’t beat them we can at least laugh at them. Let’s mock the civil rights leaders with our own meme: standardized tests not violent student protests.

  75. Historian says:
    @Epochehusserl

    Isn’t your definition of extractive colonies somewhat tautological? Foreigners can bring the rule of law to some areas and access to trading partners within a empire.

    A country with resources is better off selling it on the open market to the highest bidder. The importing countries lack the resource, so they will not have high tariffs. There will be no advantage to being part of an empire.

    The economics are very different when you lack resources. Other countries have farms and industries, too, so they typically have high protective tariffs. Imperial preference allows you to export your products to the rest of the empire tariff-free.

    • Replies: @epochehusserl
  76. @Historian

    That’s a good response but it all depends on the competency of the people involved. Venezuela would be better off with some foreign assistance in managing its oil reserves – of course depending on the type of assistance it receives.

  77. artichoke says:

    “Time on the Cross” could not even be written today. Of course you’re right about the value of real discussion. If discussion isn’t that, it’s worse than useless. With some arguments foreclosed, the conclusions are inevitable, the ones the PC terrorists want.

    I would advise anyone these days to minimize their time in such courses. Major in something practical. Even 40 years ago as an undergrad, I saw no point in arguing with left-wing literature faculty (as I quickly discovered) and switched my humanities concentration to music.

    Why are such discussion classes needed anyway these days? Now there are blogs and discussion fora that everyone can access, and some are pretty good, with various smart people like the author of this article. Why do we need universities to provide an attenuated version of the experience at great expense?

  78. artichoke says:
    @animalogic

    Or we could make it simpler. Just not have anthropology at all, if it doesn’t prepare a young person to be self supporting.

    I think the nationalist angle arises naturally from this. As a nation we may want to support certain activities with government funding that are not economically competitive otherwise. What activities would those be? To receive funding from the national government, they would certainly be nationalist activities.

    “Conservative” can mean so many different things as to be almost meaningless used alone. Is a conservative a neoconservative, a Constitutional strict constructionist (with or without the 14th Amendment?), a gold bug, an admirer of how things were 20 years ago, or 50, 0r 100 …

    Maybe that’s why the leftists hate fighting nationalists (a coherent opposing ideology) and don’t mind fighting “conservatives” with whom they can play word games, pit one faction against another, etc. — as we’ve seen in our generation.

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  79. @artichoke

    By “self supporting” I assume you mean “obtain employment”. Such a problem is not exclusive to anthropology, I think. Study math at university/college & there may also be employment questions.
    Re: 2ND paragraph — my understanding is students have to pay for all/most of the cost of tertiary education in the US. Looks like another “free market” to me.
    Re conservative: genuine conservatives are very, very rare in 2016. So are genuine nationalists. We live in a world wide Oligarchy, rule by a 1%. They have no loyalties to aught but themselves. Both of these concepts are just more grist to their mills.
    Globalisation has equally been perverted to the requirements of the 1%. It’s near impossible to have a rational debate on ANY of these ideas as they are now intellectually constituted.

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  80. artichoke says:
    @animalogic

    Yes “self supporting” means to get a job or run a business. Preferably the job starting out should not be working for the government, which can be another form of welfare program. Really, government employees should be people who have experienced the private sector with some success, first. We want competent government!

    If there are no jobs in math, then study engineering. There will be far more jobs for STEM grads (esp. engineering and the hard sciences) than other fields. Maybe “business” is a good field, but I really wonder how many managers we need vs. those doing product work. Anyway the market will tell us the current answers. If you can’t graduate in a field where there are jobs, don’t go to college. This is how the market should control things.

    You’ve never heard of student loans? They’ve tremendously distorted the market. Universities exist on student loans (and for the top tier, research grants, alumni contributions and investment profits. But students in top tier universities are not the problem. They are among the most employable.) It’s almost nothing like a simple free market where the scarceness of money available constrains nutty ideas.

    You left “genuine conservative” undefined. I don’t know what it means. I already gave a list of some plausible choices, and you didn’t indicate a preference or otherwise clarify it.

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  81. @artichoke

    Dear artichoke, there is another massive distortion re: college degrees– it’s called H 1B visa. It distorts ALL higher employment.
    As for student loans ? Question– do they serve students or loan facilitators ?
    Please remember that it’s a big world, & there should (granted high standards) be room for ALL College endeavours. I for one, would WEEP at the passing of Latin. (I AM conservative)
    Please don’t blame young people who are intelligent, but can’t do STEM. You never know, the nation may take a benefit down the road: swings & round-abouts…

  82. artichoke says:

    I know H1B. I’ve been in that market my whole adult life. That should be scaled back. By the way, all these Chinese, Indian and other students who are here on student visas, had to swear that they were not intending to immigrate to the USA, to get their visas. It is a legal requirement of US student visas. They all swore that.

    So almost all the ones who (to nobody’s surprise) change their minds and decide to try to immigrate, well they are liars. Everyone in that market knows what they’re doing. Of course they want to “do well” and immigrate. If we had less foreign grad students, more Americans would be able to get those wonderful doctoral fellowships that pay tuition plus stipend — you can spend several years as a starving student and really learn a field, and they pay for it! I got one, but it shouldn’t be that hard. One should not have to compete with the whole world to study at our own universities. I’d crack down first on the student visas and those lying foreign students.

    I don’t know Latin, preferring to learn languages that would help me travel today. I sort of thought of Latin as mainly important in the Roman Catholic Church before Vatican II. But my comment is mainly out of ignorance.

    The general idea is that if the economy will support it, then fine. I didn’t frame it as intelligence. If you have the money to pay for Latin instruction, that’s great. Same for engineering, but the money is more likely to be available because a job is waiting at the end of the study. Anyway our high school has some Latin classes, so I support it a little with taxes at that level.

  83. There is no argument that a nation has the duty to set educational goals to meet economic goals. STEM should be such a goal. However, the US is a complex, sophisticated nation, and — within limits — can & should encourage the whole gamut of tertiary pursuits: science, technology, business, social science and the humanities. The fact that many non-science courses have been “dumbed-down” is a disgrace– but this is not an argument against the subjects themselves. Rather, it points to decadence in tertiary institutions, and (no surprise) decadence in the general society.
    And, yes, the answer, in part, must lie initially in cutting back on the promiscuous free for all that is student loans.

  84. @Greg Bacon

    when they graduate and get some arrogant, mean and demanding tyrant boss, lording over them?

    I suppose you’d prosper under these circumstances?

    One thing I like about the milennials is that they don’t tolerate mean, demandinng, tyrant bosses.

    Expropriate the bastards!

  85. The white man’s time is over! Tremble before the rightious rage of the World of Color! Your daughters shall bear our children!

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