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From posttenuretourettes (I presume that reads “Post-Tenure Tourettes”):

PTT Uncategorized March 8, 2020 1 Minute

Scarier than Corona

is the firing of Bo Winegard from Marietta College. ​The article doesn’t say it, but in the podcast interview he mentions that one of the triggers to his being fired was him liking a tweet by Steve Sailer. …

One can be optimistic about a vaccine or antiviral agents making it all go away. But not so if the dudes from the dude wall have all been #cancelled, and there’s no-one left to give us the nice things, like bridges and medicine.

Winegard, unfortunately, was not post-tenure.

Bo and Ben Winegard (a professor at Hillsdale College), by the way, are identical twins, which perhaps give them an advantage at being more realistic on Nature/Nurture questions.

 
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  1. Lot says:

    What’s worse for your career, cocaine addiction or heavy twitter use?

    Is there a master list of “fired for tweets”?

    Must be hundreds by now. Plus revoked college acceptances, denied tenures, dropped endorsements.

    OT, is crude oil on Amazon Prime? Cause at $27 a barrel it seems crazy not to buy a few for the backyard. Maybe this is something MBS and Bezos whatsapp chatted about until MBS sent him a spyware virus.

    • Replies: @Realist

    OT, is crude oil on Amazon Prime? Cause at $27 a barrel it seems crazy not to buy a few for the backyard. Maybe this is something MBS and Bezos whatsapp chatted about until MBS sent him a spyware virus.
     
    LOL
    , @res
    Wow. 20% volatility in one day. DAY RANGE 27.34 - 34.88
    https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/future/crude%20oil%20-%20electronic

    Price seems to have stabilized over $30, but maybe you should buy some futures if it drops again?

    Some perspective (1946 to present): https://www.macrotrends.net/1369/crude-oil-price-history-chart
    Note that the chart is logarithmic so you can get a sense of how big a 20% price change is by looking at the intervals between $100 and $120 (up) and $80 (down).
  2. one of the triggers to his being fired was him liking a tweet by Steve Sailer.

    I know that’s how I lost my job. Please send contributions to me, c/o Steve Sailer.

    Thanks to everyone. It helps to know you care.

    • LOL: Realist
    • Replies: @International Jew
    Seriously?
    , @Hypnotoad666
    Will tweet for food?
    , @Liza
    Come, come, now! That's an expensive looking sack on your back. And look at all the stuff!

    My hobo relatives during the Depression had a red hanky and a stick.

    https://bindlerevolution.wordpress.com/

    , @El Dato
    "CoronaSteve: Finger one Tweet and it's all over!"

    Awesome photos, fellow Stalker!
  3. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    Winegard was a name associated with the manufacture of television antennae. Any relation?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    Winegard is still in business though those big rooftop aerials are extinct. Winegard is a fairly common N. European named with some spelling variations so I doubt that they are related.
  4. Forgive the ignorance….who is this dude?

    • Agree: Digital Samizdat
    • Replies: @Henry Coomer
    A racist who peddled pseudo science.

    It is a good thing he was fired.

    He was making Students of Colour feel unsafe.
  5. one of the triggers to his being fired was him liking a tweet by Steve Sailer.

    “I like many tweets with which I disagree.”

    — Bo Winegard (formerly on his Twitter profile).

  6. Hail says: • Website

    I’ve Been Fired. If You Value Academic Freedom, That Should Worry You

    Education, Free Speech, Spotlight
    Published on March 6, 2020 | Quillette

    written by Bo Winegard

    Orthodoxy whether of the right or of the left is the graveyard of creativity.
    ~Chinua Achebe

    Until a week ago, I was a tenure-track assistant professor at a small college. Then I was fired. And although I am but one professor at one small college in one small town, I want to persuade you that, if you care about free speech and free inquiry in academia, you should be alarmed by my termination.

    My troubles began in October 2019 when I was invited to address an evolutionary group at the University of Alabama. I had decided that I would discuss human population variation […]

    But when was the ‘like’ of the Steve Sailer tweet that triggered an investigation by the college’s Head of Diversity (or whoever)?

    A few months later, however, someone using a pseudonym began emailing my provost, my president, and my entire department (but not me) links to my articles (including those written for this outlet) and screenshots of “offensive” tweets. My anonymous accuser held me to be guilty of all kinds of treachery and threatened to inform the board of trustees of my sins.

    • Thanks: res
    • Replies: @Mr McKenna

    But when was the ‘like’ of the Steve Sailer tweet that triggered an investigation by the college’s Head of Diversity (or whoever)?
     
    Can you just imagine a decade or so hence, when you no longer have to tweet because your implant knows what you're thinking before you do, even? Crimestop promises to become more important than ever, which is convenient because more and more people are already practicing it.
    , @The Alarmist

    ... I was a tenure-track assistant professor at a small college. Then I was fired.
     
    It was a Righteous Firing: In the current academic environment, any Academic not smart enough to keep quiet on any views he might have that are anything more moderate than, say, Lenin is clearly not fit for the Academy.
    , @res
    Thank you for linking that article. One excerpt which particularly struck me was this:

    After all, if tenure is intended to protect people who challenge dogmas and orthodoxies, why would we support a system that punishes non-conformists and that sieves them out before they are capable of safely challenging prevailing views?
     
    Is the answer the obvious "that is not the intent of tenure," or is it more subtle? Some possibilities:
    - To only allow non-conformists who know when to be quiet or downplay their heresy.
    - To channel non-conformists into "acceptable" areas of research.

    P.S. The comments at that article are worth a read as well. Too much good stuff to excerpt.
  7. @Mr McKenna

    one of the triggers to his being fired was him liking a tweet by Steve Sailer.
     
    I know that's how I lost my job. Please send contributions to me, c/o Steve Sailer.

    Thanks to everyone. It helps to know you care.

    https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/heraldcourier.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/e1/5e135b0b-c674-5091-bc39-53598eb87cd3/5cfc6824cd84d.image.jpg

    Seriously?

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    Serious as a heart attack, except:

    1) I've trimmed my beard back to stubble, and

    2) Steve gets to keep whatever you send him.

  8. @Mr McKenna

    one of the triggers to his being fired was him liking a tweet by Steve Sailer.
     
    I know that's how I lost my job. Please send contributions to me, c/o Steve Sailer.

    Thanks to everyone. It helps to know you care.

    https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/heraldcourier.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/e1/5e135b0b-c674-5091-bc39-53598eb87cd3/5cfc6824cd84d.image.jpg

    Will tweet for food?

    • Replies: @Lurker
    Will re-tweet for food?
  9. Woke institutions should just be honest and transparent by having a formal written policy that says: “These are the opinions you are not allowed to have if you want to work here . . .”

    The problem is that they want to have it both ways, by pretending to have academic freedom while actually enforcing ideological orthodoxy.

    On the plus side, the credibility of the leftist-academic complex is further eroded every time they fire someone for wrongthink. At this point, I don’t know who could possibly accept them as authoritative truthseekers.

    • Agree: JackOH
    • Replies: @SFG
    They don't have to. They play the clerical (in both senses) role of designating officially allowable opinion and supplying administrative jobs for our institutions.

    They'll just drop the pretense of academic freedom. You don't need it, really, we'll just gradually see China get further and further ahead of us because they can use all the male nerds they want to develop strong AI without worrying about disparate impact on either the development end (not enough disabled female developers!) or the application end (it found all the criminals are the wrong shade!).
    , @Jack D
    There's no advantage to them showing their fangs and they will never do it. The same is true of the MSM, which for decades pretended to be "neutral" although their idea of "neutral" was assuming that everyone was a liberal Democrat. It's like the Mafia or the Fight Club. Or the way the Russians react when they get caught shooting down civilian jets or poisoning people. You just deny, deny, deny and tell baldfaced lies. Lying to your enemies is not a sin. "Our college has high standards of academic freedom and no one is ever terminated due to their political beliefs."
    , @Dr. X

    Woke institutions should just be honest and transparent by having a formal written policy that says: “These are the opinions you are not allowed to have if you want to work here..."
     
    Increasingly they are using mandatory "commitment to diversity" statements as a means of sorting out the people with the "correct" opinions from The Deplorables.
  10. @Hypnotoad666
    Will tweet for food?

    Will re-tweet for food?

  11. @International Jew
    Seriously?

    Serious as a heart attack, except:

    1) I’ve trimmed my beard back to stubble, and

    2) Steve gets to keep whatever you send him.

    • Replies: @International Jew
    Could you say more, eg what kind of organization were you working for?
  12. @Hail

    I’ve Been Fired. If You Value Academic Freedom, That Should Worry You

    Education, Free Speech, Spotlight
    Published on March 6, 2020 | Quillette

    written by Bo Winegard
     


    Orthodoxy whether of the right or of the left is the graveyard of creativity.
    ~Chinua Achebe

    Until a week ago, I was a tenure-track assistant professor at a small college. Then I was fired. And although I am but one professor at one small college in one small town, I want to persuade you that, if you care about free speech and free inquiry in academia, you should be alarmed by my termination.

    My troubles began in October 2019 when I was invited to address an evolutionary group at the University of Alabama. I had decided that I would discuss human population variation [...]
     

    But when was the 'like' of the Steve Sailer tweet that triggered an investigation by the college's Head of Diversity (or whoever)?

    A few months later, however, someone using a pseudonym began emailing my provost, my president, and my entire department (but not me) links to my articles (including those written for this outlet) and screenshots of “offensive” tweets. My anonymous accuser held me to be guilty of all kinds of treachery and threatened to inform the board of trustees of my sins.
     

    But when was the ‘like’ of the Steve Sailer tweet that triggered an investigation by the college’s Head of Diversity (or whoever)?

    Can you just imagine a decade or so hence, when you no longer have to tweet because your implant knows what you’re thinking before you do, even? Crimestop promises to become more important than ever, which is convenient because more and more people are already practicing it.

    • Replies: @Lowe
    The brain implant that is going to be designed by a 50% Muslim, 35% African world. Right.
    , @Joe Stalin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUa3np4CKC4
  13. I can admire young academics who publicly grapple with the Greatest Taboo—i.e., the black-white IQ gap—pre-tenure. The man in the arena and all that. But still, it’s not a smart thing to do.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    He'd have to fight to stay even after tenure. Cf. Linda Gottfredson.

    In the meantime, Heod of Depaumen Perfesser Fat Johnny Retardo can call for killing whitey all he likes, get suspended for a decent couple of days and then cleared, like clockwork.
    , @Lowe
    The whole account is just Bo making cloaked excuses for how autistic he is. It's really hard to feel sympathy.
  14. @anon
    I can admire young academics who publicly grapple with the Greatest Taboo—i.e., the black-white IQ gap—pre-tenure. The man in the arena and all that. But still, it's not a smart thing to do.

    He’d have to fight to stay even after tenure. Cf. Linda Gottfredson.

    In the meantime, Heod of Depaumen Perfesser Fat Johnny Retardo can call for killing whitey all he likes, get suspended for a decent couple of days and then cleared, like clockwork.

  15. @Mr McKenna
    Serious as a heart attack, except:

    1) I've trimmed my beard back to stubble, and

    2) Steve gets to keep whatever you send him.

    Could you say more, eg what kind of organization were you working for?

  16. @Hypnotoad666
    Woke institutions should just be honest and transparent by having a formal written policy that says: "These are the opinions you are not allowed to have if you want to work here . . ."

    The problem is that they want to have it both ways, by pretending to have academic freedom while actually enforcing ideological orthodoxy.

    On the plus side, the credibility of the leftist-academic complex is further eroded every time they fire someone for wrongthink. At this point, I don't know who could possibly accept them as authoritative truthseekers.

    They don’t have to. They play the clerical (in both senses) role of designating officially allowable opinion and supplying administrative jobs for our institutions.

    They’ll just drop the pretense of academic freedom. You don’t need it, really, we’ll just gradually see China get further and further ahead of us because they can use all the male nerds they want to develop strong AI without worrying about disparate impact on either the development end (not enough disabled female developers!) or the application end (it found all the criminals are the wrong shade!).

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    "it found all the criminals are the wrong shade!"

    If the criminals are minorities that'll be a plus for them, not a negative.
  17. @SFG
    They don't have to. They play the clerical (in both senses) role of designating officially allowable opinion and supplying administrative jobs for our institutions.

    They'll just drop the pretense of academic freedom. You don't need it, really, we'll just gradually see China get further and further ahead of us because they can use all the male nerds they want to develop strong AI without worrying about disparate impact on either the development end (not enough disabled female developers!) or the application end (it found all the criminals are the wrong shade!).

    “it found all the criminals are the wrong shade!”

    If the criminals are minorities that’ll be a plus for them, not a negative.

  18. @Mr McKenna

    But when was the ‘like’ of the Steve Sailer tweet that triggered an investigation by the college’s Head of Diversity (or whoever)?
     
    Can you just imagine a decade or so hence, when you no longer have to tweet because your implant knows what you're thinking before you do, even? Crimestop promises to become more important than ever, which is convenient because more and more people are already practicing it.

    The brain implant that is going to be designed by a 50% Muslim, 35% African world. Right.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    The 'Ruling Class' is notorious for protecting its prerogatives.
  19. @anon
    I can admire young academics who publicly grapple with the Greatest Taboo—i.e., the black-white IQ gap—pre-tenure. The man in the arena and all that. But still, it's not a smart thing to do.

    The whole account is just Bo making cloaked excuses for how autistic he is. It’s really hard to feel sympathy.

    • Replies: @vinteuil

    The whole account is just Bo making cloaked excuses for how autistic he is. It’s really hard to feel sympathy.
     
    No it isn't. And no it isn't.

    You should try not to be such a prick.
  20. Rich conservatives need to be pressured to start their own universities instead of giving Ivies billions to put plaques up in their honor. Consider how successful evangelicals have been even scrambling for funding.

    https://www.liberty.edu/aboutliberty/index.cfm?PID=6925

    Like so many other social problems, this can be solved in one generation with strategic planning and a real commitment.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    Rather than starting from scratch, those 'rich conservatives' would be better off gaining control of a half-decent small private school which already has a track record and perhaps even a venerable history. I'd love to see St. John's College in Annapolis & Santa Fe get transformed.

    Major funding can do the rest, except for one thing: rankings. The prominent rankings are predicated to some degree on D.I.E. metrics and even political stance--how often scholars are published and quoted in the 'right' journals etc.

    Some may object (with some reason) that the rankings are largely nonsense. But teen-aged applicants (and their parents) are notoriously impressionable and subject to peer pressure. Nonetheless, it's worth pursuing and any hurdles can be overcome imho. Is anyone doing this?

  21. @Lot
    What’s worse for your career, cocaine addiction or heavy twitter use?

    Is there a master list of “fired for tweets”?

    Must be hundreds by now. Plus revoked college acceptances, denied tenures, dropped endorsements.

    OT, is crude oil on Amazon Prime? Cause at $27 a barrel it seems crazy not to buy a few for the backyard. Maybe this is something MBS and Bezos whatsapp chatted about until MBS sent him a spyware virus.

    OT, is crude oil on Amazon Prime? Cause at $27 a barrel it seems crazy not to buy a few for the backyard. Maybe this is something MBS and Bezos whatsapp chatted about until MBS sent him a spyware virus.

    LOL

    • Agree: bomag
    • Replies: @Flip
    Well, Exxon stock (XOM) probably works.
  22. @Neoconned
    Forgive the ignorance....who is this dude?

    A racist who peddled pseudo science.

    It is a good thing he was fired.

    He was making Students of Colour feel unsafe.

    • Replies: @fish
    Hi Trent…..how go the stretching exercises?
  23. @Mr McKenna

    one of the triggers to his being fired was him liking a tweet by Steve Sailer.
     
    I know that's how I lost my job. Please send contributions to me, c/o Steve Sailer.

    Thanks to everyone. It helps to know you care.

    https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/heraldcourier.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/e1/5e135b0b-c674-5091-bc39-53598eb87cd3/5cfc6824cd84d.image.jpg

    Come, come, now! That’s an expensive looking sack on your back. And look at all the stuff!

    My hobo relatives during the Depression had a red hanky and a stick.

    https://bindlerevolution.wordpress.com/

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    What can I say, I just hate to travel light.
  24. @Hail

    I’ve Been Fired. If You Value Academic Freedom, That Should Worry You

    Education, Free Speech, Spotlight
    Published on March 6, 2020 | Quillette

    written by Bo Winegard
     


    Orthodoxy whether of the right or of the left is the graveyard of creativity.
    ~Chinua Achebe

    Until a week ago, I was a tenure-track assistant professor at a small college. Then I was fired. And although I am but one professor at one small college in one small town, I want to persuade you that, if you care about free speech and free inquiry in academia, you should be alarmed by my termination.

    My troubles began in October 2019 when I was invited to address an evolutionary group at the University of Alabama. I had decided that I would discuss human population variation [...]
     

    But when was the 'like' of the Steve Sailer tweet that triggered an investigation by the college's Head of Diversity (or whoever)?

    A few months later, however, someone using a pseudonym began emailing my provost, my president, and my entire department (but not me) links to my articles (including those written for this outlet) and screenshots of “offensive” tweets. My anonymous accuser held me to be guilty of all kinds of treachery and threatened to inform the board of trustees of my sins.
     

    … I was a tenure-track assistant professor at a small college. Then I was fired.

    It was a Righteous Firing: In the current academic environment, any Academic not smart enough to keep quiet on any views he might have that are anything more moderate than, say, Lenin is clearly not fit for the Academy.

    • LOL: Unladen Swallow
  25. @Anonymous
    Winegard was a name associated with the manufacture of television antennae. Any relation?

    Winegard is still in business though those big rooftop aerials are extinct. Winegard is a fairly common N. European named with some spelling variations so I doubt that they are related.

    • Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome
    German speake


    Winegard is a fairly common N. European named with some spelling variations

     

    Half the spelling variations of:
    Wi-negard
    are banned there.
  26. @Hypnotoad666
    Woke institutions should just be honest and transparent by having a formal written policy that says: "These are the opinions you are not allowed to have if you want to work here . . ."

    The problem is that they want to have it both ways, by pretending to have academic freedom while actually enforcing ideological orthodoxy.

    On the plus side, the credibility of the leftist-academic complex is further eroded every time they fire someone for wrongthink. At this point, I don't know who could possibly accept them as authoritative truthseekers.

    There’s no advantage to them showing their fangs and they will never do it. The same is true of the MSM, which for decades pretended to be “neutral” although their idea of “neutral” was assuming that everyone was a liberal Democrat. It’s like the Mafia or the Fight Club. Or the way the Russians react when they get caught shooting down civilian jets or poisoning people. You just deny, deny, deny and tell baldfaced lies. Lying to your enemies is not a sin. “Our college has high standards of academic freedom and no one is ever terminated due to their political beliefs.”

    • Agree: fish
    • LOL: Johann Ricke
  27. An instructor of ten years at a state university in the U.S., I recently got fired, too, for analogous reasons. In my case, however, all I had done is to ask undergraduates to kindly speak English in the classroom.

    I had no history of trouble (I cannot prove this to you, of course, so you may judge my pseudonymous credibility for yourself). My boss tried hard to save my job. Colleagues tried, too; but the dean, who had otherwise practically never heard of me, wanted me gone, so out I went.

    My family’s sole breadwinner, I still have four children living at home. The dean didn’t care. I had been unmasked as insufficiently enthusiastic for the Revolution, I suppose. Maybe, since I am white, non-Jewish and normal, and had never talked politics at work, I was suspected of voting for Trump. Who knows?

    I had naïvely believed that having friends throughout my department, lacking enemies (excepting the usual ratio of undergraduates temporarily angry over poor grades), and consistently keeping my problems off the department head’s desk would save me. Before the age of Resistance Against Trump, it probably would have saved me. No longer.

    I had received no warning. The dean had given no hint. No one had asked me to modify my behavior until, suddenly, Bang! Fired. Your career is dead.

    The university even formally avoided firing me, since they had no actual cause. They just eliminated my position, created two other, putatively unrelated positions which just happened to cover my duties, hired nonwhites to fill the positions and … well, if you want to know the Machiavellian details of how they insulated themselves against a lawsuit, you can ask. In short, the maneuver was a disgusting betrayal of a loyal, competent, well-liked, understated, longtime member of the team.

    Winegard writes:

    My situation might strike you as trivial and insignificant. And, indeed, I am insignificant. But my firing is not.

    Indeed. Readers do not know me or Winegard. I am even less significant than Winegard is and, anyway, you have your own problems. The point however is that, as matters stand, you, too, can be ruined for insufficient enthusiasm for the Revolution; and even if you are not, when you send your kids to college, you may be committing them to the care of a faculty (a) from which non-Revolutionary instructors and professors like me and Winegard have been systematically purged and (b) within which the suavest, most ardent Revolutionaries have clawed their way to the top.

    If that’s not okay with you, then you might look for a chance to do something about it.

    • Replies: @Joseph Doaks
    Thanks for telling your story. I believe that too many white males fall for the mythical Marlboro Man ideal --- you must be strong, silent, and face the problems of the world alone --- above all don't complain and don't ask for help. But one lone cowboy didn't move that herd of cattle, it took teamwork!

    The Left is all about teamwork, and with teamwork they are picking off the individualistic white males one by one. What to do?
    , @bomag
    Sorry to hear that.

    I can only offer small consolation, in that you are one more step of the Academy towards irrelevance.

    Not much good news elsewhere; acquaintances often admit that in the corporate world, White guys have a target on their back.

    But revolutions have a way of burning themselves out. Keep your head up.
    , @Dr. X

    The point however is that, as matters stand, you, too, can be ruined for insufficient enthusiasm for the Revolution
     
    Absolutely. Keeping your mouth shut about politics and failure to display sufficient ardor for left-wing causes is a sure betrayal that you are the enemy.

    It really is like the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in Mao's China. No exaggeration.

  28. res says:
    @Lot
    What’s worse for your career, cocaine addiction or heavy twitter use?

    Is there a master list of “fired for tweets”?

    Must be hundreds by now. Plus revoked college acceptances, denied tenures, dropped endorsements.

    OT, is crude oil on Amazon Prime? Cause at $27 a barrel it seems crazy not to buy a few for the backyard. Maybe this is something MBS and Bezos whatsapp chatted about until MBS sent him a spyware virus.

    Wow. 20% volatility in one day. DAY RANGE 27.34 – 34.88
    https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/future/crude%20oil%20-%20electronic

    Price seems to have stabilized over $30, but maybe you should buy some futures if it drops again?

    Some perspective (1946 to present): https://www.macrotrends.net/1369/crude-oil-price-history-chart
    Note that the chart is logarithmic so you can get a sense of how big a 20% price change is by looking at the intervals between $100 and $120 (up) and $80 (down).

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
    Calls on the GUSH oil ETF for June and September 2020 are super cheap right now.

    I would be very careful with its inverse DRIP ETF. I don't see it going much higher than the prior rip from $270 to $630.
    , @keuril
    Crude volatility is is up 90% from *Friday*, when it was already approaching the highs going back to 2008. Now more than 50% above the 2008 highs.
    https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/%5EOVX?p=%5EOVX&.tsrc=fin-srch
  29. @Mr McKenna

    But when was the ‘like’ of the Steve Sailer tweet that triggered an investigation by the college’s Head of Diversity (or whoever)?
     
    Can you just imagine a decade or so hence, when you no longer have to tweet because your implant knows what you're thinking before you do, even? Crimestop promises to become more important than ever, which is convenient because more and more people are already practicing it.

  30. @Jack D
    Winegard is still in business though those big rooftop aerials are extinct. Winegard is a fairly common N. European named with some spelling variations so I doubt that they are related.

    German speake

    Winegard is a fairly common N. European named with some spelling variations

    Half the spelling variations of:
    Wi-negard
    are banned there.

  31. @Mr McKenna

    one of the triggers to his being fired was him liking a tweet by Steve Sailer.
     
    I know that's how I lost my job. Please send contributions to me, c/o Steve Sailer.

    Thanks to everyone. It helps to know you care.

    https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/heraldcourier.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/e1/5e135b0b-c674-5091-bc39-53598eb87cd3/5cfc6824cd84d.image.jpg

    “CoronaSteve: Finger one Tweet and it’s all over!”

    Awesome photos, fellow Stalker!

  32. The part of this kerfuffle that interests me the most, is this comment from the original article:

    The most remarkable aspect of this story is now so commonplace is goes unremarked upon. Winegard states what he believes publicly. He is against racism and antisemitism. The activists have to claim that he secretly believes something else.

    Where did this idea of secret beliefs come from? Where do they get the idea that people systematically misrepresent their beliefs?

    • Agree: Mr McKenna
    • Replies: @Muggles
    >>Where did this idea of secret beliefs come from? Where do they get the idea that people systematically misrepresent their beliefs?<<

    It's all about the Dog Whistle theory. The one that only Alt Lefties can hear.

    It consists of ordinary words or expressions used forever by everyone (or hand signs, like the OK gesture, supposedly) that the Woke Wizards "discover" have hidden, secret meanings that only they and the Southern Poverty Law Center know about.

    Then the Alt Left twitter-verse, Facebook leftist mobs and quickly, the NYT and WaPo "reporters" then gush over as the latest neo-Nazi threat. See they are everywhere, all around us.

    In reality, it is merely a variation of the old ad hominem attack (attack the man, not the argument). This reuses the actual real fact that at certain high frequencies, dogs can hear things people can't and attribute normal discourse to hidden Gnostic practices, evil practices and thoughts.

    So it means that Woke Wizards are like dogs. They see and hear things the Muggles like myself can't. So when they encounter said Nazi dog whistles, they send out barking alarms to their masters all to repeat. Sound the alarms! Begin the Cancellation Frenzy!

    Stalin in the day was very good at dog whistle alerts. He was worried about Troskyites, wreckers, saboteurs, British spies, etc. He could hear and see them before everyone else. Once on that list, you were gulag meat. Most of his closest comrades were "really" out to destroy Communism.

    Ultimately, that is what the Progs have in mind for us. See those ears perk up on the Mainstream Media? That's for you, new Hitler. Just wait...
  33. res says:
    @Hail

    I’ve Been Fired. If You Value Academic Freedom, That Should Worry You

    Education, Free Speech, Spotlight
    Published on March 6, 2020 | Quillette

    written by Bo Winegard
     


    Orthodoxy whether of the right or of the left is the graveyard of creativity.
    ~Chinua Achebe

    Until a week ago, I was a tenure-track assistant professor at a small college. Then I was fired. And although I am but one professor at one small college in one small town, I want to persuade you that, if you care about free speech and free inquiry in academia, you should be alarmed by my termination.

    My troubles began in October 2019 when I was invited to address an evolutionary group at the University of Alabama. I had decided that I would discuss human population variation [...]
     

    But when was the 'like' of the Steve Sailer tweet that triggered an investigation by the college's Head of Diversity (or whoever)?

    A few months later, however, someone using a pseudonym began emailing my provost, my president, and my entire department (but not me) links to my articles (including those written for this outlet) and screenshots of “offensive” tweets. My anonymous accuser held me to be guilty of all kinds of treachery and threatened to inform the board of trustees of my sins.
     

    Thank you for linking that article. One excerpt which particularly struck me was this:

    After all, if tenure is intended to protect people who challenge dogmas and orthodoxies, why would we support a system that punishes non-conformists and that sieves them out before they are capable of safely challenging prevailing views?

    Is the answer the obvious “that is not the intent of tenure,” or is it more subtle? Some possibilities:
    – To only allow non-conformists who know when to be quiet or downplay their heresy.
    – To channel non-conformists into “acceptable” areas of research.

    P.S. The comments at that article are worth a read as well. Too much good stuff to excerpt.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    Tenure itself is a somewhat unusual institution - the general rule in (non-unionized) American workplaces is that employment is "at will". Only universities are stuck with their (faculty) employees for life. Since tenure is "for life", there is a long apprenticeship period ("tenure track") where the institution gets to make really really sure that they want to be paying your salary for the next 30 years or even longer before they irrevocably commit to doing so.

    Now if the real purpose of tenure was to protect non-orthodox thinkers then you are right - you would have to start to protect them much sooner. Protecting them only late in the game when they have all already been weeded out (or at least the ones who are not savvy enough to keep their mouths completely shut until they achieve tenure) defeats the purpose. But what if tenure was just another type of guild system, like unionization, where the real purpose was to protect the jobs of those who are already in the club?
  34. @V. K. Ovelund
    An instructor of ten years at a state university in the U.S., I recently got fired, too, for analogous reasons. In my case, however, all I had done is to ask undergraduates to kindly speak English in the classroom.

    I had no history of trouble (I cannot prove this to you, of course, so you may judge my pseudonymous credibility for yourself). My boss tried hard to save my job. Colleagues tried, too; but the dean, who had otherwise practically never heard of me, wanted me gone, so out I went.

    My family's sole breadwinner, I still have four children living at home. The dean didn't care. I had been unmasked as insufficiently enthusiastic for the Revolution, I suppose. Maybe, since I am white, non-Jewish and normal, and had never talked politics at work, I was suspected of voting for Trump. Who knows?

    I had naïvely believed that having friends throughout my department, lacking enemies (excepting the usual ratio of undergraduates temporarily angry over poor grades), and consistently keeping my problems off the department head's desk would save me. Before the age of Resistance Against Trump, it probably would have saved me. No longer.

    I had received no warning. The dean had given no hint. No one had asked me to modify my behavior until, suddenly, Bang! Fired. Your career is dead.

    The university even formally avoided firing me, since they had no actual cause. They just eliminated my position, created two other, putatively unrelated positions which just happened to cover my duties, hired nonwhites to fill the positions and ... well, if you want to know the Machiavellian details of how they insulated themselves against a lawsuit, you can ask. In short, the maneuver was a disgusting betrayal of a loyal, competent, well-liked, understated, longtime member of the team.

    Winegard writes:


    My situation might strike you as trivial and insignificant. And, indeed, I am insignificant. But my firing is not.
     
    Indeed. Readers do not know me or Winegard. I am even less significant than Winegard is and, anyway, you have your own problems. The point however is that, as matters stand, you, too, can be ruined for insufficient enthusiasm for the Revolution; and even if you are not, when you send your kids to college, you may be committing them to the care of a faculty (a) from which non-Revolutionary instructors and professors like me and Winegard have been systematically purged and (b) within which the suavest, most ardent Revolutionaries have clawed their way to the top.

    If that's not okay with you, then you might look for a chance to do something about it.

    Thanks for telling your story. I believe that too many white males fall for the mythical Marlboro Man ideal — you must be strong, silent, and face the problems of the world alone — above all don’t complain and don’t ask for help. But one lone cowboy didn’t move that herd of cattle, it took teamwork!

    The Left is all about teamwork, and with teamwork they are picking off the individualistic white males one by one. What to do?

  35. Someone is playing whack-a-mole Tikkun Olam. The elites of tomorrow will be the timid survivors of this elimination game.

    It’s like a disease which picks off the healthiest minds of a society. On a long enough timeline, you end up with a weak leadership, with the best and brightest languishing on the margins.

    The perfect conditions for motivated outsiders to take over.

  36. @Henry Coomer
    A racist who peddled pseudo science.

    It is a good thing he was fired.

    He was making Students of Colour feel unsafe.

    Hi Trent…..how go the stretching exercises?

  37. @res
    Wow. 20% volatility in one day. DAY RANGE 27.34 - 34.88
    https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/future/crude%20oil%20-%20electronic

    Price seems to have stabilized over $30, but maybe you should buy some futures if it drops again?

    Some perspective (1946 to present): https://www.macrotrends.net/1369/crude-oil-price-history-chart
    Note that the chart is logarithmic so you can get a sense of how big a 20% price change is by looking at the intervals between $100 and $120 (up) and $80 (down).

    Calls on the GUSH oil ETF for June and September 2020 are super cheap right now.

    I would be very careful with its inverse DRIP ETF. I don’t see it going much higher than the prior rip from $270 to $630.

  38. @res
    Thank you for linking that article. One excerpt which particularly struck me was this:

    After all, if tenure is intended to protect people who challenge dogmas and orthodoxies, why would we support a system that punishes non-conformists and that sieves them out before they are capable of safely challenging prevailing views?
     
    Is the answer the obvious "that is not the intent of tenure," or is it more subtle? Some possibilities:
    - To only allow non-conformists who know when to be quiet or downplay their heresy.
    - To channel non-conformists into "acceptable" areas of research.

    P.S. The comments at that article are worth a read as well. Too much good stuff to excerpt.

    Tenure itself is a somewhat unusual institution – the general rule in (non-unionized) American workplaces is that employment is “at will”. Only universities are stuck with their (faculty) employees for life. Since tenure is “for life”, there is a long apprenticeship period (“tenure track”) where the institution gets to make really really sure that they want to be paying your salary for the next 30 years or even longer before they irrevocably commit to doing so.

    Now if the real purpose of tenure was to protect non-orthodox thinkers then you are right – you would have to start to protect them much sooner. Protecting them only late in the game when they have all already been weeded out (or at least the ones who are not savvy enough to keep their mouths completely shut until they achieve tenure) defeats the purpose. But what if tenure was just another type of guild system, like unionization, where the real purpose was to protect the jobs of those who are already in the club?

    • Replies: @res
    "At will" employment doctrine has some interesting history:
    https://ala-apa.org/newsletter/2005/08/17/an-examination-of-the-at-will-employment-doctrine/

    I suspect you are largely correct about tenure as a guild system in practice. But academic freedom has been the stated rationale for a long time.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_tenure_in_North_America

    I thought this discussion from a few years ago was an interesting look at how things are changing.
    http://theconversation.com/is-it-time-to-eliminate-tenure-for-professors-59959
  39. This will only end when we have separate countries where we can make all the rules.

  40. @res
    Wow. 20% volatility in one day. DAY RANGE 27.34 - 34.88
    https://www.marketwatch.com/investing/future/crude%20oil%20-%20electronic

    Price seems to have stabilized over $30, but maybe you should buy some futures if it drops again?

    Some perspective (1946 to present): https://www.macrotrends.net/1369/crude-oil-price-history-chart
    Note that the chart is logarithmic so you can get a sense of how big a 20% price change is by looking at the intervals between $100 and $120 (up) and $80 (down).

    Crude volatility is is up 90% from *Friday*, when it was already approaching the highs going back to 2008. Now more than 50% above the 2008 highs.
    https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/%5EOVX?p=%5EOVX&#038;.tsrc=fin-srch

  41. res says:
    @Jack D
    Tenure itself is a somewhat unusual institution - the general rule in (non-unionized) American workplaces is that employment is "at will". Only universities are stuck with their (faculty) employees for life. Since tenure is "for life", there is a long apprenticeship period ("tenure track") where the institution gets to make really really sure that they want to be paying your salary for the next 30 years or even longer before they irrevocably commit to doing so.

    Now if the real purpose of tenure was to protect non-orthodox thinkers then you are right - you would have to start to protect them much sooner. Protecting them only late in the game when they have all already been weeded out (or at least the ones who are not savvy enough to keep their mouths completely shut until they achieve tenure) defeats the purpose. But what if tenure was just another type of guild system, like unionization, where the real purpose was to protect the jobs of those who are already in the club?

    “At will” employment doctrine has some interesting history:
    https://ala-apa.org/newsletter/2005/08/17/an-examination-of-the-at-will-employment-doctrine/

    I suspect you are largely correct about tenure as a guild system in practice. But academic freedom has been the stated rationale for a long time.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_tenure_in_North_America

    I thought this discussion from a few years ago was an interesting look at how things are changing.
    http://theconversation.com/is-it-time-to-eliminate-tenure-for-professors-59959

  42. when will ‘smart’ people learn to STOP USING SOCIAL MEDIA.

    holy shit, they’re dumb.

    this guy wasn’t important, so he doesn’t matter. and yeah, the larger issue here is definitely important. the left will just eliminate all their ideological opponents from having a voice, so, what to do.

    but man. for being smart, these people are really stupid. these aren’t athletes getting drafted by a professional team and then having their enemies go back into their social media history to when they were 16 and using those posts against them. these are PHD holders. you would think they would figure out to not have a public history of stuff they said.

  43. anon[329] • Disclaimer says:

    The professor is referencing the controversy following comments he made about the shootings of GOP congressman Steve Scalise and others three years ago. Williams wrote that, in whatever predicament you may find them, “let [white people] fucking die” … and to “smile a bit” when it happens. The professor was suspended for his comments, but cleared of wrongdoing shortly thereafter.

    https://www.thecollegefix.com/let-white-people-die-prof-triples-down-whiteness-is-mental-and-physical-terrorism/

  44. We tenured professors sleep soundly in our beds because rough lawyers stand ready during business hours to visit lawsuits upon those who would do us harm.

  45. @Realist

    OT, is crude oil on Amazon Prime? Cause at $27 a barrel it seems crazy not to buy a few for the backyard. Maybe this is something MBS and Bezos whatsapp chatted about until MBS sent him a spyware virus.
     
    LOL

    Well, Exxon stock (XOM) probably works.

    • Replies: @Realist

    Well, Exxon stock (XOM) probably works.
     
    Not right now...oil stocks are taking a beating.
  46. @V. K. Ovelund
    An instructor of ten years at a state university in the U.S., I recently got fired, too, for analogous reasons. In my case, however, all I had done is to ask undergraduates to kindly speak English in the classroom.

    I had no history of trouble (I cannot prove this to you, of course, so you may judge my pseudonymous credibility for yourself). My boss tried hard to save my job. Colleagues tried, too; but the dean, who had otherwise practically never heard of me, wanted me gone, so out I went.

    My family's sole breadwinner, I still have four children living at home. The dean didn't care. I had been unmasked as insufficiently enthusiastic for the Revolution, I suppose. Maybe, since I am white, non-Jewish and normal, and had never talked politics at work, I was suspected of voting for Trump. Who knows?

    I had naïvely believed that having friends throughout my department, lacking enemies (excepting the usual ratio of undergraduates temporarily angry over poor grades), and consistently keeping my problems off the department head's desk would save me. Before the age of Resistance Against Trump, it probably would have saved me. No longer.

    I had received no warning. The dean had given no hint. No one had asked me to modify my behavior until, suddenly, Bang! Fired. Your career is dead.

    The university even formally avoided firing me, since they had no actual cause. They just eliminated my position, created two other, putatively unrelated positions which just happened to cover my duties, hired nonwhites to fill the positions and ... well, if you want to know the Machiavellian details of how they insulated themselves against a lawsuit, you can ask. In short, the maneuver was a disgusting betrayal of a loyal, competent, well-liked, understated, longtime member of the team.

    Winegard writes:


    My situation might strike you as trivial and insignificant. And, indeed, I am insignificant. But my firing is not.
     
    Indeed. Readers do not know me or Winegard. I am even less significant than Winegard is and, anyway, you have your own problems. The point however is that, as matters stand, you, too, can be ruined for insufficient enthusiasm for the Revolution; and even if you are not, when you send your kids to college, you may be committing them to the care of a faculty (a) from which non-Revolutionary instructors and professors like me and Winegard have been systematically purged and (b) within which the suavest, most ardent Revolutionaries have clawed their way to the top.

    If that's not okay with you, then you might look for a chance to do something about it.

    Sorry to hear that.

    I can only offer small consolation, in that you are one more step of the Academy towards irrelevance.

    Not much good news elsewhere; acquaintances often admit that in the corporate world, White guys have a target on their back.

    But revolutions have a way of burning themselves out. Keep your head up.

  47. @Servant of Gla'aki
    The part of this kerfuffle that interests me the most, is this comment from the original article:

    The most remarkable aspect of this story is now so commonplace is goes unremarked upon. Winegard states what he believes publicly. He is against racism and antisemitism. The activists have to claim that he secretly believes something else.

    Where did this idea of secret beliefs come from? Where do they get the idea that people systematically misrepresent their beliefs?
     

    >>Where did this idea of secret beliefs come from? Where do they get the idea that people systematically misrepresent their beliefs?<<

    It's all about the Dog Whistle theory. The one that only Alt Lefties can hear.

    It consists of ordinary words or expressions used forever by everyone (or hand signs, like the OK gesture, supposedly) that the Woke Wizards "discover" have hidden, secret meanings that only they and the Southern Poverty Law Center know about.

    Then the Alt Left twitter-verse, Facebook leftist mobs and quickly, the NYT and WaPo "reporters" then gush over as the latest neo-Nazi threat. See they are everywhere, all around us.

    In reality, it is merely a variation of the old ad hominem attack (attack the man, not the argument). This reuses the actual real fact that at certain high frequencies, dogs can hear things people can't and attribute normal discourse to hidden Gnostic practices, evil practices and thoughts.

    So it means that Woke Wizards are like dogs. They see and hear things the Muggles like myself can't. So when they encounter said Nazi dog whistles, they send out barking alarms to their masters all to repeat. Sound the alarms! Begin the Cancellation Frenzy!

    Stalin in the day was very good at dog whistle alerts. He was worried about Troskyites, wreckers, saboteurs, British spies, etc. He could hear and see them before everyone else. Once on that list, you were gulag meat. Most of his closest comrades were "really" out to destroy Communism.

    Ultimately, that is what the Progs have in mind for us. See those ears perk up on the Mainstream Media? That's for you, new Hitler. Just wait…

  48. @Lowe
    The brain implant that is going to be designed by a 50% Muslim, 35% African world. Right.

    The ‘Ruling Class’ is notorious for protecting its prerogatives.

  49. @Morris Applebaum IV
    Rich conservatives need to be pressured to start their own universities instead of giving Ivies billions to put plaques up in their honor. Consider how successful evangelicals have been even scrambling for funding.

    https://www.liberty.edu/aboutliberty/index.cfm?PID=6925

    Like so many other social problems, this can be solved in one generation with strategic planning and a real commitment.

    Rather than starting from scratch, those ‘rich conservatives’ would be better off gaining control of a half-decent small private school which already has a track record and perhaps even a venerable history. I’d love to see St. John’s College in Annapolis & Santa Fe get transformed.

    Major funding can do the rest, except for one thing: rankings. The prominent rankings are predicated to some degree on D.I.E. metrics and even political stance–how often scholars are published and quoted in the ‘right’ journals etc.

    Some may object (with some reason) that the rankings are largely nonsense. But teen-aged applicants (and their parents) are notoriously impressionable and subject to peer pressure. Nonetheless, it’s worth pursuing and any hurdles can be overcome imho. Is anyone doing this?

  50. @Liza
    Come, come, now! That's an expensive looking sack on your back. And look at all the stuff!

    My hobo relatives during the Depression had a red hanky and a stick.

    https://bindlerevolution.wordpress.com/

    What can I say, I just hate to travel light.

    • LOL: Liza
  51. Shortly after my talk, the student newspaper published a clearly slanted article about the event that casually quoted anonymous criticism that my work “resembles the pseudoscience employed by eugenicists.”

    He’s referring to The Crimson White. It’s a notoriously left-wing outlet largely unrepresentative of the student body, a situation exacerbated by the school’s efforts to import out-of-state students en masse on free-ride scholarships, and the legislature’s unwillingness to rein in the school’s wasteful spending (a national scandal if any serious journalist dared look into it). It subsists on football stories to push distribution and uses the opportunity to insert outright political propaganda to gullible readers. Typical stories in this rag: (1) some fraternity / sorority doesn’t have enough black members (but never the reverse commentary about the football team) (2) conservatives bad (3) not enough blacks on campus (never mind adjustments for things like academic qualifications and minimum standards of admission) (4) how The Crimson Tide can still win it all (5) here’s who you should vote for. These are your future Buzzfeed writers. Maybe some will get an internship with the likes of Samantha Bee after they wash out of videogame reporting with around 50k in crushing student loan payments.

    Probably what I remember most about the few times I was handed a copy while traveling through the area was all the various spelling mistakes and infantile political commentary. One article published before a major election copy-pasted extreme left-wing talking points — filled with glaring errors like a common blog post — about the candidates and urged readers to vote for democrats only. In this case, I’m sure if you checked the wording of the Winegard article you’ll find segments either “heavily borrowed” from the Rational Wiki entry or from one of the secondary sources listed there (or some other place like Huffington Post or a blog like Democratic Underground). The student I talked to assured me the student newspaper was trash and told me not to worry about it. He made a point of comically balling it up and throwing it in the trash now that football season was over.

    I wouldn’t doubt some of the professors there refused to meet with Winegard. I had a friendly chat with a group of them (admittedly years ago) and caught several snarky comments from one of the professors about the state’s supposedly dull population — compared it to a third world country. I didn’t have the heart to ask him, someone supposedly versed in statistics, to perhaps consider accounting for the state’s population diversity. The fact that any of these people were ever in a position to stumble across Rational Wiki in the first place pretty much tells you who they are.

    Obviously, I won’t name names. But as an example of what you can expect with that faculty, here’s an actual argument given to me (details disguised) while I visited there years back: “Stephen Jay Gould proved that race doesn’t exist because we aren’t separate species.” Lol. Paint horses don’t exist because horses aren’t zebras. That was a person with a PhD. Dr. Dunning-kruger, nice to meet you (or not because you read a Rational Wiki article on me). I wasn’t too impressed. One of the other faculty members complained about funding, but I came away from the meeting thinking no amount of funding would fix the issue.

    I could also probably guess the names of those who were at least cordial, assuming they still work there; some have obviously retired by now. My guess: either older male faculty, mostly white, with tenure or those basically required to meet with him as part of the invitation. Guess who, in all likelihood, made complete asses of themselves based on nothing but a Rational Wiki article alone — pegged by Anatoly Karlin here as literally run by a basement dweller that refers to itself as “they”, IIRC … something like that anyway. Although, I can think of perhaps one, maybe two, possible exceptions in that demographic that I’m thinking of. Devil’s advocate: How many of these professors felt compelled by cancel culture not to show least they be canceled, too? Younger and female, in all likelihood. So, maybe I’m wrong, and he shouldn’t take it personally. No one wants to be the person who stops clapping first in a room where everyone is compelled to clap for dear leader.

    As an aside: I guess it goes to show you once again just how inept, brainwashed, and cowardly the conservative right is, even in their own home. The student newspaper there has been terrorizing people for well over a decade — probably longer. You’re not going to get anywhere by asking self-righteous, terrible and profoundly stupid people for mercy. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, always has been. Either you censor, deplatform, and ruin the enemy first or they do the same to you eventually. China gets this concept, so they are the nation of the future. This nation has a Red Guard running amok in academia and in social media. That kind of country doesn’t compete in the world of tomorrow.

    Additional aside: the famous entomologist E.O. Wilson has spoken on that campus several times over the past decade or so. He’s the author of Sociobiology, a moderately controversial work that formed the genesis of the modern evolutionary psychology field, at least for the masses. The last reference I can find of him speaking there might be around 2014 or so. That’s the time of the Great Awokening, as Steve Sailer likes to call it. Granted, Wilson is very old now, but he was still sharp even four or five years ago from what I’ve been told. I wonder if he’d be welcome back there now after this … or even if he’d be willing to risk it. For what it’s worth, I remember a conversation I had with someone who attended one of his student-faculty-public meetings back in the day and he was supposedly treated well by everyone. I don’t recall being told of any faculty boycotts. Although, I’m sure Wilson’s language over the years has also been more reserved than Winegard’s, and there is the fact that Twitter didn’t exist way back then.

  52. I’ve been canned from one full-time tenure track job and two part-time jobs. I always had great student reviews and solid peer reviews for classroom teaching.

    The first time I naively believed that, because I had the appropriate credentials, they had hired me to speak my mind. The first month I was there I was put on a search committee for an instructor of African-American history. The Dean wanted to hire some kid who didn’t even have a Master’s, and had failed or withdrawn from a dozen undergraduate classes.

    But he had the right skin color.

    I objected to his poor qualifications, and averred that we insist on getting a Ph.D., as there were plenty on the market. I further opined that if we were creating a different set of standards based on the candidate’s race, that would be unconstitutional.

    I got kicked off the committee within 24 hours and was subsequently canned. Of course, that was not the reason they gave… they started looking for, and inventing, perceived offenses and slights, and axed me by the end of the year.

    The second time I had argued in class that the number of people who die of AIDS is roughly similar to the number murdered with guns, but you don’t hear about the government ever trying to ban anal sex. Somebody complained, and they sent some enraged, lisping gay guy from Human Resources to “investigate” me. Since I was a mere adjunct and was commuting 75 miles round-trip for $2000 and I knew they would just take me off the schedule anyway, I told the guy off to his face. I was indeed taken off the schedule, and that was that.

    The third and final time I played the political game rather carefully and kept my mouth shut around other faculty and managed to stay off the radar for several years, but eventually they got me anyway — partly because they hated the guy who had hired me (a closeted conservative), and because someone heard through the grapevine that I might be “conservative.” So they started looking for excuses. I had been getting paid the equivalent of minimum wage to teach an 80% load, so I was sick of getting taken advantage of by the time they canned me anyway. Good riddance.

    “Academic freedom” simply Does. Not. Exist. The academic business is the most cuttthroat, two-faced, Machiavellian snakepit out there. Don’t try to get into it, and don’t burn your life savings to send your precious children to get corrupted by the scum who masquerade as holier-than-thou professors and administrators.

    • Replies: @JackOH
    "'Academic freedom' simply Does. Not. Exist. The academic business is the most cuttthroat, two-faced, Machiavellian snakepit out there. Don’t try to get into it, and don’t burn your life savings to send your precious children to get corrupted by the scum who masquerade as holier-than-thou professors and administrators."

    Yes, agree, Dr. X. A non-prof, I'm sort of an insider-observer at my local Podunk Tech, which I used to regard fondly. The hesitant and bland speech of a junior scholar delivering a presentation to the public I used to interpret generously as a smart person struggling with difficult material. Nowadays, I understand that same hesitancy and blandness to mean a 35-year-old Ph. D who's so damned desperate for a steady job he's willing to sacrifice intellectual integrity and liveliness of presentation so as not to piss off the folks who can give him that job.
  53. @V. K. Ovelund
    An instructor of ten years at a state university in the U.S., I recently got fired, too, for analogous reasons. In my case, however, all I had done is to ask undergraduates to kindly speak English in the classroom.

    I had no history of trouble (I cannot prove this to you, of course, so you may judge my pseudonymous credibility for yourself). My boss tried hard to save my job. Colleagues tried, too; but the dean, who had otherwise practically never heard of me, wanted me gone, so out I went.

    My family's sole breadwinner, I still have four children living at home. The dean didn't care. I had been unmasked as insufficiently enthusiastic for the Revolution, I suppose. Maybe, since I am white, non-Jewish and normal, and had never talked politics at work, I was suspected of voting for Trump. Who knows?

    I had naïvely believed that having friends throughout my department, lacking enemies (excepting the usual ratio of undergraduates temporarily angry over poor grades), and consistently keeping my problems off the department head's desk would save me. Before the age of Resistance Against Trump, it probably would have saved me. No longer.

    I had received no warning. The dean had given no hint. No one had asked me to modify my behavior until, suddenly, Bang! Fired. Your career is dead.

    The university even formally avoided firing me, since they had no actual cause. They just eliminated my position, created two other, putatively unrelated positions which just happened to cover my duties, hired nonwhites to fill the positions and ... well, if you want to know the Machiavellian details of how they insulated themselves against a lawsuit, you can ask. In short, the maneuver was a disgusting betrayal of a loyal, competent, well-liked, understated, longtime member of the team.

    Winegard writes:


    My situation might strike you as trivial and insignificant. And, indeed, I am insignificant. But my firing is not.
     
    Indeed. Readers do not know me or Winegard. I am even less significant than Winegard is and, anyway, you have your own problems. The point however is that, as matters stand, you, too, can be ruined for insufficient enthusiasm for the Revolution; and even if you are not, when you send your kids to college, you may be committing them to the care of a faculty (a) from which non-Revolutionary instructors and professors like me and Winegard have been systematically purged and (b) within which the suavest, most ardent Revolutionaries have clawed their way to the top.

    If that's not okay with you, then you might look for a chance to do something about it.

    The point however is that, as matters stand, you, too, can be ruined for insufficient enthusiasm for the Revolution

    Absolutely. Keeping your mouth shut about politics and failure to display sufficient ardor for left-wing causes is a sure betrayal that you are the enemy.

    It really is like the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in Mao’s China. No exaggeration.

    • Agree: Hail
  54. @Hypnotoad666
    Woke institutions should just be honest and transparent by having a formal written policy that says: "These are the opinions you are not allowed to have if you want to work here . . ."

    The problem is that they want to have it both ways, by pretending to have academic freedom while actually enforcing ideological orthodoxy.

    On the plus side, the credibility of the leftist-academic complex is further eroded every time they fire someone for wrongthink. At this point, I don't know who could possibly accept them as authoritative truthseekers.

    Woke institutions should just be honest and transparent by having a formal written policy that says: “These are the opinions you are not allowed to have if you want to work here…”

    Increasingly they are using mandatory “commitment to diversity” statements as a means of sorting out the people with the “correct” opinions from The Deplorables.

  55. @Lowe
    The whole account is just Bo making cloaked excuses for how autistic he is. It's really hard to feel sympathy.

    The whole account is just Bo making cloaked excuses for how autistic he is. It’s really hard to feel sympathy.

    No it isn’t. And no it isn’t.

    You should try not to be such a prick.

  56. @Dr. X
    I've been canned from one full-time tenure track job and two part-time jobs. I always had great student reviews and solid peer reviews for classroom teaching.

    The first time I naively believed that, because I had the appropriate credentials, they had hired me to speak my mind. The first month I was there I was put on a search committee for an instructor of African-American history. The Dean wanted to hire some kid who didn't even have a Master's, and had failed or withdrawn from a dozen undergraduate classes.

    But he had the right skin color.

    I objected to his poor qualifications, and averred that we insist on getting a Ph.D., as there were plenty on the market. I further opined that if we were creating a different set of standards based on the candidate's race, that would be unconstitutional.

    I got kicked off the committee within 24 hours and was subsequently canned. Of course, that was not the reason they gave... they started looking for, and inventing, perceived offenses and slights, and axed me by the end of the year.

    The second time I had argued in class that the number of people who die of AIDS is roughly similar to the number murdered with guns, but you don't hear about the government ever trying to ban anal sex. Somebody complained, and they sent some enraged, lisping gay guy from Human Resources to "investigate" me. Since I was a mere adjunct and was commuting 75 miles round-trip for $2000 and I knew they would just take me off the schedule anyway, I told the guy off to his face. I was indeed taken off the schedule, and that was that.

    The third and final time I played the political game rather carefully and kept my mouth shut around other faculty and managed to stay off the radar for several years, but eventually they got me anyway -- partly because they hated the guy who had hired me (a closeted conservative), and because someone heard through the grapevine that I might be "conservative." So they started looking for excuses. I had been getting paid the equivalent of minimum wage to teach an 80% load, so I was sick of getting taken advantage of by the time they canned me anyway. Good riddance.

    "Academic freedom" simply Does. Not. Exist. The academic business is the most cuttthroat, two-faced, Machiavellian snakepit out there. Don't try to get into it, and don't burn your life savings to send your precious children to get corrupted by the scum who masquerade as holier-than-thou professors and administrators.

    “‘Academic freedom’ simply Does. Not. Exist. The academic business is the most cuttthroat, two-faced, Machiavellian snakepit out there. Don’t try to get into it, and don’t burn your life savings to send your precious children to get corrupted by the scum who masquerade as holier-than-thou professors and administrators.”

    Yes, agree, Dr. X. A non-prof, I’m sort of an insider-observer at my local Podunk Tech, which I used to regard fondly. The hesitant and bland speech of a junior scholar delivering a presentation to the public I used to interpret generously as a smart person struggling with difficult material. Nowadays, I understand that same hesitancy and blandness to mean a 35-year-old Ph. D who’s so damned desperate for a steady job he’s willing to sacrifice intellectual integrity and liveliness of presentation so as not to piss off the folks who can give him that job.

  57. @Flip
    Well, Exxon stock (XOM) probably works.

    Well, Exxon stock (XOM) probably works.

    Not right now…oil stocks are taking a beating.

  58. This new article by the brothers Winegard and a third author may be of interest.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886920301045

    • Replies: @res
    Indeed. Thanks. That article seems worthy of an iSteve post (and perhaps one from James Thompson as well).
  59. @Cardano
    This new article by the brothers Winegard and a third author may be of interest.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886920301045

    Indeed. Thanks. That article seems worthy of an iSteve post (and perhaps one from James Thompson as well).

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