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New thread posted:

Per user suggestion, until traffic on this sub picks up a bit, I'm going to create a single thread that may correlate to several weeks' worth of threads in the subreddit. We have this option because saidit's automoderator doesn't appear to have the "auto-post new threads" feature. There is no cutoff that will generate a new OT/LE thread, but practically-speaking, it will probably be somewhere in the 2-3 weeks/100 comments range to start. We have flexibility at the expense of a small amount of convenience.

That said, here is the cross-link to the current OT/LE on reddit:

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Incels Vote Too: The anti-feminist voters of South Korea have made their voices heard, as the war between the sexes ramps up.

South Korea has elected an incel, or so the headlines go. In a world that has seen both Donald Trump and Eric Zemmour on a presidential ballot, the election of the 61-year-old former prosecutor general is not terribly spicy—except, perhaps, that he campaigned on being an anti-feminist.

Even spicier, perhaps, was that more than half of South Korea said yes to Yoon Suk-yeol’s bid for the presidency—presumably, a large coalition of disgruntled males. By a narrow, 1 percent margin, Yoon defeated the liberal Democratic Party of Korea’s frontrunner Lee Jae-myung by promising to absolve Korea’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, among other seemingly radical proposals.

Wrote S. Nathan Park at UnHerd back in February, when Yoon appeared to be gaining a lead: “Warning of the ‘totalitarian tendency’ of feminism and accusing the ruling Democratic Party of fixating on a ‘pro-woman agenda,’ Lee and his supporters have injected a jolt of energy into the South Korean Right.”

The last time conservatives held power in South Korea, it ended poorly for them. Park Geun-hye was the first female president of South Korea, and the first female popularly-elected head of state in East Asia, who also became the first impeached female president and later the first former female president to be convicted of corruption charges of the same. Perhaps it isn’t so surprising that when the party came back into national relevance, it cast its lot behind the opposite sex.

Yoon’s election didn’t fall along the more typical lines of conservative politics such as immigration, law and order, or cutting regulations. But neither is the resurgence of masculinity random, in a country that now has the lowest birth rate in the world after the Vatican City (0.84 births per woman) and a devastating marriage rate to back it up.

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Job applicant sues Bridgewater State U. for asking her to ‘defend her whiteness’ in interview

Donna Johnston, one of ten applicants for three open positions in the School of Social Work, said she was “floored” by the statement, in addition to being told that “Black students may not be able to relate to [her] because of [her] white privilege,” The Boston Globe reports.

Johnston says her qualifications are “superior” to the three women who ended up being hired by Bridgewater State. The university claims race played “no factor” in its hiring decisions.

“Any possibility of discriminatory motive is contradicted by the fact that the university ultimately hired two Caucasians,” Bridgewater State said in a statement. (The third hire was a black female.) It also said Johnston “lacked expertise and live classroom experience and failed to present herself as student focused” in its statement filed last month with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

According to the Globe report, Johnston previously had taught at Southern New Hampshire University and Virginia Commonwealth University. She said she expected questions about that experience, along with her “clinical practice, field work,” not about her “whiteness.”

Johnston’s lawyer said “If somebody had said to a Black applicant, let’s talk about your blackness, or how does your blackness affect something, there’d be outrage.”

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The end of the Age of Fragility: The war in Ukraine has exposed the moral infirmities of the West.

It is not the most pressing question to emerge from Russia’s onslaught on Ukraine, but I have nonetheless found myself wondering – what will happen with the word ‘erasure’ following this war? Ukraine’s heroic president Volodymyr Zelensky used the e-word last week. Russia, he said, is out to ‘erase our history’. The Putin regime and its marauding forces want to ‘erase our country, erase us all’, Zelensky cried, aptly, given the vigour and bigotry with which Putin has mocked and violently undermined Ukrainian sovereignty. Putin clearly sees Ukraine as a joke nation that can casually be erased from the map.

Zelensky’s impassioned, existential words got me thinking: which woke warrior here in the mercifully war-free West will dare to misuse the word ‘erasure’ now? ‘Erasure’ is a key buzzword in the PC lexicon. There’s trans erasure, LGBT erasure, the erasure of black women with ‘kinky hair’. Only erasure here doesn’t mean ‘the removal of all traces of something’. It certainly doesn’t mean a foreign power using brute force to extinguish your most basic rights. No, it means a gender-critical feminist turning up to your campus and saying ‘If you have a penis, you are a man’. It means EastEnders not having enough bisexual characters. It means being asked ‘Can I touch your hair?’. It means attending a museum or some other public institution and seeing that its Pride flag doesn’t include the shade that represents your femme-boy demisexual identity. All of this is very seriously described as ‘erasure’. Even as bombs fall on Kharkiv and Kyiv, threatening to erase people and infrastructure, designed to erase a nation’s identity, still time-rich, experience-poor activists in the West seriously believe they are being erased by mean tweets and differing opinions.

It remains to be seen which woke midwit will be the first to say out loud that having to walk past a statue of a long-dead Brit with iffy beliefs feels ‘erasing’ at the same time as statues and buildings and people in Ukraine are being erased by Russian bombs. But we already know for sure that the war in Ukraine is raising questions not only about the Putin regime’s criminal behaviour and Ukraine’s right to self-determination, but also about the West. The war in Ukraine is an incredibly confronting moment for Europe. It reminds us that history is not in fact over. That unresolved questions of power and territory lurk just beneath the surface of politics. That war is not the faraway phenomenon we thought it was. More fundamentally, it implicitly issues a challenge to the unseriousness, the smallness, of what passes for public life in the 21st-century West. It asks us if we are ready for the violent return of history. The answer, right now, seems to be No.

Over the past few weeks, the contrast between the frivolousness of the woke West and the seriousness of threatened Ukraine could not have been more stark. On the very day Russia launched its invasion, the UK Ministry of Defence’s LGBT Network (why?) announced on Twitter that it was having a coffee morning to discuss pansexuality and asexuality. Yes, as Ukrainians hid from Russian tanks and planes, a part of the actual MoD was sipping lattes and chatting about folk who feel a ‘romantic, emotional and / or sexual attraction to people regardless of their gender’. Not to be outdone, the head of MI6, Richard Moore (he / him), used the occasion of Russia’s bombardment of Ukraine to issue a ‘series of tweets’ on LGBTHM2022 – that’s LGBT History Month 2022 for those of you not abreast with the alphabet soup.

As everyday Ukrainians pull together and arm themselves with guns and petrol bombs, Britain’s military top brass have rather different concerns. Such as why you should avoid using words like ‘manpower’, ‘strong’ and ‘grip’. They ‘reinforce dominant cultural patterns’, according to a recent internal report authored by UK national security adviser Sir Stephen Lovegrove. Apparently you should also check your white privilege and use gender-neutral language wherever possible. And let’s not forget the campaign for ‘vegan uniforms’ in the British army. Last week, as Ukraine burned, it was reported that the Ministry of Defence Vegan and Vegetarian Network (again, why?) is agitating for animal-friendly clothing and boots, excluding things like leather. Well, you wouldn’t want to be wearing the skin of a dead animal as you kill a human being, would you?

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Gambia refuses to take back illegal migrants with EU deportation orders: African countries may increasingly block migrants deported from Europe from landing in their territory

The African country of The Gambia, headed by President Adama Barrow, is refusing to take back thousands of its citizens currently living in Germany and elsewhere in the European Union who have been issued deportation orders, blocking their repatriations back to West Africa.

As a result of Barrow refusing to issue landing permits for deportation pilots from European Union countries since 2019, the bloc’s authorities have and continue to be powerless to deport 6,000 of the 16,000 Gambians currently residing in Germany who have been ordered to leave the country, Die Welt reports.

The Gambia — where 95 percent of the population is Muslim — claims that it cannot take back its citizens who are residing illegally in Europe because they are “unable to be reintegrated back into society” — and if repatriated — would bring social unrest to the country. Thus, the government is refusing to comply with international law, which obliges country’s to take back their deported nationals.

“Social unrest” can be expected when thousands of Gambian’s return, a spokesman for the Gambian government claimed. “We are trying to consolidate peace, stability, and democracy in our country.”

There are several reasons why President Barrow, who’s up for reelection this coming December, doesn’t want to see Gambian deportees who are living across Europe repatriated. One of the main reasons repeatedly given by Barrow is that the majority of the country’s population – composed of a little over 2 million people – believes that the departure of these young men now living across Europe has helped to eliminate crime and violence in the Gambia. If these young men were returned, they believe the crime and violence would inevitably come back as well, he claims.

Importing thousands of young African men “unable to be reintegrated back into society”, "bring social unrest", and increase "crime and violence", you say? 🤔

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SDSU professor who teaches about racism punished for teaching about racism

A Latino philosophy professor at San Diego State University whose academic expertise includes topics of race and racism has been abruptly removed from teaching two of his courses.

At issue is Professor J. Angelo Corlett’s use of racial epithets to explain the difference between racial and racist language.

“On March 1 an unidentified Black student, who was not registered in Corlett’s critical thinking course, stopped by and repeatedly challenged Corlett’s mention of epithets, particularly one regarded as the most offensive slur against Black people,” the San Diego Union-Tribune reported March 6.

Corlett told The College Fix that he engaged with the visitor to explain his pedagogy, but was told later that day by administration that he was relieved of teaching duties for his “Critical Thinking and Composition” and “Philosophy, Racism and Justice” classes.

Corlett, who has earned multiple teaching awards at SDSU and has taught on racism for two decades, said there is a difference between the “use” and “mention” of racial epithets.

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Wisconsin professor suspended after criticizing ‘woke dysphoria’

Concordia College in Wisconsin has suspended a professor after he criticized “woke dysphoria” at the school.

“It is our understanding that the University suspended Dr. [Gregory] Schulz for his public criticism of the search for a new president and the overall direction of the university,” Dan Lennington, the professor’s attorney, told The College Fix recently.

“The University has asked that Dr. Schulz ‘recant’ his views and apologize for offending University officials, which he is unwilling to do,” the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty attorney said. WILL is assisting Schulz in his battle.


The philosophy professor, who has been considered as a candidate to be the university’s next president, criticized Concordia for allegedly prioritizing candidates who support diversity, equity, inclusion and critical race theory ideology.

The search committee members “have been publicly announcing their determination to have a president who exhibits a ‘demonstrated belief in and commitment to equity and inclusion,’” Schulz said. The committee also wants a candidate “who promotes racialized ‘diversity in all its myriad forms,'” he wrote.

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Thirty percent of colleges are not worth the cost, researchers conclude

A new report from Georgetown University researchers concluded that while most colleges have a positive return on investment after 10 years, some do not.

The Manhattan School of Music, Beacon College and Berklee College of Music, for example, still have a negative Net Present Value after more than 10 years post-graduation, according to the Center on Education and the Workforce.

This means that someone who enrolls now at one of those schools would expect to come out financially worse off after 10 years.


The problem is not isolated to a handful of colleges.

At 1,233 of 4,500 institutions researched, over 30 percent of student alumni earn less than high school graduates, according to a February 22 news release from the education research center. Its partially funded with money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is led by Professor Anthony Carnevale.

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B.C. teacher faces complaint after reading racist slur aloud during Black history lesson

The family of a biracial student has filed a complaint against a Vancouver Island teacher for repeatedly reading aloud the N-word while teaching from a novel chosen to mark Black History Month.

The complaint was filed after the 12-year-old came home from school on Feb. 7 and told his mother and grandmother that his teacher had said the slur multiple times.

"He said, 'that's inappropriate, and that's awful for her to say,'" the boy's mother said. CBC has agreed not to name her to protect her children.

The Grade 6 teacher at Dunsmuir Middle School in Colwood had been reading to the class from the 1977 novel Underground to Canada, following other Black History Month lessons that the teacher says included studies of prominent Black Canadians and their contributions to fields including science, activism and literature.

The mother said using the slur in any context makes Black students feel singled out and unsafe among their classmates.

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Top female scientist canceled over 13-year-old ‘Michael Jackson’ Halloween costume

Highly decorated virologist Julie Overbaugh has been forced out of a position of leadership at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and resigned her faculty affiliate position at the University of Washington School of Medicine due to accusations of racism and investigations involving her decision to wear a Michael Jackson costume to a Halloween party in 2009.

A picture of the 13-year-old incident, in which she is accused of wearing “blackface,” has prompted peers to accuse her of racism despite the fact that her research has focused on aiding Africans for the last three decades.


Members of the Overbaugh lab apparently enjoy celebrating Halloween and have posted pictures of its themed parties every year. In past years they have dressed as emojis, bumble bees, fish — and even as “Binders of Babes” — a riff on Republican Mitt Romney’s gaffe while running for president.

The picture from the year 2009 is conspicuously missing from the webpage.

“The act depicted in the photo is racist, offensive and hurtful, and we offer our sincere apologies to anyone who has experienced pain or upset because of the act or this photo,” the cancer center announced in mid-February, adding Overbaugh was put on administrative leave and placed under investigation.

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The genetics of specific cognitive abilities

Most research on individual differences in performance on tests of cognitive ability focuses on general cognitive ability (g), the highest level in the three-level CattellHorn-Carroll (CHC) hierarchical model of intelligence. About 50% of the variance of g is due to inherited DNA differences (heritability) which increases across development. Much less is known about the genetics of the middle level of the CHC model, which includes 16 broad factors such as fluid reasoning, processing speed, and quantitative knowledge. We provide a meta-analytic review of 863,041 monozygotic-dizygotic twin comparisons from 80 publications for these middle-level factors, which we refer to as specific cognitive abilities (SCA). Twin comparisons were available for 11 of the 16 CHC domains. The average heritability across all SCA is 55%, similar to the heritability of g. However, there is substantial differential heritability and the SCA do not show the dramatic developmental increase in heritability seen for g. We also investigated SCA independent of g (g-corrected SCA, which we refer to as SCA.g). A surprising finding is that SCA.g remain substantially heritable (53% on average), even though 25% of the variance of SCA that covaries with g has been removed. Our review frames expectations for genomic research that will use polygenic scores to predict SCA and SCA.g. Genome-wide association studies of SCA.g are needed to create polygenic scores that can predict SCA profiles of cognitive abilities and disabilities independent of g. These could be used to foster children’s cognitive strengths and minimise their weaknesses


We conclude that some SCA are more heritable than others. The estimates ranged from 40% for reaction and decision speed (Gt) to 74% for processing speed (Gs). Our expectation that domains conceptually closer to g would have higher heritability than ones more conceptually distinct from g led us to be surprised which SCA were most heritable.

For example, processing speed (Gs), the most heritable CHC domain, is within the functional grouping of general speed. Processing speed is defined as ‘the ability to automatically and fluently perform relatively easy or over-learned elementary cognitive tasks, especially when high mental efficiency (i.e., attention and focused concentration) is required’ (McGrew, 2009, p. 6). In contrast, reaction and decision speed (Gt), another CHC domain within the functional grouping of general speed for which twin comparisons were available, yielded the lowest heritability of 40%. It is defined as ‘the ability to make elementary decisions and/or responses (simple reaction time) or one of several elementary decisions and/or responses (complex reaction time) at the onset of simple stimuli’ (McGrew, 2009, p. 6). Why is reaction and decision speed (Gt) so much less heritable than processing speed (Gs) (40% vs 74%)? One possibility is that processing speed picks up ‘extra’ genetic influence because it involves more cognitive processing than reaction time. But this would not explain why processing speed is more heritable than fluid reasoning (42%), which seems to involve the highest level of cognitive processing such as problem solving and inductive and deductive reasoning.

Another example of the need to assess rather than assume which SCA are more or less heritable involves acquired knowledge and fluid reasoning. Acquired knowledge refers to recalling stored information, often called crystallized intelligence. Fluid reasoning involves the ability to solve novel problems, called fluid intelligence. It is tempting to think that acquired knowledge is a function of experience and thus less heritable. Fluid intelligence, on the other hand, has been thought to be impervious to experience and thus more heritable. To the contrary, our results indicate that acquired knowledge is the most heritable grouping of CHC domains, with an average heritability of 57%. In contrast, fluid reasoning is only modestly heritable (42%).

One direction for future research is to understand why some SCA are more heritable than others. A first step in this direction is to assess the extent to which differential reliability underlies differential heritability because reliability, especially test-retest reliability rather than internal consistency, creates a ceiling for heritability. For example, the least heritable SCA is short-term memory (Gsm), for which concerns about test-retest reliability have been raised (Waters & Caplan, 2003).

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The surgeon general calls on Big Tech to turn over Covid-19 misinformation data.

President Biden’s surgeon general on Thursday formally requested that the major tech platforms submit information about the scale of Covid-19 misinformation on social networks, search engines, crowdsourced platforms, e-commerce platforms and instant messaging systems.

A request for information from the surgeon general’s office demanded that tech platforms send data and analysis on the prevalence of Covid-19 misinformation on their sites, starting with common examples of vaccine misinformation documented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The notice asks the companies to submit “exactly how many users saw or may have been exposed to instances of Covid-19 misinformation,” as well as aggregate data on demographics that may have been disproportionately exposed to or affected by the misinformation.

The surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, also demanded information from the platforms about the major sources of Covid-19 misinformation, including those that engaged in the sale of unproven Covid-19 products, services and treatments.

“Technology companies now have the opportunity to be open and transparent with the American people about the misinformation on their platforms,” Dr. Murthy said in an emailed statement. He added: “This is about protecting the nation’s health.”

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Twitter suspends US Senate candidate for hateful conduct

A U.S. Senate candidate for Missouri says she has no plans to delete a transphobic tweet that violated Twitter’s rules against hateful conduct, even after the social media platform said she won’t be able to tweet, retweet, follow or like posts until she does.

Twitter suspended Vicky Hartzler ’s personal account on Monday.

Hartzler’s tweet, posted in mid-February, said: “Women’s sports are for women, not men pretending to be women,” and included her TV ad targeting transgender people in sports and particularly University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas.

A statement from Hartzler’s campaign called the suspension “shameful, utterly ridiculous, and a horrible abuse of censorship by big tech giants to stifle free speech.” The campaign said Hartzler will not delete the tweet.

Hartzler is a congresswoman representing Missouri’s 4th District. She is among several Republicans vying for the 2022 Senate seat. Incumbent Republican Roy Blunt announced last year he would not seek a third term.

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Another FDA Blunder: How the Food and Drug Administration botched the vaccine-approval process for young children

A vaccine advisory meeting was scheduled for February 15, and many waited eagerly for dissemination of trial data, which were slated to be made public the Friday beforehand (February 11). On February 10, however, more leaked data emerged. The New York Times reported the sample size of the study, and that there were just 50 total infections, with a 57 percent reduction in cases. These data were sufficient for statisticians to estimate roughly the confidence interval, which was going to be very wide (anywhere from 25 percent to 75 percent), prompting more debate about whether it was prudent for the FDA to approve the shot.

Then, in a stunning about-face, Pfizer announced on February 11 that it was pulling its EUA from consideration. Gottlieb told reporters that there were too few cases, and too few symptomatic cases, in the trial. The numbers were unreliable, and the FDA and Pfizer would wait for the third-dose results to come in. Some observers were upset and argued that the vaccine should be made available, or that at least all data be made public—the latter an entirely reasonable request.

Few have grappled with the implications for this series of events, which represents an unforced error in vaccine regulation. First, the FDA vaccine division is operating at diminished capacity. Marion Gruber and Philip Krause, the director and deputy director of that division, famously resigned in the fall of 2021 after decade-long careers in response to pressure from the White House to approve boosters for all adults. As such, trust is already low in some quarters. Second, vaccine regulation is a reputational field. To an outside observer, it looks as if the agency does not know what it is doing. The agency has asked Pfizer to show that antibody levels are non-inferior—does it want this information or not? If the agency is happy with a reduction in Covid cases, it could have explicitly asked Pfizer to make this the primary endpoint of the study.

But it is unscientific to run a trial and then accept any endpoint that looks favorable. Scientists call it the Texas Sharpshooter fallacy: someone fires indiscriminately at the side of a barn and then paints a bullseye where several bullets happened to bunch together. The FDA appeared to be inviting such gaming.

Worse, just two weeks later, important data emerged suggesting that the vaccine was much less effective at blocking infection in the older, five- to 11-year-old age group. Investigators speculate that one potential reason was the lower dose. But if the dose is responsible for the inferior performance in five- to 11-year-olds, what would have happened had authorities authorized an even lower dose in those aged six months to four years?

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The West’s Green Delusions Empowered Putin: While we banned plastic straws, Russia drilled and doubled nuclear energy production.

How is it possible that European countries, Germany especially, allowed themselves to become so dependent on an authoritarian country over the 30 years since the end of the Cold War?

Here’s how: These countries are in the grips of a delusional ideology that makes them incapable of understanding the hard realities of energy production. Green ideology insists we don’t need nuclear and that we don’t need fracking. It insists that it’s just a matter of will and money to switch to all-renewables—and fast. It insists that we need “degrowth” of the economy, and that we face looming human “extinction.” (I would know. I myself was once a true believer.)

John Kerry, the United States’ climate envoy, perfectly captured the myopia of this view when he said, in the days before the war, that the Russian invasion of Ukraine “could have a profound negative impact on the climate, obviously. You have a war, and obviously you’re going to have massive emissions consequences to the war. But equally importantly, you’re going to lose people’s focus.”

But it was the West’s focus on healing the planet with “soft energy” renewables, and moving away from natural gas and nuclear, that allowed Putin to gain a stranglehold over Europe’s energy supply.

As the West fell into a hypnotic trance about healing its relationship with nature, averting climate apocalypse and worshiping a teenager named Greta, Vladimir Putin made his moves.

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Germany using mass surveillance and censorship to crush political opposition: Germany claims it is a liberal democracy, but the nation uses surveillance against its political opposition, is looking to ban free speech platforms, and conducts police raids against citizens for what should be protected speech

A large part of the German population is expected to face criminal charges related to “hate” in the coming years. The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) expects around 150,000 criminal proceedings per year for hate crimes on the Internet due to the Network Enforcement Act, which will be tightened from next month, with the BKA expecting 250,000 hate crime reports.


In four German states, the opposition Alternative for Germany party (AfD) has been labeled a threat to the constitution by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). The BfV ruling means the domestic intelligence agency is legally able to read the emails and monitor the phone calls of every single AfD party member in those four states. The BfV can also deploy informants into the party’s ranks.

It is hard to exaggerate how much power the BfV has to spy on citizens and effectively throttle a political party from functioning, especially in a country that prides itself on its label of liberal democracy. Once using intelligence methods reserved for fringe neo-Nazis, green eco-terrorists, and radical Islamic groups — many of which were issuing direct calls to violence or organizing actual extremist plots — the German state has now applied intrusive and blanket surveillance methods on a party that garners votes from millions of law-abiding Germans.

The BfV’s policy of mass surveillance was implemented under the Merkel government during a time when the AfD was the largest opposition party in the country. This policy does not discriminate, either. All members of the AfD are believed to be guilty for simply being members, which means thousands of perfectly innocent citizens are under active surveillance. While the BfV claims that the party has a number of extremist members, the current surveillance policy makes no distinction between “normal” members and whatever small amount of members could potentially be labeled extremist. To date, no AfD member has been arrested or convicted for organizing a terror attack. Even if there were such instances, the AfD has always preached voting as a method for political change and rejected violence.

In reality, AfD is the party most actively targeted with political violence in all of Germany, with members assaulted, issued death threats, and on numerous occasions, targeted with arson attacks. Besides state repression, the party deals with very real far-left threats, and a blackout on news coverage in mainstream media if such attacks occur. Within the media, the AfD has been shut out of the country’s powerful political talk shows and debate panels.'

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Supporters say they have the votes in the House to pass a reparations bill after years of lobbying

More than three decades after it was first introduced, a House bill that would create a commission to study reparations for Black Americans has the votes to pass, its key champions say.

That broad support, they contend, shows that the idea of reparations has gone from the fringes to the mainstream of American politics.

“This has been a 30-plus year journey,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.). “We had to take a different approach. We had to go one by one to members explaining this does not generate a check.”

The commission would hold hearings with testimony from those who support and oppose the idea. Jackson Lee said the country would end up better from the process. “Reparations is about repair and when you repair the damage that has been done, you do so much to move a society forward. This commission can be a healing process. Telling the truth can heal America,” she said.

While supporters are confident they have the votes to gain approval in the House, they are less optimistic about the bill’s fate in the Senate. Instead, they intend to push President Biden to sign an executive order that would create the commission.

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The Moral Atrocity of “Top Surgery”: Do surgeons obtain truly informed consents for life-altering procedures on minors?

Increasingly, confused girls with mental-health issues are lining up to have their breasts removed, erroneously believing my colleagues who tell them the operation will alleviate their emotional pain and allow them to emerge as their authentic selves. Girls as young as 13 are having “top surgery,” a euphemism for a bilateral mastectomy—the removal of both breasts—in order to create, as gender surgeons put it, a “masculinized” chest. “Bilateral mastectomy” sounds jarring and clinical; it’s a treatment for cancer, after all—one that women agonize over.

Mind you, these are the same people who insist that five-year-olds use anatomically accurate terms, not childish nicknames, for their genitals. They soberly instruct us to teach the words “scrotum” and “vulva” to kindergarteners. But the vague, trivial-sounding terms “top” and “bottom” surgeries—that language is fine. As if the consequences of those major operations—infertility, sexual dysfunction, infection, and chronic pelvic pain, to name a few—aren’t permanent and debilitating.

As an intern in pediatrics, when one of my patients needed a medical procedure, I was required to obtain informed consent from the parents or guardian of the minor. I was obligated to explain, accurately and comprehensively, the risks—both immediate and long-term—of the procedure. I wonder how accurate and comprehensive are the consents obtained by surgeons who perform double mastectomies on minors. Mia’s mother was almost certainly told that mastectomies for minors with gender dysphoria are evidence-based treatment, supported by well-documented standards of care. But did the surgeon mention that this deceptive reassurance is being challenged in court by the Society for Evidence-Based Gender Medicine?

SEGM’s arguments against mastectomies for girls like Mia are compelling. They point out that long-term outcomes are highly uncertain and that many girls have untreated mental-health issues. They explain why the evidence supporting mastectomies in minors is low-quality and unreliable. According to SEGM, mastectomies on minors are an “experimental procedure on vulnerable youth” whose brains and identities are still developing. Leading gender clinics and psychiatric associations worldwide are rejecting these procedures. They’re saying that girls who want their breasts removed need in-depth psychotherapy, not a surgeon’s scalpel.

I know many girls like Mia, and I’m well aware that she can’t tolerate talking about her periods, let alone pregnancy, because she’s fleeing womanhood. But her identity is still evolving; if she’s like other gender-confused girls, she wore lace push-up bras less than a year ago. In the next decade, she will go through many more changes—and one of them, I hope, will be re-acceptance of her female biology. She may follow the same path as Daisy Chadra, a young woman who lived as a man for five years and had her breasts “amputated” (her word). What she lost is irreplaceable, but Daisy’s back at peace with her female biology. There appear to be thousands like her, who regret the medical and surgical interventions they believed would solve their emotional problems. Transgender activists claim regret is rare, but this de-transitioners’ site alone has 26,000 members. If Mia someday joins their growing ranks, she may experience her flat, scarred chest as a loss.

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The dangerous narcissism of American liberals: AnnaLynne McCord's ‘Mr President Putin’ poem is all too typical of liberal self-indulgence.

‘If I was your mother, you would have been so loved, held in the arms of joyous light… I can’t imagine the stain, the soul-stealing pain that the little boy you must have seen and believed and the formulation of thought quickly taught that you lived in a cruel, unjust world… Oh dear Mr President Putin.’

And thus, with cascading beachy locks and furrowed brow, noted peace bringer and foreign-policy ace AnnaLynne McCord (formerly of teen drama 90210) made a heroic intervention into the biggest Eurasian crisis since the 1990s.

In a two-minute-long poem she apparently wrote, recorded and posted to Twitter on Thursday, she tells ‘Mr President Putin’ and the rest of the world, that if only he had been hugged more as a child maybe he would not have felt the need to invade another country. As Russian tanks rumbled across the Ukrainian plains and people fled for their lives, McCord bravely reached out to the Russian president from her sofa and put herself directly in the firing line of global derision and scorn.

She deserves every minute of it.

If McCord’s poem to Putin isn’t an indictment of Western decadence, self-indulgence and mortifying presumption then I don’t know what is. I can see the funny side, of course. And it’s tempting simply to shrug this off as a dumb stunt. But this is actually no laughing matter. It’s a sign that the West has become so intellectually debased that we no longer deserve to be in charge. Stop the ride. I want to get off.

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Reality Honks Back: The Canadian trucker convoy suggests a new class divide originating in our experience of reality itself.

The world is watching what’s happening in Canada with a mixture of fascination and horror. The weeks-long saga of the “Freedom Convoy” protest against pandemic restrictions, spearheaded by Canadian truckers, has taken an authoritarian turn. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked emergency powers to crush the peaceful protest, suspending civil liberties protections, arresting hundreds, and taking the unprecedented step of ordering dissident citizens entirely frozen out of the financial system. What brought Canada’s normally placid politics to this point?

Many have slotted this drama into a familiar framework of right-wing populists versus left-wing elites. But a different way of looking at it may be more helpful in explaining not only what has happened in Canada but also why the political divide now looks so strikingly similar across the developed world, from Ottawa to Wellington.

While much has been made of the “working class” and its alienation from “the elite,” this phrasing comes with associations about material wealth and economic class that aren’t necessarily helpful. Many of those who support “populist” politics in opposition to the elite tend to be relatively solidly middle class, while many a starving artist supports the establishment Left. The character of one’s work and lifestyle seems to shape the common values of each side of the class divide more than income does.

Consider instead two main classes of people in society, who tend to navigate and interact with the world in fundamentally different ways. The first are those people who work primarily in the real, physical world. Maybe they work directly with their hands, like a carpenter, or a mechanic, or a farmer. Or maybe they are only a step away: they own or manage a business where they organize and direct employees who work with their hands and buy or sell or move things around in the real world, like a transport logistics company. This class necessarily works in a physical location or owns or operates physical assets central to its trade.

The second class of people is different. They are, relatively speaking, a civilizational innovation. They don’t interact much with the physical world directly; they are handlers of knowledge. They work with information, which might be digital or analog, numerical or narrative. But in all cases, the information exists at a level of abstraction from the real world. Manipulation and distribution of this information can influence the real world, but only through informational chains that pass directives to agents who can themselves act in the physical world—a bit like a software program that sends commands to a robot arm on an assembly line. To facilitate this process, these people build and manage abstract institutions and systems of organizational communication as a means of control. Individuals in this class usually occupy middle links in these informational chains, in which neither the inputs nor outputs of their role have any direct relationship with or effect on the physical world. They are informational middlemen. This class can therefore often do their job almost entirely from a laptop, by email or a virtual Zoom meeting, and its members have recently realized that they don’t even need to be sitting in an office cubicle while they do it.

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SDSU may revoke mandatory land acknowledgment policy amid complaints, legal concerns

A policy at San Diego State University that requires professors to include a “land acknowledgment” on their syllabus has prompted frustration and concerns that it violates academic freedom and compels speech.

At its March 1 meeting, the faculty senate “will discuss revising the policy language to remove the requirement,” La Monica Everett-Haynes, associate vice president of strategic communications at SDSU, told The College Fix in an email.

The decision to review it comes after the higher education watchdog group, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, sent SDSU President Adela de la Torre a letter on Jan. 17 expressing concerns that the mandate violates the First Amendment and called for its removal.


In its letter, FIRE argued requiring such a statement is a “mandatory pledge of personal beliefs.”

“While the university is free to encourage faculty to adopt such statements, and academic freedom would protect the right of faculty to adopt such statements if administrators were opposed to them, a mandate amounts to compelled speech in violation of SDSU’s obligations under the First Amendment,” wrote FIRE litigation fellow Jeff Zeman.

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Some school systems pause diversity programs amid pushback

Conservative takeovers of local school boards have already altered lessons on race and social injustice in many classrooms. Now some districts are finding their broader efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion are also being challenged.

As her Colorado school district’s equity director, Alexis Knox-Miller thought the work she and a volunteer team were doing was on solid ground, especially with an audit in hand that detailed where the district was falling short in making sure all students had the same opportunities.

But in December, Knox-Miller reluctantly disbanded the equity leadership team after more than a year of meetings. New conservative members had won a majority on the school board after voicing doubts about the work, and she worried the efforts might not lead anywhere.

The new board says it will take up the issue in the spring.

“Around the time that the equity audit was being released, I realized that the tide had changed around diversity, equity and inclusion efforts,” Knox-Miller said. “People were conflating the definition of equity with critical race theory, and the absurd accusations that we were teaching critical race theory in classrooms to kindergartners began.”

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[Christopher F. Rufo] The Fight for Curriculum Transparency: Parents have the right to know what public schools are teaching their children.

Last December, my Manhattan Institute colleagues Jim Copland, John Ketcham, and I developed a model transparency policy, which, if adopted, would require public schools to make teaching materials available to parents online. Since then, legislators in 19 states have introduced bills to require curriculum transparency statewide. It has become, within a matter of weeks, one of the hottest public-policy ideas in the country—and, just as quickly, one of the most controversial.

As soon as conservative legislators began introducing these bills, left-wing activist organizations lined up in opposition. In states such as Kansas and Indiana, teachers’ unions have rallied their members to state capitols to protest curriculum transparency. The unions object to any imposition on teachers, but they also fear—after the unprecedented public anger generated by school closures, mask mandates, and critical race theory—that giving parents a window into the classroom will strengthen the backlash.

They should be worried. In recent years, teachers’ unions have been captured by their most radical elements. Last year, the NEA, which represents more than 3 million public school employees, explicitly endorsed critical race theory and other radical ideologies. This year, the organization is fighting to block parents from knowing whether its members have implemented these unpopular pedagogies in the classroom.

Civil rights organizations have also moved to block greater transparency in public schools. The American Civil Liberties Union, which once vigorously supported legislation to provide government transparency, recently abandoned this principle. “Some of these so-called ‘curriculum transparency bills’ are thinly veiled attempts at chilling teachers and students from learning and talking about race and gender in schools,” said ACLU staff attorney Emerson Sykes. “We are actively pursuing litigation to block these laws and policies.” Even more absurdly, one activist associated with the “free speech” organization PEN America told NPR that “school transparency is essentially this Big Brother-type regime” that could be used to “intimidate and punish instructors.” This inversion would make Orwell blush: in 1984, Big Brother was the government monitoring the people; now, to some left-wing activists, Big Brother is the people monitoring the government. For the ACLU and PEN America, speech is violence, transparency is censorship, and democracy is tyranny.

Conservative legislators should not be deterred. The case for curriculum transparency rests on an irrefutable moral argument: parents have the right to know what the government is teaching their children. Parents are not only taxpayers but also the primary stakeholders in the public education system. Approximately 90 percent of American families entrust their children’s education to public schools. That system’s minimum responsibility is to provide accurate, timely, and comprehensive information about the curriculum—especially as it relates to sensitive and controversial topics such as race, gender, identity, and political ideology. The recent parent backlash underscores the importance of transparency. Millions of American families feel that the public schools are working against their values. Transparency legislation is the bare minimum for public schools to start rebuilding trust with these families.

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How woke gatekeepers control Western education: The case of a German physicist having her research grant on cosmic inflation rejected over failing to include how it relates to gender and diversity reveals how woke activists are tightening their grips on all facets of education in the West

Acclaimed German quantum physicist Sabine Hossenfelder had her research proposal on cosmic inflation returned to her because the subject did not address its “relevance to sex, gender, and diversity,” with her case revealing that even in the hardest of sciences there is no escaping ideological purity tests.

Hossenfelder, who leads the Superfluid Dark Matter group at the Frankfurt Institute of Advanced Studies, wrote about the issue of her initial rejection on Twitter, saying that she was looking for advice on how to address the problem.

Questions arose as to why Hossenfelder needed to include information on sex and diversity for a research paper on the early universe, which led to a heated debate in the comments section of her post. She then reacted by deleting her tweet, issuing an explanation why she removed the post.

There is no reason to believe Hossenfelder was critical in her initial tweet, and she may have earnestly been looking for advice on how to address the gender and diversity requirement. Nevertheless, her tweet reveals the current state of academia. Even if she personally harbored any skepticism about such criteria, she has a strong incentive to keep quiet about it, as there are clear career and reputational consequences for any professor who openly questions the need for addressing diversity and gender in areas such as the hard sciences, even for seemingly completely unrelated topics like cosmic inflation.

Her tweet is hardly unique, with nearly every facet of academia increasingly focused on the issue of diversity, gender and inclusion. For researchers, scientists and professors who want to conduct their work in peace, there is little chance of entirely escaping such ideologically-fraught topics. For the few that reject or even voice mild criticism of this development, they are ostracized and sometimes outright resign out of frustration.

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Supreme Court to Decide Constitutional Right to Deny Service to Same-Sex Couples

The Supreme Court said Tuesday it would consider whether a Colorado website designer had a First Amendment right to refuse to produce same-sex wedding announcements, the latest clash between LGBT and religious rights.


A Littleton, Colo., company, 303 Creative LLC, and its owner, Lorie Smith, filed suit seeking an exemption from the state Antidiscrimination Act, which requires most shops and other businesses to treat customers equally without regard to factors including race, religion, sex, age, disability and sexual orientation.

Ms. Smith said she plans to begin offering wedding websites but that her religious beliefs preclude her from doing so for same-sex couples. “As a Christian who believes that God gave me the creative gifts that are expressed through this business, I have always strived to honor Him in how I operate it,” she says on 303 Creative’s website. “I am always careful to avoid communicating ideas or messages, or promoting events, products, services, or organizations, that are inconsistent with my religious beliefs.”

In expanding the business to wedding website design, Ms. Smith planned to add to that statement, explaining that she would turn away same-sex couples because preparing their announcements “would compromise my Christian witness and tell a story about marriage that contradicts God’s true story of marriage—the very story He is calling me to promote.”

Federal courts in Colorado, however, found no First Amendment exemption for Ms. Smith, even if other website designers were willing to serve same-sex couples.

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Premier STEM college faces accusations of a dumb-downed education to advance equity

Harvey Mudd College, long recognized as one of the premier STEM colleges in California, if not the United States, has been the subject of growing criticism from some alumni claiming the private institution, fueled by a relatively new commitment to woke ideology, has sacrificed high standards and a rigorous curriculum for fashionably equitable outcomes in admissions and graduations.


The report argues admissions have been changed to alter student demographics, and that “had the adverse impact of reducing the standards of excellence.”

“Eventually HMC saw a turning away from a focus on merit to one of diversity and eventually DEI. Woke install has progressed such that all institutions and programs at HMC have DEI in mind,” it argues.

In response, some scholars defend the college, acknowledging admissions and curriculum have evolved over the decades, but arguing the school continues to maintain very high standards.

“In the almost 15 years that I’ve been at HMC, I have not seen a drop off in the performance in the classes I teach,” said Eliot Bush, an Harvey Mudd College biology professor, to The College Fix via email.

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[Matt Taibbi] When Boring People Turn Dangerous: Canada's Insane Power Grab [PDF]

Years later, she is somehow Canada’s Finance Minister, and what another friend from our Russia days laughingly describes as “the Nurse Ratched of the New World Order.” At the end of last week, Minister Freeland explained that in expanding its Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) program, her government was “directing Canadian financial institutions to review their relationships with anyone involved in the illegal blockades.”

The Emergencies Act contains language beyond the inventive powers of the best sci-fi writers. It defines a “designated person” — a person eligible for cutoff of financial services — as someone “directly or indirectly” participating in a “public assembly that may reasonably be expected to lead to a breach of the peace.” Directly or indirectly?

She went on to describe the invocation of Canada’s Emergencies Act in the dripping-fake tones of someone trying to put a smile on an insurance claim rejection, with even phrases packed with bad news steered upward in the form of cheery hypotheticals. As in, The names of both individuals and entities as well as crypto wallets? Have been shared? By the RCMP with financial institutions? And accounts have been frozen? As she confirmed this monstrous news about freezing bank accounts, Freeland burst into nervous laughter, looking like Tony Perkins sharing a cheery memory with “mother”:

Deciding to seize funds is a major leap in the manic progression of a certain type of disordered authoritarian personality who’s suddenly everywhere. They’re coming out of decades-long disguises as milquetoast center-left careerists, and they all seem to believe now that all things on earth happen or don’t because of them. It’s as if Raskolnikov’s madness seized a generation of Western yuppies simultaneously.

It started after 9/11, when a sizable portion of the West’s intellectual class — even some who protested initially — accepted the idea that in the face of a big enough threat, everything is permitted. It started with small things like allowing the government to access library records, progressed to the shrugging acceptance that “We tortured some folks,” and moved quickly to the secret mass-surveillance programs that Sorkin wanted Greenwald and Snowden arrested for exposing.

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Remember that TIM chimo who attacked a little girl in the women's restroom that the DA refused to prosecute as an adult? He's bragging about getting away with it now: California trans child molester Hannah Tubbs gloats over light sentence in jailhouse phone calls

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How the American Bar Association Just Radicalized Law School: Law students now required to learn about their duty to 'eliminate racism'

The American Bar Association voted on Monday to require that all law schools educate students on their duty to "work to eliminate racism," a move top law professors say will "institutionalize dogma" throughout legal academia.

The association, which accredits almost every law school in the United States, voted 348 to 17 to adopt the standard. Law schools will now have to "provide education to law students on bias, cross-cultural competency, and racism," both at the start of law school and "at least once again before graduation."

Additionally, law students will have to complete a course on "professional responsibility" that introduces them "to the values and responsibilities of the legal profession"—including "the obligation of lawyers to promote a justice system that provides equal access and eliminates bias, discrimination, and racism in the law."

The standard has stirred controversy among law professors, many of whom assailed it as an assault on academic freedom when it was first proposed last year. Brian Leiter, a legal theorist at the University of Chicago Law School, said the proposed requirements would "almost certainly violate the academic freedom rights of faculty at many (probably most) schools." And in an open letter to the American Bar Association, 10 Yale Law School professors called the change a "disturbing" attempt to "institutionalize dogma" through the accreditation process and an "overreach by the ABA."

These objections prompted the American Bar Association to add a disclaimer to the final standard, saying it "does not prescribe the form or content of the education on bias, cross-cultural competency, and racism."

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“Whiteness” is an Antisemitic Trope: First the Jews became whites; then the whites became Jews.

Beneficiaries of whiteness—“people who think they are white” in the words of Ta-Nehisi Coates—reap unearned privileges. The abolition of whiteness, according to its proponents, will entail the dismantling of American society in order to reconstruct it in a manner that will no longer benefit people who think they are white, who must simultaneously be disabused of the illusion that they are racially constituted as better than anyone else.

In theory, “abolishing whiteness” doesn’t imply violence against individual people. In practice, however, the historical abolition of classes of people has generally suffered a kind of mission creep in the direction of actual extermination, especially when specimens of the target class resist comprehending the essential justice of their dispossession.

As the Guinean Marxist revolutionary theorist Amílcar Cabral explained, “in order to truly fulfill the role in the national liberation struggle, the revolutionary petty bourgeoisie must be capable of committing suicide as a class in order to be reborn as revolutionary workers.” But “this alternative—to betray the revolution or to commit suicide as a class—constitutes the dilemma of the petty bourgeoisie in the general framework of the national liberation struggle.”

Indeed, the choice either to “commit suicide as a class” or to be a traitor to the revolution is a difficult “dilemma” that has cost the lives of tens of millions of truculent kulaks across the world.

But the “abolition of whiteness” is actually closer to the much longer history of counter-Judaizing efforts that have characterized the last 2500 years of global Jewish dispersal. In the rhetoric around whiteness and its inherent violence and exploitation; its magical ability to infect all conditions and practices; the essential blood guilt that pertains to all whites by virtue of birth regardless of circumstances; the unfair economic systems that whites have created to suck wealth and labor from nonwhites; and the dire necessity to erase the taint of whiteness from humanity, “whiteness abolition” resembles closely, and indeed is built upon the formulas of classical antisemitism. It is fair to say that whites—at least in regard to the open, unembarrassed scorn and calumny that is thrown against them—have become the new Jews.

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Black student found responsible for ‘disturbing’ racist graffiti

The student is a minor and has not been identified by authorities. She had written “colored” and “white” above a water found at C.K. McClatchy High School. “Colored” was written over the older part of the fountain while “white” was penned atop a newer portion of the fountain that also fills water bottles.

Prior to the announcement that the vandal is black, community activists were in an uproar. The NAACP demanded “accountability.” At a protest, one black community activist shouted: “We are tired of ‘district letters.’ We are tired of ‘we are investigating.’ What we want is consequences.”

However, now the incident is billed as a prank gone wrong.

“It was a prank that went sideways is my characterization of what the young woman said in her confession,” said Mark Harris, an attorney with an expertise in social justice who was appointed last month to help the school district address racism and equity, reports The Sacramento Bee.

“It should be a moment for our community to come together and make sure this doesn’t destroy this person’s life,” Harris said. “…We don’t know why she did it. This is not a situation that is the same as an overt deliberate move to do something that is racist, destructive, negative.”

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March of the Revisionists: European museum curators turn to racial score-settling.

Revisionist curating is taking over the museum world. A current show at Tate Britain is even more startling in its score-settling than anything yet seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Art Institute of Chicago.

Tate Britain invited 18 consultants from academic identity studies and the contemporary art world to interpret works by the eighteenth-century social critic and satirist William Hogarth, the subject of its exhibit “Hogarth and Europe.”

The wall text by guest curator Sonia E. Barrett, a German–Jamaican installation artist, who, according to her Tate bio, “performs furniture to explore themes of race and gender,” is emblematic of the results. The point of a Hogarth self-portrait, Barrett explains, is the chair in which the artist sits as he works on a cartoon for an oil painting. That chair, in Bennett’s view, represents both Hogarth’s sexism and Western slavery. In a treatise on art, Hogarth had praised the female form as the epitome of beauty. And now here he is sitting on a chair that is as shapely as a woman’s body—just like a male chauvinist! “The curvaceous chair literally supports him,” Barrett notes grimly.

Barrett is not through with the chair. She claims that it is “made from timbers shipped from the colonies, via routes which also shipped enslaved people.” The next connection will jump out to anyone even remotely acquainted with postcolonial studies: “Could the chair also stand-in [sic] for all those unnamed black and brown people enabling the society that supports his vigorous creativity?” Honest answer: No. Hogarth had no intention of representing enslaved people by painting himself in his chair; the chance that he was even aware of the wood’s alleged origins is slight.

If there is anything to be learned about composition, genre, or Hogarth’s self-image from the portrait, the viewer is on his own. The deconstructionist curator is more interested in pointing out what is not in a painting than what is in it, an approach that elides any need to master the history of style or to learn to see form with precision.

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The left vs the people: The truckers’ protests have exposed liberals as authoritarians and leftists as enemies of the working class.

Instead of meeting with his citizens to hear their demands, Trudeau has spent the past three weeks smearing them as hateful and violent. On Monday he became the first Canadian leader to invoke the Emergencies Act – giving his government a series of draconian powers. Without one iota of evidence that the ‘violence’ of the truckers’ protests has ever exceeded honking, Trudeau broadened the scope of Canada’s anti-money-laundering and terrorist-financing rules, putting the striking truckers on a par with terrorists, suspending their civil liberties and allowing banks to freeze the personal accounts of anyone linked to them. Now Trudeau is having them arrested. And on Friday morning, he cancelled a parliamentary session in which his edict was due to be voted on, and could have potentially been revoked, by the House of Commons or the Senate.

The truckers’ protest began with Trudeau smearing the truckers as Nazis and fascists – a line gladly repeated, day in day out, by reporters and pundits in the elite liberal media. It is now ending with those same elites cheering on Trudeau’s authoritarianism.

Although the media have promoted Trudeau’s falsehoods and cheered his overreach, many Canadians see the protests for what they are. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is taking the federal government to court for invoking the Emergencies Act. ‘It’s possible for protests to be both disruptive and peaceful’, Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, its executive director, rightly argued. Others have pointed out Trudeau’s hypocrisy. In 2020 the Canadian PM threw his support behind both Black Lives Matter’s disruptive protests and protesting farmers in India who were blocking major highways. ‘Canada will always be there to defend the right of peaceful protest’, Trudeau said back then.

How things have changed. Instead of defending the right of peaceful protest, Trudeau has tarred it as terrorism and has seized the personal bank accounts of his political adversaries.

It’s a terrifying development for a country that calls itself a democracy to use such excessive means to quash dissent. Even going by Canada’s own laws, Trudeau’s invocation of the Emergencies Act is surely unconstitutional, as it requires a ‘national emergency’ so serious that it cannot be resolved by any other means. Trudeau has not met with the truckers even once to attempt to defuse the situation, so how could he possibly know that he couldn’t resolve the emergency any other way?

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Law students still work to cancel retired professor who cited Supreme Court case with n-word

The Black Law Student Association at Wake Forest University School of Law had lodged a complaint over a renown professor emeritus taking part in a recent campus law symposium because when he actively taught at the school he cited a Supreme Court case with the n-word.

The complaint comes as Wake Forest Law is roiled by racial tensions, with the Black Law Student Association calling for “culturally sensitive and inclusive” classrooms.


As for the law symposium controversy, it centers on Michael Curtis, a highly respected constitutional historian who taught at the school since 1994. He retired in December 2020, but took part late last month in the “Preserving American Democracy” symposium.

Prior to his retirement, in March 2020, Curtis was rebuked by Wake Forest University Law Dean Jane Aiken for reading aloud some footnotes, which include the n-word, from the seminal free speech Supreme Court case of Brandenburg v. Ohio during his constitutional law class.

“Confronting America’s discriminatory past through case law can be challenging enough without hearing your professor read that word aloud in a class,” Aiken said at the time. “… I want to reaffirm my commitment to your learning in a diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning environment.”

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How sensitivity readers corrupt literature: They sullied my memoir to suit their agenda

What did the sensitivity readers say? And did I care? Of all the aspects of the recent attempt to cancel my work, the one that seems to fascinate most people is the moment when my publishers sent my Orwell Prize-winning memoir, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, to be assessed by experts who would detect and reform its problematic racism and ableism.

Of course I cared. I’m horrified that people found prejudice and cruelty in my book. And I went into the process willingly: I’ve always enjoyed and benefited from editing and saw this as an extension. I did an initial rewrite — there were many things I was eager to change — in the autumn of 2021 and sent it off full of interest and optimism. I received the reports on it before Christmas. They were never formally used and I share the content here — anonymously, of course — because sensitivity reads are being used more and more widely, and mine gives a valuable insight into how they might work with non-fiction and memoir.

There are several reports — Picador did a thorough job — and they are varied. The novelty of the whole field is reflected in the fact that the Readers use different titles — sensitivity and authenticity — and different methods, too. Some write A4 reports, others use the comment button on Microsoft Word or an Excel sheet, still another presents a simple list of headings, done very possibly with a word search. More than one grades infractions, 1-3. They have of course special areas of expertise — Islam, blackness, disability — but these emerge through inference, not announcement.

Their scopes vary, too. One Reader fusspots around single words: I should not use “disfigure” of a landscape (infraction level 3, as presumably comparing bings — spoil heaps — to boils might be harmful to acne sufferers). Nor should I use “handicap” in its ordinary sense of “impede” (infraction level 2, serious); and I should prefer the acronym “SEN” to its origin phrase, special educational needs, because it is more inclusive (infraction level 2).

Others have grander ambitions: paragraphs, sub-sections and even entire chapters should be revised. Still others focus on issues around the presentation of the book. One suggests the authors of endorsements containing the words “love” and “humanity” might want to “rethink their stance”. To add to the cacophony, the Readers contradict each other freely, even praising and disparaging the same passages.

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Shaping the Perfect Subjects: The managerial class wants to replace America’s core demographic with one it can more easily control.

Calls for the political, cultural, and physical marginalization, replacement, and even death of white people have become mainstream in the United States and elsewhere in the West. But when advocates of the Great Replacement are confronted with criticism, they retreat to the motte, cloaking their real positions behind the rhetorical walls of “diversity and inclusion” language, which, they insist, is merely metaphorical and harmless. In what Michael Anton has coined the “celebration parallax,” radicals alternatively insist to their critics that they do not aspire to the extreme goals they are accused of, then strategically advance and celebrate those goals among their champions, who deploy innocuous lines about “equity” and “diversity” when challenged. This pattern is displayed by or receives the support of corporate, political, media, and academic elites.

In an article called “When Is It OK to Kill Whites?” Tommy Curry, a black associate professor specializing in critical race theory at Texas A&M University, declared that “in order to be equal, in order to be liberated, some white people might have to die.” That conclusion follows logically from Curry’s diagnosis of the white race’s condition. In a YouTube interview, he said that history shows whites are irreparably bigoted, and therefore attempting to reason with them is futile. But when these anti-white remarks were reported in The American Conservative, Curry complained that it was all taken out of context and that “white supremacists” had consequently threatened his life. He said that criticism of his statements about killing and marginalizing incurably malicious whites only “demonstrates the very real danger of anti-Black racism for Black people in universities.” Curry’s department colleagues wrote an op-ed defending his assigned role “to teach and research in critical race theory, an area where he is an acknowledged expert,” calling on Texas A&M to unequivocally defend him.

At Yale, an academic named Aruna Khilanani fantasized to students about joyfully shooting white people in the head during a lecture where she also bemoaned the futility of reasoning with whites. Like Curry, she said it was all just a “metaphor to evoke emotion” after her comments sparked public outrage. Most recently, Brittney Cooper, a black professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers, said that white people can’t afford to have children and “kind of deserve it.”

“I think that white people are committed to being villains in the aggregate,” Cooper said. “You know, their thinking is so murky and spiritually bankrupt about power that they…they fear this really existentially letting go of power because they cannot imagine another way to be,” she added. Cooper concluded that the ideal solution would be to “take these motherf**kers out,” before insisting that she doesn’t advocate violence. The discussion, “Unpacking the Attacks on Critical Race Theory,” was hosted by the Root Institute in partnership with Target and Fidelity Investments, one of the largest asset managers in the world. That’s not at all surprising; State Street Global Advisors, another one of the world’s largest investment firms, now requires leaders to ask permission before hiring white men as part of a “diversity” initiative.

The most consistent and remarkable feature of the Great Replacement is that its advocates simultaneously deny, cheer, and conceal their true positions. On June 24, 2018, Charles Blow, a black New York Times columnist, reported contentedly that whites “have been the majority of people considered United States citizens since this country was founded, but that period is rapidly drawing to a close.” Blow would denounce the Great Replacement in April 2021 as a “racist, anti-Semitic, patriarchal and conspiratorial ‘white replacement theory,’” only to celebrate “the shrinking of the white population and the explosion of the nonwhite” evinced by census data in August 2021. Blow has even called for a “reverse Great Migration” to the south for the express purpose of replacing whites.

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What’s really behind the rise of activist teachers?

The evidence for such politicisation is rife. Only this week reports emerged of a teacher-training session, funded by the National Education Union, which called on schools to replace gendered words, such as ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ or ‘son’ and ‘mother’, with gender-neutral terms. In November last year, boys at an Edinburgh primary school were put under pressure by staff to take part in a pro-trans ‘wear a skirt to school day’. And last summer, a leading girls school sent out a newsletter promoting breast-binding to pupils as young as 11, without the knowledge of parents.

It isn’t just trans ideology that is getting a frequent airing in the classroom. Teachers have also backed pupils skipping school to take part in so-called climate strikes or Black Lives Matter protests. Sometimes teachers have even marched alongside their pupils.

Some of the most troubling instances of classroom activism involve the teaching of critical race theory. Brighton and Hove City Council, for example, is currently running workshops in racial awareness for local teachers. These workshops are reportedly telling teachers that seven-year-olds are ‘not racially innocent’. As a result, some local parents are now petitioning the council to ‘stop teaching our kids that they are racists or victims of their classmates’.

The Channel 4 documentary The School That Tried to End Racism laid bare the effect this type of CRT-fuelled teaching has on children, when it showed pupils at Glenthorne High School in Surrey being put into racially segregated groups. The white children were accused of harbouring ‘white privilege’. In one scene, a boy is so traumatised that he breaks down and runs from his classroom.


Teachers used to understand that their authority derives from their subject knowledge, and that when they go off-topic into politics, relationships or morals, they begin to lose authority. And that is the problem with today’s educators – they are being encouraged from the top to involve themselves in the personal, moral and political development of the learner instead of passing on their subject knowledge.

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Follow the “Diversity”: New analysis quantifies the politicization of federal science grants.

I started working on a Ph.D. three years ago. When I began graduate school, I was aware of the charges about political homogeneity and performative activism on campuses but thought that these were usually exaggerated. Having discovered the satisfaction of tutoring students in mathematical and technical subjects as an undergraduate, I wanted to make a career out of helping people acquire new competencies. I believed this to be one of the primary functions of institutions of higher education. But in the three years since beginning graduate studies, I have changed my mind about the politicization of academic life. Such terms as “diversity,” “equity,” and “inclusion,” I have come to see, are being used not only as administrative shibboleths but also in descriptions of actual scientific work—a troubling development, as the language can shield shoddy ideas. “Equity-centered” research can deflect scrutiny through the tacit insinuation that anyone who finds fault with it must be doing so out of hostility toward equity itself. It is difficult, too, to get clear definitions of “diversity,” “inclusion,” and “equity,” even from those using them in the titles of their own research projects.

Data bear out my experience. While helping to develop an unrelated grant application, I browsed through the archive of abstracts of research projects funded by the National Science Foundation—a government agency that provides about $8 billion in annual monies. NSF funding goes largely to basic scientific research conducted at U.S. colleges and universities. The agency evaluates grant proposals on two criteria: intellectual merit and broader impacts. The broader-impacts criterion requires that applicants describe how their work will advance desired social outcomes. Grant application guidelines don’t explicitly define what these broader impacts should be, but my own research provides some insight into how this criterion is being interpreted.

I decided to do some statistical and linguistic analysis to determine how much more frequent the use of “diversity,” “equity,” “inclusion,” and similar terms were becoming. My analysis, which I published for the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology, shows a precipitous increase in the use of words related to identity politics. In 1990, only 3 percent of award abstracts contained one of the following terms: “equity,” “diversity,” “inclusion,” “gender,” “marginalize,” “underrepresented,” or “disparity.” As of 2020, 30 percent of all award abstracts had at least one of these terms. The NSF directorate in which abstracts most frequently contained one of these terms was Education & Human Resources (54 percent in 2020, up from 4 percent in 1990).

My analysis showed a general stagnation in the linguistic diversity of award abstracts over time. While the number of awards granted—and the amount of money given out—by the NSF has consistently grown since 1990, the degree of novelty in the award abstracts has remained flat or fallen across the various NSF directorates. All that talk of “diversity,” in other words, has been accompanied by diminishment of the actual diversity of ideas within these grant applications. Scientists dutifully paying lip service to fashionable progressive causes are more likely to be funded, disadvantaging those who go against the current consensus. Such personalities, however, are crucial to the generation of novel ideas. The more the NSF pays attention to political or temperamental litmus tests, the less it pays to other, more vital, criteria—namely, the quality of the proposed work and the competence of the investigators. And the more that scientific institutions are viewed as conduits for promulgating ideology, the less capable they will be of swaying public opinion on important issues.

The infusion of fashionable political platitudes into scientific research is bound to have a deleterious effect on both the quality of science and the public trust in scientific institutions. The growing view of science as a vehicle for activism detracts from its vital role: acting as a dispassionate referee to adjudicate the validity of empirical claims.

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[Freddie deBoer] Are You Sure You Want to Say That White People Are the Lone Agents in Human Affairs, the Main Characters, the Sole Movers of History?

Just a few days ago a young Asian woman was murdered by a man who followed her home from the subway. Tensions for Asians in New York City were already high; a month earlier, an Asian woman was pushed in front of a subway car in another seemingly random attack. The attacks, and the response to them, can’t help but recall the #StopAsianHate campaign last year, which was inspired by a perceived wave of anti-Asian attacks. And the conversation about these attacks is similar to that earlier discourse in that many people are saying these two murders - conspicuously committed by men who aren’t white - are ultimately attributable to white supremacy. At present I’ve only seen this crop again on social media, but I’m sure the essays will follow. University of Colorado professor Jennifer Ho has been on this corner for some time, but she’s far from alone. There are multiple problems here. For one, the statistics typically shared on social media are not entirely trustworthy, and there are also those who pretend not to understand the concept of proportional representation. But my issue is more philosophical.

I wrote about this last summer, and you can get the long-form version there. My question is the same: do you really want to advance a vision of the world where white people are the prime movers of all events, even if you always declare our actions to be bad? Because I don’t think you really do.

Anyone objecting to this frame, that white people are ultimately responsible for crimes committed by people of color on people of color, is usually assumed to be an aggrieved white person, someone who finds it insulting to their white feelings. To me it’s pretty much the opposite: the insistence that white people are ultimately responsible for everything bad in the world is immensely insulting to people of color. It casts them as the victims of history, consigned to a role of powerlessness and anonymity, in contrast with the white people who rule the world and make history go. Like so much of our ostensibly progressive racial discourse this frame ultimately portrays people who aren’t white as children, blameless and weak. And it fits comfortably in a broader recent milieu of unthinkable levels of condescension towards people of color generally and Black people specifically. American liberalism has responded to calls to respect Black strength with paternalism and mawkish affection that simply consigns Black people even more deeply into the role of haplessness.

Here’s the thing, you guys: I am quite certain that almost anyone would rather be the empowered villain than the powerless, blameless nobody. And that’s the role that this narrative - which, like all liberal narratives, is primarily espoused by white people - casts us as. Sure, in some vague sense we’re considered to be the bad guys. But we’re also the movers and shakers, the people who make things happen, the main characters. Attributing all racial violence to whiteness simply deepens our culture’s historical obsession with white people. I never quite know the specific mechanism that’s supposedly at play here - if a person of color walks up to an Asian stranger and punches them, is white supremacy literally overwhelming their conscious mind, in this telling? - but in the broader view I am certain of the impact of all of this, which is simply to advance the white ego.

There’s a coffee shop not far from where I live that often will put a chalkboard out in front, with the heading “Black Excellence” on top and a list of Black accomplishments underneath. (The employees, conspicuously, appear to all be white.) And I often wonder what message people are taking from that sort of thing. Is it that Black people are excellent? Or that Black people are the ones who need to have their accomplishments listed for white people’s approval?

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Russia Flips Script on Nike, Investigates Company For Lack of “White Diversity” in Their Ads

A Russian citizen in Moscow has launched a formal complaint against American company Nike for its alleged racial discrimination against Russians.

We’re guessing Nike did nyet see that one coming.


A resident of Moscow asked the Investigative Committee to check the American company Nike for racial discrimination against Russians. The complainant, named Yevgeny Smirnov, found it offensive to see the almost complete absence of white models on Nike’s Russian-language site.

Almost all models representing the brand are either dark-skinned or representatives of the Mongoloid race. Caucasoids, who make up the vast majority of Russian citizens, are practically not reflected. The company did not answer on what principles the models are chosen, after which the Muscovite turned to the UK.

“The company’s policy is to impose Western values ​​and stereotypes that are alien to European culture in general and Slavic culture in particular,” RIA Novosti quoted the document with a mark of acceptance for consideration.

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End Merit As We Know It: The ousting of President Biden’s science advisor shows that sensitivity increasingly trumps expertise

The best way to understand a society, social anthropologists say, is to start by studying its most bizarre, irrational, and self-defeating practice. If you can figure that out, everything else in the culture begins to make more sense.

In that light, consider President Biden’s firing of his top science advisor, Eric Lander. Lander was engaged in launching a $7.5 billion research agency to apply novel genomic methods to the treatment and reversal of cancer. At a White House press conference on February 2, the president called the agency “a central effort of the Biden-Harris administration.” Its aim, he said, was “to cut the cancer death rate in half in the next 25 years” and with this and other steps “to end cancer as we know it.”

In Lander, the president had an unusually well-qualified executive. Though trained as a mathematician, not a biologist, Lander has built the Broad Institute in Cambridge into a leading research group that has pioneered advanced genomic techniques. He had the special knowledge and managerial competence required to execute Biden’s ambitious anti-cancer program. Yet on February 7, a mere five days after Biden called for halving cancer deaths, Lander was forced to resign over a second-order management issue: that he had treated some of his female staff harshly.

Given all that Lander might have accomplished toward defeating cancer, why would Biden fire him over something so trivial in comparison? The reason has to do with the increasingly vicious tribalization of American politics. When people start to think of themselves as embattled groups, any member of the opposing group is seen as a fair target for assassination. Lander, to the manifest detriment of cancer research, was a victim of tribal warfare prosecuted by radical feminists, a lobby that Biden lacked the courage to challenge.

The feminist assault on Lander began the moment his appointment as science advisor was announced. A collective called 500 Women Scientists wrote a letter in Scientific American in January 2021 accusing Lander of being white and male. They went on to attack Lander for a 2016 article he wrote in Cell about the role of Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier in the invention of the CRISPR technique of genetic manipulation. That article, the 500 Women wrote, “erased the contributions of two women colleagues. This conspicuous exclusion is emblematic of the forces in science that hold back women and scientists of color from attaining the level of prominence he enjoys.”

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School board defends segregated meeting, says ‘marginalized’ are uncomfortable around whites

A Seattle-area school board is defending its decision to offer racially segregated meetings to help select a new superintendent. The board president claims non-white parents feel more comfortable “surrounded by other people similar to them.” The defense is condescending and racist.

The Issaquah School Board is holding several meetings with parents as they pick a superintendent to replace the retiring Ron Thiele. One of the meetings, however, was meant for white parents to self-select out of attendance. It was labeled “Meeting for Parents/Guardians of Color and Parents/Guardians with Students of Color.”

As parents showed up to testify at last Thursday’s school board meeting, board president Anne Moore defended the decision to hold a separate — but presumably equal — meeting.

Moore claimed that some “historically marginalized families” in Issaquah feel “uncomfortable” in meetings. To mitigate their supposed discomfort, she said a meeting “surrounded by other people similar to them, makes it easier.” Yet she also claims it isn’t an example of racial segregation, a claim that conflicts with the very reason she gives for holding a meeting for “parents of color.”


Moore did not indicate why “marginalized families,” in a city where the median home price is $1,187,495, would feel uncomfortable around white people. The school district itself is near evenly split with white students (49.6%) and non-white students (50.4%).

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Florida’s ‘Don’t say gay’ bill: Loathed by Democrats but loved by parents: Identity politics extremists are blurring the line between specialist therapy and general school education

President Joe Biden, whose administration has shown open support for the inclusion of radical race and LGBTQ theories in school curricula, reacted on his social media account by calling the bill “hateful” and pledging his continuous “support” for trans children. Among other left-wing activists, Chasten Buttigieg, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s husband, also wrote on Twitter: “This will kill kids. You are purposefully making your state a harder place for LGBTQ kids to survive in.”

The U.S.’s dominant left-wing media has without exception rallied against the bill, producing critical commentaries and featuring what they claim to be expert opinions. Many of them have quoted a recent survey by the Trevor Project, a LGBTQ+ youth suicide prevention and crisis intervention group, which found 42 percent of LGBTQ+ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, and that there is proof that LGBTQ education decreases the number of suicides among young trans teenagers.

However, neither Chasten Buttigieg, nor the Trevor Project considered the possible damage that sowing uncertainty in the minds of children and young people about their sexual identity might cause. The Trevor Project, in particular, is guilty of blurring the line between specialist therapy for children with gender identity issues and wholesale re-education of the school-age population with far-left gender theories. Furthermore, this NGO is more than willing to sacrifice the mental welfare of the vast majority of student to the perceived needs of a minority as defined by an over-politicized gender industry. While the majority of these students have no doubts concerning their gender, they are forced to re-adjust their own self-image, their morals, their language, and behavior to cater to the needs of what is in reality a tiny minority.

Finally, the intrusive nature of the LGBTQ lobby has forced the hands of legislators to introduce certain legal restrictions on this lobby’s influence. The unfortunate result is that generalized sexual education has been harmed by the LGBTQ lobby, and it means there may be unintended restrictions that could stop well-meaning and useful discussions between individual students and teachers about sexual topics that were in the past a part of educational environments and which undoubtedly helped thousands of insecure students.

For those questioning the use of restricting LGBTQ topics in classrooms, examples of the negative effects of subjecting children to such radical theories are coming to the surface, even though the majority of the U.S. media is careful to filter out such news. Last month, it was reported that a young girl in Florida twice attempted suicide in her school. The parents only learned about the fact that she had been subjected to gender counseling and was being addressed as a boy for months after an investigation into her self-harm revealed this information. In another instance, a California mother, Jessica Konen, sued her child’s school for not informing her of secretly guiding her daughter to adopt a male identity.

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Oh, Canada: The truckers’ occupation of Ottawa has revealed the fecklessness of the Regime.

Concerning such “grand narratives,” there are many false directions. Walking through the blockade, it can seem as though multiple demonstrations are going on at the same time, some of which feel distinct. The protest can often seem like a textbook workers revolution, since much of the language used by the protestors stake the “working class” against the bourgeoisie and the other traditional enemies of the proletariat.


But any grievance has merely helped precipitate anger into material action, and anyone who claims they know what the demonstrators want, in discrete terms, is wrong for the same reason: they have identified positive outcomes that are expected to satisfy the demonstrators indefinitely. The opposite is probably much closer to the truth. What do the demonstrators really want? Whatever it is, it is not this: governments that put their citizens in house arrest, annihilate jobs, impose vaccine from a disreputable pharmaceutical company, sacrifice the youth to protect the old, and suppress its scientists, all while the inept lever-pullers go on vacation, attend parties, and continue to deposit checks from the tax-payer.

What we’re are seeing in Ottawa, and also in hiccups around the world, is the unraveling of the postwar oligarchy, which dressed up as a liberal-democracy. Indeed, we are observing how the accumulated costs incurred by the professional class, from fleecing and lying to its citizens, results in those same citizens arriving at the government’s doorstep, blowing their horns, and demanding justice.

As the elites panic, they escalate their efforts and resort to desperate tricks, including calling the demonstrators nazis, booking every hotel room in Ottawa, interfering with donations, disrupting internet service, having officers posture for five minutes in front of the press media, threatening arrests, and even threatening military involvement because of the specter of “foreign interference.” It seems like Canada is going to war.

But the injunctions, and the municipal and provincial states of emergency have only been powerful in name, not in practice. So far, their illusions have been all hat and no rabbit. Every obstacle in the truckers’ path is circumvented, and every day that the convoy remains, the government’s incompetence is revealed, and it is humiliated on the world stage.

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Prof defends music theory against white supremacist claims, then gets demoted. Now, he's suing.

The university's action stems from an incident in November 2019 in which Philip Ewell, a professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York delivered a speech entitled “Music Theory’s White Racial Frame” at the Society for Music Theory (SMT). Ewell then published a paper based on this talk, in which he describes himself as “a Black person - the only associate professor who self-identified as such in the 2018 SMT demographic report - but … a practitioner of what I call ‘white music theory.’”


Shortly after Ewell published his paper, Jackson and the editorial staff of the journal he co-founded, the Journal of Schenkerian Studies at UNT, created a plan to host a symposium in response to Ewell’s address and publication. The journal called on members of the Society for Music to write papers in response to this topic. The submissions were published on July 24, 2020, and included a variety of views including 15 pieces that were favorable toward Ewell, and several others that were critical.


Ewell claimed, in his paper, that Schenkerians and their methodology have deterred Black people from entering the musical theory field. However, Jackson disagreed on this point, arguing that “a fundamental reason for the paucity of African American women and men in the field of music theory is that few grow up in homes where classical music is profoundly valued, and therefore they lack the necessary background.”

The publishing of the symposium led to Ewell's supporters calling on UNT to censor and fire Jackson. The chair of the music theory department at the University of Michigan, one school at which the Society of Music Theory's leaders work, circulated emails to staff encouraging their support.

Five days after the symposium, according to the lawsuit, the SMT Executive Board issued a letter of condemnation stating that “the conception and execution of this symposium failed to meet the ethical, professional, and scholarly standards of our discipline. Some contributions violate our Society’s policies on harassment and ethics."

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Male, female, feline... Bristol University guide lectures staff about neopronouns: Lecturers at the university are being given guidance on the category or pronouns, which include emoji labels and catgender

The University of Bristol has provided guidance for its staff on "using pronouns at work", urging them to declare in verbal introductions and email signatures whether they use he/him, she/her or they/them, to support transgender students.

But unlike myriad pronoun manuals on other campuses, Bristol lecturers are also directed to neopronouns which include “emojiself pronouns”, where colourful digital icons - commonplace on social media - are used to represent gender in written and spoken conversation.


Staff are told on the website: "Emojiself pronouns are a subcategory of nounself pronouns, which are pronouns that, instead of using letters, utilize emojis.

"These pronouns are not intended to be pronounced out loud and are only intended for online communication. In spoken conversation one may or may not use pronouns that are based on the emoji."

Another section explains how noun-self pronouns are used by "xenic" individuals whose gender does not fit within "the Western human binary of gender alignments". The webpage adds: "For example, someone who is catgender may use nya/nyan pronouns."

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Defining Censorship Down: Progressive complaints over “book bans” in schools misconceive the relationship between democracy and public education.

The tension between parents exercising control over their children’s education on one hand and the whims of zealous bureaucrats on the other is not new. Founders of the country’s public school system, such as Horace Mann, saw educators as a secular priesthood tasked with molding the social values of the young. Without a state-led education system, Mann argued in his 1839 “The Necessity of Education in a Republican Government” address, even “the ablest pastor” will have little luck in shaping the behavior and manners of his congregation. Mann saw adults as having a “fixed character,” unlike children, and compared a church’s efforts in correcting that character to “one solitary arborist working, single-handed and alone, in a wide forest, where there are hundreds of stooping and contorted trees.”

John Dewey elaborated on these themes, seeking to fuse the values of democratic governance and education. Their purpose, Dewey wrote in his seminal Democracy and Education, is to demand a “social return” from the public and to ensure that the “opportunity for development of distinctive capacities be afforded all.” According to Dewey, “The notion that the ‘essentials’ of elementary education are the three R’s mechanically treated, is based upon ignorance of the essentials needed for realization of democratic ideals.”

On this view, public schools are not mere creations of a democratic society subject to popular control. They make democracy attainable and shape the values of future citizens, rendering moral instruction from teachers a necessity. As progressives expand the meaning of “democracy” to include catering to various identity groups, attempts by parents to modify public school curricula have thus come under attack as illegitimate, illiberal, or a threat to the country itself.

In reality, no liberal principles are at stake here. A superintendent removing explicit texts from a mandatory curriculum or school library is hardly censorship. A local school board responding to an outcry from parents is hardly an attack on democratic values. Nobody claims that the Marquis de Sade is being censored because his work is not used in health class or available for checkout. Schools have a finite amount of time and resources each school year to instruct students, and whether children should be exposed to certain texts is ultimately a question of the allocation of taxpayer dollars.

In any case, progressives who think schools must make pornographic texts widely available for the purposes of social justice should consider our recent history. The country managed to expand the franchise, pass the Civil Rights Act, and legalize abortion and gay marriage without letting kids walk into a public school and read a graphic novel featuring the sexual encounters of transgender-identifying minors. For the Left, the kids have been alright for some time now.

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Ceramicist de-platformed for being a ‘SWERF’: Claudia Clare was disinvited from the Craft Potters Association due to her views on sex work

Getting cancelled by the Craft Potters Association (CPA) is quite a feat. You would think that to earn such an honour it would be necessary to re-enact a Greek wedding at one of its exhibitions. But ceramicist and author Claudia Clare has been told she’s been stood down, despite being booked some time ago to deliver a lecture at the Ceramic Art London event.

The letter Clare received from the CPA reads:

In the time since the talk was originally scheduled in 2020 we have been made aware that its inclusion in the programme may cause the event to be disrupted, leading to possible delay or even closure.

I know what you are thinking — that Clare had planned to talk about something to do with the gender wars, and the organisers, as per usual, have caved into threats from trans activists. However, it would appear that Clare has been cancelled for being a SWERF as opposed to a TERF. A SWERF is, according to the cool kids, is a ‘sex worker exclusionary radical feminist’. In real terms, it actually means any feminist that considers prostitution to be abusive and harmful to women. But the blue fringe mob twists this critique of commercial sexual exploitation to mean ‘whorephobia’, as though we despise and exclude prostituted women rather than pimps and punters.

Clare, an artist of some repute, had planned to give a lecture at the event about her joint project with Women@thewell, an organisation based in King’s Cross that provides support and services for prostituted women. The project in question is a series of pots decorated with images of the women breaking free of the sex trade and fighting back against their own oppression. The lecture would have also included details about the HOPE campaign, led by sex trade survivors who are campaigning to have all criminal records relating to street prostitution expunged.

The survivors that inspired the artwork, many of whom I know, have loved being part of the project. The pots would have been displayed at the event, and the images and words would have been seen by a large audience of artists. The voices of these women have now effectively been silenced.

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[Freddie deBoer] It's Not What Happens with Joe Rogan, It's the Chilling Effect Around Him: he's just an example that's being made

Issues of free expression are in a weird place in our culture. Many liberals are pretty much entirely opposed to free speech as a concept and have developed a whole weird set of made up facts about it. (They say, for example, that the word “censorship” refers only to state action, and that free speech debates are only about the First Amendment, both of which are entirely wrong.) But there’s this vestigial refusal to simply own that position, mostly because they don't want to confirm what the right wing media says about them.

The Joe Rogan debate has raged for an eternity. I'm about ready for a new national crisis to finally push it out of the discourse, frankly. Here's a point people keep making, usually disingenuously: Rogan hasn't been censored, he's still wealthy and influential, and if Spotify deplatforms him he'll still have a huge audience. I've made some version of this point myself, but from something like the opposite angle - since they must know that they can't actually silence Rogan, the point is the more insidious aspect, the chilling effect this kind of controversy has on people who aren't inoculated by money and fame.

What message, do you think, is Spotify taking from all this? They owe Rogan enough money, and the case is high-profile enough, that they may well hang in there. But the important question isn't their conduct towards the biggest podcaster in the world. The important question is their conduct towards the average, not rich, not famous podcaster with anything other than 100% woke politics. And they cannot possibly be as hospitable to people with unorthodox politics after all this than they were before. You can look at the warning labels and disappearing episodes for proof of that. Spotify has been disciplined, even if nothing else happens to Rogan. And so have the rest of the major podcasting companies. They're watching too.

It's the same dynamic when censorship controversies arise on college campuses or on social networks. “Hey, what's the big deal,” they always say, constantly suggesting than any given controversy is overblown or that the spaces in which they occur don't matter. But it's never just the individual events. It's always the impact that restricting free expression has on everyone else, on the cases you don't hear, or on those now too scared to step out of line. College administrators and social media companies never come out of that controversies more committed to free expression. They come out with a greater commitment to checking their ass. The fear of another censorious liberal meltdown never goes away.

Which of course was always the real point of this. Rogan is merely a figurehead for the larger demand: liberals have decided that they and they alone will determine the free flow of ideas. That this is contrary to ideals that they themselves embraced a mere decade ago, and that some of us have not forgotten, is immaterial. They cling to this right to control discourse because discourse is all they have. Later this year the Democrats are going to be on the receiving end of a political bloodletting of incredible scale, as Republicans make hay out of broken promises, tone-deaf messaging, and the Democratic party's takeover by a deluded activist class. Liberals can't take real power, but they will flex their muscles in the only arenas they can, the arenas of discourse and ideas. And the more Republicans win, the more illiberal the left-of-center will become.

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Many Republicans think the NFL does too much for Black players and are losing interest in the league, poll shows

The nation's relentless culture wars appear to have taken a toll even on the NFL, with a large number of Republicans saying they have soured on the league and expressing disapproval of its efforts to improve the treatment of Black players, a new Los Angeles Times/SurveyMonkey poll shows.


The group who say they are now lesser fans is disproportionately Republican, the poll found. Nearly half of those who identified themselves as Republicans or independents who lean to the GOP said their interest as fans had declined over the last five years. By comparison, only one-quarter of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic said that.

Republicans were also significantly more likely to express disapproval of the league's efforts to show respect to Black players and to promote Black and other minority candidates for coaching jobs.

Among adults nationwide, 22% said they thought the NFL was doing "too much" to show respect for Black players. Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, that number shot up to 45%. Only 5% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents took that view.

Among the Democrats, 57% said the league was still not doing enough to show respect for Black players, a view expressed by just 9% of Republicans.

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[Matt Taibbi] Justin Trudeau's Ceauşescu Moment: Denouncing truckers for "unacceptable views," Canada's Prime Minister skipped town rather than face evidence of his own unpopularity. Is neoliberalism finally cracking?

There may be no real-world comparison between a blood-soaked monster like Ceaușescu and a bumbling ball-scratcher like Joe Biden, or an honorarium-gobbling technocrat like Hillary Clinton, or a Handsome Dan investment banker like Emmanuel Macron, or an effete pseudo-intellectual like Justin Trudeau. Still, the ongoing inability of these leaders to see the math of populist uprisings absolutely recalls that infamous scene in Bucharest. From Brexit to the election of Donald Trump to, now, the descent of thousands of Canadian truckers upon the capital city of Ottawa to confront Trudeau, a consistent theme has been the refusal to admit — not even to us, but to themselves — the numerical truth of what they’re dealing with.

Trudeau is becoming the ultimate example. Truckers last month began protesting a January 22nd rule that required the production of vaccine passports before crossing the U.S.-Canadian border. Canadian truckers are reportedly 90% vaccinated, above the country’s 78% total, a key detail that’s been brazenly ignored by media in both countries determined to depict these more as “anti-vax” than “anti-mandate” protests (which seem to be about many things at once, but that’s another story). When an angry convoy descended upon the capital, Trudeau dismissed them in a soliloquy that can only be described as inspired political arson:

The small fringe minority of people who are on their way to Ottawa, who are holding unacceptable views that they are expressing, do not represent the views of Canadians…who know that following the science and stepping up to protect each other is the best way to ensure our rights, our freedoms, our values as a country.

A near-exact repeat of the “basket of deplorables” episode, Trudeau’s imperious description of “unacceptable” views instantly became a rallying cry, with people across the country lining the streets to cheer truckers while self-identifying as the “small fringe minority.” Everyone from high school kids to farmers and teachers and random marchers carrying jerrycans of fuel joined in as Trudeau’s own words were used to massively accelerate his troubles.

Trudeau fled the city, removing his family to what aides called a “secret location” for “security reasons,” a politically disastrous move denounced by just about everyone with a microphone or a Twitter account, including members of his own party. Liberal MP Joël Lightbound took things a step further. He ripped Trudeau’s politics as divisive, saying his government needs to recognize people have “legitimate concerns” while adding, acidly, “Not everyone can earn a living on a MacBook at a cottage.” This has been a theme in the States, too, where the people most dickishly insistent on the necessity of lockdowns or mandates have tended to be Zoomer professionals spending the pandemic in pajamas.

Meanwhile, in a hilarious third-rate spoof version of American conventional wisdom — when Canadians try to imitate American pretensions, does it ever not end in a cringe-worthy self-own? — CBC announcer Nil Köksal went on air on January 28th and suggested the trucker protests were a Russian concoction. “Given Canada’s support of Ukraine in this current crisis with Russia,” she posited, to Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino, “there is concern that Russian actors could be continuing to fuel things as this protest grows, or perhaps even instigating it from the outside.”

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Scholars argue field of nuclear science is racist

A class offered this semester at Princeton University called “Nuclear Princeton: An Indigenous Approach to Science and the Environment” is among an effort to combat alleged racism in the field of nuclear science.

It comes as a growing chorus of scholars accusing the field of past and present systemic racism.

George Washington University in November 2021 hosted a seminar titled “A Call for Antiracist Action in the U.S. Nuclear Community” to “confront a long legacy of racial disparities and injustices in the history of the nuclear field, many of which continue today,” its description stated.


Turner has argued that the field of nuclear science is home to “epistemic racism,” commenting on how, at a Washington nuclear policy conference, many members of her community were “culturally assimilated at least in that space to Western norms — of dress, speech, and professionalism.” The researcher asserted the field must confront racist and colonial norms “to move forward.”

According to a Dec. 2021 opinion piece from the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit newsroom based in Teachers College, Columbia University, historic biases in the field of science are so ingrained that a “proactively anti-racist scientific method” is necessary. Co-author Iheoma Iruka did not respond to a request for comment.