Academic left

Oh, the Humanities!

Featured image I forget which leftist thinker remarked some years ago that conservatives stormed Washington, while leftists stormed the English Department. While the first half of this statement may be contested, the second half is dead on the mark. There are few traditional  academic disciplines today that have fallen further into the fever swaps of leftist ideology than English literature, which has had the effect of driving students away from the field »

Today in Stupid Wokery: Steam Engines

Featured image Some stories are just so stupid and absurd that only someone with an advanced degree could possible believe them. From The Telegraph: ‘Cancelled’, the 1804 train with supposed links to slavery Trains could face a new kind of “cancellation”, as National Museum Wales reviews steam-powered technology over claims it was linked to the slave trade. Richard Trevithick unveiled the first steam-powered locomotive in Wales in 1804, but National Museum Wales »

Is Yale the Most Embarrassing Elite University?

Featured image The competition is stiff, but it is increasingly apparent that Yale University is the front-runner for the question of the most embarrassing elite university. Scott reports below on the latest disgrace of Yale Law School, but let’s not forget the key moment in Yale’s descent in 2015. In this regard I’m delighted to pass along a recent video finding—the work of Good Kid Productions, which is the brainchild of Rob »

Today in Wokery: Whiteboards and “Whiteness” in Physics

Featured image Just when you think wokery can’t get any more stupid, you come across an online journal called Physical Review Physical Education Research (PRPER). It is somehow affiliated with the American Physical Society, supposedly a serious scientific organization. The website describes PRPER as “a fully open access journal that is sponsored jointly by APS, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the APS Forum on Education, and the APS Group on Physics Education Research.” You »

The Latest in “Land Acknowledgments”

Featured image We reported here early last month about University of Washington Prof. Stuart Reges upending UW’s virtue-signaling “land acknowledgement” that is all the rage in academia right now. Today Inside Higher Ed picks up the story, with an interesting wrinkle. As argued here, if “land acknowledgements” are meant literally, they are the height of liberal hypocrisy, since “stolen land” by definition should either be returned to its rightful owner, or compensation »

Today in Race Obsession

Featured image That race has become the central obsession of the left is hardly news, but reaching new levels of racial absurdity is always good copy. Today’s racial ridiculousness come to us courtesy of National Public Radio (figures). Start with this tweet, which is authentic and not a Babylon Bee parody: “Some academics argue.” Always a promising start. And here’s some of the actual article, in case you don’t believe it: A »

Cosmic Stupidity

Featured image We are surrounded by so much craziness on a daily basis that one could devote his life to deconstructing the follies of the Left and still not make a dent. I don’t choose to do that, but here are a few items in the news that represent peak stupidity, at least for today. First, Pramila Jayapal is a member of Congress, a Democrat from Washington. Here is her take on »

Keeping Up With the Leftist Lexicon

Featured image Not long ago I started “Hayward’s Lexicon of Leftist Terminology,” with these initial entries: Populism: When the wrong person or cause wins a free election. (Think Brexit and Trump.) Racism: Any opposition to the agenda of the left. Democracy: Any institutional design or voting system that enables the left to get what it wants. Diversity: Where everyone looks different, but thinks the same, and speaks in identical cliches. Now I »

Hero of the Week

Featured image The latest fad in college campus virtue-signaling is an “indigenous land acknowledgment,” in which a speaker or writer will preface a statement (though typically after declaring their pronouns—got to have the priorities in the correct hierarchy) with “We acknowledge that this university sits on the un-ceded land of the [fill in the local Indian tribe name here].” It has gone beyond pro-forma public announcements in many places, with faculty encouraged »

The Misery of the Diversity Protection Racket

Featured image It is hard to know which is the best descriptor of university “diversity, equity, and inclusion” enforcers: is DEI best thought of as an ideological protection racket, or as the campus equivalent of the Stasi? Gangsters or commissars? I suppose we should embrace the power of and here, and not think these descriptions are mutually exclusive. “Nice little academic career you have here Comrade Rubashov. Shame if anything should happen »

The Left vs. the Constitution

Featured image One reason the left hates the American Constitution, and wishes to replace it, is that its embedded principles along with much of its explicit text is foursquare against the two main purposes of the left: class struggle and race struggle. Never mind the drive to abolish the electoral college, or the Senate, or admit new states to increase the odds of Democratic election victories. Just take in how the left »

First “Latinx,” and Now “BIPOC” Is in Trouble

Featured image As we have seen, the left is in a linguistic crisis as the evidence builds that actual Hispanics in the real world hate the faculty room term “Latinx,” and you can sense that the left is trying to figure out how to abandon the term with a minimum of embarrassment. But wait—there’s more! BIPOC—the term of art that has been around for a while but which really took off with »

A Modest Proposal for the Penn Women’s Swim Team

Featured image One of the big stories in college sports at the moment is Lia Thomas, a trans-woman swimmer who is smashing women’s records as a woman on the Penn women’s swim team after being a second-tier male swimmer last year. It seems many—perhaps most—women on the team aren’t happy about it. OutKick reports: Even after a Wednesday team meeting where a source says Penn administration “strongly advised” its swimmers to avoid »

It’s Official: Yale Is the Worst

Featured image I think we can now confidently declare that Yale is the most disgraceful major university in America. On top of the shameful behavior of Yale Law’s Stasi-like diversicrats in the now famous “Trap House” student email, we have recently learned of the fuss about a lecture from Dr. Sally Satel to Yale’s School of Medicine several months ago, based on her extended time living in Ohio and studying the opioid »

Confirmed: Academic Paper a Deliberate Hoax (Updated)

Featured image The Chronicle of Higher Education today reports on the study I flagged here on Monday as a certain hoax and fraud. One of the authors, remaining behind a pseudonym, has come clean: Among the glaring issues with the Higher Education Quarterly paper is that the authors are not affiliated with the University of California at Los Angeles, as they are listed. . . The editors of the journal did not »

Latest Academic Hoax Is A Doozy

Featured image Ever since Alan Sokal hoaxed Social Text more than 20 years ago, and Peter Boghossian and his two compatriots punked several postmodern journals with total gibberish just a couple years back, you’d think academic journal editors and reviewers would be on guard against similar hoaxes. But apparently not Higher Education Quarterly (a Wiley publication) which is just out with a howler entitled “Donor money and the academy: Perceptions of undue donor »

Elizabeth Warren, Call Your Office

Featured image Cast your mind back to 2014 for a moment, when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper canceled George Will’s column because of this passage: Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, »