takes from: Nadine Strossen and Matthew Harwood; Scott Alexander; John Cochrane
I think we are making a mistake by fighting for the typical institution to be free to open inquiry. The path forward is to create pockets of dissent that are sufficiently insulated from the dominant cultural pressures in academia to nurture talent and develop ideas that can assert themselves when the opportunity strikes. Paradoxically, these pockets will probably have to restrict entry or expression to some extent in order to successfully build up institutions that are not captured by the dominant ideology.
Arnold writes, "I cannot picture a future in which academia is characterized by open inquiry. Those attempting to save it... are fighting for a lost cause." Good Lord, I hope you are wrong. Ill-founded ideas tend not to work and the "marketplace of ideas" will tend to reject them... eventually. As a positive example, "Modern Monetary Theory" has been a fad roundly rejected by the evidence of extremely loose fiscal and monetary policy during 2020-2021 leading to the consequent high inflation of 2022. We haven't heard much from the MMT "school" lately given how wrong they have been.
I hope that the marketplace of ideas remains vital at the academy and elsewhere once current, adverse trends and fads prove to be ineffectual.
What is the antonym of "Diversity"? "University". - Peter Theil
Censorship won't matter if the relentless destruction of language isn't stopped. Every word from the keyboards of the Persons of Progress is twisted and bloated into uselessness. Discourse has become impossible.
For those of us who believe in freedom of speech and thought and indeed in the expression of this, in whichever format it takes MUST NEVER give up on the mission to ensure that these freedoms remain an intrinsic part of “the human condition”. If we are instructed to speak and think in a way which totally takes away our personal autonomy then, my friends, there will be no culture, no artistic expression, no sociological debate, no freedom whatsoever to express yourself will lead to the end of humanity as we know it!
There has to be a point in time where the rebellious counter culture energy of youth throughout history opposes this orthodoxy, no? And at some point colleges will have to respond and/or older woke profs will be replaced by their counter-culture juniors, right?
I just heard (can't find confirmation) that Mackey was sentenced to 10 years.
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Picture it. :) I even believe that some well-thought interventions by state legislatures concerning state schools could help, not that I know what they are.