[NYP] George Orwell famously said that "there are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them."
His adage now applies to anyone associated with academia in any capacity.
The New York Times ran a report the other day on the canceling of University of Chicago geophysicist Dorian Abbot for his dissenting views on affirmative action. The paper quoted a Williams College geosciences professor, Phoebe A. Cohen, who supports Abbot’s shunning. She explained her dim view of academic freedom thusly: "This idea of intellectual debate and rigor as the pinnacle of intellectualism comes from a world in which white men dominated."
Ah, yes, that poisoned fruit of the patriarchy — intellectual debate and rigor.
This idea isn’t new, even if Cohen expressed it in a memorably pithy and direct way. Of all the faddish notions blighting college campuses and the broader culture, it is among the most indefensible and self-destructive.
Start with the fact that to reason is deeply human.
Steven Pinker points out in his new book "Rationality" that one of the world’s oldest people, the San of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa, don’t survive by happenstance. These hunter-gatherers make closely reasoned, evidence-based judgments about their prey; without the use of logic, they wouldn’t be successful. If someone told them they needed to give up all this reasoning and cede it to white males, they’d presumably react with fury and incomprehension.
Needless to say, other cultures and civilizations are capable of great intellectual rigor. It doesn’t require endorsing the fashionable theories that the West invented nothing and rose to preeminence through colonialism and theft to acknowledge the historic achievements of China, India and the Islamic world.
It was Muslims who transmitted Arabic numerals and various important mathematical concepts to the West and played an outsized part in preserving the legacy of the classic Greeks.
The West did indeed forge the Scientific and Industrial revolutions, along with the Enlightenment, that shaped the modern world, and it did so at a time when white males occupied a privileged position in society through law and custom.
It seems WOKE is on a Joe Biden Ventilator and is only kept alive by Media.
Something I also have noticed Many that whine and pant "woke" seem to have done extremely well for themselves, in this so called racist society. eg. PHD University of Chicago Geophysicist, Obama, NFL has been's, NBL, Hollywood and etc...
What have any of these given back out of their OWN POCKETS?
Nice to see pushback against Identity-Marxism, but even this author feels compelled to defend reason and logic by means of soft Wokery: obligatory references to the glory that is aboriginal reasoning and the grandeur that was the Arabs.
Enough with the virtue signaling. We are fighting a deranged, violent cultural movement whose goal is to take power from white males. It's just a con, a grift. A shakedown. That is all.
Label me as tired. Strip them of their clothes, housing, food access, transportation, et al so they don't have to be touched by Western Civilization. Oppressed Euros pulled up stakes and went to another continent. Try Africa or Asia if you feel oppressed here but skip the countries in Asia that have adopted 'western institutions' and left the third world.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.