Professor disciplined because he didn’t write a reference letter!

So what happens if he agrees to write a letter, but the language is less-than-stellar? Is that verboten? And what about getting in trouble for writing a reference letter? John Cheney-Lippold, a tenured American and digital studies associate professor, will not get a merit raise during the 2018-19 academic year and can’t go on his upcoming sabbatical in…

The social justice mob is now censoring research

Hard to believe this is happening in the U.S., you’d expect this kind of stuff from totalitarian regimes like China or North Korea. The end result will be scientists censoring themselves, especially graduate students and junior faculty who do not have the luxury of tenure. That’s really the goal of the mob: intimidating faculty into…

Inside the academic fascist mind

A stunning and absolute must-read confessional from a recent college graduate. Some observations: She reads like a present-day Whittaker Chambers. The fact that she is afraid to use her real name speaks volumes about her comrades and their tolerance for dissent. I, too, have noticed that social justice warriors tend to be a miserable and unhappy lot.…

10 most fascist universities in the U.S.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-lukianoff/10-worst-for-free-speech_b_6769564.html Most made the list for the usual reasons, namely, hurting someone’s feelings. But the amazing story is Modesto Junior College, where a student was targeted simply because he tried to hand out copies of the Constitution on Constitution Day! It gets worse: when a faculty member sent out an email supporting the student’s free…

Why are universities full of fascists?

This question often leaps to mind when I read about the lack of free speech and exchange of ideas at the modern university. Wendy Kaminer provides a succinct explanation in the Washington Post. How did we get here? How did a verbal defense of free speech become tantamount to a hate crime and offensive words…

Why IRBs are not necessary for social science research

In this article, I suggest a different and more liberalized path. In Part I,I describe the regulatory metastasis of IRBs and some problems it is causing for social science research. In Part II, I offer some thoughts on the ways in which these problems might arise from the pro-regulatory incentives to which IRBs are exposed. Finally, in Part III,…

IRB’s kill people and suppress good research

This licensing has profound costs for human life. Although there is no scientifically serious empirical evidence that IRBs save any lives by overseeing research under the human-subjects research regulations, it is abundantly clear that they suppress vast amounts of medical knowledge, and they thereby leave large numbers of individuals without the information they need to…

Academic freedom still lives, if only at U Chicago

It’s a mark of how fall higher ed has fallen, that a policy saying it’s okay to deeply offend someone on campus is now considered newsworthy. My added emphasis: Of course, the ideas of different members of the University community will often and quite naturally conflict. But it is not the proper role of the…

How to fight the campus speech police: Get a good lawyer

Great piece from the Wall Street Journal. It’s behind a firewall, so link takes you to a Google link that will get you in: https://www.google.com/search?q=How+to+Fight+the+Campus+Speech+Police%3A+Get+a+Good+Lawyer&oq=How+to+Fight+the+Campus+Speech+Police%3A+Get+a+Good+Lawyer&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60.319j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8