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

Thanks for ruining a cool feminist moment for us, bullies.

Sadly, the brouhaha over Taylor’s shirt overshadowed not only his accomplishments but also those of his female teammates, including one of the project’s lead researchers, Kathrin Allweg of the University of Bern in Switzerland. More spotlight on Allweg, Grady, Alexander and the other remarkable women of the Rosetta project would have been a true inspiration…