Former professor now a bus driver

He describes his new life and how he got there; a fascinating read. The professor is Steve Salita, who lost a job and whose career ground to a halt because he expressed an opinion people didn’t like. You hear ex-professors say it all the time and I’ll add to the chorus: despite nagging precariousness, there’s…

Professors win 1st Amendment lawsuit against CSU to the tune of $650K

Administrators never seem to learn – the 1st Amendment still holds in this country: More than four years after they first filed a lawsuit alleging free speech violations, two professors have reached a settlement with Chicago State University (CSU). CSU, a public university, agreed to pay Philip Beverly and Robert Bionaz $650,000 and revise the…

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…