Category Archives for academics

April 4, 2014

Radical identity politics, homosexuality, and the irony of the new jihad

TweetI had planned to pen a long blistering attack on both the radical pro-gay political orthodoxy, and the cowardly risk-averse actions of Mozilla, whose CEO resigned when it was learned — and some say, leaked, by way of an increasingly … Continue reading

04. April 2014 by Jeff G.
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March 4, 2013

“Pickle Company to Distraught Mom: Yes, We’ll Change Our Name”

Tweet“Cains Pickles removes a derogatory term from its labels after a mother’s protests,” Andri Antoniades informs us by way of editorializing — that “derogatory” term being “midget”, for those of you who didn’t know that any pickles short of, say, … Continue reading

04. March 2013 by Jeff G.
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March 1, 2013

Homophobolicious! Or, hatred, deliciously prepared, and laid lovingly on a bun

TweetI’ve been warning about this for years:  the surrender of meaning to committed and politicized interpretive communities — which can only come about once we as a society have legitimated an incoherent idea about how language functions — will lead … Continue reading

01. March 2013 by Jeff G.
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January 13, 2013

“A conspiracy so immense”: ideological commitment and the timidity of pragmatic politics

Tweet“What will it take for the mainstream media to cover the progressive movement?” Washington Free Beacon: Let’s pretend that in the spring of 2012 Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, John Engler of the Business Roundtable, Tim Phillips of … Continue reading

13. January 2013 by Jeff G.
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January 10, 2013

The curse of right-wing textualism

TweetRevealed, yet again — and yet again by a “conservative” lawyer.  Starting to see a trend? [H]ere’s what we’re talking about. 31 U.S.C. § 5112(k): The Secretary may mint and issue platinum bullion coins and proof platinum coins in accordance … Continue reading

10. January 2013 by Jeff G.
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September 24, 2012

The rape of intent: “Austin Man Hangs Empty Chair From Tree Symbolizing President Obama”

TweetThe proof of your racism is the fact that we see it.  You can deny it — as “investigative journalists” we’ll fight for your right to burn a flag or shit on a police car or burn Bushhitler puppetes in … Continue reading

24. September 2012 by Jeff G.
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February 27, 2012

Racism is how you made me feel. At least, for an hour or so. Or until I’m satisfied that you are good and cowed, and maybe embarrassed

TweetComing soon to an area outside a “free-speech zone” near you, official policing of “racism” and intolerance, as determined by…airline officials, speech police, and people who just feel wronged. In the UK, for instance, some things are just not said: … Continue reading

27. February 2012 by Jeff G.
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October 25, 2010

Manufacturing Manufactured Consent

TweetJames Taranto takes up the Juan Williams story and gives it a few shakes: So how is it that Juan Williams got the ax while Nina Totenberg is still a member in good standing of the NPR news staff? “The … Continue reading

25. October 2010 by Jeff G.
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March 29, 2010

Provocateurism, 9

TweetIn an earlier thread — under a post made famous by its violence toward women and its Steve McQueen fantasies — Nishi asks rhetorically, “where are the conservative professors, filmmakers, comics, scientists, actors, artists?” Her point being that a (perceived … Continue reading

29. March 2010 by Jeff G.
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March 24, 2009

Intellectual elitism and the case of the missing author

TweetOver at Edge of the West, where SEK’s critically flawed post on my engagement with Patterico has been subsequently removed, there remains a number of comments that I find troubling for a number of reasons. First, there is an peculiar, … Continue reading

24. March 2009 by Jeff G.
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