May 9, 2012

INDEFENSIBLE!

Fired for being critical of Black Studies! (which, let me point out the irony, exists to be critical of just about every academic discipline designed by the White Oppressor class to normalize a heavily European colonialist epistemology).

And the firing? Comes at the hands of the journal of record for promoting academic discussion. If by “discussion,” one means promotes and institutionalizes speech parameters enforced by the left and its thought police.

– Which, I’ve been warning you all for years is the natural and inevitable end game of ceding interpretive authority to consensus communities you’ve previously granted authority to create and control their own identity group narratives. That is, by adopting as your epistemological base leftist ideological premises.

The saddest part of all this, however? Is that Rich Lowry himself didn’t get the chance to fire this unhelpful, nasty, and indefensible racist first — and so save conservatives more broadly the indignity of being branded as haters because a lone actor with hate in her indefensibly racist heart decided to speak out so indefensibly on topics that can only properly be broached by those with the authenticity to do so. Which whitey here most certainly has not.

Meh. You reap what you sow, GOP boosters. And trading your principles for votes ultimately leaves you without principles. Get used to it.

(thanks to Terry H)

Posted by Jeff G. @ 9:50am
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Comments (38)

  1. I have to admit a certain temptation to troll CHE for a month or so, demanding the firing of every author there for every “breach of professional standards” I can find. At the very least, the kommentariat over there deserve to have their noses rubbed in their shallow “thinking” and blatant hypocrisy on a regular basis.

  2. I wonder how many un/under employed “black studies” grads there are out there.

    For shits and grins, I googled what a black studies education prepared one to do. The results were shocking:

    * Advocate
    * Business Manager
    * Civil Services Worker
    * Field Organizer
    * Historian
    * Public Service Worker
    * Social Worker
    * Museum Curator
    * Non-profit Foundation Manager
    * Professor

  3. Museum curator? I’d think you’d want an MFA for that. Likewise non-profit manager and professor.

    The other career paths don’t appear to require a college degree at all.

  4. I wonder if Riley’s husband Jason knows what an evil, nasty racist she is.

  5. Oops. Historian, also. Unless it’s Black History in which case, I stand by my uncorrected statement.

  6. mv’s assignment desk – lexical and logical analysis of the 6500 complaint letters. Likely NSFW, volunteers only, risk of mental damage high.

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  8. Come on, the Chronicle is a place for cerebral discourse. Can’t be having no wingnuts on the premises.

  9. Heh, I used to see Carlin in the neighborhood coffeeshop nearly every morning of every day before heading off to work. I kinda like him.

  10. Typical comment from that Chronicle piece. In response to a commenter noting that another critical commenter hadn’t read the book, we get this:

    But I know Carlin Romano [the author of the "review"] well and trust his judgment. He does, after all, have a Ph.D. in philosophy from a top institution with a leading philosophy department (whereas Levin went to a branch campus of Temple and has no Ph.D.) and has taught the subject for many years. Levin has published his books with presses that have no credibility as far as peer review goes; they are published because they are ideologically correct according to those publishers. If Levin wants to gain some respectability, he should try publishing with some university press with high standards.

    Levin graduated law school at 19 and went on to work under Ed Meese. Landmark Legal is a driving force against ObamaCare and the EPA overreach.

    But hey, he doesn’t have the right credentials, so why bother reading his book first before trashing it? After all, he’s not very bright or properly educated.

    Incidentally, have I mentioned how I just love the working man and am a champion of the little guy?

  11. They reap what they sew? F*cking quiltists.

  12. I left a drive-by comment to the post linked by Abe, not realizing how old it was.

    Eh, whatever. They don’t engage ideas, because they cannot refute them. All the left can do is insult.

  13. A PhD in philosophy? Wow. I’m sure that dissertation required a truckload of intellectual rigor and original thinking. No kowtowing to the advisor’s and department’s political positions was required. Nope.

  14. I wonder if Riley’s husband Jason knows what an evil, nasty racist she is.

    Totally inauthentic. Ask any Black Studies major.

  15. One of my favorite parts of Riley’s rebuttal was where she quoted one of her critics crudely suggesting that she really needed to sleep with a black man. She remarked on the vulgarity of the suggestion, and made an oblique reference to how absurd it was, without ever tipping her hand as to why.

    This is the real reason why CHE had to cut her loose — she really is out of their league. So long as everybody played nice, it could be papered over, but when the gloves came off, Riley committed the unpardonable sin of making them look as shallow and petty and simple-minded and brainwashed as they really are.

    The Emperor has no patience for your fashion critiques.

  16. What you are seeing from CHE and academia in general is the left’s comfort that their takeover of higher education — and the “intellectual sphere” — is complete. They’re taking their cues from this President and the feckless pushback from Republicans, who have helped marginalize the TEA Party just as happily as have the Marxists, socialists, and New Leftists they purport to oppose.

    Conservative ideas are not competing ideas. They are hateful, anti-intellectual ideas that, because they are debased and immoral on their face, needn’t be considered — and in fact should be banished. Conservatism is alarmist and emotionally driven; therefore, it is not “thought” and needn’t be engaged with in that way.

    The latest incident w/ the firing over a critique of Black Studies as a discipline is further proof. We have no standard for intellectualism other than the identity politics consensus of left “academics” who have determined the parameters for what comes to count as intellectuallism in the first place — and we wonder that they’d work to freeze opposing ideas out? These are swarming pack animals. They can’t exist in a system that pushes a kind of objective standard for argument or logic (instead, they’ll point to the impossibility of objectivity in order to justify the most arbitrary and power-driven relativism).

    Hell, I get that from the fucking right. Once you surrender control over the linguistic battle field, don’t start complaining that the ground is too soft to stand firm on.

  17. When “higher” was unbuckled from truer, the deed was done. Higher, that is higher in the most modern setting, is simply next in line, not better or best, since the rational tether to better or best has been lost or destroyed, take our pick.

  18. Levin graduated law school at 19 and went on to work under Ed Meese. Landmark Legal is a driving force against ObamaCare and the EPA overreach.

    But hey, he doesn’t have the right credentials, so why bother reading his book first before trashing it? After all, he’s not very bright or properly educated.

    Incidentally, have I mentioned how I just love the working man and am a champion of the little guy?

    Well said, Jeff, and absolutely correct. And peer review is largely a canard, too. As you’re well-aware, it’s an effective way of suppressing research and views that contradict prevailing leftist orthodoxies within the academy.

  19. Or, what you said at 12:29pm.

  20. *I wonder if Riley’s husband Jason knows what an evil, nasty racist she is.*

    He’s a racial “beard”.

  21. He’s really good at it then, since she’s v-ery pregnant.

  22. Conservatism is alarmist and emotionally driven…

    Is there any aspect of Leftist ‘argument’ that isn’t dominated by projection?

    They can’t exist in a system that pushes a kind of objective standard for argument or logic (instead, they’ll point to the impossibility of objectivity in order to justify the most arbitrary and power-driven relativism).

    The Gods of the Copybook Headings think this is simply adorable…

  23. Pablo says May 9, 2012 at 10:35 am
    I wonder if Riley’s husband Jason knows what an evil, nasty racist she is.

    Riley…sounds Irish, I think.

    Romano’s axe must be ground down to a nub. I haven’t read Levin’s book, but now I’m tempted to. Just to see what Romano’s load of nonevermind was trying to distract us from.

  24. Levin has a J.D., which the the equivalent of a Ph.D. So what you really have is a prissy pants wanting to know why Levin got an invite to the party when he lives on the wrong side of High Street

  25. Some of this credentialism can only thrive in their little bubbles.

    Try taking comfort in your credential in business when state school graduates are regularly kicking your ass. Or they’re your boss. That tends to keep the bullshit down a notch or two.

    Take a look at this list.

  26. Btw, something that constantly delights me is hearing a teacher with a worthless graduate degree sneering that Scott Walker never graduated from college. What a dummy, they say.

    He just destroyed their union political machine. What a dummy.

  27. As for university presses, peer review and “high standards”

    Climate Gate comes to mind, as does that Lancet study about all the poor innocent Iraqis we slaughtered, and then there was the journal that published the hoax paper on gravity that was written in pomo-speak.

    Articles in quarterly journals rather than monographs, but peer reviewed and published by academic (if not university per se) presses.

    Anyway, all that stuff doesn’t guarantee “reliablity” (to say nothing of “readability”).

    I suspect, for example that this Oxford University Press title was authored by a borderline white-supremicist leaning neo-nazi sympathizer.

  28. Public school teachers are the dumbest class of people (who fancy themselves to be professionals) that I know of. Probably the worst thing about having a summer house is that all these summers off bleeping imbeciles surround you in pods on the beach. Good Lord is it a cacophony of stupid. But yeah, GOVERNOR Scott Walker didn’t get a degree at Kean University or Montclair State, idiot.

  29. Carin?

    “For shits and grins, I googled what a black studies education prepared one to do. The results were shocking:”

    They were to me also. I’m shocked that “Professional victim” or ” aggrieved/discrinated employee” weren’t there…

    Racist? nah. Realist yes

  30. Grandbaby mistake…” discriminated against employee ”

    distractions happen…

  31. Y’know what else isn’t on the list, but might as well be?

    President of the United States

  32. One of friends was telling me that our alma mater just hired four new Black Studies professors, and there’s only one student in the entire school who is stupid enough to major in it.

    I suppose that’s why they charge $50K a year and still have some earnest young alumni twerps call us every other month asking for money for the school’s chicken fucking fund.

  33. One of my friends …

  34. just hired four new Black Studies professors,

    i wonder if they study this:

    http://biglieonparade.blogspot.com/

  35. NR? I live that. Not me so much, as I know most of them, but anecdotal from my neighbors. I hesitate to say that they’re all black, but the majority are and it’s getting worse.

  36. elections have consequences cont.

    The amendment was named after Trayvon Martin, the black teenager killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, under disputed circumstances.

    Apparently, the amendment process was mishandled in this case, and it was ruled out of order. One of the main sponsors of the amendment, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), said that he wanted to choose a better time to push the issue, even though just yesterday, Ellison was stumping for the amendment with fervency: “Shoot-first laws make prosecutions harder because they presume the use of deadly force is reasonable,” he said.

    link

  37. “The Gods of the Copybook Headings think this is simply adorable…”

    Yep. Politicized science and knowledge =Lysenkoism = vastly lower yields that, in order to preserve the illusion of the preeminence of the experts and the leaders who appointed them, must be explained away to the common nobodies in terms of invisible actors such as slackers, wreckers, incompetent implementation, a lack of sufficient funding, and saboteurs. Reality is always wrong when it conflicts with theory until such time as the infrastructure erodes. Then Reality returns mean, drunk, and swinging a golf club and the theory and its proponents end up bleeding in a ditch.

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