Category Archives: Authoritarian Left

NY Times op-ed dismisses Obama’s critique of “woke culture” because he’s an uncomprehending and privileged “Boomer”

I’m too busy watching glaciers go by in the Beagle Channel to post much today. The Channel was in fact where Darwin saw his first glacier, and it’s cool to think that I’m seeing the same glaciers that he did. But on to the opinion of the day. This time it’s a beef about Obama’s […]

Today’s reading: Pinker in Skeptic magazine on rationality and “post-truth” culture

The much- (and unjustly) maligned Steven Pinker wrote the cover story for this month’s Skeptic Magazine, which is available free at the link below (click on screenshot). The topic is the so-called “post-truth” era in which we live: an era in which reason is said to be expendable and the truth is only what is […]

Williams College students call for a boycott of English courses

After the follies at Williams College last year (a college rated at the very top of undergraduate liberal arts institutions in America), I predicted that things would get even worse this year. Well, it’s been delayed a bit, but the hurling of dung at the fan has begun. The promised free-speech policy, which was supposed […]

The Annual College Halloween Follies: The University of Texas

Tomorrow is Halloween, and what better way to celebrate than by scaring you about how it’s celebrated at some American colleges? The institution at hand happens to be the venerable University of Texas at Austin, a public university and one of America’s better state schools. For Halloween, however, the Dean of Students Office chose to […]

Oxford student union mandates that its authorities promote “jazz hands” as a substitute for applause

I don’t know why, but stuff like this depresses me and makes me wonder what the world will be like in 20 years, when students who passed this resolution are running the UK—and maybe the US. But I’ll most likely be dead then. This event not nearly as bad as the Right supporting Trump, of […]

How did Monty Python predict “woke culture” so many years in advance?

This article in Areo Magazine, written by Gerfried Ambosch, deals with the film Monty Python’s Life of Brian, which turned forty years old this year.  I saw that film only once, and about when it came out, so I’m not as acquainted with the material as I could be. However, it’s amazing to see the […]

The “grievance studies” hoax: a forum at the Chronicle of Higher Education

The “grievance studies” hoax conducted by Helen Pluckrose, Peter Boghossian, and James Lindsay is now so well known that it has its own Wikipedia page. I’m sure most of you know some details: the trio wrote and submitted 20 papers to journals dealing with what they call academic “grievance studies”: cultural, queer, race, gender, fat, and sexuality studies. At […]

A call for ideological uniformity?

Here we have Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, member of the “Sq**D” (I can’t bear to write it), speaking at the Netroots Nation conference on July 13, and making what I take to be a call for ideological uniformity based on race, sexuality, or religion. That uniformity, of course, must align with Pressley’s own ideology. I may […]

Colorado State University walks back its language guide’s advice not to say “America” and “Americans”

A few days ago I reported on Colorado State University’s (CSU’s) “Inclusive Language Guide”, which apparently did not constitute official university policy but was still a rather draconian attempt to force language into a Woke Procrustean bed. As the guide’s introduction said: What this document is: This is a living resource compiled by the Inclusive […]

Santa Clara University denies recognition to conservative student group

I remember the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) when I was in college in the late Sixties. The members were Republicans, pro-Nixon, and were largely ignored by the rest of the students. But the group served as a nucleus for conservatives, and I don’t remember anything particularly invidious about it. Reading over the Wikipedia entry […]