As we all know: in theory, there's no difference between theory and practice; in practice, this is not true. And so to the "universe" of knowledge considered suitable to study at the Academy.
I was minding my own business at work this afternoon when I get a call from the producer to Sean Hannity’s radio show asking if I’d come on to talk about Beyonce’s use of the word “bitch” in her newest song and the feminist dialogue around reclaiming this word, Snap Chat and use among teens to spread sexually explicit images of their peers without consent, and other sexuality related things in the news.I listened to this, driving back from the dog park. Hannity was no more aggressive in his questioning than, say, a mainstream media reporter questioning a Catholic Bishop on abortion. She was evasive, her sense of Entitled Princess firmly on display. And she did hang up on him. I guess she's never had to defend her positions before. It was a pretty astonishing performance, actually, and one that seems entirely in line with the sense at the Academy of what's proper. No doubt she will now be a hero in the Ivy Covered Halls.
He goes on about how this type of indoctrination also happened at Yale and a “sexologist” (said with belittlement and sarcasm) came to teach about bestiality and incest. “Hey, what’s a “sexologist” anyway??”
So I explained. And I explained the Sex: Am I Normal” workshop he was referencing at Yale, even though it’s old news and I’ve already explained it a million times. I explained it’s about normal vs normative, and creating a safe space, and such but he kept interrupting me with “But what do YOU think about bestiality???” I again stated the program is not about my opinion, or a space for me to judge other people’s sexual behaviors, it’s about recognizing that sexual diversity exists for better or worse, but how can you explain reason and logic to a person who has to bend the truth to get you to talk to them, and then when you talk to them belligerently repeats “Oh, c’mon, you’re a sexologist, you must have an opinion on bestiality so what is it!?” I took one last ditch effort to explain this is not what I came on to talk about and then thought, fuck it, and hung up.
As a public service, here's something that you should read if you really want to make a liberal's head explode like the fembots in Austin Powers. Or understand why the world's economy is the way it is. The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, by David Landes. The title is intentionally taken from Adam Smith, but Landes focuses less on describing economics per se, and more on the constraints that a society puts on their economy.These questions all tread on the line separating Approved™ racial groups from Western Aggressors™ and so cannot even be broached. It's a part of the "universe" of knowledge that is forbidden on campus today, sort of like Darwin in the schools a century ago. The subject cannot be discussed; moreover, it cannot even be thought about. And so what I find interesting is the enfeeblement of Progressive thought over the last generation or two. It used to be a robust intellectual school, able to win converts by the force of its logic:
It traces the history of economic development over the last 1000 years, and asks some very politically incorrect questions:
- Why did China, the world's richest and most powerful country in 1000 AD not only lose her lead, but lose it so badly that it was dismembered by the European (and later resurgent Japanese) powers?
- Why did India, fabulously wealthy and populous, not conquor the west, rather than vice-versa?
- Why did England, an undeveloped backwater as late as 1500 AD, ultimately lead the Industrial Revolution and become the world's most powerful country?
- What explains the vast differences in economic development between the USA and Canada, and other New World countries? After all, in 1700, Mexico's GDP per capita was $450, not far short of the colonies' $490 (1985 dollars). In 1989, Mexico's GDP per capita was $3,500, vs. $18,300 for the USA.
What it ironic is that one of the giants of progressive intellectualism showed them the error of their ways, more than half a century ago. John Kenneth Galbraith was very possibly the last of the first rate progressive intellectuals. His 1958 The Affluent Society is something that somehow I'd missed reading. Dad told me to take whichever of his books I'd like, and I grabbed that one for the plane ride home.Can you possibly imagine a Galbraith hanging up on a Sean Hannity? Galbraith wouldn't have hung up, he would have eviscerated him.
Reading it, it's easy to see why it was so hugely influential. It is clear, it is logically consistent, it progresses step by logical step towards its conclusion. Much of it has turned out to be wrong in the last 50-odd years, but none of it is the weak beer offered up by today's progressives.
It's quite a good read, and is well worth your while. His discussion of Marx is outstanding; not so much in explaining the nuts and bolts of the economic theory (although it's perfectly adequate), but in laying out just why it was that Marx was instantly so influential.
What is convincing proof of the bias in the Academy is precisely the same as what convinces that the Media are biased. It's not what's talked about, it's what cannot be talked about. We have lost the great questions and replaced them with piffle. What a sad, pathetic state that the Progressive Intellectuals have in the space of a generation gone from John Kenneth Galbraith to Jill McDevitt.