Harvard Professor Under Fire In Latest Attack On Free Speech

200px-harvard_wreath_logo_1svgBy any measure, Harvard Professor Steven Pinker, who holds the Johnstone Family Chair of Psychology, is one of the most influential intellectual leaders in the world. He is also someone who believes in robust intellectual discourse and free thought and speech.  That propensity for academic freedom has now made him a target of hundreds of academics and graduate students who are seeking his removal from the Linguistic Society of America. The letter is one of the most chilling examples of the new orthodoxy that has taken over our academic institutions.  The signatories seek his removal for holding opposing views on issues like underlying causes of police shootings and other research.  The cited grievances are at best nuanced and at worst nonsensical.  Yet, hundreds signed their names and academic affiliations to try to punish a professor for holding opposing views to their own.  We have been discussing these cases across the country including a similar effort to oust a leading economist from the University of Chicago.  It is part of a wave of intolerance sweeping over our colleges and our newsrooms — a campaign that will devour its own in the loss of academic freedoms and free speech. (I should note that I do not know Dr. Pinker and, to the best of my knowledge, I have never met him).

The campaign against Pinker is based on a small number of tweets where he dares to challenge the views of his colleagues and others on issues related to police shootings.  There was a time when it would have been viewed as a shameful betrayal of our profession to retaliate against a fellow academic in this way.  Now, hundreds (shown below) seek to have their names associated with an effort to punish a professor for his challenging a new orthodoxy in academia.

As a blog focused on free speech and academic freedom issues, the merits of these disagreements is less important than the effort to silence or punish opposing views.  However, the underlying postings (and Pinker’s apparent viewpoints) are relevant to understanding the growing intolerance for conflicting viewpoints.  We will briefly discuss the six objections below.  In so doing, I will have spent more written analysis addressing the attacks on Pinker than these academics and students spent in accusing him of the most vile predilections.  My complaint is not that his views are beyond criticism. My objection is to the lack of substantial evidence or analysis, and, most importantly, the effort to remove him from a key academic group. Indeed, the letter states many of the signatories want him to be effectively barred from academic discourse.

Pinker has been vocal in his opposition to the level of police shootings in our society and has recognized their devastating impact on the African American community.  He has however suggested that the level of police shootings may be the result of poor training and the excessive use of force generally by police in the United States.  He is not alone in raising that issue. We have previously discussed how the United States has far greater use of lethal force that virtually any other nation.  Pinker, and others, have not denied that racism plays a role or that we have systemic racist problems in society. Rather he has suggested that, if we want to reduce police shootings, we may want to consider whether they are being driven by a police culture and common training that tend to escalate the level of force used in these situations.

Thus, in the first cited tweet (from 2015), Pinker is chastised for linking to a New York Times articles that suggests that “Police don’t shoot blacks disproportionately” but rather says that there are larger societal and structural issues at play in these studies.  The critics used this tweet as their first example of Pinker’s unacceptable viewpoints and state:

“Let the record show that Dr. Pinker draws this conclusion from an article that contains the following quote: “The data is unequivocal. Police killings are a race problem: African-Americans are being killed disproportionately and by a wide margin.” (original emphasis) We believe this shows that Dr. Pinker is willing to make dishonest claims in order to obfuscate the role of systemic racism in police violence.”

The carefully edited quote reveals not just intellectual intolerance but intellectual dishonesty.  Here is the full quote:

The data is unequivocalPolice killings are a race problemAfricanAmericans are being killed disproportionately and by a wide margin. And police bias may be responsible. But this data does not prove that biased police officers are more likely to shoot blacks in any given encounter.

Instead, there is another possibility: It is simply that — for reasons that may well include police bias — AfricanAmericans have a very large number of encounters with police officers. Every police encounter contains a risk: The officer might be poorly trained, might act with malice or simply make a mistake, and civilians might do something that is perceived as a threat. The omnipresence of guns exaggerates all these risks.”

That is precisely what Pinker was saying in the tweet, but the signatories falsely suggest that he misrepresented the article.

In the second tweet, the signatories do not even try to quote from a linked article that Pinker cites:

Again, the article itself adopts the same balanced analysis that does not deny the role of racism in shootings but also highlights that training and cultural issues could be driving the high number of fatal shootings:

“Police violence is tangled up with racism and systemic injustice. We desperately need to do more to address that, foremost by shoring up the criminal-justice system so that it holds police officers accountable when they kill. But it’s also true that deadly mistakes are going to happen when police officers engage in millions of potentially dangerous procedures a year. What aviation teaches us is that it should be possible to “accident proof” police work, if only we are willing to admit when mistakes are made.”

Rather than acknowledge that nuanced intellectual point, the signatories adopt a common attack on free speech today: Pinker is guilty of “both-sides” rhetoric.”  We saw this attack succeed recently in the infamous decision of the New York Times to apologize for publishing the opposing views of a United States Senator and then forcing out the editor who approved the opinion editorial.  (Indeed, these Times articles were a painful reminder of the journalistic integrity that once defined that newspaper).

The third objection concern Pinker referring to New York subway shooter Bernhard Goetz as “mild mannered.”  The critics refer to his racist views and insist that Pinker is being impermissibly “casual.”  However, a search on Lexis found dozens of similar references to Goetz. CNN, the New York Times, and others include descriptions of Goetz as a “mild mannered” individual.  One can be mild mannered and still be a criminal and a racist.

The fourth objection is that Pinker claimed that it was “statistically obtuse” to claim that the killings of a deranged California student was proof of a pattern of violence against women. His point appears to be a classic correlation versus causation critique.  One can easily disagree with this observation but he seems to be objecting to taking the case itself as proof of the pattern.  What is fascinating is that the letter is premised originally on the fact that this student killed six women.  In reality, the student killed 2 women and 4 men.  Even though twice the number of men were murdered, the letter corrects the error but not conclusion: “Regardless of the identities of the victims, the murderer was driven by misogyny.”

The fifth objection is truly mind blowing.  Pinker is attacked for “publicly co-opt[ing] the academic work of a Black social scientist to further his deflationary agenda.”  It may require a linguistics degree to fully appreciate what coopting academic work to advance a deflationary agenda actually means.  This is made more difficult by the fact that these academics and students do not actually see the need to explain how Pinker “misrepresents the work.”  He is just declared dishonest.  However, these signatories seem to double up on the fifth and sixth objections since the link is directed to the study by Lawrence D. Bobo, the W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University.

So let’s go to the sixth objection over these tweets:

The signatories insist that even using the term “urban crime/violence” is a “dogwhistle” for racists.  However, again, a search of that terminology has been used dozens of times by civil rights leaders and Democratic leaders.

Once again, there is plenty to challenge in these viewpoints. Indeed, I would have seen this letter as an excellent foundation for a debate on campus. Pinker seems to want to have such academic discourse in making these points. The problem is not that he is being challenged on these points but that they are being used as an effort to remove him from an intellectual society.  These six objections are used as the basis to claim that Pinker has shown “a pattern of downplaying the very real violence of systemic racism and sexism, and, moreover, a pattern that is not above deceitfulness, misrepresentation, or the employment of dogwhistles.”

What makes this even more dubious is the following statement from these signatories:

“We want to note here that we have no desire to judge Dr. Pinker’s actions in moral terms, or claim to know what his aims are. Nor do we seek to “cancel” Dr. Pinker, or to bar him from participating in the linguistics and LSA communities (though many of our signatories may well believe that doing so would be the right course of action).”

Really, the foregoing language was not a “desire to judge Dr. Pinker’s actions in moral terms, or claim to know what his aims are”?  Moreover, I am not sure what “cancelling” means if it does not include stripping Pinker of his association with the leading intellectual group in his field.  It is also worth noting that “many” of the signatories did want him barred for being able to work with other academics in the field.  Rather than simply engage Pinker in honest academic debate, they want him barred from being able to share or defend his views in the linguistic or LSA communities.

Below is their open letter, which I encourage you to read.

 

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Dear Linguistic Society of America,

This is an open letter by members of the linguistics community calling for the removal of Dr. Steven Pinker from both our list of distinguished academic fellows and our list of media experts. We, the undersigned, believe that Dr. Pinker’s behavior as a public academic is not befitting of a representative of our professional organization, that the LSA’s own stated goals make such a conclusion inevitable, and that the LSA should publicly reaffirm its position and distance itself from Dr. Pinker.

Induction into the list of LSA fellows is one of the highest signals of prestige in the linguistic community. Often, fellows are seen as the first line of academic linguistic authority, and trustworthy sources of linguistic knowledge. Lay people and members of the press reach out to fellows and media experts for official statements. We feel that fellows therefore have a responsibility that comes with the honor, credibility, and visibility allotted them by their distinguished appointment. Dr. Pinker does not live up to this standard.

As we demonstrate below, Dr. Pinker’s behavior is systematically at odds with the LSA’s recently issued statement on racial justice, which argues that “listening to and respecting [the experience of students of color] is crucial, as is acknowledging and addressing rather than overlooking or denying the role of the discipline of linguistics in the reproduction of racism.” Instead, Dr. Pinker has a history of speaking over genuine grievances and downplaying injustices, frequently by misrepresenting facts, and at the exact moments when Black and Brown people are mobilizing against systemic racism and for crucial changes.

Though no doubt related, we set aside questions of Dr. Pinker’s tendency to move in the proximity of what The Guardian called a revival of “scientific racism”, his public support for David Brooks (who has been argued to be a proponent of “gender essentialism”), his expert testimonial in favor of Jeffrey Epstein (which Dr. Pinker now regrets), or his dubious past stances on rape and feminism. Nor are we concerned with Dr. Pinker’s academic contributions as a linguist, psychologist and cognitive scientist. Instead, we aim to show here Dr. Pinker as a public figure has a pattern of drowning out the voices of people suffering from racist and sexist violence, in particular in the immediate aftermath of violent acts and/or protests against the systems that created them.

Below, we document six relevant occasions that show how Dr. Pinker’s behavior is systematically and directly at odds with the LSA’s stated aims. We believe that these examples show that Dr. Pinker is untenable as an LSA fellow and should not be allowed to retain that status.

  1. In 2015, Dr. Pinker tweeted “Police don’t shoot blacks disproportionately”, linking to a New York Times article by Sendhil Mullainathan.


Let the record show that Dr. Pinker draws this conclusion from an article that contains the following quote: “The data is unequivocal. Police killings are a race problem: African-Americans are being killed disproportionately and by a wide margin.” (original emphasis) We believe this shows that Dr. Pinker is willing to make dishonest claims in order to obfuscate the role of systemic racism in police violence.

  1. In 2017, when nearly 1000 people died at the hands of the police, the issue of anti-black police violence in particular was again widely discussed in the media. Dr. Pinker moved to dismiss the genuine concerns about the disproportionate killings of Black people at the hands of law enforcement by employing an “all lives matter” trope (we refer to Degen, Leigh, Waldon & Mengesha 2020 for a linguistic explanation of the trope’s harmful effects) that is eerily reminiscent of a “both-sides” rhetoric, all while explicitly claiming that a focus on race is a distraction. Once again, this clearly demonstrates Dr. Pinker’s willingness to dismiss and downplay racist violence, regardless of any evidence.

  1. Pinker (2011:107) provides another example of Dr. Pinker downplaying actual violence in a casual manner: “[I]n 1984, Bernhard Goetz, a mild-mannered engineer, became a folk hero for shooting four young muggers in a New York subway car.”—Bernhard Goetz shot four Black teenagers for saying “Give me five dollars.” (whether it was an attempted mugging is disputed). Goetz, Pinker’s mild-mannered engineer, described the situation after the first four shots as follows: “I immediately looked at the first two to make sure they were ‘taken care of,’ and then attempted to shoot Cabey again in the stomach, but the gun was empty.” 18 months prior, the same “mild-mannered engineer” had said “The only way we’re going to clean up this street is to get rid of the sp*cs and n*****s”, according to his neighbor. Once again, the language Dr. Pinker employs in calling this person “mild-mannered” illustrates his tendency to downplay very real violence.
  2. In 2014, a student murdered six women at UC Santa Barbara after posting a video online that detailed his misogynistic reasons. Ignoring the perpetrator’s own hate speech, Dr. Pinker called the idea that such a murder could be part of a sexist pattern “statistically obtuse”, once again undermining those who stand up against violence while downplaying the actual murder of six women as well as systems of misogyny.

  1. On June 3rd 2020, during historic Black Lives Matter protests in response to violent racist killings by police of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many many others, Dr. Pinker chose to publicly co-opt the academic work of a Black social scientist to further his deflationary agenda. He misrepresents the work of that scholar, who himself mainly expressed the hope he felt that the protests might spark genuine change, in keeping with his belief in the ultimate goodness of humanity. A day after, the LSA commented on its public twitter account that it “stands with our Black community”. Please see the public post by linguist Dr. Maria Esipova for a more explicit discussion of this particular incident.
  2. On June 14th 2020, Dr. Pinker uses the dogwhistle “urban crime/violence” in two public tweets (neither of his sources used the term). A dogwhistle is a deniable speech act “that sends one message to an outgroup while at the same time sending a second (often taboo, controversial, or inflammatory) message to an ingroup”, according to recent and notable semantic/pragmatic work by linguistic researchers Robert Henderson & Elin McCready [1,2,3]. “Urban”, as a dogwhistle, signals covert and, crucially, deniable support of views that essentialize Black people as lesser-than, and, often, as criminals. Its parallel “inner-city”, is in fact one of the prototypical examples used as an illustration of the phenomenon by Henderson & McCready in several of the linked works.[1]

We believe our appeal to remove Dr. Pinker from the LSA fellows list and the list of media experts falls within the purview of the LSA because of the goals that the LSA has set for itself. In its public statement on race, the LSA “encourag[es] linguists to critically reflect on the changing nature of academic, social, cultural, and linguistic understandings of race”, and explicitly states that “there is no linguistic justice without racial justice… [this stance] requires that linguists actively work to promote equity and social justice in ways that benefit underrepresented scholars and communities of color”. We believe that the examples above show that Dr. Pinker’s established pattern of behavior stands in direct opposition to the LSA’s publicly stated aims, and the work they call for.

We want to note here that we have no desire to judge Dr. Pinker’s actions in moral terms, or claim to know what his aims are. Nor do we seek to “cancel” Dr. Pinker, or to bar him from participating in the linguistics and LSA communities (though many of our signatories may well believe that doing so would be the right course of action). We do, however, believe that the examples introduced above establish that Dr. Pinker’s public actions constitute a pattern of downplaying the very real violence of systemic racism and sexism, and, moreover, a pattern that is not above deceitfulness, misrepresentation, or the employment of dogwhistles. In light of the fact that Dr. Pinker is read widely beyond the linguistics community, this behavior is particularly harmful, not merely for the perception of linguistics by the general public, but for movements against the systems of racism and sexism, and for linguists affected by these violent systems.

Sincerely,

The Linguistics Community

(If you would like to add your name to this open letter, please sign using this google form. All signatures will be alphabetized by last name, and added to the document at regular intervals. Everyone who identifies as a linguist is welcome, and encouraged to sign. For comments, or questions, please reach out to lettertothelsa2020@gmail.com.
Addendum: Unfortunately, due to the form being abused both to threaten the editors, and to interfere with the signing process, we can, at this point, only accept signatures via email, and will only accept signatures from valid .edu addresses, or equivalent.)

Errata:
The UCSB incident involved the murder of 2 women and 4 men, not 6 women as stated in the text. Regardless of the identities of the victims, the murderer was driven by misogyny, as demonstrated both by his manifesto and the fact that the perpetrator targeted a sorority house. Dr Pinker’s tweet either ignores or denies this aspect of the event.

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279 Kasstan, Jonathan University of Westminster Assistant Professor
280 Kastner, Itamar University of Edinburgh
281 Kennedy, Robert University of California, Santa Barbara Senior Lecturer
282 Khan, Sameer ud Dowla Reed College Associate Professor
283 Kiesling, Scott F. University of Pittsburgh Professor & Chair
284 Kim, Christina University of Kent Senior lecturer
285 Kim, Judy Yale University Postdoc
286 Kimper, Wendell University of Manchester Lecturer
287 Kirchner, Jessica Google Senior Linguist
288 Klassen, Jeffrey University of Saskatchewan Sessional Lecturer
289 Klausner, Lukas Daniel St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences Researcher
290 Klecha, Peet Linguist
291 Kolozsvari, Robyn
292 Konnelly, Lex University of Toronto PhD Candidate
293 Kosse, Maureen CU Boulder Grad Student
294 Kostyszyn, Kalina Stony Brook University PhD student
295 Kotek, Hadas Computational Linguist
296 Koulidobrova, Helen Central Connecticut State University Associate Professor
297 Koval, Pasha University of Connecticut PhD candidate
298 Kramer, Ruth Georgetown University
299 Kraus, Kaj Gallaudet University PhD Student
300 Kraus, Kelsey UC Santa Cruz PhD graduate
301 Kucharska, Rosa University of Manchester Undergraduate student
302 Kuo, Annita
303 Kush, Dave NTNU Associate Professor
304 Lai, Catherine University of Edinburgh
305 Lalonde, Codie Carleton University PhD Candidate
306 Lang, Benjamin New York University Abu Dhabi
307 Laparle, Schuyler UC Berkeley PhD Candidate
308 Laperle, Samuel
309 Lassahn-Worrell, Price
310 Laturnus, Rebecca
311 Lau-Preechathammarach, Raksit UC Berkeley Graduate Student
312 Laurentine, Kyle
313 Lawson, Alexandra University at Buffalo, SUNY Graduate Student
314 Le Mené, Marine University of Strasbourg Postdoctoral Researcher
315 Lee-Goldman, Russell Google
316 Lee, Naomi New York University PhD student
317 Lee, Rebecca University of Colorado Boulder PhD student
318 Lee, Si Kai UConn PhD Student
319 Leonard, Wesley University of California, Riverside Associate Professor
320 Lesho, Marivic
321 Lesk, Katharina University of Vienna student
322 Levi, Susannah NYU
323 Levinson, Lisa University of Michigan Lecturer
324 Lewis, Rebecca University of Connecticut PhD Student
325 Lewis, Tom Georgia Southern University Visiting Instructor
326 Li, Neh Gnetnemt Jinggangshan University 井冈山大学 Research Scientist
327 Li, Noriyasu
328 Lilley, Kevin The Ohio State University PhD Student
329 Lindsey, Kate Boston University
330 Liter, Adam University of Maryland Graduate student
331 Litovsky, Celia Johns Hopkins University PhD candidate
332 Love-Nichols, Jessica Macalester College Visiting Assistant Professor
333 Lowry, Cass The Graduate Center, City University of New York PhD student
334 Lu, Deedee
335 Lu, Jiayi Stanford University PhD student
336 Lucek, Stephen University College Dublin Postdoctoral Fellow
337 Lukyanenko, Cynthia George Mason University Term Assistant Professor
338 Lund, Gunnar Harvard PhD candidate
339 MacGregor, Caiden La Trobe University Graduate student
340 MacKenzie, Jordan Georgetown University PhD Candidate
341 MacKenzie, Laurel New York University Assistant Professor
342 Macknick, Anna Princeton University Undergraduate student
343 Mahan, Heather UCSC MA Linguistics graduate
344 Maier, Erik Hans UC Berkeley PhD Candidate
345 Mailhot, Frederic Dialpad, Inc. Computational Linguist
346 Malamud, Sophia A. Brandeis University Associate Professor
347 Maldonado, Mora University of Edinburgh Postdoctoral researcher
348 Manetta, Emily University of Vermont Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology
349 Mangold, Ina Runa University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Student
350 Manke, Christine California State University, Northridge Alumna
351 Manning, Emma Georgetown University PhD Student
352 Mansfield, Courtney University of Washington PhD Candidate
353 Mantenuto, Iara University of California, Los Angeles PhD Candidate
354 Marino, D. McGill University Grad Student
355 Martí, Luisa Queen Mary University of London Senior Lecturer
356 Martin, Fabienne Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
357 Martin, Katie MIT Graduate student
358 Martin, Tyree University of Arizona Ph.D. Student
359 Martinez del Rio, Aurora University of Chicago Graduate Student
360 Martinez, Randi Yale University
361 Matsubara, Julie University of Chicago, English Language Institute Director
362 Mauk, Claude University of Pittsburgh Senior Lecturer
363 McBride, Justin T. Northeastern State University Assistant Professor
364 McCabe, Samantha
365 McClay, E. K. Simon Fraser University research staff
366 McCoy, Tom Johns Hopkins University Graduate student
367 McCready, Elin Aoyama Gakuin University Professor
368 McFadden, Thomas Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
369 McGowan, Kevin University of Kentucky Assistant Professor
370 McKay, Isabel University of Arizona
371 McPherson, Laura Dartmouth College Associate Professor
372 McVeigh, Joe University of Jyväskylä University teacher
373 Meadows, Tom Queen Mary University of London PhD Candidate
374 Medina, Jennifer
375 Merryweather, Marina
376 Mesh, Kate Lund University Postdoctoral Researcher
377 Meyer, Cherry University of Michigan
378 Midgley, Daniel Because Language Co-presenter
379 Mieczkowski, Hannah Stanford University PhD candidate, Communication
380 Miller, Taylor SUNY Oswego Visiting Assistant Professor
381 Minnick, Lisa C. Western Michigan University Associate Professor
382 Mirea, Nicole Northwestern University PhD student
383 Molina, Malia Carleton College
384 Monette, James Data Scientist
385 Mooney, Kate New York University
386 Moraski, Kendall University of British Columbia Alum
387 Morgan, Adam NYU Postdoc
388 Morikawa, Nora
389 Mufwene, Salikoko S. University of Chicago Professor of Linguistics
390 Munson, Benjamin University of Minnesota Professor and Chair
391 Murphy, AJ University of South Carolina PhD Student
392 Murray, Sarah Cornell University Associate Professor
393 Musica, Anne Georgetown University Alum
394 Musil, Jakub The University of Edinburgh PhD candidate
395 Nakamura, Megan University of Florida
396 Namboodiripad, Savithry University of Michigan Assistant Professor
397 Narayan, Chandan York University Linguistics Assoc Professor
398 Nederveen, Sander Simon Fraser University/University of British Columbia MA/PhD student
399 Nelson, Brett University of Calgary PhD Candidate
400 Nelson, Scott Stony Brook University
401 Nesbitt, Monica Dartmouth College Postdoctoral Researcher
402 Newell, Heather UQAM Professor
403 Ng, Sara University of Washington PhD student
404 Nguyen, Chieu Google Japan Computational Linguist
405 Nguyen, Emma University of Connecticut PhD student
406 Niedzielski, Nancy Rice University Associate Professor
407 Nielsen, Kuniko Oakland University Associate Professor
408 Nölle, Jonas University of Edinburgh PhD Candidate
409 Noonan, Máire Université de Montréal & Université du Québec à Montréal, course lecturer
410 Norris, Mark
411 Nowlan, Melody
412 Nycz, Jennifer Georgetown University Associate Professor
413 O’Gorman, Tim University of Massachusetts Amherst Postdoctoral Researcher
414 O’Hara, Charlie University of Southern California
415 O’Meara, Carolyn Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Associate Research Professor
416 O’Neill, Brittney York University PhD student
417 Orfitelli, Robyn University of Sheffield Lecturer
418 Ostrove, Jason UC Santa Cruz Lecturer
419 Overfelt, Carly
420 Pabst, Katharina University of Toronto Ph.D. Candidate
421 Palma, Pauline McGill University PhD student
422 Papillon, Maxime University of Maryand
423 Parrish, Alicia New York University Grad student
424 Parrott, Jeffrey Keith Department of English and American Studies, Palacký University in Olomouc Assistant Professor of Linguistics
425 Pasquinelli, Renni Johns Hopkins University PhD Student
426 Pasternak, Robert Leibniz-Center for General Linguistics Postdoctoral Researcher
427 Pater, Joe University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor
428 Patton, Colleen University of Arizona PhD Candidate
429 Paul, Ileana University of Western Ontario Associate Professor
430 Paullada, Amandalynne University of Washington PhD Candidate, Linguistics
431 Payne, Amanda
432 Payne, Elena University of Cambridge Student
433 Payne, Elinor University of Oxford Associate Professor
434 Pearce, Jo University of Glasgow PhD Student
435 Pearson, Hazel Queen Mary University of London Senior Lecturer
436 Perez Borbon, Luz University of Massachusetts Boston PhD student
437 Perfors, Amy University of Melbourne Associate Professor
438 Perleberg, Ellen University of Washington Undergraduate
439 Peters, Andrew University of Toronto PhD Candidate
440 Pham, Mike
441 Piggott, Glyne McGill University Emeritus Professor
442 Pillion, Betsy University of Chicago PhD Candidate
443 Pinzin, Francesco Goethe Universität Frankfurt Postdoctoral researcher
444 Plumb, May Helena University of Texas at Austin PhD Candidate
445 Pollio-Barbee, Harper Brandeis University Undergraduate Student
446 Potter, David Morehead State University Post-doc
447 Potvin, Gabrielle
448 Pratt, Teresa San Francisco State University Assistant Professor
449 Preminger, Omer University of Maryland Associate Professor
450 Prichard, Hilary Linguistics PhD
451 Prickett, Brandon
452 Puderbaugh, Rebekka University of Edinburgh Teaching Fellow
453 Punske, Jeffrey Southern Illinois University Carbondale Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies
454 Purse, Ruaridh University of Pennsylvania PhD Candidate
455 Raclaw, Joshua West Chester University Assistant Professor
456 Rademacher, Tess Former LSA Intern
457 Rasin, Ezer Leipzig University Postdoctoral Researcher
458 Rawlins, Kyle Johns Hopkins University Associate Professor
459 Reed, Paul E. University of Alabama Assistant professor
460 Rees, Alice University of Edinburgh Research Fellow
461 Rehrig, G. UC Davis Postdoctoral Researcher
462 Reiss, Charles Concordia University, Montreal Professor
463 Remirez, Emily UC Berkeley PhD Candidate
464 Rett, Jessica UCLA Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
465 Richardson-Todd, Aurore PhD student
466 Richie, Russell University of Pennsylvania Postdoctoral Fellow
467 Ritch, Joseph University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa MA Student
468 Roberts, Brice University of California, Los Angeles PhD Candidate
469 Roberts, Julie University of Vermont Professor and Director
470 Robinson, Mary NYU PhD student
471 Robles, Jessica S. Loughborough University Lecturer
472 Rodriguez, Alejandro UC San Diego PhD Student
473 Ronkos, Danielle The Graduate Center, CUNY Ph.D. Candidate
474 Rosa, Jonathan Stanford University Associate Professor
475 Rosen, Nicole University of Manitoba Professor
476 Rosenau, Sara CU Boulder Graduate Student
477 Rouvier, Ruth University of California, Berkeley PhD Candidate
478 Rouvinen, Alina Student
479 Rowe, Margaret Anne Georgetown University Alum
480 Royer, Adam UCLA Linguistics PhD Candidate
481 Royer, Justin McGill University PhD Student
482 Sampson, Tory University of California, San Diego PhD Student
483 Sanchez, Roger Universidade Federal de Belo Horizonte, Brazil PhD
484 Sandoval, Starr graduate student
485 Sandy, Abu El Adas NYU PhD student/worker
486 Sayeed, Asad University of Gothenburg Assistant Professor
487 Scarpace, Daniel University of Texas at Arlington Assistant Professor of Instruction
488 Scheffler, Tatjana University of Potsdam Postdoctoral Researcher
489 Schlegl, Lisa Univeristy of Toronto PhD Student
490 Schneier, Joel University of Central Florida Lecturer
491 Seals, Corinne Victoria University of Wellington Senior Lecturer
492 Sears, Cheyenne Ohio University Alum
493 Semushina, Nina UCSD PhD candidate
494 Seong, Jihye The State University of New York at Buffalo Ph.D. Student
495 Shames, Kayla Matthea Cornell University Undergraduate Student
496 Shan, Chung-chieh Indiana University Associate Professor
497 Shapiro, Mary Truman State University Professor of Linguistics
498 Shenkar, Julia George Mason University Alum
499 Sherley-Appel, Clara UCSC, UVA Linguistics MA
500 Showers-Curtis, Katka University of Wisconsin – Madison Graduate Student
501 Shukla, Mohinish
502 Shulist, Sarah Queen’s University Associate Professor
503 Sichel, Ivy UC Santa Cruz Associate Professor
504 Sicoli, Mark A University of Virginia Assistant Professor
505 Simpson, Erin UCL Institute of Education PhD student
506 Sims, Nandi Ohio State University PhD Candidate
507 Singerman, Adam Department of Linguistics, University of Chicago Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
508 Sirna, Sarah Michigan State University
509 Skilton, Amalia University of Texas at Austin Postdoctoral Researcher
510 Slayton, Aliya University of Hawai’i at Mānoa PhD student
511 Slobe, Tyanna University of California Los Angeles PhD Candidate
512 Smith, Alexander D. University of North Texas
513 Smith, Barry University at Buffalo Professor & Chair
514 Smith, James
515 Smith, Kaylin Michigan State University PhD candidate
516 Sneller, Betsy Michigan State University Assistant Professor
517 Snider, Todd Postdoctoral Research Fellow
518 Soldaini, Luca Amazon Applied Scientist
519 Sommerlot, Carly J. University of Texas at Arlington Ph.D. Candidate
520 Sprenger, Anna-Marie UChicago graduate student
521 Staicov, Adina Hiroshima University Assistant Professor
522 Stalley, Sean
523 Stephens, Heather University of Toronto PhD Candidate
524 Stickles, Elise University of British Columbia Assistant Professor
525 Stromdahl, Lars University of Delaware PhD Student
526 Strother-Garcia, Kristina Bloomsburg University Assistant Professor
527 Subtirelu, Nicholas Georgetown University Assistant Professor
528 Sullivant, Ryan University of Texas at Austin
529 Sundaresan, Sandhya
530 Sunil Arvindam, Vishal
531 Surbatovich, Amy Editor
532 Sutherland, Paul American Philosophical Society Archivist, Linguist
533 Szabó, Ildikó Emese New York University PhD candidate
534 Tabachnick, Guy New York University graduate student
535 Talmina, Natalia Johns Hopkins University PhD student
536 Taniguchi, Ai University of Toronto Mississauga Assistant Professor
537 Taylor, Katherine The Ohio State University Alum
538 Thomas, Airica Northwestern University PhD Student
539 Thomas, Jenelle University of Oxford
540 Thomas, William The Ohio State University PhD Student
541 Thompson, Anie H5/University of California Santa Cruz Consulting Linguist and PhD alum
542 Thompson, Ellen Florida International University Professor
543 Thompson, Katrina University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor
544 Thoms, Gary New York University Assistant Professor
545 Tomlin, Nicholas UC Berkeley PhD Student
546 Torbert, Benjamin University of Missouri-St Louis Associate professor
547 Torgersen, Henrik University of Oslo MA student
548 Tran, Marcellin University of Toronto Student
549 Travis, Lisa McGill University Professor Emeritus
550 Tulsyan, Purnima
551 Turnbull, Rory Newcastle University Lecturer
552 Turner, Gerry York University PhD Candidate
553 Turner, Robin University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign PhD student
554 Twiner, Nicholas Stanford University Graduate Student
555 Tyler, Matthew Yale University PhD candidate
556 Tyrone, Martha Long Island University Associate Professor
557 Ulfsbjorninn, Shanti University of Deusto, Bilbao. Associate Professor
558 Umbal, Pocholo University of Toronto PhD Candidate
559 Usta, Betül Seda University of Stirling PhD student
560 Valentinsson, Mary-Caitlyn Appalachian State University Visiting Assistant Professor
561 van den Akker, M. Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands Undergraduate
562 VanderStouwe, Chris Boise State University Lecturer
563 Vaughan, Alfie University of Cambridge Undergraduate
564 Vihman, Marilyn University of York Professor
565 Vihman, Virve University of Tartu Associate Professor
566 Villanueva, Mercedes Eileen
567 Vittalbabu, Chandru Sunnyvale School District Speech-Language Pathologist and Linguistics graduate
568 Vu, Mai Ha University of Delaware Alum
569 Walkden, George University of Konstanz Professor of Linguistics
570 Warner, Natasha University of Arizona Professor and Head
571 Warren, Isaac Georgetown University MS Student
572 Wassink, Alicia University of Washington
573 Weinberg, Miranda Swarthmore College Visiting Assistant Professor, Linguistics
574 Wells, Alexus Georgetown University
575 Whitcomb, Kathleen
576 Williams, Adina Research Scientist
577 Wilson, Brianna University of Chicago PhD Student
578 Wilson, Fiona University of Toronto Graduate Student
579 Wilson, Scott Keohookalani Pukyong National University Lecturer
580 Wing, Dakota York University PhD Candidate
581 Wingett, Hannah Georgetown University Alum, BA Linguistics + MS Theoretical Linguistics
582 Winterstein, Grégoire UQAM Professor
583 Wolf, Simon Unaffiliated Independent Researcher and Consultant
584 Wood, Skye Virginia Tech Alum
585 Wright, Kelly Elizabeth University of Michigan PhD Candidate
586 Yeaton, Jeremy UC Irvine PhD student in Language Science
587 Yoshida Nuttall, Kelly Boise State University
588 Young, Eris Writer
589 Yuan, Michelle University of California, San Diego Assistant Professor
590 Zaitsu, Anissa Stanford University PhD student
591 Zimman, Lal UC Santa Barbara Associate Professor of Linguistics
592 Zompi, Stanislao
593 Zweig, Eytan University of York Lecturer

138 thoughts on “Harvard Professor Under Fire In Latest Attack On Free Speech”

  1. I worked in the real world for a few years before returning to get a Masters degree. One of my professors bought a “pedigreed” dog for $1,500 that turned out to be a mongrel, another of my professors added the guy who sold professor 1 the dog to her car title so she could get a break by using his CIA insurance on her Corvette (he told campus police he was on the title when he used a key she gave him to drive it off to his other family in California). That’s the trouble with people who are professional intellectuals and have no business or real world experience. Now, imagine these signatories from the LSA, one of whom is a “post doc researcher” (read: I couldn’t find work in the Linguistics field so I stayed in school even after my PhD). Eventually, though they don’t realize it, they will, through these righteous purges, ensure that there will be no one left in the LSA who thinks differently or who knows anything the rest of them don’t…at which point they are all the same, which is to say utterly useless to society, as one of them would be enough. And, sadly, they are not even smart enough to figure this out. But I’ll bet they are hell bent to ensure “diversity,” though I doubt they can even agree on a definition of that.

    “Whom are you?”, said he, for he had been to night school. — Andre Gide

    1. Interesting story bob

      we all know what diversity means. GET RID OF WHITE MEN AND MAYBE WOMEN TOO, AND REPLACE THEM WITH BLACKS AND HISPANICS & FOREIGNERS

      Asians or at least NE Asians, may or may not count as diversity given the particulars of the department. In STEM, ha, definitely NOT, they get the white guy treatment too

    2. I love the Gide quote and your whole response was spot-on. Did you ever read “Straight Man” by Richard Russo? The premise is, sort of, that in your average college English department, everyone’s the straight man. (I’ll probably go to linguistics jail for using the term ‘straight man’).

  2. Trump Will Deport Foreign Students If Universities Don’t Hold Classes In Person

    A directive by the Trump administration that would strip international college students of their U.S. visas if their coursework was entirely online prompted widespread confusion on Tuesday as students scrambled to clarify their statuses and universities reassessed their fall reopening policies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    The White House measure, announced on Monday, was seen as an effort to pressure universities into reopening their gates and abandoning the cautious approaches that many have announced they would adopt to reduce Covid-19 transmission.

    The effect may be to dramatically reduce the number of international students enrolling in the fall. Together with delays in processing visas as a result of the pandemic, immigrant advocates say the new rules, which must still be finalized later this month, might discourage many overseas students from attending American universities, where they often pay full tuition.

    “The financial repercussions to institutions are potentially very traumatic,” said Daniel J. Hurley, chief executive of the Michigan Association of State Universities, which represents the state’s public universities. He cited studies showing that 33,236 international students contributed $1.2 billion to Michigan’s economy in 2018.

    But the concern that their campuses could become coronavirus clusters has prompted many universities to adopt measures to reduce exposure, from requiring masks in classrooms to limiting social activities to reducing the number of students invited back to campus. Many have announced a hybrid approach that would provide some in-person classes but offer a significant amount of coursework virtually.

    Such changes could put foreign students’ visas, known as F-1 visas, at risk under the new rules. International students whose universities are not planning in-person classes — which is currently the case at schools including the University of Southern California and Harvard — would be required to return to their home countries if they are already in the United States. Those overseas would not be granted permission to enter the country to take online coursework here.

    Edited From: “Trump Visa Rule Seen As Way To Pressure Colleges On Reopening”

    The New York Times, 7/7/20

    1. REGARDING ABOVE:

      The New York Times article notes that foreign students contribute about $40 billion per year to the U.S. economy. They are, in fact, a crucial revenue stream to many universities and college towns.

      Yet Donald Trump wants to ‘take these students hostage’ in his thrust to reopen schools and universities; a highly contentious issue at the moment. ‘Yes’, we’d all like get back to normal. But the virus is surging like never before.

      Arguably Trump is to blame for the virus’ current surge. Since the pandemic began, Trump’s entire response has been one of denial. Trump has, in fact, gone out of his way to undermine his own administration. How peculiar this is!

      So here Trump is once again taking students hostage; just as he did with the DACA issue.

      1. VIRUS SURGE BASED IN RED STATES

        The surge in coronavirus cases in the United States, which has set new daily-case records five times in the past nine days, is being driven largely by states that were among the first to ease virus restrictions as they moved to reopen their economies.

        Florida has seen its average new daily cases increase more than tenfold since it began reopening in early May. Cases in Arizona have jumped by 858 percent since beginning to reopen May 8. Cases in Texas have risen by 680 percent since beginning to reopen May 1.

        Epidemiologists had warned that reopening could lead to waves of new infections if it was done before the virus was contained, and before contact tracing was sufficiently ramped up enough to contain future outbreaks.

        The trajectory taken by many states that pushed to reopen early offers a cautionary tale.

        South Carolina, one of the first states to let retail stores reopen, has seen its average daily case count rise to 1,570, up from 143 from when the state began to reopen in late April, a 999 percent increase. And in Georgia, where the governor’s moves to reopen swiftly in late April were criticized as too aggressive by Mr. Trump — who had generally been pushing states to move faster to reopen — cases have risen by 245 percent.

        Edited from: “The Surge In The United States Is Being Driven By States That Moved To Reopen Too Early”

        Today’s New York Times

        1. You might want to take a look at the deaths trendline, Seth.

          CDC Official Weekly Covid Deaths

          https://s3.amazonaws.com/lrc-cdn/assets/2020/07/1232.png

          It has been plummeting since May.

          Deaths are down 48% in Georgia since Governor Kemp started reopening the State.

          It’s a cold virus, not the Black Plague.

          I realize that is a big disappointment to people like you. But that’s your personal problem.

          1. You’re stupid, Rhodes. Trends are more relevant than deaths.

            It doesn’t matter how many died in New York during April. All that matters is where the virus is surging NOW.

            1. If I’m “stupid”, then you’re in very deep trouble, Seth.

              All that matters is deaths, not infections. It’s a cold virus.

              Once again, the CDC data clearly shows a major decline in deaths since May nationwide, and once again, Georgia has seen a 48% reduction in deaths since the Governor re-opened the State.

              But please continue to drive alone in your car with the windows rolled up, wearing a useless mask, like all of the other moronic chicken little’s. That fits you perfectly.

                1. FROM LINK ABOVE:

                  The U.S.’s daily number of deaths from the coronavirus has risen recently in some of the nation’s most populous states, signaling a possible end to months of declining death totals nationally.

                  In Texas, officials announced 119 deaths on Wednesday, surpassing a daily record for deaths in the pandemic that the state had set only a day earlier. In Arizona, more than 200 deaths have been announced already this week, and the daily virus death toll in the state reached higher than ever. Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, South Dakota and Tennessee also set single-day death records this week.

                  The seven-day death average in the United States reached 608 on Thursday, up from 471 earlier in July, but still a fraction of the more than 2,200 deaths the country averaged each day in mid-April, when the situation in the Northeast was at its worst.

                  Health experts cautioned that it was too early to predict a continuing trend from only a few days of data. But the rising pace of deaths in the Sunbelt followed weeks of mounting cases in the region and suggested an end to the country’s nearly three-month period of declines in daily counts of virus deaths.

                  1. “but still a fraction of the more than 2,200 deaths the country averaged each day in mid-April”

                    Thanks for reinforcing my point, Seth.

                    BTW, do you still have all of your participation trophies and ribbons that you got for showing up to soccer practice?

                    I’m absolutely positive that you do.

                2. “Yeah, Rhodes, you’re stupid. The latest news is that deaths are trending up again.”

                  Paint Chips despite what you think Texas with a population significantly greater than the population of NY had 12 deaths yesterday while NY had 27, NJ had 25 and Mass had 28.

                  There is no question that we will have outbreaks as the country opens up along with some deaths. The alternative is a marked increase in suicide, drug use, and poverty which by itself causes higher death rates. The impact on the economy has been horrendous and the next generation will be substantially poorer because of it but what do you care you selfish person.

                  By the way minorities will slip further and further behind as the children remain without any education and those whose parents that dont speak English will have non English speaking children. Count on this group of children increasing the rates of shootings, theft, violence and drug overdoses as they get older.

      2. Seems ye old University will have to cut salaries and dig into those huge endowments prohibiting free American speech and though has gained them. Bye, Bye anarchy hello manufacturing.

  3. “Houston Mayor Cancels Texas G.O.P. Convention, Calling It ‘Public Health Risk’”

    Mayor Sylvester Turner said the large gathering of Republican officials amid a worsening pandemic would put many people at risk. Party officials said they were exploring a legal challenge.

    – New York Times
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Election Postponement – Not A Vote By Survey Monkey

    President Trump must postpone the November election due to COVID-19, understanding that a fair and equitable election is impossible and that all other economic and social activities have been modified and/or suspended for reasons of the pandemic. To conduct a legitimate election, voters must appear and have their identity confirmed at a polling place. Democrats have already cancelled their convention. Communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) are promoting “vote-by-mail” knowing that they will be afforded an historic opportunity to manipulate and defraud the vulnerable voting system. Communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs), in order to seize unfair advantages, absurdly propose that America surrender its self-governance to Survey Monkey. Communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) employed our South Korean “allies,” K-pop, to enlist and encourage Tik Tok users to crash President Trump’s Tulsa rally. Communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) “harvested” ballots to conquer Orange County, CA and other districts. Lincoln won 1860 with 38.9% and 1864 with brute military force. Joe Kennedy erased a Nixon victory and bought the presidency for JFK through Mob purchases in Chicago. Is it conceivable that the communists will not maximally corrupt and manipulate “vote-by-mail” to obtain a November victory? Of course they will. To communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs), the ends justify the means. No ethic, regulation, law, promise, duty or point of honor will ever prevent them from attempting to steal power. The essence of the Republic must be preserved at all costs, as Lincoln would say. President Trump must postpone the election due to COVID-19 until such time as the pandemic is in sufficient and quantifiable decline.

    1. George- I told PCS the other day, that if you were a professor, I would come to your office hour every single week, and sit my arse down across from you, and hang out, ask you a million questions, and refuse to leave until the office hours were finished. 😉😁

      I would be your number 1 student.

  4. A professional society should be judged by the intellectual rigor of its proceedings.- especially its disciplinary proceedings.

    Signing themselves “Sincerely, The Linguistics Community”, several humdred fellow members of the Linguistic Society of America signed a letter demanding Pinker’s removal from LSA based on allegations about Professor Pinker’s motivation for making six Tweets which Prof. Pinker was not allowed to answer, and which were not subjected to even cursory objective analysis to explore the charges against Professor Pinker in any intellectually honest way.

    If LSA accepts these demands and removes Pinker from its ranks, LSA, and not Steven Pinker will stand convicted of crimes incompatible with scholarship. The Linguistic Society of America can either give Professor Steven Pinker an opportunity to defend himself against these six charges, or stand convicted itself of being a mere figurehead for a mob. Linguistic studies in America will be a few embers of light in a Lysenkoian darkness.

    1. It may be amusing for people to know that one of the most blatant white racist professors of the 20th century, was palindromically named, Revilo Oliver, a tenured professor of Romance languages at U of Illinois. One of his academic highlights, was an important translation of the 5th century AD Sanskrit work, the “Little Clay Cart” .. here’s a cite i found to that:
      [Śūdraka. Revilo Pendelton Oliver; Rozelle Parker Johnson; Ernst Krenn (eds.). “Mṛcchakaṭikā, The Little Clay Cart: A Drama in Ten Acts Attributed to King Sūdraka.” in Illinois Studies in Language and Literature 23=1938. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. pp. 45–210.]

      Revilo Oliver had a very interesting life. Besides his academic attainments, he was also a cryptographer for the War Department in WW2 if I recall. He also was an early “John Birch Society” leader, until he was expelled for antisemitism. Oliver also testified before the Warren Commission concerning allegations he published that there was a conspiracy in rogue elements of government to assassinate JFK. Fancy that, hmm?

      Oliver did not get too much trouble from the university for his extracurricular works, far as I know. though I have no special insight, he might have for all i know, from public sources. He died in 98 If I recall.

      Steven Pinker, is no Revilo Oliver.

      Another figure I am reminded of is Arthur Butz. A professor of electrical engineering, who wrote a book of “Holocaust denial”

      His works were “deplatformed” off Amazon a couple years ago, just as many more modest works of “hate” are being censored today. However, Butz kept his job

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Butz

      I could go on and on about such figures and name many more. I guess the point would be, apropos of today, that they were attacked and censored and censured and deplatformed decades ago, perhaps less at times or perhaps more, but even then few voices of “academic freedom” leaped to their defense.

      To some extent “academic freedom” has always been an illusion, or perhaps, one might say, simply an ideal.

  5. The trend against free speech and intellectual debate at college campuses across America, can be laid solely at the feet of the Democrat Party. This is their albatross around their necks. How much longer can they keep up the ruse that their party platform is about tolerance and kindness?

    On another note, it is very difficult to compare use of force statistics with other countries. There is a cultural difference in response to law enforcement interactions. It is highly improbable that a man in Japan is going to fight with police officers instead of complying, while it is highly statistically likely that a male in some neighborhoods is going to fight with police and resist arrest. The Yakuza are hardly as widespread as the myriad gangs in the US, also responsible for many violent altercations with the police.

    Some countries value respect and self control far more than the United States. Also, since we are a mishmash of cultures, there is a broad range of sub cultures within our people. Walk into a gated suburb in Orange County, Beverly Hills, Compton, Camden, or Appalachia, and expect wildly different attitudes and responses to police. Some are eager to help the police solve crimes and have a safe neighborhood…others hate snitches and rats. Some cooperate mildly with police, others fight to the bitter end.

    1. Also, systemic racism requires laws and rules to specifically, and deliberately, punish a particular race. Examples around the history of the world are Slavery, Apartheid, Jim Crow, Caste, fines for specific races, the prohibition of a race owning property, prohibition against other races becoming citizens in some countries, the forced abortion of North Korean women carrying the babies of Chinese men, etc.

      There is no legal systemic racism in the United States. There are most certainly disparities. There are certainly long term effects from Jim Crow. But there are no laws that deliberately, and explicitly, apply to one race. Whenever unlawful discrimination is found, it is subject to a lawsuit.

      If reparations passes, that would be systemic racism in tax law, as it would be a fine on white people, paid to black people. CA legislature has voted to rework its constitution, which will allow it to discriminate. The purpose is to discriminate against Asians in college applications, and against Caucasians, to allow lesser qualified African Americans and Latinos to take spots they have not earned through either sports scholarships or academics. If it passes, that would be systemic racism.

      If there is a hiring practice that discriminates against a particular race, such as whites, that would be an example of systemic racism. I believe this would be against the Civil Rights Act.

      A meritocracy is not only fair, but it prevents the Balkanization or tribalism according to race. Diversity is not skin deep. I have more in common with my black conservative friend, than I do my Leftist extremist hateful relative.

      1. Did you say “systemic racism?”

        Welfare is unconstitutional (Congress has the power to tax only for “…general Welfare…” not individual welfare, specific welfare or charity).

        Affirmative action privilege is unconstitutional.

        Quotas are unconstitutional.

        Forced busing is unconstitutional.

        Obamacare is unconstitutional.

        Fair Housing law is unconstitutional.

        Non-Discrimination law is unconstitutional.

        Social services, rent control, minimum wage, WIC, TANF, HAMP, HARP, HUD, HHS, etc., are unconstitutional.

        Please cite the sections in the Constitution which support these communist redistribution and social engineering programs.

    2. “…others hate snitches and rats.” Isn’t this the same culture of the “thin blue line”?

  6. Politics makes strange bedfellows.

    The Feminazi White Shirts are commensurate with male communists in red.

    The various fascists have achieved “critical mass” as “The Singularity.”

    That can’t be you say.

    They’re all frothing-at-the-mouth, rabid, totalitarian psychopaths in search of personal power for power’s sake.

    The sole object of their hatred is freedom – Constitutional American Freedom.
    _____________________________________________________________

    “It’s the [dictatorship], stupid!”

    – James Carville

  7. Harvard Professor Under Fire In Latest Attack On Free Speech

    Who needs dialogue, dialectic and debate when you can respond with emotion?

    Intellect is so passé.

    1. Nah. More like the American version of Maoist red Gurads… ritual denunciations, thought crimes, incoherent rantings and lame incantations.

  8. Another academic whose academic freedumb rights are on full display. Wonder if JT approves of:

    “I’m gonna find where you live and I promise I’m going to f****** murder you with my bare hands and rape your corpse after setting in on fire. Stupid c***,”

    The author of this missive is a UT San Antonio teaching assistant, Jonathan Pullen. He wrote it to a conservative twenty-something for daring to tweet about transgender “rights.”

    https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Freedom-fighter-alleges-local-teaching-15394004.php

    1. what an insane rant this pullen fellow put out. Another express news article calls him a former TA, not clear whether he was dismissed over this, for being a general nutjob, or for completely unrelated reasons. To forestall any would be free-speech what-about-ism, terroristic threats do not and should not be protected speech.

  9. There used to be a time when one academic found flaws the findings of another, he or she would conduct his or her own research to refute the incorrect opinion by a process which was referred to, quaintly, as academic freedom, leading ideally to a robust search for truth. Now academics are simply too incompetent or lazy to engage in actual academic work. Also, they are not interested in finding the truth, but rather in having their faith-based opinions affirmed and the apostates and heretics banished to the outer darkness.

    Today, they have those who are guilty of thoughtcrimes cancelled and dismissed from academic positions. Tomorrow, who knows, guillotines and autos-da-fe? Every who cares about these issues must push back against this in every way they can. Civilization itself is at stake. Otherwise, soon, supporters for free speech and freedom of thought will be out right dissidents.

    1. “Otherwise, soon, supporters for free speech and freedom of thought will be out right dissidents.”

      We’re already there. What’s left of the “dissidents” is quickly being cleaned out of Hollywood, Academia, Media, and Corporate America.

      1. white people are going to be fired from NBC to eliminate racism. figure that out!

        https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-07-07/nbc-news-group-chairman-wants-a-50-diverse-work-force-cesar-conde

        Im wondering how antiwhite racism is going to cure whites of supposed cultural habits of racism?

        seems to me whites will be tempted to believe that racial solidarity is actually the only thing that will save their lilly white skins in the end

        but what do i know. just another white guy.

    2. That’s why China is eclipsing the US for Global Leadership. The US Elite are cognitively impaired (hence the adulation for Senile Joe for President)… First among equals.

  10. Apparently left leaning liberals are anathema to to the high priests of the Church of the Woke Progressive, and must be prosecuted for heresy.

    1. No liberal should imagine that the fact that they are clinging to the rump of the Democratic party will save them. I’m a liberal and I quit voting for Democrats in 2016, because I saw this weirdness coming (the insane University of Missouri protests were what did it for me, but everybody has their own red-pill moments).

    2. Left leaning liberals were spanked again in the primaries. Center Democrats, of which i am one, represent the plurality if not majority viewpoint of Americans as our candidates have won 6 of the last 7 presidential votes and by virtue of winning swing districts across America, won the 2018 Congressional elections by a landslide. Our positions on healthcare, immigration, and gun control also reflect the majority view of Americans.

      1. “Left leaning liberals were spanked again in the primaries. Center Democrats, of which i am one”

        You don’t know what the term center means. You are part of the uneducated mass of democrats that will lie and change their opinions at the drop of a hat.

      2. Center Democrats. Book, define your terms please. I know people who would call themselves that and they’re enthusiastic about lawful firearms ownership. But they may be a little younger than you. You are Baby Boomer and I am a Gen X. Nobody my age who has a pair dares to talk about “gun control” this is strictly the province of old ladies and emasculati. Here in Rust belt we have Democrats that will stake out and hold a NRA favorable profile not unlike the southern dems.

        This is more of a class issue. People who are upwardly mobile find it chic to call for gun control, in either party. People who are downwardly mobile like me, er, no way.

      3. “Center Democrats, of which i am one”

        You’re just another participant in the binary us versus them Dialectic, and you’re a member of a tribe.

        IOW, you’re a partisan. Partisan’s and partisanship is what feeds into the red vs blue manufactured political squabbles that keeps the elitists in power.

        So here you are. A Democrat whose nominee is just another lifelong career politician with mid-stage Dementia who doesn’t even know what day it is without being told multiple times a day.

  11. It’s time to dive into this subject matter & get to the intrinsic core.

    College Professors should know better. Get off trackable social media platforms & go incognito.

    Influence experts, who assess the information needs of a target population and craft messaging to influence and engage target audiences.

    *Research and analyze methods of influencing foreign populations
    *Developing a variety of marketing and media products
    *Operating and maintaining equipment, such as analog and digital recording and playback devices and communication systems.
    *Disseminating and broadcasting important information via television, radio, Internet and newspaper media.

    1. I don’t necessarily disagree. Without people with some credibility challenging predominant narratives, it will be even harder to combat those false narratives.

        1. Taking revenge

          “The Cask of Amontillado” (sometimes spelled “The Casque of Amontillado” [a.mon.ti.ˈʝa.ðo]) is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey’s Lady’s Book. The story, set in an unnamed Italian city at carnival time in an unspecified year, is about a man taking fatal revenge on a friend who, he believes, has insulted him. Like several of Poe’s stories, and in keeping with the 19th-century fascination with the subject, the narrative revolves around a person being buried alive.

  12. Get ready for a new spanish civil war right here in the usa. Study that war and enjoy how communists and fascists battled each other. Lots of dead priests and academics. Neither side was good. A war between 2 horrible groups. In the end franco emerges victorious.

  13. I noticed the foreign names too. Country of origin could be relevant as many non wasp cultures, especially the wealthy elite of those disdain free speech and are opposed to freedom of thought. They are used to top-down authority where the elite are supposed to be deferred to and are insulted at being challenged by those they regard as social inferiors. Social elites have always been over represented in academia. With globalisation and the competition for lucrative foreign students perhaps universities are reflecting the cultures of origin? Issues concerning the disadvantage of working class blacks are a handy platform for them to camouflage their elitist views.

  14. As a graduate of USC, I am deeply embarrassed and offended that two people identified themselves as if they represent the University in this fallacious letter. All institutions that do not retract any implied complicity in this attempt to destroy a keystone of the Constitution are nothing more than tricoteuses knitting their appeasement to the mob.

    Good riddance.

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