The destruction of the discussion board was requested by faculty members who found that somebody’s mild disagreement with the woke dogma was completely intolerable and made them suffer.*
Now there’s absolutely no place where all workers of this campus could come together to talk and, as happened often, oppose some of the initiatives of the administration.
In short: we forced our employer to take away from us the only method we had to stand up to the employer.
* In the meantime, the working classes who are employed on campus never, of course, objected to the almost daily barrage of insults on the discussion board to the beliefs of many of them.
My university has shut down the discussion board completely. Everybody is too terrified of people having discussions on campus.
Innocent, sweet people, or as we call them, “unscared idiots”, shouldn’t play cancel culture games. They are very likely to get very burned.
A colleague decided publicly to accuse another colleague of an ideological crime.
“The argument you make is very similar to an alt-right document that can be found at this link!” the colleague triumphantly proclaimed. “There’s even a similar typo in it!”
This is a rookie mistake for people living in a nascent totalitarian regime. The self-righteous colleague has now effectively handed the commissars some really good compromising material against himself. He has signed his name – completely willingly, publicly, and on record – to the following:
A. He reads alt-right documents.
B. He’s very familiar with alt-right documents to the point where he can spot similarities between them and other texts.
C. He distributed a link to an alt-right document to the university community, engaging in racist propaganda and directly harming vulnerable populations. It is absolutely identical to him personally authoring and distributing anything that appears at that link.
The intent is of absolutely no consequence. This is an act of terror aimed at vulnerable people in the workplace.
People have no idea what they are getting themselves into.
Two days after I started hankering for a mudroom, I discovered I actually do have a mudroom. (Yes, it took that long. Are you sure you are living a full life if that sounds surprising?)
Now all I need is to find some mud, and I have a feeling that this will be harder than getting a mudroom.
“Freedom of speech doesn’t mean you should be free from the consequences” was a favorite slogan of Soviet Komsomol apparatchiks.
One of the things I can’t forgive the wokesters is their complete lack of originality. Another is the ignorance that prevents them from spotting how unoriginal they are.
A friend’s daughter is 25. She was going to get married in May to a guy her age. Of course, they had to postpone the wedding because of COVID.
And today I heard that the fiance has cancer. Advanced stage. This is a really young guy. A very sweet, bright fellow.
Bari Weiss’s letter of resignation from the NYTimes is a crucial read. I tried to cull a particularly important quote from it but that’s not possible. The whole letter is really powerful.
It’s funny how there was never this kind of melodrama about grocery store workers, even though grocery workers are clearly in more danger than teachers.
It’s also quite stunning how dumb teachers are. Moving online makes their jobs very easy to outsource. If they can’t babysit, then they aren’t really needed. And they don’t seem to get it.
Many people think that the point of all the mayhem, the school closures, the dismantling of the economy, the denial of policing services to the population, etc is to get Biden elected.
But it’s the other way round. The goal of getting Biden elected is to carry on with the neoliberal revolution that will take all this welfare away from us and complete the wealth transfer from the middle class to the small neoliberal elite.
The membership in that small elite is highly coveted. This is why so many people are parroting the meaningless slogans about structural whatevers, fragile whitenesses, and unpackings of inequities. They think this jargon is a passcode that will open the doors to the protected elite status for them. It won’t but they’ll still keep trying and eating each other like spiders stuck in a glass jar.
Yet another reminder of how Americans are not completely weird around race and ethnicity:
Daniel Morrison of Slap the Sign, Notre Dame’s Fansided site, has launched a campaign for the university to consider changing its nickname. At a time when the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians are taking serious looks at their identities, it only makes sense that this should fall under the spotlight, too. But is it warranted?
In short, Morrison argues that, in spite of many people embracing the Fighting Irish moniker, it’s rooted in negative stereotypes of Catholics and immigrants. He also gives historical context: Irish people once were looked at in the U.S. with the same prejudice that other minority groups are today. Thus, stereotypes were born. As one can see from the aforementioned professional franchises, there’s a long history of those in this country, and now, people are trying to undo what their forefathers did.
No, nothing weird here. It’s all completely normal. Now let’s make sure that this completely normal approach is exported around the world.