Top Dissident Academics

It is common knowledge just how widespread intolerance and anti-intellectual groupthink has become on university campuses. One of the most worrying things about this phenomenon is how it is aided and abetted by academics and university lecturers, whether by their active encouragement or conspicuous silence.

There are, however a few who have risked their careers to speak out against political correctness on campus. I’ve put together a short list of some of the most well known ones: Read More…

Welcome to Dystopia University

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I didn’t go to university to have my preconceptions challenged, or to open myself to weird knowledge and dangerous ideas. I wasn’t seeking to push my personal boundaries or take intellectual risks. It’s not that I don’t think those are valuable experiences, it’s just that such things can be done by anyone, anywhere, without the empty validation of a reading list and a final exam.

University life wasn’t that far removed from not-university life anyway—sure, there were a few misanthropic left-radicals who were angry and judgmental, but they were an avoidable fringe. Not many people were trying to force your worldview, show off about correcting social justice or, even worse, blame you for social injustice. If there were people like that, they were easily ignored from the depths of the SU bar.

Which is why the current state of politically correct academic culture is so troubling. Ideological fanatics, with the backing of fully complicit college authorities, are fostering a campus environment that looks far removed from the norms of everyday life. In this sealed-off, Lord of the Flies echo chamber irrational ideas are being allowed to exert control, and it’s all been officially signed off at the top. Read More…

The Politics of Unfriending Someone on Facebook

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It’s a sign of how blurred the lines between our online and offline lives have become when a “real-life” disagreement over politics results in being unfriended on Facebook.

That happened to me a couple of weeks ago. An acquaintance with whom I’d mildly (or so I thought) clashed with about feminism, whilst we were out for a few drinks, later went and removed me from their friends list on Facebook. I was a little bemused to have been unpersoned in this way because it wasn’t like we’d had a blazing row and I wasn’t rude to them at all. We had simply disagreed. Read More…

“Cultural Appropriation” Is Developing Into A Dangerous Trajectory For Society

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It is reassuring to see that open critiques of various entries in the social justice Newspeak dictionary are now more commonplace. The first of these to really get my hackles up was the concept of the “safe space” which I covered in an earlier article, though South Park did a better job of ridiculing this infantile notion than I ever could.  Unfortunately, as well as being more frequently critiqued, this new pseudo-lexicon is also becoming more widely used (and even accepted as gospel), both among the censorious twits that invented it and the well-meaning and easily misled – I was disappointed to see that George Takei, who I am fond of, despite his occasional Panglossian naivety, shared an article defending “Trigger Warnings” by way of some fatuous reference to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (as if every blue-haired student activist is teetering on a psychological precipice akin to an Iraq war veteran). Read More…

Look No Further Than Twitter For a Virtual Model of Dystopia

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Despite writing several articles on it and observing it on social media and countless YouTube videos, I often feel no closer to understanding the bizarre new lexicon and array of stifling slander and censorship tactics employed by modern campus “social justice” movements. Everything about them seems at odds with what I understand to be the purpose of education: to prepare you for a life of cognitive and discursive challenges rather than shield you from them. Furthermore, what kind of world are they trying to create? If you have also considered this question, I submit that you need look no further than Twitter for a virtual model of their Utopian society. Read More…

Locking Up A Generation In Their Safe Space

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After wiling away a free hour yesterday watching a YouTube documentary on student protests in the USA over the last year, I felt moved immediately afterwards to compile a list of the most infuriating politically correct buzzwords and phrases that have gained baffling in acceptance in 2015. While ‘trigger warning’, ‘cis-gender’ and ‘problematic’ (within a certain context) are all infuriating in their own right, nothing inspires waves of apoplectic nausea quite like the phrase ‘safe space’.

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