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Professor posts his resignation letter, claiming Portland State has turned into ‘a Social Justice factory’

 
Peter Boghossian taught philosophy at Portland State University for a decade, and he’s just posted the resignation letter to Provost Susan Jeffords. You really should read the whole thing, which is hosted on Bari Weiss’ substack account.
 

Boghossian alleges that “students at Portland State are not being taught to think” and that the university “has transformed a bastion of free inquiry into a Social Justice factory whose only inputs were race, gender, and victimhood and whose only outputs were grievance and division.”

It’s a long and fantastic letter:

At first, I didn’t realize how systemic this was and I believed I could question this new culture. So I began asking questions. What is the evidence that trigger warnings and safe spaces contribute to student learning? Why should racial consciousness be the lens through which we view our role as educators? How did we decide that “cultural appropriation” is immoral?

Unlike my colleagues, I asked these questions out loud and in public.

Boghossian also recalls an instance where he set out to prove that “morally fashionable papers — no matter how absurd — could be published”:

So, in 2017, I co-published an intentionally garbled peer-reviewed paper that took aim at the new orthodoxy. Its title: “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct.” This example of pseudo-scholarship, which was published in Cogent Social Sciences, argued that penises were products of the human mind and responsible for climate change. Immediately thereafter, I revealed the article as a hoax designed to shed light on the flaws of the peer-review and academic publishing systems.

Shortly thereafter, swastikas in the bathroom with my name under them began appearing in two bathrooms near the philosophy department. They also occasionally showed up on my office door, in one instance accompanied by bags of feces. Our university remained silent. When it acted, it was against me, not the perpetrators.

I continued to believe, perhaps naively, that if I exposed the flawed thinking on which Portland State’s new values were based, I could shake the university from its madness. In 2018 I co-published a series of absurd or morally repugnant peer-reviewed articles in journals that focused on issues of race and gender. In one of them we argued that there was an epidemic of dog rape at dog parks and proposed that we leash men the way we leash dogs. Our purpose was to show that certain kinds of “scholarship” are based not on finding truth but on advancing social grievances. This worldview is not scientific, and it is not rigorous.

Administrators and faculty were so angered by the papers that they published an anonymous piece in the student paper and Portland State filed formal charges against me. Their accusation? “Research misconduct” based on the absurd premise that the journal editors who accepted our intentionally deranged articles were “human subjects.” I was found guilty of not receiving approval to experiment on human subjects.

That’s the funny part, but the Title IX investigation and other disciplinary action certainly are not. “I wish I could say that what I am describing hasn’t taken a personal toll,” he writes. “But it has taken exactly the toll it was intended to: an increasingly intolerable working life and without the protection of tenure.”

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Where’s and Whats Biden?

Louisiana Resident Asks What Most Americans Are Probably Wondering About Joe Biden Right Now

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“Where’s the president? Where’s FEMA?” she asked. And this was on CNN which does everything it can to make President Dementia look good. 

He just cannot do the job. His administration called the Taliban “business-like and professional” as they reportedly go door-to-door executing people. We still have Americans stranded in Afghanistan after our shambolic exit. We still have cleaning up to do after Ida. We have rising inflation. We have a slowing economy. And now this brain worm-eaten tyrant is enacting a vaccine mandate on private businesses and making OSHA its enforcement arm. OSHA was never meant to be a medical police force. They can’t even do their job properly now. It’s no wonder that 70 percent of Americans feels like the country isn’t doing well (via NY Post):

Almost 70% of Americans are pessimistic about the current state of the country amid increasing worry over the COVID-19 pandemic, rising crime and the economy, according to a new poll.

About 69 percent of Americans say things are currently going badly in the US, according to a CNN poll released Friday.

That number is up from the 60 percent who reported feeling the same way back when the outlet conducted an earlier poll in March.

Views regarding the state of the economy has also worsened with 62 percent of Americans believing it is in poor shape, compared to 54 percent in April.

And about 57 percent say they are worried about rising crime in their communities.

And this is a CNN poll so maybe add a few more points to the ‘we’re sucking’ categories here and it’s the more accurate picture. I was told the adults are back in the room. I was told America is back under Joe Biden. Democrats can hardly govern and you certainly cannot do so from the basement. 

So, yes, “where’s Joe Biden” certainly extends to more people on a multitude of issues, not just in the aftermath of Ida. 

We have no president. And when he does speak, he doesn’t answer questions.

That’s the mindset of a tyrant. 

 

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