Saturday, March 04, 2017
Charles Murray was invited by students to speak at Middlebury College by a conservative group. The college accepted this invitation, and the president of the college spoke before Murray. She said clearly that Middlebury was liberal, while Murray was not, but that as liberals, the college was open to listening to opposing views.
Whereupon liberal students shouted down Murray to the point that he had to leave the room. The college attempted to interview him in a separate location, streaming the interview back to the original hall, but that was shouted down, too.
Murray's car was attacked.
Worse, a professor who had helped with the interview was physically attacked, ending up in a neck brace.
But worst of all, the college has taken no disciplinary action against the suppressors. I think they should at least be suspended, with notation, for the rest of the year, and have to reapply for admission.
This is exactly the kind of mob action that the fascists engaged in, which these same liberals so fear and condemn.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
We are reading Michael Tesler's Post-Racial or Most Racial: Race and Politics in the Obama Era in class.
Tesler's main finding is that the people with the most "racial resentment" strongly opposed Barack Obama - no surprise - and everything associated with him. They didn't care about Sen. McCain or Gov. Romney until those men were the "last line of defense" against Obama. They supported Gov. Crist, a Republican, until he hugged Obama - then his career as a Republican was over. They liked Hillary Clinton when she was Obama's opponent in the primary, but strongly disliked her when she was his Secretary of State.
In one wonderful, though head-shaking, experiment, Tesler showed people pictures of a Portuguese water dog. When they said it was Ted Kennedy's dog, Splash, the racially resentful rated it the way they did other Democrats' dogs. However, when they told people the identical picture was of Barack Obama's dog, Bo, their dislike of the dog went up 20 points.