There might still be time. We could still save the university. But we must act now!
Well, I say this, but I don’t believe it. I only say it because admitting hope eliminates charges of pessimism, a true American sin. Failing to acknowledge the possibility of Progress can lead to an expulsion from polite company.
(We did this before, but…)
“Say, Lot, where ya goin’?”
“Getting out while the getting’s good.”
“Oh, it can’t be all bad. You need to look on the bright side!”
“If you stay, you’ll soon be looking on the bright side, all right. As for me, I’m outta here.”
“It doesn’t help to exaggerate, Lot.”
We are doomed.
Before reading or listening to the following, picture the scene where Winston is being tortured in 1984. Remember that the goal of the torture is not to convince Winston that 2 + 2 = 5, or any sum. It is to teach him that whatever the State says is true is true because the State says it. Complete utter unthinking joyful willing submission is all the State will tolerate.
Because today 2 + 2 = 5, and tomorrow it could equal 4, you cannot hold in your mind any idea, for every idea is subject to change at any moment. You must become an unthinking animal in a progressive Utopia.
So much everybody who has read the book knows. What is less commented on is the solution to the problem Winston faced. We’ll save that until after you’ve watched the video or read the transcript. Here are highlights.
Setup: “On November 1, Shepherd, who teaches a ‘language use and writing skills component’ tutorial for a larger communications class at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, played a clip in which University of Toronto professor, Jordan Peterson, debates Nicholas Matte over gender pronouns on the Canadian TV show, ‘The Agenda.'”
Result: “Shepherd was censured, and brought in for a meeting with course professor, Dr. Nathan Rambukkana, Dr. Herbert Pimlott, and Adria Joel, Acting Manager of Gendered Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention and Support at the Diversity and Equity Office.”
I repeat, Joel is the Acting Manager of Gendered Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention and Support at the Diversity and Equity Office.
Let me say that again. The Acting Manager of Gendered Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention and Support at the Diversity and Equity Office.
We are doomed.
RAMBUKKANA: Okay, so, I understand the position that you’re coming from, and your positionality, but the reality is that it has created a toxic climate for some of the students…
…one or multiple students who have come forward, saying that this is something that they were concerned about, and that it made them uncomfortable. You are perfectly welcome to your own opinions, but when you’re bringing it into the context of the classroom, that can become problematic, and that can become something that is – that creates an unsafe learning environment for students. [ellipses original]
No one in the history of mankind has had, or can have, a “positionality.” And it impossible—not unlikely: impossible—to create a “toxic climate” for students by exposing them to prounouns.
This person Rambukkana is the blitheringest of blithering idiots. But he/she/it, and I’ll settle on it, is also something else. It is also in charge.
JOEL: Can I mention the gendered violence, gender and sexual violence policy?
RAMBUKKANA: Yeah, please.
JOEL: So, under that, gendered violence doesn’t just include sexual violence, but it also includes targeting folks based on gender, so that includes transphobia, biphobia, homophobia. All those sorts of things are protected under the policy, and so those are things that Laurier has upheld as values as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code. And so those are things that we are responsible for, uh, not impacting our students in that way, and not spreading transphobia in that way.
That people in charge use words like transphobia, biphobia, homophobia in earnestness proves the coming doom. Why? Because these words are undefined! They are the left side of the equation 2 + 2. We do not know what the right hand side equals: only the State does, and it is always free to change its mind. What transphobia is today might not be what it is tomorrow. You must submit.
Now the, uh, solution. The solution to the problem of the university is to replace the university. Rather, remove it. You cannot stop employers from requiring “degrees”, and so you cannot stop kids from wanting to attend universities. And you cannot stop the indoctrination or mandated insanity at universities.
Thus, the only thing you can do is stop the universities. As I have said before, rocks from space are the best approach, but the treatment is radical. Gradual tweaks suggested by this fellow probably won’t work. And since none but the irascible few reading this blog would advocated actual rocks launched from actual space, the contagion festering at and emanating from universities cannot be, and will not be, stopped.
Thus, we are doomed.
Addendum See Bret Weinstein’s thread about the organized revolt against reality at Evergreen. “Because the academe matters, it would be difficult to overstate the hazard.”