“Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.” This is, as everybody knows, Conquest’s Second Law. It is a true law, as all modern experience shows. But it says nothing about the pace or rate of the flight from Reality and Tradition.
A rock thrown upwards at the top of its flight is stationary. For a moment it neither goes up nor down. Then, a fraction of a second later, it begins it descent, but slowly, slowly. The speeds picks up, the rocks plummets faster and faster. It eventually crashes to the ground.
That’s the progress of rocks, a good but imperfect metaphor for the “progress” of human institutions. The imperfection comes in recalling a law Conquest didn’t mention: motus in fine velocior. Things accelerate toward the end. A falling rock has constant acceleration. Human failure is a force that feeds on itself.
This is what makes prediction difficult. If we know with how much force a rock is launched, we can forecast with great accuracy when it will land, and where. How long a “conservative” think tank, funded by some known amount of money, lasts before embracing progressive policies is hard to know.
How long did it take for National Review last until it began its purges of the John Birchers and others? Perhaps a reader better versed in the history of that magazine can let us know when the first “The Conservative Case For…” article appeared.
The objection will be that NR was founded explicitly right wing. This is not so. Standing athwart history yelling stop is not reactionary. It is cautionary. And that is what conservativism is: caution, not reaction. Conservatives want to be seen doing carefully what progressives want done yesterday. Reactionaries want to get off the ship altogether.
It is easier for individuals to maintain their tie to Reality and Tradition when alone than when embedded in organizations. There isn’t competition with yourself to rise as there is in an organization. It is too tempting for those in an organization embedded in a progressive culture to call to the culture at large and use it as leverage to move up.
This is why conservative media organizations become corrupted so quickly. The culture of journalism forces frequent interactions of media organizations. Given that journalists love nothing better than talking about themselves, it’s a wonder any conservative media organization lasts more than a year before its lead male writer is sending out “wedding” invitations to some guy named Bob.
Consider the Ford Foundation, created from the wealth of Henry Ford, who must be considered a reactionary. Alas, the Ford Foundation was not explicitly reactionary and is now plummeting leftwards at an astonishing rate.
Conquest was right.
Here’s only a small sample of official organizations that have become, or are in the process of becoming, pozzed. Pozzed, for those who don’t know, is a metaphor for becoming HIV positive in an active sense, as when men go “bug hunting.” Look it up.
All publicly traded major corporation HR departments are already lost, as even a quick glance out the window in June proves.
We saw recently the Law Society of Ontario will demand its members swear allegiance, in writing and annually, of their fealty to Diversity. Yours Truly used to belong to the American Statistical Association, which routinely sends out invitations for meetings named “Victim Group in statistics”, where the victim group is one on the list of usual suspects. You can join its LGBT Concerns Committee. They haven’t yet found a way to tie dislike of p-values to white supremacy, but wait.
Another group I was in is the American Geophysical Union, a group ostensibly devoted to (of course) geophysical science. Besides sponsoring such activities as the “International Day for Women & Girls in Science“, or having board members post articles like ”
LGBT STEM Day: Time to Talk About It“, they also want you to care deeply about global warming.
They have a draft working statement about it that is pure politics. A good scientist, a real one, will know that even if global slight-warming is real, it cannot be entirely bad. Some good somewhere must result of a greener, slightly warmer earth. Yet all we hear are things like “climate change will act to amplify pre-existing inequalities” and that we must take “prompt actions.” Such as funding AGU? They don’t say.
The American Meteorological Society, another ex-group, sees its president elect take to the pages of the Washington Post to say Trump’s politics have no place in
his life. Sorry, her life.
Progressive criminologists, particularly in the United States, face a daunting set of challenges. It is now clear that rightwing politics, particularly racism, sexism and nationalism, were central to Donald Trump’s surprising election, not the politics of inequality as some initially speculated. Worse, it appears that the strategy employed in the last election—that of directly appealing to racism, sexism and nationalism of White voters—may continue to dominate political discourse in the United States going forward.
Progressives never go backward. Regular readers were not surprised by Trump’s election, your host having predicted it well in advance. Skip all that, and notice that these words have as much to do with criminology as LGBT concerns do with hypothesis testing. Though the ASC president does close the letter with a shout out to the “emergence of Queer Criminology”.
A “former associate dean of curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine” took recently to the progressive pages of the Wall Street Journal (which is not yet entirely pozzed) to complain about medicine becoming woke.
The American College of Physicians…stepped out of its lane recently with sweeping statements on gun control. And that isn’t the only recent foray into politics by medical professionals. During my term as associate dean of curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania’s medical school, I was chastised by a faculty member for not including a program on climate change in the course of study…
A new wave of educational specialists is increasingly influencing medical education. They emphasize “social justice” that relates to health care only tangentially. This approach is the result of a progressive mind-set that abhors hierarchy of any kind and the social elitism associated with the medical profession in particular…
Students are taught in the tradition of educational theorist Étienne Wenger, who emphasized “communal learning” rather than individual mastery of crucial information…
Medical schools have long lowered MCAT requirements to boost diversity (i.e. reduce of-no-color students). Caring about “climate change” instead of memorizing which bone the leg bone attaches to is only to be expected. Read this confirmation by a current medical student: “An example: an hour long session on white fragility theory”.
The American Mathematical Society, there being no field as anti-political as math, posted on its blog the article “Love $\simeq$ love : A celebration of LGBT+ Mathematicians” (all mathematicians will get the coded joke). Somehow “pride” month is important to calculus.
The American Physical Society took time away from peering at quarks to produce the monumental report LGBT+ Climate in Physics.
It goes on and on. Smaller organizations, farther removed from politics, are often less corrupted, or are still free to pursue their stated goals. For instance, I could find nothing about embracing sexual perversion in the International Union of Soil Sciences. If you say to yourself, “The what?” you have proved the point. They have started down the path, however, having many job postings with the “Women and minorities are encouraged to apply” gateway drug words.
That’s more than enough examples. The challenge is to find any major organization that is not pozzed. If any exist, they won’t be in the USA or West Europe. Look to Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and the like (here’s why).
The further the culture as a whole moves left, the more major organizations will, too, albeit with a lag. The closer the organization is to politics, which includes large debates over its funding, or the more individuals from like organizations interact with each other, the smaller the lag and the faster the pozzing.
Groups that are explicitly reactionary can survive. As long as they do not become large enough to attract the attention of the bug hunters who love nothing better than to infect “virgins”.
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