All posts tagged: new left

The Humanities Have Gone Insane

At a now-infamous TA meeting at Wilfred Laurier University, an assistant professor of communications asserted that that Nicolas Matte’s comment “…it is not correct that there is such a thing as biological sex” is not something that’s up for debate, in that Matte’s statement is unequivocally true. The other professor in the meeting echoed this sentiment, claiming that one side of the TVO debate in question (Jordan Peterson’s side) had zero academic credibility. But how is it possible that there is zero academic credibility in something as simple as “there’s biological differences between males and females in animals and human beings”? The answer lies in certain subsections of academic journals in the humanities, which have been at odds with reality for a long time.   A Brief Introduction to Academic Publishing Scandals In 1996, a physics and math professor named Alan Sokal published an article in Social Text, an academic journal of cultural studies. His goal was to see if they would “…publish an article liberally salted with nonsense if (a) it sounded good and …

Liberalism and the Social Justice Movement

Wherever there are political arguments, there’s a left-wing person accusing the right of being stupid and racist. Likewise, there’s a right-winger saying that the left is full of triggered snowflakes who have never held a real job. Of course, both of these arguments are disingenuous. These caricatures apply to only the fringes of each side, and the number of individuals who fit either of those descriptions is greatly outnumbered by far more reasonable people, both on the left and the right. However, the reason the fanatics garner so much attention in the media and in general conversation is that covering their antics are an effective way to delegitimize the opposition, be it left or right,  without having to give a real argument to substantiate one’s claims. A good example of this is the recent coverage of the ‘Unite the Right’ Rally in Charlottesville. Here is a brief summary of the rally and the events leading up to it. In February, the Charlottesville City Council voted to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee in a …