■ Your mileage may vary, but I kind of like the poetic imagery of Proverbs
5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,
but one who has insight draws them out.
It's a little ambiguous whether the "insight" is into (a) someone else's
purposes, or (b) one's own (we could all use a little more
self-reflection). Could be both, I suppose.
■ Pun Salad looked at Laura Kipnis's book about abusive and
intrusive Title IX investigations,
Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus,
Among other things, she described the investigation she went through
at her school, Northwestern. Was
she accused of rape? Sexual harassment? No. Her crime was writing an
article about Title IX in the Chronicle of
Now it turns out that Prof Kipnis underwent another Title IX
investigation, this in response to her book. The details are
summarized at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education:
Kipnis’ second ‘Title IX inquisition’.
The month-long investigation was sparked by complaints about
“Unwanted Advances” from four Northwestern faculty members and six
graduate students. As with her first investigation, Kipnis was
ultimately found not responsible for violating university
However, reviewing Gersen’s report, it’s easy to see how the
investigations themselves function as punishment, to say nothing of
the threat they pose to academic freedom: in the most recent
investigation, Kipnis was asked to respond to at least 80 written
questions about her book and to provide her source material. She was
also urged to keep the investigation confidential.
I try not to get outraged at my age. But this is outrageous. Prof
Kipnis should have some sort of legal recourse against this
But it's easy to speculate that the the real chilling message being
sent here is to any other would-be critics of
"Progressive" university dogma: keep your mouth shut and your head
■ For another example of what happens to dissenters in higher ed,
Power Line's Scott Johnson brings us up to date on the case
of Professors Amy Wax (Penn) and Larry Alexander (San Diego), who
Which Must Not Be Said. Specifically, they wrote a column for
the Philadephia Inquirer extolling the bourgeois culture and
mid-20th century America. Oh oh!
Johnson quotes Heather MacDonald's WSJ column describing the
reactions. For example:
None of the professors’ high-placed critics have engaged with any of
their arguments. [USD Law President Stephen] Ferruolo’s schoolwide
letter was one of the worst examples. The dean simply announced that
Mr. Alexander’s “views” were not “representative of the views of our
law school community” and suggested that they were insensitive to
“many students” who feel “vulnerable, marginalized or fearful that
they are not welcomed.” He did not raise any specific objections to
Mr. Alexander’s arguments, or even reveal what the arguments were.
It isn't the first time we've
trotted out the Underground Grammarian essay
titled "The Answering of Kautski", which quoted Lenin:
Why should we bother to reply to Kautski? He would reply to us, and
we would have to reply to his reply. There's no end to that. It will
be quite enough for us to announce that Kautski is a traitor to the
working class, and everyone will understand everything.
The UG wrote this back in 1979, so it's not that this sort of
thing is new. The current Leninists just announce that heretics are
"creating a hostile environment" and everyone will understand
■ We seem to be on a higher ed rant today. Marc A. Thiessen writes
at the American Enterprise Institute:
Berkeley, Shapiro spoke but Antifa won. Yes, Ben Shapiro, "a
smart, clever, mainstream conservative", managed to speak. After the
school allegedly spent $600K on security arrangements.
That is why Antifa won. Without breaking a single window, or
smashing a single head with their shields that say “No Hate,” these
radical leftists succeeded in imposing a $600,000 tax on
conservative speech at Berkeley. Just the threat of neo-Communist
violence was enough to force the school to spend more than
half-a-million dollars to protect Shapiro and the students who
wanted to listen to him.
■ And Ben Shapiro himself writes at NRO on College
Students vs. Free Speech. He notes the dismal attitudes
reflected in that Brookings poll we looked at
and speculates on what's changed:
[T]oday’s Americans have abandoned that image of America [where
individuals are responsible for their own success]. Instead,
they’ve substituted a vicious America, a Howard Zinn caricature in
which hordes of evil bigots stand between individuals and success.
We are supposedly a society plagued with the terrifying and
unalterable specters of institutional racism and sexism, of bigotry
and brutality. None of this is curable.
And so we have been taught to find meaning within. True freedom
doesn’t exist in the outside world, with its soft, unspeakable
tyrannies. True freedom exists only in our own self-definition, our
subjective sense of ourselves. Solipsism becomes an animating
He's onto something.
■ Enough about higher ed. Here in New Hampshire, we've got bigger
fish to fry, like putting Keno screens in local watering holes: Keno
to go on Somersworth ballot.
And, yes, it rang our LFOD Google Alert:
Councilor Jonathan McCallion said New Hampshire is the Live Free or
Die state and the reality is people are going elsewhere to play Keno
now and towns around Somersworth will offer it.
Yes, you really can use LFOD to justify anything.
■ Or desperate writers can use LFOD to pump up their word count,
Before You Name That New Baby, Check Out the Most Popular Baby Names in Every State
“Live Free or Die” New Hampshire broke ranks with the rest of the country and picked Charlotte as its top baby name for girls. (Emma was second place in New Hampshire.)
Note that nothing there actually depends on LFOD. It's not as if new
NH parents looked at the name statistics and said "Screw all those
other liberty-hating states with their Emmas and Olivias! We're going with Charlotte!"
The most popular male-baby name in New Hampshire was… Noah. As it
was in the rest of the country. So what's the lesson here? Live Free