Leftists have infiltrated the world of academics so thoroughly that they now believe they have the right to banish anyone from professorial ranks who does not march in lockstep with their Marxist groupthink.
That explains why some 300 liberal extremist academics from the world over have joined an effort to destroy the promising career of a young researcher at Cambridge University, Noah Carl.
As reported by Breitbart, Dr. Carl’s ‘crime’ is that he espouses independent thinking such as supporting the right of all academic researchers to speak out freely and without regard to retribution on intellectual issues that may have political implications (or that have been politicized, usually by the Left).
“We are deeply concerned that racist pseudoscience is being legitimised through association with the University of Cambridge,” the academics claimed in an open letter, which was written in a way to indicate that Carl is a dangerous ‘right-wing’ extremist.
In the letter titled, “No Place for Racist Pseudoscience at Cambridge,” the Leftist academics accused Carl of “ethically suspect” work that is “methodologically flawed.” Further, the academics demanded that there be an investigation into Carls’ research fellowship at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, likely in an attempt to get it withdrawn and have Carl tossed out on the street.
Mind you, the letter only accuses; the academics who signed it don’t provide any proof or evidence of their allegations. Because that’s what the Left does: Name-call, label, denigrate whenever they feel threatened or questioned.
Toby Young has also been victimized by a similar online Left-wing smear campaign, as he wrote in the Spectator:
What’s odd about the letter is that it makes these career-ruining allegations without offering a scintilla of evidence to support them. No specific papers of Dr Carl’s are cited and there isn’t a single quote from anything he’s written. The words ‘race’, ‘criminality’ and ‘genetic intelligence’ are quoted, but these are scare quotes not actual quotes taken from Dr Carl’s work. I’ve looked at his published academic research and cannot find a single instance of him using the phrase ‘genetic intelligence’, which isn’t surprising since no serious scholar writing about group or individual difference in IQ would use such a phrase.
Young described the academics’ attacks against Carl as “scandalous shaming” of him and his work.
Others have also come to Carl’s defense. Quillette noted in an editorial that Carl’s work is extremely promising and that he is a victim of “academic mobbing.” The editorial noted that his papers have been peer-reviewed prior to being published and that collectively they have been cited 235 times since 2013. (Related: The Alt-Right has been repeatedly disavowed by Trump, but the violent Alt-Left has NEVER been disavowed by Democrats.)
Quillette also notes that the Leftist academics don’t mention anything in Carl’s papers that is factually or statistically incorrect, let alone “racist” or “ethically” suspect.
“So why all the fuss? Dr. Carl’s crime is that he has defended intelligence researchers who’ve written about the taboo topics of race, genes and IQ and argued that stifling debate in these areas is likely to cause more harm than allowing them to be freely discussed by academics,” Quillette noted. “[T]hat is the basis for the accusation, made in the letter, that he is guilty of “pseudoscientific racism.”
So just to be clear, Carl’s not being persecuted by the liberal academic mob because what he has written is factually incorrect or even truly controversial. He’s not being targeted because he has written about race, genes, and IQ.
He’s been singled out because he is defending the right of academic to be able to freely research such subjects and defending those who have.
As Breitbart noted, an academic by the name of Allan Bloom warned of The Closing of the American Mind, in which he predicted that academia would become wholly one-sided and would suffer from a loss of curiosity over a preference for pushing ideology over factual research.
“No longer is the goal of higher education the free and frank exchange of ideas,” Breitbart noted, adding — correctly — that the real goal today is “closing the field to anyone who doesn’t share” their Marxist ideology.
Read more about the cult of the Left at LeftCult.com.