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The 1793 Project Unmasked

The campus left was just getting started.

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Anyone who still doubts that woke progressives can pose a material threat to the pursuit of truth should consider the case of David Shor. A week ago, as protests over the unjust police killing of George Floyd took place in major cities across the country, Shor—a 28-year-old political scientist at the Democratic consulting firm Civic Analytics—tweeted some observations about the successes and failures of various movements. He shared research by Princeton University's Omar Wasow, who has found that violent protests often backfire whereas nonviolent protests are far more likely to succeed. The impulse behind Shor's tweet was a perfectly liberal one: He feels progressive reforms are more palatable to the public when protesters eschew violence.

But many progressive activists on social media didn't care whether the impulse was liberal, or even whether it reflected reality. They denounced Shor as a racist for daring to scrutinize the protesters, even if his aim was to make them more effective. One activist accused Shor of using his "anxiety and 'intellect' as a vehicle for anti-blackness." Then she tagged Civis Analytics, and invited the company to "come get your boy."

Get him, they did. Civis Analytics promptly fired Shor.

Liberal writer Jonathan Chait blames Shor's firing on "the spread of distinct, illiberal norms throughout some progressive institutions over the last half-dozen years." Chait knows what he's talking about: In 2015, he wrote an influential New York article titled "Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say: How the language police are perverting liberalism." Chait defined political correctness as "a style of politics in which the more radical members of the left attempt to regulate political discourse by defining opposing views as bigoted and illegitimate," and he arged that "the new p.c. has attained an influence over mainstream journalism and commentary beyond that of the old."

To understand why the "new p.c." attained that influence, it's necessary to revisit another influential magazine article from the same year: "The Coddling of the American Mind," an Atlantic essay penned by the social scientist Jonathan Haidt and the civil libertarian attorney Greg Lukianoff. Their article was later expanded into a book, in which Haidt and Lukianoff blamed an increase in "safetyism"—an impulse to be sheltered not just from physical harm but emotional turmoil—for some of the new hostility to free speech. Their thinking has deeply informed my own writings about the censorious streak in campus activism: In my decade or so of covering higher education, I've reported hundreds of examples of progressive students citing their personal sense of safety as the reason they were demanding that punitive actions be taken against some other individual or entity that had offended them.

While some critics have dismissed the idea that the antics of safety-obsessed college students matter very much to the broader culture, I've long warned that the small number—proportionally speaking—of young people inclined toward these tactics could do serious damage elsewhere. As I wrote in my book Panic Attack, "It's not impossible to imagine the same kind of thing happening in the workplace: picture a boss who is afraid to reprimand negligent young employees out of concern that they will say their PTSD is triggered."

Recent events at The New York Times are an almost perfect demonstration of how this is playing out. Staffers angry about an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R–Ark.) claimed that its publication threatened their very lives. They specifically chose "running this puts black Times staff in danger" as their mantra because it invokes workplace safety. When the authority figure—the boss, the principal, the government—is responsible for ensuring safety, and safety is broadly defined as not merely protection from literal physical violence but also the fostering of emotional comfort, norms of classical liberalism will suffer. (One activist told me that for him, safety requires other people to affirm him.) The Times conflict ended with opinion page chief James Bennet out of his job.

He's not the only one. UCLA recently suspended a lecturer, Gordon Klein, after he declined a demand that he make a final exam "no-harm"—that is, it could only boost grades—for students of color traumatized by the events in Minneapolis. Klein refused, in accordance with guidance from UCLA's administration not to give students much leeway on exams. In response, the activists launched a change.org petition to get Klein fired, and the school suspended him. His irritated reply to the activists—that he would not give preferential exam treatment to students because of their skin color—has prompted UCLA to investigate him for racial discrimination.

University of Chicago economist Harald Uhlig, who had the temerity to criticize some of the more radical demands the protesters have made, is now being pressured to resign as editor of the school's Journal of Political Economy. In this case, it's not random students doing the pressuring, but some of the biggest names in economics: New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, University of Michigan professor Justin Wolfers, and even former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, who told the Times that "it would be appropriate for the University of Chicago, which is the publisher of the Journal of Political Economy, to review Uhlig's performance and suitability to continue as editor."

The Times article is a master class in guilt-by-insinuation. The authors could not find a single fact to support the notion that Uhlig is a racist or that he has used his position to thwart black scholars. But he holds some views that would be in conflict with the more progressive Black Lives Matter protesters—he doesn't approve of rioting, and he criticized NFL players for kneeling—and that apparently is suspicious enough.

Chait's piece on Shor includes another, equally powerful example: Intercept journalist Lee Fang, a man of the left by any measure, was denounced as a racist and publicly shamed by a colleague for daring to interview a black protester who criticized violent tactics. The colleague

called him racist in a pair of tweets, the first of which alone received more than 30,000 likes and 5,000 retweets.

A journalist friend of Fang's told me he felt his career was in jeopardy, having been tried and convicted in a court of his peers. He was losing sleep for days and unsure how to respond. "All of us were trying to protect his job and clear his name and also not bow to a mob informed by an attitude that views that you disagree with are tantamount to workplace harassment."

The outcome of this confrontation was swift and one-sided: Two days later, Fang was forced to post a lengthy apology.

Fang was plainly terrified, and not unreasonably fearful of losing his job and being branded a racist forever. The Volokh Conspiracy's David Bernstein called Fang's forced apology "Maoist-style." It's a hyperbolic analogy, referencing the infamous "struggle sessions" of Mao Zedong's totalitarian communism regime. Thankfully, the dissenters from woke orthodoxy are not being tortured or executed for wrongthink. But they do face tremendous pressure to avoid saying anything that might provoke an online mob, or an illiberal colleague, or an activist with different priorities—even if that thing they want to say is plainly true. This new reality has important social consequences: for the individuals caught in the crosshairs, but also the institutions attempting to navigate these very treacherous waters.

Given that so many cancellations hinge on the accusation that safety is being undermined, I would suggest a different metaphor than Mao. Mine is no less hyperbolic, but it puts the focus where my reporting—and Haidt and Lukianoff's research—suggest it should be. In 1793, the Committee of Public Safety took charge of the French Revolution on a promise to "make terror the order of the day." Evidence-free show trials and ideological purges followed, consistent with the radical leaders' belief that public safety requires public terror.

Needless to say, critics of today's radicals do not live in terror of being sentenced to the guillotine. But losing employment and social standing is no small matter. Having a job is usually connected to having health care and economic security: the ability to afford food, housing, and medicine. While some people weather and overcome their cancellation—even profiting from it—others aren't so lucky. We hear a lot about the cases where things worked out eventually (this Olivia Nuzzi piece is a must-read), but many cases never produce a sympathetic backlash that aids the cancelled. And being shamed online by thousands of people over a trivial offense is an unpleasant and exhausting experience, even if it doesn't permanently impact your employment.

This is not to say that every person being cancelled at the moment is a martyr for the cause of free speech. Los Angeles magazine has a list of the recently cancelled. Several were accused of fostering unpleasant work environments. Were they guilty? Maybe so. Recentlty ousted Bon Apetit editor-in-chief Adam Rappaport, for instance, seems like an unpleasant person to work for. Food writer Alison Roman, on the other hand, was dragged on social media for 1) daring to criticize Chrissy Teigen, and 2) wearing an offensive Halloween costume more than a dozen years ago. The photo of Roman was circulated on Twitter by the journalist Yashar Ali, a friend of Teigen with a history of fiercely defending her. Ali claimed the costume was intended as a "chola" stereotype of Mexican-Americans; Roman countered that she was dressed up as Amy Winehouse. Ali deleted his tweet but said he thought it was fair game because Roman had a history of "being called out for appropriation." (Twitter users immediately dug up a photo of Teigen in a culturally appropriative Halloween costume.)

Ironically, the same subset of people ostensibly exercised about emotional safety—the woke left—seem frequently inclined to level unsubstantiated accusations that inflict emotional harm. This makes it difficult to believe that these Twitter warriors' true aim is the promotion of psychological comfort. Did any of them consider Uhlig's mental health after the man was baselessly accused? Does anyone care about Roman, who probably did not expect her enemies to ransack her Myspace page for evidence of racism and then pillory her for a photo taken when she was 23? What about Shor, thrown to the wolves for making a reasonable objection to what one wing of the protesters was doing?

That sounds like terror, not safety. Call it the 1793 Project.

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    1. “Thankfully, the dissenters from woke orthodoxy are not being tortured or executed for wrongthink. ”

      Yet.

      1. If words themselves can amount to “violence”, why should it matter that there’s no physical torture or execution?

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  2. One of the greatest joys in life is knowing that the people who most vociferously promoted communism in Russia usually ended up kneeling in the basement of a building owned by the secret police while pleading for their lives to be spared. I would have loved to see Trotsky gimp around with an ice pick in his skull too.

    1. Yep, its easy to get everyone to band together with vague promises of “change” and “justice” but its significantly harder to keep it together once you have to tell everyone what form the changes will take

      1. Keeping a diverse coalition together in pursuit of a common goal is really hard. Getting them to unite in hatred of a common enemy is much easier.

        Historically, it never ends well, but the people with Party connections do alright for a while.

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      2. It’s certainly biting the antifa and BLM people in Seattle in the ass currently.

        1. I don’t see the take over of Cap Hill hurting the protestors as yet, they are in control. Politically they have the ideological support of the socialist population and elected officials. I am concerned about them invading my area. Property rights are so “yesterday”?

          1. I am sure they are being videoed and identified and when it is all over the indictments will begin. They are a federal prosecutors dream with so many law violations the only problem will be which ones to bring first.

      3. Maybe someone will even build a presidential campaign on those sorts of promises one day.

  3. Ironically, the same subset of people ostensibly exercised about emotional safety—the woke left—seem frequently inclined to level unsubstantiated accusations that inflict emotional harm. This makes it difficult to believe that these Twitter warriors’ true aim is the promotion of psychological comfort. Did any of them consider Uhlig’s mental health after the man was baselessly accused? Does anyone care about Roman, who probably did not expect her enemies to ransack her Myspace page for evidence of racism and then pillory her for a photo taken when she was 23? What about Shor, thrown to the wolves for making a reasonable objection to what one wing of the protesters was doing?

    Thank God we got rid of those pandering dens of human misery that were Cops and Live PD!

  4. Jesus Christ, the cancelers have no power that these people don’t give them. It’s absurd.

    1. They grovel because they can’t stand the idea of getting ostracized from the club of miserable misanthropic elites. I don’t know whether to pity them, rage at them, or just laugh at their self-inflicted misery.

      1. How much self-hating victim thinking comes from, ahem, women? How many women over the millennia and even in these enlightened times remains subjected in an abusive relationship? How many men would put up with that?

        How many white women with self-inflicted guilt are now paying for sessions with brown people to become more ideologically pure? How many men (at least those who still have balls)?

        And I have noticed that in my small very white town the initiation protests seem to be 80% women.

    2. Nazis and communists used to shoot and terrorize people. These dumb asses do none of that. They just call you a “racist”. And yet, the modern center left and center right are so pathetic they bow down to this people the say way they would if they hand guns.

      1. Some centrists are quite resistant to their infectious rot.

      2. It was a long march to get here, but I am personally terrified of what would happen if my views on this site were linked back to me personally.

        It started with CEOs being told by marketing firms that a focus on diversity would get them customers. So they bring in a diversity chief. This is the camel’s nose in the tent. They are all some sort of intersectionality studies major, and they start weaponizing diversity. They organize “Diversity Groups” inside the company- “Black Developers Working Group” “Latin Sales Associates”. These are all designed to give a “voice” to minorities, but what it really does is form a network of ACTIVISTS inside the company. They set up email lists, and share information on how to file discrimination charges, and discuss strategies for punish- I mean- discouraging wrong think in the work place.

        I have watched this happen for the past decade. And today, if I were to say any of the above, in a forum that could be attributed to me, I would be fired. Not necessarily because HR or the CEO agrees. But because it is good business. The activists that have metastasized in the company will get advertisements canceled, discrimination lawsuits filed, and endless work stoppages and complaints. If the CEO doesn’t have you fired, they cannot operate the business any more.

        And the sad thing is there is nothing to be done about it. What is the CEO going to do? Fire all the activists? All of the black, woman, latino, gay, trans and other protected status activists? The ones who have been agitating all these discrimination complaints? Have you never heard of retaliation?

        It is too late. The cancer is in pretty much every large company in the country. The speech dictators have won.

      3. What I like is how my speech is violence but THEIR violence is speech. Cute.

        1. Fuckos like that are just asking to have some real violence upside their head, and rightly so.

      4. I disagree. The Boksheviks always “othered” those with incorrect thought. They had a plan from the beginning, which is much different than the chaos of the French Revolution. That’s why this is clearly a Marxist effort, in my opinion.

    3. Jesus Christ, the cancelers have no power that these people don’t give them. It’s absurd.

      True, but if the powers that be don’t grant the extremists this power the extremists won’t name them Heroes of the Revolution. Since that status is their top priority they are always going to grant it.

    4. This is probably one of the reasons that Trump is so popular with some. He doesn’t give the cancellers that power all of the time. He fires back even.

      It’s fun to watch them flail at whatever he says, trying to make something stick.

      Who knew that when Trump said he could shoot someone, he was really talking about “tweeting” someone?

  5. Just as unions end up being captured by those most in need of intervention to save their jobs, universities have been captured by those who, without the support of like-minded administrators, would never had a job at all.
    It is not the engineering, chemistry, math, physics, or biology professors who are deeply involved in spreading the university culture everywhere; they will have jobs anyway. Somehow communication, journalism, political science, history, sociology, and psychology professors feel they need the system. If you can’t get a job in academia you might find yourself taking coffee orders the same as recent graduates.

    1. That gets to the real heart of the explosion in the cost and also the increased dysfunction of higher ed. The massive increase in hiring of ever more administrators is in reality a thinly veiled make-work program for the graduates of these university’s own increasingly inane degree programs that offer no real world skills that employers find appealing. It’s a way to keep what would otherwise be embarrassing stats about unemployment tied to certain majors while passing the massive increase in cost on to the current generation of people trying to get the same degrees. They are making a real mess for themselves right now and they won’t be able to maintain this farce much longer.

      1. You hit it on the head my friend, I have been of the same opinion for years. The explosion in “diversity chiefs” etc. has coincided with the explosion of graduates with these worthless degrees. Unless you are teaching one of these courses there was no jobs waiting for you, so they had to make up jobs for them.

        1. Ahem. “Diversity chiefs”?

          Are you intentionally maligning Native American heroes?

          Prepare to be cancelled even if that was an “honest mistake”!

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          2. Shite, referred to you as Estee when urinating on Kirkland’s stupid drivel the other day…

          3. There are no honest mistakes. Any ‘error’ is because the speaker, listener, writer or reader (did I miss anyone?) is guilty. The crime is TBD but guilty is the verdict.

      2. They are making a real mess for themselves right now and they won’t be able to maintain this farce much longer.

        That depends doesn’t it? If they pass the cost to taxpayers by making college “free” they extend their life significantly. If they mandate or convince businesses to hire a diversity staff like Universities did Title IX they extend it indefinitely.

      3. There’s nothing wrong with a degree in art history or ancient Anglo-Saxon poetry, but those obtaining those degrees need to understand IN ADVANCE that those degrees are not going to land them a job.

        Now, if Mumsie and Daddy have a bazillion buck to support little Muffie or Jonny for the rest of their useless live, fine, but for the rest of us mortals, you better plan ahead. (Or, as my father said, “We’ll get you through your Bachelor’s degree, but if you want to go beyond that, you’ll need to find another way to pay for it”. And I did! Running an undergrad chem lab was fun back then, lot’s of stinky stuff to work with, a couple of great cautionary tales after even only the first year… it was a BLAST!)

        1. Met my wife of 60 years in the chem lab and remember fondly the profs. Those were the days, just worried about the communist hoards.

    2. I’m not convinced of that at all.

      Just last week a letter dropped that was signed by over 1000 doctors and scientists proclaiming the righteousness of the Floyd protests, while calling those who protested the lockdowns were motivated by “white supremacy.”

      1. Personally I’d use that as a list of “doctors” and “scientists” to avoid like the plague.

    3. Even the sciences are losing objective integrity and chasing diversity dollars. Plenty of programs, especially for instruction but also for research, now have goals (and dollars) about “under-served” students and faculty hiring.

      And I recently reviewed a paper for a UK journal, and had to attest that it would not, essentially, make sensitive people sad.

      1. I have gotten more and more disgusted by Nature’s increase in political news and politically correct news at the expense of actual science news. My account says I have two subs, one expiring now, one expiring a year later. Don’t know how they managed to do that, but I will not renew unless they get back to just science.

        1. How many of the supposedly scientific magazines are objective? Even Scientific American succumbed to PC, decades ago.

          1. Scientific American is still American though. Science is hard.

    4. I have data and history on my side, but I know one of these days they’re going to come for me because I point out to students that planned economies always lead to failure, misery and death.

  6. As Koch / Reason libertarians, we need to accept the fact that “woke progressives” are actually our natural allies. After all, our fundamental, non-negotiable issue is open borders. And progressives are largely responsible for promoting the idea that opponents of Charles Koch’s immigration agenda are hateful racist bigots.

    #ImmigrationAboveAll
    #ProgressivesAre(Effectively)ProKoch

    1. #Openbordersexceptforautonomouszones

    2. Thanks, I was wondering what your take on this would be! Very nuanced, as always.

  7. “Having a job is usually connected to having health care and economic security: the ability to afford food, housing, and medicine.”

    Here’s a fun idea which will never go anywhere: point out to these clowns that single-payer health care would remove one incentive for their victims to apologize, since they would no longer be in fear of losing their jobs.

    1. One reason it won’t go anywhere: “these clowns” imagine they’ll be in charge of that single-payer health care, and deciding who is deserving and who isn’t.

    2. I am french and here you cannot be fired for something not related to your work (and they are not suppose to discriminate on political view when hiring) . Some time corporations use the “it is bad for our image so it is work related” but it usually work in court only for high end executive that did something really stupid.

      I am not for those kind of law but aren’t “liberal” supposed to be in favor of this ?

      1. Liberalism is dead in the United States. Leftists run Team Blue now and there’s nothing liberal about them.

  8. Woko Haram have no idea how much they’re helping Trump. They genuinely believe this shit works against him. The UK Labour party got woke and went broke so we already know how this goes down in modern times, let alone history.
    The right is employing Sun Tzu’s strategy of “never interrupt your opponent when he is making a mistake”. They’re having a ball watching and making fun of the CHAZ. They want it to continue for more comedy gold.

  9. Shor = libshit that’s probably already been hired by a Dem for 20 elections
    Cotton = popular Senator
    Fang = works in an insane asylum, what’d he expect?
    Roman = works in Kardashian land, what’d she expect?

    This isn’t even a good start yet.

  10. Today the governor of Massachusetts declared racism to be a public health emergency. So it’s a bit scary to see how flimsy claims of racism can be taken seriously, especially when recent experience shows what governments will do in the name of “public health”.

    1. Well, there is a clear case to show the racist Black Live Matter organization has increased the certain future spread of the Communist Chinese Virus.

      #riotsarepublicgatherings

      1. Or maybe Charlie Baker is just a pussy.

        1. Cruel, very cruel… to pussies.

          Baker is a RINO’s RINO. That the Republican party of this state supports him is a sad commentary.

          Yes, he has to get elected to do good, but after he gets elected, could he cut the crap and just do good?

          1. Since King, RINOs are the only Republicans that can get elected in Massachusetts. Baker, Romney, Weld, Blute, Brown, Cellucci, Chafees I and II (oh wait, that was a Massachusetts Possession and Outlying Island). If the MA GOP didn’t support them, they’d all of them have to become fry cooks. Every one of those elected officials did more damage to freedom than if the office had been left entirely vacant.

            1. And King was a DINO!

              I don’t think it’s fair to lump Brown in with the others. Unlike the usual pattern with GOP politicians, he’s more conservative than his public persona. He voted as conservatively as he thought he could get away with in MA, and as it turned out even that was too conservative for him to get away with.

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    2. “Today the governor of Massachusetts declared racism to be a public health emergency.”

      Wife has the TV news on over there; overheard that one governor is going to limit the size of gatherings dependent on whether there will be loud voices.
      I ask you think about that. US citizens can now be killed (’cause that’s the final result of coercion) for speaking too loudly at a gathering.
      No, the US is not equivalent to Hitler’s Germany or Stalin’s USSR, but it’s not for lack of trying on the left.

      1. And the problem with this is now you’ve just made people needlessly paranoid and innocent people are going to be accused of racism. This in a time when people are already under stress because of the run away Covid-Wuhan fear mongering.

        What a travesty. Horrible leadership. Terrible.

        1. I know that’s sarc, but take it up with that cowardly piece of shit JFree.

    3. Haven’t you heard? “Public health” is the root password to all constitutions.

  11. It’s Civis Analytics. Not Civic. Amazing how many instances of that error are here.

  12. “The 1793 Project Unmasked”

    Quick! Get the mask back on before we all die!

  13. >>They denounced Shor as a racist for daring to scrutinize the protesters

    enough aware Americans exist to see this as idiocy.

  14. Great article. Scary times we are in indeed.

  15. Always fun when the Liberals who are insufficiently doctrinaire are sent to the wall.

    1. The secret we all need to know is how we can make that happen before they send any significant number of non-Liberals to the wall. If we just knew how to do that, this would become a self-solving problem forever.

  16. Really, really sad that this can be happening in the U.S. These people need to be reminded of Benjamin Franklin’s maxim that “They who would give up essential liberty for temporary safety, deserve neither.”

    But I can’t help wondering if some of the college students, in particular, got this attitude from their parents, who insisted on protecting their “safety” at all costs while they were growing up. If they instead had experienced some of Lenore Skenazy’s “Free-range parenting” they might not be acting this way.

    1. But I can’t help wondering if some of the college students, in particular, got this attitude from their parents, who insisted on protecting their “safety” at all costs while they were growing up.

      I’m sure that’s part of it, along with the increasing accessibility to instant gratification and the ability of social media to act as means of nationwide coercion for the elites. Ultimately, it boils down to the partnership between mass media and the educational complex, which have been the breeding grounds of the radical left since the 1970s.

    2. Well, it’s not really happening in America, it’s only happening on Twitter and Facebook. And academia, which is just as insubstantial a place as Twitter and Facebook.

    3. Not raising your children to be foot soldiers for your political beliefs is just a waste of children.

      1. Personally, I’ve got my crotch goblins working the platinum mine.

  17. You know who else is unmasked?

    1. Scooby-Doo villains?

      1. Ruh-roh!

  18. As I wrote in my book Panic Attack

    Robby, you magnificent bastard, I read your book!

  19. How long until Soave is forced to apologise?

    1. Here’s the difference between progressives and libertarians:

      Progressives write articles asking “How Should We Think About This?” with the subtext, “If you don’t think the same way, then you’re not one of us, and if you have ever thought differently, you must apologize.”

      Libertarians write articles saying “This is What I Think,” with the subtext, “If you disagree, I don’t care, and if everyone on the planet disagrees, I still don’t care.”

  20. We truly do live in the stupidest timeline.

  21. This was a damn fine article Robby.

    1. It was. Another Ana Merlan moment.

    2. Maddeningly inconsistent.

      Or consistent. 33% great articles, 1/3 awful, 1/3 meh

  22. “…The impulse behind Shor’s tweet was a perfectly liberal one: He feels progressive reforms are more palatable to the public when protesters eschew violence…”

    We are indeed fortunate that they tend to eat their young

    1. Next up. Making people understand it’s time to stop voting for Democrats and the media are enemies of the people.

      1. My local lefty rag claimed that a poll showed that >60% of CA residents thought Newsom was ‘doing a good job’, putting millions of people out of work in response to the flu.
        I really do not ken to conspiracies, but that leaves me wondering who is wrong here and why. Was the poll population so biased? Are folks really pleased to being out of work?
        One telling number I saw this week (do not have a link, but from memory, it was either CNN or MSNBC): Trump’s twitter account has 80 million followers.
        I live in CA; my vote is irrelevant, but Trump won in ’16 with ~63M popular votes.
        I don’t care about Biden; a vote for him is, like ’44, a vote for the VP candidate, but even the TDS crowd has to look at that fact.
        The ‘market’ is changing, as it constantly does; how many follow Biden on twitter?

        1. 6.2 million. Plus he looks like a complete idiot in that mask.

      2. Truly tough to do, when the media are your enemies especially.

  23. “the spread of distinct, illiberal norms throughout some progressive institutions over the last half-dozen years.

    Oh sunshine, someone just woke up from a looong nap.

  24. All this stuff is SUCH old hat to Holocaust revisionists. It’s just spreading out from them (as targets).

  25. Rip Van Winkle just woke up. ‘Wha? What’d I miss?’

    Finally he is one with the comments here. I remember just like it was 2019 when ‘both sides to be sure do it’ was the mantra.

  26. Well. The first step to fixing a problem is admitting it.

    The progressive left IS the problem here.

    Riotous looters vandalizing acting like nihilists, conservatives targeted on social media, radical progressivism on campuses, cancel culture and censorship – ALL FROM THE LEFT.

    Now let’s fix it.

    1. No, no, didn’t you hear the leftist mayor? All the rioting was the fault of white nationalists!

      1. I’ve seen footage of people trying to talk sense into Seattle’s council and the politicians laughing in their faces.

        Truly an evil bunch.

        1. Someone should airdrop pallets of pitchforks and torches into Seattle.

      2. “All the rioting was the fault of white nationalists!”

        But, of course it was!

  27. “What about Shor, thrown to the wolves for making a reasonable objection to what one wing of the protesters was doing?”

    Police manage to get away with a lot more than Shor is said to have done. Strangling people to death in broad daylight in front of dozens of camera wielding witnesses and getting off scot free. Why? Because of their union, as we’ve been told repeatedly in these pages. Shor obviously needs the protection afforded by union membership. I doubt a union for consulting political scientists exists, so who is going to speak on behalf of his interests?

  28. Imagine thinking that articles in journals and papers have as much influence on modern discourse as Robby would have us believe.

  29. Seriously, who cares what happens to journalists anymore? There are hardly any credible, professional ones left, and the profession is as obsolete as buggy whip manufacturers. Their internal squabbles and political disagreements are merely a symptom of their irrelevance.

  30. The decline and fall of western civilization.

  31. I propose a trade. Reforms to the qualified immunity doctrine in exchange for a federally created right to civil action against employers for taking any action against an employee based on speech that would have been first amendment protected in the public sphere.

    1. “Reforms to the qualified immunity doctrine in exchange for a federally created right to civil action against employers”

      I understand and sympathize with the intent, but it’s hardly a libertarian solution. Government doing one thing in exchange for government doing another. My solution, unions which protect employees from arbitrary management/administrator decisions, puts the focus where it belongs, on the non-coerced individual.

  32. BLM used a struggle as a tactic against the Minneapolis mayor. It was hilarious and sad. Hilarious because the mayor is a cuck and it’s amazing when a proggie is devoured by his own ideology.

  33. “[Klein’s] irritated reply to the activists—that he would not give preferential exam treatment to students because of their skin color—has prompted UCLA to investigate him for racial discrimination.”

    Where I was raised, that was the very antithesis of racial discrimination. The woke Left has stood the English language on its head.

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  34. Wait.. but we can still use the guillotine on the woke progressives, right? Its a very effective way of cancelling!

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  36. Poor Robby. Destined to spend his entire life on the wrong side of history, meekly nipping at his betters’ ankles.

    1. You think the “right” side of history is Mullahs and Mao, you sack of Jacobin dogshit.

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  38. The problem with censoring reality is that reality has a way of coming back to bite you. Consider the delusional reports on progress by terrified apparatchiks of the Soviet Union that eventually brought down the entire regime because the bureaucracy had been encouraging convenient lies for years. No movement that attempts to suppress reality can stand for long. Only truth is sustainable.

    1. John Medina,I agree with you .

    2. Sadly,that took decades to happen…

  39. This is true that …The Times article is a master class in guilt-by-insinuation..Gr8 article..

  40. Just remember- if 50 thousand additional people died due to a second wave triggered by protests, they’ll say it was an acceptable casualty of war. That is the kind of people we’re dealing with.

    They are a cult. You become a cult when you unquestioningly uphold a cause and shun dispassionate, objective discourse based on facts and empirical evidence. Reason would cram pro gun articles with all kinds of stats and numbers that show mass shootings as a blip in overall gun homicides, which is low to begin with.

    But they won’t publish any available data showing that cops shoot a handful of unarmed blacks a year, or that white on black crimes is barely 5% if violent crimes. They were so good on advocating reforming while hysteria. What happened?

    They’re part of the cult. Minus Soave and Gillespie this place would be basically libertarian breitbart.

  41. They are following the playbook of Italian communist Antonio Gramsci. Teach the propaganda in the schools, infiltrate the media, the teachers, all the influential people in a society, and cause the rot to spread within. This is not likely to end well…..

  42. Remarkable! The social pressure effect on opinions is straight out of a 1955 experiment by Solomon Asch. And there’s something about the racial collectivist doublethink that is subtly reminiscent of antiheroes in a 1957 book by a Russian-born author who hated later Libertarian Candidate John Hospers after he was selected to criticize one of her arguments. The guy had the temerity to criticize her argument! Nobody’s perfect.

  43. The leftist are such hypocrites. One example is in their autonomous zone in Seattle where these anti-gun freaks suddenly accept the premise that guns are for security. One resident of the zone, Joe Pascual, lives on the ground-floor apartment right next to the boarded-up police precinct. He feels safe during the day but takes shifts with his neighbors to keep watch at night. Some activists are showing up with guns to be volunteer security for the CHAZ in case of counterprotesters. Pascual doesn’t like seeing the firearms.
    Who could blame these residents for keeping watch at night with this band of crazies roaming their streets? The mayor says they are peaceful and patriotic and no threat. The residents have a different opinion. They have to live there.
    So the anti-gun crowd wants all guns outlawed until they feel threatened and then roam the streets with AR-15s.
    With all of this going on how are they ever going to push for gun control again?

  44. The rot has spread far and wide.

    Popular Mechanics now have an article on how to pull down statues.
    https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a32870657/remove-statue-science

  45. This bit is incorrect: “Intercept journalist Lee Fang, a man of the left by any measure, was denounced as a racist and publicly shamed by a colleague for daring to interview a black protester who criticized violent tactics.”

    That’s not what the protestor was saying, to judge from the Chait article. He was saying that he wished that there was more of a focus on black-on-black crime, rather than just on the police.

    This article should be updated for accuracy.

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