Or does the money follow them?
The “TERF War” has been topical here because it exemplifies the “woke” culture wars that have totally disfigured public discourse. Essentially that wider rationality has been “captured” by a simplistic, selective, PC, polarising and sloganising objectification of facts and rights that squeeze out all care for individuals, nuance and complexity.
The irony is that free-thinking “intellectuals” would traditionally side with left-leaning, “liberal” politics and yet it is the left-liberal institutions and media that get most “captured” and paralysed by the simplistic PC versions of the wokery. We get a “culture war” between narrow “ideological” rationalities instead of a wider rational integration of the true complexities experienced by human individuals. Free-thinking intellectuals become constrained – even unwelcome and attacked – at the institutions where they are most needed and inevitably seek alternatives that provide them the freedom and security. Resources that require funding beyond the traditional left-liberal context.
Alice Dreger already left academia to set-up her own self-sufficient “on a shoe-string” local media operation.
I think @UTAustin should invite me to give a talk in which I run down all of the supposedly “FORBIDDEN!” topics actually being taught there and in other conventional U’s. And then I segue into following the money @uaustinorg. Yeah.
â” Alice Dreger, Ph.D. (@AliceDreger) November 11, 2021
Of course, that’s a reference to yesterday’s announcement of the new “University of Austin” (UAT) not to be confused with the UT@A and all the other Austin universities.
Jonathan Haidt had already set up his “Heterodox Academy” and he’s one of the “board of advisors” at UAT. Quite a roll of founders and advisors: Niall Ferguson, Bari Weis, Steven Pinker, Haidt, Vicky Sullivan, Deirdre McCloskey and more. Actual staff – Peter Boghossian, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and …
… Kathleen Stock, who must have had the UAT proposition put to her when she needed a way out of her Sussex harassment.
And because the UAT venture is funded by … the Koch Brothers … a lot of Left-Liberal academics are now tarred / smeared by the Right-Libertarian brush. Ho hum. This one will run and run. (It’s why I started the Liberal<>Libertarian thread last week.)
Post Note: And talking about true complexity and “capitalist” funding of free academic thought:
Wonderful news! SFI Trustee @B3_MillerValue just gave us the largest donation in the Institute’s history â”Â possibly the largest single contribution to complex systems research ever â”Â which he calls “a bet on the future of humanity.”
đ„ł THANK YOU, BILL! đhttps://t.co/bwJFX36GR1
â” Santa Fe Institute (@sfiscience) November 9, 2021
Several academics associated with SFI Complex Systems considered intellectual friends here on Psybertron, including Jessica Flack, justifying her net-good position re the funding (thread):
A short thread on the history + context of @B3_MillerValueâs $50M gift to @sfiscience. Billâs gracious gift + the physics @NobelPrize for complexity science mark this year as a watershed year for complexity science. 1/n https://t.co/crNjTe62oQ IMG_9211.jpeg https://t.co/X0l0zYOQPJ pic.twitter.com/j35TEKGIAC
â” Jessica Flack (@C4COMPUTATION) November 11, 2021