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Thursday, February 18, 2021

The logical fallacy of non-tenure track assistant professor of philosophy Peter Boghossian

Poor bitter Peter Boghossian


I haven't paid much attention to Peter Boghossian, one third of the Sokal Grift, mainly because James "your mom" Lindsay is such an attention hog. 

I've mentioned Boghossian a few times on Pinkerite but never as the main subject. I wrote about him in his connection to Lindsay; his business connection (along with Lindsay) with Christian nationalist / Soros conspiracy obsessive Michael O'Fallon; and when I noted that he appeared on alt-right racist Stefan Molyneux's show at least four times.

So imagine my surprise when I found Boghossian attacking me on Twitter for daring to criticize Steven Pinker when only one of my three papers on Google Scholar got any citations - only 2  (the article about the intellectual property lawsuit I was involved in)  compared to "celebrity intellectual" Steven Pinker's more than 100K citations.



I'm not sure what his point about verified accounts is - to be verified on Google Scholar you basically have to have an email address.

Now Boghossian is a professor of philosophy, albeit a non-tenure track assistant one, so he must be acquainted with the logical fallacy known as "appeal to accomplishment" described on the web site Logically Fallacious as :
When the argument being made is sheltered from criticism based on the level of accomplishment of the one making the argument. A form of this fallacy also occurs when arguments are evaluated on the accomplishments, or success, of the person making the argument, rather than on the merits of the argument itself.
Several people I follow on Twitter immediately pointed out the problem of Boghossian in particular using this approach, since Boghossian criticizes others who are far more prominent and more often-cited than Boghossian.




I'm not the only person who has noted what utter hypocrites James Lindsay and Peter Boghossian are. In this excellent review of Impossible Conversations, Oliver Traldi writes
Imagine if Donald Trump wrote a book advising you on how to avoid drawing attention to yourself. Or if Antonio Brown wrote a book advising you on how to keep your job as a professional athlete. You might feel an initial rush of puzzlement — you might even feel a little resentment at their gall, their presumptuousness. You might ask yourself: “What do they take us for? Don’t they know that we know who they are?” These are the sorts of thoughts that might cross your mind.
And there is this issue: if Boghossian's point is that I am an under-accomplished nobody, who should dare not criticize a prominent and accomplished celebrity intellectual, why is he talking about me at all? What possible interest could my "relentlessly publishing hit pieces" have for anybody?

And as if Peter Boghossian making a fool of himself on my behalf wasn't enough, Evan Marc Katz jumped into Boghossian's thread.


Men win you over by giving to you. We ask you out. We call you. We pay for dates. We initiate sex. We ask for commitment. We propose marriage. We give. You receive. Reverse this order by asking him out, initiating sex, asking for commitment, or proposing marriage, and a masculine guy will feel, well, emasculated. Thus, if you want a masculine guy, your greatest move is to embrace your passive feminine side.
Katz has clearly been harboring bitter resentment towards me for years, because although he uses present-tense "writes about me" as if this is an ongoing thing, in fact the last time I wrote about Evan Marc Katz was in 2017 in a post on my personal blog which is entitled, with obvious justification: Evan Marc Katz is a right-wing snowflake who can't tolerate criticism. So although in Internet time my criticizing Katz is ancient history, he is unable to let it go and fails to take his own advice: "all you can do is ignore."

Apparently all it takes for Evan Marc Katz to label a woman a "loon" is for that woman to criticize a man. Maybe Katz should write his own book lecturing others on how to be civil in public discourse.

This latest Katz incident has convinced me that not only was I right all along about Katz being a right-wing misogynist asshole, I may have underestimated how misogynist he is. What a freaking creep.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Charles Murray in solidarity with professional racist Steve Sailer

 


We see how strongly Charles Murray feels about the career of professional racist Steve Sailer. So strongly that he complains to Twitter's Jack Dorsey and threatens to drop out of Twitter in solidarity with Sailer, who apparently was given a mere 12-hour timeout.

Adam Serwer and Jamelle Bouie have good responses on Twitter.





And I laughed aloud at this response.



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I've mentioned Sailer often on this blog, especially in the context of Steven Pinker's support for his career. I also did a multi-part series on Sailer's professional career as a racist and the right-wing plutocrats who support him, starting here.

I've also noted Murray's cozy relationship with Sailer before this latest example.

These are Sailer's tweets with bogus unsupported claims about Black people and Black Lives Matter that got him suspended. 

What's interesting is that Sailer has been making these racist Republican beliefs explicit on Twitter for years, why did Twitter suddenly take notice?







Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Bo Winegard's very bad take

What a truly bizarre idea.

But then it is established that Winegard, a Quillette team member, is an honest-to-god racist.



Sunday, January 17, 2021

Razib Khan and Bloomberg Opinion Columnist Noah Smith

Someone on Twitter recommended this article by Bloomberg Opinion Columnist Noah Smith. I was a Twitter follower of Smith, so I checked it out and was shocked to see Smith promoting none other than race science hawker and rightwing media contributor (including Quillette) Razib Khan, with a link to Khan's Substack:

Over at his Substack, Razib Khan interviews Richard Hanania, a scholar who studies partisanship and ideology. Hanania still thinks civil war is unlikely in the U.S., echoing the verdict of Paul Staniland, whom I interviewed before the coup went down.

So I immediately asked Smith about it on Twitter, and he immediately blocked me.



My assumption had been that Smith did not know about Khan's background in race science, but after doing some research I discovered that was not the case at all, and in fact Smith has actually referred to Khan as an "academic-racist blogger."
And indeed, the American scientist who is the driving intellectual force behind the Chinese project is Steve Hsu, a Michigan State physicist who has written a fair amount of academic-racist and pro-eugenics stuff on the web defended the notion of "race" as a biological classification, raised questions about "group differences" in abilities between races, and argued vocally against affirmative action (and here is academic-racist blogger Razib Khan defending and praising Hsu). (Note: See update below.)
Pinkerite has mentioned Hsu before.

So what happened between 2013 to 2021 to make Noah Smith go from calling Razib Khan a racist to promoting his Substack account?

It's not as if Khan's race obsession has changed. Although I was surprised to see him discussing African American history, since I'd noted Khan's desire to erase that history, when he wrote:

So I have to take issue when The New York Times posts articles with headlines such as White? Black? A Murky Distinction Grows Still Murkier. What genetics is showing is that in fact white Americans are shockingly European to an incredibly high degree for a population with roots on this continent for 400 years. If we removed all the history that we take for granted we’d be amazed that the indigenous peoples had so little demographic impact, and, that the larger numbers of people of partial African ancestry did not move into the general “white” population. 


The tortured history of black Americans, the descendants of Africans enslaved and brought to the New World, is well known. Much of American history is an engagement with this founding sin of slavery, and the unreconciled nature of racial relations in this country. Black Americans are in many ways the most American of our citizens but also the most alienated from our history. By the Revolutionary War, the enslaved population of the United States was already Christian and English-speaking, with few retaining any deep knowledge of Africa. 

But even within this paragraph Khan's ridiculous right-wing extremism is apparent in his equating "Christian and English-speaking" with "the most American of our citizens."

And then in the very next paragraph Khan puts quotes around systemic racism. As if, because there are country of origin and class distinctions among white Americans (in spite of being so "shockingly European to an incredibly high degree*,") that somehow makes systemic racism a theology rather than an empirical, demonstrable fact.

Black Americans represent the most prominent and well-known bloc of Old Stock Americans, but they are not the most numerous. Speaking about “white Americans'' artificially brackets many different types of Americans together. In the process, we erase a tense history of conflict and a fruitful synthesis of folkways. When headlines trumpet the fact that “most white voters voted for Trump” they collapse the essential distinctions and local histories that drive these social and political decisions. The cultural and social distance between a white roofer in southern Mississippi and a white lawyer in Connecticut is vast. And yet both are just “white” beneficiaries of “systemic racism” in our present-day secular theology.

Infamous racist John Derbyshire recently noted a tweet by Khan, which also puts systemic racism in quotes, but which seems to have since been deleted:

I think Razib Khan got much closer to the truth in a December 23rd tweet, tweet:

the west had the lord god on high.
india had dharma
china had the dao

awokeners have "systemic racism"

the universal principle. the ground of being

End tweet.


And of course Khan has to snipe at Nikole Hannah-Jones, the creator of the 1619 project. 

If there is a white supremacy, who are these white people? My wife? Nikole Hannah-Jones’ Czech and English-origin mother in Iowa? Does the out-of-work mill worker in North Carolina truly share in the same patrimony of privilege as the scion of Upper-East-Side old money? Do they really both inherit a privilege that oppresses the children of Indian doctors and Mexican construction workers? The results of the 2020 election, where white suburbs shifted against Trump, and Latino and Asian precincts drove Republican victories down-ballot, illustrate that the theory of racial polarization where “communities of color” are arrayed against “white supremacy” is ridiculously reductive. Americans vote as individuals based on their own interests and values, not as racial blocs.
 
 

I see no evidence on Khan's substack that the 1/6 attack on the Capitol has pushed him closer to admitting that systemic racism is real, but then Khan goes back a ways with Gavin McInnes, a year before he founded the Proud Boys, appearing on The Gavin McInnes Show in 2015.


I've seen the claim that the Proud Boys can't really be a racist organization because some Proud Boys are not white.

This article in the New Yorker should clear that right up.

On Constitution Avenue, the Proud Boys encountered an unsuspecting Black man coming up the sidewalk. They began shoving and jeering at him. As the man ran away, several of them chased him, swinging punches at his back.

Officers had cordoned off Black Lives Matter Plaza, but the group soon reached Farragut Square, where half a dozen counter-protesters—two men and four women—stood outside the Army and Navy Club, dressed in black clothes marked with medic crosses made from red tape. They were smaller and younger than most of the Proud Boys, and visibly unnerved. As Schwetz and others closed in on them, the medics retreated until they were pressed against a waist-high hedge. “Fucking pussies!” Schwetz barked, hitting two of the women. Other Proud Boys took his cue, assailing the activists, who disappeared into the hedge under a barrage of boots and fists. Policemen stopped the beating by deploying pepper spray, but they did not arrest any Proud Boys, who staggered off in search of a new target.

They promptly found one: another Black man, passing through on his bicycle. He wore Lycra exercise gear and looked perplexed by what was happening on the streets. He said nothing to anybody, but “Black Lives Matter” was written in small letters on his helmet. The Proud Boys surrounded him. Pointing at some officers watching from a few feet away, a man in a bulletproof vest, carrying a cane, said, “They’re here now, but eventually they won’t be. And we’re gonna take this country back—believe that shit. Fuck Black Lives Matter.” Before walking off, he added, “What y’all need to do is take your sorry asses to the ghetto.”

This was the tenor of the next eight hours, as hundreds of Proud Boys, groypers, militia members, and other Trump supporters openly marauded on the streets around the White House, becoming more inebriated and belligerent as the night wore on, hunting for people to harass and assault. “Fight for Trump!” they chanted. At one point, Proud Boys outside Harry’s Pub ganged up on another Black man, Philip Johnson, who took out a knife in self-defense, wounding four of them. Police intervened and rushed Johnson to the hospital, where he was arrested. The charges were later dropped. Outside Harry’s, I heard a Proud Boy joking about Johnson’s injuries: “He’s going to look different tomorrow.”


There's absolutely no reason for somebody from Bloomberg to promote the systemic-racism-denying career of Razib Khan. Quillette and the plutocrat-supported wingnut welfare system is available to give Khan's career all the help it needs. And of course Steven Pinker.


* In addition to being a race science promoter, Khan is a terrible writer, especially when writing about science, especially for someone who apparently gets paid to write. But I guess that's the wingnut welfare system for you. You don't have to be clever or good, you just have to promote right-wing beliefs. As we see with the laughably oafish James Lindsay.


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

VDARE supports Bo Winegard ~ racists helping racists



It absolutely makes sense that the hardcore racist VDARE would support a blatant racist like Bo Winegard.

Of course what they mean by "genetic inequality" is the race science belief that Black people are innately inferior due to genetics and that explains why Black people in the United States have failed to thrive, post-Emancipation. This goes hand in hand with the race science promoters' hatred of Black history, especially the 1619 project, which provides plenty of evidence of the systematic immiseration of Black people by the white majority in the last 150+ years including the looting of prosperous Black communities.

But it always helps to remember that Quillette not only employs Trumpist ratfucker Andy Ngo, it also employs racist Bo Winegard.

I missed this promotion of Winegard by VDARE and a related VDARE column by professional racist Steve Sailer back in March - probably because all the pandemic-related craziness started happening right about then.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Proud Boys leader arrested; Quillette continues to employ Andy Ngo, Trump's ratfucker

In what must be the strongest argument ever against the "defund the police" slogan, Enrique Tarrio, leader of the right-wing, fascism-loving Proud Boys, recently seen on Pinkerite admitting that Proud Boys are ratfuckers who like to dress up as Antifa, has been arrested:

Enrique Tarrio, the chairman of the Proud Boys, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn from a historic Black church in Washington during protests last month that led to several violent clashes, including stabbings, around the city.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that Mr. Tarrio, 36, had been arrested on charges of destruction of property stemming from an episode in downtown Washington in mid-December. Upon his arrest, he was found to have two high-capacity firearm magazines and charged accordingly with possession. 

Speaking of ratfuckers, Andy Ngo apparently feels one of his jobs is to do public relations for the Proud Boys.

Andy Ngo, a member of the Quillette team, continues to push the insane Trump claim that Democrats have something to do with Antifa. It's such an obvious lie if you know anything about the far Left, which hates Democrats more than Republicans


But this Big Lie has been a favorite tactic of Trump and his little ratfucker Andy Ngo, and they have been at it since at least when I wrote about it in July 2019.

That is who Quillette is - an employer of Trump's filthy lying ratfucker.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Heterodox Academy, Koch and Quillette

Although Heterodox Academy claims its purpose is "to improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement" - it's clear that what they actually want is to promote a rightwing agenda, when you look at their self-congratulatory piece on "Five Years of Challenging Orthodoxies."

The article presents the thoughts of Sam Abrams, Bradley Campbell, Jonathan Haidt, Irshad Manji, Chris Martin, Steven Pinker, Paul Quirk, Nadine Strossen, Jonathan Zimmerman.

So let's look at who these people are.

  • Sam Abrams has connections to Koch: "visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC; faculty fellow at George Mason’s Institute for Humane Studies"
I have not yet found any direct connections between Quillette or Koch and Jonathan Zimmerman, although he is infamous for claiming that the reason that Jeffrey Toobin got in trouble for jerking off - and showing his penis to his co-workers in the process - in the middle of a business call was because people just hate masturbation. Which is apparently the fault of the Enlightenment.
...Yet nobody is likely to forget that he had sex with himself, which has been a big no-no since the advent of the Enlightenment.

That’s when the West invented the autonomous individual, endowed with natural rights. But liberty was dangerous, too: Freed from constraints, the individual could easily descend into corruption and vice.

Masturbation embodied all of those fears. It was solitary, fueled by fantasies that each person invented. And when that started, there was no telling when it would stop...

It is about the stupidest defense of Toobin that I have seen yet, and makes me doubt Zimmerman's judgement even without a Quillette or a Koch connection.

Speaking of masturbation, it seems of the contributors to the Heterodox self-love fest, only Paul Quirk is without a direct Koch or Quillette connection, or an embarrassingly bad op-ed. Or at least none that I have found yet.

So of the nine people highlighted by Heterodox Academy, five have direct Quillette connections and two have direct Koch connections.

This tells you everything you need to know about how extreme the goals of Heterodox Academy really are. Which should be no surprise because Heterodox Academy was co-founded by Haidt and by Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz of the Federalist Society which receives donations from - surprise! - Koch.

FIRE and Heterodox Academy aren't the only publicly-acknowledged examples of Koch's interest in pushing academia to the right - Koch famously funds and influences George Mason University.

The documents reveal in surprising detail that for years, as George Mason grew from a little-known commuter school to a major public university and a center of libertarian scholarship, millions of dollars in donations from conservative-leaning donors like the Charles Koch Foundation had come with strings attached.
 
 
As early as 1990, entities controlled by the billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch were given a seat on a committee to pick candidates for a professorship that they funded, the records show. Similar arrangements that continued through 2009 gave donors decision-making roles in selecting candidates for key economics appointments at the Mercatus Center, a Koch-funded think tank on campus that studies markets and regulation. The appointments, which also created faculty lines at George Mason, were steered to professors who, like the Kochs, embraced unconstrained free markets.

More recently, in 2016, executives of the Federalist Society, a conservative national organization of lawyers, served as agents for a $20 million gift from an anonymous donor, and were given the right to terminate installments of the gift at their discretion. Emails disclosed by the university show that Federalist Society officials were also involved in hiring discussions and had suggested a student for admission. In turn, a professor at the law school wrote the society asking for help securing recommendations for prestigious federal judicial clerkships for students active in the society.

It's all one big happy Koch family.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

James Lindsay - uncivil and possibly actionable

I think it's a matter of time before someone sues James Lindsay. 

His career is well-protected by the thick layer of wingnut welfare, and praised by people like Steven Pinker and promoted by Bari Weiss

He's already demonstrated that he is utterly shameless and in spite of his pretending to care about civility to the point of writing a book about it, he is uncivil to the point of obscenity.

Which doesn't seem to bother his Intellectual Dark Web supporters nor his pious, devout
Christian friends
and business partners.

As I've observed, there seems to be no standards in the world of the IDW and Quillette and associated grifts, none at all, except that an individual must hate Black Lives Matter and the 1619 project.

But now it appears to me that Lindsay has become so reckless, so certain he will be supported by wingnut welfare no matter what, he's crossed the line into defamation.


If he is sued for defamation, I'd be happy to kick in to a crowdfunding campaign for the plaintiff.


Saturday, January 2, 2021

Proud Boys admit to being ratfuckers

Pinkerite has long believed that Antifa was the perfect vehicle for Trump's ratfucking:
Ngo's strategy is obviously a template for Trump's campaign: coordinate with far-right groups and the right-wing media machine to bait and even frame leftist groups in order to claim leftists are out of control and a danger to the country...

...It helps that actual members of Antifa won't reveal their identities nor pledge non-violence, making them the perfect boogeymen for the Trump campaign.
So it was good to see the leader of the Proud Boys admit that's exactly what they do.
Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio claimed in a post on conservative social media network Parler that some Proud Boys would dress in black to disguise themselves as left-wing “antifa” protesters.

“Watch out, January 6 — you ain’t gonna know who the fuck it is standing beside you,” prominent Proud Boy Joe Biggs said in a video posted to Parler.

It's odd that although the Trump campaign's "law and order vs. Antifa and Black Lives Matter" was a failure in that it did not get Trump reelected, Republicans are still using it, like violence-advocating, traitor to his country, Louie Gohmert: