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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

The INTERNATIONAL League of Race Pseudoscience Ghouls, Evolutionary Psychology Goons and Rightwing Grifters publishes a Westminster Declaration

A tweet from Michael Shermer in
supporter of racist extremist
J. Philippe Rushton - I think
Shermer is a fair representative of 
the reactionaries and race
pseudoscience promoters 
who signed this 
Westminster Declaration
But racist Toby Young would also
be a good choice.
Hot on the heels of the most recent right-wing declaration of their right to promote race pseudoscience and reactionary politics without pushback (a "scholarly" paper,) comes a DECLARATION for the right to promote race pseudoscience and reactionary politics - including anti-trans hatred, climate change denial and Covid conspiracies - without pushback.

Apparently this has been out for like a month but I'm only finding out about it now.

Anyway, let's review this INTERNATIONAL list of utterly shameless race pseudoscience ghouls, evolutionary psychology goons and rightwing grifters. Some of the same people who published the paper also signed this declaration. 

This list includes former far-leftists who are now stooges of the right.

The rightwing is basically addicted to this kind of declaration ever since the Harper's Letter - no wait - ever since racist Linda Gottfredson published a defense of The Bell Curve

Signing these papers and declarations is how the Right performs virtue-signaling.

I mean, I guess I shouldn't be surprised, as the list is international, but I really didn't expect to see so many Putin supporters and apologists.

You know Steven Pinker is going to be here - I'd bet he had some role in organizing both the paper and the declaration:

  1. Matt Taibbi, Journalist, USA - reactionary grifter - went down the path to rightwingdom after his behavior with Russian women and women correspondents became better-known - Taibbi is absolute psychopathic misogynist filth, based on that Washington Post article, and once that became well-known he apparently had nowhere else to go except to the far right, where they absolutely love psychopathic misogynist filth.  His buddy Mark Ames appears to have been even worse, if you can believe it, bragging about statutory rape with a 15-year old and bragging about how he induced his pregnant Russian girlfriend to get an abortion by threatening to kill her. Both men claimed it was all just "satire" and complete fiction. I wouldn't be surprised if the Republicans tried to recruit either Taibbi or Ames as candidate for president in 2028.
  2. Michael Shellenberger, Public, USA - Koch employee, climate change denier, failed candidate for governor of California
  3. Jonathan Haidt, Social Psychologist, NYU, USA - race pseudoscience promoter
  4. John McWhorter, Linguist, Columbia, Author, USA - long time Koch employee - also signed the paper
  5. Steven Pinker, Psychologist, Harvard, USA - of course of course of course
  6. Julian Assange, Editor, Founder of Wikileaks, Australia - rightwing stooge
  7. Tim Robbins, Actor, Filmmaker, USA - stooge of the Right - apparently turning into Bob Roberts
  8. Nadine Strossen, Professor of Law, NYLS, USA - supporter of race pseudoscience
  9. Glenn Loury, Economist, USA - Koch employee - also signed the paper
  10. Richard Dawkins, Biologist, UK - creepy old reactionary - get off his lawn you hippies!
  11. John Cleese, Comedian, Acrobat, UK - creepy old reactionary - get off his lawn you hippies!
  12. Slavoj Žižek, Philosopher, Author, Slovenia - anti-trans reactionary
  13. Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University, US - dictator apologist
  14. Oliver Stone, Filmmaker, USA - conspiracy theory promoter
  15. Edward Snowden, Whistleblower, USA - bullshit - he's a traitor to the USA and he's a Russian now
  16. Greg Lukianoff, President and CEO Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, USA - Koch employee via FIRE
  17. Stella Assange, Campaigner, UK - wife of Julian Assange
  18. Glenn Greenwald, Journalist, USA - reactionary grifter, Trump apologist
  19. Claire Fox, Founder of the Academy of Ideas, UK - "cancel culture" hysteric
  20. Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, Psychologist, Author, Canada - infamous crackpot
  21. Bari Weiss, Journalist, USA - the odious rightwing grifter, Supreme Court corrupter Harlan Crow is her sugar daddy
  22. Walter Kirn, Author, USA - ally of Matt Taibbi
  23. Peter Hitchens, Author, Journalist, UK - far-right ghoul
  24. Niall Ferguson, Historian, Stanford, UK - far-right ghoul
  25. Matt Ridley, Journalist, Author, UK - rightwing ghoul
  26. Melissa Chen, Journalist, Spectator, Singapore/USA - one of the creepiest of the rightwing grifters - likes to display herself for Peter Boghossian- speaking of whom...
  27. Peter Boghossian, Philosopher, Founding Faculty Fellow, University of Austin, USA - a rightwing creep - mad at me for being a nobody yet daring to criticize celebrity intellectual Steven Pinker
  28. Yanis Varoufakis, Economist, Greece - the far-right's idea of a leftist
  29. Michael Shermer, Science Writer, USA - racist who thinks infamous racist J. Philippe Rushton was right about Black people and Pinker's personal friend
  30. Alan Sokal, Professor of Mathematics, UCL, UK - idiot stooge of the right
  31. Sunetra Gupta, Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology, Oxford, UK - rightwing idiot who signed the Koch-connected Great Barrington Declaration
  32. Jay Bhattacharya, Professor, Stanford, USA - another Great Barrington idiot
  33. Martin Kulldorff, Professor of Medicine (on leave), Harvard, USA - another Great Barrington idiot
  34. Aaron Kheiriaty, Psychiatrist, Author, USA - rightwing idiot
  35. Chris Hedges, Journalist, Author, USA - one of those leftists whose mission is to help Republicans win elections
  36. Lee Fang, Independent Journalist, USA - ally of reactionary stooge Glenn Greenwald
  37. Alex Gutentag, Journalist, USA - reactionary stooge - COVID hysteric
  38. Iain McGilchrist, Psychiatrist, Philosopher, UK - right-winger, purveyor of woo
  39. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Human Rights Activist, Author, Netherlands - rightwinger, born-again Christian
  40. Konstantin Kisin, Author, UK - Putinbot and right-wing extremist - but I repeat myself. Also a Barbie-phobic misogynist asshole. He needs to be sent back to Russia, toot sweet.
  41. Leighton Woodhouse, Public, USA - ally of Shellenberger
  42. Andrew Lowenthal, liber-net, Australia - stooge of the right, ally of Matt Taibbi
  43. Aaron Mate, Journalist, USA - Putin sympathizer - appears to be Canadian not American
  44. Izabella Kaminska, Journalist, The Blind Spot, UK - right-winger, supporter of crackpot RFK Jr.
  45. Nina Power, Writer, UK - right-winger
  46. Kmele Foster, Journalist, Media Entrepreneur, USA - rightwing grifter, loves Ayn Rand
  47. Toby Young, Journalist, Free Speech Union, UK - infamous racist, former Quillette staffer, comedian Stewart Lee mocked him in the Guardian
  48. Winston Marshall, Journalist, The Spectator, UK - right-winger
  49. Jacob Siegel, Tablet, USA/Israel - rightwing stooge
  50. Ulrike Guerot, Founder of European Democracy Lab, Germany - Putinbot
  51. Heather E. Heying, Evolutionary Biologist, USA - evolutionary psychologist trying to trade on the good reputation of evolutionary biology - rightwing grifter - lately spending her time drumming up anti-trans hysteria
  52. Bret Weinstein, Evolutionary Biologist, USA - ask Bret and Heather about Game Theory! They became infamous for promoting ivermectin as a treatment for Covid
  53. Martina Pastorelli, Independent Journalist, Italy - rightwing Catholic
  54. Leandro Narloch, Independent Journalist, Brazil - anti-trans reactionary
  55. Ana Henkel, Independent Journalist, Brazil - anti-trans
  56. Mia Ashton, Journalist, Canada - anti-trans, right-wing extremist
  57. Micha Narberhaus, The Protopia Lab, Spain/Germany - Putinbot, ally of Konstantin Kisin
  58. Alex Sheridan, Free Speech Ireland - Trump supporter
  59. Ben Scallan, Gript Media, Ireland - right-winger
  60. Thomas Fazi, Independent Journalist, Italy - right-winger pretending to be of the left
  61. Jean F. Queralt, Technologist, Founder @ The IO Foundation, Malaysia/Spain - far-right goon
  62. Phil Shaw, Campaigner, Operation People, New Zealand - apparent supporter of conspiracy kooks
  63. Jeremy Hildreth, Independent, UK - marketing ghoul, former associate of Koch-infused CATO Institute
  64. Craig Snider, Independent, USA - Koch ally
  65. Eve Kay, TV Producer, UK - rightwing COVID hysteric
  66. Helen Joyce, Journalist, UK - anti-trans fanatic
  67. Dietrich Brüggemann, Filmmaker, Germany - stooge of the Right
  68. Adam B. Coleman, Founder of Wrong Speak Publishing, USA - rightwing grifter 
  69. Helen Pluckrose, Author, UK - rightwing grifter
  70. Michael Nayna, Filmmaker, Australia - right-winger ally of racist Eric Kaufmann
  71. Paul Rossi, Educator, Vertex Partnership Academics, USA -rightwing anti-"woke" idiot
  72. Juan Carlos Girauta, Politician, Spain - "hard-right"
  73. Andrew Neish, KC, UK - right-winger, likes to retweet Fox News and Nigel Farage
  74. Steven Berkoff, Actor, Playright (sic), UK - hideous old misogynist
  75. Patrick Hughes, Artist, UK - this guy, I guess - racist Nicholas Wade is a fan
  76. Adam Creighton, Journalist, Australia - anti-"woke" hysteric
  77. Julia Hartley-Brewer, Journalist, UK - rightwing embarrassment to the UK
  78. Robert Cibis, Filmmaker, Germany - conspiracy promoter
  79. Piers Robinson, Organization for Propaganda Studies, UK - far-right ghoul, ally of Shellenberger and Taibbi
  80. Dirk Pohlmann, Journalist, Germany - "The Journalist Sebastian Leber referred to Pohlmann in the Tagesspiegel in April 2022 as a "conspiracy ideologue" who had conspired jointly in the secret action "Leberschaden" (liver damage) with the "who's who of the German "swashbuckler scene" (German: Schwurblerszene)," especially blogger Robert Cibis."
  81. Mathias Bröckers, Author, Journalist, Germany - conspiracy kook
  82. Kira Phillips, Documentary Filmmaker, UK
  83. Diane Atkinson, Historian, Biographer, UK
  84. Eric Kaufmann, Professor of Politics, Birkbeck, University of Buckingham, Canada - extreme right-winger and racist
  85. Laura Dodsworth, Journalist and Author, UK - Covid kook
  86. Nellie Bowles, Journalist, USA - Bari Weiss' wife - rightwing reactionary grifter - one-time (and possibly still?) fan of psychotic stochastic terrorist Libs of TikTok
  87. Andrew Tettenborn, Professor of Law, Swansea University, UK - right-winger, member of the Koch-connected Heterodox Academy
  88. Julius Grower, Fellow, St. Hugh’s College, UK - anti-trans crusader
  89. Nick Dixon, Comedian, UK - right-winger, "comedian"
  90. Dominic Frisby, Comedian, UK - right-wing, libertarian Bitcoin bro and "comedian"
  91. James Orr, Associate Professor, University of Cambridge, UK - rightwing extremist
  92. Brendan O’Neill, Journalist, spiked, UK - Koch employee "Marxist libertarian" LOL
  93. Jan Jekielek, Journalist, Canada - rightwing ghoul, likes to repost James "your mom" Lindsay on Twitter
  94. Andrew Roberts, Historian, UK - far right
  95. Robert Tombs, Historian, UK - right-winger
  96. Ben Schwarz, Journalist, USA - right-winger, former national editor of the Steve Sailer-publishing, founded-by-racists The American Conservative
  97. Xavier Azalbert, Investigative Scientific Journalist, France - promoter of anti-vaccine kook Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
  98. Doug Stokes, International Relations Professor, University of Exeter, UK - far-right
  99. James Allan, Professor of Law, University of Queensland, UK - far-right CPAC ghoul
  100. David McGrogan, Professor of Law, Northumbria University, UK - rightwing Covid hysteric
  101. Jacob Mchangama, Author, Denmark - right-winger, member of the racist Quillette gang
  102. Nigel Biggar, Chairman, Free Speech Union, UK - rightwing, ant-woke, transphobic religionist
  103. David Goodhart, Journalist, Author, UK - right-winger, reposts Putinbot Kosnstantin Kisin on Twitter
  104. Catherine Austin Fitts, The Solari Report, Netherlands - Republican idiot
  105. Matt Goodwin, Politics Professor, University of Kent, UK - rightwing ghoul
  106. Alan Miller, Together Association, UK - anti-vax kook
  107. Catherine Liu, Cultural Theorist, Author, USA - "leftist" idiot
  108. Stefan Millius, Journalist, Switzerland - everything about him I could find is written in German. But based on the previous 100+ signers of the declaration, I'm going to take a wild guess that he's a right-winger
  109. Philip Hamburger, Professor of Law, Columbia, USA - PragerU freak
  110. Andrew Doyle, Author and journalist, UK - rightwing grifter - idiot Jerry Coyne loves him
  111. Rueben Kirkham, Co-Director, Free Speech Union of Australia, Australia -  Free Speech Union a far-right organization founded by racist Toby Young and run by members of the far-right including white supremacist Douglas Murray - "related" to Heterodox Academy - so probably Koch-funded
  112. Jeffrey Tucker, Author, USA - libertarian Bitcoin idiot
  113. Sarah Gon, Director, Free Speech Union, South Africa - Free Speech Union a far-right organization founded by racist Toby Young and run by members of the far-right including white supremacist Douglas Murray - "related" to Heterodox Academy - so probably Koch-funded - Gon looks like an old-school pro-Apartheid racist to me
  114. Dara Macdonald, Co-Director, Free Speech Union, Australia - Free Speech Union a far-right organization founded by racist Toby Young and run by members of the far-right including white supremacist Douglas Murray - "related" to Heterodox Academy - so probably Koch-funded - Macdonald appears to be a far-right ghoul
  115. Jonathan Ayling, Chief Executive, Free Speech Union, New Zealand -  Free Speech Union a far-right organization founded by racist Toby Young and run by members of the far-right including white supremacist Douglas Murray - "related" to Heterodox Academy - so probably Koch-funded
  116. David Zweig, Journalist, Author, USA - rightwing idiot
  117. Juan Soto Ivars, Author, Spain -  everything about him I could find is written in Spanish. But based on the previous 100+ signers of the declaration, I'm going to take a wild guess that he's a right-winger
  118. Colin Wright, Evolutionary Biologist, USA - evolutionary psychologist, anti-trans fanatic, ally of far-right freak Christopher Rufo, disgraced researcher
  119. Gad Saad, Professor, Evolutionary Behavioral Scientist, Author, Canada - evolutionary psychologist, rightwing oaf, attendee of Peter Thiel's CPAC for racists
  120. Robert W. Malone, MD, MS, USA - anti-vax kook
  121. Jill Glasspool-Malone, PhD., USA - anti-vax kook (see link for Robert W. Malone)
  122. Jordi Pigem, Philosopher, Author, Spain - appears to be a Covid hysteric
  123. Holly Lawford-Smith, Associate Professor in Political Philosophy, University of Melbourne, Australia - rightwing anti-trans idiot, contributor to racist Quillette
  124. Michele Santoro, Journalist, TV Host, Presenter, Italy - stooge of the Right
  125. Dr. James Smith, Podcaster, Literature Scholar, RHUL, UK - stooge of the Right
  126. Francis Foster, Comedian, UK - rightwing "comedian" and ally of Putinbot Konstantin Kisin - Kisin sure has a lot of friends on this list
  127. Coleman Hughes, Writer, Podcaster, USA - rightwing grifter, Quillette author
  128. Marco Bassani, Political Theorist, Historian, Milan University, Italy -  everything about him I could find is written in Italian. But based on the previous 100+ signers of the declaration, I'm going to take a wild guess that he's a right-winger
  129. Isabella Loiodice, Professor of Comparative Public Law, University of Bari, Italy - almost  everything about her I could find is written in Italian. But based on the previous 100+ signers of the declaration, I'm going to take a wild guess that she's a right-winger
  130. Luca Ricolfi, Professor, Sociologist, Turin University, Italy - everything about him I could find is written in Italian. But based on the previous 100+ signers of the declaration, I'm going to take a wild guess that he's a right-winger
  131. Marcello Foa, Journalist, Former President of Rai, Italy - no surprise here: "Marcello Foa, a Eurosceptic journalist who has often shared stories proved to be fake..."
  132. Andrea Zhok, Philosopher, University of Milan, Italy - too much Italian
  133. Paolo Cesaretti, Professor of Byzantine Civilization, University of Bergamo, Italy
  134. Alberto Contri, Mass Media Expert, Italy - anti-vax kook
  135. Carlo Lottieri, Philosopher, University of Verona, Italy - libertarian idiot
  136. Alessandro Di Battista, Political Activist, Writer, Italy - Putinbot: "Di Battista declared that "for the world peace, thankfully we have Putin". On 22 February 2022, Di Battista declared "Russia is not invading Ukraine" and "that Putin wants everything but a war"."
  137. Paola Mastrocola, Writer, Italy
  138. Carlo Freccero, Television Author, Media Expert, Italy
  139. Giorgio Bianchi, Independent Journalist, Italy - appears to be a Putinbot
  140. Nello Preterossi, Professor, University of Salerno, Scientific Director of the Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies, Italy  - everything about him I could find is written in Italian. But based on the previous 100+ signers of the declaration, I'm going to take a wild guess that he's a right-winger
  141. Efrat Fenigson, Journalist, Podcaster, Israel - anti-vax kook
  142. Eli Vieira, Journalist, Genetic Biologist, Brazil - right-winger, idiot
  143. Stephen Moore, Author and Analyst, Canada - there are too many Stephen Moores in the world. I'm going to guess that the one listed is this right-wing Trudeau-hating idiot.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

The League of Race Pseudoscience Ghouls, Evolutionary Psychology Goons and Rightwing Grifters publishes a paper

This tweet from Bo Winegard not only 
tells you everything you need to know about 
that racist neo-Nazi dirtbag, but all you
need to know about the people who 
agree to co-author anything with him.

Jerry Coyne and the "Journal of Controversial Ideas" are promoting a paper written by the most 
contemptible gang of right-wing grifters, racists and race pseudoscience promoters who ever took money from Charles Koch and Peter Thiel.

This paper appears to be a pretentious version of another race pseudoscience coprolite, "Equalitarianism: A Source of Liberal Bias" by Bo Winegard, Cory Clark, Connor Hasty, Roy Baumeister. Winegard, Clark and Baumeister are listed as authors in both.

Just looking at the list of authors makes it clear this has nothing to do with science and everything to do with a rightwing political campaign.

The good news is that the fact that so many evolutionary psychologists are participating in this political campaign probably indicates that evolutionary psychology is being greeted increasingly with skepticism by real scientists. 

And since evolutionary psychology is indeed a pseudoscience - see biologist P. Z. Myers' explanation for exactly why - they have no option but to try to salvage their bogus wrong-side-of-science-history careers by aligning with Koch grifters and race pseudoscience ghouls.

As you might expect, professional racist Steve Sailer is thrilled that so many of his fellow racists have banded together.

Here's the gang:

Cory J. Clark https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3083-9179 cjclark@sas.upenn.eduLee JussimKomi FreySean T. StevensMusa al-Gharbi https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9433-7402Karl Aquino https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0710-4120J. Michael Bailey https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4756-1705NicoleBarbaroRoy F. Baumeister https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1413-3296April Bleske-Rechek https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3578-2105David Buss https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4467-7019Stephen Ceci https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2835-9707Marco Del GiudicePeter H. DittoJoseph P. ForgasDavid C. Geary https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3029-6343Glenn GeherSarah HaiderNathan Honeycutt https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6529-130XHrishikesh JoshiAnna I. KrylovElizabeth Loftus https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2230-6110Glenn LouryLouise LuMichael Macy https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0024-5027Chris C. MartinJohn McWhorterGeoffrey Miller https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6026-5372PamelaParesky https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0691-9811Steven Pinker https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2319-4085Wilfred ReillyCatherine Salmon https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0144-5207Steve Stewart-Williams https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8568-6846Philip E. TetlockWendy M.Williams https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6666-4000Anne E. Wilson https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7954-6038Bo M. WinegardGeorge Yancey https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5591-6604, and William von Hippel 

Let's break down the list of ghouls, goons and grifters:
What a collection of rightwing political operatives, reactionaries, racists, evolutionary psychologists and Quillette authors - and there is a lot of overlapping among those categories.

I don't think there's any reason to doubt that every damn one of them knows how extreme Bo Winegard is, and they either don't care because they agree with his extremism, or they are getting paid too much by their rightwing patrons to object to publicly working with a stupid, racist neo-Nazi.

Friday, November 17, 2023

Happy birthday 5 Pinkerite!

Five years. 

Hard to believe I've been writing about Steven Pinker, race pseudoscience and the Intellectual Dark Web for so long. 

Unfortunately Steven Pinker is still out there promoting race science and racists.

He's had a long career of promoting racist Steve Sailer, then racist Razib Khan, and now he's promoting infamous racist Richard Hanania.

Pinker only subscribes to one account on Twitter/X and that is Richard Hanania's account. This was big news, when it broke that Hanania had a career as a racist troll called Richard Hoste.

The revelation about Pinker's support for racist Hanania did not shame Pinker into removing his subscription to Hanania - and he subscribes to Hanania to this day.

But news of Hanania's extremist racist past wouldn't shame Pinker into ending his subscription because, I am convinced, Steven Pinker has absolutely no sense of shame.

Certainly not about supporting racists, since he's been doing it for at least twenty years.

Hanania himself is also utterly shameless. He and Pinker and other members of the hereditarian gang attacked a critic of race pseudoscience because get this, the critic aligned with right-wing ghouls in his youth.

Hanania naturally, like the shameless hypocrite he is, expected to be forgiven for his youthful racism. 

Except he's still a racist.

And Steven Pinker still supports that racist. Calling Steven Pinker "The World's Most Annoying Man" is really far too kind to a shameless weasel like Steven Pinker.

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