Liberal bias in academia

Joel Kotkin On California In The DAILY BEAST: Increasing Inequality (No Mention Of Immigration) Displaced "Yeomanry" (No Mention Of Whites)

Joel Kotkin On California In The DAILY BEASTJoel Kotkin [Email him] has a piece in the Daily Beast titled California’s New Feudalism Benefits a Few at the Expense of the Multitude, October 5, 2013, which lays out the woes of the once-Golden State:

As late as the 80s, California was democratic in a fundamental sense, a place for outsiders and, increasingly, immigrants—roughly 60 percent of the population was considered middle class. Now, instead of a land of opportunity, California has become increasingly feudal. According to recent census estimates,  the state suffers some of the highest levels of inequality in the country. By some estimates, the state’s level of inequality compares with that of such global models as  the Dominican Republic, Gambia, and the Republic of the Congo.

At the same time, the Golden State now suffers the highest level of poverty in the country—23.5 percent compared to 16 percent nationally—worse than long-term hard luck cases like Mississippi. It is also now home to roughly one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients, almost three times its proportion of the nation’s population.

Like medieval serfs, increasing numbers of Californians are downwardly mobile, and doing worse than their parents: native born Latinos actually have shorter lifespans than their parents, according to one recent report. Nor are things expected to get better any time soon. According to a recent Hoover Institution survey, most Californians expect their incomes to stagnate in the coming six months, a sense widely shared among the young, whites, Latinos, females, and the less educated. [ emphases added to quotes throughout]

What has changed since the 80s? Mass immigration, of course, displacing native whites and (in California, especially) native Hispanics,  i. e. Chicanos, Cesar Chavez's people.  Kotkin doesn't mention this.

Attacking IQ in Foreign Policy Magazine

I saw this as a tweet  from Arts And Letters Daily

A certain strain of development economics links nations’ wealth to IQ. Problem is, the data for such a premise are either sparse or phony... more»

War On Christmas In Iowa: "Journalism" Professor Lectures Students, Boasts About It In The Atlantic

Stephen G. Bloom[email him] has a 4,000 word piece in the Atlantic about the unbearable whiteness of Iowa, a state that whose caucuses may give victory to Ron Paul, causing GOP insiders to consider having the state abolished.

In the middle of this piece, he comes out with this

Yes Virginia [Dare], There Is A “Cultural Marxism”

The Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik’s murderous rampage and the apologia that he drafted shortly before have intensified the debate about the term “cultural Marxism.”

Those who oppose the use of term insist that Breivik has revealed the “hate” that characterizes all users of this loaded designation. They claim that anyone opposing “cultural Marxism” is expressing their hatred for Third World immigrants, homosexuals and a long list of other various victims of Western discrimination. For example:

  • “The picture that's emerging is of an ordinary right-wing man stoked into anger by theories about ‘Cultural Marxism’ that originated on the anti-Semitic far right but have in recent years been spreading into more mainstream venues, promoted by the likes of Andrew Breitbart, among others.”

Norway terrorist Breivik was an ardent subscriber to theories of 'Cultural Marxism', By David Neiwert July 23, 2011 05:00 PM

  • “Based on online posts apparently by Anders Behring Breivik circulated in Norway, the alleged terrorist opposed multiculturalism and Muslim immigrants in Norway. Breivik championed opposition to ‘Cultural Marxism,’ a right-wing anti-Semitic concept developed primarily by William Lind of the US-based Free Congress Foundation, but also the Lyndon LaRouche network.”

Anders Behring Breivik: Soldier in the Christian Right Culture Wars, Chip Berlet July 23, 2011


In other words, we are to believe that people who speak about “cultural Marxism” are bigots trying to turn the clock back to the 1930s and 1940s, when generic fascists and European nationalists were free to kill Jews and other marginalized groups.

What is under attack, we are told, is the attempt by truly democratic governments and enlightened political elites to accommodate diverse cultures and lifestyles. This humane effort is being smeared as “cultural Marxism”—particularly when those engaged in this activity present a properly critical view of the racist, homophobic bourgeois societies that existed before the present reforms.

Those on the other side of this question are equally engaged. But, unlike their opponents, they don’t enjoy the effusive support of public administrators, educators, and the media.

The critics of “cultural Marxism” are targeting what they see as the intellectual roots of the cultural

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