Friday, August 17, 2018

Musa al-Gharbi "Vox's Consistent Errors On Campus Free Speech, Explained"

This is good.
I'm sure it's just a coincidence that Vox writes favorably of the left's preferred speech restrictions, argues that conservatives are the real problem, insists that there is no such thing as political correctness, and pushes the left's line that there is no free speech problem on campus...and does all this with consistently bad arguments.
   Yup. Surely just a coincidence.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the commenters made a really good point about the fact that left wing professors are fired more (besides the obvious probability point that they make up 10/11 of the relevant fields):

There is another very misleading point in the Vox article worth noting: When they point out that it is Left-wing professors who are being attacked and silenced, the implication is that these professors are being silenced by those on the Right. This is often not the case, but rather the Left-wing professors are being silenced by others on the Left who deem them insufficiently loyal to certain progressive dogmas

The overwhelming political skew makes it even more likely that the catalyst for those firings were from the Left, because the right generally won't have enough heft to oppose them. The only exception I can think of is firings for Left-wing antisemitism, which is nontrivial, but doesn't really come from the Left (nor really the Right). I've definitely heard cases around that.

Also the constant frustration is: bias or incompetence. Because you can read Beauchamp and Yglesias and realize these are not actually bright folk, so they might have just not understood how conditional probability works or that a dataset around tolerance requires the respondents to significantly disagree with the positions. But...if the newsroom were actually structured in a way where opinions faced some degree of criticism from opposing viewpoints, instead of being a progressive chop shop, the incompetence would be deselected rapidly, because the refutation is so easy.

If you think of it individually, it's indeterminate, if you think of it institutionally, it's conclusive.

10:20 AM  

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