Bill Maher interviews New Democratic hireling Jonathan Haidt. Another ‘Comedy Central’ misfire. Old Socialist scoffs!


Mr. Haight is a New Democratic hireling :

In chapter 8 of The Righteous Mind, Haidt describes how he began to study political psychology in order to help the Democratic Party win more elections, but in chapter 12 of The Righteous Mind argues that each of the major political groups—conservatives, progressives, and libertarians—have valuable insights and that truth and good policy emerge from the contest of ideas. Since 2012, Haidt has referred to himself as a political centrist.[31] Haidt is involved with several efforts to help bridge the political divide and reduce political polarization in the United States. In 2007, he founded the website, a clearinghouse for research on political civility. He serves on the advisory boards of Represent.Us., a non-partisan anticorruption organization, the Acumen Fund, which invests in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty; and, a bipartisan group working to reduce political polarization. Three of his four TED talks are on the topic of understanding and reducing political divisions.

Greg Lukianoff the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE):

FIRE’s latest report of University Ratings is Spotlight on Speech Codes 2016: The State of Free Speech on Our Nation’s Campuses.[23] The foundation gathers together each university’s various harassment and hate speech policies, as well as any “Advertised Commitments to Freedom of Speech”. On the basis of these and media reports, FIRE then assigns each institution a color code: green (“no serious threats to free speech”), yellow (“some policies that could ban or excessively regulate protected speech”) or red (“at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech”).

As of 2016 the percentage of universities that FIRE deemed to “seriously infringe upon students’ rights to free speech” dipped to just below 50 percent.[23] That makes 2016 the fourth consecutive year that the percentage has dropped, according to FIRE.

In April 2007, Jon B. Gould, an author and George Mason University faculty member, criticized FIRE’s rating methods, claiming that FIRE had grossly exaggerated the prevalence of unconstitutional speech codes.[24]

As of January 2016, FIRE rated most of the eight universities in the Ivy League, “red”; one was rated “green” (University of Pennsylvania), five were rated “red” (Brown, Cornell, Harvard, Columbia and Princeton) and the final two (Dartmouth, and Yale) were rated “yellow”.[25]

We’ve seen this duo, before, but not in such a sophisticated iteration of Anti-Student Hysterics. Recall Alan Bloom and ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’ that Haight and Lukianoff borrow from, to frame their iteration. ‘Tenured Radicals’ and ‘Illiberal Education’ rounded the last of this trio of  reactionary political polemics ,aimed at Students and Teachers!

Its a notorious ‘Conservative ‘  ploy to cast Students as ‘radicals’ of whatever variety ,from Berkeley and its Free Speech movement in 1964/65 and  charismatic leader Mario Savio, yet for all of Haight  & Lukianoff rhetoric  where are the charismatic leaders of this New Student Radicalism? The debates over  Codes of Conduct don’t quite meet the propaganda  needs of the self-declared Centrists for identifying Student Radicals . Isn’t debate about those ‘Codes’ the very center of a  Democratic process?



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