Given the direction our history department appears to be taking far from any commitment to truth, we can regard ourselves as a formative training institution for this brand of snake-oil salespeople. “Lorenzo, is it not obvious to you that the “social sciences” are all basically tasked with social engineering and management? It is for historians, therefore, to explain why Japanese internment or the massacre of European Jewry hasn’t led to equivalent rates of dysfunction and low SES performance among Japanese and Jewish Americans respectively. Shay Mikalonis: shot in the head by a protester. This is a grotesque capture of a good-faith movement for necessary police reform, and of our department, by a political party. OK, fine, that doesn’t discredit their work, but it does mean that no one should ever conflate their efforts with the natural sciences. I don’t see a 4chan troll having direct e-mails for me, the entire History Dept, and Tom Sowell. A counternarrative exists. The claim that the difficulties that the black community faces are entirely causally explained by exogenous factors in the form of white systemic racism, white supremacy, and other forms of white discrimination remains a problematic hypothesis that should be vigorously challenged by historians. Do you need me to cite some peer-reviewed natural science research that does not fit your claim (e.g., research on chaotic systems, random mutations, marine mammalogy)? Lorenzo made a credible distinction between social science and science. Cuomo is a wannabe dictator of the leftist type. Political Science, Social Science, and Computer Science come to mind. https://jonathanturley.org/2020/06/16/berkeley-condemns-letter-on-blm-sent-by-anonymous-history-professor-that-called-for-free-speech-and-academic-freedom/comment-page-2/#comment-1967635. The writer objects to the silencing of academics who do not support BLM for reasons … Minneapolis itself has been entirely in the hands of Democrats for over five decades; the ‘systemic racism’ there was built by successive Democrat administrations. An anonymous letter has been circulating, purportedly written by a @UCBHistory professor. Here is the letter that started the controversy: I am one of your colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley. An anonymous letter has been circulating, purportedly written by a @UCBHistory professor. I am not a big rand fan, but I would note that Gates is a good example of the basis for her hostility to charity. That time we looked up to America as a beacon of freedom, free speech, free gathering, opinion expressing, religion practicing… For many of us, the USA seemed to be almost a promised land, unreachable, of course. UC Berkeley History Professor’s Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy. He terrorized the women in his community. There are virtually no marches for these invisible victims, no public silences, no heartfelt letters from the UC regents, deans, and departmental heads. They are intended to crush real diversity and permanently exile the culture of robust criticism from our department. The science is reliable enough for engineers to use it and make products and solve problems. It shouldn’t affect the strength of my argument above, but for the record, I write as a person of color. We have no evidence that this letter was written by a History faculty member. You can look at grain traders who have been shorting the market hard since January of this year and early in Trump’s term and see playing prices to fall is the closest thing to a sure bet existing. Dissent is not tolerated in K-graduate school. They are tools, just tools. CTHD takes everything out of context. Social science – to the extent that it even attempts to make mathematical predictions – predicts the outcomes of a group as measured in a probability. OK, I’ve now found confirmation that it was sent as an email: As the PRC, an ethnonationalist and aggressively racially chauvinist national polity with null immigration and no concept of jus solis increasingly presents itself as the global political alternative to the US, I ask you: Is this wise? @ CommitToHonestDiscussion With this type of reasoning, there is no reasoning with you. Just you. First, it is increasingly rare for any conservative or libertarian to be hired on a faculty, particularly a highly ranking school like Berkeley. Dey gib us de skin, A century ago the reverse was true – democrats were rural and republicans were urban, “given the paramilitary pretenders posting here regularly – mespo, kurtz, antonio – as well as others like John having wet pants over Antifa, the one cop killing we know about during protests was p[robably righ wing, is just an inconvenient fact they’ll ignore while singing their narrative.”. The study contained all the usual variables and more. However, both groups outperform white Americans on nearly all SES indices – as do Nigerian Americans, who incidentally have black skin. especially in norcal. He never provided those words. He sired and abandoned multiple children, playing no part in their support or upbringing, failing one of the most basic tests of decency for a human being. They realized that no Union could be sustained under such an incongrunt regimen (i.e. All I can say about the letter from the anonymous historian is WOW. If you have to deny their actual meanings in order to argue your point, you have a losing argument. At the time Catholics were banned from using any type of birth control. A university can only be a good place for a student when the students are exposed to many opinions and belief systems. Both the letter and your remarks can be concurrently correct. We are the useful idiots of the wealthiest classes, carrying water for Jeff Bezos and other actual, real, modern-day slavers. I condemn the manner of George Floyd’s death and join you in calling for greater police accountability and police reform. The anonymous history professor penned an open letter against the current narratives being set forth by the BLM movement and the ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd. is white supremicist or not, did not exist before late 2019, probably does not exist at all. In the extended links and resources you provided, I could not find a single instance of substantial counter-argument or alternative narrative to explain the under-representation of black individuals in academia or their over-representation in the criminal justice system. Liberal ideology was just a tool they had in 1776, 1789, and World War II and the cold war, to defeat their rivals. Personally I do not care. Education must provide a deep understanding of the past as a foundation to innovate upon. But if you want to be uber wealthy you must deliver to the working and middle class what they want. Once personality is introduced, the predictive qualities are still strong, but the point of view has to take a step back from the map. walk over! I have met you both personally but do not know you closely, and … I am more concerned because you appear to be arguing that all science is roughly equal in reliability. To use ‘science’ to refer only to natural sciences is a more recent convention. Arab Americans have been viciously demonized since 9/11, as have Chinese Americans more recently. While Rand is an influence for many libertarains, if you want greater depth try Nozick, Please look into your hearts and see how monstrously bigoted this formulation truly is. maybe they were crap. And yet that is precisely what democratic fundraising is about. The difference between hard sciences and soft sciences is the use of the scientific method – controlled experiment. But in that case, you’ve got an idiosyncratic definition of “scientist.”. Officials said Carrillo harbored a hatred of law enforcement and had ties to a right-wing Boogaloo group that believes a second American Civil War is coming soon. No other group in America is systematically demoralized in this way by its alleged allies. The media is already a propaganda machine for Democrats. UC Berkeley History Professor's Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy-----Dear profs X, Y, Z I am one of your colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley. There is no response to that concern. Hey, only ‘nazis’ support free speech, so what’s the problem? For this actual, lived, physically experienced reality of violence in the USA, there are no marches, no tearful emails from departmental heads, no support from McDonald’s and Wal-Mart. An anonymous letter has been circulating, purportedly written by a @UCBHistory professor. I personally don’t dare speak out against the BLM narrative, and with this barrage of alleged unity being mass-produced by the administration, tenured professoriat, the UC administration, corporate America, and the media, the punishment for dissent is a clear danger at a time of widespread economic vulnerability. Black people are not incarcerated at higher rates than their involvement in violent crime would predict. But many are explicitly tied to the riots. Or just get the federal government entirely out of education. (They have exploited the hard earned credibility of real scientists by claiming their work is also a form of ‘science’.). Lastly, a great irony is that the non-scientific pursuit of stock and sports analysis is likely to have far more accurate predictions than many of those coming from the social ‘science’ community. I have met you both personally but do not know you closely, and am contacting you anonymously, with apologies. Election Worker Becomes Enraged While Counting Votes, Appears To Discard Ballot, New York Times Calls For International Intervention As Election Day Approaches, Joe Biden And The Mainstream Media PREDICTED A Coronavirus Pandemic Would Happen, FLASHBACK: Joe Biden Said The N-Word Twice During 1985 Testimony. This hypothesis is transforming our institution and our culture, without any space for dissent outside of a tightly policed, narrow discourse. This political hack is looking for sleaze and apparently found it in his own reflection. Nothing is perfectly known. When you have some actual facts get back to us all. im going to tell white folks something they ought to roll over in their heads, under their cowboy hats, all selfish and me-oritented. I am certain that if my name were attached to this email, I would lose my job and all future jobs, even though I believe in and can justify every word I type. You can’t ask your question again, since you haven’t asked it before. The vast majority of violence visited on the black community is committed by black people. Many of their voices are unironically segregationist. “We condemn this letter: it goes against our values as a department and our commitment to equity and inclusion”. Berkeley wrote open letter to colleagues lambasting the current narratives of “racial injustice” and “institutional racism” claimed by the BLM movement, and ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd. The ever-present soft bigotry of low expectations and the permanent claim that the solutions to the plight of my people rest exclusively on the goodwill of whites rather than on our own hard work is psychologically devastating. Berkeley, like in many universities, has history, sociology, anthropology and various ‘studies’ programs NOT in the Humanities college, but in the ‘Social Science’ college. I have met you both personally but do not know you closely, and am contacting you anonymously, with apologies. Gates the entrepeneur did far far far more for humanity. The assertions made are demonstrably correct. To wit: Create more managers for the billionaires who own our society. There is no “Humanities college”. He is very much about the individual not the group. They are NOT all equal. So is whining about Marxism. There will always be incompetence, an agenda, bias and other issues influencing the credibility of a social science predictive model. Who wrote it is almost immaterial. Given the direction our history department appears to be taking far from any commitment to truth, we can regard ourselves as a formative training institution for this brand of snake-oil salespeople. The assertions may or may not provable, and given the claimed authority for the viewpoint is in question – at best – that makes it almost worthless. That role is necessary. David Benson is the God Emperor of Making Stuff Up and owes me forty-five citations (one from the OED, one from the town ordinances and two from the Old Testament), an equation and the source of a quotation, and his mental health professional certificate after eighty weeks, and needs to cite all his work from now on. That role is necessary.”, “that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men”. MLK would likely be called an Uncle Tom if he spoke on our campus today. If you use “an ability to predict specific outcomes of specific events to evaluate whether one’s work is actually science or not,” you exclude the scientific study of chaotic systems, of the random mutations that play a key role in evolution, … Maybe you just don’t understand enough of the full range of work that scientists do. It’s hard to know what kneeling means, when you have to kneel to keep your job. However, if we use the precise same methodology, we would have to conclude that the criminal justice system is even more anti-male than it is anti-black. Somebody told me that 25 years ago and by now i figured it out. The humiliating assumption that we are too stupid to do STEM, that we need special help and lower requirements to get ahead in life, is richly familiar to us. Clearly history literally could not be a social science discipline prior to the development of “social sciences” as a construct. I am not taking a position, I am trying to take what you say at face value and evaluate it. But his arguments were not merely provably, but PROVEN correct – before he wrote them. Read Smith – you can not get wealth without creating wealth for others. “If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. From the perspective of this blog entry – I do not think the natural/social distinction is as significant as the one between repeatable controlled experiments and trying to transform observational data into a substitute for a controlled experiment using statistical techniques. Americans are being socially pressured into kneeling for this violent, abusive misogynist. My family have been personally victimized by men like Floyd. Black violence is expected and insoluble, while white violence requires explanation and demands solution. CTHD is a prevaricator that hides his indecency in meaningless discussion. We bake de bread, “That’s false. Those results are inherently the most trustworthy. The problem with political science is that it’s quite heterogenous and it’s teachers aren’t conscientious about instructing their charges in the various tools they might use in inquiring into the properties of political life. The European right that is. An anonymous letter apparently from a Berkeley history professor and addressed to university criticizes the BLM narrative and the lack of academic freedom for people who disagree with the party line. There are still a few dems who have some sense. Overwhelmingly, the reasoning provided by BLM and allies is either primarily anecdotal (as in the case with the bulk of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ undeniably moving article) or it is transparently motivated. across colleges and universities nationally and when/why they occurred. #just_a_guess” My understanding through civics class in 1949 of the electoral college: And we aren’t even counting the others. Predicting sports outcomes would be science. This fact has been demonstrated multiple times across multiple jurisdictions in multiple countries. There is no reason to distrust the claim that this is an email. Many cogent objections to this thesis have been raised by sober voices, including from within the black community itself, such as Thomas Sowell and Wilfred Reilly. Its authenticity was confirmed by Kentucky State University Assistant Professor of Political Science, Wilfred Reilley, who says he was sent a copy of the letter along with Stanford University economist Thomas Sowell. that the author relied on. The best I have seen are from just a few people from Japan and there is a science to it. But ask yourself why the term has changed to include these other fields. Etc. Fred and Martin were certainly not “conservatives” in the American sense of the word. “Only fascists talk about black-on-black crime”, ad nauseam. This is grotesque given the fact that the American cities with the worst rates of black-on-black violence and police-on-black violence are overwhelmingly Democrat-run. Are you sure ? It does not answer the question of how you should live your live. Would we characterize criminal justice as a systemically misandrist conspiracy against innocent American men? The vast majority of violence visited on the black community is committed by black people. That’s where having strong methodology and anonymous peer review among other constraints are very important. The explanation is provided to us, disagreement with it is racist, and the job of historians is to further explore additional ways in which the explanation is additionally correct. It was sent to me by a family member but the site that host it is conspiracy minded. If so, could you cite or quote one of them? But there are domains where controlled experiments are either impossible of rarely possible, and other less robust means are used to find principles. The whole political correctness schtick is to ensure an organized division of spoils among we lesser folk such that no successful uprising against them is ever possible. Cleo is no grovelling handmaiden to politicians and corporations. The claim that black intraracial violence is the product of redlining, slavery, and other injustices is a largely historical claim. I don’t know. What is dishonest is your unwillingness to confront the truth of the content. During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. In particular, ethnic minorities are being aggressively marshaled into a single position. The intellectual heart of UC Berkeley, the College of Letters and Science (L&S) is the largest of the university’s 14 colleges and schools and the most prestigious teaching and research unit in the UC system. 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