Category Archives: Intelligence

NEW COLUMN Updated (11/28/019): Conservative Kids Must Learn Before They Lead

Capitalism, Conservatism, Critique, Culture, Education, Intelligence, Kids, Left-Liberalism, Reason

NEW COLUMN: “Conservative Kids Must Learn Before They Lead.” Read it on The Unz Review or WND.COM.

An excerpt:

To judge by their writing, the youngsters who’ve been given the run of the conservative op-ed pages, pixelated and printed, know little about how socialism differs from capitalism.

To their credit, they’ve chosen a side—the right side—but are incapable of arguing the morality of capitalism and its efficacy (which stems from its morality).

Discredited are their employers for failing to demand that their young, conservative charges methodically and creatively motivate for the right—and the Right—side.

Endeavoring to explain the oft-repeated banality that, “Colleges are turning young people [into] socialists,” one such prototypical writer says this in her dog’s breakfast of a column, for the Washington Examiner:

“Students are gullible and moldable because they have little conviction and no foundation. Too often, public universities teach students to accept basic, shallow ‘knowledge’ at face value. They are not trained to ask why this knowledge matters or how it influences the rest of their education or how it relates to higher principles.”

The writer at once, and incoherently, condemns “shallow knowledge” (whatever that is), yet laments that students are not taught to relate “shallow knowledge” to higher principles. What does this even mean?!

Such bafflegab is published absent the telltale signs of editorial oversight. Or, perhaps the editors of the Examiner and publications like it think that voicing an opinion is the same as advancing an argument.

However, meandering assertions, circular arguments, non sequiturs and assorted banal utterances don’t belong on editorial pages. Agile argument does.

The piece continues in this puerile vain, conjuring the catchphrase that currently precedes every sentence spoken by a millennial: “I feel like.”

“I feel like” columns and essays are a dime a dozen; their purveyors having procured plum positions in the conservative press.

That “students are not learning” in schools and are thus gravitating to socialism is beyond trite—it’s also a non sequitur. For one would have to argue that lack of learning leads to socialism, and not merely assert it.

In showcasing amateurish, intern-quality material in national forums, conservatives are letting the liberal credo guide them. …

… READ THE REST.  NEW COLUMN: “Conservative Kids Must Learn Before They Lead.” Read it on The Unz Review or WND.COM.

Updated (11/28/019):

You can’t think critically when there is nothing between your ears: On Critical Thinking: We can only think critically about things about which we have knowledge.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Vindman’s REAL Concern, In His Own Words

Donald Trump, Foreign Policy, Homeland Security, Intelligence, Nationhood

“I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a US citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the US government’s support of Ukraine.

So said Colonel Vindman in his opening statement before impeachment investigators, during testimony given “privately to three House committees—on Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Reform.”

The words of Army Lt.-Col. Vindman in the first sentence, “I did not think it was proper,” sound like an afterthought to the second:

“I was worried about the implications for the US government’s support of Ukraine.”

Just saying …

MORE: “The Ukraine affair: A soldier’s word against Donald Trump’s in impeachment inquiry.”

* Image courtesy of MSNBC

UPDATED:

On CNN, former congressman Sean P. Duffy (R-Wis.) suggested that Vindman’s birthplace was important. “It seems very clear that he is incredibly concerned about Ukrainian defense,” Duffy said. “I don’t know that he’s concerned about American policy, but his main mission was to make sure that Ukraine got those weapons.”

Ignorance Legitimized And Institutionalized In ‘Women’s and Gender Studies’ Departments

Ancient History, Cultural Marxism, Education, English, Gender, Intelligence

It’s safe to say that Brittney Cooper, I mean Prof. Brittney Cooper, is not an outlier in the American academy, but is part of a certain establishment.

That bastion is the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, of which there are very many across the country. It serves as a citadel of pseudo-intellectualism, a way to create a class of “scholars” on paper.

Prof. Brittney Cooper, who has a B.A. in English, was jabbering banalities about the horrors of Trump on MSNBC (10/3/019), when she blurted out that Trump was “delegitimating” wrongdoing, or something.

“Delegitimating” is a “word not found in the Dictionary and Encyclopedia.”

Like the word she used, Prof. Cooper’s field of study is bogus.

“Intellectual disciplines were founded in ancient Greece and gained a considerable impetus from the work of Aristotle who identified and organized a range of subjects into orderly bodies of learning.” (Keith Windschuttle, The Killing of History, 1996, NSW, Australia.)

By the standards set by the Greeks, disciplines such as women’s studies, or black studies, or LGBTQ studies are intellectually incoherent; they don’t qualify as intellectual disciplines.

UPDATED (9/27/019): Barely Literate Pre-Teens Dominate Climate-Change Conversation

Education, English, Environmentalism & Animal Rights, Globalism, Intelligence, Kids

Unlike climate change, here is something that is not in dispute. These two, pre-teen, self-styled climate activists pictured here are barely literate. Hear them for yourself.

The girl, Ridhima Pandey (11), proves that American, teenybopper English has been exported successfully to India. The word that informs Pandey’s “thinking” on climate change is … “Like,” repeated lots of times.

Another opinionated kid, Carl Smith, 17, joined Ali Velshi on MSNBC, to prove nothing more than that their generation struggles to express the simplest idea in coherent English.

Did the so-called adult in the room give these two some desperately needed corrective feedback? Naturally not.

To the contrary: MSNBC’s Ali Velshi told incoherent kid Ridhima Pandey that she was “forcing a smarter conversation on the climate,” when she’s not.

Cleverer Kids like the wild-eyed, unhinged Greta Thunberg are right about one thing: The adults who groom them are big liars.

UPDATE (9/27/019): Grrrreta has a future. I kinda like this version of Greta Thunberg quite a bit: