No liberty at Portland State University. Photo credit: William Zhang
The new dark age of silencing: Peter Boghossian, one of three professors who revealed the incompetence and bad scholarship that now permeates academic culture by writing and getting published a fake paper in 2017 that claimed the penis was merely a “social construct,” has finally been forced to resign from his position at Portland State University in Oregon because of the never-ending harassment and slanders that he has been subjected to by both faculty and staff there.
“Administrators and faculty were so angered by the papers that they published an anonymous piece in the student paper and Portland State filed formal charges against me,” Boghossian wrote in his statement. ”Their accusation? ‘Research misconduct’ based on the absurd premise that the journal editors who accepted our intentionally deranged articles were ‘human subjects.’ I was found guilty of not receiving approval to experiment on human subjects.”
The school subsequently barred Boghossian from conducting research.
But according to Boghossian, he suffered far more abuse on campus than merely being sanctioned for his prank. “I’d find flyers around campus of me with a Pinocchio nose. I was spit on and threatened by passersby while walking to class,” he wrote. “I was informed by students that my colleagues were telling them to avoid my classes. And, of course, I was subjected to more investigation.”
…He also noted he was once the subject of a baseless investigation that tarred him as someone who commits violence against women. “My accuser, a white male, made a slew of baseless accusations against me, which university confidentiality rules unfortunately prohibit me from discussing further,” Boghossian wrote. “What I can share is that students of mine who were interviewed during the process told me the Title IX investigator asked them if they knew anything about me beating my wife and children. This horrifying accusation soon became a widespread rumor.”
Boghossian apparently had had enough. However, he is not running away, but instead leaving to form a new organization to specifically fight the close-minded and oppressive culture that now dominates most universities like Portland State.
Boghossian is already on to his next project as executive director of the National Progress Alliance, whose mission is promoting “cognitive liberty.” The website was registered in March.
He founded the alliance to “punch the beast in the face,” Boghossian said. Its board includes journalist Melissa Chen, whose group Ideas Beyond Borders translates controversial English works into Arabic; Michael Trollan, chairman of Atheists for Liberty; and Matt Thornton, a mixed-martial arts pioneer who helped train Conor McGregor.
Boghossian is planning to post a series of short videos later this month on woke definitions of common words such as “equity.” Other video series in the works are by fellow Portlanders Lyell Asher, a professor at Lewis & Clark College, and journalist Nancy Rommelmann, as well as Smith College whistleblower Jodi Shaw.
From this description, it appears that the National Progress Alliance will be a variation of Dennis Prager’s Prager University, which regularly publishes educational and very factual videos debunking the bankrupt agenda’s of the left. If so, expect an effort soon by the left to silence this project as well.
Meanwhile, let me ask the same questions about Portland State University (PSU) that I raised in 2019: Is this the kind of place you want to send your kids? Is this the kind of place you’d want to attend, if you were a high school student?
It seems that a lot of parents and students have been asking these questions, and deciding that Portland is not the place they want to get a college education.
Enrollment at PSU has been steadily declining over the past decade, according to data from the university’s Finance & Administration Committee.
This past fall, PSU saw almost the largest decrease among Oregon public universities, at 7.8% — second only to Southern Oregon University, where enrollment plunged more than 15%, according to Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission. “We continue on our trend of falling enrollment, and this has actually accelerated this year, and [is] worrisome for next year,” Irving Levin, Chair of PSU’s F&A Committee, said.
In Jan. 2019, PSU had more than 20,200 full-time students, according to data from the F&A committee. A year later, that number had fallen by about 1,000 students. This year, it is expected to drop by another 1,000 students. According to the F&A Committee, as of earlier this month, applications for freshmen were down by nearly 30% compared to last year.
As far as I am concerned, these are the most encouraging numbers I have read in years. The only problem I see is that it appears that there are still about 18,000 students at Portland, all getting what appears to be a very bad education.