Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

 
He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
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This week in bigoted academia

Since October of last year I have been posting weekly reports listing the variety and frequency of intolerant actions by college administrators, facility, and students on American campus. This week, I want to highlight the bigotry that now runs rampant on these campuses, all centered on the bad idea to create entire departments and fields of study focused expressly on race, ethnicity, or gender, rather than ideas.

The last story highlights how the hate and bigotry against whites has gotten so bad at colleges that minority students and teachers are now frequently faking hate crimes against themselves in order to prove how evil whites are.

As I said above, the problem here is the focus on race, ethnicity, and gender rather than ideas. Any one from any race, ethnic group, or sex, can come up with a great idea. In fact, it is irrelevant what their race, ethnicity, or sex is. What matters is the idea. Unfortunately, colleges have become obsessed not with ideas but with race and gender diversity, and so the teachers teach students to see everything in that light, and that light only. It is bigotry and hate, at its worst. And it is poisoning the American intellectual community, preventing it from doing what we need it to do, to think deeply, thoughtfully, and maturely, and to do it without hate or rancor.

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6 comments

  • Laurie

    That an agenda to mould the students’ collective world view into one compatible with the new ‘state orthodoxy’ is common to the highlighted articles. In our greater society, individuals need not, and largely do not, conform to this pattern of cerebral segregation. It is intellectual dishonesty ‘adorned’ with a sophist’s pernicious self-righteousness.

    If I may, I would contradict the politically-challenged theologian:

    ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.’

  • wayne

    Laurie- good stuff.

    Related–
    Jordan Peterson enlightens Joe Rogan
    –on Academia & Universities
    [clip from Joe Rogan Experience #877]
    https://youtu.be/1MuOd8LZRH0
    4:33

  • wayne

    “A bill introduced Wednesday in the Nebraska state legislature would require the University of Nebraska Board of Regents to guarantee free speech on campus and institute regulations to that effect.”

    Nebraska Legislative Bill 718
    First reading: 1-3-18
    https://nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/105/PDF/Intro/LB718.pdf

  • wayne: This is good, but it is also mostly showboating. Nebraska is one state that had no incidences last year, and likely does little or nothing to oppress freedom of speech on its campuses.

    Still, it is good they are taking action to put their public universities on notice. A good offense is better than a late defense.

  • If a ‘hate crime’ was not faked; that would be news.

  • Finally, someone has to pay for the chaos they created.

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