MIT cancels Chicago geophysicist lecture under pressure from twitter activists

"The west is dying a slow death. This is depressing to watch."

Last week the stars aligned for my budding Substack career: I posted an exposé about the Ford Foundation, and the very next day a Ford Fellow conveniently went viral with a freakout on ASU campus. I wrote a follow up article about that ASU incident which in turn spawned articles by MSNBC, The Post Millennial, RealClearPolitics, and prompted twitter jabs from heavyweights like JD Vance, Bill Kristol, and Wojtek Kopczuk. This story also made it to the number #1 cable news show in America:

Which instantly more than doubled my Karlstack email list:

Welcome to my new subscribers! I started this Substack 4 months ago with the goal of signing up 1,000 people within the first year, and I am already almost there. Amazing. Next I will be aiming for 10,000 signups.

I recently turned on my “paid” option as well, so it is wild to see 19 paying subscribers. Paying members do not receive any tangible benefits — all articles are free! I treat this more like an ersatz “Patreon account” for those who want to support free speech in the economics profession:

Why do I bring up these Ford Foundation articles in the first place? I promise, it is not just to brag. They are relevant because in them I exposed that the Ford Foundation was the one pulling strings behind Dr. Dorian Abbot being cancelled last year at UChicago. Well… just a few hours ago he was cancelled by MIT!

Just like the ASU freakout left me no choice but to write a follow up article, my hands are tied here as well. The timing is just too perfect to ignore.

Why did the MIT mob want to shout him down, anyways? What was his crime? He wrote an article in Newsweek in which he proposes replacing Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) frameworks with Merit, Fairness, and Equality (MFE). Yes, he dispassionately and politely argued for meritocracy. What a monster, we must cut out his tongue:

The words "diversity, equity and inclusion" sound just, and are often supported by well-intentioned people, but their effects are the opposite of noble sentiments. Most importantly, "equity" does not mean fair and equal treatment. DEI seeks to increase the representation of some groups through discrimination against members of other groups. The underlying premise of DEI is that any statistical difference between group representation on campus and national averages reflects systemic injustice and discrimination by the university itself. The magnitude of the distortions is significant: for some job searches discrimination rises to the level of implicitly or explicitly excluding applicants from certain groups.

- Dr. Dorian Abbot in Newsweek

At the center of today’s twitter dogpile was Dr. Robert P. George:

I encourage you to read not only this first tweet, but the entire 9-tweet thread which summarizes the situation more eloquently than I ever could. He is fighting the good fight, standing alone against this deluge of woke MIT scientists (credit for this screenshot goes to the twitter account @JeremyPhilosoph):

I can’t stress enough how terrible these people are. I would love nothing more than to spend an entire article ripping into each of them individually, putting them under a microscope, and calling them cowards & bullies & fascists ad nauseum. I bet I could even find several of them connected to the Ford Foundation.

Alas, I will respect the wishes of a wiser man than myself who specifically asks that they not be named/shamed personally. He calls them “fish swimming in a sea of moral confusion” who are too misguided to be responsible for their actions:

For this tweet in which he turned the other cheek, a professor at Tulane University likened him to a “Proud Boy." Needless to say, he is now the target of a coordinated and malicious smear and disinformation campaign.

If I were him I would be less forgiving — he is treating his colleagues like misbehaving children, but they are adults who should be responsible for their own actions. They deserve ruthless and aggressive pushback, mockery, and derision… but I guess Dorian is a nicer guy than me. If you hadn’t figured it out already just by looking at this one tweet, he is basically the nicest + most thoughtful guy in the world; a true scholar and genius with a PhD in applied math from Harvard. He’s not the anti-woke provocateur, he is a simple professor who was born in the wrong era. He deserves better. We as a society have failed him.

As mentioned, this story just broke a few hours ago, and I am simply doing my best to shine some light on it with a quick little article before it goes mainstream. Nobody knows how it will end, but here is how I see it unfolding: MIT will put out some toothless Press Release tomorrow/today, then NYT or WaPo will do a hitpiece, which will subsequently be followed by a Bari Weiss or Michael Tracey interview, and then nothing will come of it. The mob have already successfully shouted him down. MIT already sided with the mob, they won, it’s over. MIT won’t reverse their decision now, they will simply hunker down and wait for this to blow over. His lecture is cancelled.

My takeaway? This is just another blackpill in a long line of blackpills. The MIT establishment threw Dr. Abbot under the bus and politically censored him the instant they received any pushback whatsoever from a few shrill post-docs. There is zero institutional appetite anywhere for any sort of pushback to this woke nonsense, and we are only 8 months into the Biden regime. I wish I could be more optimistic, but it is only going to keep getting worse.

You can’t (or maybe you can) imagine how frustrating it is to sit on the sidelines and watch academic freedom be smothered by a pillow held by a cabal of self-righteous DMV workers. All I can do is watch…. I have no mouth, and I must scream. I guess this article is my attempt to do something, anything, as this story unfolds in real time. We will watch how it plays out over the next few days.

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