Walter Williams on Suppression of Free Speech and the Totalitarian Tendencies of Colleges in the U.S.A

On the heels of a post I authored yesterday, detailing the sad state of affairs with respect to suppression of free speech, as well as the anti-American and anti-Israeli atmosphere that exists on many if not most university campuses in the U.S.A. today. In that post, I offered an example of my own personal experiences at a major state university, as well as those of free speech advocate, and UNC Wilmington professor Mike Adams, and author Daniel Greenfield.

As if Walter Williams is reading The Reactionary Researcher Blog, he posted an article that offers a concise, no nonsense, scathing assessment of the current state of academia, as well as the total ignorance of this that pervades most of the U.S.A.

Parents, taxpayers and donors have little idea of the levels of lunacy, evil and lawlessness that have become features of many of today’s institutions of higher learning.

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The State of Free Speech on College Campuses in the U.S.A.

Publication of three recent articles, and indeed, my own personal experience, serve to highlight the particularly anti-free speech, anti-American sentiment present on college campuses today. Sure, anti-American sentiment has always had a presence on the college campus, at least since the early to mid 1960’s, but the absolute assault on free speech, the totalitarian tactics of students and perhaps more importantly, college administrators, combined with the Huxleyan ignorance that pervades our society and culture, are relatively new phenomena.

Mike Adams, professor of Sociology and Criminology at UNC-Wilmington, not the Mike Adams of the hack pseudoscience website NaturalNews.com (not linked intentionally), authored the first article that prompted this post: Thatcher in the Rye. Through the use of a specific example, Adams demonstrates the anti-free speech atmosphere that exists on college campuses today. Certainly one specific incident, an anecdote, but merely the most recent actor on a back drop of fifteen years of such columns. Adams has further emerged victorious in at least three court cases related to free speech on the UNCW campus (1, 2, 3). Adams, victorious on the front lines of university free speech issues, is more than qualified to comment on this issue.

Adams column is summarized in “five lessons” that should be taken from this incident.
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Walter Williams on Trade Protectionism

The great Walter Williams published an article on trade deficits, offering a sober and rational analysis of a non-existent problem, and some thoughts about whether or not President Trump’s protectionist policies will make things better or worse. Williams begins by using China as an example:

In 2016, the American people imported $479 billion worth of goods and services from Chinese producers, and we sold $170 billion worth of goods and services to Chinese customers. That made for a $309 billion current account deficit. In other words, we purchase more goods and services from Chinese producers than Chinese consumers purchase from American producers.

For many, this information on its own is adequate. It’s immediately presumed that this imbalance must be a bad thing. Williams, of course, asks the most important question of all:

How much of a problem is it when there is a deficit, or a negative imbalance…?

Again, most, a priori, assume that negative trade deficits are necessarily bad, but how do those “in-the-know” economists feel about this?

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Elizabeth Warren: Dishonesty & Bad Ideas – A Quintessential Democrat

Harvard Law Professor and Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has been the subject of recent columns addressing both her honesty and competency. Once hailed as the “Soul” of the Democrat party, and later as a “Fearless Foe” of the Trump administration, Warren will likely be a Democrat front runner in the 2020 Presidential primaries. Given this, it’s important we keep the dishonesty, distortion, and downright foolish ideas espoused by Warren in the forefront of our minds.

Former ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and calumnist Ken Blackwell called Warren a “Factory of Bad Ideas:”

She wants to raise corporate-tax rates, which scares companies out of the country. She protests crony capitalism in the financial markets, yet supports the Import-Export bank. She wants to lower student interest rates which only encourages more irresponsible borrowing. She supports taxpayer-funded, late-term abortion. She wants to raise the minimum wage to $22 per hour and have the IRS prepare your taxes.

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Thomas Sowell on “Tax Cuts for the Rich”

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Among the intellectuals I most respect, cherish, and revere, Thomas Sowell is at the top of that list. The breadth of Dr. Sowell’s knowledge on a wide variety of topics from navigable rivers, to the origins of class structure in the U.S., to downright cold hard facts and statistical analysis of pretty much any issue related to economics–even peripherally–is mind boggling. So when Dr. Sowell writes a column my default position is to be extremely interested, especially given that Sowell has retired from his weekly column.

Dr. Sowell published an article addressing the myth of so-called tax cuts for the rich right in time for the communist May Day celebrations.

One of the first points that Sowell makes is to point out that tax rates and tax revenues are different things, and that a lower tax rate doesn’t necessarily mean lower tax revenues:

The hardest of these hard facts is that the revenues collected from federal income taxes during every year of the Reagan administration were higher than the revenues collected from federal income taxes during any year of any previous administration.

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May Day: Victims of Communism/Socialism Day

Centennial Institute Senior Policy Fellow, author, and podcaster Helen Raleigh has published a timely article,  Victims of Communism/Socialism Day that is worth reading.

Raleigh offers what are arguably the two most important points concerning Communism/Socialism:

  • Communism/Socialism is responsible for the deaths of nearly 100 million people
  • Nazism is only “right-wing” in that it’s a nationalistic form of Socialism, which Marx conceived as a worldwide workers movement, not a nationalistic movement.

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U2, Bono, Ann Coulter, and Left-Wing Mobs Activists

The Reactionary Researcher (TRR) is currently reading Ann Coulter‘s newest book, Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America, and in addition to being well written, entertaining, informative (as is anything Coulter authors), and an interesting and unique perspective on ‘liberal mob behavior’, the book appears to be spot on with respect to its hypothesis regarding that same ‘liberal mob behavior’, though TRR has not finished reading the book as of this writing.

Based on what TRR has read thus far, many of Coulter’s ideas, or the perspective that this particular book takes on mob behavior are derived from ideas offered in the 1896 book “The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind,” by Gustave LeBon, which Coulter claims, “paints a disturbing picture of the behavior of mobs.” According to Coulter:

“A mob is an irrational, childlike, often violent organism that derives its energy from the group. Intoxicated by messianic goals, the promise of instant gratification, and adrenaline-pumping exhortation, mobs create mayhem, chaos, and destruction, leaving a smoldering heap of wreckage for their leader to climb to power.”

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Federal Education Spending vs. US Student Performance

As conservatives, the virtues of smaller government, less government spending, etc. are certainly with which we are both familiar and comfortable. We frequently espouse the virtues of less government control, less government intervention, and as a consequence more personal and private participation in most activities, from charitable giving to educational choices. The question of education is particularly relevant; as the figure below demonstrates, with the exception of Switzerland, the United States spends more per pupil for K-12 education than any other major industrial power.

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Michael Savage Removed from Home Station 910 KNEW

I try to listen Michael Savage regularly. I can’t listen to him on the radio; indeed, I prefer to download the podcast and listen to him, commercial-free, at my leisure. I’ve been downloading the podcasts from his home station 910 KNEW out of San Francisco. For a couple of weeks, maybe longer they’ve been advertising the “New Talk 910”.

Apparently, the ‘new’ KNEW doesn’t include Michael Savage; from the KNEW blog:\

What changed, what’s new…

Hello,

Big week around here. Let’s get to it.

I’m going to answer the very first question many of you have.

“Why did you take Michael Savage off the air?”

Here’s your no-spin direct answer; we have decided to go in a different philosophical and ideological direction, featuring more contemporary content and more local information.
The Savage Nation does not fit into that vision.

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