No Hate Here!

We’ve been hearing a lot about how the election of Donald Trump has brought a lot of haters out into the open. As Mr. Trump himself might say: so true. Here’s a thing that happened two days ago:

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College Professor Allison Stanger was injured by protesters Thursday evening as she was escorting a controversial speaker from campus. She was treated at Porter Hospital and released.

Charles Murray, a political scientist who has been criticized for his views on race and intelligence, was invited to speak on campus by a student group. He was greeted late Thursday afternoon outside McCullough Student Center by hundreds of protesters, and inside Wilson Hall, students turned their backs to him when he got up to speak.

College officials led Murray to another location and a closed circuit broadcast showed him being interviewed by Stanger, the Russell J. Leng ’60 Professor of International Politics and Economics.

As Stanger, Murray and a college administrator left McCullough Student Center last evening following the event, they were “physically and violently confronted by a group of protestors,” according to Bill Burger, the college’s vice president for communications and marketing.

Burger said college public safety officers managed to get Stanger and Murray into the administrator’s car.

“The protestors then violently set upon the car, rocking it, pounding on it, jumping on and try to prevent it from leaving campus,” he said. “At one point a large traffic sign was thrown in front of the car. Public Safety officers were able, finally, to clear the way to allow the vehicle to leave campus.

“During this confrontation outside McCullough, one of the demonstrators pulled Prof. Stanger’s hair and twisted her neck,” Burger continued. “She was attended to at Porter Hospital later and (on Friday) is wearing a neck brace.”

The reactionary case is getting easier and easier to make: nowadays the left jumps you, pries your jaws apart, and forces the red pill down your throat. (If you take an “accelerationist” view of how the left might be undone, you’re getting your wish.)

Also from the article:

Murray, who apparently was unhurt in the incident, is best known for his 1994 book, “The Bell Curve,” for which he was criticized for an assertion that people of different races have different economic outcomes because of their inherent difference in intelligence.

Imagine that: framing an economic hypothesis based on something that is almost certainly true, is well supported both by basic evolutionary theory and objective data, and is, if nothing else, entirely plausible, uncontradicted by any obvious facts, and eminently worthy of reasoned debate. (Kill him!)

The item ends with the usual appeal to the hate-branding racketeers at the SPLC, who have somehow become as ubiquitous an “authority” in this context as “four out of five dentists” were in the toothpaste commercials of my youth:

The Southern Poverty Law Center has called Murray a “white nationalist” who has used “racist pseudoscience.”

Charles Murray is a mild-mannered fellow, of exceptional intelligence and perspicacity, who has done nothing more than to look closely at society, data, and human nature in an attempt to answer some vexing and persistent questions. He is, quite literally, a gentleman and a scholar, and is no more of a “hater” than Bruce Wayne’s Aunt Harriet.

If you’re wondering where the hate really is, here’s a tip: look at who is assaulting whom.

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  1. And the end goal of this is to give their much dreaded white nationalists the most representation when it comes to discussing HBD. Even plenty of left-leaning researchers have taken money from the Pioneer Fund, as the institutions which do such studies (outside of medical contexts, which is the unprincipled exception) are bound to be turned into pariahs. On the other hand, it also makes HBD spheres more insular and thus clustering on ideas of more questionable value, like Salterist universal nationalism and so forth. The relationship therefore is not entirely helpful to the right.

    Right now, alt-right coverage is akin to evangelists reacting to a punk rock scene. Hopefully the alt-right doesn’t take the opportunity to spiral into shock value for its own sake. The results are also dubious for traditionalists.

    Posted March 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm | Permalink
  2. Whitewall says

    All of these campus attacks have a throw back feel to something sort of akin to the former East Germany. “Good” violence is needed when “justified”. A day may come when some of these Stasi youth might get hurt badly and much to their surprise.

    Posted March 4, 2017 at 4:23 pm | Permalink
  3. Malcolm says


    “…ideas of more questionable value, like Salterist universal nationalism…”

    I’m quite fond of the idea of universal nationalism, though at this point it’s a bit of a pipe-dream.

    Posted March 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm | Permalink
  4. bob sykes says

    These protesters are way too old to be college students.

    Posted March 5, 2017 at 8:14 am | Permalink
  5. “Universal nationalism” is what we referred to as “pan-Nationalism” back in the CORRUPT days.

    It is not just a dream, but the only likely outcome in which humanity survives, and will entail the removal of democracy, the Enlightenment and the hubris of individualism from the West.

    People are kicking and screaming and fighting against this because it offends their sensibility as special equal snowflakes. They do not want to hear that they need a king. Their pretense and arrogance are out of control, and this is the norm in the West, which is why everywhere the stupid dial is turned up to 11.

    Posted March 5, 2017 at 8:26 am | Permalink
  6. Whitewall says

    “They do not want to hear that they need a king”. A King above all kings as in the Bible, or an earthly king? Or both?

    Posted March 5, 2017 at 8:39 am | Permalink
  7. JK says

    Comes now this (via an LB) for your Malcolm’s lead up baffling of the boffins – you know your birthday stuff;

    Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki declined this week to provide an update on the status of the criminal investigation.

    “We do not comment on ongoing investigations,” Malecki wrote in an email.

    Posted March 5, 2017 at 6:35 pm | Permalink
  8. Jason says

    Be sure to read Charles Murray’s “Reflections on the Revolution at Middlebury,” over at his AEI blog where he 1) describes what happened to him and others there, and 2) dwells on his experience’s implications for Middleburry and perhaps more importantly for academia at large.

    Just to refer to an earlier post Mr. Pollack, I’m not a Slovak-American but rather lived for a year in eastern Slovakia about two decades ago. I’m afraid it’s been awhile since I was in Bratislava, but I’m sure it’s still the pleasant little city that unfortunately was heavily Socialized with some grotesque architecture (although perhaps they have cleaned up things recently; I’d certainly guess Bratislava is now much modernized). Anyway, while Slovakia is not a France or a Germany or a Switzerland, it is nonetheless a gem in Europe, a pleasant little country in its own right that I think you would enjoy exploring a little.

    Posted March 6, 2017 at 2:59 am | Permalink