December 13, 2022
10:30 - 2:00
The “Stanford Academic Freedom Declaration” calls on universities to restore free speech, academic freedom and institutional neutrality.
Culture wars are intersecting with medical and social practices. Biologically-defined sex-based rights are being pushed aside by the vague, fluid and subjective social constructs of gender identity.
In retrospect, I wonder if the biology-denying drive to self-defined gender identity helped to pave the pathway to the anti-scientific madness of lockdowns, masks and vaccines. The no-limit trans spectrum seems to run from genuine gender confusion to fetishism, perversion, paedophilia, child abuse, misogyny and denial of female same-sex attraction in the insistence that lesbians who refuse to have sex with trans-males are transphobic and gender-critical lesbians are TERFS.
Trump has revived the ancient tension between urban radicals who seek equality and rural conservatives who seek liberty.
Populism is seen as both bad and good because people disagree about what it represents and intends. In the present age, there are two di!erent sorts of populism. Both strains originated in classical times and persist today.
In antiquity . . . largely urban protest movements focused on the redistribution of property, higher liturgies or taxes on the wealthy, the cancellation of debts, support for greater public employment and entitlements, and sometimes imperialism abroad.