Trumpocalypse: Liberal Ivory Tower of Academia collapsing

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Universities in America have typically been dominated by a liberal
bias.  Why is that?  Because, working for a University is sort of
like working for the Government.  There is reason for the expression,
those who can't do - teach.  Grow a 2nd brain - understand why by reading THIS BOOK. 

The mindset of employees at such insitutions is quite different
than one might think.  We're not going to name any names in this essay; this
isn't about a person or individual University.  It's about the
intellectual class, really the only public intellectual class in America with
any respect; the Ivory Tower.  If you haven't heard this expression
before, it refers to the high brow raised lip attitude class of University
Professors and their associates.  They have influence on every aspect of
society.  They are like Adam Smith's hidden hand - the subtle advisors who
are secretly directing politics, big business, technology, and culture.
 Fortunately however, they don't have any power, and don't really control
society, like the Illuminati do.  Their influence however should be noted;
they've influenced Presidents of the United States, Bankers, the Media (most
notably) and literally every aspect of human life in America.  I mean, who
doesn't trust and respect a University Professor?  They know what they're
doing - right?

From Google:

a state of privileged seclusion or separation from the facts and
practicalities of the real world.

"the ivory tower of academia"

Now to be fair, not all University Professors are alike, we shant
'profile' them, as they profile individuals who have ideas they don't like.
 There's do-ers out there, especially around Silicon Valley where many
have left their Ivory Tower positions to join startups or start them
themselves.  But the Ivory Tower class remains; and it remained until the
Trump victory in November - a major influence on society and hallmark of
American culture.  But all that's been shattered.  Their hidden
influence on the media, should be noted by readers of Zero Hedge and other
sites, people 'in the know'.  Because they shape public opinion, possibly
more than the CIA with all of it's domestic mind-control operations.
 Venues like "NPR" and even "The Simpsons" are
carefully crafted with leftist messages, agendas for open expansion of foreign
affairs, expansion of government, anti-male value systems, and other
'progressive' ideas are implanted like seeds, waiting to grow like weeds when
the next rain comes.  

Here's one example, how Academia helped the Media with their war
against Trump.  Have you been hearing recently "Studies show
that.." .. "Obamacare is more popular after the election"
 or some such nonsense.  Who are they polling?  They claim their
polls aren't biased, they are scientific.  But these are the polls and methods that had
Trump losing by a landslide!

What does this all mean?  We're experiencing a
major paradigm shift
, (this is an Ivory Tower word, from Thomas Kuhn's "The
Structure of Scientific Revolutions - a must read for investors).

As a bright example take
a look at what Brian Nosek is doing
 to crack the glass bubble surrounding the Ivory Tower:

Sometimes it seems surprising that science functions at all. In
2005, medical science was shaken by a paper with the provocative title “
Why most published research findings are false.” Written by John Ioannidis, a professor of medicine at Stanford
University, it didn’t actually show that any particular result was wrong.
Instead, it showed that the
 statistics of reported positive
findings was not consistent with how often one should expect to find them.
 As Ioannidis concluded more recently, “many published research findings are false or exaggerated, and an
estimated 85 percent of research resources are wasted.”
  It’s likely that
some researchers are consciously cherry-picking data to get their work
published. And some of the problems surely lie with journal publication
policies. But the problems of false findings often begin with researchers
unwittingly fooling themselves: they fall prey to cognitive biases, common
modes of thinking that lure us toward wrong but convenient or attractive
conclusions. “Seeing the reproducibility rates in psychology and other
empirical science, we can safely say that something is not working out the way
it should,” says Susann Fiedler, a behavioral economist at the Max Planck
Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn, Germany. “Cognitive biases
might be one reason for that.”  
Psychologist
Brian Nosek of the University of Virginia says that the most common and
problematic bias in science is “motivated reasoning”: We interpret observations
to fit a particular idea. Psychologists have shown that “most of our reasoning
is in fact rationalization,” he says. In other words, we have already made the
decision about what to do or to think, and our “explanation” of our reasoning
is really a justification for doing what we wanted to do—or to believe—anyway.
Science is of course meant to be more objective and skeptical than everyday
thought—but how much is it, really?  
I
was aware of biases in humans at large, but when I first “learned” that they
also apply to scientists, I was somewhat amazed, even though it is so obvious.  
Whereas the falsification model of the
scientific method championed by philosopher Karl Popper posits that the
scientist looks for ways to test and falsify her theories—to ask “How am I
wrong?”—Nosek says that scientists usually ask instead “How am I right?” (or
equally, to ask “How are you wrong?”). When facts come up that suggest we
might, in fact, not be right after all, we are inclined to dismiss them as
irrelevant, if not indeed mistaken. The now infamous “cold fusion” episode in
the late 1980s, instigated by the electrochemists Martin Fleischmann and
Stanley Pons, was full of such ad hoc brush-offs. For example, when it was
pointed out to Fleischmann and Pons that their energy spectrum of the gamma
rays from their claimed fusion reaction had its spike at the wrong energy, they
simply moved it, muttering something ambiguous about calibration.

The implications for politics and the broader economy are huge.
 Studies, focus groups, corporate funded research retreats, are one of the
Establishment's, and the Ivory Tower's biggest tools.  The election was a
crack in the dam - it's a proof that you can't manipulate public opinion to fit
your own.  But it's far from the only crack, just the most obvious one.  What's
happening is a major system-wide Ivory Tower Psychosis, the most basic form of
mental illness - but it's happening at a class level, as a group.
 Emotionally injured leftists are fleeing to Canada, or promoting
secession for California (which is really a good idea by itself, who needs a
Federal government).  Reality is crashing down on them, as it doesn't fit
with 'their reality' - but 'their reality' was artificially created for
decades, depending on how you calculate.. For decades, Establishment leaders like
George Bush created their own reality with their power, and even called it the "Reality Based Community" that is, people who live in
the bubble of the Ivory Tower:

The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the
reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe
that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality."
... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he
continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own
reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll
act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's
how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be
left to just study what we do."

It's like the Media's recent admission that it's the media's job
to control what people think.  
Well, not exactly.

The Ivory Tower Bubble has popped; and we're seeing the casualties
on a daily basis.  It's certainly not the last establishment-class that
we're going to see crack from the pressure of reality.

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DEMIZEN's picture

if you deliver a point, and then to try to plug a book, your message is as good as number in my google wallet checkout menu.

TheWrench's picture

Don't worry, "gradiating from collitch" 50k in debt with a degree in social justice studies and being unemployable will fix it soon enough.

lasvegaspersona's picture

The 'discovery' of the Higgs boson was likened to finding an extra drop of beer at an Ocktoberfest in which 7 million litres were consumed. Questionable data interpretation there....

IranContra's picture

Academia is deeply luciferian, run by the godless. Sciences are running into dead-ends. This must change.

Cognition relies on emotional maturity and inspiration, and the godless have none of that.

A rebirth of science requires returning the Almighty God to the minds of students and teachers.

Kone Wone's picture

you are 180 degrees wrong

Rufus Temblor's picture

You have to be terminally phukked up to be a phd student for several years. Once you earn your degree, the real world intrudes and tells you you can't earn a nickel in the private sector, so you take an academic career. There should be no surprise that the vast majority of professors are very weird douchebags.

SurfinUSA's picture

Academic thinking is aborbed with the Hegalian dialectic.  Since the 1850's, the synthesis of thought and ideas has rendered abstract thinking useless for the most part.  What was white is now black, what was true is now false, what was false is now truth.

Just as every cop is a criminal

And all the sinners saints

As heads is tails

Just call me Lucifer

 

Any doubts who is causing this chaos?

 

tuetenueggel's picture

I allways thought it was Putin ?

Not ?

Duc888's picture

 

 

I'm white, i'm black, oh, i'm white, no I'm "TRANS-BLACK"

WTF, over?

https://www.zerocensorship.com/uncensored/naacp/former-branch-president-...

 

 

Fucking libs are insane.

disclaimer, I self identify with a geranium.

TRM's picture

How very "green" of you to self identify as a flower. I self identify as "Mavin the Martian".

CO2isLife's picture

The first Ivory Tower that needs to tumble is the Ministry of Climate Control.

Climate “Science” on Trial; The Criminal Case Against the Alarmists

https://co2islife.wordpress.com/2017/02/21/climate-science-on-trial-the-...

Sledge-hammer's picture
Sledge-hammer (not verified) Feb 26, 2017 3:30 PM

The worst part of (((academia))) is (((who))) controls it.  I had to hold my nose through both my daughter's college graduation and master's award.  Of course, she is liberal due to her educated mom, pop culture, and academic indoctrination.  I still love her though.  I did not realize how deep was the sickness on campus until I had to listen to the commencement speeches and liberal ceremonial drivel.  Fortunately, she had a free ride via scholarships, or I would have been pi**ed.

numapepi's picture

The Ivory tower elite are the intellectuals for the new class intelligentsia. That is why the new class so often act as one, reporting the news with the same slant, corporations poking their customers in the eye all at once, and this collective nervous breakdown they are having.

Nothing could be better for humanity and the human condition, than for the Ivory Tower to be torn down, and replaced with one that is actually open to all voices and ideas. The new class will always be, so perhaps if all voices and arguments could be equally heard, the actions of the new class would be more self interested rightly understood rather than arrogant and egoistic.

PGR88's picture

Academia is yet another financial/political/ideological bubble supported 100% by massive debt, manipulated interest rates, and our fake, fiat currency.

Without massive debt (in this case mostly individual student debt) being funneled to academia, it would have self-corrected decades ago to align itself with reality.

VWAndy's picture

 Selling your soul seems to pay enough for most. Maybe nuking it from orbit would be best?

LawfulPath's picture

As editor of lawfulpath.com, I get emails all the time from authors offering to write articles for my website.  They say the articles will "be a good fit with the content already appearing" on the site, and they ask only that a few ads can be inserted in the article.  They even promise the links will be to products which will also be complimentary with my site's content.  You might call such an article an "adverticle".

This article wasn't terrible; it even made some good points.  But I think it was an adverticle.

scraping_by's picture

First rule of Fight Club. No self-referential discussions. Something like that.

Most of the readers and posters are real-world operators who drop in for a little thought higher than the short, snappy slogans of the MSM. Self-interest of one sort or another, part of the gestalt. Actual newletters show up here, too. Agendas, advertising, propaganda, yeah that's here. Along with truth and actionable information, aspirations, persuasion. Yeah, that's here.

Take what you can and don't worry if they're Plantonic supermen advocating pure rationality.

VWAndy's picture

 It would be nice to catch these cats on a level field. In a real debate setting I think most people would be stunned at just how silly some of these beliefs systems actually are.

 As a guy that fixes stuff as a living it matters not a lick if I am an ass. All that matters is if I can actually make the thing work. Its a pass or fail deal no two ways about it. Either I get it to work right or I dont get paid. No bullshit. They dont care how Im dressed or what music I listen to. My spelling and grammar? That shit aint what you pay me for. I get paid for actually making shit work. Not in theory or in the abstact. No no it has to actually fucking work right. Its a very big boy kinda job. That said. How is it even possible that these tools get a free pass on being dead wrong so often? They tend to get so many thing exactly backwards it boggles the mind.

 I dont mind people questioning me. I aint skeerd of a few good questions. No not at all. Why? Well thats easy. Im right and can prove it too. Yea buddy! I can and will back my shit up with reason and logic. I dont need to google jack.

 

  These cats all need to start backing their BS up in public debate on a level field. These stupid beliefs systems have to go or we are fucking doomed as a failed species. Its time the grownups stepped up and started kicking some ass. Let us measure all of it against truth and logic thru well reasoned debate.

 Why not set fire to this house of cards? Burn it to the ground.

Duc888's picture

 

 

I'm in the EXACT same boat, brother.  By choice.  Make shit happen or don't get paid.  No excuses.

VWAndy's picture

 From what I have seen of your work you dont have any trouble reaching that bar. It would be a hoot watching these IYI trying to make that grade and failing.

Kagemusho's picture

This is nothing new; look up the term 'Lysenkoism'. And then understand that this is applied to policy, like the maintenance of cannabis prohibition despite the literally tons of studies (print them all out and you'd need a forklift to move them)  that destroy any reason to keep it illegal.

Until recently, the same was true of global warming, when in fact (CIA-funded RAND) studies existed as far back as the 1970's that said global cooling was the danger.

Politicizing science is always a bad move. But that hasn't stopped politicians - and no small group of academics - from fashioning and maintaining a rice bowl from the practice.

roadhazard's picture

Hey, Trump won. Now it's you right wingers that need to get over it.

Joebloinvestor's picture

I'll believe it when Berkley starts firing the entrenched.

Reaper's picture

They were picked for praying to a dead god's messiah, Marx. They'll not bite the government hand that feeds their research. Their titles are cloaks for their stupidity.

Bavarian's picture

A little-known secret: European universities offer free tuition for degree programs taught in English.  A great way to get away from the exorbitent costs and liberal-biased tenured professors from our admin-bloated, greedy schools.  Your kids can learn culture, get a strong academic degree and not have the debt-rich loans.  More than this, they can find jobs in Europe instead of getting in the unemployment line in the US.  A great start for a student.

And why are these countries offering this?  Europeans aren't re-populating and they need to create an infrastrctural workforce for the future.  Merkel's idea isn't going to stick.  They hope that 50% of these students will stay.

Great opportunity.  I wish I knew about this years ago.  Check it out. Google it.

shovelhead's picture

Do they have muzzie free zones?

Direct Democracy's picture

Academics: those who learn more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.  The phrase referred to in the article is actually "those who can, do; those who can't, teach; and those that can't teach, work for the government.

Never One Roach's picture

Student loans should be carried 50% by the colleges.

If the student defaults, the uni gets stuck with half the loss.

This garbage would clear up quick!

Right now college loans are like the housing NINJA disasters. There is no accountability on the colleges' side or the students side so the innocent bystanders (taxpeyers) are stuck with all the losses while profs walk away with fat pensions and students have a fun partee for 4 years.

toocrazy2yoo's picture

Revered and feted as they slither through the well-fed muck of their own pond. In their own circles, I suppose they do damage, but most people figure it out when they hit the world. I know plenty of kids, recent grads, too, that think all their Profs and PAs were douchie tool bags and morons to boot. But hey, your milage MAY vary..

nmewn's picture

"We believe in free speech, so shut up!" - university campuses

"We believe in the propaganda arm of the DNC being called a free & independent WH press corps!" - does this really need attribution? ;-)

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Bonus Schadenboner!

The Adulting School Is Here to Help You Grow up Without Embarrassing Yourself

"Co-founder Rachel Weinstein noticed that large groups of millennials she worked with were grappling with many of the same issues—paying bills on time, cooking nutritional dinners, etc.

"You know, when you see 10 people feeling like they're the only one, and they're all struggling with the same thing, you think, let's get these people together so they can learn this stuff and not feel so isolated and ashamed," Weinstein told NPR.

Weinstein teamed up with wellness coach Katie Brunelle to create a resource for Portland people in their 20s looking to learn how to save for retirement, remove red wine stains, or write an effective resume."

...because nothing says adult FAIL like ignoring your bills, not knowing how to cook while agonizing over red wine spills on your favorite designer ghetto hoodie.

shovelhead's picture

Cuz boiling rice iz hard to do.

A "wellness coach"?

LOLOLOLOL.

toocrazy2yoo's picture

because nothing says adult FAIL like ignoring your bills, not knowing how to cook while agonizing over red wine spills on your favorite designer ghetto hoodie.

Good takes all. And, as a Drudge link had this morning, expecting your college loans to be forgiven..

truthalwayswinsout's picture

Universities are the way they are (left of Trotsky) because they were targeted and taken over. Those on the extreme left realized how they can be used for funding and recruiting and they took them over.

Us normal people were asleep at the wheel and simply let it happen without any opposition.

It is easy to take them back. Just start one step at a time.

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

"who doesn't trust and respect a University Professor? "

Answer: Anyone with a grain of common sense. (And I used to be a Professor!)

El Vaquero's picture

The problem (for them) is that, once they go away from teaching real and useful knowledge, their troglodyte army becomes defunct.  

caconhma's picture

In Russia after Jewish Bolsheviks took-over the power and exterminated "old school" scientist and scholars, Russia lost its culture and their traditions that made Russia great. However, these Bolsheviks following their catastrophic economic failure understood that they need a new educated class to run the country. This led the Stalin drive to develop a very obedient and very bureaucratic intelligencia and academia. The same has been supported and implemented in America by Banking Mafia and ruling oligarchy. After all, "The Russia Experiment" was financed and executed by their agents and on their money.

The good news is that there is no USSR any more but the bad news is that Russia became a Zionist Banking Mafia colony and a 3rd-world country. The same destiny this Mafia was/is planning for America. Thanks to the Internet invention, the Banking Mafia and ruling oligarchy terribly miscalculated their power since they lost the complete control of flow of information and ideas they had before!

Troy Ounce's picture

 

It all started on August 15th, 1971.

This is their entitlement, unrestricted and without risk.

With almost everybody in this echo chamber, you "breed" a special kind of people.

Let's hope it will soon come crashing down. We will shed the tears over the pieces of paper promising us good pensions and deposits.

But reality and with that sanity will return.

 

goose3's picture

I'm a professor in a small midwestern university.  I'm in the minority here, in that I don't buy a lot of what the liberal elite is selling.  In fact, I have good reasons for thinking differently, but that makes me a pariah.  If you question the prevailing narrative about white privilege, about social "justice," about microaggressions---well, you are then part of their problem.  My academic field is pertinent to all this--I'm a sociologist, yet I've reached different conclusions about things than the liberals.  Not your father's sociologist, as I like to say.

Never mind that a true university presents all sides, teaches students how to think not what to think--you must buy into the narrative, and woe be unto those who do not.

I was saying back in April that I felt there was an underlying anger, a disrespect of the status quo, and that both Bernie and Trump were tapping into it.  I was not taken seriously, but that was ok.  

Now, of course, I remind people of that, and I look prescient.  But still, the narrative is not dying, the liberals are doing all sorts of backflips to continue to justify their view of reality as the only true reality.  

Case in point:  the day after the election, a leftie sat down at lunch and expressed befuddlement that more than half our students had actually voted for Trump.  She exclaimed "but they're voting against their self-interest!"

I couldn't take it, I exploded:  "How DARE you presume to know what is in these students' best interest?"  There was more, but it was so typical of the left:  we know what's best for you.  And to this day, they still know what's best.  Frustrating, but as we fight against safe spaces, against all the pap and pabulum being spoon-fed to our students, I can see cracks in the foundation of their narrative.

Here's to hoping an earthquake brings the rest crumbing down.

 

fleur de lis's picture

Good for you at stay true to your principles.

But be careful -- you're behind enemy lines.

Scuba Steve's picture

1 dam might do the wetwork needed for your premise ... :)

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) goose3 Feb 26, 2017 1:58 PM

I remember when I was in college.  There were two things that I and, I believe, most other college students believed.

1) The establishment is stupid and if I could run the country there is plenty I would change for the better.  In other words - I was anti-establishment. and

2) I thought I knew just about 10 times more than my elders and others out in the real world.

I learned, however, in post college life that I was only half right with #1 - The establishment was screwed up but I didn't know any better and as for #2 I and the rest of my college pals were actually pretty ignorant people outside of our academic environment.

I suspect that most college students today believe the two things I believed when I was in college.  That's why they protest and have such liberal views.  As for the liberal professors, they just never grew up.  They've been in their little "Holier than thou" world all of their lives.

 

 

83_vf_1100_c's picture

(2) ... Growing up mostly in my teens and early 20s my dad was the stupidest sumbitch on the planet. He must od done some night school  though because the older I got the smarter he got. Sorry Dad. I am paying for it though. Still tfying tp prepare the last 2 of 4 teenagers for life beyond my walls. The teenage years should surely be classed as a mental disorder.

  Excuse the typos, I lack dexterity on a phone keyboard.

Frito's picture

The common accademic path of moving from studying at college/university to teaching at college/university to becoming a lecturer and/or professor can tend to result in a sort of Peter Pan syndrome. These people have never been outside of their little Never Land and have no idea of what the real world is like. So, they never grow up.

 

Maybe a mandatory stint in the private sector (any job in the private sector) should be required before one can recieve a PhD. It would have to be non-trivial though. Maybe 2-5 years, no external support.

CRM114's picture

The professors on my Engineering course were researching / building real things for real companies -they even got that work for us - some of our undergrad projects were real work for companies you've heard of (including Ford). That's why I picked that course at that University. We had to build at least half the stuff we designed (including mixing concrete and welding), and we had to "sell" all of it to external assessors who ran real companies.

MaxDemon's picture

It depends on what the student is studying.  I studied Engineering and I knew that my professors knew far more than I did, and that they were trying to teach me as much as I could absorb.  I thought then that when some of my class-mates in soft core areas were sure they knew as much as their professors, it was a sign of disdain for the professors.  What I know now is that they were half right; the soft core professors were worthy of all the disdain their own students had for them.  But the other half is that soft core subjects are routinely conducted and taught in a way that is worthy of no more than disdain; the professors have largely crippled their own specialties.  True understanding of some soft core subject, say psychology, is valuable, but most psychology as taught is psycho-bable and worthless.  I am very glade to learn there are a few exceptions.

forestwind's picture

Regarding the "soft core" subjects. The teacher has the power and control by giving the scores, thus any real debate is stifled. A fail can mean more time and money to repeat the course or find another credit. A low score can mean loss of scholarship. Most of the "soft core" material is in the campus library or on the internet. Scores should be peer given by secret written ballot with the tallies scrutinized by students. Teacher evaluations should be student written and posted on the bulletin boards. This encourages responsibility to perform well for my peers, not just to please the teacher. Also team work, communication skills, thinking, listening, clarity can be improved. I am such a teacher, working for the parents who pay me and I have a duty to pay attention to the students' ideas and interests so that I can expand, add to, challenge, improve them as I am able.. 

CRM114's picture

Posting teacher evaluations from students is dangerous ground. For a start, students aren't trained or experienced in evaluating. Similar problems exist with peer scoring.

All fighter pilot weapons scores were (Cold War) posted on the hanger doors, so everybody on base knew just how good each pilot was. This was very harsh, but it was life-or-death stuff for everybody on base (since the bases were prime targets for the aircraft the fighters didn't get), so it was valid. Even here though, annual fitness reports were confidential. I think you would need a very good case for posting raw evaluations in any other profession for public consumption.

Besides, the immediate effect is predictable; students will give teachers good write-ups if teachers give students the grades they want. You will find everybody gets an 'A' in no time. The only way this doesn't happen is if everybody is honest, rigorous and prepared to be altruistic, and in that case you don't need an evaluation system at all.

 

Scuba Steve's picture

I'm going to go out on a limb here:

Since  you were in school there are, I'm assuming, about 10x the amount of Liberal/Social/Basket-weaving degrees being handed out and by handed out I mean handed out.

Add in ghetto mind and foreign dregs and wah-la ... ShitShow University Thinking !