In past few weeks we’ve learned a few interesting things about a certain elite American university (rhymes with “Zarvard”). First, there’s a “historian” there who basically gay-bashed a dead liberal economist, then resorted to a classic non-apology (“I have a gay friend and black wife ZOMG you guys!”). Next, it was discovered that two “economists” there basically made a series of basic, simplistic errors in a paper that was held aloft as the fire-brand of austerity policies in Europe and America (policies that aren’t working, of course). Finally, a Ph.D. dissertation committee there was found to have signed off on an obvious piece of racist social non-science by a guy with ties to a white supremacist organization.
All of this is just to say that when even “librul” institutions like Harvard are shoveling money at and providing institutional cover for obvious right-wing propaganda, we’re pretty well and truly fucked.
And for Republicans, it’s a thing of beauty. As long as the academic bullshit machine rolls along spouting conservative talking points, they win. When the academics are called out for their shoddy or basically non-existent research, that’s also great, because they can lament those egg-head liberal professors and bash all colleges and all serious attempts at logical inquiry in general.
tl;dr: I am so fucking sick and tired of Very Serious People. And fuck Harvard.