Monthly Archives: April 2013

You Aren’t Allowed To Believe That

David Friedman¬†blogs about Academia’s “official lies,” where he references a list put together by a commenter on one of his previous posts:

–There is no such thing as “race.” It is not a scientific concept.

–Affirmative action is necessary because racism continues to be the primary cause of the poor performance of blacks in school.

–IQ tests do not measure anything real about human intelligence.

–IQ is not heritable.

–If government programs for the elimination of poverty have failed, it is for one of two reasons: 1) they have not been sufficiently funded; or 2) those implementing the programs have not been sincere.

–All differences between men and women are culturally determined.

If anyone doubts the extent to which these ideas dominate public discourse on college campuses, I invite that person to assert publicly a contrary view and see what happens. I say “publicly” because many people will tolerate such notions in private, but they will feel compelled to silence them if they are offered as part of the public discourse of the campus.

I haven’t looked too deeply into any of the items listed, but I do find the collection fascinating. I’m always interested in what one isn’t “allowed” to believe in a given societal setting.