We're wrongly told an UCLA lecturer's canceled for refusing to pause during lynching videos. We're told a climate scientist was canceled for DEI views. He wasn't; he was given a more prestigious lecture than one for high schoolers. We're falsely told the Othello Prof was canceled
My question is why people just amplify these false stories being churned out by a well-funded right wing machine. We know who is being canceled: black principals, faculty who stand up to right-wing donors, BDS supporters, etc. Conservative ideas aren't being canceled.
For example, Zuboff's wildly influential critique of surveillance capitalism is partly based on how it undermines a Hayekian economy of decentralized information and the spontaneous organization to which that gives rise. There is no war on good right-wing, pro-market ideas.
Or take right-wing populist criticism of trade. There's been considerable research on its downside effects and explicit normative argument for discounting global welfare improvements compared to national losses and prioritizing foreign rather than domestic causes of job loss.
I'm ending a course on capitalism with Schumpeter's defense of it via the idea of creative destruction. There is a Fox News caricature, repeated by people who should know better, of universities as left-wing cauldrons. They are not.

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Look at what National Merit still allows. Does anyone know if the test prep companies recommend that their customers cancel their PSAT scores and submit SAT scores instead? Does anyone know if the school is ever explicitly told that the Selection Index number came from a SAT?
I get that the school can infer from the PSAT score list whether a student must have submitted an alternate entry. But I am wondering whether when the school receives the National Merit list, it is explicitly told whether the number came from a PSAT or SAT?
I am burnt about this because I think the January PSAT was graded harshly to make sure there were enough spots left for all the people who would be submitting alternate entry SAT scores which make it *much* easier to get above the threshold. Our daughter's SAT is a perfect 228.
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Don't be a sucker and administer the PSAT if you are an administrator or not cancel your PSAT if you're a student. This was my daughter's situation. National Merit competition is usually via a PSAT, but you can submit a SAT score (via Alternate Entry). Just cancel your PSAT. Image
The overwhelming majority of National Merit Semi-Finalists in CA entered via SAT scores even when their schools did give a PSAT test. They just had the score canceled. There are those who didn't know this trick that did better on the PSAT & SAT, but didn't cancel their PSAT score
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Critical race theory:
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even his approach externalized the costs of our own drug war by deporting those caught up in it & refused the costs of the way we fought the Cold War that destabilized societies people try to escape.
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