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Apr 30 5 tweets 1 min read
Law enforcement should make it clear to university presidents that, if they are unwilling to expel violent protestors, they cannot expect the police to serve as a foil and do the clean-up work. The universities made this mess; we should not allow them to shift the responsibility. The best approach for law enforcement is to create containment zones, prevent violence, ignore provocations, and avoid displays of highly public enforcement, which allow the pro-Hamas demonstrators to play the victim. Hold the line; let the universities deal with it.
Apr 30 4 tweets 1 min read
The key is to lock in the circle of connotations around the Ivy League. They stacked faculties with “decolonization” scholars, recruited left-wing student activists, and hired sympathetic administrators. We need to drive internal conflicts and connect all of the dots in public. The second step is to remind voters that they are subsidizing these ideologies, and, more importantly, these people, through direct federal support, student loans, and Biden’s debt payoff scheme (don’t call it “debt forgiveness”). Call to action should be “defund the Ivy League.”
Apr 22 6 tweets 3 min read
EXCLUSIVE: @LukeRosiak and I have discovered that the DEI director of UCLA Medical School, Natalie J. Perry, plagiarized multiple long passages in her PhD dissertation, which is her only published academic work.

The plagiarism here is shocking. 🧵 UCLA Med School has been in the news recently for promoting ideology about "Indigenous womxn," "two-spirits," and "structural racism." A guest speaker praised and two residents championed "revolutionary suicide."

The DEI director, who advances "anti-racism," is Natalie Perry. Image
Apr 10 8 tweets 3 min read
EXCLUSIVE: Federal Reserve governor Lisa Cook is one of the most powerful economists in the world. But @LukeRosiak and I have discovered that her academic work appears to contain plagiarism, according to her former university’s policy.

The plagiarism scandal hits the Fed. 🧵 There have long been questions about Cook’s academic work. Her publication history is quite thin, contains serious methodological errors, and largely focuses on race activism rather than rigorous, quantitative econ. She had trouble getting approved by the Senate.
Apr 1 12 tweets 3 min read
Absolutely, I will share ten stories with original source documentation proving that this is, in fact, how many, if not most, Fortune 100 companies consider DEI.

Buckle up for the woke capital thread of thread. 🧵
Mar 20 7 tweets 4 min read
EXCLUSIVE: Harvard racial-studies professor @ChristinaJCross plagiarized multiple passages in her dissertation and at least one other paper, according to a new complaint filed with Harvard’s research integrity office.

Harvard's plagiarism crisis is spinning out of control. 🧵 Christina Cross is a rising star in the field of critical race studies. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, garnered attention from the New York Times, and won a slate of awards for her dissertation, including one from the American Sociological Association.
Feb 22 8 tweets 4 min read
I've obtained documents alleging that Harvard DEI administrator Shirley Greene plagiarized more than 40 passages in her PhD thesis, making her the third black woman at Harvard to be accused of academic fraud.

Harvard's plagiarism crisis is spinning out of control. 🧵 Greene is a Title IX coordinator affiliated with the Office for Gender Equity. She has worked to advance "Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging," and hosted a panel on "The Past, Present, and Future of Juneteenth" with the DEI department.

The Harvard Crimson previously downplayed the allegations against Greene, but I have obtained the full plagiarism complaint that paints a much more damning indictment of Greene’s scholarship than the student newspaper had let on.Image
Feb 2 5 tweets 2 min read
What is the scientific definition of "racism" here? How do you measure it quantitatively? How do you determine the causal influence from racism to intermediary institutions to individual income? With what controls? And what is the current quantity of racism in the United States? As far as measuring childhood poverty, when you control for welfare dependency, family structure, mother's math/verbal skill, and some smaller variables, the black-white gap disappears—i.e., black and white children in similar circumstances have the same poverty rate. These cultural factors, which are trans-racial, even if racial groups have different rates, are far more plausible than "racism is the prime cause of everything, even if we can't properly define or measure it without appealing to disparities to explain the cause of said disparities."
Jan 21 5 tweets 2 min read
This is a new low, which, for NPR, is impressive. My local station compares my work fighting for colorblind equality to a Proud Boy who “stormed the U.S. Capitol” on 1/6 and the local Klan chapter 100 years ago. If it weren’t so stupid, I’d be offended.
I often wonder whether these reporters are doing this maliciously or if they really cannot see beyond their limited repertoire of historical analogies. Luckily, the vast majority of Americans are much smarter and much less gullible than the average NPR reporter.
Jan 16 5 tweets 2 min read
I spent more than three years working in an all-black public housing project in Memphis, Tennessee, culminating in a vérité-style documentary for PBS. I have spent more time building relationships in disadvantaged black communities than most social-justice intellectuals. If you're more curious, honest, and informed than Brandon Bradford, you can watch the entire film for free on YouTube:
Jan 15 7 tweets 2 min read
The Right needs to champion colorblind equality and reform existing civil rights law to make it a reality. The agenda: overturn Griggs v. Duke Power Co.; rescind LBJ's executive order on affirmative action; abolish the disparate impact provisions from the 1991 Civil Rights Act; restructure the enforcement bureaucracy to ban DEI-style discrimination. These are all majority positions—even in California, voters reject racial preferences. Time to get it done. More here:
Jan 15 6 tweets 2 min read
This is absurd. An Antifa-linked activist at The Guardian is taking guilt by association to new heights, attempting to link me to supposed "eugenicists" by two and even three degrees of separation. If they keep going, they'll implicate Kevin Bacon! Image After we toppled Claudine Gay, they tried saying that criticizing her was racist. That didn't work. Then they said that my master's degree was no good. That didn't work. Now they're playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon with supposed "eugenicists." That won't work either.
Jan 5 5 tweets 3 min read
I see that the Left, desperate for revenge for the scalping of Harvard's president, is resurrecting this old smear piece from The New Republic that falsely claims the master's degree I earned from Harvard as a non-traditional student is somehow not a real Harvard degree.

They are free to make the argument that Harvard Extension School is not as prestigious as the other graduate programs—that’s fine. They are also free to make the argument that Harvard Extension School should not grant degrees at all—that's something they can take up with Harvard president C̶l̶a̶u̶d̶i̶n̶e̶ ̶G̶a̶y̶ Alan Garber.

But the facts are indisputable. From the HES website: "We are a fully accredited Harvard school. Our degrees and certificates are adorned with the Harvard University insignia. They carry the weight of that lineage. Our graduates walk at University Commencement and become members of the Harvard Alumni Association. As one of 12 degree-granting institutions at Harvard University, we teach to the largest and most eclectic student body."

At root, what's happening is that the people who populate the left-wing managerial class live for status and prestige. Their credentials are their whole world. They are the kind of people who ask "where did you go to college" at parties, well into middle age. They always manage to name-drop this person or that school, sizing up how useful you might be to them.

I have never been that way. I find it soulless and dishonorable. As my classmates from Georgetown went into finance, consulting, and graduate programs, I became a documentary filmmaker and traveled the world. Now I live in a small town in Washington State, amongst teachers, nurses, firefighters, tradesmen, soldiers, and homemakers. Not a single person in my immediate social circle works in journalism, academia, or the intellectual professions, which is welcome, as I get to live a normal life and my value does not depend on the whims of the left-wing press.

By contrast, the highly-credentialed people who work at places like The New Republic make fast-food wages and console themselves with status games. They cannot cope with the fact that an extension school graduate toppled the president of Harvard. It undermines their whole claim to legitimacy, status, and prestige. Imagine how frustrating it is: They have dutifully repeated the regime narrative, hoping to check the boxes and move up the ladder—and then some uncouth outsider, who attended night school, wins the game.

I've spoken about my experience with Harvard many times, including in the thread below. Besides the formal aspects of that education, it provided me a window into how my opponents operate, giving me another practical edge. My critics can say what they will, but they should understand that I operate on a different set of principles than they do; I will not be shamed by their condescension.

Ultimately, I do not measure myself by my credentials, but by my victories. And on that count, I am doing fine.
Dec 21, 2023 7 tweets 2 min read
What Ben doesn't recognize is that my strategy works because I am telling the truth—a truly frightening prospect for a man who is paid to obscure it. The questions that a more intelligent person than Ben would ask are these: Why does the truth need to be "smuggled" into center-left outlets at all? Why were they not reporting on the biggest academic scandal in America already? Why did they wait so long to cover the story?
Dec 10, 2023 12 tweets 5 min read
EXCLUSIVE: @RealChrisBrunet and I have obtained documentation demonstrating that Harvard President Claudine Gay plagiarized multiple sections of her Ph.D. thesis, violating Harvard's policies on academic integrity.

This is a bombshell. 🧵 First, Gay lifts an entire paragraph nearly verbatim from a paper by Lawrence Bobo and Franklin Gilliam’s, while passing it off as her own paraphrase and language.

This is a direct violation of Harvard's policy: "When you paraphrase, your task is to distill the source’s ideas in your own words. It’s not enough to change a few words here and there and leave the rest; instead, you must completely restate the ideas in the passage in your own words. If your own language is too close to the original, then you are plagiarizing, even if you do provide a citation."
Nov 30, 2023 7 tweets 2 min read
Conservatives need to prepare for another riot season in 2024. The Left is restless and ready. The lesson of George Floyd is that violence pays immediate political dividends—the threat of ongoing chaos helped tip the scales for Biden. Red state leaders should get ready. The DeSantis approach in 2020 is a model: he made the right signals and passed anti-riot legislation, raising the threat of more significant punishment. By far, the best solution is to demoralize activists, heighten disincentives, and prevent riots from happening.
Nov 9, 2023 10 tweets 2 min read
How to fix academia:

-Reduce the flow of federal funds to universities
-Privatize the student loan market and make colleges partially responsible for student defaults
-Abolish DEI bureaucracies
-Wind down activist pseudo-disciplines
-Reform faculty hiring to restore ideological balance
-Punish universities that discriminate on the basis of race
-Tie federal funding to upholding standards of civil discourse and debate –Break the accreditation cartel
–Turn a limited number of state universities into classical liberal arts academies
–Set up recruiting pipelines and employment opportunities for classically-minded scholars
–Establish new academic journals outside the existing left-wing circles
Oct 24, 2023 4 tweets 1 min read
The Left is making a tactical blunder trying to turn "Free Palestine" into a George Floyd moment. Little upside: there is no proposed policy they can achieve. And huge downside: we can tether them to terror and start alienating affluent, high-capacity groups from their coalition. Notice that capital is already beginning to shift: Donors are forcing changes at Ivy League universities and rerouting hundreds of millions of dollars in philanthropic support. The organized Right must accelerate this process and capture some of the largesse.
Sep 18, 2023 7 tweets 3 min read
Last week, Vox's Zach Beauchamp published a spectacularly dishonest review of my book. It's worth debunking for its own sake, but also in order to expose the emptiness, manipulation, and fraud that constitutes "explanatory journalism."

Let me show you how the media lies. 🧵 Beauchamp's basic argument is that left-wing ideologies haven't conquered America's cultural institutions because there haven't been "accompanying radical shifts in policy." This is absurd: the institutionalization of CRT, BLM, DEI, and trans ideology are well-documented. Image
Sep 6, 2023 4 tweets 1 min read
The SPLC and the ADL do not command the kind of power they once did. The SPLC tried to destroy Moms for Liberty by labeling it an "extremist group" and the ADL tried to buckle Elon Musk using its typical pressure tactics—both campaigns failed.

Time to counter-attack. Both organizations are going through a "boy who cried wolf" moment. They subordinated legitimate work to partisan smear campaigns and have abused the moral authority associated with the fight against racism and anti-semitism to advance unrelated, left-wing ideologies.
Sep 5, 2023 4 tweets 4 min read
The ADL, like the SPLC, uses the frame of identity and public goodwill to defame opponents of left-wing ideologies as a whole. The organization falsely marked me an "extremist" for the very obvious and factually accurate claims that queer theorists seek to disrupt "heteronormativity" and that DEI bureaucrats seek to replace words such as "man," "woman," "mom," and "dad" with vague, genderless terms such as "parent," "caregiver," "partner," and "adult."

This has nothing to do with fighting anti-semitism. The people who publish these baseless hit pieces are left-wing bullies, plain and simple. Their opinions on such matters should be assessed in the same category as Media Matters and other partisan oppo organizations.
Image They know that they're smearing and lying. They once published the false claim that I had accused "LGBTQ+ people" of "'grooming' children." After I pointed out that this was defamatory and considered filing a lawsuit, they quickly issued an evasive correction.

As I told the ADL: "I have never accused 'LGBTQ+ people' of 'grooming' children, nor called anyone a 'groomer.' I've been careful in my language—and explicitly stated that 'grooming' is a term that captures a spectrum of behavior and has nothing to do with sexual orientation—and I believe you have made an error." They could not substantiate their smear, so they tried to protect their legal liability while still attacking my reputation.

That's part of the game. They make wild accusations and attempt to destroy reputations. Luckily, because this tactic has been abused so flagrantly, it is not working as it once did. The public is increasingly seeing these outrageous enemies lists for what they are: politically motivated smear campaigns to protect left-wing ideologies as a whole, under the guise of fighting against discrimination, in this case, anti-semitism.