On the alleged socialist dominance in academia

Various forms of Turning Point

Yesterday there came to my attention to a tweet from an organization called `Turning Point’. Disappointingly this is not as its name suggests, something to do with differential calculus, but a far-right propaganda organization which, among other things, is bemoaning the `socialist dominance in academia’.

Left-wing infiltration of university education would be a very serious matter if it existed, so to allay the fears of my readership that this is not really a problem, in the following I am going to list a few physics topics I will be teaching this week to make it clear that they can not possibly be accused of being influenced by political bias.

  • Mathematical Physics. I will be explaining how Laplace Transformations can be used to solve ordinary differential equations by seizing the means of production.
  • Quantum Mechanics. I will be demonstrating how the path integral formalism allows the result of a quantum mechanical calculation to be obtained by considering the sum over all historical class struggles.
  • Electrostatics. I will be discussing  why some substances are insulators rather than conductors using the theory of dielectrical materialism.
  • Optics. The topic here is Snell’s Law, which relates the Engels of incidence and refraction for light of a given colour and for given pair of media.

It goes without saying that students will not pass the examination on these topics unless they get enough Marx.

I hope this clarifies the situation.


26 Responses to “On the alleged socialist dominance in academia”

  1. Bryn Jones Says:

    Don’t forget to tell the students that what is driving British politics at present is how fast the organised left within the Labour Party is growing.

    You see, the rate of change of Momentum is a force.

    • telescoper Says:

      Shurely `farce’?

    • Bryn Jones Says:

      Tell them about fluid resistance as an example of a nonconservative force.

      • Fluid mechanics? Definitely feminist, and hence left-wing.

        Do a quick internet search on Luce Irigaray, fluid mechanics, and rigid bodies, which turns up gems such as this description of her “philosophy”:

        “The privileging of solid over fluid mechanics, and indeed the inability of science to deal with turbulent flow at all, she attributes to the association of fluidity with femininity. Whereas men have sex organs that protrude and become rigid, women have openings that leak menstrual blood and vaginal fluids… From this perspective it is no wonder that science has not been able to arrive at a successful model for turbulence. The problem of turbulent flow cannot be solved because the conceptions of fluids (and of women) have been formulated so as necessarily to leave unarticulated remainders.”

      • Bryn Jones Says:

        It’s difficult to find an adequate response to that. That is extraordinary.

        But then we find, in another area, still far from scientific circles, lots of nonsense about the word quantum.

      • Yes, there are many people who spread woo and bullshit. What is more and more becoming a problem of the left is that some fail to distance themselves from postmodernist jerks.

      • She is also responsible for this gem: “Is E=Mc² a sexed equation? Perhaps it is. Let us make the hypothesis that it is insofar as it privileges the speed of light over other speeds that are vitally necessary to us. What seems to me to indicate the possible sexed nature of the equation is not directly its uses by nuclear weapons, rather it is having privileged that which goes faster.”

        Someone once said that no matter how crazy satire is, one can always find something more extreme which someone actually believes.

        The above quote is not satire, by the way.

      • She is also responsible for this gem:

        “Is E=Mc² a sexed equation? Perhaps it is. Let us make the hypothesis that it is insofar as it privileges the speed of light over other speeds that are vitally necessary to us. What seems to me to indicate the possible sexed nature of the equation is not directly its uses by nuclear weapons, rather it is having privileged that which goes faster.”

      • Someone once said that no matter how outrageous satire is, one can actually find people who believe things even more outrageous.

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        In 1990 I wrote a not-published essay called “Pathological industries of the quantum” which included some satirical asides about what might come next, and suggested that today’s satire would be taken seriously tomorrow. It happened quite quickly, with Danah Zohar’s books.

      • From the Wikipedia page on Icke, linked to above:

        As of 2003, the reptilian bloodline is claimed to include 43 American presidents, three British and two Canadian prime ministers, several Sumerian kings and Egyptian pharaohs, and a smattering of celebrities. Key bloodlines include the Rockefellers, Rothschilds, various European aristocratic families, the establishment families of the Eastern United States, and the British House of Windsor. Icke confirmed to Andrew Neil in May 2016 that he believes the British Royal Family are shape-shifting lizards. He identified the Queen Mother in 2001 as “seriously reptilian”, and said he had seen Ted Heath’s eyes turn black while the two waited for a Sky News interview in 1989.

        It is claimed that the Brotherhood either created or controls the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, Round Table, Council on Foreign Relations, Chatham House, Club of Rome, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Trilateral Commission and Bilderberg Group, as well as the media, military, CIA, MI6, Mossad, science, religion, and the Internet, with witting or unwitting support from the London School of Economics.

        In a 2013 survey in the United States by Public Policy Polling, 4% believed that “‘lizard people’ control our societies.

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        But does Icke invoke quantum theory?

        I think the most bizarre scene I have seen on TV was the episode of Jon Ronson’s entertaining series “Secret rulers of the universe” about Icke, in which a bunch of angry Jews were shouting at him that “shape-shifting giant lizards” running the world was so ridiculous as to be unbelieveable and was an obvious code for Jews, in an antisemitic slur that they were secretly running the world; and Icke replying back with equal heat that he really did mean lizards. I think he did mean it!

  2. You could relate disaster capitalism to chaos theory, disorder, entropy and enthalpy! https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/nov/09/mystic-mogg-jacob-rees-mogg-willam-predicts-brexit-plans

    and how Jacob Rees-Mogg plans to make £700M from a no-deal Brexit!

    The Great Reckoning: Protecting Yourself in the Coming Depression: Protect Yourself in the Coming Depression by Davidson & Rees-Mogg.

  3. telescoper Says:

    Let me remind potential commenters of the comments policy on the home page of this blog. In particular, do not accept anonymous or pseudonymous comments or comments that I consider to be abusive.

    If you’d like to comment please be prepared to identify yourself.

    • telescoper Says:

      This is in response to an attempt by an anonymous person to post defamatory accusations on this thread. The person also implicated a student at Maynooth in these allegations. I cannot and will not publish such comments on this blog.

  4. All non directly productive education is left-wing.

  5. Ciaran O'Neill Says:

    The commentator you refer to may have been incoherent but he was touching on an important point. In a field such as English, sociology and psychology, there is a very left-leaning clear bias. There is a lot of scholarship into this topic.

    • telescoper Says:

      The comment was not published. How do you know who the commentator was, and what they were saying? Was it you?

      • Ciaran O'Neill Says:

        I am responding to your comment at the start of your blog post. I have no idea who made whatever comment that you refer too.
        BTW I have never heard people describe Turning Point USA as far right. Sounds like a bit of an unsober comment, kinda like claiming all of academia is socialist.

      • telescoper Says:


      • telescoper Says:

        Oh, and any organisation fronted by a Trump-suppor Hitler apologist is far-right in my book.

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