Fuck Civility.

15/09/2014

Today an upper class white guy who was really angry about being detained by a cyclist on his way home from church honked at me, buzzed me, and then slammed on his brakes and got out of his car to threaten me with bodily harm. He was a good Christian. Fat, ugly, white, old (about my age, but looking bad….) the whole package, with a cross on a chain, even! Driving a Lexus within 100 yard of his house (so I was costing him maybe 10 seconds of his life to wait and turn when it was safe). Obviously, once the fat fuck got closer he realized that I’d kick his fucking ass without raising my heart rate, but I’m sure he was packing a gun so he continued to try to escalate things until I took pictures of his license plate and said I was calling the pigs. I’m sure when he jumped out of his car he was having a hard-on about harassing some 20-year old, rather than wind up having someone older than him ask who the fuck he was and where he lived…..I had no intention of being civil to some motherfucker who literally risked my life and then threatened me. I told him I didn’t like him, and that he was a “fucking moron” and I meant it.

I”m supposed to be civil by not calling this guy a fucking fat ass moron dipfuck when he almost ran me over? To say such things is uncivil. He almost killed me, and then threatened me! It was all I could do not to beat the living fuck out of this moron. But, saying “fuck you” to him, is an incivility…..Kind of like the people in Gaza, whose children are being murdered, but it’s uncivil to call the murderers “asshoiles” or “fuckshits” or whatever.

Civility is a tool of conservatism. It is a normative crutch that constrains beliefs and behaviors about interactions with diverse others. It is potentially good, of course, since it specifies that we might try to be good to others. But, more often than not, it is a behavioral brake that insulates those who by virtue of their privileged position are able to dominate and abuse other citizens.

Recently, the far right has coopted many universities to once again attack free speech, on the grounds that saying fuck and shit like that is uncivil. This is exactly the same shit that went down in the 1960s with the free speech movement, which makes this some much more haunting, stupid, scary,  and idiotic. Fuck you, you fucking fucks.

We have deanlets and deanlings monitoring our correspondence, following us on blogs and facebook and twitter. That shit is illegal.  They have no right or reason to search our non-university correspondence . Period. If they are doing so, they can be sued under federal law, I think.

Last time I heard, my contract is based on my peer-reviewed publications. You can refer to those,……

And, of course, some might wonder about my Illinois colleague who was just fired for not adhering to the Zionist line about child murder and ethnic cleansing in Gaza. So far, the fascists who fired Salaita haven’t tried to expand their campaign to professors in other parts of the system. But, I expect that we”ll see them try to enact “neutral” civility laws which prevent dissidents from expressing dissent in terms that deviate from third grade English. Anything truly visceral or critical will be deemed “uncivil.”

Fuck Civility

Dumb all over, a little ugly on the side……

Sexual Assault and Deanlings

01/09/2014

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Another year of school has begun, and all of the deanlings and deanlets are all aflutter about the latest quasi-academic fad bloating our already engorged administrations—the administration of sexual assault.  This is a cold and calculated plot by for-profit consulting firms, in league with associations of deanlets to further squeeze money from actual academic operations into the administration. There is no sexual assault crisis on college campuses. Insofar as we can, we have successfully addressed sexual assault on campus and in American society in general. Sexual assault, along with all other crimes, has declined precipitously in the last fifteen years (or longer), and as you can see above from real data (not some on-line shit poll) from the BJS, total sexual assaults declined by more than 50% in the last fifteen years. So, why all of the fuss?

Well, here at my humble university, and many across the nation, I got to see up close and personal what the deanlings and deanlets and their for-profit consultants and parasitic megafirms have concocted to make sure that universities are chock full of administrators. Every single employee at our humble university–professors, TAs, work studies, grounds crews, administrative assistants—was herded in waves into our sex and crime “training” where some administrators with minimal competence told us outlandish stories about how if we failed to report the theft of a pencil all of our NSF grants would be frozen and the University would be fined millions of dollars. Bullshit. Penn State covered up child rape for decades, and their grants were not pulled. Nor should they have been. The coverup of child rape wasn’t the fault of professors who got NSF grants, it was the fault of the Athletic Department, the campus cops, and the upper administration. But, the outlandish claims made by our “Chief Clery Compliance Officer” fit the MO of deanlets and deanlings—they fuck things up, then blame it on the professors. Every single instance of the mishandling of crime on campus has taken place because of administrators not doing their job–Clery’s terrible example included.

We were told it is our job to report crimes we witness (well, duh, I guess, but in my 30 years in higher education the only “crimes” I’ve witnessed are underage drinking and marijuana smoking). But, in our 1.5 hour training session we were “educated” by a campus cop (who probably had a high school education) about the nature of crimes like murder, burglary, robbery, rape, and even incest—complete with a power point explaining each, including incest, just in case we didn’t know and happened to see some incest occurring near the copy machine or something.

We were also told how crimes on our perimeter didn’t have to be reported under “Clery”, so the three murders and two suspicious deaths that have happened in the thirteen years I’ve been here are not reported–because they happened “off campus.”  Wow. I’m so glad we have a full blown “Clery Compliance Office” with six figure administrators and more staff than we have for our PhD granting academic department. And, of course, we were told that if there is a sexual assault in the athletics department or a fraternity, it could be handled “administratively” instead of through the real cops. Great. I’m so glad you wasted two hours of time from every single employee of the university. Better yet, all of this training will also go to the students in an online bullshit format contracted with Haven, a parasitic firm who along with others have been lobbying Congress and state legislatures to deal with the increasing problem of sexual assault and crime on campus….

Only crime and sexual assault on campus are declining, not increasing, and their bullshit products will have no effect beyond the continuing trend of decreasing crime in modern societies.

Salaita deemed unfit to teach apartheid Zionists by assholes and hypocrites

11/08/2014

 

Ha, No contract for you!

Ha, No contract for you!

 

The radical apartheid Zionists (who are increasingly moving towards favoring genocide over apartheid) are not fond of academics who dare to call out their campaign of terror and ethnic cleansing in Gaza and Palestine. A couple of years ago, during another campaign of terror in Gaza, organized and heavily funded Zionist groups tried to have UCSB sociologist William Robinson fired for daring to liken Gaza to the ghettos of fascist Europe–fortunately, he had tenure and his administration EVENTUALLY did the right thing. This time, it was Steven Salaita, a cultural studies guy who does comparative work on the treatment of indigenous groups and was supposed to have a job next week at the University of Illinois. His situation represents  the lowest of the low of behavior from organized Zionism and corrupt and callow administrators—including the dirtbag hypocrite fake liberal Carey Nelson (once president of the AAUP—I’m not sure why).

Ironically, Salaita was moving to Illinois because a previous public controversy over his work was met with a lukewarm level of support (if you can call it that) from the administration at Virginia Tech. It’s not like anyone who read this guy’s vita, much less his work, would think he was some kind of an ass-kissing moderate. But, he’s a genuine big-timer and very strong mid-career hire for Illinois. That, at least, is what the American Indian Studies program thought. He would have enabled them to branch out and become more global, and he has the cred in both American indigenous and elsewhere….unfortunately including Palestine. If only he had studied Australia! The AIS department—and Salaita—believed that they had scored his hire last October, and Salaita reportedly has a signed contract that had gone all the way up the administration, past the Dean of the College and the Provost of the University—and that all that was needed was the Board of Trustees rubber stamp. Only, somewhere along the line the Chancellor and one of her goons sat on the contract. Starting in November, I’d estimate that the University of Illinois board met at least six times before August 1, when Salaita was told that the horrible Chancellor never put his contract through and he didn’t have a job. So, for nine months she sat on his contract. Like a good scholar and professional, as soon as Salaita had a contract, he told his department chair and tendered his resignation to Virginia Tech. Salaita was essentially fired two weeks before classes start, and he has no job after having moved his family half way across the country to gods forsaken Champaign, Illinois. I hope he has a good lawyer, and I hope he names that hypocrite bastard Carey Nelson in the suit.

Which brings us to my incivility against Mr. Nelson, the fake hippy. He’s what that wonderful young Katie Halper calls a PEP—Progressive Except on Palestine. It’s a common affliction in some quarters. The supposed defender of academic freedom believes that this backhanded firing, designed to maximize damage against Salaita–was justified because Professor Salaita might harm the children and make their feelings hurt if they have to think about the poor people in Gaza instead of only thinking about the Zionists. First, there is no basis for this claim. Professor Salaita has had tenure for a while, he’s taught for a long time, and I’m pretty sure he does just fine and dandy with the “children.” Second, it is a bit funny that after taking opprobrium at comments suggesting that Zionism contributes to anti-Semitism by equating Judaism with Israel (Nathan Glazer said the same thing, only not in a 140 character twat and he didn’t say “fuck”), Nelson and his sidekick Wise claim that “Jewish” students will be uncomfortable with someone like Salaita. Funny, my research shows that Jews are the most critical of Israel among all religious groups—and the good people at J-Street are probably the best and most consistent voice for peace and justice. Unlike that hypocrite Nelson, most younger Jews are sick of this shit, and they’re ready to learn from someone like Salaita about what has really been going on and how they might stop it.

Of course,  let’s just imagine that Nelson’s fantasy is true, and that  U of I is just teaming with young Zionists who didn’t get in to Northwestern or Chicago yearning for their political fantasies to be nurtured. Oh, wait. End of fantasy. The fact is that concern about this small minority is rather overblown. Most young Jewish people don’t want to see Israel bombing schools full of children, and Jews now represent a very small minority of our student population. GSS data since 2006 show that about 1.1% of Americans under 30 are Jewish—about .8% of that same group are Muslim. What about those kids? What about our large and growing Muslim population? Should we only have professors who support Zionism and spew the vile racist “life is cheap for Arabs” shit that our dear neo-conservative professors spew in their classes every day? What about our Presbyterian USA students? Their denomination just said that they support the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement because they believe what the Zionists are doing is immoral! That was before the latest round of child-bombing. Basically, they voted as a denomination to say what Salaita said in one of his twats, only in more than 140 characters and without saying “fuck.”

Fuck you Carey Nelson. Fuck you Phylis Wise. I hope you pay dearly for  your immoral actions, you pieces of shit.

“Grooming New Leaders” = Finding Asskissing Yes People.

02/08/2014
I feel the Pulse of the Populace, I can feel it!

I can tell you really like this. You’re going to be a leader of the herd.

One of the latest management fads in higher education is to tout “leadership” as a guiding principle. Basically, this affirms the fact that our corporate administrators don’t want to benefit from the advice and counsel of their experienced, professional faculty. Instead, they want to shove a bunch of crap down our throats, in everything from book buying to online courses to athletic escalation to curriculum and grades. So, in order to try to sell their bullshit bill of goods, these losers have been conducting “leadership development” workshops where they try to identify the worthless loser shithook faculty members who are willing to sell their souls to make $20k more. Of course, if these worthless loser faculty members would have known they were such worthless loser whores when they were 25, they could have gotten MBA’s or JD’s. But, now we get them pulling this shit for their mid-life crisis. Anyone who has ever attended such a workshop should feel ashamed and dirty. I think you are a loser and a worthless piece of shit. If you want to make more money, wait tables in summer. Teach an extra course. Or, better yet, pack your lunch to school and bring some ground coffee for a $10 coffee maker instead of buying Starbucks for $5 a day. Higher education doesn’t need leadership, and certainly not the kind of leadership that has to be cultivated by some corporatist cult.

Changing Faith: The Dynamics and Consequences of Americans’ Shifting Religious Identities

01/08/2014

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At long last, Changing Faith is out. If you want to know what has been going on in American religion in the last four decades, I think this is the place to look. It also examines how religious factors figure into sexuality, family, and politics. What is unique about my work is that I take ethnicity seriously, and examine American religion not simply through the lens of church going white Christians, but across varied ethnicities Western and Eastern European, African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American. It’s not really a statement book, because I don’t really think of scholarship in this field  as driven by statements. Instead, it is a work of religious demography, and I think that demography is the primary field for understanding the dynamics of religion across all societies. I tip my hat to Jim Kluegel, Mike Hout, and all those who have toiled examining empirical reality, without criticizing it.

The Chosen and the Ignored: Gaza Genocide Edition

28/07/2014
Obviously, you are not of the Chosen!

Obviously, you are not of the Chosen!

The increasingly unhinged right wing nutjob religious extremists who control Zionist Israel are now using their Military Industrial Complex Subsidies to the full hilt, massacring and maiming thousands of civilians. For what? Well, obvi9usly, for ethnic cleansing. They are continuing a decades long project from the Zionist far right to create a “greater Israel” and to remove Muslims, Christians, Druze, and others from “their” god given territory. It’s almost funny that the religious right in the US supports this, given that Palestine used to have a very substantial Christian minority—much larger than the Jewish population in the 19th Century (which wasn’t that fucking long ago….), and rivaling the Jews even at the point of the passage of the British Mandate in 1948. Yet, now, American fundamentalist Christians are all for sending billions of dollars to Israel to murder Palestinians and steal their land. Because, that way, Jesus will come back sooner. Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner…..

Ignoring Climate Change: Christianity and Anti-environmentalism

13/07/2014

 

 

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Ever since the 1960s when Lynn White pointed out the Abrahamic roots of anti-environmentalism, Christians have tried and failed to argue that they aren’t a part of the problem, but are instead the solution! So, they have paper drives in their churches and pick up litter on the highway. But, when it gets right down to it, environmentalism as a generalized ethic is inherently inimical to the Christian project. After all, Jesus is coming back soon, so he’ll clean it all up with his super duper Jesus powers. And, of course, all of that “environmentalism” is all fancy schmantzy scientism! Earth worship. Every good Christian knows that science is just a bunch of human arrogance designed to distract people from the true human condition, which is, of course, subjugation to the gods of Christianity.

Unfortunately, questions about climate change have been poorly approached in what few quality surveys we have remaining. The early GSS question asked whether or not respondents thought that scientists understood global warming. Notably, that’s not the same thing as whether or not respondents believe that climate change is real and caused by humans. Indeed, many people who understand that climate change is real and caused by humans may nonetheless think that scientists have a limited understanding of the processes. Another question was asked about whether respondents think that increased temperatures from climate change have an adverse effect on the environment. Another bad question, really, but still instructive in how it plays out. Above, you can see that religious beliefs play a strong role in structuring beliefs about environmental insult from climate change. ANY belief in the divine sanction of the abrahamic sacred texts reduces perceptions of the dangers of climate change. Less than half of bible believers thank climate change is dangerous, while more than one in five think it is not dangerous at all. In contrast, people who believe that the bible was written by bronze age goat fuckers tend to believe that global warming has dire consequences for the environment, and relatively few of them think it is not dangerous.

Religion and Inequality in America

10/07/2014

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It was a nice surprise to find copies of our book, Religion and Inequality in America: Research and Theory on Religion’s Role in Stratification, in the mail today. It wasn’t exactly clear when it was coming out, and a friend of mine who pre-ordered said she got hers last week….Lisa Keister did a wonderful job in riding herd and convincing people to contribute, and in the end I think we have a really nice set of original works that cover the gist of the field. It’s embarrassing to still be seeing manuscripts that are submitted for publication which are completely clueless about the large and growing literature showing the distinctive impact of religion on stratification. Key among the findings of the most important essays in the volume is that life course processes and orientations towards education and women’s roles are key for either enabling upward mobility or anchoring disprivilege. In the US, this mostly means that secular people, liberal Protestants, Catholics (especially European ones….) and non-Christians (including not only Jews, but also Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims) outdistance sectarian Protestants. It isn’t even close, and it doesn’t matter what indicator of stratification you look at (education, occupation, income, or wealth). Nice contributions by key researchers in the field including Jen’an Read, Chris Ellison, Michael Hout, Evelyn Lehrer, Fred Solt, Jim Davidson, Ralph Pyle, Rebekah Massengill, Jennifer Glass, Scott Fitzgerald, John Bartkowski, Scot Schieman, Margarita Mooney, Michael Lindsay, and many other collaborators. I was glad to do a chapter with my former student Nadia Amin looking at religion, gender, and educational attainment among US immigrants–the main takeaway being that the Hindus are the new Jews—unless patriarchy tanks them.

 

 

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Hierarchical Privilege and Sexual Assault in US Colleges and Universities

04/07/2014

 

 

He said yes, I think.

He said yes, I think.

Sexual assault is a common and violent way of degrading those in social positions beneath those of the oppressor. I always like to discuss this more generally, in contrast to the gender differentiated constructions that often prevail. It’s good to get the guys thinking about being raped. And, of course, we have ample evidence that within the structure of university education male rape is commonplace, though usually by instrument. The places that are most often the sources of the rape of women by men are also places where men are frequently subjected to violent sexual abuse. In  these settings, sociologists and psychologists have pinpointed an axis of abuse, and we know where sexual abuse thrives: (1) fraternities and sororities;  (2) Athletic clubs, particularly football and basketball; and (3) other student organizations where peer hierarchies predominate.

The war against higher education that began under Ronnie Raygun has shifted the lens of scrutiny from criminals and social organizations responsible for fostering a culture of sexual dominance to the few people who are trying to change culture to make it less violent and reprehensible—universities and their faculty and staff. We do not need more administrators to reduce rape—we already have plenty and all colleges are required to have professional staff working to reduce sexual assault. We train dorm advisers and hold workshops for students to explain to them how civilized humans are supposed to interact. We have counseling and support staff and rape hotlines to assist victims. Indeed, the “rise” in sexual assault which is supposedly happening (I have seen no concrete evidence that sexual assault is on the rise) is almost certainly a function of the fact that we have these support structures in place. More women and men who would have suffered in silence and told nobody about their assault are now speaking out and demanding justice. We are doing our job. The people not doing their jobs are police forces operating in college towns and university police departments.

Oh, and, of course, deanlets and deanlings who want to protect the image of a university, athletics programs, and powerful alumni who think rape culture in fraternities and sororities is just fine and dandy. We know how to further reduce sexual assault (which I would bet is at a historic low on college campuses). (1) Disband all fraternities and sorororities; (2) eliminate football at virtually all universities, and tightly regulate the activities of all “student athletes”—including eliminating all athlete specific dorms; (3) reinstate policies for terminating students for moral failings—we are now in a situation where rapists who don’t get convicted can come back and sue a university, and we don’t have to be in that situation. If we could simply say, “whatever happened there is a moral failing that makes you unworthy of being a student at our university” then it’s over. None of this “you can come back later” shit. (4) I hate to agree with Douchehat, but lowering the drinking age to 18 would also allow universities to supervise drinking behavior. When I started college it was the last year of 18 year old drinking, and dorms had parties and all of the RA’s were in attendance (and the Area Directors). If someone got drunk, they were escorted back to their dorm by a responsible sober person. Now, parties happen in frats and in rental properties. If someone gets drunk, a predator may rape them.

Revenge of the Shit Poll

11/06/2014
Shit polls have made a comeback!

Shit polls have made a comeback!

 

 

Dewey Wins!! Ah yes, what have we here, some teabagger economist from a women’s college just beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the GOP primary! Wow, but did you see the really good part? According to all of the “polls” Cantor had a 34 point lead. Yes, 34 points. Gee, that’s one whopping confidence interval, isn’t it?!!! One whore pollster was identified as John McGlaughlin, who does not play guitar, but maybe would be better at that than he is at scientific polling. Indeed, in the only indicator based on empirical reality, Brat beat Cantor 55-45….a landslide, really. Not even close. This is what we’ve come to with whore pollsters. I look forward to much more of this. Hopefully, all these people will go broke and we’ll get back to doing science. Shit polls are shit.


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