The Academic Conspiracy Makes No Sense
A couple of days ago I watched some podcast hosted by the 'Heterodox Academy': 'How to have conversations that work', with Glenn Loury, John McWhorter and Erec Smith as acting MC, youngest of three African or black American men or whatever politically correct denomination applies of which, living in France outside academia, I might not be faultlessly aware.
I watched, I listened and I tried to translate the issue of being 'sell-outs', for attempting to walk the slightly unorthodox line of speaking one's minds and not someone else's and it occurred to me that a close enough equivalent in my own circumstances, white European, was being suspected of antisemitism because of a disagreement with Israel's policies in Palestine. Since the suspicion-accusation was addressed to a foggy antisionist entity by a rabid former 'Premier Ministre', jolly happy to reintroduce hysteria as proof perfect of mastery of the art of ministering to the ministerable; since I was but an anonymous target for the delirium of a sleazy political figure of ten years ago, a forerunner in his own right of the impending backwardness, the insult didn't hurt me like Mr Loury, who is my age, for whom it was a family affair (although dummy in-laws do exist elsewhere); at most was I a little surprised to hear our 'Assemblée Nationale'(House of Representatives) applaud an unpolished act of spit and sham, raw demagoguery and no talent.
Yet Mr Loury is an economist and I mostly believe that that's a sell-out in itself, which makes me not a
marxist, that's for sure but a communist maybe, happily endowed with a thicker skin than an economist's
against bourgeois ideological babble, left and right.
John McWhorther, as a linguist, will enjoy at once a higher credibility status than the most progressive economist in the universe, where life as a rule is so unfair -lower in my gauge, try psychologist or physician- and, to make certain that antisemistism was an established trait of my deplorable character, I sent my thoughts on the subject to an association of jewish students too busy to reply, leaving me persuaded I had better watch my words before unwittingly breaking the law that says what it says that I know nothing about I dare say.
I thought reading 'La question Juive' by Sartre fifty years ago, and being born myself in a (chemical) concentration camp (yes my mother was a drug addict, addicted to prescription drugs legally prescribed, not to say warmly recommended by the industry and the powers that be) was enough of a jab for long-term immunity against the germs of political lunacy roaming the ages under many guises; I was wrong.
Morons can turn bully in the blink of an eye and there is no bottom to the debasement that is to be acclaimed as the very essence of all things human by holy elites worldwide, as shown lately by the corona pandemonium.
Coming to the third musketeer on the podium, age unknown... a taste of freedom, with him in a heartbeat I'll sing along, 'Bring it on!' I don't much care what intellectual nitwits think of my ethics; they'll have to prove first that they think at all.
Well, well, well, after thinking and watching and listening to three dark academics, little unacademic pale
that I am, but in the know that skin color has little to do with it, whatever 'it' is, usually making a lot of
sense, I was tempted to conclude that my whiteness qualify as a tan across the pond and two or more
generations of american pundits, save for the first because all through my life economy hurt me a lot and
economists don't listen much, but for a fee and to be listened to: so true is their truth, just like mine.
As for his partners I still have my doubts. In my mind some dubious populist ideology keeps whispering in globish latin 'Timeo Norteamericanos et wisdom ferentes' loosely translated in peripheral french to 'Academia quand tu les tiens, stupiditas n'est jamais loin', i.e. Yankee go home! How heterodox can academy be, before sinking in sheer absurdity or dire poverty?
Therefore I guess they are sell-outs after all, whether they like it or not, and I am antisemite since so and so said so, and specially so when they are french and of the same 'sale race'(lousy breed) as the current establishment who make ethnophobia an ethical must.
Because there is no better tool than basic pyrenean populism, aka East Virginia hill-billyism, to make most matters suitingly clear cut: you only have to hate their guts!