Top Ten Contemporary Academics Helping The Political Right

May 1st, 2017 | Liberty 5-3000
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One of the most common charges made by leftists is that right-wingers are stupid, that our sources are unacademic, and that we lack the same rigor of intellectualism that the left possesses. To that I say, I have the exact same useless arts degree that they do, and I look forward to working with them at Starbucks.

 

Joking aside, I have no problem producing sources or quoting influential thinkers who support my positions. But something I wished as a first-year student was that someone had compiled scholarly, academic, peer-reviewed materials, or a list of academics that did not hold to the same tired university positions that I could have had easy access to. Instead, it was through a process of accumulation that I was able to find sources that were in accordance with right-wing belief. One of the struggles I faced in being on the political right in university, was that there were very few scholarly sources running counter to the usual dogma, due to university hiring practices resulting in one-party rule. While academics on the political right do exist in negligible numbers, they typically aren’t public figures on par with the left-wing likes of Margaret Mead or Noam Chomsky. This trend seems to be changing however, with more and more academics speaking out on a number of issues near and dear to the conservative heart.

 

The Berkeley riots and other campus-stupidity might lead you to believe that engaging with the left is a lost cause. However, it has been my experience that there are some people on the political left who are open to debate and discussion without regressing to violence, and who are genuinely interested in hearing opposing viewpoints. When you cross a moderate or open minded leftist (the rarest of all left-wing species), I’d hate for you to be ill prepared. I don’t know if you’ll be successful in converting them, but I’ll be damned if they continue to call us dumb. That’s exactly why I have compiled a list of the top ten contemporary academics helping the right-wing cause. They have published books, articles and journals, made videos of public talks and lectures, but more importantly, they have PhDs. We all know that when the left is confronted with facts they don’t like, they magically become particularly fond of an appeal to authority. Sadly, your talk-show radio host, rabbi or pastor isn’t going to cut it, no matter how factually accurate he or she is. It’s interesting the value the left places on credentials for right-wing sources, all the while being perfectly content having a linguist weigh in on the Israel-Palestine conflict, or someone with a communications background peddling feminism, or giving their two-cents on economics and global politics. In any event, no matter what your favorite cause, these academics provide enough scholarly information to help you back your case, whether it’s in essay format, or on the street.

 

Whether they identify as classical liberals, moderate left, or even centrist, these academics are saying the right things when it comes to the superiority of Western values, free-speech, the ‘miss-information’ spread by feminism, or even the dangers of pandering to radical Islamists. Without further ado, here’s a list of the top ten academics helping the right-wing cause.

 

(Move over Buzzfeed- you’re not the only ones who can compile a list.)



10. Alan Dershowitz


Alan Dershowitz was a professor of law at Harvard, and while it’s impossible to list all the topics he’s weighed in on over his long career as a public academic, he has most recently been vocal on the issues of current campus insanity in America, and the value of free-speech, having appeared in Mike Cernovich’s recent documentary, Silenced.

 

He is perhaps best known recently for his pro-Israel views, having written a book on the Israel-Palestine conflict entitled The Case for Israel, and has appeared as a commentator on many news programs, public talks and debates, arguing on behalf of the Israeli position, all of which can be found on YouTube. My personal favorite event involving Dershowitz was his appearance at an Oxford Union debate on the topic of the Boycott Divest Sanction movement, which can be found here.

 

Dershowitz’s written works are readily available online, however, a non-exhaustive list of some of his works can be found here.



9. Rodney Stark


Currently a Professor at Baylor University, and formerly a Professor at the University of Washington, Rodney Stark is a rare breed. Perhaps the only person on the political right in the discipline of Sociology, Stark has openly stated he has no time for political correctness. He’s cited online as being a sociologist of religion, and his vast amounts of published work contain themes of Christian apologetics, the superiority of Western values, in addition to a refutation of the commonly held academic understanding of colonialism.

 

If you’re looking for a counter to the anti-Western rhetoric peddled by universities, I highly recommend two of his works entitled The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to FreedomCapitalism, and Western Success, published in 2005, andHow the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity, published in 2014. If you’re in the market for refuting the left’s narratives relating to crime, he has also done scholarly work in that area as well. A complete list of Stark’s works can be found here.

 

Stark’s work does not disappoint. In addition to his sociological writings on a variety of topics, he provides academic evidence to refute the belief that the West is only successful because it hoovered up the world’s resources, he debunks other myths relating to colonialism, and champions both Christianity and Western values. The full range of Stark’s views are addressed in a 2015 interview on Dennis Prager’s radio show.



8. Walter Block


Walter Block is currently a professor of Economics at Loyola University and is a Senior Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He is a self-described Austrian economist and a Libertarian theorist. Accordingly, he is best known for his libertarianism, his championing of freedom, free-speech and promotion of capitalism.

 

His best-known book is Defending the Undefendable, a libertarian treatise, and a list of his published articles and media appearances can be accessed through his personal website found here.

 

Block also has a number of YouTube videos that approach a number of topics from a libertarian perspective, ranging from “The Case for Privatizing Everything” to “Austrian vs. Chicago Economics.” Perhaps the most useful information that Block provides is a coherent outline of what a libertarian, fully capitalist world would look like. He addresses some of the standard arguments provided by the left against capitalism.



7. Ricardo Duchesne


Ricardo Duchesne is perhaps the least known professor on this list. On the faculty of social sciences at the University of New Brunswick (St. John), Duchesne is a critic of both Canada’s multicultural policy and political correctness. Facing problems with his own university due to his political stances, he chose to focus his efforts on his work The Uniqueness of Western Civilization, published in 2011, a book that champions Western civilization, as the title suggests. By his own admission, Duchesne was a radical Marxist, who gradually over time moved to the political right.

 

Perhaps where most of his troubles originate isn’t from the fact that he's for the west and free speech, and against multiculturalism and political correctness, but Duchesne is a regular contributor for the Council of European Canadians, whose stated goal is to “oppose all efforts to deny or weaken the European character of Canada.” His articles, which can be foundhere, are on a myriad of issues ranging from globalism, multiculturalism, social engineering, subversion of Western values and the anti-white sentiments found in both academia and the west in general. He has also appeared on a number of podcasts, including Red Ice Radio

 

It should be said that many of Duchesne’s students respect him and write favorable things about him, with one student writing on Rate My Professor in 2016, “The reason why you go to university is to learn to think critically. Although you may not agree what Profession (sic) Duchesne lectures, he WILL make you think about all the things that you believe in. He gets ‘real’ in class discussion and challenges the Left political thinkers. I highly recommend his classes, get prepared to think outside the box.”

A list containing some of Professor Duchesne’s work can be found here.

6. Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist now at the New York University’s Stern School of Business, and is perhaps the first academic to advance a scholarly inquiry into the rise of SJW culture on campuses and the issue of left-wing hegemony of ideas in universities.

 

A testament to his personal values, Haidt has often quoted John Stewart Mill’s famous saying “He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.” Accordingly, Haidt has publicly stated the need for ideological diversity, or “viewpoint diversity” in academia, stating that it is actually to the detriment of both students and staff to have their political beliefs become dogmatic and continue unchallenged, hindering the purpose of academic inquiry and academic progress.

 

His position relating to the safe-space seeking snowflake culture of campuses, is that universities will eventually need to choose whether they will be pursuing “truth” or “social justice”, holding the view that both cannot co-exist. He has spoken publicly about the dangers of diversity training, micro-aggressions, and how a blind pursuit of the equality of outcome actually leads to an “abomination of justice.” Needless to say, he’s anti safe-space, pro free-speech and has correctly labelled the social justice warrior culture as a religion. A list of Haidt’s published scholarly work is located here.

 

Haidt has appeared on a myriad of podcasts and radio shows, too many to be linked here, but are readily available on YouTube. His magnum opus, however, is the founding of heterodoxacademy.org, an organization of specialist academics who “advocate for a more intellectually diverse and heterodox academy.” The website provides links to a large amount of scholarly sources and resources relating to the one-party system in education, the SJW phenomena, and a list of proposed solutions for dealing with same.



5. Christina Hoff-Sommers


Known to some as “Based Mom” for her involvement in the Gamergate fiasco, Christina Hoff-Sommers is a retired university Professor who previously held positions at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and Clark University. She is now a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

 

Hoff-Sommers is a reasonable feminist who speaks out against the “excesses of modern feminism” and the “miss-information” furthered by insane third-wave feminists, or intersectional feminists. She has done a number of campus talks (some in partnership with Milo Yiannopoulos), as well as producing videos in partnership with Prager University, wherein she deals with a number of issues, including the myth of the gendered pay gap. While she does not have her own website, her academic published works can be found through university libraries, and she has also produced several articles for the general public through popular publications such as the Huffington Post, the Atlantic and the Washington Post.

 

Hoff-Sommers also has a YouTube channel produced by the American Enterprise Institute, wherein she refutes a number of commonly-held feminist myths including the 1 in 5 rape statistic, the gendered pay gap, the idiocies of intersectional feminism, in addition to a number of contemporary political and economic issues. There’s a reason she’s also been dubbed the “factual feminist.”



4. Camille Paglia


Camille Paglia is a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is outspoken on the current trend of gender insanity and the flaws of modern feminism.

 

Paglia critiques modern feminism on the grounds that it infantilizes women and places the sole blame for women’s unhappiness on men. On the topic of transgenderism, she has stated that transgenderism is a fashion and the definition of transgenderism is “a convenient label for young people who may feel alienated for many other reasons.” She has also stated that the intervention of a parent or doctor in ‘transitions’ during childhood constitutes child abuse.  She has been abundantly clear that there is a historical precedent to show that the “transgender mania” we are currently experiencing is a sign of cultural collapse. She has additionally critiqued post-modern thinkers like Derrida and Foucault, two thinkers who can be argued as the founding fathers of today’s SJW phenomenon.

 

The vast majority of her published works relate to highly specific feminist issues, so if you are desirous of hearing her on the issues listed above, you should check out the YouTube channel that contains her pubic talks and debates, which can be found here.



3. Dario Fernandez-Morera


As a religious studies major, Dario Fernandez-Morera has special meaning to me. Given the left’s love of all things Muslim and Islam, we were constantly sold the lie that Jews and Christians lived in complete freedom and peace under Muslim-ruled Al-Andalus (Spain). This lie is perpetuated partly due to the left’s political alliance with Muslims and Islam, both desirous of seeing the demise of Western civilizations, but also has its origins in a book published in 2003, that I have previously written about called The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain, written by Maria-Rosa Menocal. How this book continues to be stocked in the non-fiction section of bookstores is beyond me, but this waste of ink is essentially a historically inaccurate account of Jewish and Christian life in Muslim Spain. Wishing something to be true doesn’t make it so, yet sadly, the Menocal-esque view of tolerant and peaceful Islamic rule is still perpetuated in arts departments.

 

After beginning his work in studying Don Quixote, Fernandez-Morera was lead down the rabbit hole that was Islamic history. What began as a series of journals, Fernandez-Morera published a book in 2016 entitled, The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews Under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain. This book sets the record straight on the lie that Muslim rule was peaceful, tolerant and accepting, that all three Western religions thrived under an Islamic caliphate. This book addresses the issue of the treatment of the supposed ‘protected people of the book’, dealing with issues of dhimmitude, intolerance and the treatment of women, amongst other things.

 

Fernandez-Morera’s work relating to Islam is highly specific, and perhaps the reason why relatively few people have heard about him. It was only after an appearance on Michael Savage’s radio show that I became knowledgeable about him and his work. An Associate-Professor at Northwestern University, his work has provided a counter to both Marxist ideas in academia as well as the ‘tolerance’ of Islam.

 

A list of his published works and journals can be found here.

2. Gad Saad

Gad Saad is an evolutionary behavioural scientist with a position at Concordia University. His level of public influence is on par with Jordan Peterson, having appeared on big name podcasts such as Sam Harris’ Waking Up and the Joe Rogan Show.

 

Professor Saad has spoken out against political correctness on campuses (found here) and both the left-wing apologetics relating to Islam’s treatment of women and Jews, and its incompatibility with Western values. Professor Saad has named this phenomenon the “Ostrich Parasitic Syndrome,” wherein afflicted victims lose the ability to use reason, logic and science in dealing with contemporary issues. A recent talk of his relating to this syndrome can be found here.

 

Gad Saad is known for his humor and satire, with one great example being his nickname for Justin Trudeau as the “Castrato-in-Chief,” due to Trudeau’s SJW tendencies.

 

A list of Gad Saad’s work can be found here, however, his best work relating to Islam, political correctness and the social justice phenomena can be found in interview format on his YouTube channel.



1. Jordan Peterson


If there’s anyone who’s worth looking at, it’s Jordan Peterson. Having said that, I’m certain you’ve heard of him. A clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Toronto, Peterson is best known for his opposition to Bill C-16 and M103. In addition to appearing everywhere for his opposition to the crack-down on free-speech and the issues with the ‘gender identity’ movement of intersectional feminists and the post-modern left, Professor Peterson has also been an outspoken critic of communism, with a large amount of his work focusing on totalitarian and authoritarian worldviews. He has a massive list of published books and journals, which can be found on his personal website.

 

As a result of his views, and the fact that he has recently become a house-hold name, Peterson recently found his research-grant funding denied for the first time in his career. As you might know, the Rebel Media stepped in to help fundraise for Peterson’s research. In addition to being denied funding and the pressures he’s received from within his own university, Peterson has also expressed his suspicion that his professional licence for his clinical practice may be in danger should left-wing activists put enough pressure on his professional association.

 

In addition to his outspoken beliefs on free-speech and the insanity of made-up genders, another laudable act by Peterson is the fact that he has made knowledge available to the public for free or extremely cheap. His YouTube channel contains over 200 hours worth of university lectures he has given, and he’s additionally offering a course this spring and summer at a cost of $25.00 + GST per lecture, a fraction of the cost of a real university course.

 

Peterson has appeared on a number of popular television programs and podcasts articulating his views on a number of topics, all of which can be found on YouTube.



Bonus:


Janice Fiamengo


Janice Fiamengo is a professor at the University of Ottawa, who is currently facing trial at the Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (Yes! For those of you who don’t already know, they are actually named this), having been accused of human rights violations by a former student.

 

Whether Fiamengo will be exonerated is yet to be determined, but what is known, is that she is a very outspoken critic of modern feminism, as well as an advocate for men’s issues.

 

A list of published works can be found here, and she also has her own YouTube channel, which deals with a number of topics, including those above, and not surprisingly, she also has a video on what a joke Canada’s Human Rights legislation is.



Yaron Brook


Yaron Brook was formerly a professor, but now serves as the President and Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute. He is an advocate of both Objectivism (Ayn Rand’s philosophy), as well as laissez-faire economics. He is a published author, and has a number of videos available on YouTube, in addition to regularly appearing on major American news channels on a variety of topics, from a libertarian and free-market position.

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