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Sargon of Akkad launches petition to save free speech by censoring SJW professors

Remain alert! Even white dude professors can be secret SJWs
Remain alert! Even white dude professors can be secret SJWs

When a college feminist decided, one cold night in 2014, to burn her personal copy of pseudofeminist Christina Hoff Sommers’ book The War Against Boys, the internet’s antifeminists responded as if Hitler himself had risen from the grave.

“Universities bring book-burning back, one page at a time,” declared a blogger at TheRebelMedia. After an extended comparison with the infamous book burning campaigns of the literal Nazis, he declared that “[t]he burning of Hoff Sommers’ book is a striking visual synecdoche for the malaise afflicting free expression across not only North American college campuses.” In a featured article, A Voice for Men described the burning as a “disturbing” example of “misandry in academia.”

On the Men’s Rights subreddit, meanwhile, one angry dude declared that

If you’re burning a book, you’re basically admitting to being not just a bigot, but one who doesn’t even have enough confidence in the strength of their own views to believe that they can stand up for themselves without needing to silence and censor those that oppose them.

If we set aside the fact that, unlike the Nazis, who confiscated the books they burned, a person burning their own copy of a book that is readily available to others is not actually censoring anything, he’s got a point.

So it’s interesting to see how many of the Internet’s antifeminsts and Anti-Social-Justice-Warrior-Warriors are embracing a proposal from one of their own to literally censor all academics who teach stuff they don’t like.

On Change.org, professional feminism-hater Carl Benjamin, known on YouTube as Sargon of Akkad, has started a petition demanding that “UNIVERSITIES” — presumably, every single one of them — immediately “Suspend Social Justice Courses” because he thinks that “social justice” professors are up to no good.

In vague but melodramatic language Benjamin proclaims that

Social justice has become scientifically illiterate, logically unsound, deeply bigoted and openly supremacist.

He doesn’t specify exactly what kind of supremacism he’s complaining about here; presumably not white.

Nor does he ever define exactly what courses count as “social justice courses.” There aren’t any departments of Social Justice that I’m aware of. [EDIT: Oops! Turns out there are.] Does Benjamin mean a tiny handful of, say, women’s studies courses taught by radical feminists? Or does he hope (at least in his wildest dreams) to take down the humanities and social sciences as a whole?

Social justice professors are indoctrinating young people into a pseudoscientific cult behind closed doors that is doing damage to their health, education and future.

Well, technically, I guess, virtually all college courses are taught “behind closed doors,” since the doors of lecture halls generally do get closed before class begins. Technically, I’m writing this post behind closed doors, because I don’t leave the doors of my apartment wide open. (People might wander in; the cats might wander out.) I suspect that Benjamin himself wrote up his petition behind closed doors!

Benjamin goes on to declare that

[s]ocial justice … has become another ideology fit only to pave the road to Hell, so it is time to turn around and choose another path that is concerned with reason, science and improving the lives of every human.

If only some evil Social Justice English professor has indoctrinated Benjamin in the devilish art of writing without resorting to hackneyed cliches.

But that’s pretty much all there is to Benjamin’s petition. Somehow, thought, the vagueness of Benjamin’s plan hasn’t stopped 9,878 people — so far — from signing the petition.

It is, however, possible that some of the signers are a little bit confused as to what exactly they’re signing.

Indeed, the top two most-liked comments on the petition, for example, were written by people who seem to think that Benjamin’s proposal to peremptorily censor all college courses that he thinks are excessively social-justicey is, somehow, a defense of free speech?

TOP COMMENTS What I see in universities in the US and many other countries is a totalitarian government in the making. Samuel Braun, Germany19 hours ago 144 Report Free speech has no limits. Santiago Uscocovich, Clarksville, ARBenjamin has posted a video in which he explains his crusade in a little more detail. It’s possible that somewhere in it he answers the question of how exactly his plan to drive all professors he doesn’t like from all the college campuses in the world is actually a crusade for free speech.

Here’s the video in question:

Oops! Wrong video. Let me try again:

Huh. I don’t think that was it either.

No, that’s clearly not it.

Ok, ok. I found the real one here.

But it’s 40 minutes long. I sampled the first 2 seconds, and that was about all I could bring myself to watch. So I guess I’ll just have to resign myself to a life of servitude under the jackboots of the Social Justice warlords. Still, that’s a far better option than actually watching a Sargon of Akkad video all the way through.

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Myriad
Myriad
5 years ago

Ah, MRAs support freedom of speech by curtailing the freedom of speech of others. Why am I not surprised.

weirwoodtreehugger
5 years ago

I too wonder how they’re defining social justice courses. I took a European history class in college and we covered the witch trials. Is it too anti-white and anti-Christian to talk about that injustice? Or is it okay because it happened long ago?

Was it too SJW for my professor who taught biopsych, cognitive neuroscience, and developmental psychology to oppose the Bush administration (which was current at the time) because Bush put restrictions on stem cell research? Or is that one okay because it’s pro-science?

And not to Godwin, but are professors allowed to talk about all the factors that made scapegoating Jewish really easy and led to the holocaust? You really can’t talk about WWII history without discussing this.

Tulse
Tulse
5 years ago

The profound pretentiousness of many MRAs never ceases to amuse me — “Sargon of Akkad” indeed. (It reminds me of the political pundit pseudonyms in Ender’s Game, which itself was written by a right-wing wanker).

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
5 years ago

Prince just died.

Edit: Sorry. I’m sure it’s already been mentioned in the other comment threads.

Jamesworkshop
Jamesworkshop
5 years ago

doing damage to their health, education and future.

That’s not just an opinion, it’s an unscientific non-fact.

dreemr
dreemr
5 years ago

Prince just died, so I have less patience than usual for these asshats.

dlouwe
dlouwe
5 years ago

Hahahahaha what

Like, this is just… such poor reasoning. Verging on not even wrong. I can’t even start to address this because my internal monologue just keeps laughing.

eta: Prince? Fuck. Damnit.

Sarity
Sarity
5 years ago

Uh. What’s the point of this petition? All I see is a gob of run-of-the-mill arglebargle assertions about teh big bad ess jay dubyas that targets no one in particular, explains nothing, and proposes no specific action. Literally nothing can result from this except to say “lookit how many other shitwits agree with me that social justice sucks rawrrwargh!”

ikanreed
ikanreed
5 years ago

I’ve observed in the right, but especially in the alt-right a tendency towards what I’d call “cargo cult argumentation”.

They see an argument leveled in context and immediately assume that it was the form, and not the function and context of the argument that made it effective to the speaker.

So they go and declare skeletons “supremacist” because they’ve noted how concerned people are that they, themselves are white supremacists. There’s no context to that argument, they just think it works.

You’ll see them act the same way with logical fallacies. “You called me an idiot by virtue of how unbearably stupid the argument I’m making is, thus my argument must be right” kinda stuff. They don’t understand the function of logical fallacies, just see them as magic wands to wave in arguments.

leftwingfox
leftwingfox
5 years ago

If we set aside the fact that, unlike the Nazis, who confiscated the books they burned, a person burning their own copy of a book that is readily available to others is not actually censoring anything, he’s got a point.

THANK YOU. That’s a point that gets missed by even well meaning people.

makroth
makroth
5 years ago

People like Sargon are the cancer that Youtube and a good deal of the rest of the internet suffers from.

weirwoodtreehugger
5 years ago

WAIT. WHAT!? Prince died!? Fuuuuuuucccckkkkk!!!!!

As a Minnesotan, that’s particularly affecting.

Bowie, Rickman, and Prince all in one year and the year isn’t even half over. The fuck?

And Chyna died too. Not a pro-wrestling fan so I don’t know much about her, but she was only 45. Very sad.

I shall memorialize him the only way I know how. Giving a reaction gif of him to Sargon’s foolery

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Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
5 years ago

Prince is dead and MRAs continue to spew their hatred. This is not a good day.

Miss Andry
5 years ago

I majored in Social Justice at Social Justice University.

Scildfreja
Scildfreja
5 years ago

:C

Rest in peace, Prince. Style all over the pearly gates.

re: Sargon;

Ugh, I loathe him more than most. You can listen to Thunderf00t or Angry Atheist or whatnot and you can tell they’re douchebags, but Sargon has a pleasant voice – it’s a travesty that he uses it to propagate that sort of filth.

dreemr
dreemr
5 years ago

@WWTH I live in Nodak, and I’ve always thought his choosing to remain in his hometown – even with all of his enormous talent and opportunities – was cool and kind of awesome and rebellious.

Everyone always wants to get out of the so-called “flyover” states, but he chose to stay here.

And apparently he was a helluva basketball player, too.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
5 years ago

In my roadie days I got to work for Prince. He was a great guy and what he didn’t know about music wasn’t worth knowing. When his band were playing we could call out any soul or R&B song, no matter how obscure. They’d all nod at each other and go straight into that song without missing a beat.

A great loss to great music. 🙁

Sarity
Sarity
5 years ago

If we set aside the fact that, unlike the Nazis, who confiscated the books they burned, a person burning their own copy of a book that is readily available to others is not actually censoring anything, he’s got a point.

THANK YOU. That’s a point that gets missed by even well meaning people.

There’s burning out of fear and quashing of ideas, then there’s symbolic burning out of “fuck you and your absurdly fallacious bullshit.”

Edit: R.I.P. Prince :'<

Tessa
Tessa
5 years ago

Scildfreja

Ugh, I loathe him more than most. You can listen to Thunderf00t or Angry Atheist or whatnot and you can tell they’re douchebags, but Sargon has a pleasant voice – it’s a travesty that he uses it to propagate that sort of filth.

Really? I find his voice equally annoying. And to think I didn’t think he’d ever top the level of stupidity of (Paraphrased) “you can’t hold gamergate responsible for the harassment, because it’s made up of individuals! Each individual is responsible for their own actions… Not gamergate” But I was wrong. Burning your own copy of a book as an act of expression equals the goverment taking people’s books and burning them. Brilliant!

Dark Statistic
Dark Statistic
5 years ago

It’s about ethics in scholarship, guys. Like how we should all strive for “objective” video game reviews to preserve ethical journalism.

See, you can talk about literature, but you can’t have classes called “Post-Colonial Literature”. That’s censoring people who don’t buy that colonialism is a thing (or at least, don’t buy that it’s such a bad thing). Much like you can only review a game based on its technical aspects (and maybe mention at the end that the female props were objectively hawt), in these classes you can talk about how many words a book has and the plot in general terms. However, any attempt to insert social justice by means of analysing historical context of the work, allegory within the work, or even acknowledging race, gender or other scary things that the characters encounter, is censorship. I mean, deconstruction is by definition Marxism and critical theory is by definition anti-white-straight-cis-male.

Therefore, literature is just meaningless stories. To imply otherwise is unethical. And since it’s just stories, there’s no point in studying it.

Checkmate.

leftwingfox
leftwingfox
5 years ago

Dammit. WWE women’s champion Chyna as well.

STOP EATING PEOPLE 2016!!!

Paradoxical Intention - Resident Cheeseburger Slut

Sarity | April 21, 2016 at 12:29 pm
Uh. What’s the point of this petition? All I see is a gob of run-of-the-mill arglebargle assertions about teh big bad ess jay dubyas that targets no one in particular, explains nothing, and proposes no specific action. Literally nothing can result from this except to say “lookit how many other shitwits agree with me that social justice sucks rawrrwargh!”

He does actually propose an action. “Fire every teacher I don’t personally agree with because they want to censor my freeze peaches!”

It’s not a rational action, and it certainly does ring of absolute hypocrisy, but he does want something to be done.

weirwoodtreehugger | April 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm
And Chyna died too. Not a pro-wrestling fan so I don’t know much about her, but she was only 45. Very sad.

I’ve never really been a Prince fan, so while I am sad for that, it’s out of respect for him and his fans, but Chyna hits REALLY hard for me.

She was amazing in the ring, and she was taken from us way too soon. I remember watching her as a kid and being absolutely amazed by her standing toe-to-toe with the guys. She was the only woman competitor to ever hold the Intercontinental Championship too. She’s one of the reasons I became a lifelong WWE fan, and the reason I lamented the downgrade to the “Diva’s Division” and the recent restoration of the “Women’s Division”. An absolute force to be reckoned with.

There’s literal tears in my eyes right now.

I did hear that drug overdose is speculated to be the cause, though I kind of hope that isn’t the case.

CPphazor
CPphazor
5 years ago

I think if we give him time I reckon he might rebuild the Akkadian empire or something in some kind of bizarre New Vegas-esque turn of events.

reymohammed
5 years ago

They always think that if democracy is revoked, it’s those icky *others* that will be kept down, and they’ll be sitting in the catbird seat.

And now, if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee and her veep is a woman or a minority, can you feature all the dirty-word screeching we’re going to hear from the dextrosphere?…

magnesium
magnesium
5 years ago

Ah yes, the international monolith that is UNIVERSITIES. I’ve never taken a gender studies course, and probably won’t get the chance to fit on in my schedule, which is actually a little disappointing. I noticed, though, that one that I had wanted to take was being taught by a woman with a PHD in theoretical physics. The one social-justice-y ethics course I did have to take was quite good, and taught by the same prof who teaches a logic course. In actuality, people with PHD’s in philosophy are usually pretty good at the reason stuff. I mean I’m sure their skills in logic and reason pale in comparison to youtube celeb Sargon of Akkad and the many Free Speech Warriors hell-bent on limiting free speech that makes them uncomfortable.

I suspect Mr Benjamin has never set foot in an actual university. Perhaps he’d be happier at one of those Fundamentalist Christian Pseudo-Acreddited Universities that they have in the US. He’ll find no scary liberal ideas to challenge his world view, there.

dreemr
dreemr
5 years ago

@ikanreed or anyone, really – I’ve seen a few mentions of MRAs using thinking/reasoning that is similar to that of a cargo cult, but I have to admit I have no idea what it really means.

Can anyone point me to a good analysis of how the two are similar?

Number Sequence
Number Sequence
5 years ago

…the internet’s antifeminists responded as if Hitler himself had risen from the grave.

They celebrated?

Margaret Pless
Margaret Pless
5 years ago

A dumbass proposal by a paid anti feminist shill. If Carl wants to start a crusade against scientifically illiterate and bigoted ideologues he should take aim against himself.

Having watched a sampler of his work, Sargon never does his homework or looks up anything before turning on the microphone – He just spouts off whatever bigoted, misinformed thing he believes is true and presents this as an objective fact. I worry for all the idiots getting their news from his channel – they think they’re getting the hot uncensored truth, but he’s just a right-wing spin jockey.

Freemage
Freemage
5 years ago

dreemr: There’s been lots of literal cargo cults. The best known are the ones that started in the Melanesian Islands during WWII. First the Japanese forces, then the Americans, occupied the islands, and brought with them the first manufactured goods the indigenous population had ever seen. Furthermore, these were often air-dropped, so appeared to the locals as if the gods were literally sending the occupiers supplies.

Since they had no reference for modern technology, the islanders would set up mock airstrips (with local building materials) and perform the same actions they saw the occupiers using to ‘summon’ the cargo. They even would build replica airplanes out of straw.

It’s classic magical thinking–perform this rite, and you get the benefits.

So the comparison to MRAs and the like, who co-opt social justice terminology, is pretty straightforward. They think that by waving around terms they barely comprehend (racist, sexist, oppression and so forth) completely devoid of the proper context or support, that they can somehow make their opponents look as bad as they are. It’s an astounding sociological phenomenon.

More reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult

Kimstu
Kimstu
5 years ago

Imagine the conniptions these freezepeachers would have if they realized that their beloved white males of pre-feminism days had established rituals for burning and otherwise destroying their own copies of books they didn’t like!

That’s right, back in the days when Euclid’s geometry was mandatory for most college students (who were, of course, young, white and male), students who had finally finished their Euclid studies held elaborate ceremonies for the destruction of the book. As one 1850 source put it,

These consist of walking over the coffin, thus surmounting the difficulties of the author; boring a hole through a copy of Euclid with a hot iron, that the class may see through it; and finally burning it upon the funeral pyre, in order to throw light upon the subject. (“Burial of Euclid”)

Kale
5 years ago

Does not the petition violate TOS? Is it reportable?

Gotta love this “You burned one copy of a book therefore lets make an entire giant ill-define collection of fields of study totes illegal w/a Change.com petition!” man logick. top fuckin kek.

dreemr
dreemr
5 years ago

@Freemage – okay, I get it now. I did have a passing familiarity with cargo cults (not at all in-depth and not very broad) but I couldn’t figure out the connection. I kept thinking, “I should get what this means, but…I don’t”.

Thank you for the explanation.

Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
5 years ago

@dreemr:
Well, there’s the Wikipedia page on Cargo cult science, a term coined by Feynmann.

And a lot of Sovereign Citizen/Freeman on the Land stuff has been referred to as ‘Cargo cult law’ for the same reason.

The basic idea is that one copies the outer appearance of what they’re trying to do (in the case of the original cults, building landing strips and mock airports) with the expectation that success will follow (airplanes landing with food and equipment) without actually understanding any of the underlying context that made this happen (actual radios making arrangements for supply drops).

Re: Prince
I remember, back when people were laughing over the ‘artist formerly known as Prince’ aspect, being told that it was at least in part related to his rather public disagreement with his recording contract. After all, the contract gave Warner Brothers exclusive rights to sell albums created by ‘Prince’ and to not market any albums they didn’t want to… but if he changed his stage name, he could put out albums under the new name through a different label.

History Nerd
History Nerd
5 years ago

I did my undergraduate in a STEM field at a “top” university that had a reputation for being more to the left. Many of the humanities professors did seem to be a bit more liberal, but not leftist or socialist. They definitely weren’t radical feminists.

The complaints about “political correctness” and claims that it’s totalitarian were definitely attempts to create an abusive and hostile environment towards people with more radical political views on campus. Conservative groups felt like they were being censored unless every humanities course included exposure to highly polemical attacks on left-wing ideology.

Before the early 1990’s, certain people on the left with a more theoretical bent, including Catharine MacKinnon, used the term ironically to refer to themselves. It ended up being associated with MacKinnon’s views that the First Amendment shouldn’t protect pornography or abusive speech. A few college students in the 1980’s were disciplined for violating speech codes, but much of the material on that is anecdotal and not actual studies of how the speech codes were enforced or the effects they had.

In the early 1990’s, “political correctness” got picked up by conservative pundits as a strategy to project conservative support for censorship onto liberals. Now, holding anyone (non-criminally) accountable for hateful views is apparently censorship, even though almost nobody thought that way before the early 1990’s.

dreemr
dreemr
5 years ago

@Jenora – thank you for adding to this explanation. It does help me see it much more clearly. So they confuse correlation with causation, in a way!

Film Runner
Film Runner
5 years ago

Is there an online personality anyone can think of with a name that screams ‘delusions of grandeur’ more than Sargon of Akkad? It’s like calling yourself Alexander the Great and expecting to be taken seriously.

davidknewton
5 years ago

Don’t forget that the entire Gamergate manifesto was about eight paragraphs of total bollocks that looked like someone had run it through a thesaurus and replaced every word with the longest synonym he could find. A veil of cleverness is all it takes to fool these people.

Freemage
Freemage
5 years ago

Film Runner: I’d say Vox Day is second place (his is more pretentious, IMNSHO, but still very self-aggrandizing).

History Nerd
History Nerd
5 years ago

@Dark Statistic

Sargon is arguably way more postmodern and deconstructionist than radical feminists and critical race theorists. He bases his arguments on anecdotes and speculation rather than empirical evidence and he’s more concerned with the particularities of language people use than their actual substance.

GamerGate itself is pretty postmodernist (e.g., Anita Sarkeesian is wrong because I’ve found a way to interpret her language that makes her sound silly). It tries to be critical race theory for white gamers with cargo cult deference to 19th century liberalism and Enlightenment rationalism. The LessWrong people are the actual ridiculous uber-rationalists.

QuantumInc
QuantumInc
5 years ago

I really wanted to like Sargon of Akkad since he bills himself of someone who listens to reason, who might even change their mind if presented the right evidence. Ironically I’ve seen plenty of evidence before reading this here that he’s the same as many anti-feminists and espouses the exact same ideas as the others. I suppose that because there is the patriarchal view that “Men are logical” some anti-feminists have irrationally concluded that “Pro-male arguments are logical.”

I suppose their are some social justice types who are tempted by the idea of simply silencing their enemies, but 90% of the time I see what they say nobody is calling for outright censorship, but instead simply pointing out why certain statements are bad.

I was never a fan, and what little I knew suggested that he never lead a healthy life, still…

Prince: A legend has died.

Ouraboros13
5 years ago

I suspect Mr Benjamin has never set foot in an actual university. Perhaps he’d be happier at one of those Fundamentalist Christian Pseudo-Acreddited Universities that they have in the US. He’ll find no scary liberal ideas to challenge his world view, there.

I don’t think he actually did, though he did go to a private school. I know this at least through one of Laughing Witch’s older videos. It was especially ridiculous how Sargon would keep shitting on Laurie Penny for going to a posh private school though Sargon himself did the same. At least Penny went to college. Sargon had every opportunity but didn’t take it either because he was too lazy or too dumb.

Bonelady
Bonelady
5 years ago

I guess I am one of those ebil SJWs that Sargon is trying to get fired. Oh noes. I teach Human Cultures and most ebil of all SJW courses, Human Diversity. (I also teach Introduction to Archaeology on occasion, but that’s not so SJWy.) I have a Ph.D. in Ancient Studies, so I know who the real Sargon was – a much nicer person, I have to say. So, I guess I should update my vita, since this fearsome petition will make this my last semester teaching such blasphemies against white suprmacy… (T_T)

Nikki the Bluth Wannabe
Nikki the Bluth Wannabe
5 years ago

Sargon:

Social justice professors are indoctrinating young people into a pseudoscientific cult behind closed doors that is doing damage to their health, education and future.

Huh. Professors at my college usually leave the classroom door open unless the noise level in the hall is particularly loud, so I didn’t know this was a thing.

Valentine
Valentine
5 years ago

@sjildfreja
As someone who is not British but my parents live in the uk let’s not confuse having an English accent with having a soothing voice. Its cos of the bbc that people think that. I understand thunder foot is also British. But I find carl Benjamin worse actually. He is patronising and self satisfied to at least the same level as thunderfoot. I know the main reason these people have a following in the us and places outside of Britain is because an English accent is aussmed smart and trustworthy. Mainly cos of old BBC speak.

Chiomara
Chiomara
5 years ago

I suspect Mr Benjamin has never set foot in an actual university. Perhaps he’d be happier at one of those Fundamentalist Christian Pseudo-Acreddited Universities that they have in the US. He’ll find no scary liberal ideas to challenge his world view, there.

WHAT?!? B-but STEM LOGICS, movement atheism! He could never believe in god, he is a human with a clearly superior IQ! He should be in MIT!!!

Ugh, I loathe him more than most. You can listen to Thunderf00t or Angry Atheist or whatnot and you can tell they’re douchebags, but Sargon has a pleasant voice – it’s a travesty that he uses it to propagate that sort of filth.

You think so? I think they all have the most annoying tones. I honestly cant watch the vídeos and if I want to adress a point they’re making I need to read an inscription of it instead of listening, cause I get SO intensely annoyed I cant think or talk properly. Its like when babies cry, except I don’t usually feel like throwing stuff at baby faces.

I used to melt when I heard british accents. Now when someone talks in a mocking tone and a british accent I literally grind my teeth. I hate those guys more than they hate Sarkeezian.

I Blame Myself
I Blame Myself
5 years ago

Free speech has no limits…

… unless it’s free speech that we disagree with.

ColeYote
ColeYote
5 years ago

Remember when internet petitions weren’t a joke? Neither do I.

History Nerd
History Nerd
5 years ago

Based on watching a few of his videos, Sargon doesn’t appear to have beyond a (US) community college or sophomore level university education. Maybe he’s a little beyond US high school if he went to a private school in the UK and took A-levels, but he’s not familiar with the type of research writing you do in upper division courses. He can use other sources to illustrate his points, but he doesn’t know how to use sources critically. He’d get an F if he turned in one of his video scripts as a term paper.

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