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All academics must toe the line
Fellow academic messages me, “I think you’re irresponsible with your ‘public voice’ and are undermining your credibility as a professional scientist.”
Translation: All must toe the line.
This has been common for the last two years.
“What happened to you, Mark?” [Sorry, I’m not keeping my mouth shut out of fear of losing academic friends or grants when I see the world implementing draconian, ineffective and harmful policies.]
“When did you become far Right?” [I’ve always been libertarian / classical liberal. That you believe this has anything to do with Left vs Right shows you have your view BECAUSE of Left-Right polarization. It’s not about Left versus Right.]
“So you’re a conspiracy theorist now?” [I’m at this point actually one of the main anti-conspiracy theorists on Team Rationality. My new research institute, FreeX, is dedicated to understanding these emergent psycho-societal forces.]
Answers don’t matter. I could growl or write a treatise in response and it would make no difference.