Puppet with bad facial hair [right]
The wonderful Intertuba invention has brought Jason Richwine, PhD, C.M.S-p to the world's attention, competing unfairly with our own home-grown shitweasels. Richwine is an erstwhile employee of one
Attention has recently turned to the PhD Richwine acquired from Harvard University in his gap year between Thought Tonks. His thesis revives the century-old argument that non-Anglo immigration to the US is a Bad Thing because the immigrants are too stupid to feed themselves unsupervised... with a global replacement of the specific list of genetically-inferior mud-people so that it now reads "Hispanics" instead of the original "Eastern and Southern Europeans (and Jews and the Irish)".
Richwine's list of references includes 8 citations of the work of Borjas, his chief examiner, which was probably politic. Linda Gottfredson features five times, she being the co-instigator (with David Brooks) of an egregious 1994 exercise in lending academic respectability to racism.** Six references to the theoretical stylings of J. Philippe Rushton.*** The Herrnstein-Murray "Bell Curve" is there, and eight references to Richwine's mentor, an AEI senior fellow and cross-burner:
Evidently AEI also sponsored the PhD, and provided Richwine with four interns to do the actual research, while Murray is further credited with 'expert editing':
Two questions come to mind:
1. Should not Harvard have awarded the doctorate directly to
2. Is "mentor" a strong enough term for Murray's contribution? Perhaps "ghostwriter" would be better.
Alas, Richwine no longer works for Heritage, who do not wish to be linked to the stink of an overt white supremacist, although they do stand by the white-supremacy reports he prepared for them. This has led the defenders of Academic Freedom to worry about a chilling effect. However, Heritage policy holds that "workforce mobility" and job insecurity are Good Things, so Richwine is no doubt grateful for the chance to experience them.
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** Gottfredson's intellectual odyssey -- to IQ/race quackery from a background in Holland-hexagon employment-psych. quackery -- is worthy of a post in itself.
*** Rushton of black-dick-size fixation fame. He was convinced that black males are stupider than white males because they have larger penes, because dick size and brain size are mutually incompatible, according to a K/r reproductive strategy argument all of his own. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP. This theory required him to peruse Penthouse Forum for evidence, which is the BEST EXCUSE EVAH, and to ask his students to rate their own appendages. Liberal scientists are not advised to try this.
The late Rushton never pursued the obvious corollary that women of any race are smarter than men; perhaps the possibility that breed-stock could be intelligent did not occur to him.