It’s never a good look for your movement or ideology when you can use the vernacular of said movement and find that it fits well within the writing of one of history’s most prolific villains and fits well within the ideology he espoused.
According to The Sun, Professor Peter Boghossian at Portland State University in Oregon decided to see how easy it was to get a paper published in academic journals if he used specific, social justice “grievance studies” language originating from the feminist movement. The answer was fairly easy, yet the disturbing part is that the paper he published was a rewrite of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”:
Boghossian and two other helpers actually wrote a handful of nonsensical papers and managed to publish seven different papers in the academic journal before he was discovered according to The Sun:
The assistant philosophy professor at Portland State University in Oregon penned a total of 20 “intentionally broken” and “nonsense” papers with the help of two collaborators.
Each of one was deliberately ridiculous – but astonishingly seven were accepted by peer-reviewed journals, The Times reports.
One, “Our Struggle is My Struggle: Solidarity feminism as an intersectional reply to neoliberal and choice feminism”, was a rewrite of chapter 12 of Hitler’s 1925 autobiographywith feminist “buzzwords switched in”.
All the spoofs featured “very shoddy methodologies including incredibly implausible statistics”, as well as “ideologically motivated qualitative analyses” and “claims not warranted by the data”.
Other papers included studies on “rape-condoning spaces of hegemonic masculinity” and had involved examining “10,000 dogs’ genitals” in public dog-walking parks.” It suggested that men should be trained like dogs in the prevention of “rape culture.”
“We wanted to see if these disciplines that we called ‘grievance studies’ are compromised by political activism that allows for the laundering of prejudices and opinions into something that gets treated as knowledge,” said Boghossian.
Of course, Boghossian’s stunt has landed him in the frying pan with his university, and he’s on his way to being fired, but some well-known intellectuals are sticking up for him with Richard Dawkins being one of them. Boghossian tweeted out a letter Dawkins sent to the University in his defense.
While it’s pretty hilarious that a guy can easily pass off the wildest feminist nonsense and literal Mein Kampf rewrites as good fits for modern academic journals, it’s also kind of terrifying. As Boghossian admitted, many of his papers had no factual data in them at all. They just picked an exaggerated message and proceeded to watch as academic journals found them acceptable.
It’s one more example of how disturbing academia has gotten.