Palantir Co-Founder Starts Anti-Woke University With Clown Car of Intellectual Dark Web Dweebs - 2021-11-08

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F0.png Palantir Co-Founder Starts Anti-Woke University With Clown Car of Intellectual Dark Web Dweebs November 8, 2021, Tom McKay, Gizmodo

A sampling of the nation's most intolerable contrarian columnists, right-wing pundits, and other stuffed shirts is launching their own university in a bid to challenge the supposedly woke academic status quo—courtesy of funding from an obscure libertarian nonprofit linked to Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale.

The University of Austin or UATX, which is absolutely not to be confused with the University of Texas at Austin, a real school, aims to offer "forbidden courses" that will spark students to ask "provocative questions that often lead to censorship or self-censorship in many universities." It boasts a bevy of headache-inducing personalities on its Board of Advisors, which consists largely of the type of people who have branded themselves as the last defenders of liberalism (against the tide of woke liberals).

Those personalities include Bari Weiss, a former New York Times opinion editor who has spent most of her professional energy yelping about left-wing Twitter mobs; conservative British historian Niall Ferguson, who left Stanford after leaked emails showed him encouraging campus Republicans to do "opposition research" on a left-wing student; former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, who has somehow tried to make the "wokeness" of central bankers a culture-war issue; amateur race scientist and self-declared ethnic penis size expert Andrew Sullivan; scorched-earth culture warrior Sohrab Ahmari; and cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker, an identity politics alarmist who is popular with the neoliberal crowd. One of its "founding faculty fellows" is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Hoover Institution scholar who believes Islam is inherently violent and has more recently begun parroting the line that "wokeism" is just like white supremacy.

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