Help, what is happening with our universities?

By Prof. Dr. IR. Guus Berkhout

This is an English translation of a letter by Guus Berkhout of CLINTEL that was published in De Telegraaf, the largest newspaper in The Netherlands earlier this week.

In recent years we have seen the strangest things happening to our universities. Professors must be extremely careful about what they teach. If they present scientific results that do not fit the ideology of activist movements, their lives are made difficult and they even run the risk of being excommunicated. Joining the consensus is by far the safest. The Boards of Governors do not protect their professors; on the contrary, they are solidly behind the activists.

The University of Amsterdam believes that every student should become ‘woke’. It is no longer about developing talents, but about making white, heterosexual, serious students feel guilty. After all, their ancestors have blood on their hands and they are the new generation of oppressors. Radboud University in Nijmegen has bowed to climate activism and has just decided that all students must be taught the sustainability narrative. The climate crisis is central to this, whether that is scientifically correct or not, that does not matter in Nijmegen.

My own university, TU Delft, has recently adopted the fashionable label ‘climate university’. This university also indoctrinates its students by telling them that there is a man-made climate crisis that must be solved with solar panels, windmills and biomass plants. Criticism is not tolerated. But I say to the Board of Governors, surely the university must be a sanctuary for the unbiased exchange of knowledge? How free is the discussion at TU Delft if everyone is pushed into an ideological straightjacket? Do you still want to send your child to such a university?

Honorary Doctorate
But the worst is yet to come. TU Delft has just announced that it will award EU Vice President Frans Timmermans an honorary doctorate (doctoratus honoris causa), because of the extraordinary achievements he has made with his energy transition policy. But I say to the Board of Governors, Frans Timmermans has done untold damage with his energy policy! He is the great champion of biomass plants, which have been destroying unique ecosystems for many years by massive logging.

Timmermans also believes that sustainability can be achieved with windmills. A technical university such as Delft University of Technology knows perfectly well that such a policy is technically and scientifically nonsensical! Hard figures show that wind farms incur heavy losses; their operating costs are seriously underestimated. Partly due to Timmermans’ policy, energy prices are skyrocketing. And then grant such a person an honorary doctorate? It is an insult to all Delft alumni.

Intertwined interests
Universities have moved in a direction unworthy of science. The interests of science and politics have become strongly intertwined. As a result, critical thinking and truth-finding have not been the starting point for years. Boards of Directors should bear in mind that universities are supposed to be breeding grounds for new ideas. This requires an inspiring research and teaching environment, where new concepts are welcomed and students can develop their talents. Filtering out bad ideas should be done by exposition, argument and observation, not by muzzling creative minds.

Guus Berkhout is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and cofounder of CLINTEL.

Editor’s note: “critical thinking and truth-finding have not been the starting point for years.” How very true.

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Curious George(@moudryj)
November 26, 2021 2:03 pm

Socialists of all countries have united.

commieBob
Reply to  Curious George
November 26, 2021 2:50 pm

Except maybe China. WUWT?

Abolition Man
Reply to  commieBob
November 26, 2021 7:01 pm

commieBob,
China would never be stupid enough to teach such garbage in their schools and universities, but you can bet dollars to donuts that they are heavily invested in the “woke” devolution taking place in Western institutions!

Vuk
Reply to  Abolition Man
November 27, 2021 2:43 am

Enter the dragon
China is slowly but meticulously taking over British Commonwealth.
“In total, China has invested £685 billion across 42 Commonwealth countries since 2005, according to figures compiled by the American Enterprise Institute. To put that figure in context, Chinese investment in Commonwealth member states is, on average, three times higher as a proportion of the recipient’s GDP than in non-member countries, a Telegraph analysis has established.
Economic might, of course, is the most powerful tool in exerting political control, and the consequences of the West allowing China to become the main economic partner for so many countries are far-reaching.
Destabilisation of the Afghan economy provides opportunities for China to move in and exhaust the country’s vast mineral deposits, which include coal, copper, iron ore, lithium, uranium, gold, oil and gemstones.
China calls it the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), its somewhat enigmatic name for the global infrastructure development strategy brought in by President Xi in 2013.
The Belt refers to the economic belt through Central Asia to Europe, while the Road refers to the Silk Road element.
Put simply, it is Xi’s policy of using China’s vast cash reserves to gobble up raw materials, form political alliances and dominate global trade long into the future.
Since 2005 Pakistan has received £60 billion of investment from China, more than a fifth of its GDP, and it now buys 70 per cent of its arms from China.
The US believes Pakistan passes on some of those arms to the Taliban.
Sri Lanka unable to pay was forced to hand over the port and 15,000 acres of land around it to Beijing on a 99-year lease.
Chinese investment in the UK since 2005 amounts to £98.6 billion, some 0.03 per cent of GDP, though the more pertinent fact is the extent to which the West has been happy to rely on China for its manufacturing needs.”
Extract from (behind pay wall)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/11/26/beijings-billions-buying-commonwealth/

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Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Vuk
November 27, 2021 3:15 am

good luck to the Chinese investors who may try moving into Afghanistan- the people of that country don’t seem to like outsiders

lmo
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
November 27, 2021 1:32 pm

I’m sure the Chinese can also train Afgans to make solar panels or donate their kidneys. No need to pretend to install win hearts and minds and install democracy.

MarkW
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
November 27, 2021 1:39 pm

China has never pretended to be interested in winning hearts and minds.

Robertvd
Reply to  Curious George
November 27, 2021 9:12 am

Socialism is just used as a tool (one of the many) by Big Brother behind the curtain. Their goal is to divide and conquer society. Follow the yellow brick road. Who can print all it needs to buy/corrupt the system ?
Meanwhile what freedom do We The People have left ? How can a society with Direct Taxation say it is a free society when Direct Taxation IS Slavery and complete control by Big (Brother)Government.

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Harves
November 26, 2021 2:04 pm

Well, Guus just blew his chance of getting a job at any Australian university.

Pauleta
November 26, 2021 2:07 pm

From the perspective of the students, they are glorified high schools now, with immature, spoiled young people that have no knowledge and still think they know more than professors.

From the perspective of professors, hard left indoctrinators that do not care about actual Science but know really well how to play the woke narrative.

From the perspective of management, a bloated, inefficient machinery that doesn’t work and it’s full of the same hard left idiots, just without MSc and PhD degrees like the faculty.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Pauleta
November 26, 2021 6:28 pm

Paulette,
It’s even worse than that; our universities are now actively teaching IGNORANCE rather than knowledge! We are is the midst of the largest mass hysteria in human history, and our dear leaders skip merrily down their chosen path; strewing petals of fear and ignorance as they go!

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StephenP
Reply to  Pauleta
November 27, 2021 5:38 am

How come the staff at universities can go on about white and male privilege yet seem to ignore the tenure privilege that allows them to carry on with their woke indoctrination of students without any risk of being disciplined or sacked?

Robertvd
Reply to  StephenP
November 27, 2021 9:26 am

Because all work for the same master. Do we really think the people we vote into office have any power ?

MARTIN BRUMBY
November 26, 2021 2:07 pm

Brave man.
I wish him very well.
Perhas society will reach peak stupid soon.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  MARTIN BRUMBY
November 26, 2021 2:37 pm

There are two things that are infinite according to Einstein: The universe and human stupidity. Einstein wasn’t sure about the universe, though.

aussiecol
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
November 26, 2021 5:23 pm

Einstein also said… Genius abhors consensus because when consensus is reached, thinking stops.”

Federico Bär
Reply to  aussiecol
November 27, 2021 11:29 am

That reminds me of a similar quote: …”Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics dis­agree, the artist is in accordance with himself”… (Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray).
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Abolition Man
Reply to  MARTIN BRUMBY
November 26, 2021 6:40 pm

Martin,
I very much fear that we can NOT reach peak stupidity until those of us still capable of free and independent thought understand that ignorance can be TAUGHT; even more easily than knowledge!
The promulgation of stupidity requires the unquestioned acceptance of the party’s propaganda; as humanity saw in the Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia or Mao’s China! The killing fields of totalitarianism do not come about except through the blind acceptance of the party line; whether that is Mein Kampf, Das Kapital, the lies and distortions of GangGreen, or the blind acceptance of a poorly tested and largely ineffective medical regime!

Joao Martins
Reply to  Abolition Man
November 27, 2021 4:37 am

You are right.

Stupidity growth has passed its tipping point and is now irreversible; in part, as the outcome of the inherent endogamy of the university and state-financed research: endogamy, as in genetics, tends to concentrate traits, good or bad (selecting the likes by their likes).

TonyG
Reply to  Abolition Man
November 27, 2021 9:17 am

“ignorance can be TAUGHT”
So true. I see it all the time. Often it takes the form of people incapable or uninterested in actually thinking about anything or having their own opinions – when asked anything, they have to find the right “authority” in order to know what they believe.

Jim Brock(@texasjimbrock)
Reply to  TonyG
November 27, 2021 4:23 pm

We have too many students in college who are nowhere near capable of handling college-level material. So there has to be a large group of instructors to handle the overflow. Lower standards all around.

richardw
November 26, 2021 2:18 pm

We need to stop recruiting the graduates from these universities.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  richardw
November 26, 2021 2:38 pm

It’s ALL universities these days. The value of a degree is also sinking fast. They give them away for being woke.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
November 26, 2021 3:24 pm

Feminist glacial studies comes to mind. A bright spot is that the feminists are beginning to push back against the transgender crowd.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Dave Fair
November 26, 2021 5:36 pm

They should have pushed back the moment it began, but then they also should have pushed back against the Marxists who infiltrated feminism over 30 years ago. However, feminism, which has had little to do with women for over 30 years, has moved on. Now it’s intersectional, to reflect its wokeness.

Reply to  richardw
November 26, 2021 4:02 pm

My two universities have gone full-woke – I wrote them to say my donations wallet just slammed shut. They can drown in their own bullsh!t, but not on my dollar.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
November 26, 2021 5:38 pm

Good on you. I did that nearly a decade ago. They didn’t seem to care.

Derg
Reply to  Rory Forbes
November 26, 2021 5:57 pm

All they need is grant money

Reply to  Rory Forbes
November 26, 2021 7:03 pm

You have to write the universities and tell them you are cutting them off.

Then they care – a lot.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
November 26, 2021 7:09 pm

You’re right, I should have been more direct at the time. I merely added a note to my refusal to contribute on their request application. I guessed my donation wasn’t significant enough for them to mind.

Lrp
Reply to  Rory Forbes
November 26, 2021 10:18 pm

They live off taxpayers’ money now

Robertvd
Reply to  Lrp
November 27, 2021 9:42 am

The printing press. The taxpayers are broke. The States are bankrupt.

Robertvd
Reply to  Rory Forbes
November 27, 2021 9:38 am

What makes sense in an economic system that is kept ‘alive’ by the money printers ? Who needs your money if they can print it.

Jim Brock(@texasjimbrock)
Reply to  Rory Forbes
November 27, 2021 4:25 pm

Donate to Hillsdale College instead.

Doonman
Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
November 26, 2021 7:16 pm

I stopped supporting my college financially when they took foundation money earmarked for scholarships and donated it to political campaigns that supported bond issues which helped service employee pension plans.

Robertvd
Reply to  ALLAN MACRAE
November 27, 2021 9:31 am

Their masters can print all the dollars needed to buy the system.

DrEd
Reply to  richardw
November 26, 2021 5:17 pm

$top $upporting them!!

Sommer
Reply to  richardw
November 27, 2021 1:17 pm

https://uwaterloo.ca/climate-emergency-declaration/?utm_source=citynews%20kitchener&utm_campaign=citynews%20kitchener%3A%20outbound&utm_medium=referral

We also need to support professors who have the courage to expose the truth at these universities.

November 26, 2021 2:18 pm

This is the result of endlessly repeating ‘settled science’ in order to guide the science in a politically favorable direction and coerce a ‘consensus’ on the wrong side of the laws guiding and quantifying science. This kind of political anti-science bias is so powerful, it leads many to deny that the most divisive scientific controversy of all time even exists.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  co2isnotevil
November 26, 2021 2:41 pm

Don’t forget that the IPCC’s whole reasoning behind CAGW is founded on one very simple assumption. They literally stated that they couldn’t see any reason for 20th century warming, so it must be CO2. It’s worth repeating often. If you just dwell on that for a few minutes you can see the enormous stupidity involved.

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Gyan1
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
November 26, 2021 3:01 pm

They willfully didn’t look at any other variables which didn’t support the narrative.

MarkW
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
November 26, 2021 3:26 pm

The sad thing is that they also admit that they don’t know what caused the previous warm periods, and admit that it couldn’t have been CO2.

Then they will turn around and tell you that this ignorance doesn’t matter because the models have proven that the modern warm period is being caused by CO2.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  MarkW
November 26, 2021 5:42 pm

But anyone can explain to you that anthropogenic CO2 is magic and capable fabulous feats of scientific prestidigitation.

DrEd
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
November 26, 2021 5:19 pm

You really, really can’t fix stupid.

Abolition Man
Reply to  DrEd
November 26, 2021 7:13 pm

DrEd,
Actually, in many cases you can! But for far too many the ignorance they’ve been fed will be with them for their lifetime; like a parasite feeding on a host!

It behooves ALL of us to learn more about mass psychosis and the basic laws of human stupidity! This tragic course that Western nations are currently following will not be corrected by responding after the fact! Men and women of goodwill must be more proactive in throwing the lies and propaganda back in the totalitarian’s faces!

Satire and humor are deadly weapons to the pride of the tyrant, but they must be based on real facts and data! Otherwise you end up sounding like Nick, or the griffter!

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Federico Bär
Reply to  Abolition Man
November 27, 2021 11:44 am

Related to mass psychosis, I came across an eye-opening interview I hope you also will find interesting:

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MarkW
Reply to  Abolition Man
November 27, 2021 1:47 pm

You can fix ignorance, but those who are ignorant need to be willing to learn.
When it comes to politicians, ignorance has got them everything they have, so they aren’t willing to change.
(And yes, most alarmists are politicians first. Scientist second, if at all.)

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
November 26, 2021 6:59 pm

IT’S NOT JUST GLOBAL WARMING SCIENTISTS BEING STUPID

The ability to predict is the best objective measure of scientific and technical competence.

Climate doomsters have a perfect NEGATIVE predictive track record – every very-scary climate prediction, of the ~80 they have made since 1970, has FAILED TO HAPPEN.

“Rode and Fischbeck, professor of Social & Decision Sciences and Engineering & Public Policy, collected 79 predictions of climate-caused apocalypse going back to the first Earth Day in 1970. With the passage of time, many of these forecasts have since expired; the dates have come and gone uneventfully. In fact, 48 (61%) of the predictions have already expired as of the end of 2020.”

By the end of 2020, the climate doomsters were proved wrong in their scary climate predictions 48 times. At 50:50 odds for each prediction, that is like flipping a coin 48 times and losing every time! The probability of that being mere random stupidity is 1 in 281 trillion! It’s not just global warming scientists being stupid.

These climate doomsters have not been telling the truth – they displayed a dishonest bias in their analyses that caused these extremely improbable falsehoods, these frauds.

The global warming alarmists have a perfect NEGATIVE predictive track record – they have been 100% wrong about every scary climate prediction – so nobody should continue to believe them.

There is a powerful logic that says no rational person or group could be this wrong for this long – they have followed a corrupt agenda – in fact, they knew from the beginning of their catastrophic global warming narrative that they were lying.

The radical greens have NO credibility, make that NEGATIVE credibility – their core competence is propaganda, the fabrication of false alarm.

Excerpted from my latest paper:
“SCIENTIFIC COMPETENCE – THE ABILITY TO CORRECTLY PREDICT”
by Allan MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., October 20, 2021, Update Nov. 8, 2021
http://correctpredictions.ca/

Regards, Allan

Philo
Reply to  co2isnotevil
November 26, 2021 3:31 pm

The IPCC did not use reason.

They followed orders from the UN. Only examine human-caused climate warming.

Warming caused by a humans was to be studied. Nothing else need apply.
CO2 was the most popular approach since it had been in the scientific literature for nearly a century.

StephenP
Reply to  Philo
November 27, 2021 5:31 am

And didn’t Ben Santer rewrite the summary of a group report, that considered that CO2 could not be definitely responsible for catastrophic warming, which turned their conclusion on its head?

John Sandhofner
November 26, 2021 2:37 pm

Good article. Thanks. Only wish more universities would start to see things this way.

jon2009
November 26, 2021 2:42 pm

Surely the “fairest” redistribution of wealth would come from taxing the “oppressed” at a significantly lower rate than the “oppressors”?
That would cut to the chase indeed.
Once the scam is put in those terms, everyone would know what it is about!
It would perhaps mobilise the well-paid (or at least better-paid than their “victims”) professors to move to a different approach.
And it would certainly mobilise the normal person against woke-ism to the point of political involvement with “their” Congressional Representatives.
And if we all demand that the woke promulgate the idea of different tax rates then they in turn would be hoist on their own political petards.

Dave Fair
Reply to  jon2009
November 26, 2021 3:28 pm

Jon, what exactly is the current progressive tax code if not your proposed lower rate to the “oppressed?”

ChrisB
November 26, 2021 2:51 pm

Mass delusion is a characteristic of human societies. It almost repeat itself every 3rd generation, or around 80-90 years. Looking back 1930s, 1860s, 1780s, 1700s etc. You may count back to BC.

As if the first generation builds, second generation adds and the third generation destroys.

Why? I dont know.

But surely we are now depending on the compassion of the third generation.

Philo
Reply to  ChrisB
November 26, 2021 3:34 pm

The Romans took a little longer though. Poor communications.

leowaj
Reply to  ChrisB
November 26, 2021 4:32 pm

I believe it coincides with this idiom (sorry, I don’t remember who it is attributed to):

Weak men make hard times.
Hard times make strong men.
Strong men make good times.
Good times make weak men.

There is a notable cycle in humanity.

StephenP
Reply to  ChrisB
November 26, 2021 11:59 pm

It used to be called rags to rags in three generations, the third generation is too posh or has it too easy to follow their grandparents dynamism.
As regards increasing taxes for the oppressors, I don’t think the super-rich would go along with that and will find ways of ensuring that they are exempt. Charitable trusts seem to be exempt from taxes in spite of often seeming to have political objectives, while their officials seem to draw large salaries.

Oldseadog
Reply to  StephenP
November 27, 2021 2:12 am

Clogs to clogs where I come from.

Gyan1
November 26, 2021 2:56 pm

Universities today are indoctrination centers for woke fragility. Contrary evidence creates an unsafe environment for their ideological insanity.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  Gyan1
November 26, 2021 3:30 pm

Regrettably, the K-12 system (soon to be the K-2 to 12 system?) has already indoctrinated the students, so they expect a safe, sensitive, woke university experience.

On a related note, I heard a news report on the raido a week or two ago that male enrollment in US universities has decreased a good deal since the beginning of the pandemic. No one knows why, but at least some will be saved from the final touch of woke-ism.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
November 26, 2021 3:54 pm

The percentage of male enrollment has been declining for some time. My guess is that with ‘woke’ hiring practices, many young men question whether it is reasonable to spend the time and money when they will lose out to a woman for a job opening.

n.n
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
November 26, 2021 5:20 pm

Not just a woman, and not just any woman. Diversity (i.e. color judgment), inequity, and exclusion (DIE), is a Pro-Choice religious dogma, which includes racism, sexism, ageism (e.g. wicked solution), and other class-based bigotry.

StephenP
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
November 27, 2021 12:12 am

In the UK many males, and some females, have decided that paying an extortionate amount of money for three years of partying and a degree that won’t guarantee a job is not worth the candle.
Instead they are taking up apprenticeships where they get paid, have three years start on the university graduates and can get most of the benefits of university type study by attending day release and evening classes.
They also have the benefit of not being exposed to woke ideology every day as their co-workers are usually more sensible and grounded in real life.

bigoilbob
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
November 28, 2021 6:06 am

Or perhaps the reasons actually backed by the facts. Women do better than men in high school. Men are not as willing to put in the work long enough. Men have more high $ blue collar opportunities. Men are more likely to be incarcerated.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/09/young-men-college-decline-gender-gap-higher-education/620066/

But my sample of one nerd school indicates that men are still going to them. When me and the missus graduated Missouri School of Mines over 40 years ago, it was 86/14 guys and girls. Still 77/23…

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
November 26, 2021 5:53 pm

The most likely reason is that schools have been increasingly promoting feminism and and female and child centered learning models, where group learning and consensus learning have overwhelmed traditional methods. Competition is avoided and replaced with a ‘feel – good’ approach often affecting boys negatively. It has been found that boys simply shut down and opt out.

MarkW
Reply to  Gyan1
November 26, 2021 3:36 pm

I read the other day tha.t the Levi Strauss company hired grief counselors to help their employees deal with the emotional trauma of the Rittenhouse verdict.

I fear for the future of this country

n.n
Reply to  MarkW
November 26, 2021 5:26 pm

Yeah, an understandable appeal to empathy. Rittenhouse should not have intervened to extinguish fires. He should not have offered medical aid to people affected by the violence. He should not have been armed, and when assaulted, then withdrawing, then assaulted again, should have taken a knee, lowered his head, and ideally self-aborted for the sake of social justice.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  n.n
November 26, 2021 7:47 pm

Wow! You actually typed something coherent! Bravo!

MarkW
Reply to  Jeff Alberts
November 26, 2021 8:11 pm

and he didn’t use “handmade” even once.

Richard Page
Reply to  MarkW
November 27, 2021 9:39 am

Get it right – it’s handmaid.

MarkW
Reply to  Richard Page
November 27, 2021 1:55 pm

I know that, you know that, tell n.n..

Rory Forbes
Reply to  MarkW
November 26, 2021 5:59 pm

Wonderful … grief counselors to assist in the trauma of the justice system working as it should. The students are consoled because the media don’t get to try people in the press and they don’t get to intimidate the judge and dox the jurors. Social “influencers” don’t get a free hand and Marxist fact checkers decide the facts.

Oh the pain …

WXcycles
November 26, 2021 2:57 pm

My own university, TU Delft, has recently adopted the fashionable label ‘climate university’. 

This used to be called “jumping the shark”, a sure sign of having nothing left in the tank, so resort to BS and gimmicks that no one wants.

Go woke, go broke.

n.n
Reply to  WXcycles
November 26, 2021 5:28 pm

NOW (pun intended), it’s referred to as “jumping the baby”, and sometimes with the technical term of art “fetus” in order to socially distance. Over half a million babies are jumped annually in America alone. A wicked solution. Woke and morally broke.

David Gerken
November 26, 2021 3:11 pm

Go to Liberals of TickTock and see what they thought about the Rittenhouse verdict

Dave Fair
November 26, 2021 3:21 pm

Universities receive much (most?) funding from governments. They must adhere to governmental politics or lose such funding. President Dwight D. Eisenhour described the dangers of governments capturing university research and vice versa. Hard reality is the only solution. But that will cost us all dearly.

CD in Wisconsin
November 26, 2021 3:22 pm

“The interests of science and politics have become strongly intertwined. As a result, critical thinking and truth-finding have not been the starting point for years.”

***********

The suppression and/or destruction of critical thinking and free thought is at the core of oppressive totalitarian and authoritarian regimes. It is vital policy if dictators and oppressive regimes are to maintain power and control over the masses. Just ask Kim Jung Un in North Korea or the communist regime in Havana.

Making science the subordinate plaything of government and political and activist movements at the U.N. and at national levels is what has enabled the climate alarmist narrative to survive for over 30 years along with plenty of money. The co-operation of academia and the media play a vital role in having the masses believe questionable or unsound narratives in science and other areas that serve the purposes of those who crave power and control in pursuit of their political or activist ends.

I know that I sound like a broken record when I keep referencing George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four again and again, but the warning he left behind with us is still as important today as it has ever been…..and maybe more so. This boils down to whether we are teaching our young people what to think or how to think. I fear it is becoming far more the former than the latter.

Retired_Engineer_Jim
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
November 26, 2021 3:32 pm

“1984” was NOT a textbook.

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
November 26, 2021 3:48 pm

I like to say that it has become an instruction manual rather than a work of fiction.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
November 26, 2021 6:07 pm

The real damage is being done by the irrationality of the AGW fraud being transferred to the covid fraud. They now have the wind at their backs and the bit in their teeth. They will never let go of this one because the sheep are now utterly befuddled and scared. I saw a woman the other day wearing a mask in a 20 mph wind.

This time next year we’ll be learning about the 10th wave and the 6th booster to fight the Zambezi variant.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Rory Forbes
November 26, 2021 7:33 pm

Rory,
I fear that what you say is far too true!
The CAGW hoaxsters could never get a large percentage of the population to buy into all their BS, so they kept spinning their wheels! With the plandemic hysteria they’ve seen a huge rise in the number of frightened and willing victims, so they will continue to push the variants and boosters for years if we let them!
If you are not familiar with him, check out Ivor Cummins; an Irish YouTuber who has been explaining the Covid facts and data for anyone willing to listen! He has just released a movie called The Covid Chronicles that I plan to get for Xmas! No one else I have found explains quite so clearly both what we have done wrong, and what should have been done in the first place! Many of his interviews with world health experts have been priceless jewels of knowledge!

Rory Forbes
Reply to  Abolition Man
November 26, 2021 9:23 pm

Thank you for the heads up on Ivor Cummins. I’ve been collecting off radar names of people, willing to look deeper into the vast number of obvious inconsistencies in the covid story. Presently I’m under the care of a pulmonary specialist, treating my COPD and other post cancer sequelae. He doesn’t agree that messing with experimental treatments, masquerading as vaccines is advisable.

I believe what has happened is; a large number of people no longer have the energy or confidence to keep resisting the fraud and gaslighting. Peer pressure is relentless, especially when it’s driven by the media.

Philo
November 26, 2021 3:24 pm

Good Luck, Dr. Burkhout.

Alastair gray
Reply to  Philo
November 26, 2021 4:32 pm

Guus, I hope they have not relegated you to the broom cupboard at Delft, like Roger Pielke in Boulder and Harry Potter in Little Snoring.
Keep fighting the good fight, and we may win through before it is too late. alas we have only 18 months to save the world from woke ecofascism

Doug Danhoff
November 26, 2021 3:41 pm

Universities are not the place to send your children unless you want activist liberals in your family . One of my children had a very strong desire to learn finance , and fortunately one of my friends was a retired PhD in the subject …I paid him well and in 2 years he challenged for a degree at a Good University , Passed with a 4.0 and is now working in that field .. I encouraged my other Son to go into the trades and he is now a project superintendent rebuilding hydro electric generators and making more than $50 per hour . Both are conservative feet on the ground guys ,
. if you can afford this way , I would consider it .
Universities are no longer a place for free speech and the search for truth

Michael in Dublin
November 26, 2021 3:43 pm

It takes an engineer, that is interest in getting things to work in the real world, to point this out.

Every lecturer should be forced to spend every full seventh year working in a real job. Every student should be forced to work in a real job for the year before going to university to help pay the cost of their studies.

Those young men who fought in WWII and so could only begin studies as mature age students after the war would not have put up with any of this nonsense on the campuses. This began with the next generations.

StephenP
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
November 27, 2021 12:47 am

I could see the start of this problem at Cambridge in the 1960s, just before the 1968 student riots.
It seemed to appear among the humanities students who had few lectures during the week and plenty of time for mischief.
(The devil makes work for idle hands to do.)
I can remember seeing people generally regarded as idiots being taken seriously by interviewers on TV current affairs programmes. Nothing like a spat to liven up a boring programme.
Certainly the MSM has a lot to answer for in the spread of wokeness.
Unfortunately people in the MSM tend to employ recruits in ‘their own image’, so it looks as if nothing will change much in the short term at least.

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  StephenP
November 27, 2021 2:54 am

Stephen, the appearance of all sorts of Mickey Mouse degrees that will not enable a student to put food on the table and provide for a roof over their heads have also proliferated. If students had to pay for their degrees there would be fewer students and certainly fewer university jobs for lecturers of worthless courses.

Perhaps it is time to restore logic and reasoning back into all degrees. But to be fair it is not all the humanities that are suited to lazy students. Anyone who has had a good grounding in the classics and had to battle with translating Oedipus Rex from the Greek knows that it is on a level of difficulty comparable with Calculus.

Correction to my comment above: It should be “it takes an engineer, who is interested . . .”

SxyxS
November 26, 2021 3:51 pm

It is more the roadmap of the marxist think tank Frankfurt School.

Critical Theory combined with polymorphic perversion.
And as one of the Frankfurt School members said : We need to bring feelings into science and universities.

And as soon as the protowoke movement(hippies) was started in France and Germany by Daniel Cohn Bendit (The Abbie Hoffman) ,
the hippie Lemmings were told to worship Adorno,Marcuse, Lukasc – Leaders of the Frankfurt School.And the teachings of the Frankfurt School were gradually implemented into universities and the education system.

After Adorno fled Frankfurt(where Marx was born)
he went yo New York (where the guys lived who sponsored the russian revolution)
and then moved to pacific palisades,LA – the place where Hollywood celebrities and producers live.
But what does Hollywood has to do with all of this(except the bias).
Next to Hollywood is Laurel Canyon where the hippie movement started.

In terms of global marxism the world is a small small place with ever repeating patterns of same locations and actors.

Wade
November 26, 2021 4:03 pm

It seems to me that many universities are no longer about education, but only about profit and indoctrination. We have been lied to and told a college education always equals financial freedom. It is not true. Young people go to college, take a useless major whose only career path is to be a teacher in that major, and then come out still working at McDonald’s, but now with loads of debt. Thus, these people are disillusioned because in their high school they were promised financial success with a college degree.

Even worse, since everybody gets a trophy, these same young people really and truly believe they are special. They had no discipline at home and the lazy were rewarded the exact same as the hard working. These people really believe they are special. Since they are special and since they have a college degree, the fact that they are still working at McDonald’s means that it is society’s fault for their failure. It is never their own fault, for you see, they are special. They are not wrong, society is wrong. To them, capitalism is wrong. The propaganda their college professors spewed is confirmed to be true.

I went to college and took a useful major. I graduated but came out in a recession. I couldn’t get a job. But I didn’t blame society, I did something about it. I started my own business based on the education I received. I make less money than I would have if I worked for a business, but I have job security and I have no pressure to work too hard. Better still, I have other perks. For instance, I don’t have to worry about taking a poorly tested rushed treatment for a disease I have greater than a 99.99% chance of surviving. And all this good thinking came about because my parents didn’t pander to me, didn’t insist I was special, and disciplined me.

MarkW
Reply to  Wade
November 26, 2021 5:59 pm

and then come out still working at McDonald’s, but now with loads of debt

Hence the plan to first excuse all college related debt, and for the future to make college free.

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Lrp
Reply to  Wade
November 26, 2021 10:40 pm

Nice life story

John Bell
November 26, 2021 4:05 pm

But does this corruption happen in the engineering departments? I would think it only happens in the gender and oppression studies departments.

Reply to  John Bell
November 26, 2021 4:36 pm

Happens in engineering departments. “environmental engineering” = “engineering with moccasins on”. I recall runnung into an old engineering colleague who had done cutting edge, life- and money-saving research in the field of systems engineering, but just mouthed off about the 97% stuff. Very sad.

TonyG
Reply to  John Bell
November 27, 2021 9:20 am

It appears to be infiltrating science and engineering, unfortunately.

MarkW
Reply to  TonyG
November 27, 2021 2:00 pm

And Lysenkoism makes it’s appearance on campuses world wide.

Boris
November 26, 2021 4:19 pm

Everyone should read a good book by John Ringo “The Road To Damascus”. Set on a world in a distant future where the left have indoctrinated Children in schools and later as adults in the universities that the state will look after them and it knows what is right.

After the left takes over the planet politics they apply their views on the population to the point that anybody who speaks out against these flawed policies is persecuted, striped of their rights and property. The environmental propaganda is handled by an organization called the “Young Pioneers” who brain wash children to turn their parents in to the planet police for supposed violations. After the parent are removed these mindless children become wards of the state.

This science fiction book has so many parallels to what is happening in our country now it is scary. The majority of the population in the cities is left leaning and a greater part of those are on the government dole. The majority of the people in the rural areas do not agree with these tactics so they are made the enemy of the state and are been forced from their properties at gunpoint by the state police.

This should become required reading in schools along with Animal Farm and 1984.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Boris
November 26, 2021 5:23 pm

Your views have been recorded. Please report to Indoctrination Reinforcement Station 439H immediately. Do not bring any personal possessions. Do not contact friends or relatives, they will be informed of your new social status.

n.n
Reply to  Boris
November 26, 2021 5:38 pm

Religion (e.g. morality) for people capable of self-moderation, and competing interests to mitigate the progress of others running amuck. Left-wing (i.e. authoritarian) ideology introduces a religion (e.g. morality, its relativistic sibling ethics, its politically congruent cousin law) of shared/shifted responsibility, and minority consensus to sustain a democratic/dictatorial duality.

Abolition Man
Reply to  Boris
November 26, 2021 6:53 pm

Thanks for the recommendation, Boris; Ringo is one of my favorite authors! I particularly enjoyed the Looking Glass and Troy Rising trilogies, but most of his works are a fun read!

RickWill
November 26, 2021 4:37 pm

In Australia, there is constant stream of cow manure being spouted about “renewables” finally bringing the price of electricity down. This week we were told that electricity prices will again increase in 2022 but there will be big savings in 2024.

This same story has been pedalled for more than a decade- just the years change – expect mild price increase next year but a gradual decline after that. THERE IS NEVER A DECLINE IN PRICE.

It is as silly as the CSIRO agreeing that the Nino34 region has not warmed in the past 40 decades but guaranteeing it will warm tremendously in the next four decades. It is clear they have ZERO understanding of the dynamics of Earth’s atmosphere over oceans.

noaaprogrammer
Reply to  RickWill
November 26, 2021 6:20 pm

Rick, you may have already seen this, but if not, it will make you feel better:

Australian Newscaster Makes Mincemeat Out of Brat Greta Thunberg (rumble.com)

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  noaaprogrammer
November 26, 2021 9:54 pm

It would have been slightly better had he not called the parents ‘turds’. Accurate, but not a good message if you want to change their minds.

Gary
Reply to  RickWill
November 26, 2021 7:42 pm

They have gotcha always RickWill. It will be that the price rise would have been greater if not for renewables. They love counterfactuals since you cannot prove it.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  RickWill
November 26, 2021 9:47 pm

This same story has been pedalled for more than a decade”

Wow, someone lost a lot of weight, I’ll bet! 🙂

Tom Abbott
November 26, 2021 4:57 pm

Another authority figure speaking out against the intolerant, radical Left.

We need more of this.

Honest people need to speak up and speak out against the insanity our governments are trying to foist on us.

Speak out while you still can.

Anon
November 26, 2021 5:23 pm

We just saw a Nobel Prize go to the developers of a climate model that does not work and here is what is happening to America’s most prestigious university award:

Rhodes Scholarship Becomes Laughingstock After Embracing the Left’s “Woke Culture”

Twitter user David Burge provided one of the finest, and most succinct, descriptions of modern leftism in a brief tweet back in 2015:’

1. Identify a respected institution.

2. kill it.

3. gut it.

4. wear its carcass as a skin suit, while demanding respect.

Burge’s observation has been vindicated over and over again, in one once-useful institution after another. From Harvard University to the FBI, from The New York Times to the Boy Scouts of America, America is littered with organizations that may have deserved respect fifty or one hundred years ago, but are now destructive, parasitic entities sucking the lifeblood of America.

One of the most glaring skin suits of all, though, is America’s most famous academic award, the Rhodes Scholarship.

https://www.revolver.news/2020/12/rhodes-scholarship-becomes-farce/

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Rolf H Carlsson
Reply to  Anon
November 26, 2021 11:30 pm

As a Swede and knowing something about science, I am apalled and ashamed by that KVA (The Royal Swedish Acedemy of Science) has sunken so deep in a quagmire of intellectual denial and lack of institutional responsibility with this year’s prize. Poor Alfred Nobel – he must rotate in his grave.

Gary Pearse
November 26, 2021 5:53 pm

Dr. Berkhout, thank you for this “inside” story on the degeneration of the West’s higher education. I see no practical approach to saving existing universities, no matter the glories of their rich histories. The are ironically unsustainable and will fall apart.

STEM was relatively untouched because of the technical/mathematical subject matter, but this is under full attack now in the woke system.

Entirely new, high entry standard (probably private) universities will need to be created to compete with the defunct system, help to hasten the demise of the failing system, and at the same time provide top notch scientists, engineers and medical practitioners, etc. to a modern society.

Perhaps such competition will in time spur rehab of some. The eradication of a dozen or more faculties created to accommodate those unable to handle higher ed will be a problem as well as possible recertification of many in the sciences.

MarkW
Reply to  Gary Pearse
November 27, 2021 2:11 pm

The problem is that the state still controls the certifying of universities and colleges.
All the left needs to do is declare that in order to be certified, a college needs to have mandatory classes in how the world was perfect until Europeans messed it up.

Willem Post
November 26, 2021 6:42 pm

Hi Guus,

Several of my fellow HBS students went to the Delft TU, in the late 1950s.
I went to RPI in the US, and now live in Vermont, surrounded by meadows and silent trees.
Right now, it is snowing, the first snowfall this year!

I could never live in the “modern” Netherlands, which has been completely altered by leftist group-think, which adheres to the notion, what is true is no longer true, and what is false, is true. From that starting point, what else could not go wrong?

It is no use fighting mob-“thinking”
It is best to get away, before disgust devours you.

John piccirilli
Reply to  Willem Post
November 27, 2021 8:56 am

How long before those trees are cut for a wind farm and that meadow covered with solar panels?

Grant
November 26, 2021 6:49 pm

The tragedy about this is that real problems won’t get solved.

Robert of Texas
November 26, 2021 8:24 pm

You don’t win power by arguing using facts – you win power by attacking anyone in your way. You attack the person, the organization, and anyone who dares to agree with them. AGW was simply one of the easiest paths they took to gather power.

Once people wake up to this they are no longer surprised by the behaviors of the left. Decisions they make suddenly seem focused…you don’t care about loss of life or the truth, just consolidating power.

Steve Case
November 26, 2021 8:30 pm

Reading down through the 75 and counting posts, it’s interesting that the left wing monolithic media is barely mentioned. A [Ctrl F] search on ” media ” gets just 2 hits.

The left has used Alinsky’s rule #4 “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules” to their advantage. They have taken over the press spewing lies at every turn, and we are defenseless to do much of anything about it because of our own rule #1 that states, “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of the press.

Geoff Sherrington
November 27, 2021 12:18 am

There is an easy, practical way to raise standards.
Simply set exam papers that were set some years ago.
Here is an example from Physics, year 2 at Uni in the 1960s.
See how you go, recent graduate readers! Geoff S
http://www.geoffstuff.com/exam_paper_1960s.jpg

Alasdair Fairbairn
November 27, 2021 12:21 am

This has been going on for a long time in the educational system.
Around 40 years ago we had good cause to remove our children from the state system at great cost.
In the pub one day a colleague of mine remarked:- “well it’s ok for your kids; but what of those left behind? – They will be running the country in 40 years time”.
I think of this often these days.

Peta of Newark
November 27, 2021 12:40 am

Quote:”Help, what is happening with our universities”
Come on Guss, it’s happening everywhere.

The Problem is that, The Problem is just sooooo huge.
The universities, by being ‘separate’ or distinct entities makes it easy to see there, but The World is now almost entirely full of Zombies.
i.e. Unthinking, half-asleep, chronically depressed (same thing as ‘sleep’), lazy, buck passing, mendacious and thus, without themselves realising, impossibly hypocritical.

In order to ‘see’ the Zombies, you have, primarily, not to be one yourself.

A truly lovely few words went past here on WUWT very very recently when talking about Europe – how it had gone mad apart from Poland, where the (coal burning but that’s = small matter) Poles
Quote:”still had their wits about them

You would never guess why that is..
I’ll give you a clue:
Go visit inside any Polish supermarket of delicatessen you may have in your neighbourhood

Even worse, would the Zombie even know what they were looking for in there?

Ehrlich warned us and for The Zombies reading this, there are many more ways of ‘starving’ than what you think – or what the lazy buck-passing Zombie has seen in the movie-theatre or on TV and, in their Zombified state, confused with reality.

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Peta of Newark
November 27, 2021 12:49 am

missed the edit:
edit to PS
It links nicely actually with the Albatross story we just ran.
The Girls of this (Western) world know all about it – it’s what vast numbers of them call ‘Unreasonable Behaviour’ as they sit, cross-legged and sour-faced, in lawyer’s offices asking for divorces

They do try to give a clue when they go hunting for a Mate – they always now ask for a GSOH
Zombies don’t have a GSOH – they are perfect;y completely humourless because to posses ‘humour’ (the secret of humour is ‘timing’) requires a quick and agile mind

But the Zombies – “simply don’t get it”
How could they?
(Without buying something, thereafter consuming, from the Polish deli)

griff
November 27, 2021 1:01 am

Scientific evidence clearly shows there is man made climate change which is having increasingly severe impacts.

It would be wrong of Universities to ignore that.

Krishna Gans
Reply to  griff
November 27, 2021 5:12 am

You know it better de

Richard Page
Reply to  griff
November 27, 2021 9:50 am

Griffy – you have just ignored the entirety of the article and conversation in order to peddle your own delusion. Why don’t you read the article and comment on the points raised rather than going off topic into your own little world.

MarkW
Reply to  Richard Page
November 27, 2021 2:19 pm

griff is famous for not actually reading before commenting. He’s also famous for citing papers and articles that actually refute the point he is trying to make.

MarkW
Reply to  griff
November 27, 2021 2:17 pm

There is no evidence, scientific or otherwise.
Everything that has happened this year has happened many times before in the last hundred years or so.
You fascination with 1 in 1000 year events is meaningless because by the laws of statistic, thousands of 1 in 1000 year events will happen somewhere in the world every year.

The claims that there is something unusual happening with weather is just more evidence that global warming alarmists have no interest in, much less knowledge of actual science.

Ed Zuiderwijk
November 27, 2021 1:43 am

Perhaps a better strategy? An open letter to all employers in the Netherlands with a simple question:

Do you want to employ a product of such institutions?

Remember: Hire Woke, Go Broke.

bonbon
November 27, 2021 2:47 am

Not to forget the aspiring students – how many of them spend hours as gamers? Or hours on Meta between lectures. Look at the lunch cantine!

China has taken steps to get the young off that trainwreck.

A very large well known Dutch company moved much of its R&D from Eindhoven and Aachen to Shanghai just after the bank bailout of 2008. It apparently quickly realized the EU talk of massive investment was just that – wind. They were ahead of the curve.

COP26 was a doomed effort to inflate a (infinite?) green finance bubble which of course the Uni’s line up at the trough for. It did not work. So yet again firms and Uni’s are left floundering.

So take a look at China, and why it is forging ahead, politics aside.
Many firms are right now doing exactly that – jingoisim not invited.
Uni Governors would be advised to look at China Uni’s, ignoring all kinds of geopolitical threats which make activists look like wannabees.

Rod Evans
November 27, 2021 6:15 am

The world wide march through the institutions is all but complete……
Marx is thrilled

Guy
November 27, 2021 10:33 am

To give some hope to some of my fellow WUWT readers that there are actually sensible young people out there, I thought I would chime in (and I hope you read this Dr. Berkhout!). I am a 28 year old engineer with a BS and MS in mechanical engineering, and I was very fortunate to go to a university in the southeast of the USA with many excellent professors who were there to teach us mathematics, science, and engineering. Nothing more and nothing less. One of my favorite professors was a leading nuclear reactor researcher who showed us the simply math of the energy produced by various energy production sources, and since then I have been a skeptic of trying to move to 100% renewables. The simple matter of future energy production needs is what lead me to study climate change and the science behind it, because I wanted to understand whether we are really headed towards catastrophe like I read in so many headlines, because the energy decisions we make now will impact our future tremendously.

I have since learned we are NOT headed towards climate catastrophe, and I fear for the future of democratic western nations.. today I was on a train in Germany, it was about 3C and not sunny at all, and snow was covering a lot of the PV panels on buildings the train passed… need I say more? Fine if you use it as a supplement, disastrous if you solely rely on it.

As an engineer I have to rely on facts and data to make decisions, and to do so I have to understand the system I am working with. It drives me insane to talk to other young people who believe in CAGW and the green dream but can’t even explain what a kWh is…

There are still a few of us young people with our heads screwed on straight. Thank your Dr Berkhout and Clintel for the work you do and for your courage to speak out!

November 27, 2021 6:18 pm

The Greens will do and say absolutely anything to prevent mining operations. They believe they are defending the Earth. Everyone with half a brain knows that renewables will never power the economies of the world, but the Greens lie like rugs, believing that if even one bug, one bunny, one flower, one Spotted Owl is saved, it was worth it, prosperity for the masses be damned.

John Larson
November 27, 2021 9:36 pm

Dear Mr. Berkhout (et al ; )
I believe I might know the answer to your question, in large measure anyway. It’s a hard thing to express in a comment box, and I just watched a video of someone expressing it better than anyone I ever heard do it. She’s dealing with an American version of the “Woke” problem, but it seems to me ours might just well be one variation on a theme, on a circumstance your universities might be in, which makes them vulnerable to being employed to serve a function. A function that is very desirable for some who would be kings, over us, to have performed for them.

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