Recently we discussed how Richard Stallman had been hounded out of his long-term positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Free Software Foundation (which he founded). Well, if there’s one thing you can depend upon with Social Justice Warrior (SJW) outrage mobs, one scalp is never enough, and they have to keep nailing them to the rubble of institutions they’re destroying until they completely collapse.
Now they’re going after Prof. Seth Lloyd, a pioneer in the field of quantum computing, author of Programming the Universe, and explorer of the ultimate physical limits to computation. Prof. Lloyd cited funding from Jefferey Epstein in 19 of his published papers, and is claimed to have visited Epstein in prison. On 2019-08-22, Lloyd published a letter in which he apologised for his associations with Epstein. Apologies and groveling only incite the mob.
On 2019-10-01, a “student forum” was held at MIT in which institute president L. Rafael Reif and 22 academic poobahs were confronted with 350 students demanding Social Justice. The meeting was reported in a 2019-10-03 article in The Tech.
Reif, reflexively cringing, opened the meeting with:
The past few weeks have been a time of great distress for our community. I expect that the extant situation has left you feeling sad, disappointed, hurt, and angry, including angry at me, so I want to begin by saying, with my whole heart, that I am deeply sorry for the actions I took and failed to take that have been part of bringing this trouble to all of you, the students of MIT.
In this time of growing fortunes and shrinking federal funds, we need to look at everything, from the changing nature of the donor population, to how we should weigh the political, physical, cultural, and economic impacts.
Female faculty, students, and staff across MIT are telling me that this is our last straw, that allowing Jeffrey Epstein to stain our reputation was only the latest example of how many in our community devalue the lives, experiences, and contributions of women and girls.
I’m committed to make this moment of crisis a moment of reckoning in our turn toward real accountability, and I believe that in the process, there will be a very important role for students because the future of MIT belongs to you. … I believe that together, we can find a way to transform so much pain for so many people into some enduring good for MIT.
Then 27 students, including representatives of organisations such as “MIT Students Against War and UnKoch My Campus”, took the floor for their two minutes in the spotlight, delivering such timeless insights as:
Fossil Free MIT warned you about the dangers of taking the Koch brothers’ money. … MIT Students Against War protested against your involvement with MBS, [Henry] Kissinger, and Chinese surveillance companies; you ignored them.
One thing we can learn from the Epstein scandal is that there’s no such thing as money without strings attached. How can MIT talk about a new college being at the forefront of ethics, when its main funder was a Trump advisor, is pushing poor people out of their homes, partnering with some of the most repressive governments in the world, and burning down our planet?
Why has the senior administration forgotten to even mention survivors of sexual violence and women-identifying folks at MIT who have been triggered like myself by the Epstein incident?
By letting Professor Lloyd teach, you are outsourcing your moral decisions to us, the students.
Read the whole thing, and weep.
As I’ve pointed out before, it’s not surprising that MIT has been converged to the SJW agenda. It’s in the United States, and among them, in Massachusetts, arguably among the most converged to the slaver agenda, which has sent such stalwarts as Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and Elizabeth Warren to the U.S. Senate. Did you know that MIT has a “Program in Women’s and Gender Studies”?