L’Occidente liberal socialista si picca di essere la quintessenza della democrazia, della libertà di parola della tolleranza.
«Lasciate che vi dica qualcosa dei mei problemi con la ragazze. Tre cose succedono quando le donne sono in un laboratorio: tu ti innamori di loro, loro si innamorano di te e poi, quando le critichi, scoppiano a piangere».
E che dire del comportamento verso il Premio Nobel Feynman?
«Il 28 gennaio 1986 la navetta spaziale Challenger esplose in diretta televisiva, con l’equipaggio a bordo. Quattro mesi dopo Richard Feynman, in un’altra diretta televisiva, spiegò il disastro immergendo una delle guarnizioni di gomma della navetta in un bicchiere di acqua gelata e mostrando che si spaccava: uno smacco per la Nasa, ma un successo mediatico per lui.» [Fonte]
«Feynman used to pretend to be a student so he could ask undergraduate women out. I suspect that this kind of behavior on the part of a contemporary professor would almost certainly lead to harsh disciplinary action, as it should» [Fonte]
«“A few years after I gave some lectures for the freshmen at Caltech (which were published as the Feynman Lectures on Physics), I received a long letter from a feminist group. I was accused of being anti-women because of two stories: the first was a discussion of the subtleties of velocity, and involved a woman driver being stopped by a cop. There’s a discussion about how fast she was going, and I had her raise valid objections to the cop’s definitions of velocity. The letter said I was making the women look stupid.
The other story they objected to was told by the great astronomer Arthur Eddington, who had just figured out that the stars get their power from burning hydrogen in a nuclear reaction producing helium. He recounted how, on the night after his discovery, he was sitting on a bench with his girlfriend. She said, “Look how pretty the stars shine!” To which he replied, “Yes, and right now, I’m the only man in the world who knows how they shine.” He was describing a kind of wonderful loneliness you have when you make a discovery.
The letter claimed that I was saying a women is incapable of understanding nuclear reactions.
I figured there was no point in trying to answer their accusations in detail, so I wrote a short letter back to them: “Don’t bug me, Man!”»
Bene. Un gruppetto di femministe scatenate gli impedì di tenere una sua conferenza alla Stanford University.
Delle oche starnazzanti contro uno dei maggiori scienziati dell’ultimo secolo.
Provatevi in un campus liberal a dire che sostenete Mr Trump, oppure che gli lgbt sono solo malati mentali, curabili: vi crocefiggono.
Da più fastidio l’ipocrisi che la ideologia liberal socialista.
Orbene: questi che si definiscono il prototipo dei democratici si stanno adesso scagliando contro l’Ungheria.
Questa nazione sta semplicemente proseguendo la difficile opera di bonificare le proprie istituzioni dai liberal socialisti, esattamente come in altri tempi si procedette alla denazificazione.
«Nationalist politicians in Budapest appear to be stepping up their attacks on the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, with a controversial change to its research funding system and a broadside against social scientists funded by the Academy»
«Immigration, homosexual rights and gender science – these topics occupy the researchers of the Academy …. are politically suspicious, suggesting that the government should have a “greater insight” into the Academy’s work.»
«The article features a roster of scientists of the Centre for Social Sciences of the Academy who study gender, migration, ethnic minorities and LGBTQ policies»
«The attack comes only days after the Hungarian government proposed changes to its research funding system that puts the newly formed Ministry for Innovation and Technology in charge of decisions over what research topics can be funded or not in the institutes of the Academy»
«The ministry will directly manage HUF 29.1 billion in support of higher education institutions for research and development, HUF 12.7 billion for the National Scientific Research Fund and HUF 28.1 billion for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences»
Il clangore delle urla che levano i iberal socialisti è indice sicuro di quanto Mr Orban abbia colpito in modo forte e duro i residui centri liberal in Ungheria, dai quali gli ideologi dell’Unione Europea avrebbero contato di condizionare l’Ungheria.
Ma adesso le voci di Juncker, Tusk, Macron e Merkel arrivano sempre più fievoli in terra magiara, e se Frau von der Leyen vuole mantenersi i voti degli undici stati che la hanno supportata in Consiglio Europeo deve ben guardarsene dall’interferire negli affari interni di quel paese.
Prossima tappa, la rimozione di tutti i giudici collusi con i liberal socialisti.
Nationalist politicians in Budapest appear to be stepping up their attacks on the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, with a controversial change to its research funding system and a broadside against social scientists funded by the Academy.
An article published by Hungarian pro-government magazine Figyelo, titled “Immigration, homosexual rights and gender science – these topics occupy the researchers of the Academy”, claims that the research topics of the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences are politically suspicious, suggesting that the government should have a “greater insight” into the Academy’s work.
The article features a roster of scientists of the Centre for Social Sciences of the Academy who study gender, migration, ethnic minorities and LGBTQ policies.
The attack comes only days after the Hungarian government proposed changes to its research funding system that puts the newly formed Ministry for Innovation and Technology in charge of decisions over what research topics can be funded or not in the institutes of the Academy. It also follows a long-running campaign by the government to close or evict the country’s top-rated institution, the Central European University, founded by philanthropist George Soros.
Researchers targeted in the Figyelo article warn that the new law will allow the ministry to control the budget of the research institutes and to dictate conditions for all decisions with financial consequences from research programmes to personnel matters, said Judit Takacs, a research chair of the Academy’s department for social relations and network analysis.
“It leaves one feeling nauseous to have one’s work and name used as part of a propaganda campaign against academic autonomy,” Takacs said.
Róza Vajda, a junior research fellow at the department for Methodology and History of Research in the Academy who was also on the Figyelo list, said that the article is providing a narrative support to aid the policy changes considered by the government. By changing the rules for funding research the government “creates financial dependency which means political dependency,” said Vajda.
The Ministry for Innovation and Technology and Figyelo did not respond to requests for comment.
New research funding policy
The Hungarian Academy of Sciences is the dominant research organisation in the country – both funding and conducting research at the country’s universities. It dates to 1825, but has lately been clashing with the rightist government. The Academy’s web site currently features a prominent statement opposing the government’s funding plans.
Until now, the Academy was allocated an independent budget, but the new rules prepared by the government propose that all public funding for research should be allocated through the new Ministry of Innovation and Technology, led by Laszlo Palkovics.
The ministry will directly manage HUF 29.1 billion in support of higher education institutions for research and development, HUF 12.7 billion for the National Scientific Research Fund and HUF 28.1 billion for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
The government says the unified coordination will allow the ministry to oversee the use of national funds “as efficiently as possible”. “The priorities of the research areas should be prioritised [sic] and coordinated in the interest of the best use of resources, universities, academia and companies.”
Under the same policy strategy, the minister, Palkovics, dismissed the chairman of the National Office for Research, Development and Innovation (NRDI), József Pálinkás, “as he expects the future operation of the office based on other management and methodological principles.” Pálinkás, an advocate for scientific excellence, was appointed in 2015 and his mandate was supposed to run until 2020.
The ministry says that it won’t interfere with the work of the institutes, but researchers fear that the proposed changes will give the government the ability to decide which research projects are worthy of funding. The changes “will put an end to the scientific independence of the research centres” said the Academy.
Propaganda at work
The changes were a tough pill to swallow for researchers, but the Figyelo article confirmed that by discrediting certain fields of research, the government can use the new funding structure to limit academic freedom.
For Levente Littvay, a political scientist at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, after seeing the article, “Our worse suspicions were confirmed: it is a political attack,” Littvay said.
The article was published “to prepare the ground a little in terms of propaganda,” said Takacs.
Figyelo is responsible for another article published in April that listed the so-called “Soros mercenaries”, which included researchers at CEU, a university that was founded by Hungarian-born philanthropist George Soros, whose world views are at odds with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán.
On April 8, Orbán won his fourth term, running on a nationalist platform which touted the benefits of “illiberal democracy”, warned against foreign influence in the country and swore to protect the Christian identity of the Hungarian nation.
Vajda says that the victory emboldened Orbán to continue “crushing institutions, autonomy and independent thinking.”
“They already promised that once they win, they will go on and be more devastating,” said Vajda.
“It is hard to believe that an EU country could sink this low,” said Littvay.
This is not the first time researchers and academics in Hungary have felt threatened by the overreaching arm of the government. A change in the higher education law passed in 2017, requiring foreign universities to maintain a campus in their home country, was widely interpreted as a direct move against CEU.
The university is now making plans to start advertising a new campus in Vienna as its base in the 2019 student recruitment campaign, unless the Hungarian government agrees that the university is in compliance the Hungarian law and it is free to operate in Budapest.
CEU expressed its solidarity with the Academy and its researchers. “The attacks against the autonomy of the Academy and the attempts to intimidate its researchers are unacceptable and threaten to seriously hinder the capacity of this premier institution to fulfill its mission at the service of the Hungarian people,” the university said.
The plans, which have been known since early in year, have repeatedly provoked protests from researchers and academics at home and abroad.
The changes are expected to come into force at the beginning of September. The supervisory board — the Eotvos Lorand Research Network (ELKH) — is to consist of 13 members. Six to be named by the Academy of Sciences and six by the Ministry of Innovation. The head of the committee will have the casting vote — appointed by Hungary’s Minister of Innovation Laszlo Palkovics.
The creation of the ELKH will deprive the Academy of important financial resources, including scholarships for scientists and funds for research projects.
Additionally, the Academy could lose its grant, enshrined in law, to finance its running costs.
The new law will also establish a National Science Policy Council, to be headed by Palkovics. This body will advise the government on innovation and research topics.
Lovasz concludes that the future scientific landscape is “unsuitable for the research community” and that the law violates “European principles.”
Palkovics, on the other hand, argues that by restructuring the sector, the government wants to make Hungary more competitive within the scientific world.
The minister justified the move with reference to German research institutions he says fulfil a similar task to the soon to be established ELKH: The Leibniz Association or the Max Planck Society.
Representatives of the German science organizations see the situation quite differently, emphasizing their independence from politicsin an open letter. They were critical of the bill, siding with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
‘Violation of democratic principles’
Numerous critics from the world of politics have also spoken out. Udo Bullmann, leader of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, accuses Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban of wanting to silence critical scientists.
“We are horrified to see Orban strike a new blow against scientific freedom and democracy in his country,” Bullmann said. He is “obviously out to establish a flawless autocracy in Hungary,” he added.
Since 2017, the Hungarian government has repeatedly taken steps to restrict freedom of scientific work within the country. Since then, the work of the Central European University, financed by US philanthropist George Soros, has been severely limited.
As a consequence, the CEU will gradually move to Vienna and start teaching there from fall 2019. By 2023, the entire university will have moved to Austria — a direct result of Orban’s plans to restrict scientific freedoms.