What a dud university Cambridge has become!

Having been a visiting scholar there myself, I can attest that the finest thing about the place are its buildings. As for its scholars and scholarship, just bear in mind that I was there to do research in the Keynes Archive at King’s where he had written The General Theory. But it is, after all, a university, you know, a place where scholars can meet and discuss issues of all kinds in a calm and reflective manner. Here, then, is a fine modern example of what universities have now become: University of Cambridge Cancels Jordan Peterson’s Visiting Fellowship Because He Is Not ‘Inclusive’. That is, he does not conform to the lock-step far-left views of its academics and students.

Jordan Peterson, the University of Toronto psychologist known for criticizing political correctness, announced Monday that he would be a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge’s divinity school.

But on Wednesday, Cambridge’s administration announced that they had rescinded the invitation following a public outcry from students and professors.

“[Cambridge] is an inclusive environment and we expect all our staff and visitors to uphold our principles,” a Cambridge spokesperson told The Guardian. “There is no place here for anyone who cannot.”

Philby, Burgess, Blunt and Maclean, all no doubt in high esteem among staff and students today, but Peterson, among the greatest scholars of our generation, is not even welcome to spend time on campus where others might seek out his views, debate what he says, and deepen their own understanding.

MORE HERE: From The Spectator: Cambridge’s shameful decision to rescind Jordan Peterson’s visiting fellowship.

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27 Responses to What a dud university Cambridge has become!

  1. JC

    Steve… !

    …but Peterson, among the greatest scholars of our generation…,

    Come on dude!

  2. C.L.

    Reading the report, I see that three hysterical females (including a racist curry-muncher) drove the ban. All three are ‘scholars’ in the ‘arts’ and humanities.

    Professors at Cambridge voiced their opinion about the decision, with Dr Priyamvada Gopal sharing her views against the move before the offer was rescinded.

    Dr Anna P. Judson(@annapjudson)
    I’m glad to hear it has been rescinded but why was an initial offer ever made in the first place??

    Priyamvada [email protected]

    The truth is Cambridge just doesn’t have enough sage authoritative white men who believe they know better than everyone else and can tell the world how to run itself. We need to ship them in from outside.

    Lieske [email protected]
    Enraged and disappointed with @Cambridge_Uni that Jordan Peterson has been given a visiting fellowship. Such hatemongering shouldn’t be given a place at our University.

  3. Aynsley Kellow

    You should know by now that Inclusion excludes those who are not included by us and those who agree with us.

    Sad day indeed.

  4. C.L.

    The truth is Cambridge just doesn’t have enough sage authoritative white men who believe they know better than everyone else and can tell the world how to run itself. We need to ship them in from outside.

    A really weird comment coming from a brown Indian lady who shipped herself into England to tell the English about English literature (her field). That’s like Fiona Bruce going to Mumbai to tell the Indians how to crap in the street.

  5. Dr Fred Lenin

    Cambridge has been a hotbed of marxist fascism since the 1930s,they have just shifted their allegiance from Stalinist fascism to modern soros globalist fascism . As the Oxford Snobs used to say Cambridge is the second best universityin the world . To Cambridge comrades the UK is a hated thing that gives lots of money to them ,bit like our thousands of universities . Not much good for usefull , but very good for leeching tax dollars .

  6. Tim Neilson

    Because nothing says “inclusive” like banning someone.

  7. David Brewer

    “[Cambridge] is an inclusive environment and we expect all our staff and visitors to uphold our principles. There is no place here for anyone who cannot”, a spokesperson for the university said.

    You’d think it was an April Fool’s joke. If you left out the first clause, it would at least make sense as the credo of some club or sect, but what on earth possessed the spokesperson to emphasise the university’s claimed “inclusive environment” as a REASON for excluding someone? Have they no logicians on the staff? A hundred years ago they had Russell and Wittgenstein and now look at them!

  8. NB

    The wonder is that we still feel the need to report these things. It’s like repeatedly reporting that blood is red. The ABC is red, and Cambridge too. The Marxist universities and other institutions are, well, Marxist.
    Rather, we need a list of universities that buck the norm. Here is such a list, from https://thebestschools.org/rankings/20-best-conservative-colleges-america/

    1. Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan
    2. Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania
    3. Biola University, La Mirada, California
    4. University of Dallas, Irving, Texas
    5. Liberty University Online, Lynchburg, Virginia
    6. College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri
    7. Houston Baptist University, Houston, Texas
    8. Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia
    9. Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, Virginia
    10.Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
    11.The King’s College, New York, New York
    12. Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas
    13.Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio
    14.Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, Florida
    15. Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia
    16. Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
    17. Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, Merrimack, New Hampshire
    18. Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, California
    19. Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden Sydney, Virginia
    20. Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

    It is notable that most (all?) of these have a Christian orientation. I suppose, just as the marxist universities teach their charges some version of marxism, the Christian universities prefer a Christian view of things.
    I wonder what such a list would look like for Australia. To be fair, given Australia is approx. 1/15 the population and GDP of the USA our list will be short.
    I’d like to know which universities in Europe, the UK, Australia, Canada, NZ, Singapore, and like countries Cat readers might consider outside the marxist sphere.

  9. NB

    Oh, the editor of the above post really does need to be fired. Apologies for the four or five errors above, including of course here and there capitalising the word ‘marxism’.

  10. 2dogs

    Peterson needs to sue Cambridge for defamation.

  11. hzhousewife

    JP must truly be rofl.

  12. Pyrmonter

    The place harbours Ha-joon Chang. As various Cats have pointed out before, that should be enough to have the place dismissed as a serious seat of learning.

  13. Ian Macmillan

    Most of the people that I have spoken with who reject Peterson have neither read him, or have heard any of his lectures are merely expressing their ideology, and have no answer if challenged.
    If Cambridge officially rejects Peterson, higher education there is doomed.

  14. Damienski

    Jordan Peterson should wear this as a badge of honour. Or honor, in his case.

  15. Neville

    Whole thing tells us more about Cambridge than about Jordan Peterson.
    Ah yes .. Cambridge .. the dreaming spires .. (or was that Oxford?) .. hotbed of leftist thinking since .. since .. dunno, was it about 1220AD?
    (as for the rest, well done Dr Fred Lenin for beating me to it!! LOL)

  16. Eddystone

    That is an unbelievable decision by Cambridge.

    I feel (hope) that this woke leftism is becoming so absurd that it collapse under it’s own ridiculous incoherence.

  17. Chris M

    It is notable that most (all?) of these have a Christian orientation.

    Indeed, Universities were first started by Christians. And on this topic Jordan B Peterson has a very interesting series on biblical metaphors…. just scrolling down through the comments is worthwhile.



  18. tombell

    UWA (in Perth) rejected Bjorn Lomborg – a gay guy who believes climate change *(please insert whatever SJW dogma here you like) is “real” . Same metric – staff and “the student body” were “outraged” that he wasn’t “onboard” with wasting billions on “renewables”. De-funding is at least part of the answer. But find me a conservative government in Oz that’s up for the challenge. TA wasn’t. Nor was Howard -even remotely.

  19. Leo G

    What a dud university Cambridge has become!

    Cambridge cry is universify.

  20. BorisG

    Cambridge is still very good in hard sciences.

  21. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Most of the people that I have spoken with who reject Peterson have neither read him, or have heard any of his lectures are merely expressing their ideology, and have no answer if challenged.

    I find this too. These sort of people have a sheer gut reaction occasionally offering a semi-quote out of all context. That Cambridge should stoop so low. I visited there staying briefly at Churchill College with my first husband when we were both post-graduate students at the University of Sydney, and my current and second husband is a Cambridge graduate of Jesus College. We have a number of friends who are Cambridge graduates and some whose children have followed on to Cambridge. This is a shocking and disgraceful action that is unworthy of the University that I knew. It cannot be based on any dispassionate and formal examination of Dr. Peterson’s writings; it is simply a witch-hunt. Let’s rename Cambridge University as Salem. No more alumni contributions from us now.

  22. dover_beach

    I find this too. These sort of people have a sheer gut reaction occasionally offering a semi-quote out of all context.

    Remember, these peope do not only pass themselves off as tolerant and inclusive, but as charitable and open-minded, and yet when they have an opportunity to evince just these intellectual qualities they, well, never say, Let us hear what he has to say and give it the most charitable interpretation; no, they prefer not to hear his argument in its best form, but only to consider a caricature itself based on some half-digested report of his argument from an acknowledged opponent, and then to rescind his fellowship n such a basis.

    Right now, what is most striking, isn’t that a university administration does this, but that the academic class does not even raise a whimper in protest.

  23. Old Lefty

    At least in the 1930s it wasn’t compulsory to be Stalinist queer at Cambridge.

  24. SLeo G

    “[Cambridge] is an inclusive environment and we expect all our staff and visitors to uphold our principles. There is no place here for anyone who cannot”, a spokesperson for the university said.

    You’d think it was an April Fool’s joke. … Have they no logicians on the staff? A hundred years ago they had Russell and Wittgenstein and now look at them!

    It seems the Cambridge environment, its staff and visitors have caught themselves in a Russell paradox. Perhaps someone from Oxford could sort it out for them.

  25. Old Lefty

    For the Latinists among you, try changing the name to Cumbridge.

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