Liberal edumucation, ladies and gentlemen …
Nancy MacLean, a Duke University professor of history and public policy, appeared to suggest during a recent speech about her controversial book, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” that Americans who vote for conservative and libertarian policies possess autistic tendencies, as reported by Campus Reform:
She was delivering a presentation on her book’s conspiratorial thesis about the American libertarian movement, which she claims originated with Nobel Prize-winning economist James Buchanan. Almost exactly one hour into the event, an audience member asked her “where his motivations” and ideas came from, and whether those are ideas are “ones of personal greed or…malevolence.”
After praising the interrogator for asking “such a profound question,” MacLean speculated that libertarian views might be the result of autism.
“As an author, I have struggled with this, and I could explain it in different ways. I didn’t put this in the book, but I will say it here,” she answered. “It’s striking to me how many of the architects of this cause seem to be on the autism spectrum—you know, people who don’t feel solidarity or empathy with others, and who have difficult human relationships sometimes.”
Let me quickly explain something. Note how Campus Reform referred to MacLean’s “conspiratorial thesis about the American libertarian movement.”
According to the Amazon page for her book, she appears to believe that, “(w)ithout Buchanan’s ideas and [the Koch brothers’ money], the libertarian right would not have succeeded in its stealth takeover of the Republican Party as a delivery mechanism.”
Apparently, she essentially views libertarians and Republicans one and the same, even though a cursory glance of the headlines at Reason magazine would quickly dispel that notion.
Continuing along …
As someone with autism, I assure everyone that we possess plenty of empathy. I naively used to let homeless people sleep in my apartment way, way, way back in the day, for goodness gracious. But like normal people, we’re capable of becoming less empathetic and more cynical over time as we mature, and also based on how we’re treated.
Second, how is someone this retarded a professor at Duke University? And yes, I wrote retarder. I’m autistic, Rosie O’Donnell is psychotic, Stevie Wonder is blind, Marlee Matlin is deaf, Stephen Hawking is crippled and Timmy is a rock star, but this woman, on the other hand, is straight-up retarded. There’s a difference, folks.
And she’s not just any retard either; she’s one who’s managed to insult and smear autistic people, libertarians and conservatives in one fell swoop — not that anyone in the mainstream media will report this, because it’s not like she said something insulting about black people.
H/T The Daily Caller