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More on academic winter

Here’s a Harvey Mansfield piece about the Larry Summers situation that’s worth reading. Since the issues are controversial, I suppose I should say that I think it perfectly obvious that men and women differ naturally in talents and inclinations, and that current views on the topic are evidence that something’s gone radically wrong with intellectual and social life. For evidence though that the Swedes are even more far gone than Harvard, here’s something about their view of the issue. According to their gender equality minister, “The government considers female and male as social constructions, that means gender patterns are created by upbringing, culture, economical conditions, power structures and political ideology.” One consequence, it seems, that books to the contrary shouldn’t be published.

The “dumb Swede” stereotype seems to have dropped out of the picture, at least in America. Should we bring it back? Probably not—“gender policy” is the same throughout the West, but the Swedes are willing to say what it’s actually about. So maybe it should be “honest Swede.”