Three intrepid academics just perpetrated a giant version of the Sokal Hoax, placing scores of fake papers in major academic journals. Call it Sokal Squared.
The result is hilarious and delightful. It also showcases a serious problem with big parts of academia.
.@HPluckrose, @ConceptualJames and @PeterBoghossian set out to show that ideology reigns supreme in what they call “Grievance Studies”: academic areas organized around victim groups,and often more motivated by a political agenda than a serious search for the truth.
If you have doubts about this enterpris - which makes sense since these fields of study do investigate very important topics, like race and gende- take a look at the papers they got published in leading journals. They are… quite something.
THE debate of the past years has been: Do populists damage democracy? Or are they a healthy corrective?
Until now, nobody has answered these questions on the basis of a comprehensive global dataset.@jkyleindc and I set out to change that.
We assembled a first-of-its-kind dataset of populist leaders, looking at 46 heads of government across 33 countries who were in power between 1990 and today.
And instead of speculating about what populists did to democracy, we actually looked at the historical record.
So what impact did populist governments have on democracy in the past?
Not good. At all:
* Populist leaders stay in office twice as long
* They are four times as likely to cause democratic backsliding
* Only 34% leave office after free and fair elections or due to term limits