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The Tyranny Of Jargon: How Elite Leftism Is Killing Efficiency And Risking Lives

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The following is a transcript of my radar from Wednesday’s edition of “Rising” on Hill TV. 

Congress can’t agree on what constitutes “infrastructure.” We’re bungling vaccine rollouts. Journalists stop digging when the narrative is deemed conspiratorial. Medical progress is hitting new roadblocks.

Our decadent ruling class is playing games with esoteric jargon to burnish their own reputations at great cost to everyone else. These concepts are their intellectual playthings, SAT words to be batted around in cozy progressive bubbles, where performative cultural leftism is a powerful currency. But their talk has consequences, and those consequences don’t comport with utopian visions of social justice.

Our institutions are increasingly saddled with the decadent baggage of squabbling elites, crippling our efficiency for the sake of faux virtuosity.

There’s a secret support group for a dozen successful progressive doctors terrified of creeping leftist extremism in their industry. We know that thanks to journalist Katie Herzog, who just reported on the group for Bari Weiss’s Substack. The doctors, according to Herzog, meet once a month over Zoom to discuss the “rapid spread of a deeply illiberal ideology in the country’s most important medical institutions.” They’re “alarmed by the dogma currently spreading throughout medical schools and hospitals.”

“These aren’t secret bigots who long for the ‘good old days’ that were bad for so many. They are largely politically progressive, and they are the first to say that there are inequities in medicine that must be addressed,” Herzog noted.

“I’ve heard from doctors who’ve been reported to their departments for criticizing residents for being late. (It was seen by their trainees as an act of racism.) I’ve heard from doctors who’ve stopped giving trainees honest feedback for fear of retaliation. I’ve spoken to those who have seen clinicians and residents refuse to treat patients based on their race or their perceived conservative politics,” she wrote, reporting that doctors fear a “purge” and believe “whole areas of research are off-limits.”

Now, there’s a lot to break down here: the bad science, the ideological monopoly, the counterproductive impact on disenfranchised people.

What I want to focus on is the disproportionate blow

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