At LewRockwell.com, Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. introduces readers to Wanjiru Njoya, a professor at the University of Exeter Law School. Rockwell writes:
Academic life today, and our culture generally, is beset by a “woke” madness. Marxist termites are attempting to destroy Western civilization. The problem isn’t confined to Critical Race Theory, the subject of an earlier column. It goes far beyond that. The rot is everywhere. Fortunately, those devoted to true academic freedom are resisting this onslaught against us. But we need someone to galvanize the struggle for academic freedom; someone to be the voice of our battle. We have that voice. It is Wanjru Njoya, a brilliant legal scholar who has just joined the staff of the Mises Institute as a Research Fellow. She is one of the most dynamic and passionate speaker I have heard since I founded the Mises institute over 40 years ago. If you haven’t yet heard Wanjiru speak, you have a great experience ahead of you. Soon she will become a national presence and a media star. We are indeed lucky that she is on our side!
What first “turned me on” to Wanjiru was listening to her brilliant Rothbard Lecture at the 2023 AERC ( Austrian Economics Research Conference) Don’t take my word for it. You can listen to several of her other talks and interviews here.
If you do so, you will be convinced that she is a star of the first magnitude.
Wanjiru’s life story is fascinating. She was born in New Jersey but grew up in Kenya. After graduating with a law degree from the University of Nairobi, she won a Rhodes Scholarship and studied at St. Edmunds College, Cambridge University. Her doctoral research on the conceptual framework of the employment relationship was published under the title “Property in Work: The Employment Relationship in the Anglo-American Firm.”
She has taught law at St. Johns College, Oxford, the London School of Economics, Queens University in Canada, and, for the past six and one-half years, at the University of Exeter Law School, where she was a Senior Lecturer in Law. She is also a Fellow of the UK Higher Educational Academy. She has published widely in employment law and labor regulations, most recently in the King’s Law Journal, the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy, and the Journal of Libertarian Studies.
Wanjiru is the author of Economic Freedom and Social Justice: The Classical Ideal of Equality in Contexts of Racial Diversity, which was published in the series Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism in 2021. In collaboration with MI Senior Fellow David Gordon, she also wrote another book for the same series, Redressing Historical Injustice: Self-Ownership, Property Rights and Economic Equality, which was published in 2023; and she is now writing another book, also in collaboration with him.
Had Wanjiru been willing to go along with the “woke” madness, her speaking ability would have brought her to the heights of British academic life. She would have become a famous professor at Oxford or Cambridge. But she wouldn’t compromise. She regularly posts her anti-woke views on Twitter, where she has over 25, 000 followers. Her law school asked her to stop her “controversial” Tweets. Just what they don’t want is a black woman who is against their ideas. When she refused, they persecuted her. They took away her office. But she wouldn’t give in. When I think of what she went through, the contrast between the great Murray Rothbard and Alan Greenspan comes to my mind. Both of these economists knew that the gold standard is right. But Greenspan abandoned the truth in order to gain power and influence. Murray wouldn’t compromise.
What has Wanjru posted on Twitter? Here are some samples. She is very interested in the fight of white South Africans to resist confiscation of their land by the ruling party, the African National Congress. Among her comments: “This is why South African police stopped tallying farm murders by race – it showed a disproportionate impact on white farmers. They said “For us, racialising crime is problematic. You can’t have a separate category that says, farmers are the special golden boys and girls.”
“Very happy to collect race statistics and measure “gaps” if it shows black people at a disadvantage. But if it shows white people at a disadvantage suddenly it’s all “we don’t want to racialize the statistics”.
“These people are commies. They’re not interested in farming. All they’re interested in is “action against hunger”, shaking down hard working taxpayers in the West to supply them with free food. Meanwhile they’ve slaughtered over 4,000 white farmers in South Africa.”
Read more here.
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