Speaking Out - Vining on Pioneer Fund
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I am gratified to learn from President Rodin (Almanac, February
14, 1995, p. 7) that I am not personally under attack. But there are
some loose ends that need to be cleaned up. Notice that President Rodin
did not address herself to (1) The Nazi Connection, which started all
this commotion in the first place, (2) the Ford Foundation, or, really,
(3) the Pioneer Fund itself.
I don't know much about Nazi Germany. The contents of The Nazi
Connection will be addressed in a forthcoming book by Robert Gordon, a
sociologist at Johns Hopkins University. But I do know a little bit
about the present, which is the subject of The Nazi Connection's first
chapter. Robert Gordon himself, discussed on pages 3, 8, 9, and 10 of
The Nazi Connection, is Jewish. He is presumably sensitive to anti-
Semitism. This inconvenient fact is never mentioned in the book. Michael
Levin, mentioned on page 8, is also Jewish. This fact is never mentioned
in the book. Hans Eysenck, discussed on pages 5 and 10, was a refugee
from Nazi Germany. That highly relevant biographical detail is never
revealed to the reader.
The Ford Foundation was discussed in my previous letter to Almanac
(Feb. 14, pp. 6-7). But it is even worse than I thought. This campus is
awash in Ford funds. Our former president, Sheldon Hackney, received
money from it (Wall Street Journal, January 27, 1995). The Ford
Foundation not only funded the National Council of La Raza but may have
even created it (La Raza: Ford Foundation Assistance to Mexican
Americans, n.d.). This pamphlet helpfully tells us, "the term la
raza...mean[s] the race." I think we should have a major investigation
into Ford's activities here.
As I told you before, the Pioneer Fund is worth about 3.5 million.
It is not "wealthy," contra Barry Mehler's assertion in Patterns of
Prejudice, Vol. 23, No. 4, Winter 1989-90, p. 1. Five percent, which is
a good rate of return, of 3.5 million is about $200,000. As any grantee
will tell you, $200,000 is hardly enough to support a single person, let
alone a cabal of neo-Nazis and racists named Gordon, Levin, Eysenck,
Pearson, Lynn, Gottfredson, Rushton, Jensen, and Vining. Ford's 5 (or is
it 6?) billion, on the other hand, could. It is sad to see the president
and trustees of a great university go charging off after such a tiny
foundation as Pioneer, when there is good reason to investigate a really
big one, like Ford.
-Daniel R. Vining, Jr.,
Associate Professor, Population Studies Center