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“On the left, there is a rot, and it comes from academia”

On Friday’s show of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher said FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried’s mother, Stanford law professor Barbara Fried, arguing that the belief in personal responsibility is wrong makes the FTX collapse the “embodiment” of how all the problems on the right manifest in more dangerous ways, “on the left there is a rot, and it comes from the middle university and it filters.”

Maher said: “It turns out that both of his parents were professors at Stanford. …and the mother wrote an essay in 2013, “Beyond Blame.”

After citing the essay, where Fried argues that “the philosophy of personal responsibility has ruined criminal justice and economic policy. It’s time to move on from blame. Maher reacted: “Is it really time? Personal responsibility is bad and blame is a thing of the past? No wonder this guy is a fucking crook, how badly brought up you are. You were badly brought up, asshole.

He later added: ‘I brought it up because I really think – look, we are, I think, when historians look back on our time, they won’t divide us into red and blue and Republican -democrat. They [will be] like, the things that were wrong with us were wrong on both sides in different ways. I think they manifest in a more dangerous way on the right, but on the left there is a rot, and it comes from academia and it filters. … That’s where it all comes from. I just think that’s an example of that.”

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