Adam Perkins, lecturer in the neurobiology of personality at King’s College London, was due to speak on 9 February in the latest of a series of events at the LSE on the welfare state until it was cancelled just days before.
The LSE took the decision because they were “aware of some negative social media activity” related to the talk, the Times Higher Education magazine reported.
Professor Perkins’ work has been attacked for ‘stigmatising’ those in long-term unemployment, as he said “individuals with aggressive, rule-breaking and antisocial personality characteristics are over-represented among welfare claimants”.
His new book, The Welfare Trait, which states his belief that habitual welfare claimants can pass these characteristics on to their children, has also been criticised, with one internet commenter calling this view a “nauseating”.
Wonder if this would work better if expressed in the language of Marxism? Lumpenproletariat?