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Check This Question Out From My Professor Regarding Communism

Posted on 12/13/2009 9:13:48 AM PST by My Favorite Headache

Some might recall my thread from a few months ago where my head was about to explode because my professor just pushes the concept that America = Bad and Communism = Good. It goes a lot deeper than that. So...this morning he poses this question to us (I feel like I am back in my first year here) but this is what I am dealing with.

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Colonialism and Imperialism

For many countries that experienced the benefits/brutal horrors of European/American colonialism/imperialism, a communist system is an attractive form of government. Many of these colonized people were stripped of their ancestral possessions and reduced to slave labor in some sort of agricultural or industrial 'farm'. To them, having an equal share of the country's resources while having an equal share of a political voice makes practical sense.

Class, can you, as a historian, have empathy for those countries that toiled under colonial oppression? Moreover, can you see why some of the people of these captive countries may have embraced communist ideology?

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Every week he asks us to sympathize with some commie ideology. What do you all make of this? Am I taking this the wrong way and he is a defender of the Communist Party through his teaching as I believe he is? Or...he is just honestly trying to get us to see both sides.

I don't want to be jaded here. I have 2 weeks left in the class and I am almost outta there. But sometimes for my own good I need to ask another clear head for their perspective.


TOPICS: Education; History; Reference
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To: My Favorite Headache

I think my response would be along the lines of:

It seems irrational to me for any group that has been oppressed to seek a system that would increase their own oppression. It would seem much more rational for the oppressed group to seek a system that would allow as much freedon as possible. It is noteworthy that some former colonies did exactly that—i.e., not all formerly oppressed peoples opted for collectivist systems.

To highlight the danger of irrationalist thinking in this regard, one need only look to a nation like Zimbabwe; which in an ostensive effort to “liberate” its citizens has allowed the emergence of a brutal dictator whose collectiveist political and economic ideology has destroyed what was once the “breadbasket” of Africa.

Can I understand why some might turn to communisim? Yes, in the same way I can “understand” any individual or collective shift toward irrationalism.

[Feel free to use any of my ideas or words]


51 posted on 12/13/2009 10:38:26 AM PST by sand lake bar (Obama: Take away my 1st Amendment and you'll force me to use the 2nd.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

It’s 100% obvious that this professor is a screwed up mess. It’s an inappropriate email, the Glenn Beck line in particular. If the dean has an iota of professional integrity he’ll see that this guy is a problem. I doubt anything would come of it, but maybe it would go in his file or something. If more people complained, maybe something would happen (and hopefully it wouldn’t be his getting promoted to department chair).

That said, I see an opportunity to taunt him over his Glenn Beck line. Tell him there are piles of prominent conservative thinkers who have opposed communism through the years and ask him why he jumps to Glenn Beck. Ask him if his knowledge of conservatism goes deeper than what he sees on TV.


52 posted on 12/13/2009 10:40:20 AM PST by Yardstick
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I would seriously answer this way:

Class, can you, as a historian, have empathy for those countries that toiled under colonial oppression?

No I can't. I'm a white male descendent of the colonists you're talking about. Thus I have no compassion at all. We know that empathy only comes with a dark skin tone - the darker the better.

Moreover, can you see why some of the people of these captive countries may have embraced communist ideology?

No.

I notice that in a lot of these countries, Communism has been forced on the population. And despite benevolent Communist rule, the lives of the people in said nations doesn't get any better. For example in Cuba where despite 50 years of fair rule, the people poorer than ever and even risk their lives sneaking hundreds of miles through shark infested water to escape.

If you didn't want my opinion, why did you ask?

And flunking me when you ask for my opinion and I answer honestly is hardly open minded and tolerant. (If the guy is white, I would add.) But intolerance and prejudice is to be expected, because you're white. I forgive you.

I would seriously answer this way. When I was in college, I wrote a paper for one of my feminist professors and told her exactly what I thought of feminism. It was the most well graded paper I've ever written. I think she wrote more than I did.

I got a D- and my pride to show for it.
53 posted on 12/13/2009 11:08:37 AM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I would wait until you get your grade, then I would go straight up to his face and tell him to F-off.

Hee needs to be reminded that it is not his job to push Communism or anything remotely close, and that he also would not earn his “tenure based” high professor income in a communist society.

I would probably expose him in a public forum somewhere if the college does not reign him in.

Sorry, but the only way to combat these people is by fighting fire with fire....


54 posted on 12/13/2009 11:15:43 AM PST by neverbluffer (But,)
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P.S. I find your arguments resembling Glenn Beck. Do you watch or read him often?

Geez, I see where this is going. Why not just come out with a ideological purity test in order to gain college admission. Oh wait, once the government seizes complete control of grants and loans, they probably will.

55 posted on 12/13/2009 12:49:45 PM PST by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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The lot of academia are flaming Commies.


56 posted on 12/13/2009 2:30:56 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Ten reasons why your prof is wrong:

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57 posted on 12/13/2009 3:22:49 PM PST by grumpa (VP)
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The problem with Communism is the word “I”.

In order to achieve true communism the will of the individual must be removed and replaced with the will of what’s good for all.

Communism is only attractive in a “anything but what I have” “grass is greener” jealousy sense. In order to get to the level where you willingly submit that which is good for “I” in favor of that which is good for “all” a person must be broken. Beaten down physically or emotionally. Only once broken can that person can be re-built. Those that do not break wind up in mass graves.

Those people had their cultures ripped away from them. They are willing to submit because of that.

I empathize with them in that they have been broken down so far that they’ll accept this ideology just because it’s different. I do not think that means they are acting in their own best interest by doing so.


58 posted on 12/14/2009 7:43:54 AM PST by Personal Responsibility ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" - Orwell)
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I had lots of liberal Profs and they never held my opinions against me. State your facts clearly and with a good attitude. I found most of them were afraid to argue back, fearing that they might lose respect in the eyes of their students if they either lost the debate or appeared overly aggressive in silencing opposition. I went far enough out on a limb that my fellow students felt comfortable offering their own opinions knowing that if the prof retaliated against anyone it would be me. One of my Profs taught a course that should have rightly been titled “I Hate George Bush.” He was the easiest to debate because he didn’t know history and he substituted the New York Times interpretation for actually reading the documents he pretended to summarize for the class.


59 posted on 12/14/2009 9:23:45 AM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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