Skip to comments.Can the Right Afford to Neglect Academia?
Posted on 09/10/2011 10:05:38 AM PDT by BUSHdude2000
It is common for right-wingers to inveigh against academia and the elitism that it gives rise toespecially where sociology and the social sciences are concerned. The impulse for this attitude is certainly understandable. Manifestly, academia is dominated by liberal elitists and has become an unremitting factory for disastrous left-wing ideasideas that have incontestably ruined societies and communities where they have been implemented. However, there is a fundamental distinction between critiquing the liberal bent of academia and glibly dismissing academia as a whole.
If conservatism is going to continue to be a robust movement, rather than an ideology of insubstantial and repetitious slogansmuch like liberalism has been reduced tothere has to be a vigorous intellectual movement that goes along with any populism. In other words, we need Heather Mac Donalds to go along with our Sarah Palins. While think tanks are respectable and important, the right has to develop a strategy to take back academic institutions. However, before academia can be retrieved from the grasp of liberals, it must first be understood that social sciences, sociology, and academia are not evil things per se, but they can lead to deleterious consequences when placed in the wrong hands.
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College tuition costs have gone up 900% since 1978 because of one thing; overcharging students who are too dumb to realize that burying themselves in student loans is a very bad idea.
That bubble is about to burst.
And when it does, "academia" is going to burst with it.
Let the next POTUS nominate Thomas Sowell, Victor Davis Hanson, or Walter E. Williams, and Newt to major cabinet posts and let’s see what happens.
Let the next POTUS nominate Thomas Sowell, Victor Davis Hanson, or Walter E. Williams, and Newt to major cabinet posts and let’s see what happens.
But first, eliminate the Redundancy Dept. of Redundancy.
Bingo! We need to make our colleges and universities institutions of higher learning instead of being institutions of indoctrination that tell their students that they know everything that there is to know and that they are the smartest humans who have ever lived just because they have a diploma. A diploma hanging on the wall is not a substitute for having the ability to think.
Lots of luck. Much of academia is past saving. There’s no way conservatives can change the balance, because the liberals are in charge of HIRING. And if any slip through, then they are mostly eliminated in the tenure proceedings.
A good analogy is monastic reform, which is where academia was through the middle ages. You cannot reform a sick religious order. You have to start a new, reformed order, and let the old ones die out.
Not an easy thing to do, especially since gubbermints will be reluctant to let the state-run universities close down. The private ones will eventually go out of business if new ones are founded that can do a better job for their students.
None of this will happen over night.
“But first, eliminate the Redundancy Dept. of Redundancy.”
Dat be racis!
Dose edumacators be union members. Dem not gonna get jobs ‘cept in union run schools.
Sorry - must have accidentally pushed my ‘Inner Ebonics’ button.
Parents, who are paying for this outrage, need to stand up. They need to take back the schools at the local level, and start demanding some value for the big bucks they pay to these colleges.
I really believe that most people don’t understand just how much of the damage to our country and our culture has been done in the public schools and the universities. It’s well past time for push back.
At this point I think we need less colleges and more trade schools. A nation that can’t build from scratch is screwed.
That isn’t to say that we shouldn’t have college students learning the right stuff but few of the liberal arts produce anything of value. More engineering and hard sciences.
They won't hire conservative faculty, no matter how well qualified; They won't publish research supporting conservative analyses(see the global warming/ censorship issue) no matter how compelling. Grant making agencies won't provide the financial support to develop a conservative-friendly curriculum.
I don't know how you break that stranglehold except go around it. Alternative means such as online learning may be the only way to keep the lamp of learning lit in the gathering totalitarian darkness.
We can’t ignore the elephant in the room: as long as universities are overwhelmingly funded by the State, they’re going to be filled with Statists.
Academia, another way to spell irrelevant or unnecessary.
Absolutely right. Local and state governments need to start taking powers back to the local level, and let it begin with education.
While think tanks are respectable and important, the right has to develop a strategy to take back academic institutions. “
An alternative strategy yes. Take back? Probably not.
An alternative set of institutions, probably so: many great alternatives out there. Christendom College, Patrick Henry, New St. Andrew’s; the Southern Baptist seminaries, University of Dallas grad programs in the humanities; Baylor; the Pontifical Institutes, etc. Even St. John’s is not a bad bet (at least the curriculum is appropriate).
We need Affirmative Action for conservatives!
” ...the liberals are in charge of HIRING.”
Same problem with ‘journalism.’ They really don’t have a great deal of their self-proclaimed ‘tolerance’ for ideas other than their own. Oh, they’ll occasionally hire a ‘conservative’ so long as they’re not TOO conservative, for window dressing, but it ends there.
See my post 15. You are right. Expending too much energy in “reform” is unfruitful.
Start again, outside of the old order.
The monasteries in the “dark ages” are also a point here worthy of consideration. And sort of a frightening point, as well, as we enter a new dark ages possibly....
Parents don’t give a hoot so long as their kids get into name-brand colleges even if Marxists in sheep’s clothing saturate the faculty. Just like the requirement of diversity as a condition for government funds, have universities file annual forms to demonstrate diversity of political thought and affiliation. Or in one stroke abolish the Dept. of Education, and appoint arch-conservatives to all accrediting bodies.
I agree. Affirmative Action for Americans would be cool too! Maybe a DREAM Act for Americans.
Monastic Reform is an excellent time proven analogy.
we got into this mess because the right ignored the public schools and universities
and let the left take over.
Well, part of me says that we should keep the guns in the house and maybe let the communists take over because the first thing they would do is put plastic bags over the heads of all these Democrat professors. but then, another part of me says that that many plastic bags would cause a plastic bag shortage and then the bread would rot and good people would get hurt.
Well, part of me says that we should keep the guns in the house and maybe let the communists take over because the first thing they would do is put plastic bags over the heads of all these Democrat professors. But then, another part of me says that that many plastic bags would cause a plastic bag shortage and then the bread would rot and good people would get hurt.
Yes, there certainly is that argument to consider. Not to mention the damage the bags do to the environment.
Normally, the way to control an institution is by controlling the purse. That will probably remain true but it is not easily predictable how the university system will continue to be financed. Obviously, the university system is coming rapidly to a reckoning. It is pricing itself beyond the ability of its customers to pay. Its cost exceeds its value except as a ticket punch when issued by an institution of prestige. For most of its customers, the prestige of a degree from one university is not much to be envied over a sheepskin from another university. Likewise, the university experience in the quality of the education does not vary nearly as much as the prestige factor implies.
But the system is coming to a crash because Uncle Sugar is coming to a crash. The system by which the feds pass out federal grants to loopy professors must inevitably come to an end. At least it must come to an end in the pseudo-sciences. Questions of federalism and doctrinaire conservatism aside, the country somehow needs to fund hard science research which is done through our university system and is the envy of the world.
As these twin fiscal imperatives bear down on the universities, the system inevitably will change.
There is a 3rd factor which will both accelerate and shape the change precipitated by the looming shortage of money: technology. There is no reason why students cannot take survey course lectures over the Internet. In fact, there is no reason for students physically to reside in the university campus only to look at their laptops and monitor a lecture. As the medieval lecture system becomes automated, the ivory tower is liable to become a relic.
Of course, huge part of the university experience is the social interaction among the students and between students and faculty. To a large but not exclusive degree that interaction requires physical presence on campus. But even here technology is sweeping the archaic and immensely expensive tutorial system aside. Is there any reason why seminars cannot be conducted over Skype?
If the country experiences a crash and an economic seachange, look for the universities to begin to offer up courses which are of actual rather than theoretical value in the marketplace. In other words, the American university system will move closer to the German model.
With all of these changes mixing together it is impossible to predict what will emerge and it is equally difficult to fashion reforms that will prove palatable to conservatives.
It is clear that the professors will do what professors do in an effort to shape the debate and federalize and socialize the university system while leaving themselves unaccountable in their fiefdoms. Left-wing legislators will attempt to appease the professors and mollify the parents by subsidizing tuition. But the ability of the federal government to do so is coming to an end. There is a very good chance that entrepreneurial capitalism just might break out on the college level and professors might actually go into the business of competitively offering real education.
The great depression forced universities in the South, for example, to the most innovative programs to keep their doors open. We can expect a modern version of the same if federal largess ends. There will be few enough campus, like Harvard, with billions of dollars in Legacy funds. The bulk of the universities will have to experience what we call "capitalism."
What a crock, a LOT of us right-wingers and our kids have all walked the hallowed halls of academia...we just educated our kids to ignore the KRAP and pull out the skills they need to accomplish the amount of success they need to keep themselves in a comfortable lifestyle they choose.
I myself have walked those hallowed halls and have four sheepskins on my wall and get to be called Dr. Rowdy by my students. I’m just aware that this does not mean that I can claim to be a great ‘intellectual’ nor does it allow me to claim to be ‘elite’ since the world is chock full of people who can claim that title. Nor does it mean you’re some kind of genius. To me a genius is somebody who can heal the sick with new discoveries they came upon in their studies. Or invented something through scientific discovery that is way useful to society as a whole.
When you have spent your life studying a subject and use the knowledge to start others on their journey of discoveries it is a really nice thing to do. But the fact is, your head in the process gets filled with a lot of KRAP that is never useful, but just fun and interesting to know.
Some people think all this KRAP in their head gives them almost divine powers of omnipotence...but if you’ve ever studied the Classics for real or even some scientific pieces...some of those dudes were really whacked out in la la land...but kind of interesting. But not nearly as interesting to me as a good psycho serial killer piece of fiction by John Sanford or James Patterson.
And then sometimes even after studying all the grand textbooks available, you run across a book just laying out there that kind of pulls it all together for you, like a piece of non-fiction by Jared Diamond entitled ‘Guns, Germs and Steel’. Simple research, simple concepts if your study is the civilizations.
The problem with leftists is they enjoy all the high browed assumptions about conservatives that aren’t so...oh shoot, somebody already said that, didn’t they?
All so true. But I often wonder why Corporate America isn’t held to account for perpetuating, first, the degree-requirement itself and, second, the crony alma mater (usually spelled IVY) preference. Even when businesses don’t buy into the exaggerated Harvard education myth, they still accept the notion that one’s classmates and graduate associations contribute as much to one’s value as knowledge, personality, drive, and character. They’ve abetted the reduction of most universities to ineffective but prosperous trade schools or, worse, a 4-year time-served ticket for even more bloated degrees.
Point is that more than academia needs reform.
Just as the new, conservative media is rising up (and the Leftist media is crumbling) there is a need also for new schools to be created from primary to post-secondary levels.
Why do we enjoy more liberalized gun laws? Because conservatives got together and created strategies and tactics on achieving such. The conservatives need to do the same with education.
Conservatives need to undermine the Left’s agenda by becoming active leaders first in the home and then in religion, government/law, education, the media, and business. The next generation also must be encouraged to become leaders in these institutions.
Just as Christianity rose from the ashes from the collapse of the ancient Roman Empire so too do the Conservatives need to supplant the Leftist-dominated institutions, that are being used to destroy Western civilization from within, with their own.
It seems like an impossible job but in order to achieve Conservative dominance we need to look at this both in a long-term as well short-term manner.
Better... make Freedom a federal law..
That ALL States become “right to work” States..
That it is ILLEGAL to force Union membership anywhere..
Union membership should be totally voluntary..
I know this BOMBASTIC!!.. freedom FORCED on the unions...
Is America FOR freedom or NOT!...?..
True... Wisconsin citizens will have a COW!...
And will grunt the first grunts of slavery..
But then... it is Wisconsin... it should be expected..
Not only have they neglected academia, they pay enormous amounts of money to support it by sending their offspring
there for super indoctrination!
With the Internet, education could be free to the consumer. If the producers of the material on the Internet and the private testers accepted advertising they could even become as rich as Mark Zuckerman. The amount of time spent on campus could be reduced to zero for many professions and significantly reduced for those requiring laboratory courses and personal mentoring.
By the way, course material could start in kindergarten. Once the child mastered the material from a specific topic he would **immediately** move to the next level. Imagine! Instead of languishing for 13 years in government schools children could finish **YEARS** earlier. Even starting a career a few years early could result in several hundred thousands of dollars ( maybe even a million or more) in earned income for that young adult.
Please read my post #34.
Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz
Communist and lesbian activist
Daughter of Herbert Aptheker
We should make no mistake between the kinds of diplomacy Hitlers regime engaged in during the 1930s and the kinds of diplomacy the Bush administration has engaged in.
Palestinian terrorists are anti-occupation activists.
Chief theoretician of the American Communist Party
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Founded the American Institute for Marxist Studies
1967 traveled to Hanoi with Tom Hayden and Staughton Lynd
professor at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania
Professor at the University of California, the City University of New York, and the University of Santa Clara
He is dead
Adjunct professor at the Foothill College in Northern California
Believes that Jewish Nazis control U.S. government
Staff attorney for the National Prison Project
Founder of Co/Motion and the Student Action Campaign
Founder of Alliance for Justice
Taught at Georgetown and George Washington University Law Schools
Serves on the Deans Advisory Council at American Universitys Washington College of Law
Established Co-Motion, an anti-gun-ownership initiative.
Professor of Sociology at City University of New York
Indoctrinates his students with Marxist Politics
A proponent of shorter work weeks
Teaches one two-hour course each weeka seminar in Marxism
A former union organizer
Member of Democratic Socialists of America
Ran for New York Governors seat on Green Party ticket
Professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania
Believes the black community should accommodate criminal behavior and find good middle ground between straightness and more extreme forms of lawbreaking.
Her approach to teaching law rests on her belief that law is useful as a supplement to activism.
Former member of the International Solidarity Movement
Frequently speaks on college campuses about the Israeli governments brutality, of which he claims to be a living example
Working on an agricultural research program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh
Former President of National Lawyers Guild
Served in various capacities for the ACLU
Cooperating attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights
He is a law professor and Director of the Macaronis Civil Litigation Concentration at the Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts
Professor of Conflict Resolution at American University
A leader in the First Palestinian Intifada until Israel deported him in 1988
Palestinian armed struggle against the occupation is both morally and legally legitimate.
I am telling you loud and clear there can not be a Jewish state in the Middle East. It is impossible.
Leader of the 1960s and 70s domestic terrorist group Weatherman
Kill all the rich people Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents.
Participated in the bombings of New York Police Headquarters in 1970, of the Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972
Currently a professor o education at the University of Illinois
Professor of International Relations at James Madison College and Michigan State University
Aims to debunk what he describes as Westerners misconception that Islam is monolithic [and] violent
Claims that the Islamic worlds anti-Americanism is rooted not in aggression but rather in a quest for dignity
Dr. Jamal Badawi
Taught a course on Islam at Stanford University, then went on to become a professor at Saint Marys University in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), in the Departments of Religious Studies and Management.
Outlined six different conditions in which a wife may properly be beaten.
Professor at Santa Rosa Junior College
Gave students an assignment to compose an e-mail message using the words kill the President.
Amiri Baraka AKA Everett Leroy Jones AKA LeRoi Jones
Very Radical racist and Third World Marxist-Leninist
Taught at the New School for Social Research in New York
The University of Buffalo
San Francisco State University
George Washington University
State University of New York at Stony Brook
David P. Barash
Professor of psychology at the University of Washington
Co-author of Peace and Conflict Studies, a text that is widely used in peace studies classes
Just another anti-American teacher
Was Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Anthropology at Wagner College
Director of Special Programs at New York University
Dean of Arts and Sciences at Manhattan College
A Globalist, she has authored:
Nations Unbound: Transnational Projects
Deterritorialized Nation States
Towards a Transnational Perspective on Migration: Race, Class, Ethnicity, and Nationalism
lecturer in the Near Eastern Studies and Ethnic Studies Departments at UC Berkeley
Taught at Berkeley
San Francisco State University
Berkeley Graduate Theological Union
Diablo Valley College
Lectured at George Washington High School in San Francisco
Were sitting here and watching the world pass by, people being bombed, and its about time that we have an intifada in this country that change fundamentally the political dynamics in here Theyre gonna say, some Palestinian being too radical-—well, you havent seen radicalism yet.
former UCLA professor
former attorney for the AFL-CIO and SEIU
Obama appointment to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
At first blush it might seem fair to give workers the choice to remain unrepresented Just as U.S. citizens cannot opt against having a congressman, workers should not be able to choose against having a union as their monopoly-bargaining agent.
Professor of Latin American History at Truman State University
Condemns capitalism and Americas excessive militarism.
Columbus actions, launched an era of modern colonialism, rape, pillage, genocide, cultural destruction, slavery, economic and environmental devastation.
Middle East history professor at Stanford University
Former President of Middle East Studies Association
Blames US and Israel for Middle East conflict
Influenced the education of middle and high school students through the Teachers Curriculum Institute (TCI).
Professor at New York University School of Law
Proponent of Critical Race Theory
Supporter of race preferences favoring non-whites in business and academia
Taught at Harvard University
Was dean of the University of Oregon School of Law
Taught at Stanford Law School
Director of the Urban Center for Peace Education and Research at the University of Cincinnati
Marvin Berlowitz is Professor of Educational Foundations at the University of Cincinnati (UC), and the Director of the Urban Center for Peace Education and Research — a collective of leftwing professors aiming to indoctrinate students in Marxist ideology. A committed Marxist, Berlowitz teaches that Privatization must be resisted.
Mary Frances Berry
Professor at University of Pennylvania
Admirer of Mao Zedong
Did have an administrative posts at the University of Maryland
Was Chancellor of the University of Colorado
Was professor at Harvard
July 7, 2010 recess appointment by Obama
For redistribution of wealth
Opposes free-market healthcare
Advocates rationing of care
On February 12, 2010, University of Alabama Professor Amy Bishop opened fire during a biology department meeting, killing three of her colleagues and injuring three more. As Michelle Malkin has documented, Bishop had an assault record, and students and professors had raised concerns about her mental state. She also may have murdered her brother in 1986.
A far-right professor? Nopeher political views were reportedly in line with the average academic. On February 15, the Boston Herald reported that a family source described Bishop as a far left political activist who was obsessed with President Obama to the point of being off putting. On RateMyProfessors.com, students described her as a liberal and a socialist in a comment that has apparently been since removed.
Granted, Bishop was apparently motivated by fear of losing her job, not politics, but if were going by the rationale put forth by Paul Krugman and company, whos to say the culture of hostility her fellow travelers fostered had nothing to do with her seeing Second Amendment solutions as a legitimate way to solve her problems?
President of Columbia University
Former President of University of Michigan Law School
Proponent of racial preferences in college admissions
Holds a chair in History and African-American Studies at the University of Virginia
Distinguished Professor at American University
Has taught at Harvard
Endorsed by the Communist Party
Participated in Communist political forums
Campaigned for Communist politicians
Republicans idea of equal rights is the American flag and the Confederate swastika flying side by side
America is a warlike nation with endemic racism, sexism and classism
An excommunicated Catholic priest
Hates America, Bush
Loves Hugo Chavez
Talks at universities and churches
Professor at the City University of New York
Featured guest speaker at the 2004 Socialist Scholars Conference
After 9/11, signed a statement blaming the U.S. for inflicting widespread suffering on innocent people in such places as Iraq, Sudan, Israel and the Occupied Territories, the former Yugoslavia and Latin America.
Former president of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 1988 to 2006
Former president of Princeton University
Moved Mellon Foundation left with racial preferences and environmental advocacy.
The foundation expanded its Conservation and Environment Program (CEP), which embraces the tenets of n anti-capitalist, anti-development worldview
A frequent lecturer at several New York City universities
About World War II: Britain and the United States opposed fascism only because it threatened their own control over resources and people. How could one reconcile the United States fighting in World War II for the rights of nations to independence and self determination, with its history of expansion, its 100-year war against native Indians driving them off their ancestral lands, its 250 years of enslavement of Africans, its war with Mexico, and taking almost half their lands and sending marines almost 20 times into the countries of the Caribbean? Seizing Hawaii and fighting a brutal war to subjugate the Philippines. And sending of 5,000 marines into Nicaragua in 1929. This nation could hardly claim to believe in the rights of self determination. Neither the invasion of Austria, nor Czechoslovakia nor Poland, brought the United States into armed conflict with fascism. We went to war only when our processions in Hawaii were attacked and when our navy was disabled by Japanese bombs.
Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California
Former President of the Middle Eastern Studies Association
Former member of the Black Panthers
Highly sought-after speaker on American college campuses
Ordered the murder of Black Panther bookkeeper Betty Van Patter
It is a sensuous thing to know that at ones will, an enemy can be struck down.
You dont want your child anywhere near this man
Radical professor of American Civilization at Brown University
Former member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
Former member of the Socialist Labor Party
Prominent in the Democratic Socialists of America
Board member of the Movement for a Democratic Society
Our task is to use all means available to combat the global race to the bottom; to help students, colleagues and the public understand that capitalisms much vaunted progress endangers everything we hold dear.
Professor of rhetoric and comparative literature, with specialties in the fields of feminism, queer theory, political philosophy and ethics
Rejects Israels right to exist as an independent Jewish state
Has been a leader in the campaign to impose a worldwide boycott on Israeli universities.
Taught at Wesleyan University, George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University
Presently at UC Berkeley
Its very hard to speak freely right now, but many gay people are uncomfortable with all this, because they feel their sense of an alternative movement is dying. Sexual politics was supposed to be about finding alternatives to marriage.
President of the State University of New Yorks College at Old Westbury on Long Island.
Taught Black Church History at Fordham University and was an adjunct professor in City College of New Yorks African Studies Department.
Admirers Malcolm X, referring to him as an inspiring figure and our black shining prince.
In 1992 Butts, angry over the fact that blacks patronized Korean businesses that allegedly disrespected black customers, called for massive civil disobedience that would disrupt business as usual.
Butts called for a consumer boycott of white businesses.
Butts hosted Fidel Castro at the Abyssinian Baptist Church. There, in front of a crowd of 1,300, including several local Democratic office holders such as Charles Rangel, Jose Serrano, and Nydia Velazquez, Butts lavished praise on the honored guest. It is in our tradition to welcome all who are visionaries, revolutionaries and who seek the liberation of all people.
Nancy Duff Campbell
Co-founder and co-president of the National Womens Law Center.
Unrestricted access to abortion-on-demand, increased welfare, gender preferences in hiring, promotions, and college admissions, and the depiction of women as victims of rampant societal sexism and discrimination.
Taught at Georgetown University Law Center and Catholic University School of Law
Law professor at the University of Montana
Was acting assistant professor of lawyering at New York University School of Law, and as Director of Public Interest and Public Policy Programs at Stanford Law School.
Served as litigator for the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights.
Member of International Socialist Organization and a regular contributor to Socialist Worker Online.
Capitalism is an inhuman economic system.
Capulong is a board member of the International Endowment for Democracy. Among his fellow IED board members and officials are such leftist luminaries as Mumia Abu-Jamal (the cop killer), Ramsey Clark, Gore Vidal, Howard Zinn (dead commie), Bernardine stick a fork in it Dohrn, Joel Kovel, Michael ratner, Lynn Stewart, and Leonard Weinglass.
Professor of criminal justice at Rochester Institute of Technology
Taught at Southern Illinois University
Blames US imperialist policies for 911
Military tribunals are an affront to due process of law
Deported immigrants have been robbed of civil rights
Teaches at MITs Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics
Denied that Cambodias Pol Pot killed 2 million of its 7.8 million people.
9/11 dwarfed by Americas 1998 missile attack on a factory in the Sudan.
America is the worlds greatest terrorist state
Afghanistan is a calculated genocide
Bradley Manning is a man of courage and integrity
Former Associate Professor of political science at North Carolina Wesleyan College
Bush had advanced knowledge of 9/11
Former Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder
9/11 victims little Eichmanns
America is a genocidal nation
Lied about being an American Indian
worked as a Law Professor
Former U.S. Attorney General
Founder of International Action Center, which is staffed by members of the Workers World Party, a Marxist-Leninist vanguard
Reverend Kenneth I. Clarke
director of Cornell United Religious Work
was director of the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs at Pennsylvania State University
America must see itself through the eyes of other nations who have been victims of U.S. colonialism and imperialism.
Senior lecturer in Law at Emory University
Former Communications Secretary for the Black Panther Party
Former wife of Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver
Teaches that racist and white supremacist and exploitative practices are engrained in American society and government.
Professor at the University of Texas
Member of the International Socialist Organization
Calls America a corrupt nation
The day after 9/11, she stated, the United States military has, in recent years, been the most effective and constant killer of civilians around the world.
Professor of law at Georgetown University
Radical attorney-activist who has repeatedly defended supporters of terrorism
Believes that the greatest threat to our freedoms is posed not by the terrorists themselves but by our own governments response.
Cole portrayed terrorism as a free speech issue: Excluding people for their ideas is flatly contrary to the spirit of freedom for which the United States stands. He wrote.
University of Michigan professor of Middle East and South Asian history
Former President of the Middle East Studies Association
Believes that a pro-Likud cabal controls the American government from a small number of key positions within the Executive Branch
Decries the term Islamo-fascist as a thoroughly abhorrent form of bigotry, even as he routinely brands Zionism as racist and fascist.
Professor of Systematic Theology at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City
View America as an irredeemably racist nation
What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of Blak people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.
This country was founded for whites and everything that has happened in it has emerged from the white perspective. What we need is the destruction of whiteness, which is the source of human misery in the world.
Duke University professor of Asian and African Languages and Literature
9/11 has a long history going back through the Gulf War to the establishment of Israel in 1948
Associate professor at Kent State Universitys Center for Applied Conflict Management
It is not just Saddam Hussein whose actions threaten UN credibility. George W. Bush may be the greater long-term threat.
The main influence on Coys brand of radical politics is the Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci.
Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester in New York
AIDS activist and queer politics theoretician
What many of us have lost is a culture of sexual possibility: back rooms, tea rooms, movie houses, and baths; the trucks, the piers, the ramble, the dunes sex was everywhere for us, and everything we wanted to venture now our untamed impulses are either prescribed once again or shielded from us by latex.
Professor in History at the University of Chicago
Taught at Swarthmore College and the University of Washington
Refuses to acknowledge that communism has been the cause of North Koreas economic catastrophes.
Professor of History, Gender Studies, and Womens Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago
Founded the first gay think-tank ad legislative lobbying group, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Professor of Islamic Studies at Columbia University
Calls Israel a military base for the rising predatory empire of the United States
Professor of modern Middle Eastern history
at West Chester University in Pennsylvania
Advocates complete U.S. divestment from Israel
Characterizes Palestinian terrorism as the inevitable and logical outgrowth of Israeli depredations
Contends that Hamas does “charitable work”
Communist professor at the University of Californias Santa Cruz campus
Recipient of the Lenin Peace Prize from the police state of East Germany in 1979
Provided an arsenal of weapons to Black Panthers who used them to kill a Marin Country judge in a failed attempt to free Davis’ imprisoned lover, Black Panther murderer George Jackson
Icon of the campus Left and frequent guest speaker at anti-war rallies
Leader of a movement to free all criminals who are minorities claiming that they are political prisoners of the racist United States
The only path of liberation for black people is that which leads toward complete and radical overthrow of the capitalist class.
Marxist professor at North Carolina State University
Edits a militant Marxist journal
Attacks Latin American Studies departments for political accommodationism and urges universities to adopt a more revolutionary posture to overcome capitalism and imperialism
Believes that Communist China and Cuba have been successful in instituting political and economic democracy.
Nicholas De Genova
Assistant professor of Anthropology at Columbia University
Called for an anticolonial struggle by Iraqis that would lead to a million Mogadishus a reference to a 1993 military debacle in Somalia that cost 18 American lives
Leader of the domestic terrorist group Weatherman
Participated in the bombings of New York City police headquarters in 1970, the Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972
Delighted in Charles Manson’s infamous murders
Director of the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University
Professor at Northwestern University Law School
Professor of Politics at Occidental College
Helped establish the Campaign for Americas Future in 1996
Member of Progressives for Obama
Longtime supporter of the community organization ACORN
Peter Dreier is the E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics at Occidental College, where he also serves as director of the Urban & Environmental Policy program. He co-authored the books Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century (2005) and The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City (2006). He writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and The American Prospect.
Radical Muslim cleric
Told participants at an anti-Israeli rally not be afraid to die for what they believe in, providing a rationale for suicide bombings
Dremali is currently the Director of the Islamic Center of Greater Austin, the Director of the Arabic and Islamic Studies Department at Austin PeaceAcademy, and a professor at the American Open University. He also serves as an advisor to the American Muslim Association of North America.
National chair of the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights
Founder and national chair of By Any Means Necessary
Supports affirmative action as a necessary safeguard against discrimination targeting nonwhites in the workplace and academia
Since the mid-1990s, Driver has been a guest speakerchiefly on the subject of affirmative actionat hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide. She also has addressed scores of civil-rights, professional, religious, political, and governmental organizations, including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the NAACP National Convention, the Tavis Smiley Foundation Youth2Leaders Conference, the National Bar Association, the American Sociological Association, Americans for Democratic Action, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the National Organization for Women, and the Society of American Law Teachers.
Arne Duncan is the Secretary of Education
“Today, I promise you that under my leadership, the Department of Education will be a committed partner in the national effort to build a more environmentally literate and responsible society,”
Right now, in the second decade of the 21st century, preparing our children to be good environmental citizens is some of the most important work any of us can do. Its work that will serve future generations—and quite literally sustain our world,
Professor of Criminology, University of Northern Colorado
The foregoing items required students to: (1) demonstrate their knowledge of two leftwing theories (power control theory and Integrated-Structural Marxism); (2) demonstrate their knowledge of, and justification for, feminist law theory; (3) make the case for gay marriage; and (4) make the argument that the military action of the US attacking Iraq was criminal.
Obamas communications director in 2009
Delivered a June 209 speech to high-school students in Maryland, where she cited Mao Zedong as one of her favorite political philosophers
Michael Eric Dyson
Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University
Taught at University of North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania
Condems Bill Cosby
Member of Democratic Socialists of America
9/11 due to Americas imperialistic practices
Teaches film theory at the University of Chicago
Ebert boasted of his affiliations with the Students for a Democratic Society in his review of the 2003 documentary The Weather Underground: I still have my membership card in Students for a Democratic Society, he wrote, signed by Tom Hayden, who handed it to me at a National Student Congress in 1963, and tucked the $1 membership fee in the pocket of his flannel shirt.
Sociology professor at Villanova University
teaches the course “War, Imperialism and Terrorism,” in whose syllabus he makes clear his belief that terrorism stems not from militant Islamic fundamentalism, but rather from inequities born of American capitalism.
Marian Wright Edelman
San Francisco State University established the Marian Wright Edelman Institute
Barnard College awarded her the Barnard Medal of Distinction
She received an honorary LL.D. from Bates College
At one time, Edelman served on the Board of the Saul Alinsky-created Industrial Areas Foundation. A passionate admirer of Alinsky
Honorary Chairwoman of the Democratic Socialists of America
Taught at UC Berkeley
Professor at Stanford University
Author of 1968 book The Population Bomb
Weve already had too much economic growth in the United States. Economic growth in rich countries like ours is the disease, not the cure.
Professor of U.S. foreign policy at Hofstra University
Professor Eisenberg’s campus activism, both inside and outside the classroom, has not escaped the notice of her students. On the website RateMyProfessors.com, a considerable number of Eisenberg’s students note her virulent anti-Americanism and her habit of airing her personal political views in the classroom. Among the student comments are the following:
“She hates America. She’s more like a communist than a liberal . . . Avoid her public lectures if you are patriotic or if you even like this country somewhat. She needs to move to France because that is where her ideology belongs.”
“Very, very, very liberal. At least I’m allowed to express my views in class because I’m from the opposite side of the political spectrum, but class becomes like a battleground and it can get unpleasant.”
“pretty easy grader, she is however very liberal and anti-American”
“[D]o not take this class if you are patriotic. [D]o not take it if you have any common sense.”
“This lady hates America! All she talks about is how America has ravaged the world. She blames the U.S. for everything from the [C]old [W]ar to some poor guy who slipped on a banana peel. Her class is nothing but a bash-America session. If you like America, steer clear from this lady!”
It is the duty of the right to destroy academia. Academia as presently constituted is our enemy, much more harmful and destructive than Al Qeada.
Nice essay, worthy of its own thread.
“And sort of a frightening point, as well, as we enter a new dark ages possibly....”
The age is only dark because we possess little documentation from the period.
Perhaps I’m odd, but I don’t believe that things at present will be as bad as they are sold to be, but another ‘dark’ age is entirely possible.
I'd go him one further and say conservatives need to be a part of public schools, because those kids aren't blank slates. They've been carefully prepped for years by liberals at the public school level, and most of the teachers are liberal because conservatives abandoned the teaching profession. The excuse was that they are unionized, and our conservatives here at FR are far too pure to sully themselves in such a manner, but I suspect the real reason has to do with the pay and the difficulty of the job.
Your third point is already alive and well:
Ron Gochez is a Los Angeles high school teacher. I heard on our local radio station, the John and Ken show, that Gochez was one of the activists protesting. He was also one of the teachers that went with other teachers and students to Arizona to protest their racist 1070 law. See FreeRepublic http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2509669/posts?q=1&;page=1
Ron Gochez is a Los Angeles High School teacher, he has a video on youtube maybe 4 years old now where he is preaching his hatred towards America. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iybaDyMr1rs
This is my transcription:
A revolutionary Mexican Organization This is not just about Mexico, this is about a global struggle against imperialism and capitalism. But we know that where we now stand is stolen occupied Mexico. And the message that we bring if you want to bring a little bit more of a revolutionary context to this, why is it that these people? These frail racist white people want to keep us out of this country. Its not simply because of the color of our skin, its not simply because they just want to exploit us, let me tell you why. Because on this planet right now, 6 billion people at the forefront of the revolutionary movement is La Raza.
We have a long history and example of our comondante Fidel Castro Ruiz, Caesar Hugo Chaves, Eduardo Morales, we got Brazil, Equator, you name it, we are nine, nine ??? governments in Latin America right now, and they know something that a one young Argentine cockroach said, it was called a domino theory, and he knew that every single country would go revolutionary. One after the other, after the other, after the other, after the other.
So what do they fear? They know that every single country, they know that we no longer will fall for these lies called borders, they know that a Salvadorian, that a Guatemalan and a Nicaraguan and a Mexicano, there is no damn difference, we are all one people. So with that in mind, we see our selves, all of us here, as the Northern front of a Latin American revolutionary movement. There are more than 40 million of our people north of the Rio Grande. That means to them there is 40 million revolutionaries north of the border inside the belly of the beast. So when you think about why do they want to kick us of all people out, thats why.
They know that we now know the truth. They know that we are La Raza, were professionals, we are educators, we are revolutionary students, what does that mean? We are just a regular culture anymore, we are a culture of revolutionary spirit. And thats the fear.
So with that being said, I want to leave you with this, as a revolutionary and with revolutionary context, let us be clear about one thing, our enemy is not the minutemen, quote me, our enemy is not the minutemen, because the minutemen are not the ones who have killed over four thousand, six hundred people at those borders, our enemy is the same enemy as Hugo Chaves, that Hugo Chaves has, our enemy is the same enemy that keeps Africa poor, our enemy is the same enemy that keeps Asia poor, Our enemy is capitalism, imperialism.
And Ill finish with this, Ill finish with this to respect the time. If we are serious about making CHANGE, if you are serious about making CHANGE, let me tell you, the struggle will go on for many more years after we leave UCLA. Reading a book or writing a book, or teaching a class, that is not, that is not part of the movement. What you do 24 hours a day as a professional revolutionary, that is what is going to lead our people and our people to liberation. Viva La Raza.
Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements
Video, Audio and Papers from the Tea Party Conference Now Available
On Friday, October 22, CCSRWM sponsored an all-day conference: “Fractures, Alliances, and Mobilizations: Emerging Analyses of the ‘Tea Party Movement.’” This conference brought together leading scholars, along with several journalists and political commentators, to discuss and debate the emergence and implications of the “Tea Party Movement” in the wake of Obama’s election. Much has been made of the Tea Party Movement in the media however there is little, if any, scholarship on it. This conference, which featured historians, political scientists, sociologists, and race and gender scholars, was intended to begin to fill this gap.
To view video of the conference, go here http://ccsrwm.berkeley.edu/tea_party_conference , and click on the titles of the keynote and panels.
To listen to audio of the conference, go to: http://itunes.berkeley.edu. Audio files of the conference presentations can be found under “Social Science Events” and the following titles:
Keynote Address The Tea Parties Now
Panel 1: New Forms of Activism on the Right
Panel 2: The Tea Party and the Right
Panel 3: Tapping into Fear, Anger and Resentment
To download papers presented at the conference, click here http://ccsrwm.berkeley.edu/tea_party_conference.
To read the conference proceedings, click here http://ccsrwm.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/shared/docs/TP%20Conference%20Proceedings%20FINAL.pdf .
To read commentary on the conference click on the title below:
“Taking the Tea Party Seriously” by Peter Montgomery http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/taking-tea-party-seriously
General Leslie Groves who headed the atomic bomb project during WWII was continually getting hectored by his staff to squeeze out academia for their liberal leanings. Paraphrasing, Groves said something like, ¨Where do you expect me to find scientists if not at the universities?¨
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