As a retired university professor and a person with a lifelong interest in studying consciousness and mind control techniques, I can definitely laugh at the thought that academia is not focused on surrender to authority. One of my trainings was in stage hypnosis in order to learn to identify the highly suggestible gullible subjects for selection during demonstrations. This is so easy, especially in a religious setting or with young impressionable minds whom are just searching to formulate an individual identity after leaving the protective umbrella of the family unit.
If you want to get a shocking experience on this subject, read about Stanley Milgram’s research on this subject. There are several YouTube videos that demonstrate how easy people surrender to authority.
I had an English professor who told me, “All art must support the revolution.” He didn’t seem to know exactly which revolution it was supposed to support. I asked him about his thoughts on Bach and Monet and Shakespeare. He said that they weren’t artists. I saw a lot of this in my university days. The professors sitting in the back of the coffeehouse trying to seduce the coeds with their talk of revolution. I think we give the professors too much credit. They are human beings. Most of their high sounding rhetoric is just a cover for greed and arrogance and horniness.
Exactly what prevents you from posting your entire article from your blog here?
Well, this did work pretty well in the old Soviet Union. Disagree with communism? You must be insane, so have a nice stay at the asylum... Or gulag.
That depends on how you want to define "liberal in a classical sense." Blum wasn't a libertarian, which is how many people would define the term nowadays, more of a liberal in the mould of the two Roosevelts.
in the 70’a when I attend college Propaganda Analysis was a REQUIRED course so that we would question the authority at that time. It is no longer taught at the university.