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The New Face of the Campus Left (Reality: Same Burnt-out Face, More $$)
The Nation ^ | 1/26/2006 | Sam Graham-Felsen

Posted on 01/30/2006 1:31:30 PM PST by Pyro7480

The assumption that America's campuses are impenetrable bastions of liberalism--where left-leaning faculty predominate, progressive student activism flourishes and conservatism is fiercely marginalized--still rules the day. But in reality, since the 1970s the conservative movement has become the dominant political force on many American campuses....

"We didn't have our act together," says Joshua Holland, a fair-trade and antiwar activist.... "We tried to keep things nonhierarchical and loosely structured, but at the end of the day... we weren't getting anything done."

...At the University of North Carolina senior Jessica Polk says students have long been "sick of what the left is doing--they want to walk to class without being handed a flier about a rally or vigil."

Meanwhile, student conservatives have managed to balance organizational and ideological discipline with ragtag rebelliousness, positioning themselves as perpetual underdogs on oppressively liberal campuses. Armed with their version of a screw-the-man mentality, the student right's activism is often shocking: affirmative action bake sales where white students are charged more for cookies than blacks....

The right actually ends up looking cooler than the left," agrees Mani Mostofi, who recently earned his master's degree at the University of Texas. "I don't know how this is possible, but it's true!"

...The most widespread disappointment has been the failure to generate a sustainable movement opposing the war in Iraq. While student mobilization in the run-up to the war was massive in scope and energy, the typical problems plaguing the campus left--ideological splits and lack of organization--have caused the movement to fade considerably....

How, I asked, would Campus Progress respond if students requested radical intellectual Noam Chomsky as a speaker? After all, right-wing groups like Young America's Foundation almost exclusively fund speakers from the radical end of the right's spectrum.

(Excerpt) Read more at thenation.com ...


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There's reason for hope among college students. The campus Left is divided and in their own fantasy land, while the conservative groups are definitely "cooler" and on message.
1 posted on 01/30/2006 1:31:33 PM PST by Pyro7480
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To: Pyro7480

Maybe it is their rabid emotional hysteria with NO intellectually rational platform of ideas other then being anti-everything, which defines the Modern Left, might explain the lunatics dismal failure to be even marginally politically relevent?


2 posted on 01/30/2006 1:36:46 PM PST by MNJohnnie (Is there a satire god who created Al Gore for the sole purpose of making us laugh?)
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To: Pyro7480


Liberals don't get anything done for the same reason they are liberals: they are stupid and lazy.


4 posted on 01/30/2006 1:39:44 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: Pyro7480

The left says that America has not been this divided since the vietnam war.

The same agitators who were at work calling for (communist) revolution in America back in the 1960s and 1970s are the SAME agitators calling for (communist) revolution in America this time.

When you realize that, you realize the left has no power. Just a strong set of lungs and good location.

Abbie Hoffman offed himself before these days came back. Then again Hunter S. Thompson survived this long and offed himself anyway.

John Kerry's lucky that the masses never saw him for the traitor that he was.


5 posted on 01/30/2006 1:40:25 PM PST by weegee
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To: Pyro7480

maybe next to "Nation" the campuses are conservative bastions. But next to reality, they are cesspools of hardcore leftwing radicals.


6 posted on 01/30/2006 1:42:31 PM PST by armydawg1 (" America must win this war..." PVT Martin Treptow, KIA, WW1)
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To: dropandgimme20

I'll tell you what they "can" create. A new communist utopia in which THEY are in charge, and we can be done with these elections where idiots... er the masses don't make the "wrong" choices anymore.

That is how to a (wo)man, they see the world. It would be sooo much better if they ran things. A communist rep from the World Can't Wait was asked on Micheal Medved which communist nation she liked. She said there weren't any right now but she said she like Mao's China. She saw no hyprocrisy in never attempting to live in a communist nation for a year before insisting that we all move to this system.

Jane Fonda made similar idiotic statements back in the day.


7 posted on 01/30/2006 1:45:55 PM PST by weegee
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To: dropandgimme20
The nineteenth century anarchist Bakunin said: "The destructive urge, is also a creative urge."

What this means, in practice, is -- I blew up this building, but my actions were not purely destructive -- look! I also created a pile of rubble!!

I swear many of the Left think like this, and believe it to be a deep, nuanced view of the world.

8 posted on 01/30/2006 1:47:00 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Pyro7480
The right actually ends up looking cooler than the left," agrees Mani Mostofi, who recently earned his master's degree at the University of Texas. "I don't know how this is possible, but it's true!"

Maybe because on hateful leftist campuses, they are iconoclasts?

10 posted on 01/30/2006 1:50:06 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Pyro7480

bump


11 posted on 01/30/2006 1:51:12 PM PST by VOA
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To: dropandgimme20

As with Islam. They say the tyrannical nations and organizations are not "real" communism.


12 posted on 01/30/2006 1:51:55 PM PST by weegee
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To: Pyro7480

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1075122/posts

Stinking hippies . . . . .


13 posted on 01/30/2006 1:52:10 PM PST by tumblindice
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To: Pyro7480
The right actually ends up looking cooler than the left," agrees Mani Mostofi, who recently earned his master's degree at the University of Texas. "I don't know how this is possible, but it's true!"

Amazing what bathing and grooming does to your appearance.....

14 posted on 01/30/2006 1:52:46 PM PST by NRA1995 (GOOOOOOO STEELERS!!!)
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To: Pyro7480
The right actually ends up looking cooler than the left," agrees Mani Mostofi, who recently earned his master's degree at the University of Texas. "I don't know how this is possible, but it's true!"

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

15 posted on 01/30/2006 1:54:02 PM PST by detsaoT (run bsd)
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To: Pyro7480


University Admin often forgets that in this day and age, they are "The man" students groups want to fight against. This makes lefty student groups the conformist pigs they hate so much.


16 posted on 01/30/2006 1:54:18 PM PST by Tzimisce
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To: Pyro7480
I feel sorry for these young, idealist kids. It's obvious that reliving the 60's on campus isn't authentic. They need something to galvanize and bond themselves together as a generation. May I suggest the liberation of Tibet? Kind of like skipping the 60's generation and go back to more primitive roots of leftism in the Lincoln Brigads of Spain. They could take on and defeat PRC mechanized divisions with their air support. After liberation of Tibet, then they will bond as brothers and sisters.

Just trying to be helpful. Honest.
17 posted on 01/30/2006 1:54:25 PM PST by Leisler ("For English, please press two.")
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To: Leisler

Call the first unit, the "Rachel Corrie Brigade."


18 posted on 01/30/2006 1:56:08 PM PST by Leisler ("For English, please press two.")
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To: Pyro7480

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."


19 posted on 01/30/2006 1:57:14 PM PST by L98Fiero
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To: ClearCase_guy
The nineteenth century anarchist Bakunin said: "The destructive urge, is also a creative urge."

What this means, in practice, is -- I blew up this building, but my actions were not purely destructive -- look! I also created a pile of rubble!!

I swear many of the Left think like this, and believe it to be a deep, nuanced view of the world.

Interesting quote from Bakunin.

I've been visualizing the left in this mode for a few months now. The "destructive urge" is like Bin Laden, who could not build like the construction folks in the Bin Laden family, but could be "great" like them, by destroying something great.

This is similar to the mental illness in assassins like John Hinkley, who shot Reagan in order to impress actress Jody Foster. In his twisted mind, killing someone great was equal to being someone great.

I believe that this same mental twist is in a lot of people, but not to the extent of actually attempting assassination. Instead they join earth first and burn loggers trucks, or join an anti-corporate activism group and riot at the World Bank convention. Cindy Sheehan comes to mind here.

They are failures, or are to lazy, to do great things themselves, so they destroy the work of great people in an effort to be equally as great. They believe that are "progessing", therefore they are "progressives", but they attempt to progress by destroying the work of others so that they will appear better in relation to their destroyed neighbors. Like burning your neighbors superior house, so that yours looks better.

20 posted on 01/30/2006 1:59:01 PM PST by narby (Hillary! The Wicked Witch of the Left)
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To: Pyro7480

If it appears in the Nation, it's drivel.


21 posted on 01/30/2006 1:59:13 PM PST by hubbubhubbub
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To: Pyro7480
But in reality, since the 1970s the conservative movement has become the dominant political force on many American campuses.

Earth to author Graham-Felsen: You can probably count the number of campuses where "the conservative movement has become the dominant political force" on your fingers. Like so many leftist journalists, your concept of reality and history is warped so as to better promote your perverse agenda and those that welcome it.

22 posted on 01/30/2006 2:05:17 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: Pyro7480

As a college student who is currently surfing FR at UC before class starts I can tell you that liberalism is alive and well at this and many other colleges.

It's the same thing in every class, "Bush is evil. Bush is spying on me, Bush (fill in the blank)." And this mantra is not limmited to the humanities classes.

Thank God I graduate in June...and no, I'm not getting my Master's.


23 posted on 01/30/2006 2:10:33 PM PST by TSgt (Extreme vitriol and rancorous replies served daily. - Mike W USAF)
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To: MeanWestTexan

"Liberals don't get anything done for the same reason they are liberals: they are stupid and lazy."


Yes, but they ARE self impressed.......:0)



24 posted on 01/30/2006 2:29:59 PM PST by yer gonna put yer eye out (Note to NYT: Those who spin, cannot win...(think Johnny Cochran))
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To: Pyro7480

The students are one thing.We'll have to wait another 20 years for all the Ward Churchills to die off.Of course,they CAN'T be fired.


25 posted on 01/30/2006 3:00:03 PM PST by hschliemann
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To: narby

Hinckley must've been kicking himself for days when he found out Foster was a lesbian. Not entirely relevant, but something that's ben rattling around in my head for a long time.


26 posted on 01/30/2006 3:31:08 PM PST by tuff_schlitz (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: Pyro7480

**The right actually ends up looking cooler than the left," agrees Mani Mostofi, who recently earned his master's degree at the University of Texas. "I don't know how this is possible, but it's true!"**

Well....I would not be hanging out with conservatives if they weren't the coolest ones around! ; )


27 posted on 01/30/2006 3:32:14 PM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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To: Pyro7480
students have long been "sick of what the left is doing--they want to walk to class without being handed a flier about a rally or vigil."

Well, they got that part right. But the rest?...

But in reality, since the 1970s the conservative movement has become the dominant political force on many American campuses....


28 posted on 01/30/2006 3:46:21 PM PST by RightWingAtheist (Creationism Is Not Conservative!)
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To: MNJohnnie
The reason why they can't galvanize young people to oppose the Iraq war is that there is no draft. The protests against the Vietnam war were ultimately narcissistic and selfish, as their indifference to the plight of the people of Vietnam (Cambodia, etc.), after they were no longer in danger of being drafted, demonstrates. They didn't care about the people of Vietnam. Like the French with Muslim terrorists, they sucked up to the North Vietnamese in the hopes that they wouldn't get shot by one. They could care less how many Vietnamese were murdered when the North took over.

The still don't give a hoot about the plight of the Iraqis but without the threat of the draft, they aren't going to galvanize young people to oppose it.

29 posted on 01/30/2006 4:49:03 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Question_Assumptions
protests against the Vietnam war were ultimately narcissistic and selfish

Just nailed it. Very well said.

30 posted on 01/30/2006 4:54:22 PM PST by MNJohnnie (Is there a satire god who created Al Gore for the sole purpose of making us laugh?)
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To: MNJohnnie

Maybe it is their rabid emotional hysteria with NO intellectually rational platform of ideas other then being anti-everything.................................

The young fool has to be forgiven (somewhat) because he has not yet learned to discard what the old fool still clings to.

How they hate authority! Follow it back.


31 posted on 01/30/2006 7:52:49 PM PST by Grateful One
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But in reality, since the 1970s the conservative movement has become
the dominant political force on many American campuses....


This is the same kind of tripe I heard form "journalists" during
the recent Supreme Court hearings.
Many of these reporters talked about how Renhquist (sp?) had
assembled a cadre of conservatives and taken over the court.
Truth be known, he was only able to slightly correct the course of
the court and stop it from sliding even further left.
(a near super-human feat in my view).

Now, from some of the lefty crap I hear about the universities,
you'd think every tenured faculty member was a right-wing,
gun-toting libertarian.
Absolutely 180 degrees from the truth!
32 posted on 02/10/2006 9:03:28 AM PST by VOA
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