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Must Read:Zombies: How the Left Captured Academia, the Media, and Other Organizations
PJMedia ^ | September 5 , 2012 | Vik Rubenfeld

Posted on 09/05/2012 2:07:10 PM PDT by lbryce

Zombies: How the Left Captured Academia, the Media, and Other Organizations

Alinsky-style behavior in the workplace itself may have been the key

Recent studies have confirmed that American universities have become bigoted and biased against the expression of conservative views. One new study documents bias against the expression of conservative views among social and personality psychologists, including those at universities:

We find that respondents significantly underestimate the proportion of conservatives among their colleagues. … that conservatives fear negative consequences of revealing their political beliefs to their colleagues. Finally, we find that conservatives are right to do so. In decisions ranging from paper reviews to hiring, many social and personality psychologists admit that they would discriminate against openly conservative colleagues. The more liberal respondents are, the more willing they are to discriminate.

Also note this passage, from the 2009 book The Politically Correct University:

Substantial anecdotal and quantitative evidence indicates that there is a decided leftist bent to colleges and universities, particularly the most prestigious institutions … Moreover, as several of the following contributions discuss, this political imbalance likely stems from practices within the academy that discourage conservatives from pursuing academic careers. … We maintain that the relative absence of conservative, libertarian, and neoliberal thinkers and thought from the academy is in part caused by discriminatory academic personnel practices.

And read this passage from “A Crisis of Competence,” a 2012 report for the Regents of the University of California by the California Association of Scholars:

This report is concerned with the corruption of the University of California by activist politics. … The condition we investigate is now a well-documented pathology of the modern university. … According to a recent (2007) Zogby poll, a majority (58%) of the public now believes that the problem of faculty political bias is a very serious one.

These are the very institutions that were to promote freedom of speech. How were they taken control of in the first place, to the point where the documented intolerance could be permitted?

Professor David Gelernter’s new book America-Lite: How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered in the Obamacrats) addresses the history behind the transformation of many universities to a system biased in favor of liberal views. He describes how leftist intellectuals were brought into the universities, and how the previous guardians of conservatism in these places bowed out. Gelernter observes that such views spread elsewhere from their new home in the university, including to the mainstream media.

Gelernter believes that the old conservative guard voluntarily stepped aside:

Intellectuals didn’t conspire to make the cultural revolution happen. They could not have forced the Great Reform if they had tried, because the WASP elite colleges were private institutions in the age before massive federal grants let the government sink its teeth in permanently. The reform happened because the WASP elite stepped aside. It was a remarkable event — either a heroic, self-effacing embrace of justice for its own sake, or an act of exhaustion.

But perhaps he is being too kind to the intellectuals. Is it possible that indeed there was a mechanism by which leftists forced out those who didn’t agree with them?

I propose that there may indeed be such a mechanism, and will make this case beginning with a quote from Gelernter himself:

Among intellectuals, the left-liberal religious faithful are often not merely pious but zealous, even fanatic. To conservatives, they seem irrational and intellectually unserious, unable to hold their own in political argument, often unwilling even to try — all too apt, when pressed, to slouch off in a sulk or flare up like a burnt-out lightbulb with no more watts to spare on you. There is a frazzled flash, a silence, then “let’s talk about something else.” Many conservatives have had the experience.

Gelernter is, perhaps, understating the case. Many conservatives have found that expressing their political views around friends and family can lead to harsh insults, to loss of friendships, and even to a weakening of family ties.

Here are two recent examples from my own experience. I have an email list of 50 close friends and relatives that had previously been used by another member of the list (not myself) for expression of political views. I sent out some pro-conservative viewpoints to this list. One response came back from a dear, life-long friend:

I figure that, at best, this [a view I had expressed] reflects a desperate wish that the economy and life are that simple. A more damning explanation — intellectual laziness. Worse than that — willful intent to distort for political gain.

This friend later emailed me to make sure we continued on terms of strong friendship — and I replied that indeed we do. On Facebook I have posted a number of views critical of Obama but devoid of insulting language. A friend of more than a decade responded:

Your posts and commentary are literally making me sick.

He has since “unfriended” me and failed to reply to a recent sociable email I sent him on a non-political subject. I would gladly continue to be on good terms with him, and have reached out to him with a friendly email as noted. The behavior exemplified by these two events is not generally the behavior of conservatives: conservatives believe in a free exchange of views; conservatives believe in public debate. This Alinsky-style behavior appears to be primarily in use among liberals.

Take this kind of behavior that conservatives encounter so often in our daily lives, the sudden rudeness and hostility from friends and even family in response to an expression of conservative views, and imagine that in the context of academia or a media organization –won’t the effect be to drive out those who have conservative views?

Perhaps conservatives have failed to realize that this hostility of liberals is not limited to the sphere of public debate. Conservatives, believing in a free exchange of views and in public debate, welcomed liberals into the universities, the media, and into other organizations as well. Liberals, hostile to a free exchange of views and hostile to public debate, then drove conservatives out.

This appears to explain how our universities and media first became not merely inclusive of liberal views, but also subsequently exclusive of conservative views.

While conservatives have been treating liberals’ insults and hostility as a mere inconvenience to public debate, it has also been a tool used by liberals to drive conservatives out of their places of business, their chosen professions. As Professor Gelernter recently observed on Powerline:

While conservatives worry about debt and taxes and huge problems abroad, the left is busy pulling the whole country out from under them. While conservatives fiddle around on the roof, robbers are rifling the house and stealing the children.

The rightful goal of the media is to permit the public to be aware of all facts relevant to public debate, including facts supportive of liberal views, conservative views, and any and all other views. When things have reached the point where, as Roger L. Simon points out, reporters are afraid of being fired should they report facts supportive of conservative views, then we have a “Zombie Media,” one no longer serving its rightful function. It has been taken over by a hostile organization, shows merely the semblance of life, and is in fact supporting a purpose inimical to that which it is properly expected to perform.

If we now understand how our media and universities first became bigoted and biased against conservatives, we can at long last begin to consider steps intended to affect a turning of the tide.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 57states; academia; academicbias; books; corporateliberalism; gelernter; godsgravesglyphs; liberalism; media; mediawingofthednc; mymuslimfaith; partisanmediashills; politicalcorrectness; seductionofsciences; thoughtcrime
A must-read for those who want to understand the political, psychological underpinnings of the cultural war between the liberal agenda and the conservative perspective and why the liberal agenda is overwhelmingly succeeding.

Liberalism, according to the author takes the form of those who are relentless zealots in their beliefs, are openly hostile, unapologetically discriminatory against conservatives, take no prisoners in doing whaever it takes to further their cause,the more liberal respondents to whether they would discriminate against conservatives were, the more willing they are to discriminate.

I don't want to overstate the case but liberals are not unlike Muslims who use very similar tactics in gaining the upper hand and ultimate control and by the use of Taqiya where Muslims are permitted to lie about their intentions if it furthers the cause of Islam.

The author calls contemporary media, academia by the term 'Zombie' to mean that the media, academia were morphed by liberalism takeover of these institutions as if liberalism was pathological like a virus.

In my opinion, the hostility and zealotry employed by liberals as documented in the article to gaining control of the media and academia can be viewed from a pathological perspective, that liberals are affected by a pathology that is subtle yet palpable in the damage it has managed to cause, unleash on our society.

If we now understand how our media and universities first became bigoted and biased against conservatives, we can at long last begin to consider steps intended to affect a turning of the tide.

The author tells us that now that we understand why liberalism has managed to become biased and bigoted we should be able to affect a turning of the tide. I think the author is quite naive and misguided if he believes the turning of the tide against liberalism in academia and the media merely involves employing their own playbook against themselves, the main point is that they won because they were much more idealistic, dedicated to their cause, fought harder, played dirtier than conservatives are willing to do.

1 posted on 09/05/2012 2:07:12 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

ping


2 posted on 09/05/2012 2:10:08 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: lbryce

If we now understand how our media and universities first became bigoted and biased against conservatives,
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good article!
but, if you want the root cause, and original “game plan”,
i’d go back at least to Gramsci...
this is an old evil...


3 posted on 09/05/2012 2:17:06 PM PDT by Elendur (It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: dalebert

One word: UNIONS


4 posted on 09/05/2012 2:17:31 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: lbryce

The “WASP Elite” didn’t step-aside entirely. Much of the WASP elite became the leftist elite.

The WASP elite also transformed their own Churches too - that is why we see both the decline of mainline Protestantism, as well as these churches cheer-leading for gay marriage, socialism, etc...


5 posted on 09/05/2012 2:17:33 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: lbryce

I think you’ll find the beginnings of the left taking over academia in Hayden’s Port Huron Statement, about 1963, 4.


6 posted on 09/05/2012 2:19:26 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: lbryce

Work their way to the top and hire only people who think like you.


7 posted on 09/05/2012 2:19:26 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

yup..afraid so..


8 posted on 09/05/2012 2:22:06 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Elendur

Ah yes, Gramsci and “The Long March Through the Institutions.”

Good summary here:

http://21pronto.com/long_march.htm

Well, it worked, didn’t it?


9 posted on 09/05/2012 2:22:36 PM PDT by henkster (We're the slaves of the phony leaders...)
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To: dalebert

We need more Hillsdales.


10 posted on 09/05/2012 2:24:44 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: lbryce
Many conservatives have found that expressing their political views around friends and family can lead to harsh insults, to loss of friendships, and even to a weakening of family ties.

That has happened in my own family. It is particularly frustrating because conservatives see liberals as misguided or wrong, while liberals consider conservatives to be evil.

11 posted on 09/05/2012 2:32:30 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: lbryce

Why? Confucius say people who put money first seek greener pastures. Money is speech and employees listen.


12 posted on 09/05/2012 2:34:43 PM PDT by ex-snook (without forgiveness there is no Christianity)
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To: lbryce
Zombie media?

That's for sure!

13 posted on 09/05/2012 2:34:54 PM PDT by Bullish (Liars aren't always thieves but thieves are ALWAYS liars)
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To: lbryce

I’d read this but then I’d miss my office hours. Usually half a dozen students standing in the hall when I get there.


14 posted on 09/05/2012 2:37:36 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Fiji Hill

It is particularly frustrating because conservatives see liberals as misguided or wrong, while liberals consider conservatives to be evil.

I actually think that conservatives have a moral compass while liberals are corrupted by a lack of morality. Therefore, of the two, liberalism is the truly evil one.

The evil nature of the left is on display all the time and everywhere you look.

15 posted on 09/05/2012 2:40:39 PM PDT by Bullish (Liars aren't always thieves but thieves are ALWAYS liars)
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To: lbryce

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks lbryce. Longer Perspectives topic.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


16 posted on 09/05/2012 2:55:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: lbryce

I don’t know how conservatives can win in academia. Certainly, it helps to fight back and not be intimidated. The Left hates that. But, the Radical Left has its teeth sunken deep into the body of academia and they have drained almost all the blood. How does one kill the Vampires known as Radical Communism, Radical Multiculturalism, Radical Haters of Liberty, Radical Anti-Christian Atheism and Radical Anti-Americanism? Please let me know. I am not in academia, but I would love to do whatever I can.


17 posted on 09/05/2012 2:57:39 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: lbryce

A good article, well worth reading. The comments after the article are also excellent. They are insightful and almost compose a second article on their own.

We’re now 25 years down the road from Allan Bloom’s classic, Closing of the American Mind. The situation described in that book has only metastasized since then. A whole generation has gone by. The revolutionaries threaten not only the life of the mind (which they’ve pretty much destroyed), but our whole society.


18 posted on 09/05/2012 3:12:26 PM PDT by ishmac (Lady Thatcher:"There are no permanent defeats in politics because there are no permanent victories.)
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To: WashingtonSource

Take away the money. Don’t give them any money. They don’t like it anyway since they are anti-capitalist and communist. Alynsky them and make them live by their rules. The rules that money is bad.


19 posted on 09/05/2012 4:02:30 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: GeronL

” Work their way to the top and hire only people who think like you.”

That, and unions.

They weed out conservatives, so only a few slip by.


20 posted on 09/05/2012 4:11:59 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: PGR88

Nail on head.

As an old Bircher, I can tell you that my greatest enemy was the WASP.

They just COULD NOT bring themselves to point a finger at a commie and say “commie pig.” (Ask Senator McCarthy)

Instead, they pointed fingers at us and cried “bigot, redneck, fool, uneducated back wood’s idiots!”

And the commie pigs laughed up their sleeves, because they had cowed the WASP into doing their bidding. And the WASP went willingly.

Now, its: “Who knew? Oh woe is us, who knew!?”

We did bung heads, and you attacked us with a fever that even impressed the commie pigs. Guys like Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. “Where’s your tin foil hat? Been seeing black helicopters again?”

Hope you like the world that evolved from your stupidity, WASP, and yes you WERE warned, but you of the superior intellect and education ‘knew better’.

Example: Republican Elite VS Congressman Akins.

rant/>


21 posted on 09/05/2012 4:45:17 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a Hate Crime. I just Hope they don't like it.)
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To: lbryce

I work at a public high school and saw rage in my colleagues’ eyes when I remarked that I liked Sarah Palin. A few brought it up, inappropriately, several times in the months following that, though I refrained from discussing it again. They also felt compelled to tell other teachers and staff about my crazy views.

I am afraid to put a bumper sticker on my car for fear of reprisals.

Liberals have no God, so they make politics their religion to fill the empty hole. They are fanatic about it and become unhinged at the thought that they may be wrong about an issue. They hate the messenger, no matter how informed or reasonable.


22 posted on 09/05/2012 5:55:40 PM PDT by Melian ("Where will wants not, a way opens.")
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To: self

ping


23 posted on 09/06/2012 6:40:04 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: lbryce

Conservatives were nowhere to be found during the Civil Rights Movement. That was a moral failure that gave the libs the high ground. How the “party of Lincoln” managed that feat should be the topic of some serious investigation by conservatives. Some will say, “But we helped vote in the Civil Rights Act”. So where were we in the years of struggle before that act was brought before Congress? Some will say, “But Martin Luther King was a communist”. So where was our non-communist civil rights champion?

At some point it simply must be faced by conservatives that the overwhelming strength of liberalism in academia, the press and entertainment constitutes a defeat. We were defeated, period.

How and why should be the subject of intense objective investigation. Start with the assumption that technology changes society. Add another assumption, that maybe we should have worked harder to bring the 3rd World into the modern age. We hand the lefties their causes on a silver platter.

At some point it must be faced that capitalism and monopolism are two different species of economic thought that should properly be considered enemies of one another because one leads to the destruction of the other. The anti-fascist, anti-globalists on Free Republic should understand that monopolism = state capitalism = fascism. Private monopoly, as typified by the NON FEDERAL Federal Reserve is a cancer that is killing us. The Golden Parachute mind set of boardrooms around the world constitutes a readyness and willingness to play fast and loose with ethics.

A course in ethics should be mandatory every year in every economics department in American universities.


24 posted on 09/06/2012 9:34:25 AM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui
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