Skip to comments.Professor Describes al-Qaeda As Freedom Fighters
Posted on 01/25/2014 5:52:16 AM PST by Kaslin
OPINION: How Professors Indoctrinate Students: A Prime Example
How would you define al-Qaeda? Most would use the word “terrorists.”
But here is my professors stab at it: The Al Qaeda movement of Osama bin Laden is one example of an attempt to free a country (in this case, Saudi Arabia) from a corrupt and repressive regime propped up by a neocolonial power (in this case, the United States).”
Thats word-for-word from his own textbook, The Other World: Issues and Politics of the Developing World, Ninth Edition. Here is the full quote in context:
“Much of the political instability endemic to Other World political systems stems from the fact that governments operated openly for private gain (or kleptocracies) have little legitimacy among, or acceptance by, a significant proportion of the population, in neo colonial times as in the past. The Al Qaeda movement of Osama bin Laden is one example of an attempt to free a country (in this case, Saudi Arabia) from a corrupt and repressive regime propped up by a neocolonial power (in this case, the United States).” *
Theres a lot of talk among higher education circles about how professors indoctrinate students with leftist, socialist viewpoints how they take students who may not know much about a subject and teach a one-sided, biased course, creating like-minded minions who may even take action for professors pet causes.
Allow me to tell you about a quintessential course I just took which proves out that generally agreed-upon understanding about the modern college experience: World Food Systems at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Its the class in which we used The Other World textbook, co-authored by the same scholar who taught the course: Emmit B. Evans, Jr.
It fulfills either a political science or elective requirement, and I enrolled during the fall semester.
I can sum it up as follows: Big Oil and greedy capitalists are the reason for the war in the Middle East, the reason Global Warming is (not might be) destroying the planet, and the reason why a new world order based on equality and fairness must emerge.
Its also the reason we, as students, must rise up and take action against these evils.
Oh yeah, and al-Qaeda is just a bunch of freedom fighters.
Think Im exaggerating? Read on.
The official description of the course states its an integrated, interdisciplinary study of the technologies of global food production, environmental and social issues related to the application of those technologies, and moral and ethical issues associated with global food production and distribution. Emphasis on the politics of change.
With that, Cal Poly Professor Evans – a funny professor with a lot of interesting things to say liked to talk about hot-button issues like climate change, the Iraq War, Iran and oil.
I found the course to be very thought-provoking. These issues should be discussed in a college class. But Evans only showed the liberal side of each issue. While I enjoyed the class, I would have liked to have heard counter arguments.
Climate change was a recurring theme throughout the course, but not once was the notion that climate change isnt man-made ever raised.
Evans even showed us a lengthy clip from Al Gores documentary An Inconvenient Truth, but never mentioned it cant be shown in the U.K. without acknowledging that 11 different scenes are factually incorrect.
He assigned us readings from the far-left environmental activist Bill McKibben to highlight what he viewed were the dangers of man-made climate change. But nary a word on how there are legitimate arguments that climate change is not man-made, including reports that say that say it is caused by sunspots rather than by CO2.
Oil was another recurring theme, and my professor left me and my peers with the impression that oil production causes nothing but pollution and wars because the planet will soon run out of the commodity.
Nevermind that studies show the U.S. has enough oil and natural gas to last more than 500 years; that wasn’t mentioned. Instead, Evans told us the Iraq war, the one launched after the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks, was started over oil.
Cmon. Even far-left politicians like Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama and Ted Kennedy who were critical of the war in Iraq never once referred to it as a war over oil.
But I recall one test question that even asked what the cause of the war was, and the correct answer was oil.
Evans also never brought up that Saddam Hussein violated U.N. resolutions and harbored terrorists, both among the arguments for invading Iraq.
There was no love-loss between Professor Evans and President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, two politicians he frequently threw under the bus.
Another doozy from his textbook? Conservatives view the poor as poor because of shortcomings within themselves, often considered to stem from race, gender, or class.
So, no surprise: One day last fall Professor Evans let a Covered California representative talk in class for 20 minutes about the Affordable Care Act, a speaker who tried to convince us Obamacare is a great thing and we should all sign up.
(This had absolutely nothing to do with the syllabus, nor was it on the final exam, thankfully.)
At this point, are you thinking what I am thinking? The class is called World Food Systems. When do we talk about food? It came up here and there. We learned corn ethanol damages the environment, genetically modified food is an abomination, chemicals in food hurt humans, topics such as that.
Our professor also liked to disparage big corporations for taking government subsidies, and for poisoning the population with chemicals like BPA.
At the end of the course, we were taught how to affect change for all these alleged ills: he touted microlending and socialistic policies. He praised the occupy Wall Street movement, the Arab Spring, and protests to raise the minimum wage as examples of positive change movements.
If I were to have come into that course without any political leanings or knowledge on these issues, I would have likely walked away believing businesses are greedy and evil and people just pollute the Earth.
After my grade was recorded in my transcripts, I emailed Professor Evans to ask him about the slant in his class. He did not deny it.
This focus drives the content of the course: from an examination of how systems work and what makes them stable, to how current food systems work, to what more sustainable systems might look like, and to how current systems might be changed to be more sustainable, he stated. It would seem difficult to justify teaching the other side of this focus – exploring how we might build more unsustainable food systems.
“Course evaluations sometimes include comments similar to yours, which encourage us to make the goals and focus of the course as explicit as possible. Im sorry if I didnt accomplish that as well as I could have in your case, but am pleased you didnt un-enjoy the class!
Fair enough, but his slant does a disservice to Cal Poly students, and in my mind it rises to the level of academic malfeasance.
They’ve fought freedom every step of the way!
They have indeed. That idiot does not get it
The Professor is wrong on the facts. Post bin Laden al Qaeda has become a Saudi financed international Sunni fighting force. The Saudis have deployed them in Iraq and Syria. The Saudis hope to form an Arabic speaking Sunni confederation to counter a powerful Shi’ite Iran.
If you made it down to the “teacher” ‘s comments at the end: I would have been tempted to write him back and point out that at a minimum I did unenjoy his use of the English language.
Another liberal intellectual who thinks we engaged in war with Iraq so our gasoline prices would double?
There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.
“Fair enough, but his slant does a disservice to Cal Poly students, and in my mind it rises to the level of academic malfeasance.” Disgusting. We the People are PAYING this asshole to teach OUR children this c-rap. Is there no oversight?
People, do NOT let your kids take out student loans to be re-programmed from Love of Country and knowing right and wrong - to Commie Activist.
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The damn lefty profs have never had a real job or served this country for one day. I recall in both undergrad and grad school as recent as 1973, that I had had all of three professors who had ever had a real job in the so called real world. Now that was back when some should have been WWII and/or Korean War Vets. During 30 plus semester hours of business courses, I had two who had actually worked. One was the current head of a public power company and a retired Gen. He taught Personnel Mgmt. Damn good teacher. The other who taught Sales Mgmt. had owned a chain of men’s stores. He was damn good. The last one was in grad school teaching Admin Policy Formulation. This guy had been with Southern Company. During 30 hours of Econ to include money and banking, not a prof ever held a real job. The looniest prof was an old white haired man teaching “Social Insurance.” That was socialized medicine in 1970.Things were bad enough then. I would not listen to this BS today.
“The damn lefty profs have never had a real job or served this country for one day. I recall in both undergrad and grad school as recent as 1973, that I had had all of three professors who had ever had a real job in the so called real world. Now that was back when some should have been WWII and/or Korean War Vets. During 30 plus semester hours of business courses, I had two who had actually worked. One was the current head of a public power company and a retired Gen. He taught Personnel Mgmt. Damn good teacher. The other who taught Sales Mgmt. had owned a chain of mens stores. He was damn good. The last one was in grad school teaching Admin Policy Formulation. This guy had been with Southern Company. During 30 hours of Econ to include money and banking, not a prof ever held a real job. The looniest prof was an old white haired man teaching Social Insurance. That was socialized medicine in 1970.Things were bad enough then. I would not listen to this BS today.”
Things were bad in the late 1950’s-1960.
Below are some of the bs we faced back then.
1. There was no more oil to be found in the USA. We would be dependent on Middle East Oil from then to forever. The Opecker thugs had bought out most professors and mediots before we knew that they had.
2. Only republicans worried and lied about the dangers of the USSR and Communism.
3. Fidel Castro was a freedom fighter and a revolutionary like George Washington.
4. JFK was honest and would repair the damage to average Americans done by Ike’s administrations.
5. Our state and federal taxes weren’t high enough. There should be no specific taxes like taxes for roads. All taxes should go into a general pool. If the tax pool wasn’t big enough, just increase our taxes.
6. It wasn’t fair that teachers and liberal art grads didn’t get the same or better starting salaries that evil engineers and business grads did.
7. So called minority Americans, the native Americans and blacks (not African Americans then)needed financial and free education to help to repay what their ancestors went through.
8. Any student daring to challenge the liberal professors usually lost a grade point or more. If you had your ROTC uniform on because you had ROTC classes before or after regular classes. The profs often made some bad remarks.
9. If you were offered a job by a corporation, you became a verbal target of liberal professors, who felt only a teaching or a government job was a good job. So you just kept quiet about any corporate job offers.
10. The good news for that time period, the enviro terrorists and economic terrorists hadn’t taken over the Federal Government and state governments. The war on poverty hadn’t started with all of its so called equal employment laws.