On Politics: Right state of mind for US universities (opinion)
July 31, 2018
If you grind your teeth and cringe when making out a college tuition check for a child, grandchild or family member and experience a mental image of students protesting, destroying property and drowning out debates if participants don't gush "progressive," ultra-liberal talking points there is hope on the horizon.
"Hope" takes the form of Jason Hill, distinguished professor of ethics, social and political philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago.
Hill is an unlikely source of comfort for right-of-center mainstream voters. He is a Jamaican immigrant of African descent and a homosexual, yet he recently wrote in Washington DC publication The Hill: "The gravest internal threat to this country is not illegal aliens; it is leftist professors who are waging a war against America and teaching young people to hate this country." Hill believes that universities are at peril of losing their status as learning sites and becoming national security threats.
It's worth thinking about. These days college students exhibit group-think, almost as if they were brain-washed. From Berkeley to Boston healthy, thoughtful debate has been removed from the agenda. Every student is expected to adopt a radical left-wing political philosophy and an atheistic non-faith. It's almost like the professors meet in the faculty lounge and exchange ideas on how to further mess with students' minds.
Professor Hill bemoans students who equate the term "Western Civilization" with racism, cultural snobbery and oppression. They refuse to study classical writers, dismissing them as "white supremacists." "Politicized knowledge" Hill wrote "supersedes truth, objectivity, facts and genuine learning." Traditional debate is scorned as a "white, Western form of domination and linguistic imperialism that silences racial and ethnic minorities." The result is the prevailing "I'm right and you're wrong so shut up" attitude prevailing on college campuses.
Professor Hill reserves his most serious criticism for the current practice of indoctrinating students with Cultural Marxism, a guise to justify propaganda embracing socialism. They lionize a system where the government owns all capital and land and whatever is produced and somehow (in their minds) doles it out fairly and with justice to members of their collectivist flock.
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So, Hill continues, "If elitist scholars infect the minds of our students with anti-Americanism who will defend America when those who truly threaten us from the outside descend with intent of destroying our republic?"
While the specter of nuclear war is scary even our most ideologically extreme opponents realize it would mean mutually assured destruction where no one survives. Cyber war, however, is an effective and much less lethal means of crippling America. Hmmm. Aren't we reading daily of Russian efforts to corrupt our elections? Isn't China engaging in economic warfare with us by stealing intellectual product, manipulating our currency, undercutting our manufacturers?
All the while North Korea lobs missiles over Japan to hog the headlines and ISIS attacks our citizenry from secret domestic cells.
Hill sees the deterioration of our colleges and universities as a national security threat. His solution: "Defund them, disband and rebuild them with conservative principles — that is values advocating individualism, capitalism, Americanism, free speech, self-reliance and the morality of wealth creation." Absent lavish subsidization by American taxpayers Hill would "let them pit their wares on the free market where they will be left homeless."
Wow! That's a lot of food for thought. Maybe there's a less drastic way to fix the problem. If indeed universities and colleges are brainwashing America's elite youth into group-thinking automatons thereby aiding and abetting those foreign interests that are right now undermining our great nation, why not sic Special Counsel Mueller and his team on them.
That'll teach 'em. Subpoenas away!
Jim Clark is president of Republican Advocates. He has served on the Washoe County and Nevada State GOP Central committees. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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