Culture Wars: Fascism in America; Choosing a College with Academic Freedom

Culture Wars:

Fascism in America; Choosing a College with Academic Freedom

Fascism in the Colleges USA

College an Increasing Waste of Money

Acclaimed economics professor says higher education is often a poor investment—or worse

By Walter Williams

PCfascismMost college students do not belong in college. I am not by myself in this assessment.

Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson said, “It’s time to drop the college-for-all crusade,” adding that “the college-for-all crusade has outlived its usefulness.”

Richard Vedder, professor emeritus of economics at Ohio University, reports that “the U.S. Labor Department says the majority of new American jobs over the next decade do not need a college degree. We have a six-digit number of college-educated janitors in the U.S.” Vedder adds that there are “one-third of a million waiters and waitresses with college degrees.”

More than one-third of currently working college graduates are in jobs that do not require a degree, such as flight attendants, taxi drivers and salesmen. College was not a wise use of these students’, their parents’ and taxpayer resources.

PC-feelingsWhat goes on at many colleges adds to the argument that college for many is a waste of resources. Some Framingham State University students were upset by an image of a Confederate flag sticker on another student’s laptop. They were offered counseling services by the university’s chief diversity and inclusion officer.

Campus Reform reports that because of controversial newspaper op-eds, five Brown University students are claiming that freedom of speech does not confer the right to express opinions they find distasteful.

A Harvard University student organization representing women’s interests now routinely advises students that they should not feel pressured to attend or participate in class sessions that focus on the law of sexual violence and that might therefore be traumatic. Such students will be useless to rape victims and don’t belong in law school.

And some college professors are not fit for college, as suggested by the courses they teach. Here’s a short list, and you decide:

  • Swarthmore College—“Interrogating Gender: Centuries of Dramatic Cross-Dressing”
  • University of Virginia—“GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity”
  • Belmont University—“Oh, Look, a Chicken!”
  • Princeton University—“Getting Dressed”
  • Georgetown University—“Philosophy and Star Trek”
  • Appalachian State University—“What if Harry Potter is Real?”
  • University of California, San Diego—“God, Sex, Chocolate: Desire and the Spiritual Path”

The fact that such courses are part of the curricula also says something about administrators who allow such nonsense.

 

Students and professors who are so fixated on racism don’t realize that by persecuting white people, they are thoroughly racist themselves. It’s reverse discrimination. It is also the definition of fascism, which is tyranny with a racial emphasis, suppressing freedom of speech. ~C.D.

Racism and Anti-Americanism of Professors

PC-Charlie-BrownThen there is professorial “wisdom.” Professor Mary Margaret Penrose, of the Texas A&M University School of Law, asked, during a panel discussion on gun control, “Why do we keep such an allegiance to a Constitution that was driven by 18th-century concerns?”

Perhaps the newest “intellectual” fad is white privilege. Portland State University professor Rachel Sanders’ “White Privilege” course says “whiteness” must be dismantled if racial justice is ever to be achieved.

truth-orwell-quoteCampus Reform reports on other whiteness issues. Harvard’s classes on critical race theory combine “Progressive political struggles for racial justice with critiques of the conventional legal and scholarly norms which are themselves viewed as part of the illegitimate hierarchies that need to be changed.”

Back to those college administrators. Dartmouth College’s vice provost for student affairs, Inge-Lise Ameer, said, “There’s a whole conservative world out there that’s not being very nice.” She did, however, issue “an unequivocal apology” for stoking tensions with such a disparaging comment about conservatives to Black Lives Matter protesters.

Racism of Progressives, including President Woodrow Wilson

pc-racism-reverse1After a standoff with other Black Lives Matter protesters, Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber acceded to demands that former Princeton President Woodrow Wilson’s name be removed from the campus because of his behavior as U.S. president.

President Wilson was a progressive and an avowed racist who racially segregated the civil service and delighted in showing D.W. Griffith’s racist “The Birth of a Nation” to his White House guests.

Intellectual Lies about Abraham Lincoln

quote-orwell-pseudo-intellectualsProfessor Thomas DiLorenzo’s recent column suggest that a worthier target for Black Lives Matter protestors would be Abraham Lincoln, who he says was “the most publicly outspoken racist and white supremacist of all American presidents.”

The bottom line is that George Orwell was absolutely right when he said,” There are notions so foolish that only an intellectual will believe them.”

 

 

Choosing the Right College for Academic Freedom

By Thomas Sowell

academic-freedom2If parents and donors start checking out intolerant colleges and universities before deciding where to send their money, the caving in to indoctrinating professors and storm trooper students will no longer be the path of least resistance for academic administrators.

It is not hard to tell which campuses are strongholds of ideological intolerance, where individual students dare not express an opinion different from the opinion of their professors or different from the opinions of student activists. There are sources of information about such places, systematically collected and evaluated.

One outstanding source of such information is a college guide that rates colleges and universities on their ideological intolerance, giving a red light rating to institutions where such abuses are rampant, a green light where there is freedom of speech and a yellow light for places in between.

academic-freedomThat college guide is “Choosing the Right College,” which is by far the best of the college guides for other reasons as well. It gave the University Missouri a red light rating and spelled out its problems, two years before Mizzou made headlines last year as a symbol of academic cowardice and moral bankruptcy.

The University of Chicago gets a green light rating as a place where both conservative and liberal students are allowed free rein. Some engineering schools like M.I.T. get green light ratings because their students are too engrossed in their studies to have much time for politics, though Georgia Tech gets a red light rating.

Other red light ratings go to Duke, Vassar, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, Wesleyan and many others. More important, the reasons are spelled out. There is also another source of information and ratings of colleges and universities on their degree of freedom of speech. This is a watchdog organization called the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

If parents and donors start checking out intolerant colleges and universities before deciding where to send their money, the caving in to indoctrinating professors and storm trooper students will no longer be the path of least resistance for academic administrators.

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