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November 02, 2008

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tehag

The fall of the Soviet Union unleashed this on America. Prior to this the living example of real socialism practicing heavy-handed indoctrination allowed public opinion, by way of referencing the S.U., to restrain the indoctrinators who hate freedom, democracy, prosperity: that is, America. No more. With a decades-long history of communists pretending to be Americans, the indoctrinators can now pretend they, too, are American, and when asked point to the SDS, Henry Wallace, Gus Hall, Dalton Trumbo etc. to prove that their totalitarian control has American providence. Having sown tolerance, America has reaped totalitarianism.

tehag

carbon based lifeform

"One might have assumed that the national media outcry and subsequent, hasty, termination of the ResLife programme would have encouraged a little probity and reflection, even shame. And perhaps one or two firings. However, FIRE reports that the staggering presumption of Delaware's would-be indoctrinators remains undiminished"

That's exactly it. It is staggering presumption. And it's seriously creepy. Who the hell do they think they are to be doing this?

David

As I’ve said before, when efforts to indoctrinate students are so brazen and unrepentant, I see no reason to suppose that those efforts will cease or become less egregious without serious and punitive opposition. In the instance above, it seems foolish to trust Michael Gilbert’s judgment, or indeed his motives, and absurd figures like Dr Shakti Butler have wares to peddle and grievances to seed. That’s what she does. The assumption among educators of an entitlement to indoctrinate in this way will only be curbed when students and parents start taking legal action to the fullest possible extent. One or two very expensive settlements and some high-profile firings would, I think, be a start.

pst314

"The fall of the Soviet Union unleashed this on America."

No, I think the only thing holding back those campus Maoists and Stalinists was time: It took about 20 years for them to become well-established in positions of power. As for the example of the Soviet Union, I didn't see much evidence of that in academia--quite the opposite, as professor after graduate student spoke derisively of an "inordinate fear" of socialism.

pst314

"...all the leading ResLife administrators kept their jobs"

Which is evidence enough that a very large fraction of academia should never be allowed to set foot in a school--except to wash dishes and mop floors. We don't need any more proof that marxists are just as deserving of intolerance as Nazis and Klansmen.

Anna

"After an investigation showed that males demonstrated "a higher degree of resistance to educational efforts," one dorm chose to hire "strong male RAs"; each such RA "combats male residents' concepts of traditional male identity" in order to "ensure the delivery of the curriculum at the same level as in the female floors.""

So male students were more likely to be snarky about having to listen to this insane racist bollocks. And instead of giving those guys credit for spotting bullshit, they sent in bigger bullshitters to "combat traditional male identity" and make them behave like the saps who didn't complain?

David

Anna,

Yes, it’s “progress,” you see. We can’t have uppity white folk not feeling guilty about things they haven’t done. That simply wouldn’t do. Though some of the ladies did offer “resistance to educational efforts”…


A female freshman arrives for her mandatory one-on-one session in her male RA’s dorm room. It is 8:00 p.m. Classes have been in session for about a week. The resident assistant hands her a questionnaire. He tells her it is “a little questionnaire to help [you] and all the other residents relate to the curriculum.” He adds that they will “go through every question together and discuss them.” He later reports that she “looked a little uncomfortable.”

“When did you discover your sexual identity?” the questionnaire asks.

“That is none of your damn business,” she writes.

“When was a time you felt oppressed?”

“I am oppressed every day [because of my] feelings for the opera. Regularly [people] throw stones at me and jeer me with cruel names.... Unbearable adversity. But I will overcome, hear me, you rock loving majority.”

She is not playing along like the other students, and the RA confronts her using his “confrontation training,” but it isn’t working. He becomes so appalled by her resistance that he writes up an incident report and reports her to his superiors. After all, this is the University of Delaware, and the school has a zero-tolerance policy for anything remotely resembling “hate speech.”

http://www.thefire.org/index.php/article/9865.html


Now were I a student at Delaware, male or female, I’d probably regard the above as a kind of intellectual molestation. And I suspect my response to it would be a little more emphatic. To the extent that it could conceivably involve violence and the use of gasoline. That would, I think, be just and send a suitable message.

TDK

I think there is a Maoist link.

The Chinese revolution pioneered the art of community meeting wherein self criticism took place. These meetings at UD mirror them very closely. We have the lecture followed by the group discussion which is hardly open. There is only one available option - admit to white privilege.

Peter Risdon

Googling around this subject, I was delighted to see that one of the most vocal defenders (http://www.nas.org/polInitiatives.cfm?Doc_Id=313) of the Delaware ResLife program, John K. Wilson, runs an organisation called the Institute for College Freedom. This appears to consist simply of a website: http://www.collegefreedom.org/

Wilson believes that academic freedom is besieged by conservatives. He has even written a book about this: "After 9/11, liberal professors and students faced an onslaught of attacks on their patriotism and academic freedom...A wave of Web sites and think-tanks urge students to spy on their professors for any sign of deviation from the new PC: Patriotic Correctness. Free speech on campus is facing its greatest threat in a half century, and Patriotic Correctness: Academic Freedom and Its Enemies documents the danger to rights and looks to solutions for ensuring and promoting the free exchange of ideas requisite in any thriving democracy.".

It's wonderful to encounter a mind supple enough to describe political indoctrination as "the free exchange of ideas".

David

Peter,

Heh. It’s a marvellous inversion of reality; positively Orwellian. I’ve often wondered at what point political leanings become mental health issues.

Peter Risdon

David,

It's an interesting syndrome: the sense that it amounts to persecution if someone devoted to persecuting others is challenged. Perhaps this shared sense is something that, beneath the rationalisations, binds Islamists together with the extreme left.

David

Well, I think it’s legitimate to ask what kind of personality enjoys probing youngsters about their sexual identity and fishing for grievances, real or imagined, in order to imprint the “correct” socio-political attitude. Likewise, what kind of personality thrives on inculcating guilt of a preposterous and delusional kind? And what kind of personality employs sinister and coercive tactics, backed up with official status and authority - all in the name of “tolerance” and “debate” - then squeals about persecution when confronted with criticism of their methods?

Peter Risdon

David,

"I think it’s legitimate to ask what kind of personality..."

Yes, true. I was being squeamish. Partly because there's a difficult history, largely the province of the predecessors of the sort of people running these programmes in universities today, of associating types of political thinking with mental illness; partly because the questions raised by this line of thought are so enormous and so troubling that it is easier to look away.

Steve in San Diego

"strong male RAs" = sluggos?

David

Peter,

Yes, I usually hesitate to reach for psychological explanations, partly for the reasons you suggest. But if the stated argument and motive are unconvincing or absurd, or grotesquely perverse, I think one has to consider other, unspoken factors. It reminds me of exchanges I’ve seen (and had) which go something like this:

Person A insists such-and-such is the case. This is promptly refuted by Person B at length and in great detail. Person A then repeats the same claim, loudly, but with no new evidence and no attempt to address the listed objections. Person B, now puzzled, offers a second, even longer refutation with additional evidence. Person A then abandons the discussion altogether and heads somewhere else where the cycle begins again as if the original exchange had never taken place.

In cases like that, which are not uncommon, I think one has to entertain those troubling variables.

Steve in San Diego

The program is a grotesque outrage, of course.

However, I suspect it is ineffective or actually counter-productive. I would credit most college students with an ability to identify this crapola as such, but going along to get along, etc.

What's really appropriate here is an uprising. Tired of having their time wasted, tired of insulting, condescending lectures from ignorant Nimrods, resentful of attempts at intimidation. Rise.

Anna

More academic activism!

"Sure, I understand that stealing a sign will not change anyone's mind, and, most likely, will only embolden McCain supporters' disdain for liberals. Even so, yanking out the signs and running like a scared rabbit back to my idling car was one of the single most exhilarating and empowering political acts that I have ever done."

http://jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com/2008/11/ha-ha-ha-moonbat-huffpost-college.html

David

Thanks for that. It’s interesting that so many so-called “progressives” should favour a Cromwellian approach to persuasion and debate.

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