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Or, Because No-One is Stopping Them.

Further to this and, well, just about anything here tagged ‘academia,’ Zombie visits the campus of U.C. Berkeley and hears a plan for our enlightenment:  

The main drawback of Professor Brown’s verbal style (at least from my point of view) is that he often resorts to the academics’ tried-and-true escape hatch, which is to rephrase statements as questions, so as to have plausible deniability if later confronted. Thus, for example, instead of just flatly saying something like “We should indoctrinate students with leftist ideologies,” he asks “Should we indoctrinate students with leftist ideologies?” and only after five minutes of talking in circles eventually concludes “Yes.”

For more on those “agents of change” mentioned in Professor Brown’s lecture, see, for instance, this. If you don’t find it absurd and a little sinister, try reading it again.

In entirely unrelated news, the Los Angeles Times notes that “administrators need to remind faculty of the importance of open and uninhibited discussion” - as opposed to “subjecting a captive classroom audience to a one-sided political harangue.” Because some educators have apparently just forgotten.

John Leo asks whether some academics offer students bribes to support leftist causes. Go on, take a guess.

And Kate McMillan reminds us, drily, that the children are our future.

Feel free to add your own.