Since October I have been posting each week a collection of links illustrating the sad and fascist state of modern American academia. It is now time to post another collection, but this time I will also provide some thoughts that might help explain the roots of this intellectual bankruptcy.
These stories not only illustrate the fascist nature of today’s academic community, they once again show that these so-called institutions of higher learning know nothing about the concepts of liberty, individual responsibility, and thoughtful dialogue that are the hallmarks of western civilization.
First we have the story out of Texas State University of a student writing an op-ed calling for genocide against whites.
- Campus newspaper editorial: ‘Your [white] DNA is an abomination’
- Student columnist defends his op-ed celebrating ‘white death,’ says it isn’t racist
- Campus paper fires ‘white death’ columnist amid calls for publication to be defunded
Essentially, the author argued that whites are by definition bigoted, and therefore must be wiped out. Though the student body at Texas State appeared to respond correctly to this racist column, one has to wonder how it got published in the first place.
Then we have some stories illustrating the bankruptcy of intellectual thought at some campuses.
- Brown University to allow students to ‘self-identify’ as persons of color
- Evergreen State’s student newspaper includes no-whites-allowed opinion section
- Students at Western Washington University call free speech ‘violent’ while disrupting lecture
- Conservative speaker shouted down, arrested during ‘It is OK to Be White’ event at UConn
- UConn changes speaker rules after conservative speech ruckus that will allow them to block future speakers
The first story in this group is especially interesting. Considering the hate now routinely exhibited on college campuses against whites (as illustrated by second story above as well as my first group of stories above), I think it now behooves every white person attending Brown University to self-identify as black. Doing so makes no sense and has no connection with reality or truth, but hey, what do those values have to do with modern education?
Similarly, the last two stories, about how students disrupted a lecture, preventing its completion, shows that the administration of the University of Connecticut actually agrees with these hecklers’ goals. Rather than punish the hecklers and protesters, the university acted to shut down free speech entirely. Whoopie!
Further examples can be found in my previous updates from October 11, October 13, October 20, October 25, November 3, November 9, and November 22. Before October you can simply do a search on Behind the Black for “academia” and you will find numerous additional horror stories.
What are the roots of this madness? A recent experience on my part might help provide an explanation. I recently finished reading a college philosophy book called Classics of Western Thought: The Modern World that had been assigned to me when I attended college in the early 1970s. Then, I had been assigned to read only one or two of the essays (I don’t remember which), and since then it had been sitting on my bookshelf unread. I recently decided it would be worthwhile to read it all, from the start, as it covers intellectual thought beginning in the 1600s, just before the Enlightenment, with the following chapters providing these excerpts:
- Francis Bacon: Novum Organum
- Rene Descartes: Discourse on Method
- Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan
- Blaise Pascal: Thoughts
- Jean Racine: Phaedra
- John Locke: An Essay concerning human understanding
- John Locke: Of civil government
- Alexander Pope: Essay on Man
- Voltaire: Candide
- Jean Jacques Rousseau: The Social Contract
- Adam Smith: The Wealth of Nations
- Antoine Nicolas de Condorcet: The Progress of the Human Mind
- Edmund Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Faust
- Romantic Poetry: Wordsworth, Keats, Whitman
- Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America
- John Stuart Mill: On Liberty
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: Reason in History
- Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto
- Charles Darwin: The Origin of Species
- Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov: The Grand Inquisitor
- Friedrich Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil
- Henri Bergson: Creative Evolution
- Sigmund Freud: Civilization and its Discontents
- V.I. Lenin: Imperialism
- V.I. Lenin: State and Revolution
- Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf
- Franklin D. Roosevelt: Address on American Democracy
- Jean-Paul Sartre: Existentialism
- Paul Tillich: The Courage to Be
- Twentieth Century Poetry: Frost, Elliot, Yeats
This list should strike you in several ways. First, its open-mindedness and willingness to include works by some of the 20th century’s most vile thinkers is quite amazing in today’s politically correct atmosphere. Can you imagine a modern textbook including a selection by Hitler?
Second, the liberal bent of the editor is revealed, in that the list includes no intellectual thinkers from the 20th century who opposed the concepts of government and communism. This bias is further reflected when you read the essays, as the excerpts tend to favor the modern liberal position and ignore the modern conservative one. (Even in the 1970s, the terms liberalism and conservatism meant the same as they do today.)
Finally, and most important, what struck me most as I read these essays is the decline in quality. Beginning with Hegel the quality of writing goes down significantly and steadily, with the content becoming more incoherent and its goals more shallow and political. The trend does not speak well of the academic world since 1900, and possibly helps explain why today’s intellectual thought is so childish and empty. The intellectual world of my youth did a mediocre job of educating my generation, and my generation has done an even poorer job in turn.
The result today is an intellectual community that actually thinks it perfectly reasonable for a white male to “self-identify” as a black female, and for everyone to accept this absurdity without question.
This long view of our intellectual world also does not bode well for the future. Today’s generation of children are being propagandized and indoctrinated in an even more shallow and political manner. They are given no opportunity to learn the basic concepts of our civilization. Instead, they think America invented slavery, and are entirely ignorant of the concepts expressed by most of the writers in the table of contents above.
Sadly, I don’t have a solution to this situation. The best I have offered is for parents and students to research the schools they are considering, and avoid those that do these sorts of incoherent and fascist things. My updates above, and in the future, will by my contribution to this effort, and seem about all I can do, at this point.
I certainly know that no university will hire me to teach. I’ve been down that route already, which is why I am no longer teaching college anywhere.
Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!
From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.
“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.
All editions are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all book vendors, with the ebook priced at $5.99 before discount. The ebook can also be purchased direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit, in which case you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.
Autographed printed copies are also available at discount directly from me (hardback $24.95; paperback $14.95; Shipping cost for either: $5.00). Just email me at zimmerman @ nasw dot org.