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Today’s blacklisted American: Conservative commencement speakers at all American universities

Today's modern witch hunt
Burning witches: What most colleges want to do to conservatives.

Blacklists are back and academia’s got ’em: Though for years universities have routinely favored leftist or Democratic Party politicians in picking their annual graduation commencement speakers, 2021 is turning out to be a record year in academia’s effort to blackball conservatives.

In its annual survey, Young America’s Foundation [YAF] said that of the 100 top schools that have identified their speaker, 37 are featuring notable and national liberals and one a conservative. By comparison to other years, the group said that 2021 may be the worst-ever showing for conservatives.

You can see the full list here [pdf]. As noted at the YAF announcement,

The Class of 2021 will hear divisive speeches from many left-wing speakers with a history in social justice and “anti-racism,” including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Legend, David Brooks, and André De Shields. Other outspoken liberals including Dr. Anthony Fauci, Oprah Winfrey, Bryan Stevenson, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, Bob Iger, and Dr. Brittany Lewis will be speaking at some of America’s top-rated schools.

The only obvious speaker on the list that YAF rates as conservative is Thomas Jordan, speaking to the Colorado School of Mines.

This list is as yet incomplete, as about one third of these top 100 schools have not yet chosen a speaker. Based on their past behavior however we should not expect few additional conservatives to be picked. For one thing, the general political make-up of today’s university administrations and faculty is leftist, many of whom are extemely radical. They for decades have worked hard to blackball all conservatives from their campuses, and have largely succeeded. Such people are certainly not going to pick a conservative for the annual commencement speech.

For another, even if many of these colleges wished to pick a conservative to speak, they will not out of fear of violence and rioting by the intolerant students attending their schools. While most students might not mind hearing a conservative perspective, too many are so filled with hate that they have routinely gone on rampages for the past five years whenever a conservative showed up on campus.

Worse, the students who don’t feel that way are too afraid to fight back against these bullies. The result is that it is practically impossible for a conservative to speak at almost any college event.

Remember this when you are trying to pick a college, either for yourself or your child. Maybe in fact it might be better to avoid these corrupt and narrow-minded colleges entirely. Find a real job, and then home-school that college education by reading a lot of the great works of Western civilization. That is surely more likely to make you a civilized, educated, and well-rounded adult, instead of the hateful and close-minded perspective offered by these universities.

And remember this story also when it comes election time. Many of these schools are publicly funded. It is time for that funding to stop.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

 
He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

5 comments

  • concerned

    Bob– How long before those great works of Western civilization become difficult to find online or elsewhere? I can see that coming next.

  • eddie willers

    How long before those great works of Western civilization become difficult to find online or elsewhere?

    Especially Fahrenheit 451.

  • I get to hear one of the SQUAD at BU’s graduation on Sunday in Boston.

  • Greg the Geologist

    Having attended Colorado Mines for part of my education, happy to see they’re hosting the only conservative. But really, the only one? Really? Hard to believe anyone could doubt that American universities have become, in Dennis Prager’s phrasing, “left-wing seminaries”.

  • wayne

    Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
    “We must burn the books, Montag. All the books”.
    https://youtu.be/ZaLJ10v4xUA
    3:38

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