Category Archives: Batshit crazy Universities

The Academy’s Assault on Intellectual Diversity

Resurrection of Censorship J.J Grandville 1832

“A university is among the precious things that can be destroyed.” — Elaine Scarry, On Beauty and Being Just

It is tempting to describe the battles convulsing American campuses with epithets like “the politics of hysteria.” More than a bit of hysteria was unleashed at Middlebury College this month, when protesters prevented Charles Murray from delivering a scheduled lecture. In spite of eloquent rebukes delivered by the college president and several prominent faculty members, some on the Middlebury campus defended the protest by citing the poisonous views expressed by Murray in his ugly and notorious book, The Bell Curve. Though it’s a violent instance of so-called free-speech controversies lately ignited on the nation’s campuses, the Middlebury incident doesn’t begin to reveal the depth or virulence of the opposition to robust discussion within the American professoriate, where many self-described liberals continue to believe that they remain committed to “difference” and debate, even as they countenance a full-scale assault on diversity of outlook and opinion.

A tax on free speech

Universities are censoring controversial speakers by demanding students pay for added security

Imagine if a controversial politician finds he needs more security at his public appearances than less controversial ones.

Now imagine we charge this controversial politician a security fee every time he speaks, because of these increased costs.

Does this seem acceptable?

The college speech problem gets worse

Feminist film professor Laura Kipnis is controversial because she believes, among other things, that I have a right to exist. You see, I am the product of a professor-student relationship (turned 40-plus year marriage) — something that is highly controversial on campus these days because of the perceived power imbalances between faculty and students.

For countenancing such relationships and for criticizing other aspects of what she calls “sexual paranoia” on campus, Kipnis, a liberal feminist, has become a polarizing figure. Her opinions are apparently considered so outlandish that a group of six Wellesley College professors just responded to her appearance on their campus by proposing new guidelines for speaker selection.

Their claim: Speakers like Kipnis unfairly “impose” on students by forcing them to spend time engaging with ideas they disagree with.

‘Black people can’t be racist,’ students tell ‘white people’

Several posters containing the salutation “Dear White People” appeared at North Carolina State University Thursday, accusing white students of “perpetuating racism and white supremacy.”

“Dear white people, there is no such thing as being ‘colorblind.’ You are perpetuating racism and white supremacy,” one poster stated, with another informing “white people” that “black people can’t be racist.”

University Admin: ‘Whiteness’ Goes Against Christianity

A university administrator delivered a speech in which he described “whiteness” as “a way of thinking, a way of acting” that is fundamentally opposed to Christianity.

Paul Dionne, Inclusive Success Coordinator for Beloit College’s Office for Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness, gave a speech entitled, “Working Against Whiteness” as part of a “Love Made Public” lecture series. The lecture series started during the fall, but resumed this semester.

Canada’s Universities A Hotbed Of White Supremacist Trump Supporting Racist Homophobes Says CBC

‘The rose-coloured glasses are off’: Why experts, students suspect racism under-reported on campuses

So let’s see, one girl was upset about a Hip-Hop themed party where students imitated rappers or whatever they’re called and another girl was upset because students mocked her Halloween costume demands.

My God! It’s like Hitler’s Germany out there!

Conservative Students Live In Terror Of Liberal Peers At Minnesota College

St. Olaf School Of Liberal Fascism

Conservative students at St. Olaf College, a Lutheran liberal arts school in Minnesota, live in terror of their liberal colleagues and are afraid to discuss politics on campus, The College Fix reports.

Not only are they outnumbered, as 80 percent of the college voted Democratic in the last presidential election, many have been violently threatened by college neighbors.

The Exhaustion of American Liberalism

The recent flurry of marches, demonstrations and even riots, along with the Democratic Party’s spiteful reaction to the Trump presidency, exposes what modern liberalism has become: a politics shrouded in pathos. Unlike the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, when protesters wore their Sunday best and carried themselves with heroic dignity, today’s liberal marches are marked by incoherence and downright lunacy—hats designed to evoke sexual organs, poems that scream in anger yet have no point to make, and an hysterical anti-Americanism.

All this suggests lostness, the end of something rather than the beginning. What is ending?

America, since the ’60s, has lived through what might be called an age of white guilt. We may still be in this age, but the Trump election suggests an exhaustion with the idea of white guilt, and with the drama of culpability, innocence and correctness in which it mires us.

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Controversial University of Toronto prof gets warm welcome at Western day after protests at McMaster

Driven from McMaster University campus in Hamilton by an angry mob just the day before, Jordan Peterson was welcomed at Western University, like a rock star.

The controversial University of Toronto professor saw his hour-long speech interrupted only by bursts of applause from the more than 700 that packed the natural sciences building. His speech ended with a standing ovation, and after, he was mobbed outside for selfies from the adoring crowd, mostly young men, more than a few sporting hats declaring Make America Great Again.

Campus culture: Fall of the Soviet Union in reverse

From Derek Hunter at Townhall:

I didn’t graduate college all that long ago, (December 2000, to be exact), but the culture on campuses has changed so dramatically in those years that it’s akin to when the Soviet Union fell, only in reverse.

Still, there is no place closer to a totalitarian police state in the United States than the college campus. Except, perhaps, public high schools.

Even if parents were to attend occasional classes, the propaganda would be difficult to notice. That’s how indoctrination into left-wing ideology works – like Chinese water torture, one drop at a time. More.

Reality check: There is a certain macabre fascination with the fact that the snowflake offspring of virtue-signalling progressives will likely be  subtly indoctrinated into anti-Semitism. But it’s the very nature of progressivism to turn on those who gave it life, alongside various road kill such as actual opponents. Put another way, Donald Trump probably has less to fear from progressive ideology than its Jewish adherents do.

See also: Google lets anti-Semitic vids stay at YouTube

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Rabbi takes Pope Francis to task for anti-Semitic rhetoric

College tells students that saying ‘homosexual’ is offensive

Emerson College now considers the term “homosexual” to be an offensive reference to gay or lesbian people, deeming only the latter two terms sufficiently inclusive.

According to a series of “Guidelines for Inclusive Language” published on the Boston school’s website, students should “avoid the use of homosexual and homosexual relationship” and rather “use gay or lesbian when describing people who are attracted to members of the same sex.”

The Left Can’t Stop Campus Riots Like Middlebury’s Because Their Ideology Deserves Blame

Liberals need to appreciate the dangers posed by a radical movement that rejects the principles of intellectual freedom and freedom of expression.

The Middlebury College protest on March 2 that silenced an invited speaker and hospitalized a popular professor has continued to garner attention.

More than 100 Middlebury professors—included the one injured in the encounter—have signed a statement of principles, Free Inquiry on Campus, upholding the classic virtues of “free, reasoned, and civil speech.” The document implicitly repudiates the actions of some other Middlebury professors who instigated the effort to deny Dr. Charles Murray the opportunity to speak on campus.

Haters on the Left now feign concern about the students they created? Please

In the last few weeks, there has been a spate of columns by writers on the left condemning the left-wing college students who riot, take over university buildings and shout down speakers with whom they differ.

These condemnations, coming about 50 years too late, should not be taken seriously.