Ever since the ancient Greeks started the idea of the academy, formal education was designed to be a place of learning to analyze, philosophize, and independently think. It served as a bastion for academic and social growth. In the United States, colleges and universities were for the same purpose—to learn how to learn. But today, much of the four-year college stay is, rather than a formal education, a venue for leftist indoctrination.
It truly is astonishing that 70 years ago, college-age students were fighting in World War II, and more than eager to fight for their country and its principles. Contrast that scenario to modern day campuses, where the mere mention of “Trump” sends students into violent riots, and the “radical” notion that the U.S. is not quite so malevolent or racist catapults professors and students into conniptions.
Unfortunately, numerous examples of this phenomenon exist nationwide. Most well-known and covered throughout the last month or so were the constant riots at U.C. Berkeley, carried out by the Antifa group and others in response to a proposed speech by conservative commentator Ann Coulter, simply because she espouses a voice they don’t embrace. This caused Coulter to cancel her speech because of a fear of safety. Clearly, these individuals who conduct themselves with fascist- like behavior can choose not to be a part of an audience yet, with butter irony, they contend they have the “right” and even the moral imperative to shut down anyone they deem fascist—namely anyone not on the Left.
Faith Goldy of TheRebel wrote about the Ann Coulter incident yesterday—that, ironically, Berkeley was the birthplace of the free speech movement a mere 50 years ago, and it has been hijacked by Antifa members, who are nothing but “anti-free speech cultural Marxists.”
Another example of this ominous behavior is at Indiana’s Butler University. According to the U.K. Daily Mail, the university will soon offer courses in “strategies for resistance” to oppose President Trump. The Trumpism & U.S. Democracy course, describes itself as explaining how Trump won the presidency despite “perpetuating sexism, white supremacy, xenophobia, nationalism, nativism, and imperialism.” It also will discuss and possibly engage in strategies for resistance. The professor who will be teaching these courses, Ann M. Savage, also teaches courses in resisting oppression of women and queering film, and is the inaugural director of the Gender Studies Program.
It is no wonder that so many college students, because they choose majors in completely irrelevant subjects, cannot find employment when they graduate.
And on Wednesday, when filmmaker Ami Horowitz, for PragerU, interviewed U.C. Irvine government leader Matthew Guevara, who is crafting a bill to make the American flag a form of “hate speech.” The ideology behind this the flag’s offensive nature to some citizens.
Ironically, Guevara’s parents are Mexican and immigrated to the U.S. for a better life. Guevara admits in the interview that he is taking student loans from the U.S. government, and that he is “taking advantage of the system in order to bring it down.” Does he ask himself what life in Mexico was like which compelled his parents to find solace in this country? Does Guevara pose the critical question of why his parents came to a land where their son has the privilege to even attend college?
And don’t forget the “warm welcome” the Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro consistently gets when he visits a college campus
But these above examples all boil down to this—the Leftist worldview supersedes anything else, no matter what or who gets hurt in the way. In short, the ends justify the means. A punch or a sign is tantamount to free speech. As long as the schools can imbue the students with leftist dogma even if it means they won’t find a job or amount to their potential, they will have done their jobs. These students will have received an A in intolerance, reverse discrimination, and resistance. But the degree with be worthless.