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Until recently Universities were places where any ideas were welcome and any economic, social, or scientific theory, no matter how extreme would be given a fair hearing and debated openly. Were that not the case, how far do you think the ideas of Isaac Newton and Robert Boyle, respectively the fathers of modern physics and chemistry would have progressed in a world still dominated by religious dogma.
In the past five decades however, and with increasing intensity, the freedom of thought and speech cherished in universities (as well as the press and regular drinkers in public bars) in democratic societies has increasingly come under attack from those who style themselves 'The Left'. This of itself is bizarre because left wing thinking ought to be about freedom of the individual, self determination and personal development. People died for the right to speak freely, just as they did for the right of every citizen to vote in democratic elections. So where did it all start to go wrong? How did the idea that there is only one set of acceptable answers to society's problems (the 'pensée unique' to use a French phrase I am fond of) and that those who challenge the orthodoxy should be silence and prevented from broadcasting their ideas in print or verbally.
Literally translated, 'pensée unique' means single thought but in modern usage it means single mindset, as in the ideal of complete conformity to the orthodoxies of a society. At a recent G20 conference (London, 2009) a proponent of globalism called on governments of the developing nations to work towards creating not just a system og global governance but a global culture . "To persuade all the peoples of the world to accept a common set of values and morals is the only way forward," he said.
"On the contrary," a delagate from one of the emerging economies replied, "it will leave those who do not accept the single mindset by the wayside. To ignore people's sense of national allegiance and the role of the nation-state and force people to accept the'single mindset ' which you embody is out-of-date and dangerous."
It is in fact as out of date and dangerous as Marxism; in his Communist Manifesto Karl Marx predicted in a communist world people would cease to exist as invididuals and be only components of a mechanistic state. Marx's sociopathic state offers a grim enough prospect to warn all thinking people off his version of communism. But not our current generation of students it seems. From being the crazy, anarchic idiots of National Lampoon's Animal House in the 1970s, students have become self righteous prigs.
In a time where college students are offended by just about everything that causes them to question their indoctrination, US magazine The Federalist Papers reports that one professor at University of North Carolina, Wilmington decided to cut through the politically correct rhetoric and let his students know that they aren’t "the special snowflake liberals" and their parents and school teachers would have them believe.
His epic class introduction has gone viral, and for good reason: this is the most common sense lecture to come out of any college in a long time. Here's a taster:
Welcome back to class, students! I am Mike Adams your criminology professor here at UNC-Wilmington. Before we get started with the course I need to address an issue that is causing problems here at UNCW and in higher education all across the country. I am talking about the growing minority of students who believe they have a right to be free from being offended. If we don’t reverse this dangerous trend in our society there will soon be a majority of young people who will need to walk around in plastic bubble suits to protect them in the event that they come into contact with a dissenting viewpoint. That mentality is unworthy of an American. It’s hardly worthy of a Frenchman.
Let’s get something straight right now. You have no right to be unoffended. You have a right to be offended with regularity. It is the price you pay for living in a free society. If you don’t understand that you are confused and dangerously so. In part, I blame your high school teachers for failing to teach you basic civics before you got your diploma. Most of you went to the public high schools, which are a disaster. Don’t tell me that offended you. I went to a public high school.
Of course, your high school might not be the problem. It is entirely possible that the main reason why so many of you are confused about free speech is that piece of paper hanging on the wall right over there. Please turn your attention to that ridiculous document that is framed and hanging by the door. In fact, take a few minutes to read it before you leave class today. It is our campus speech code. It specifically says that there is a requirement that everyone must only engage in discourse that is “respectful.” That assertion is as ludicrous as it is illegal. I plan to have that thing ripped down from every classroom on campus before I retire.
One of my grandfathers served in World War I. My step-grandfather served in World War II. My sixth great grandfather enlisted in the American Revolution when he was only thirteen. These great men did not fight so we could simply relinquish our rights to the enemy within our borders. That enemy is the Marxists who run our public universities. If you are a Marxist and I just offended you, well, that’s tough. I guess they don’t make communists like they used to.
Unbelievably, a student once complained to the Department chairwoman that my mention of God and a Creator was a violation of Separation of Church and State. Let me be as clear as I possibly can: If any of you actually think that my decision to paraphrase the Declaration of Independence in the course syllabus is unconstitutional then you suffer from severe intellectual hernia.
Indeed, it takes hard work to become stupid enough to think the Declaration of Independence is unconstitutional. If you agree with the student who made that complaint then you are probably just an anti-religious zealot. Therefore, I am going to ask you to do exactly three things and do them in the exact order that I specify.
First, get out of my class. You can fill out the drop slip over at James Hall. Just tell them you don’t believe in true diversity and you want to be surrounded by people who agree with your twisted interpretation of the Constitution simply because they are the kind of people who will protect you from having your beliefs challenged or your feelings hurt.
Second, withdraw from the university. If you find that you are actually relieved because you will no longer be in a class where your beliefs might be challenged then you aren’t ready for college. Go get a job building houses so you can work with some illegal aliens who will help you gain a better appreciation of what this country has to offer.
Finally, if this doesn’t work then I would simply ask you to get the hell out of the country. The ever-growing thinned-skinned minority you have joined is simply ruining life in this once-great nation. Please move to some place like Cuba where you can enjoy the company of communists and get excellent health care. Just hop on a leaky boat and start paddling your way towards utopia. You will not be missed.
Professor Adams hits the nail on the head, but it is not just themselves the precious little liberal luvvies believe should be protected from anything that might offend. As all Boggart related online publications have reported, they are always eager to take offence on behalf of others. There are few genuine cultural divisions in the world that cannot be overcome with a little goodwill on both sides. Most of the issues that divide people are arbitrarily created, not only by the ruling elites who, like the Roman, know that human nature changes little, and so Cicero's strategy of divide and rule is still effective two thousand years later, but also by the useful idiots of Uncle Joe Stalin's famous phrase and the mindless sycophants (sheeple) who have infiltrated our higher education systems.
It is not coincidence that cultural Marxists, "social justice warriors", Politically Correct busybodies, militant feminists and globalists tend to create artificial divisions between people and classes through their obsession with identity politics. This is what cultural Marxists and followers of The Fabian Society do.
Their chief weapons are the use of arbitrary "victim status" to various minorities, based on how "oppressed" or "marginalised" they supposedly are thus dividing them from each other and from mainstream society. The less statistically prominent a particular group is (less represented in a job field, media, education, population, etc.) in any western society based on their color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, etc., generally the more victim group status is afforded to them by social justice gatekeepers. Fashions change as rapidly in the world of cultural Marxism, Muslims are the currently favoured religious minority (that Muslim culture is sexist, homophobic and justifies rape of infidel women hasn't penetrated the SJWs self righteousness shields yet). Whites and males (straight white males especially) are at the bottom of the list of people who can be seen as victims of society and we are repeatedly targeted by SJW organizations and left wing online hate mobs as upholders of an absurd theory they call "the patriarchy" (Again, they reveal their ignorance by favouring the most patriarchal culture on the planet, Islam.
In the end however, Cultural Marxism harms every individual in the long run it harms the concept of individualism itself. The pensée unique has no rooms available for indiviuals.
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