“Since the 1960s, many newly minted academic disciplines have appeared that are not the result of new scholarship or scientific developments but of political pressures brought to bear by ideological sects.”
During the political upheaval on college campuses across the nation in the 1960s, the more radical agitators called for revolution. This radicalism spawned such groups as Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Weather Underground.
When revolution failed to materialize and all the bourgeoisie institutions remained relatively intact, the radicals burrowed into the university system. The new strategy was to undo the traditional system from within through the classroom and the textbook.
As Todd Gitlin, a founding member and president of SDS and now a professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University, wrote in his book, Varieties of Patriotic Experience, “My generation of the New Left — a generation that grew as the war went on — relinquished any title to patriotism without much sense of loss. All that was left to the Left was to unearth righteous traditions and cultivate them in universities. The much-mocked political correctness of the next academic generations was a consolation prize. We lost — we squandered the politics — but won the textbooks.”
The influx of radicals into the university system brought a drastic change to the very fabric of academia, particularly in the Humanities/Liberal Arts. A system which once prided itself on disinterested and unbiased scholarship based on the scientific method was now awash in subjective ideology.
This would not be a problem in a university system dedicated to open dialogue and inquiry. The problem is that universities and their professors line up in lockstep with progressive ideology, punishing and shutting out any dissent to the party line. The typical college student’s exposure to ideas is limited to what has been deemed acceptable by their left-wing ideologue professors, effectively making any of their assignments – whether as extra credit or as part of their core grade – exercises in an echo chamber.
All of this has been meticulously documented in a number of books written by former New Leftist David Horowitz, including The Professors, Indoctrination U and his autobiography, Radical Son. So if you want the full scoop on what’s really going on in today’s university system, I highly recommend reading his books.
Much of this documentation is archived at Horowitz’s website, Frontpagemag.com. Here’s but a sample of the widespread bullying and intimidation in the name of “peace” and other progressive misnomers at America’s universities:
A couple of years ago, a student in a Peace Studies course at Ball State, taught by jazz saxophonist George Wolfe, claimed that Professor Wolfe used his class to promote a political agenda, using the classroom to argue against all forms of violence except revolutionary violence, assigning a one-sided text which argued among other things that the word “terrorist” was another term for “guerrilla” and could be applied to the American founders, and offering extra credits and better grades to students who supported his viewpoints…
When the student’s article appeared in FrontPage [exposing the one-sided political nature of the class], the Ball State administration and faculty instantly came down on his head like a ton of bricks. He was warned by the chairman of the Political Science Department not to write any more articles for FrontPage or to talk to the press. He was ridiculed by his professors in class. When I wrote an editorial questioning the credentials of a jazz saxophonist to teach issues of war and peace, the Vice Provost at Ball State, Beverley Pitts defended him saying he was a member of the board of the Toda Institute for Peace Research. The Toda Institute turned out to be an organization created by Soka Gakkai, an international Buddhist cult. Backed by his university, and with the support of the local press, Wolfe went on a campaign to smear me as a “political extremist” and “McCarthyite.”
The foundation of the prevalent ideology on campus is Marxism, plain and simple. Scratch the surface of any Gender Studies, Women’s Studies, Peace Studies and similar pointless “Studies” programs, as well as just about anything under the Liberal Arts umbrella, and you’ll find Marxist philosophy as its foundation. From this is built an ideological propaganda platform through which naïve college students are funneled so that they’re more likely to blindly accept the Hope and Change that will ultimately unravel the American experiment as framed by the Founders.