America’s budding tyrants

Walter E. Williams: ‘Values of liberty are under ruthless attack by the academic elite’

From the Nazis to the Stalinists, tyrants have always started out supporting free speech, and the reason why is easy to understand. Speech is vital for the realization of their goals of command, control and confiscation. Basic to their agenda are the tools of indoctrination, propagandizing, proselytization. Once they gain power, as leftists have at many universities, free speech becomes a liability and must be suppressed. This is increasingly the case on university campuses.

Back in 1964, it was Mario Savio, a campus leftist, who led the free-speech movement at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, a movement that played a vital role in placing American universities center stage in the flow of political ideas, no matter how controversial, unpatriotic and vulgar. The free-speech movement gave birth to the hippie movement of the ’60s and ’70s. The longhair, unkempt hippies of that era have grown up and now often find themselves being college professors, deans, provosts and presidents. Their intolerance of free speech and other ideas has become policy and practice on many college campuses.

Daniel Henninger, deputy editor of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, updates us on the campus attack on free speech and different ideas in his article titled “Obama Unleashes the Left: How the government created a federal hunting license for the far left.”

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, one of the nation’s most accomplished women, graciously withdrew as Rutgers University’s commencement speaker after two months of campus protests about her role in the Iraq War. Some students and professors said, “War criminals shouldn’t be honored.” One wonders whether these students would similarly protest Hillary Clinton, who, as senator, voted for the invasion of Iraq.

Brandeis University officials were intimidated into rescinding their invitation to Somali writer and American Enterprise Institute scholar Ayaan Hirsi Ali, whose criticisms of radical Islam were said to have violated the school’s “core values.” Brandeis decided that allowing her to speak would be hurtful to Muslim students. I take it that Brandeis students and officials would see criticism of deadly Islamist terrorist gang Boko Haram’s kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls, some of whom have been sold off as brides, as unacceptable and violative of the university’s core values.

Azusa Pacific University, a private Christian university, canceled a planned address by distinguished libertarian scholar Charles Murray out of fear that his lecture might upset “faculty and students of color.” In response to the cancellation, Murray wrote an open letter to the students, which in part read: “The task of the scholar is to present a case for his or her position based on evidence and logic. Another task of the scholar is to do so in a way that invites everybody into the discussion rather than demonize those who disagree. Try to find anything under my name that is not written in that spirit. Try to find even a paragraph that is written in anger, takes a cheap shot, or attacks women, African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, or anyone else.” Unfortunately, such a scholarly vision is greeted with hostility at some universities.

Earlier this year, faculty and students held a meeting at Vassar College to discuss a particularly bitter internal battle over the school’s movement to boycott Israel. Before the meeting, an English professor announced the dialogue would “not be guided by cardboard notions of civility.” That professor might share the vision of Adolf Hitler’s brown-shirted thugs of the paramilitary wing of the Nazi party in their effort to crush dissent.

Western values of liberty are under ruthless attack by the academic elite on college campuses across America. These people want to replace personal liberty with government control; they want to replace equality with entitlement. As such, they pose a far greater threat to our way of life than any terrorist organization or rogue nation. Multiculturalism and diversity are a cancer on our society. Ironically, we not only are timid in response but feed those ideas with our tax dollars and charitable donations.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/05/americas-budding-tyrants/#SHjC1E3M5HvZySQu.99

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About arnash

“When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” - Mark Twain - Politicians and diapers - change 'em often, for the same reason. "Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." Ronald Reagan "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views." William F. Buckley, Jr. “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” - Bertrand Russell The people are the masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it. Abraham Lincoln “Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” - George Orwell “Satan will use a lake of truth to hide a pint of poison”.
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5 Responses to America’s budding tyrants

  1. arnash says:

    andrewwhitehead

    As a person “back in college'” at 56, I do a lot of reading, particularly on-line. I take my courses by distance as this is what I can fit into my schedule and what I can afford.

    The one thing I have learned is that I can spot the younger students very easily by how they write…and the writing is almost universally terrible. When I read articles like this one and see who they have been taught by in high schools and in the local colleges, it makes me wonder if these young students are even capable of critical thought.

    I know, I’ve said it a zillion (is that a word?) times, “A liberal is the only person who can hold two (or more!) diametrically opposed thoughts in their head and believe both at exactly the same time.” This is what they learned from the idiot professors that were produced from the “institutions of higher learning” back in the 60’s and 70’s…how very sad.

    Rachael N. Jacobs

    The brambles and briers planted by the left during the ’60s and ’70s have meandered over America choking the very life out of this once robust nation. They are the kudzu of the world, strangling all good growth so they can take over everything. Now, those brambles and briers are either in DC or in the colleges and universities doing their best to plant ONLY more brambles and briers . . . a crop of GMO students who will finish the job the originals started. We are not warring against flesh and blood, but against “the powers and principalities of this present darkness . . .” Maranatha!

    RichardMcCarthy

    I suspect that maybe colleges are not the dispensers of wisdom.
    I also suspect that they take advantage of not only a feeble clientele and a corrupt government but also leverage every bit of negative action by their opposition in ways that have nothing to do with wisdom. In essence, if you are truly looking for a state of bliss of any kind, then academia probably will not deliver it.

    Bossman22

    Freedom of speech is the first casualty of the Left’s takeover of America. Say something someone doesn’t like and you are fired, uninvited, defamed and threatened. Political correctness anyone? This is the first Right that we have lost as Americans.

    pearl87 RichardMcCarthy

    When the left is caught red-handed and exposed doing something despicable, they suddenly notice that there is blame on “both sides”, so they can try to smear their opponents with their own excrement.
    No go. There is good and there is evil, and there is a God Who knows the difference.

    ramblindon

    Thoughts while shaving: Liberal Arts wherein all points of view were encouraged and explored, producing the most literate, prosperous nation the world has known, has long since been replaced by Secular Humanist indoctrination, embraced and preached from taxpayer funded pulpits of a godless {sm.’g’} “religion”. Secular Humanism, {western word for Communism} has replaced Christianity , producing generations of illiterate, mindless, masses, unleashing millions of witless minions, using the ballot box/voter fraud to escape from freedom. Result? A post-Christian, post-Constitutional Amerika destined for oblivion! Period! End Report!

  2. arnash says:

    johnhenryb

    Right you are as far as you go. What is needed is scholarly work on the intellectual trends that have captured university curricula and stolen it away from its legitimate foundations. Our founding fathers’ literary background was quite different from that provided college graduates or college professors these days. A standard and far too simplistic understanding of the Unitarian Universalism brought into academe by Sir William Jones’ discovery of a sort of linguistic evolution that produced the languages and traditions of European and Indian cultures has worked a great evil on Western Civilization. Were we to look backward on the origins of the both the contemporary godless and contemporary theosophical paradigms and demand a reevaluation of both, we might find that in the arts and humanities there is need for an assessment of empirical data accumulated and edited by academics bound by eighteenth and nineteenth century prejudices. We have fallen into a kind of medieval habit of mind that approaches truth seeking as a journey whose goal is to learn and ratify the conclusions of smart people of preceding generations. Most literary offerings in public schools is firmly founded on transcendental notions popularized by the Boston Brahmans and re-affirmed by each generation of professors since Emerson and Thoreau. We no longer prepare our youth by giving them a grounding in Biblical, Greek, Latin and European renaissance literature. Everything they read (or more accurately in today’s classrooms, view as a dramatic presentation on a screen) is powerfully colored by what passed for avant-garde amongst the intellectual reformers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. If you are not familiar with the intelligent design movement, go to the Discovery Institute site and splash about for an evening. The materialist paradigm of evolutionary biology has outlived its credibility and indeed the conclusion of one reading Lord Monckton’s essays is that so have the structures built upon the contemporary humanities.

  3. arnash says:

    KJVreader • 10 hours ago

    When evil gets to the Tower of Babylon stage then it is going to be Jesus which destroys it. Technology, immorality, and globalism are coming together to produce a super-Hitler-on-steroids which the true saints will have little ability to defend against. God is going to allow the world’s reprobates to fall for false miracles and what seems like global peace and security just before He judges them. This could be the time.

    I hope you are correct. I hope the Church age goes on for another 100 years or more. Yes it’s possible Britain could get speech and guns back and it’s possible that the NSA could be disbanded and it’s possible that false climate change scientists could be put into jail cells, but it’s also possible that we are on the verge of the mark of the beast.

    Dawg_em

    Considering all that you said, I don’t know how anyone could fall for “what seems like global peace and security”. We’re definitely not headed in that direction. There are an increasing number of us who will not sit idly by as the forces of evil commence with their totalitarianism. This nonsense of “the end is near, come Lord Jesus” is of the devil. Satan wants believers to sit on their hands waiting to be raptured. I guess it’s a product of the notion works have no place in salvation. But God has other ideas. Better buy a sword.

  4. arnash says:

    RichardMcCarthy
    Both the Right and the Left have faults that keep fueling different paradigms.

    pearl87 RichardMcCarthy

    No. The left is characterized by the intention of completely denying freedom – of thought, of speech, of action. It has ALWAYS been thus. And to go with their totalitarian philosophy, they employ a policy of deliberate deception in an effort to draw attention away from their ultimate goal – which is the utter enslavement of mankind. To obfuscate their agenda, they accuse those on the right of the very goals they covertly pursue. Hence, they declare a “war on poverty” while destroying the economy, they loudly condemn “bullying” while they unlawfully drown out all dissent in the public square, and they accuse conservatives of being “fascist” when all fascists were left wing socialists. There can be no language too extreme to describe the evil, deceit, and treachery of the left. And one more tactic they use, when they are discovered in their lies – they suddenly discover that “both the right and the left” have faults. I call B.S. on that lie. It is the left that is the enemy of humanity.
    Period.

  5. arnash says:

    AlexanderGofen wrote:

    I am reading this report, I see the facts – and yet it is near impossible for my mind to fathom the scale and ugliness of corruption in the American university system.

    I was born under Stalin. I still recall the infamous name Lysenko and the “struggle” against the Cybernetics (the bourgeois “whore” you know). Yet then it was stalinism, the hell on Earth: Night arrests, tortures, and GULAG.

    After Stalin, since the era of the “thaw” (except anything directly anti-Soviet) science in the USSR was not censored, and no scientific thoughts were suppressed: no matter main stream or not. Maverick scientists still could work or teach: even the religious philosophy, creation of the world, the intelligent design, or insufficiency of the “evolution”. The dignity of scientific profession and scientific ethic were acknowledged and maintained in the academic community – in the USSR mind you!

    That is why I cannot fathom what should it be that had turned all American universities into liberast dens controlled by Commissars of “science” – without any night arrests and GULAGs?! How come that all this totalitarianism was achieved without any ChK, executions, torn nails, and similar things?

    On the one hand, it seems still formally legal to establish a university adhered to and nourishing only the conservative ideas. However what would it take to practically do it?

    More importantly: How many decades (or centuries) will it take that the existing school/university system dies out in shame? Somehow I am not so sure that Academic bullying of non-Communists by Communists, of non-Fascists by Fascists, of thinkers by drones, will stop soon merely by judicial fight (in the similarly corrupt courts)…

    357×6 replied

    No wonder I agree with most of your comments: I grew up with Stalin “atyushka” myself, though maybe in a different country.

    It is astonishing to see the western world diving into the abyss of this mix of Marxism, fascism, statism, and moral degeneracy within two generations. Some of us were aware that this fruit has been ripening longer than that, but the hope was always there, that the United States will, once again, save the day. Instead, Her enemies within made her an accomplice to a large extent – once inconceivable to us and to our fellow Americans.
    We left, and evil has pursued us an found us. I am not running anymore: evil will have to leave. I have a home to protect: America.

    Dawg_em to 357×6

    May God bless and protect you both.
    As for your thoughts: Could it be a frontal assault hardens ones resolve and strengthens their spirit? In America, the assault has been gentle, almost loving and compassionate in its appearance. Folks have been lulled into the trap. My guess (my hope) is that when the hammer (and sickle) falls, an awakening will occur and the might of the right(eous) will arise.
    I’m there with you both.

    357×6 to Dawg_em

    Thank you, Dawg_em. You are right: the assault had to be gentle, because a free people cannot be directly confronted, certainly not if they are Americans. This does not mean that “boiling the frog” will be a successful strategy for the evil ones: after all, they are still facing AMERICANS. Let’s pray that we can weather this storm without thunder and lightning.
    God bless you also and our Nation. We are not alone.

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