Column: Will Fascism Come to America Through Our Universities?
“I’m not just talking about recent events at UC Berkeley”
Roger Simon of PJ Media has written a new column about the recent events on college campuses which is worth reading.
Here’s an excerpt:
Will Fascism Come to America through Its Colleges and Universities?
If fascism comes to America, it will be through our college and university system.
The biggest cowards in our country today are many, if not most, of our college and university administrators followed closely by a fair amount of their faculty. They are allowing their institutions to be taken over by a monolithic world view that is increasingly totalitarian and antithetical to the diversity of opinion on which the search for truth depends.
The inmates are running the asylum — and not with any of the humor of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that Social Justice Warriors are to social justice what the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea is to democracy. In a few years, freshman handbooks may no longer be necessary. They can give out copies of Orwell’s Animal Farm instead.
And I’m not just talking about recent events at UC Berkeley, where the onetime bastion of the free speech movement has turned into ground zero for the anti-speech movement, spearheaded by the violent masked goons of the absurdly named “antifa,” speaking of Orwellian constructs. This restrictive attitude toward viewpoint diversity is pervasive throughout our colleges and universities, even though the freedom of speech enshrined in the First Amendment is arguably the most important of all principles on which this country was founded. Yet only a tiny minority of those responsible for our higher education have the courage to defend it. Most are so timid they won’t even lend their name to a petition.
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I don’t see that this is even a question.
And it’s no longer a hypothetical; it’s here. Although exactly which form of totalitarianism and thought control it is might be a subject for discussion, its basic nature is hardly in doubt.
The oxymoronically named Antifa are actually the biggest fascist movement in the country! Since they picked both this name and the methods by which they operate it’s obvious they don’t see the irony. Violent attacks by Antifa storm troopers wearing black clothes and black masks are the hallmarks of their organization; anyone who lived in central Europe during the 1930’s would recognize this immediately.
(Yes, I realize that all of these campus-bred hate groups share a common belief that anyone who disagrees with them in any way is a racist, sexist, misogynist, (etc.)ist hater and deserves whatever happens to them!)
The late University of Chicago Professor Allan Bloom warned of this in his 1987 book “The Closing of the American Mind”.
The universities being the ivory towers wear freedom of speech was best practiced were the prime target and by their very nature, unfortunately the most vulnerable.
I still reference this book from time to time. It is as relevant today as it was 30 years ago. I often wonder if Camille Paglia read this book (probably) and whether it was a factor in her converting from being one of the original advocates of political correctness to being one of its fiercest critics today. Paglia had not yet coined the term when that book came out.
“The biggest cowards in our country today are many, if not most, of our college and university administrators followed closely by a fair amount of their faculty.”
They aren’t cowards, they are teaching it.
These people are not fascists. They are Marxist Communists. We have to get this correct. Communists. No one wants to call the Democrats and their children by their real name. It is past time to start.
The Left screams “racist!” at everyone they don’t like, but I’ll tell you this.
I lived in “flyover” country for about a decade, where people voted for Trump and other Republicans before him. Yet they were generally decent and accepting to my not-all-white family. It was in a liberal, East Coast city where kids stuck their fingers in the corners of their eyes and yammered at us in gibberish when we were on their streets.