As the end of the semester approaches here in the Ivory Tower, I am reminded
of the fact that come December, I will graduate and will no longer be a part of
the "community" at this college or, as it is affectionately called, Camp (with
all the professors representing the very cool, guitar-strumming, pothead upper-
level counselor who lets everyone get away with murder). I find myself
reflecting on the person I was, intellectually and politically, when I started
here three years ago, and on the person that I am today. Many of my views and
ideas have changed drastically, and in totally the opposite way than what
the "counselors" here would have hoped, and this is due in large to a curiosity
that forced me to examine everything that I learned in order to reach my own
conclusions. Here is just a sampling of what I have been taught, and what I
have luckily not taken to heart. Keep in mind that while my school is a rather
extreme Leftist outpost, these things are taught at your local, taxpayer-funded
state university as well.
- America is responsible for each and every instance of evil, corruption,
suffering, and inequality in the world. Whether we are discussing China or the
Gambia, the environment or the AIDS crisis, terrorism or high global homicide
rates, America bears the responsibility and must find a way to correct the
- America should not, however, view itself as the world police force. Just
because America has achieved heights of freedom, democracy, and comfort
unparrallel throughout history does not mean that it should try to help take
down tyrants or offer anything but the most basic humanitarian aid. Instead of
installing democratic regimes in the Middle East, we should discreetly leave
packages of rations on Iraqi doorsteps and run away, unarmed.
- As the world's greatest oppressor, we have a responsibility to learn about,
and respect, every possible culture, religion, and custom, with preference
granted to the most primitive and least developed cultures. We must resist any
value judgement or comparison and not only embrace everyone from Muslim
fundamentalists to pagan eco-feminists, but actually go out of our way to
understand and respect thier culture, regardless of what that culture thinks of
us as Americans. Any cultural disdain expressed by an American is racism or
bigotry, while anti-American rallies, sentiments, and even terrorist acts
throughout the world are fully justifiable. In effect, this means that we
should sit quietly, Koran in hand, trying to find its "peaceful" passages,
while an Islamofacist sets off a bomb beneath our chairs.
-Capitalism, especially American Capitalism, is a great evil that feeds off of
greed and exploitation. Socialism, however, is the highest and most developed
form of economics and government. Just because it has dismally failed
everywhere, we should not disregard its possibilities or "resign ourselves" to
- The threat of Communism during the Cold War was greatly overstated, just as
the threat of Muslim extremism is greatly overstated today. Never mind the
fact that leaders in both factions made no secret of the fact that thier
ultimate purpose was to take over the world--no overstatements, no paranoia,
just fact. These threats are essentially manufactured by the American propaganda machine to keep the people complacent and fearful while we continue to commit atrocities like fighting terrorism.
- American nationalism, perpetuated in a large part through scare tactics, myths, and the "othering" of...um...others, is possibly the greatest evil of all. We have no right to feel patriotic, display the American flag, or to speak of the ways in which America has lent a hand a stood as an example of freedom and democracy in a chaotic world. We must continually hate ourselves for the evils we have inflicted on the world, such as free elections and the liberation of Middle Eastern women. Nationalism is allowed and encouraged for any group that is fighting American or Western interests, even if such nationalism results in the deliberate loss of countless innocent lives. Certain nationalists are so oppressed that they "have no choice" but to board civilian buses with explosives strapped to thier backs. To argue against this would be imperialist.
- American women are the constant victims of rampant sexism and internalized oppression. To liberate women from the internalized feelings of oppression that result in their choosing a male partner, having children, or wearing a miniskirt, we must pump thousands of taxpayer dollars into public social engineering programs. However, to use taxpayer money to both defend the US and to liberate women from the horrific oppression of Islamic fundamentalism is imperialist and Western-centric. While we are free to judge an American woman who decides to keep an unplanned pregnancy or become a home maker, we cannot make value judgements on a fascist regime that bans women from attending school and publicly flogs them for wearing colored socks.
- All Caucasians are racist. It does not matter if you have never looked down upon a person of color or even allowed yourself to think in a racist manner. You are a racist because racism has a new definition: race + power. You benefit from racist power structures simply because you are a Caucasian, and you do not acknowledge or fight them because this would not be in your favor. If you are white, uneducated, and poor, you still have power over a person of color who is highly educated and affluent. This means that any race-based hatred towards Caucasians from a person of color is simpy prejudice, and justified prejudice at that. Because they cannot possibly have power, people of color cannot be racists. If you think that this is a far more racist idea that anything that has ever gone, or ever will go, through your head, it is because you are having trouble dealing with your latent feelings of racism. Just admit it and start hating yourself now.
- People of color--and women, and minorities in general--who reject the radical Leftist agenda are traitors, tokens, tools of the oppressors. They have internalized thier oppression to such an extent that they are now working for the very people who keep them down. It is not possible that they find more empowerment and less "latent racism" on the Right than they do on the Left, or that they have realized that conservcative principles are much more practical in overcoming socio-economic difficulties. This is why people like Condoleeza Rice is rarely mentioned by feminists or black activists, despite the fact that she is a female of color whose accomplishments are staggering. This silence is due to the fact that such people have refused to jump on the victimhood bandwagon and have succeeded without an orthodox Leftist worldview.
- The best way to disregard or take away credibility from someone's idea is to point out that they are white and upper-middle-class, or simply "priviledged". This works even better if they are male. This means that anything positive that has ever been done by a white man should be completely disregarded. This includes the Great Books and the Constitution.
- There are no moral absolutes. There is no such thing as right and wrong. We cannot judge anyone based on our own system of morals, values, and government. Just because we happen to believe in freedom and democracy does not make it right. We must regard everyone equally, be they great moral leaders or murderers and terrorists. This empty-headed tolerance does not apply, of course, to anyone who is an American and is a traditionalist, a conservative, a Republican, etc. These people are always wrong.
- You are free to say and write whatever you want. This is, of course, provided that you never offend any individual or group in any way whatsoever. Except for traditionalists, conservatives, Republicans, heterosexuals, housewives, virgins, and Condolezza Rice. These people must be offended as often as possible to help them see "the truth". This is called free speech.
- There is no such thing as gender. Gender is a fluid concept and a social construct. We must eradicate the idea of gender differences, even if this means defying proven biological concepts. The idea that a woman is more nurturing than her male counterpart because she is designed to bear children is too difficult to swallow. It is far preferable to pump even more taxpayer dollars into social engineering programs that teach people--at as young an age as possible--that gender does not exist. It is also helpful to pump money into programs that draw as many young women as possible towards "non-traditional" fields such as science and technology. The fact that most women choose the arts and humanities due to innate learning differences, and the fact that there are fewer women in science and technology than men despite all the "encouragement" that colleges and universities spend millions of dollars on each year, is simply a result of internalized oppression and low self-esteem. Again, if the idea that many young women choose Shakespeare over Newton because they are scared and have low opinions of themselves sounds sexist to you, ignore your reaction. You do not yet know the whole truth, and you are still enslaved in your "gender role". When you start cross-dressing and demanding gender-neutral bathrooms, then we'll talk.
This is just a small sampling of things I have learned here. Looking over this list, I wonder (as I often do) if I am crazy to be setting a Ph.d and an academic career as my ultimate goal. However, I believe that now more than ever, a conservative voice is needed within the halls of academia. Even if that voice is soft, feminine, and habitually used for the teaching of Russian literature.