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The preface cites Bloom’s, The Closing Of The American Mind, Kimball’s, Tenured Radicals, D’Souza’s, Illiberal Education, and Ellis’s, Against Deconstruction, all warning about the dangers of a radicalized campus being created by increasingly radical professors. “This book is of a different kind, since now the campus is already radicalized. …its purpose is to explain exactly what happened and what made it possible; to describe the damage done to all levels of education, ..and to our society; …and to suggest what can be done about this educational and societal catastrophe.” Read More
Evidence that college graduates are now poorly educated generally, and especially in American history and all subjects key to education for citizenship, is revealed by multiple surveys, and evidence that the Academy is largely responsible for the dysfunctional and hostile political climate can be seen today in the calls to defund the police and the protests and riots that are occurring across the country where Democrats control local government. The majority of professors are not radical by temperament but are so marinated in the left wing atmosphere surrounding them that they accept many of the radicals’ beliefs and objectives without giving much thought to whether or not they are valid and/or dangerous. Since normal professors are not activist by nature, it is the radical professors who set the agenda as they are the most determined activists. The book is available in Kindle on Amazon but you may need to order the hard copy from Encounter Books, the publisher.
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In 1951, six years after the end of World War II, the political philosopher Hannah Arendt published The Origins of Totalitarianism, in an attempt to understand how such radical ideologies of both left and right had seized the minds of so many in the 20th century. Arendt’s book used to be a staple in college history and political theory courses. With the end of the Cold War 30 years behind us, who today talks about totalitarianism? Almost no one—and if they do, it’s about Nazism, not communism.
Unsurprisingly, young Americans suffer from profound ignorance of what communism was, and is. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit educational and research organization established by the U.S. Congress, carries out an annual survey of Americans to determine their attitudes toward communism, socialism, and Marxism in general. In 2019, the survey found that a startling number of Americans of the post-Cold War generations have favorable views of left-wing radicalism, and only 57 percent of Millennials believe that the Declaration of Independence offers a better guarantee of “freedom and equality” than The Communist Manifesto. Read More