Al Benson Jr. on Higher Education

March Into College and Turn Left!

by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsAnyone in this benighted age who tries to tell me colleges and universities do not have a very decided Leftist bent is someone I will probably tell to go and whistle Yankee Doodle. I have worked at two of these “institutions of learning” over the years and have seen firsthand the direction they travel in and try to push their students in. And this is not just in the Left-leaning northeast but all over the country, even here in the South, although far too many Southern folk seem to have a problem grasping that fact.

The college that grand-daddy went to ain’t the same school you are paying scads of money to so junior can be “educated” or rather, in our day, indoctrinated.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteOne college I worked at had an identified Communist as a guest speaker for an extended period in the winter one year. Although it was several years ago, I never forgot it. Someone called the school, pointed out the Communist’s affiliation, to which the college president told him “We want out students exposed to all different viewpoints.” Somehow I rather doubt he would have wanted his students exposed to the viewpoints of the John Birch Society, which his students would have been much better off with than those of this Communist. This was a perfect illustration of the Leftist tilt of most colleges, and with all the political correctness (cultural Marxism) being promoted today it’s even worse.

Combat Shooter's HandbookAnd so it was that I recently came across an article on https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11153 by someone called Peyton Dillberg. I’ve, never read any of Mr. Dillberg’s material before to the best of my knowledge, but when it comes to the college scene, he is right on target.

Dillberg noted: “With more than 40,000 card carrying members, DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) is a growing leftist force in not only our political system, but in our systems of higher education. So why is the left, especially in our universities, embracing an ideology that has resulted in the deaths over a hundred million people? Here are three reasons why socialism is making a comeback on college campuses.” I am not going to go through all three in detail, except to give readers some idea of what is going on at college.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewReason 1–socialism is “intellectually” appealing. Dillberg observes: “So how do they create such intellectual appeal? It’s actually quite complex, as the indoctrination occurs throughout a student’s career. Professors, most of whom are already well-versed in leftist ideology, begin by setting up parameters for their students. Within these parameters lies an acceptable range of ideas–a relatively easy feat, as students tend to be rather malleable with regard to their own ideology.” The professor, once he has done this, can frame his lectures “along leftist talking points.” In other words, he (or she) gives the students a range of ideas, mostly leftist, beyond which they should not go. They are taught not to think outside the Leftist box, hence they, if they follow the professor’s lead, never think outside the range of idea the leftist professor has pictured as legitimate. The student may be exposed to a range of leftist ideas but he or she will never experience anything beyond that.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1) The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3) I ran across students like this back in the 1970s. They had been so shaped by Leftist dogma that they were incapable of ever thinking beyond that and if you threw some concept at them that was beyond their limited range of Leftist thought, they simply rejected it out of hand. No need to try to engage them in rational discussion about it. They couldn’t grasp that. If it disagreed with what the professors taught, then it was wrong–period! You couldnl’t even say “end of discussion” because the discussion never began! The Leftist “educators” taught them what to think, not how to think!

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualReason 2–there is a crisis of meaning. Part of that has been the decline of religion–Christianity in the West–and there are people in some of our churches that have willingly contributed to that decline. When you run across pastors in mainline denominations that have been members of over 100 Communist front groups you can’t exactly look to them as erstwhile promoters of Christ-centered Christian faith. Back in the 1950s there was a Methodist bishop who was so involved with Communism that they called him the “Red Dean of Religion in America.” Most people want there to be some meaning to their lives, and if churches get to the point where they fail to provide that, then people, especially young people, look elsewhere. Dillberg has said that: “Socialism can be intoxicating to those starving for meaning. Its promise of both physical and metaphysical reward from the efforts of the collective can entice those not careful enough to realize the morbid realities it creates.”

Reason 3–they have never experienced socialism in living color. I have talked to people who lived under socialism, and believe me, it ain’t what it’s cracked up to be. Dillberg notes the “more than 100 million people…(who) have been killed by the very ideas that are pushed by socialists every day.” Socialists and Communists will then rant that real socialism and/or Communism has never been tried. Hogwash! They don’t dare admit that their system has killed millions because if they did, then who’d want it–especially college students!

I’ve written before about the lady from Ukraine that I knew who was a child when World War 2 ended. She and her family were in a German labor camp. When her father found out that he and his family were going to be sent back to the Soviet Union he actually planned to find a way to kill his family and himself so none of them would be forced back into that socialist paradise. By God’s grace he found an alternative and they made it to America. Had he not he would have killed himself and his whole family rather than let any of them go back to the nightmare that was socialism in the Soviet Union–the Union of Soviet SOCIALIST Republics!

Dillberg ends his commentary, in part, with this observation. “The far left is a much greater threat to our nation than any neo-Nazi group will ever be, and our universities are the gateways to the left.”

“Only the Left is Left at College”

by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Anyone who has followed the college scene in the last several decades has to realize that most college campuses in our day are so far to the left they are almost over the edge. Some of the leftist sponsored programs at some college campuses are strickly exercises straight from La-La Land and I often wonder if some of the students involved realize the ramifications of this cultural Marxist drivel and how it will impact their lives, and even the lives of their children. Obviously they don’t because they continue to “wallow in the cultural Marxist garbage” thinking they are making the world a better place when all they are really doing is playing the part of useful idiots for their leftist manipulators.

In this vein, I did read an interesting article by J. T. Young from back in March, 2017. It was posted on https://www.washingtontimes.com in 2018. The title of the article was Why Colleges Lean Left.

Young observes: “The better question for those lamenting this lack of intellectual diversity is why its absence continues to surprise. It would be hard to find conditions more condusive to a leftward tilt than our campus Cominterns…Yet focusing only on today’s temporary temper tantrums is to miss the permanent perturbation on campus against all things right. As far back as most remember, the right has been wrong, until only the left is left at college.”

Young posits an interesting reason for this, one most folks probably don’t even consider. I know it wasn’t listed in my top ten. Young says “America’s college campuses rest on subsidies from top to bottom. Students, the overwhelming majority of campus populations, are the most subsidized of all.” The subsidies start with parents and when parents can no longer do more, they continue in the forms of grants, scholarslhips and college loans (a good part of which loans are seldom repaid).

Colleges also get government funding, most notably at the state level. Young also noted that: “Teachers and professors are also in on the subsidies. Further, they live in the system that promises perhaps the quintessential subsidy of all: tenure, the benefit of which is to be divorced from performance standards for life and virtually immune from dismissal…This top-to-bottom subsidy system produces an entitlement culture like no other in America…”

That’s probably one reason you see all these youngsters out there protesting because they can’t have free education, free health care, free this or that or whatever. They want it all for free. Who do they think will pay for all that free stuff? Free college educations don’t grow on trees, contrary to what all the Demoncratic socialist congressional candidates seem to think. And actually, they know all that, but part of their agenda is to make sure you don’t think about it. Should you think about it you might be tempted not to vote for them!

Government educational subsidies must be a brainchild of the left, because ultimately, what the government subsidizes the government controlls. This is why private Christian education is so vitally important in this country, education totally free of any government funds from kindergarten through college. The concept of government-controlled education, at any level, is a Marxist concept, and therefore to be resisted. For those that truly want to “make America great again” public education at any level is not the way to do it. When “only the left is left on campus” you are not getting true education, you are getting Marxist propaganda!

Non-Socialist College Students Hardly Have a Chance Anymore!

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

It seems, on many, if not most, college campuses in this era of extreme cultural Marxism (political correctness) the only way for conservative and patriotic students to survive is to keep their heads down and their thoughts totally to themselves about anything political–and cultural as well. There is no one on campus that will go to bat for them if they dare to utter anything but the most recent interpretation of Leftist dogma.

There was a recent article on https://www.dailywire.com for October 17th of this year that dealt with the extreme liberal/leftist leanings of not only professors, but also of school administrators. An American Enterprise Institute scholar Samuel Abrams wrote a report on this that was published by the New York Times, of all papers. I don’t know how long the report is, but you can find it at https://www.aei.org/publication/think-professors-are-liberal-try-school-administrators/

Abrams observed that: “I found that liberal staff members outnumber their conservative counterparts by an astonishing ratio of12-to-one. Only 6 percent of campus administrators identified as conservative to some degree, while 71 percent classified themselves as liberal or very liberal. It’s no wonder so  much of the nonacademic programming on college campuses is politically one-sided. The 12-to-one ratio of liberal to conservative college administrators makes them the most left-leaning group on campus…” And you thought the professors were bad! Well, they were–and are–but the administrators are even worse! Keep in mind, many of those that identify as “very liberal” are probably socialists of some kind, and if they’re not they are kissin’ cousins. Whatever they are, they are on the left, and that fact alone bodes ill for any poor student that does not hew their line of class struggle, white privilege, identity politics, or whatever the Marxists are pushing for their agenda at the present.

Abrams noted that the most severe liberal to conservative administrator ratios were among schools in guess where–New England–where the Unitarian/socialist influence has been at work in this country the longest. The ratio there was 25 liberals to one conservative amongst college administrators. Years ago, I worked at one college in New England, with still another college right next door to it and so I saw students from both schools. You’d have been hard put to find any conservatives in either school as far as faculty. And if there were any they kept their mouths shut about it.

Even the Left Coast (known to the naïve as the West Coast) didn’t have a ratio that bad. There’s was only 16-1, while the ratio in the Great Lakes area was a mere 10-1. The other university I worked at was in Indiana and while it wasn’t quite as liberal as the one I worked at in New England, there was still enough leftism to go around. Abrams stated that the closest to a “balanced” ratio existed in the Southwest, and the liberal to conservative ratio there was still 2-1.

The Daily Wire article  said: “Abrams notes that the severity of the bias ranges by two-thirds by average in public and Christian schools to three-fourths in private secular schools, but the bias is always overwhelmingly left-wing.

And Abrams has said: “While considerable focus has been placed in recent decades on the impact of the ideological bent of college professors, when it comes to collegiate life–living in dorms, participating in extracurricular organizations–the ever growing ranks of administrators have the biggest influence on students and campus life across the country.”

 

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