Uprooting the Flower Children of Higher Education

FUSION JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010

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By Zach Lahn

One of the most successful movements in modern history was the counterculture movement of the 1960s. Surprising as it may be, the anti-establishers and their "enlightenment" introduced America to endearing things like Woodstock, irregular bathing habits and "free love." In many ways, that lifestyle has gained ground (see: VW van sales), subjecting America to a new, more "progressive" way of thought.

While the psychedelic revolution may have stopped, the movement against the so-called establishment has not. It has only made a change in venue—somehow gaining credibility along the way. The counterculture movement is now taking the stage in college and university classrooms around the United States, though students are not the sponsors.

Who are the sponsors? A 2007 study published by Harvard University makes the answer very clear: the professors. At least 61 percent of Liberal Arts college professors surveyed identified their political and social preferences as liberal. As for the other side of the coin, conservative professors accounted for just 3.9 percent of the chalkboard dust.

The information above is easily grasped by understanding the following truism: The Woodstockians have grown up, and they, or their trainees, are now teaching America’s youth.

Being a college student at a very liberal institution, I have come to realize that the danger in academia is not coming from the one percent of outspoken Ward Churchill types. Teachers in this category are known to be radical and are marginalized by a majority of students. The true danger is the remaining 60 percent of the above-mentioned statistic. This group includes professors who are able to portray themselves as impartial while in reality are dangerously biased in their teaching.

The liberal indoctrination pushed by professors today is a combination of what they choose to teach students and what they refuse to teach students. Most students have no idea that the information they are receiving is one-sided. They do not recognize that many professors—especially those in the social sciences—are masters of casually "agendizing" the classroom. These professors allow their prejudice to determine course content. By assigning published books that align with their beliefs as mandatory reading, they are able to relay their message in a manner that looks credible to students.

Take an upper-division American history class and you will soon realize that America’s past wrongdoings have become the focal point of lectures. In my experience, many liberal professors see America as an evil, unjust land of oppression, a land that needs to be "fundamentally transformed." For example, capitalism is viewed not as having the potential to unleash prosperity, but rather as a source of discrimination and inequality. Pretty psychedelic considering that, in reality, our country and capitalistic system have given more rights, freedoms, and liberties to more people than any other system in the history of mankind.

Another example is the constantly debunked fiction of man-made global warming, which is presented as fact on campus. In a public policy class, the question was asked: "What policies can our government institute to stop global warming?" When I questioned the science behind the subject, I was told the global consensus was evidence enough. To quote Gen. Patton: "If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn’t thinking."

In this case, a lot of people aren’t thinking.

These types of personal views are transferred to students daily through lectures, assigned reading, homework and exam questions. The result: Many students are graduating unaware that they are carrying a transplanted, one-sided worldview based on compliance rather than reason.

Societal punishments are born

through this compliance. It’s no coincidence that wealth redistribution and

other collectivist programs are heavily advocated by our current president and his Cabinet considering they’ve spent a combined 180 years studying at institutions of "higher education."

The war for our country must begin here—on the college campus. Unfortunately, we are fighting the symptoms rather than the cause; we are taking on the products rather than the producers. We have to rethink our strategy.

If we are serious about ensuring our country’s success, we must defeat the source of its failures by breaking the liberal stranglehold on academia.

Thomas Paine once said: "When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon." Today’s society proves him right. The lights cast by critical thinking are dimming, causing the shadows of our liberty to disappear.

Our battle is in the classroom. College must once again become a place of objective thinking. Informed students must take it upon themselves to recognize bias and intellectually stand up against it. Not only is it our right to question, it is our duty. Our questioning mellows the spread of the liberty dimming professorial disease and prevents it from clogging our classmates’ cranial critical thinking centers.

The aging counterculture crowd and their freshly sprouting flower children are attempting to author our country’s new establishment. For the sake of our future, we must retake the intellectual reins, rise against this far-out ideology and become the new change agents…or the new hippies. But this time around, bathing is not only allowed, it’s mandatory.

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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