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.

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck and Pat Gray discussed a series of recent polls that suggest presidential nominee Joe Biden's expected lead may be slipping with traditionally Democratic voters.

A new poll conducted by the Jewish Electorate Institute shows that two-thirds of Jewish voters still plan to vote for the Biden-Harris ticket in November. However, President Donald Trump's support within the Jewish community is also the highest among any Republican candidate in recent history.

In more bad news for Biden, a CNN poll (yes, CNN) released last month showed growing support for President Trump among black voters in swing states. Meanwhile, his support among Latino voters remains at roughly 33%.

"I don't think it's going to go the way the Democrats hope that it will," Glenn said of the election. "If you look at the groups that the Democrats have carefully fostered ... that's falling apart. If Donald Trump can grow that by 5%, and hurt the Democrats by 5% ... that alone could swing the election."

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We're being set up for a civil war. The Left is grooming us for an Eastern European-style revolution this election, and they're not even trying to hide it any more. The playbook for Mainstreet USA is the exact same that has been used in places like Ukraine, initiated by the same people in order to completely upend the American system.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck takes us through a tale of three chalkboards that will connect the dots: the Obama admin in Ukraine, the State Department's relationship with George Soros, Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots, the Great Reset, public school indoctrination, mail-in voting. It all points to something dangerous happening in November if we don't act now.

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The left has already determined that the wildfires raging across the West Coast were definitely caused by climate change and Big Tech is determined to silence anyone who dares suggest otherwise. Facebook even announced a sweeping policy on Saturday to remove posts that claim the fires were caused by arson from far-left activists.

But on his radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck revealed multiple arrest records for suspected arsonists in California, Oregon, and Washington — and several of those charged and arrested were also instigators in Black Lives Matter rallies, violent protests, and Antifa riots. He also called out the "news gods" in Big Tech, daring them to try to censor his video.

"I asked my staff, to see if there was any evidence [of arson] on the fires. And I don't mean evidence from Twitter. I mean evidence. Is there anybody who has been arrested for arson?" Glenn said. "Well, here they are. And YouTube and Facebook, go ahead. I want you to demonetize this clip. I want you to somehow or another say that we're lying. I want you to throttle this. Go ahead. Because then you're going to have to explain what we got wrong. And I happen to have all the documents right here. So my attorney is really ready for that throttling or demonetization. You say you're a protector of the truth? Great, here it is."

Glenn read off the first 10 arrest records, which combined allege the destruction of more than 120,000 acres and 700 structures, as well as tens of thousands of people evacuated from their homes.

"You want to tell us, PolitiFact, how you came to the conclusion ... that there was no arson in these fires?" Glenn asked. "Can you tell me how you came to that conclusion? Because your fact-check seems to be entirely false."

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Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders joined Glenn Beck on this week's podcast to share her unique perspective as a trusted adviser and confidante to President Donald Trump for two and a half years, which she also details in her new book, "Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House."

Sarah described the unprecedented levels of corruption she saw firsthand during the Russia probe and shocking lengths to which Democratic leaders and the mainstream media would go to "take the president down."

Sarah said she often saw sides of Donald Trump that the media never covered. Recently, she went on the record denying the Atlantic's claims that the president mocked our military during a 2018 trip to France. She was on that trip, she told Glenn, and her account of what really happened paints a very different picture.

"The people who are making this outrageous charge are such cowards for doing so in an anonymous way. If you really believed this, and believed it was wrong, one, why did it take you so long? And, two, put your name on it the way the rest of us have," Sarah said.

"He didn't say those things. Not only was I there that day, Glenn, I spent two and a half years traveling all over the world with the president, watching him interact with men and women of our armed forces almost every single day during that two-and-a-half year period," she added.

"This is a person who loves America and loves the people who allow the rest of us to live in America, free, and have prosperity. And I got to see that a lot. I think it is shameful that people are trying to distort who he is and what he has done, particularly when it comes to the men and women in the military."

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