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.

Glenn Beck has been warning since last summer that you would not recognize your country in a year. Well, it's not even summer yet, and he says he already doesn't recognize the country.

Do you recognize an America in which people are making more money off government unemployment benefits than they can make by working, inflation is ramping up, housing, supply and labor shortages are widespread, and the current administration gives cybercriminals from Russia a free pass after the biggest cyberattack on our nation's infrastructure to date?

On the radio program this week, Glenn pointed out that while businesses all over the nation are downsizing, one brand store is actually booming — and it says a lot about the state of the economy and what it means for our country's future.

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The largest American gas pipeline shut down on Friday due to what experts told the media was the "most dramatic cyberattack on U.S. soil to date." Investigators are looking at a group believed to be based in Russia known as "DarkSide."

It's time our leaders in the White House take national security seriously because this isn't the first time enemies of the U.S. — namely Russia and China — have used the cyber world to attack our nation and weaken our infrastructure, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program. Between Russia, China, and Iran — which President Joe Biden is now trying to make another nuclear deal with — it looks like the "Axis powers" of a "digital World War III" are lining up

"The journalists seem to care about the price of gasoline for the first time. Is it because they actually care? Or is it because they're trying not to focus on the fact that this was an attack most likely from Russia? And it isn't the first cyberattack from Russia of the year ... maybe we should be paying attention, to Vladimir Putin," Glenn began.

"And by the way, the pipeline going down, that's not the only [cyberattack] happening now," he added later. "Thirty thousand U.S. victims, small businesses and local governments, were hacked by cyber espionage units backed by the Chinese government in January of this year."

"There is an 'Axis power.' It is Russia and China. And, by the way, who is also aligned with Russia and China? Iran. Wow, this is weird," Glenn surmised. "But don't worry about that. Just leave your dog tags on another table. Let's not talk about China. Let's not talk about who actually crashed the jugular of our oil pipelines. I don't want war. But I got news for you ... this Biden administration is doing the job for our enemies."

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Canadian clinical psychologist, author, and cultural firebrand Jordan Peterson is no stranger to cancel culture. Ever since he was thrust into the culture war, he has faced one controversy after another, stirred up by the woke elites who hate him with a passion. But although they have tried to make him pay for speaking out so fearlessly against their message, he refuses to back down and he believes you should, too. He joined "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why.

"There is a growth of the reluctant hero in all stories ... so many people think that they don't have what it takes, that they're not the hero," Glenn said to Peterson. "How do you get people to recognize and then have the courage to stand? You've taken a beating ... why is it worth it and how do you get there?"

"I think it's worth it because I believe the alternative is worse ... to stay silent when you have something to say," Peterson replied. "You don't know what it is within you that requires your voice, right, because you feel like 'I have something to say.' Where does that come from exactly, that feeling that you have something to say?

"Maybe you're disgruntled at work and you're choking on your own bile because the situation is not just in your estimation," he continued. "You're dying to say something, but you won't. Well, you'll die if you don't say it. Maybe it's a death by a thousand cuts. I don't like deferred punishment. I'd rather take it now and keep the future clean, which is why I encourage people to have the fights now, not to hide things in the fog for later. They grow and metastasize. It's better to confront what you need to confront when it's small and you have some possibility of victory."

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Top officials at the Federal Reserve are doing what they can to sugar coat what's ahead for our economy, telling Americans we may hit a "transitory" period of inflation that will settle by 2022. But Bank of America is saying something different. The bank's latest earnings call commentary warned "at the very least" transitory hyperinflation is ahead.

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