Universities: Hotbeds of Cultural Revolution
The “long march through the institutions” is a phrase popularized by the Cultural Marxists of the 1960s who described their political strategy for destabilizing and overthrowing Western capitalist society. In no institution have they had more success than in academia where the universities today have become little more than hotbeds of revolutionary ferment and laboratories of political and social indoctrination. The radical overturning of American society we are witnessing in our cities and on our streets today – focusing on Maoist tactics of historical revisionism, cultural destruction, and public humiliation of political opponents – is a product of the stealth-like campaign to capture America’s institutions of higher education which has been ongoing for generations.
As far back as 1951, conservative icon William F. Buckley, Jr. was writing of this process of subversion of Western values in the universities in his classic book God and Man at Yale. Buckley accused the professoriate at Yale of working to break down the religious beliefs of students and inculcate them with secularist ideologies and Keynesian and collectivist economics. Of course, the 1950s was also the high point of congressional investigations of communist infiltration into the American government and other key institutions. Not surprisingly, these investigations revealed significant numbers of active or former Communists occupying faculty positions in colleges and universities across the U.S.
The leftist revolutionaries who sparked uprisings on American campuses throughout the 1960s from the “Filthy Speech Movement” at Berkeley to the actual takeover of university buildings at Columbia in 1968 sadly represented the future of higher education in America in the subsequent decades. While conservative students generally went into law, medicine or business to make a difference or make money, the generation of “red diaper babies” saw an opportunity to cause trouble, shape innocent minds, and impose extremist ideologies upon a new generation of vulnerable young people, particularly those who entered college without any deep-seated religious, moral, or political views formed in the home.
With the administration of the universities undoubtedly cowed by the terrifying events of the 1960s ( a notable exception being the plucky tam o’shanter-wearing S.I. Hayakawa at San Francisco State University ) , there was easy entry into the faculty lounges at America’s most prestigious academies. The left-wing ideologues made their move on the political science, history, sociology, liberal arts, and humanities departments. With a patient and gradualist strategy that would make the most dedicated member of the Fabian Society proud, they went to work.
First, we saw the demands for more “inclusive” curricula, demanding courses in “ethnic studies,” “Chicano studies” and the like. These were innocuously offered as examples of “academic freedom” and gaining a broader view of American history. From that position, it wasn’t much of a leap to begin challenging the content or even the existence of courses in Western Civilization. We can all recall Jesse Jackson leading the demonstrations at Stanford in the late 1980s, shouting “Hey, hey, ho ,ho, Western Civ has got to go…” From that point forward, we knew that the Cultural Marxists seizing the reins at Harvard, Princeton, and Yale weren’t simply seeking to expose students to “new” ideas, they were trying to tear down our very culture and our very history.
Soon after, we started hearing about “political correctness” in which ideas which did not conform to the dictum of the reigning left-wing thought police in the universities were to be first ridiculed and then silenced. So much for “academic freedom” and the “right” of dissent as conservative authors and speakers were chased from college campuses, shouted down or even physically assaulted. Conservative and Republican college organizations found their ability to get chartered and organized being stifled. Next, we learned of “speech codes” and “speech zones” where students’ First Amendment rights were severely restricted, especially if it was conservative speech. Students who disagreed politically with their professors were forced to remain silent or have their grades marked down. A totalitarian Iron Curtain had descended on the Ivy League.
Next, they came for our holidays and our heroes. Christmas vacation was abolished in favor of “Winter Break” and Easter vacation was eliminated in favor of “Spring Break” so that college kids could run to Florida to get bombed out of their minds. History courses and textbooks were rewritten to downplay the importance of Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Madison and elevate progressive heroes like Malcolm X. More pages were consumed by a discussion of the Ku Klux Klan than the American Constitution. The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were spurned as the scribblings of rich, white, male slaveowners. All white European males – from Columbus to Shakespeare—soon became targets of the professorial elite. Private property was condemned and all cultures – even those with abhorrent practices like human sacrifice – were judged of equal or even superior worth to our own.
Students graduating from public middle and high schools who already had received a flimsy and incomplete education about the history of the American Republic and the values that guided the Framers were now thrown into university classes unprepared for radical left indoctrination and unvaccinated against the crazy nostrums of their instructors. Had these children even heard of Montesquieu, the philosophical father of the concept of separation of powers? Had they been taught about John Locke, Edmund Burke, or John Randolph? Did they know about the Articles of Confederation, the Federalist Papers, or the genesis of the Bill of Rights? Had they studied anything about ancient Rome or ancient Greece and the impact these great civilizations had on our own Founding Fathers and their philosophy of government?
If you don’t know who you are and where you came from, you can’t be expected to fight to preserve your heritage. You are defenseless to the assaults of the nihilists. And, that is where we are today. Statues and monuments being toppled, holidays abolished ( remember when we had separate holidays for George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to commemorate their distinct contributions to our country? ), streets and military bases renamed, and soon our cities that carry the names of the Catholic saints and were brought to the Americas by Christian missionaries will be renamed. Goodbye San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose!
What is happening is a tragedy of incalculable proportions. It foretells a frightening future for all Americans. Can it be stopped or is it already too late? Can we retake our civilization and culture from those who have hijacked it? We will have a better idea come November 4.
Dr. James Veltmeyer is a prominent La Jolla physician voted “Top Doctor” in San Diego County in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019. Dr. Veltmeyer can be reached at email@example.com and by visiting his website at drveltmeyer.com
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