Academia is in need of serious reform, and it must happen quickly. Long gone are the days of bipartisan debate among intellectuals.
Nowadays, students who identify as conservative (or, perhaps more generally, simply hold opinions different from the politically correct norm) have become silenced as part of academia’s casual
Just by disagreeing with leftist policies, you can land yourself into an uncomfortable position. Fearing harassment and being labeled in an abhorrent fashion, right-of-centre students are left to contemplate about academia’s former self.
Disagreeing with big government, heightened taxes, or immigration reform does not make someone racist, sexist, or bigoted. Nobody is a fascist for wanting border security. These terms hold such negative connotations that any person would tremble at the thought of being assigned such a label.
But the left has weaponized these words and they constantly use them to attack others. It is a truly deplorable method of debate.
What the left fails to realize however, is that by using the terms “racist, bigot, sexist, fascist, and so on” to describe anyone who disagrees with them, they dilute the true evil that is connected to racism and fascism.
True racists and fascists are bad people and their warped ideologies have no place in a modern Western society. Fortunately, the West has broken many barriers and truly stands alone on the pinnacle of modernity (fiscally, morally, and progressively). Sure, there are shortcomings, but that is expected from the imperfect world we inhabit.
A leftist utopia
What would a leftist utopian society look like?
Decades ago, it would be an exhaustive question with no definitive conclusion. Nowadays however, such a thought could be conceived with relative ease.
This is because many current politicians are imposing their fantasies on the citizenry they govern.
Look no further than the left’s poster child, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He happily proclaimed that Canada, a country that is over 150 years old, with a rich indigenous history, has no identity.
It cannot be stressed enough how disastrous this belief is for a leader to hold. How can proper governance proceed if the country’s leader doesn’t believe in a national identity?
It allows Trudeau to have a blank canvas to paint the country in his own image, with no consideration of complex societal dynamics. It is a toxic ideology that questions the society’s democratic nature.
In the European Union, the bureaucracy is more concerned about having control of the language rather than addressing the biggest issue Europe is facing right now — uncontrollable mass migration.
This strategy of ignoring real issues in order to appease to the progressive base undermines every European citizen who is left to face the effects of real problems with absolutely no help and a lack of direction.
The EU can continue down this road of radical nonsense to its own detriment. Only 42% of Europeans place trust in the EU.
With Matteo Salvini, Viktor Orba, Brexit, the AFD, and Marie Le Pen all waiting to seize upon the EU’s trouble, the European Union will have to face the fears of a broken continent if it dares continue down its current path.
In the United State, identity politics and mob attacks on political opposition has become mainstream. With Elizabeth Warren’s comedic ancestry pursuit and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s proposed 70% marginal tax, the American left is in utter disarray.
If the congresswoman wants to impoverish a nation, she has the right plan. Taking a huge chunk of individuals’ hard-earned money to indulge the gluttony of big government is simply tyrannical.
And finally, how do you continue the legacy of radical left ideology? The answer is quite simple. You propagate the belief throughout many years of education. Over time, formative students are indoctrinated without being cognizant that they were at the mercy of their teachers beliefs.
Of course, any logical person would conclude that it is impossible to completely strip ideology from teachers. Belief and personal opinion is a fundamental human characteristic, but an overt attempt to convert students into a specific mode of thinking is dangerous and seriously problematic.
According to Cass Sunstein’s article, Mitchell Langbert, an associate professor of business at Brooklyn College, published a study of the political affiliations of faculty members for 51 of the 66 liberal-arts colleges ranked highest by U.S. News in 2017.
A majority of the professors were democrat. In religion, Langbert’s survey found that the ratio of Democrats to Republicans is 70 to 1. In music, it is 33 to 1. In biology, it is 21 to 1. In philosophy, history and psychology, it is 17 to 1. In political science, it is 8 to 1.
The gap is narrower in science and engineering. In physics, economics and mathematics, the ratio is about 6 to 1. In chemistry, it is 5 to 1, and in engineering, it is just 1.6 to 1.
There are no field in which Republicans are more numerous than Democrats, and with the increasing intrusion of politics in personal life, these professors are relishing the opportunity to gloat and push their beliefs.
It may seem harmless, but it is frightening for those students who don’t conform. A survey even suggested that roughly 20 percent of social psychologists are willing to discriminate against papers expressing conservative views.
No student should be graded on the basis of political belief. If this continues, graduates will lose legitimacy and will be in the hands of academia’s new discriminatory foundation. If this does not end, the apparent legitimacy of academia will be completely lost.
The problem is just as bad in elite schools, if not worse. 87 percent of faculty identify as liberals and 13 percent as conservatives.
With such under-representation, there is currently no real opposition to the liberal takeover of academia, giving them full control. It is no wonder that conservative students feel silenced.
A need for change
As a result of this catastrophic mess, freedom of speech and expression, a cornerstone of Western civilization, has come under threat. Academics galvanized at the opportunity to take shots at conservative views are encouraged by the laughter of the more liberal students.
But this is no laughing matter. If the West wants to stop the radical left’s production line of graduates, the academic culture needs drastic change.