Stupidity, Schooling, and the Takeover of America’s Culture- an Interaction with Evan Sayet of Big Hollywood

Posted on August 4, 2009. Filed under: Culture Matters, Education Issues |

In recent weeks I have been spending some time reading the blogs at Big Hollywood by Breitbart. They have some thought provoking columns about cultural things from a conservative, mostly secular, perspective. This morning I read Evan Sayet’s piece, “Stupidity, Schooling, and the Take-Over of America’s Culture”. I want to spend some time interacting with this seriously good column.

Let me get the obvious blunder over with first, I call it a blunder, perhaps he was just rounding up by about 9 years. Sayet is talking about the 1968 takeover of Columbia University in NY yet he says,

Half-a-century ago, a band of Leftist thugs violently took over the administration building at Columbia University and hijacked the American education system.

That was 41 years ago in 1968, not half a century ago. Minor point, I make more mistakes than that in most of my blogs.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_University_protests_of_1968

www.columbia.edu/acis/history/1968/

On to the good stuff, Sayet’s thesis:

From that moment on, they used this system to indoctrinate – in fact brainwash – generation after generation into their cult of Leftism.

For the next five decades (pseudo)-intellectuals, hiding behind tenure and “Academic Freedom,” have been spewing greater and greater nonsense designed for one purpose and one purpose only: sabotaging and eventually destroying all of Western Civilization.

I substantially agree with his thesis and have stated things like this in some of my own blog rants. While I would agree that 1968 was a key date, that you can pin the radical takeover of the universities, the press, and even the political system to that year, the American Academy was long before controlled by the Left. If you have never read God and Man at Yale by Buckley you ought to; he shows how the godless left controlled Yale   in the late 40’s-50’s. And the socialist/communist roots go back even further to the 1920’s-30’s- the Press, the American Media Elites, failed to truthfully cover the Stalinist purges, the disastrous 5 yr plans, and the intentional starvation of millions of unwanteds in the Soviet Union. Why? They were communist sympathizers who wanted “Uncle Joe” to succeed.

While Sen. Joe McCarthy did somewhat exaggerate his claims, and he ended up being somewhat of a loose cannon with his own problems, the basis of his charges that there were communists in Academia, Hollywood, the State Department, etc. has been proved true.

So, while 1968 is the “key year”, for the destruction of the American Univeristies, and American culture in general, it had been preceded by about 40 years of gradual creep. And this doesn’t even address the damage done by Darwinism that started in the middle of the 19th century, Freudianism from the latter years of the 19th century, or the decline of Religion in America- thank you Charles Finney, Transcendentalists, Unitarians, etc., etc.

Sayet gets it right when he points out that, for the Left, Western Civilization is the great Evil that must be destroyed. He does, however, get the chant wrong, “Hey, hey, ho, ho. Western Civilization has got to go.” In reality it was, “…Western Civ has got to go.” Another minor point, but the only reason I bring up these minor points is because I am sympathetic to Sayet’s piece here and I know that libtards who read this will jump all over these minor points and not deal with his big idea.

Sayet continues,

With control of the “education” system, the Leftists turned what had been a place of scholarship into a Leftism factory with a curriculum and modus operandi designed to facilitate their Utopian dreams which first required the demolition of the great (but imperfect) Western World.

The import of the 1968 revolution is exactly that the Let gained control of the education system on both coasts and some other inland universities. The Leftists had been in the system, but now they made great strides at taking over and changing the system. Today, they own it, THEY are the establishment. Sayet is absolutely correct when he says that “what had been a place of scholarship” was turned into “a Leftism factory…designed to facilitate their Utopian dreams.”

What are the Utopian dreams of the Leftists?  The lyrics to John Lennon’s song, “Imagine” come to mind:

Imagine there’s no heaven,
It’s easy if you try,
No hell below us,
Above us only sky,
Imagine all the people
living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries,
It isnt hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace…

You may say Im a dreamer,
but Im not the only one,
I hope some day you’ll join us,
And the world will live as one.

(Imagine all the people sharing all the world)

Imagine no possesions,
I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger,
A brotherhood of man,
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say Im a dreamer,
but Im not the only one,
I hope some day you’ll join us,
And the world will live as one.

This adolescent dream of having no God above, no hell below (hence no Judgment or accountability), no nations, no laws, no greed, just a nice brotherhood of man…absolutely fails to understand human history, the present, and MOST IMPORTANTLYthe SINFUL, FALLEN HEART OF MAN.

The problem with the universities today is not merely that they have almost completely purged the curriculum of Western Civ and the great books, though that is a huge problem. The real problem is spiritual. The reason Communism/Statism/Socialism gained ground in American Academia, the Press, Hollywood, Government, is that the Church became liberal, gave up key theological ground and then became irrelevant. The Church failed to answer Darwinism, Pragmatism and Liberalism. The Church left a void in the Universities and the Universe hates a vacuum. What the Church vacated, the devil of communism filled.

The universities have now become Leftist Factories as Sayet said. That means, they make more Leftists. While Leftists frequently do not reproduce biologically, due to their religious rite of abortion and high incidence of homsexuality and their beliefs that humans are a curse upon the planet, they do reproduce ideologically in the Amerikan edukation system. Sayet speaks primarily of the Universities, but the American Publik School System is also owned and operated by the establishment, effeminate, liberal elites. He writes:

With America’s children in their hands, from the moment they enter kindergarten barely able to read or write, until the moment they graduate from Ward Churchill’s “Ethnic Studies” class (still barely able to read or write), the Leftists were able to instill their agenda into the minds of those too young to be able to stand up to these moral and intellectual bullies and fight back with the facts.

How can we conservatives fight this beast? We must recognize that the problem in the universities trickles down to kindergarten through the Teacher Colleges. Liberal Professors in Teacher Colleges produce liberal education theories, textbooks, teaching methods and teachers/administrators.

Further, in the era of unprecedented prosperity (thanks to the efforts and the values of those who came before them), when suddenly virtually everyone went to college, the indoctrination process stretched on (and therefore, so too did childhood) often well into one’s mid-twenties and even into their thirties. Think about that!  If a person retires at the age of sixty, having first left the unreal and perverted world of post-coup schooling at thirty, that means they will have spent half their lives – their most formative years – in an indoctrination process of misinformation and lies.  Many Right-Thinkers are stunned at how immune Leftists are to facts and reason but, in reality, they are no more so than members of any other cult and, in fact, their response to factual and moral challenges are exactly those of the cultists, seeing the other as the enemy and attacking with vitriol and violence.

There are two solutions to this problem. 1) Pull our children and grandchildren out of public education and homeschool them using Christian curriculum or place our children in private schools that have a conservative and or Christian curriculum. Even this option necessitates a political struggle for parental rights for the homeschoolers and private schoolers to avoid being co-opted by the States which might require liberal, ungodly curriculum.

2) The Conservative movement must recognize that what we have been doing for the past 45 years is not working. We have slowly been losing the cultural war politically and culturally. We must focus our resources and energy on some precision strikes, while fighting a rearguard action to conserve the whole battlefield. Specifially, Conservatives need to identify a handful of universities that can be salvaged and do a hostile takeover. Look at some of the Red State universities, identify which ones are close enough to the conservative ideal and then send in reinforcements. Specifically target the schools of Education, Journalism and Arts&Sciences and establish them as conservative bastions through changing the board of regents, endowments, faculty, curriculum, etc. Work with the State legislatures and State School Boards to ensure a conservative resurgence in the university targeted and in the secondary schools of the state.

This is a long term effort. You cannot get quick results here. You cede the territory where the enemy is strong and you attack your enemy where he is weak. The East and West Coast Universities are hopeless. But universities in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Wyoming, etc. may not be out of reach. This effort will take leadership and money. This campaign must be waged in elections, in hirings and firings, and in advertising.

If we do not change the American Church back into a God-centered place of sound doctrine, worship and practice and change the American education system back into a place of truth, justice, beauty, competition and excellence then the battle will be lost and America will fall onto the ash heap of history.

Equality 7-2521

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