Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Professor Watchlist and the One-Party Monoversity Campus: "Don't You Know We're Above Criticism?"

"Say--this collective dialectic-stuff is really swell!
That Marx fellow that Professor told us about may really be on to something!"


1250-1300; Middle English universite < Old French < Medieval Latin ū niversit ā s, Late Latin: guild, corporation, Latin: totality, equivalent to ūnivers(us)

see universe, noun:
"1. the totality of known or supposed objects and phenomena throughout space; the cosmos; macrocosm.
2. the whole world, especially with reference to humanity:
a truth known throughout the universe.
3. a world or sphere in which something exists or prevails:
his private universe.
4. Also called universe of discourse. Logic. the aggregate of all the objects, attributes, and relations assumed or implied in a given discussion.
5. Also called universal set. Mathematics. the set of all elements under discussion for a given problem.
6. Statistics. the entire population under study.".......
Totality. The whole. World. Aggregate. All the elements under discussion. The entire population.

ALL. That's what the word "universe"--and therefore University--means.

But we barely have universities today. We have mono-versities. 
Although they demand taxpayer money--and an awful lot of it--from citizens of all political opinions, they are largely One-Party Campuses teaching one political opinion--Leftism--as fact. And they impose it even in non-opinion settings such as math classes.

It's political indoctrination...and power imbalance between professor and student be damned. As Leftists, they insist on injecting their creepy politics into every aspect of life-and are now shocked, SHOCKED that they are being treated like the politicians they are. Except even politicians have to stand for election, not tenure. 

"How do I tell Biff I was born...Republican?!!!"
Daily Caller: Leftists Lose Their Minds Over ‘Professor Watch List’ Created To Expose Liberal Indoctrination On Campus
"Turning Point USA, a conservative organization made up of high school and college students, has compiled a website database of more than 200 professors at universities across the nation that “discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.”

The website,, doesn’t list just any professo­r — TPUSA requires proof.

“This watchlist is an aggregated list of pre-existing news stories that were published by a variety of news organizations,” the website states. “While we accept tips for new additions on our website, we only publish profiles on incidents that have already been reported by a credible source.”

The website also says that TPUSA is not attempting to silence the professors on the list, but instead they are exposing “specific incidents and names of professors that advance a radical agenda in lecture halls.”.......

The reaction is about what you would expect from One-Party Tenured Cry-Bullies:

Mobs!, Pitchforks!, McCarthyism!, Trump!, Hitler!, The Silencing!, Look, Ma, I'm A Victim!, Quashing Dissent! Rove! Bannon! Bush! More Trump!, More Hitler!, Racist, Sexist, blah blah blah.

What they're really saying is they are above scrutiny and beyond criticism, even when they force students to sign loyalty pledges to Obama or hand out bad grades for using the word "mankind" or actually assault students, or call them terrorists for supporting Trump or simply waste the students time and money by teaching "The Sayings of Hillary" in Ancient Sumerian Cuneiform class. Not to be confused with Contemporary Sumerian Cuneiform. Not to be confused with the President's tweets.

There's a place for Leftism in academic discourse. But not the only place.

In the immortal words of Aristotle: "We have to choose between nihilism and the material paradigm of narrative. The subject is contextualised into a substructuralist desituationism that includes consciousness as a paradox."

CliffsNotes version: "Get over yourself, people."

(Did you see how I mixed the singular "yourself" with the plural "people"? I learned that at college. This one:)

Alpha Beta Belushi!
 Spring Break Fevah-UPDATE: WSJ:

"How did we get here, and what can be done? On the first question, Mr. Haidt points to a braided set of causes. There’s the rise in political polarization, which is related to the relatively recent “political purification of the universities.” While the academy has leaned left since at least the 1920s, Mr. Haidt says “it was always just a lean.” Beginning in the early 1990s, as the professors of the Greatest Generation retired, it became a full-on tilt.

“Now there are no more conservative voices on the faculty or administration,” he says, exaggerating only a little. Heterodox Academy cites research showing that the ratio of left to right professors in 1995 was 2 to 1. Now it is 5 to 1."

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