Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Hillsdale betrayal

Dissident Mama warns about the fake Hamiltonian history being taught for free by Hillsdale's so-called conservatives:
So, smart moms in two homeschool social-media groups of which I’m a member are super-excited about Hillsdale College’s free “Constitution 101” course. “Hillsdale’s conservative, so it must be teaching Christian-centered history,” they say.

“Hillsdale doesn’t accept grants from the federal government or participate in federal financial-aid or student-loan programs. How principled,” they opine. “Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levine both endorse Hillsdale as being an ‘authority on the Constitution’, so it must be quality curriculum,” they hope.

Hey now, not so fast. Let’s not take all these assumptions on face value.

For years, I’ve been receiving and reading Hillsdale’s monthly mailed newsletter Imprimus, which highlights guest lectures, speeches by visiting professors, and articles by intellectuals associated with the college. It sometimes features valuable articles by modern thinkers I respect and offer up opinions that are not status quo. But not always.

In fact, Hillsdale as a place of learning is overall a neocon institution. Sure, there are exceptions to the rule, like history professor Brad Birzer, and his wife and history lecturer Dedra Birzer.

Much has been written and discussed about neoconservatism. In short, they were ex-Trotskyites who abandoned the left decades ago, and they and their descendants have been pushing for foreign interventionism, open borders, and giving up on the culture war, all while claiming to be for “Founding principles.” These wolves in sheep’s clothing pretend to be patriotic, yet undergird the very ideologies that are tearing America apart.

“… With the modern displacement by the Neocons of the traditional (and Southern) conservatives and their opposition to the growth in government and to the destruction of those bonds and traditions that characterized the country for centuries, the results we observe around us do not augur well for the future.”

— Dr. Boyd D. Cathey

Larry P. Arnn, who delivers the first video lecture, is president of Hillsdale and also on the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Foundation – a neocon think-tank that alleges to advocate for limited government and fiscal responsibility, but simultaneously lobbies for foreign entanglements and “spreading democracy” through bombing campaigns. In other words: globalism a la the military-industrial complex while America burns.

This isn’t guilt by association. Rather, it’s just connecting the dots. So, is it any wonder that I’m skeptical of this free Constitution course? Therefore, I signed up to see what all the fuss is about.

One need look no further than the welcome email. The “about” section describes how the course will dive into “the Declaration of Independence and The Federalist Papers,” yet no mention of The Anti-Federalist Papers.

So, already we know that the curriculum is slanted toward the Hamiltonian view of America, and not the decentralized view of Founders like Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, Sam Adams, Richard Henry Lee, and James Monroe. Thus, Hillsdale is planting their flag on the hill of empire, not that of states’ rights. THIS is a problem, my friends.
Now you know why the subtitle of Cuckservative is "how conservatives betrayed America".

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Blogger The Masked Menace April 14, 2019 10:23 AM  

I respectfully and humbly suggest Owen Benjamin's "jew comedy" for the proper treatment that is due Hamilton.

It's hilarious.

Blogger The Masked Menace April 14, 2019 10:32 AM  

I pose some interesting questions. How did Trotsky get from New York to Russia? Wasn't Russia still a member of the Triple Entente at the time? Why would the United States, a power friendly towards the Triple Entente, allow Trotsky to leave for Russia?

Blogger Lovekraft April 14, 2019 10:38 AM  

This is the type of clear and focused analysis of an organization's true nature that has meat to it. 'Consumers' are presented with a simple choice.

Other orgs try to disguise their underlying views so we need more of these 'policy journalists'.

Blogger Rex Leroy King April 14, 2019 10:48 AM  

Never forget that Hamilton was a bastard. Not his fault, obviously, but these things matter, and everyone knew this until recent times.

Blogger Randomatos April 14, 2019 10:49 AM  

If they devoted even half as much energy to research and instruction as they did to gatekeeping and containment, they would approach usefulness. Any course on the founding that doesn't at least mention Bradford's account of the disastrous commune founded at Plymouth Rock, has an agenda, and that agenda isn't logos.

Blogger The Masked Menace April 14, 2019 11:00 AM  

You know something? I'm beginning to wonder if Aaron Burr was really as bad a guy as I was taught?

Yeah... I may have to look into that.

Blogger Sam April 14, 2019 11:02 AM  

Looking at the lectures, they are Whig history. "The founder's abolished the slave trade because they wanted to eliminate slavery, but couldn't so they hoped future generations would take the next step." (Lecture 6).

Blogger Dave Dave April 14, 2019 11:16 AM  

I watched the first Hillsdale free constitution lecture a couple years ago. The way the constitution was described was religious, as if the constitution was their god. The attempt to create a mythical status about a simple document was an obvious red flag and I didn't bother watching anything else from them.

Blogger Argus Bacchus April 14, 2019 11:20 AM  

Dennis "Judeo-Christian" Prager is an enthusiastic promoter of Cucksdale College.

Caveat emptor.

Blogger pyrrhus April 14, 2019 11:21 AM  

I used to get Hillsdale's emails, but being a constitutional lawyer myself, I quickly discovered that their view of America and its Constitution were strictly modern fabrications....

Blogger Jack Ward April 14, 2019 11:22 AM  

Maybe Limbaugh could debate Vox about Hillsdale?

Blogger TheMaleRei April 14, 2019 11:35 AM  


The thought does make me smile.

It is a shame that Rush isn't anywhere near as learned and knowledgeable as he could be about such matters. But he is what he has always been, a commentator of immediate events and policies, and a handful of trends in America.

Now, if he brought on Vox to guest host for an hour...

But a man can dream...

Blogger Jon April 14, 2019 11:37 AM  

I attended Hillsdale and have a good sense of its mission and purpose. In its present iteration, the school is grounded mostly around the political philosophy of Russell Kirk, who was significant influence on William F. Buckley. The mission statement declares Hillsdale is “a trustee of our Western philosophical and theological inheritance tracing to Athens and Jerusalem.” It’s corresponding K-12 school Hillsdale Academy uses the words “Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman heritage” for their statement. One of the running themes at Hillsdale is the trope “Ideas have Consequences” which illustrates how tightly the school is connected to the idea factory spawned by Civ Nationalism.

Judeo-Christian is a theme taken for granted at that school. So it was strange to see Vox treating Shapiro’s new book as some kind of deliberate slur. As far as I can tell, everything in Shapiro’s book is a copy paste job from others in the Civ Nat idea factory. You’d be hard pressed to find an original thought in it.

Dissident Mama’s criticism uses some of the schools online free course material to lodge her criticisms. These courses are mostly streamlined versions of core curriculum at the school meant for the parents of students to give them the impression that they made the right choice. None of these courses are worth watching because they’re too generalized to give anything but an impression of the school. The actual Constitution 101 at Hillsdale most definitely teaches the Anti-Federalist Papers and their relevance to the final construction of the Constitution. This course is likely better than most courses you’ll find at a typical university that would discuss the issue because it’s primarily a defense of the constitution whereas anywhere else will see mainly attacks on it from progressive values.

Finally, I should note her comments on worshiping the Union in the Civil War are accurate. The school’s legacy is derived directly from its participation in the Union when most of its student body signed up to fight. The school is also one of the first colleges to allow blacks to enroll and hosted Frederick Douglass as a speaker. These are details you’re consistently reminded of at this school. So it should come as no surprise that they hold a mostly pro-Lincoln stance on the war. Many of them don’t see the connection between the praise of Lincoln and the later advances of progressivism by both Roosevelts (both presidents are disliked).

Blogger Gen. Kong April 14, 2019 11:41 AM  

Can't say I'm surprised. Still sad to see.

I pose some interesting questions. How did Trotsky get from New York to Russia? Wasn't Russia still a member of the Triple Entente at the time? Why would the United States, a power friendly towards the Triple Entente, allow Trotsky to leave for Russia?

Infogalactic is your friend. It's a curious story as he got from NYC to Russia in a rather convoluted way. (((Trotsky))) had been deported from Spain to the USA in late 1916 and was in New York for the first 3 months of 1917, where he wrote articles in Yiddish for the Jewish Daily Forward among others. Wilson didn't enter the newly-formed (1913) Banana Empire into the war until several days after Trotsky's departure in late March. He was detained in Canada however but ultimately released by the (((British Imperial))) regime when an official of the Russian Provisional Government (the Tsar having abdicated in February 1917) was "compelled" to request Trotsky's return to Russia. He landed in Russia on May 17, 1917 and immediately began work to overthrow the Provisional Government, which was accomplished 6 months later.

Blogger Jew613 April 14, 2019 11:42 AM  

Masked Menace, Trotsky left New York but was detained by the British in Nova Scotia. The Russian foreign minister Pavel Milyunkov got him released and granted passage to Russia.

Blogger RusticFederalist April 14, 2019 11:50 AM  

Thank you to Vox for sharing another interesting turning point in America's conscience.

Globalists have controlled the Republican Party since Wendell Willkie won the 1940 Republican Presidential Primary - at least since then. Americans are beginning to regret that we forsook nonintervention, and instead of minding our own business squandered the lives of so many Americans in pointless world wars.

It will not be long before Americans who investigate history conclude Jacob Schiff should have been extradited to Tsarist Russia for his financial filibustering in the Russo-Japanese War. This extradition should have been done as a debt of gratitude for the 1863 Russian naval protection of Americans, given by true-friend Tsar Alexander II, against British and French intervention into our War Between the States.

And in time, Americans will realize that it would have been better for us to keep the Articles of Confederation, instead of adopting on the Constitution - whose cost was the six hundred thousand fratricided Americans, and all the innumerable imperial woes since then.

Blogger Quilp April 14, 2019 11:59 AM  

The religious tone is what I took away from my brief look at them as well. I suppose If you are going to push the "America is an idea" theme, you would want that idea to be almost sacred, if not divine.

Blogger sammibandit April 14, 2019 12:53 PM  

Jew613, looks like Canada has been doing dirty work for the Brits a long while. I had no idea how long, both in time and latitude.

Blogger Nate April 14, 2019 1:04 PM  

Aaron Burr did nothing wrong.

Blogger Sam April 14, 2019 1:10 PM  

Vox only cites a small portion of DM argument. Their civil war argument is:

"The second crisis was the crisis over slavery that culminated in the Civil War. While the Founders had opposed slavery in principle, but had been forced to compromise with the institution in practice for the sake of the Union, the rise of the ‘positive good’ school of slavery in the South marked a turn away from the Founders’ principles, and their practice. In response, Abraham Lincoln explained and defended the Founder’s approach."

And from Hillsdale's Week 6 Lecture
"Beginning in the 1830s, leading voices in the South, the foremost being John C. Calhoun, embraced slavery as what they called a “positive good,” and rejected any limits on slavery. These Southerners knew the Founders opposed slavery in principle—and also knew they had taken significant actions, for example with the Northwest Ordinance, to contain the institution and to roll it back wherever possible—but they thought that the Founders were wrong to do so."

They also amusing provide excerpts on slavery to show the founding fathers were opposed to slavery... and quote James Madison who was pro-slavery.

Blogger Jon April 14, 2019 1:26 PM  



I read and was agreeing with DM here. We're not disagreeing now either.

Blogger Tars Tarkas April 14, 2019 1:58 PM  

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Blogger Sherlock April 14, 2019 2:04 PM  

Brutus was right about the Constitution. Everything he wrote about in the Brutus Papers has come to pass. I strongly suggest the read.

Blogger VRT April 14, 2019 2:39 PM  

Hillsdale has a more robust cadre of professors than this critique implies. Almost every professor I know of is serious about lowercase orthodox Christianity, and they are well aware of that Judeo-Christianity is a myth. However, speaking about that too openly to the public would be a death sentence for the College. The majority of donors are well-meaning Christian Boomercons after all.

Within the relative privacy of the classrooms at Hillsdale, however, serious redpilling about the history of Western Civilization occurs. The President of the College has been a Trump/Pence supporter since the primaries, for example. He knows we are in a fight for our lives against the globalists. I would argue that Hillsdale uses the front of neocon globalism in order to build a bastion of Western civilization nationalism in the middle of enemy territory.

Blogger Skyler the Weird April 14, 2019 2:47 PM  

By Hamiltonian I thought you meant the Diversifying of history like the musical Hamilton. People don't realize their precious Bill of Rights come from the Anti Federalist.

Blogger Up from the pond April 14, 2019 2:49 PM  

Pioneers create nations. Immigrants exploit them.

Blogger Robert What? April 14, 2019 2:50 PM  

The NeoCons are mainly (((NeoCons))).

Blogger Republican Mother April 14, 2019 3:19 PM  

I will refer you to Antony Sutton's book, Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution, for the answers toy seek.

Short answer: banksters seek to consolidate power, and Russia was promptly centralized.

Blogger English Tom April 14, 2019 4:04 PM  

@Gen Kong

You missed out where he was provided with a rather large chest full of gold by a feller by the name of (((Schiff))) who just happened to be a Wall Street banker.

Question: why would a member of the plutocracy furnish tens of millions of dollars to a person whose ostensible aim is the eradication of that same group.
I wonder what Trotsky (Bronstein) and Schiff have in (((common))).

Blogger English Tom April 14, 2019 4:07 PM  

I was under the impression the US civil war (aka the war of northern aggression) was about the impulse to massively centralise (federalise) the country, opposed by others who valued states rights (and the right to cede from the union).

Blogger tublecane April 14, 2019 7:20 PM  

@13- "Jerusalem and Athens" now pops out to me as starkly as "Judeo-Christian." It is not to be trusted.

Looking at their Wikipedia page, everything you mention and more makes the picture clear. Free-will Baptist abolitionists. Helped found the Republican Party. Fred Douglas. Civil War volunteers. Russell Kirk's papers (though it says Kirk only taught one semester a year during the tenure of a single president). "Liberty Walk" with statues of Lincoln and Churchill?!?

It's almost as if one must learn a second language to spot the con. That being said, I look at names that have taught there and some are okay. I've read books by Paul A. Rahe that were useful. And despite the uselessness of Kirk's conservative movement, he had some good ideas.

Blogger tublecane April 14, 2019 7:25 PM  

@20- Exceedingly odd how these "positive good" slavocrats are presented as somehow apart from and opposed to "the Founders."

Calhoun was of course too young to have been a Founder, but didn't South Carolina send delegates to various conventions? Are we to imagine these men were secret abolitionists?

Blogger tublecane April 14, 2019 7:34 PM  

@6- Burr was an odd mix of selfishness, integrity, and chaos. There's nothing to see in his duel with Hamilton, however. Burr was butthurt about losing the governor's election and lashed out at rivals for supposedly having undermined him. Hamilton refused to deny he said the bad things in private someone else hinted at, and really that wasn't Hamilton's responsibility.

Apart from that, Burr was a Machine Politician who helped build Tammany Hall and a quixotic adventurer who went West, raised a private army, and plotted to build himself a little empire should war break out between Mexico and the U.S. (Reportedly Jackson was going to help.) He also plotted to help Mexico gain independence from Spain.

None of which he did out of any deep political, ideological, religious, national, economic, rwcial, or what-have-you motive. He was just a frustrated former revolutionary.

Blogger Nobody of Consequence April 14, 2019 9:03 PM  

What folks need to recognize is that 99% of the BS out there about the Constitution and who knows what really smells. Sean, Rush, Glenn, and the others are co-opted and full of crap. It's like Levin with his books, The Liberty Amendments for one. No one follows any of the current Constitution so why the H would one expect them to follow some new restrictive amendments? No one seems to grasp that the entier system of deciding the meaning of the Constitution has been turned on its head. We the People create the Constitution. We are the boss. The Constitution then creates the government and its branches. The Constitution is the boss. So how is it that a subordinate branch, i.e. the courts, decided THEY get to tell us, the highest boss, what We mean. The truth is that the courts have no authority to interpret the Constitution. The Constitution needs no interpretation, everything needed to understand the limited, few and defined, grants is there. Rights are absolute. Powers are restricted to exactly what the written words say. None of these groups Hillsdale, the talkshow guys, no one tells the people the straight.

Blogger Tim Gilley April 15, 2019 1:40 AM  

I just finished listening to Hillsale's series on the Federalists Papers and the Constitution. The Anti-Federalists papers were mentioned several times and listeners are encouraged to read them for their clear arguments against federalism. It is evident that the lecturers in the series see the people as the 'boss' and in no way see the Constitution justifying the bureaucratic state of affairs.

Blogger kevinlankford April 16, 2019 4:08 PM  

Being that they apparently have done nothing to inform any one on the true definition of "Natural Born Citizen", the undeniable source of the term, and the intent of our founders for inserting it with in our Constitution as the qualification of the office of president, I have no regard or trust in their curriculum. I could only cringe at every instance I heard rush limbaugh promote hillsdale, as even he (claiming to be so informed) hadn't the honesty to declare obama the fraud he is.

And now the door is open for even more. Last election we had canadian anchor baby ted cruz, bobby jindal, and marco rubio, pass them selves off as legitimate candidates. And for 2020, we all ready have kamala harris, who can not possibly be 'natural born' of any where. The issue of eligibility is now apparently off limits, as it would demand that obama's crimes be adressed.

Only the ignorant, traitorous liars, or cowards,....referred to obama as president. And hillsdale clearly was an enabler.

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