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Sunday, September 10, 2017

When success becomes self-sabotage

A liberal professor writes about the structural damage to the Left that the left-wing success in academia has wrought:
Liberal political education, such as it is, now takes place on campuses that are far removed, socially and geographically, from the rest of the country—and particularly from the sorts of people who once were the foundation of the Democratic Party. And the political catechism that is taught is a historical artifact, reflecting more the idiosyncratic experience of the ’60s generation than the realities of power politics today.

The experience of that era taught the New Left two lessons. The first was that movement politics was the only mode of engagement that actually changes things; the second was that political activity must have some authentic meaning for the self, making compromise seem like a self-betrayal.

These lessons, though, have little bearing on liberalism’s present crisis, which is that of being defeated time and again by a well-organized Republican Party that keeps tightening its grip on our institutions. Where those lessons do resonate is with young people in our highly individualistic bourgeois society—a society that keeps them focused on themselves and teaches them that personal choice, individual rights and self-definition are all that is sacred.

It is little wonder that students of the Facebook age are drawn to courses focused on their identities and movements related to them. Nor is it surprising that many join campus groups that engage in identity movement work. But the costs need to be tallied.

For those students who will soon become liberal and progressive elites, the line between self-discovery and political action has become blurred. Their political commitments are genuine but are circumscribed by the confines of their self-definitions. Issues that penetrate those confines take on looming importance, and since politics for them is personal, their positions tend to be absolutist and nonnegotiable. Those issues that don’t touch on their identities or affect people like themselves are hardly perceived. And classic liberal ideas like citizenship, solidarity and the common good have little meaning for them.

As a teacher, I am increasingly struck by a difference between my conservative and progressive students. Contrary to the stereotype, the conservatives are far more likely to connect their engagements to a set of political ideas and principles. Young people on the left are much more inclined to say that they are engaged in politics as an X, concerned about other Xs and those issues touching on X-ness. And they are less and less comfortable with debate.

Over the past decade a new, and very revealing, locution has drifted from our universities into the media mainstream: Speaking as an X…This is not an anodyne phrase. It sets up a wall against any questions that come from a non-X perspective. Classroom conversations that once might have begun, I think A, and here is my argument, now take the form, Speaking as an X, I am offended that you claim B. What replaces argument, then, are taboos against unfamiliar ideas and contrary opinions.

Conservatives complain loudest about today’s campus follies, but it is really liberals who should be angry. The big story is not that leftist professors successfully turn millions of young people into dangerous political radicals every year. It is that they have gotten students so obsessed with their personal identities that, by the time they graduate, they have much less interest in, and even less engagement with, the wider political world outside their heads.
Unfortunately, if we look at the complete failure of the Bush-era Right, and the current fecklessness of the Republican House and Senate, we can't really say this tendency is limited to the Left.

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Blogger tuberman September 10, 2017 12:29 PM  

Except the Republicans are obsessed with their careerist gravy train money, and being a DC insider, and accepted by the CoC, etc. What a "Fruitful" Identity?

Blogger CM September 10, 2017 12:32 PM  

I love the "Speaking as a X" argument. It is so stupid, but in a world that embraces it, it can be fun to screw with lefties:

"Speaking as a woman, I find abortion to be violence against the very essence of womanhood"

I think enough white women have done this on facebook that white women are no longer a protected class on the left. And they voted 53% for Trump.

Blogger pyrrhus September 10, 2017 12:39 PM  

"Feckless" is exactly the right word for both Parties. Which is why neither the Republicans nor Democrats, as presently constituted, will exist in 30 years....Meanwhile, Academia is signing its own death warrant.

Anonymous peppermint September 10, 2017 12:44 PM  

Liberalism was invented by the universities, and, since science was not, liberalism is the only thing that was invented by the universities.

The (heretical, if you want) ideas of puritanism, transcendentalism, Christian universalism, and secular humanism come directly from university men trying to win debates with other university men in universities.

The rejection of Darwin didn't come from rural Christians, it came from university equalists, before Jews wormed their way in.

Blogger tuberman September 10, 2017 12:44 PM  

The Left and academic Identity Politics = The WWII Bismark after the rudder was destroyed. Round and round it goes...

Anonymous Anonymous September 10, 2017 12:46 PM  

I am glad to see that the man realizes that the left-wing kids are now mindless. They can not defend their positions by any form of honest debate --- only by emotion and violence.

But it had to come to this. Collectivism is what the left is. We call it socialism, communism, or some other *ism: but collectivism is the term for the entire left. And the only way to justify collectivism is by the same methods that sustained Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, and all the rest.

The Classically Liberal western culture is dying if not already dead. The alt-right and other variations on a right wing theme are trying to defend but most of Europe is already dead. I have no idea what comes next, but I fear hurricane Irma is a piece of cake compared to the job of saving western culture. Or hell, saving white people for that matter.

Anonymous BBGKB September 10, 2017 1:00 PM  

Except the Republicans are obsessed with their careerist gravy train money, and being a DC insider, and accepted by the CoC

And getting invited to the hot dog & pizza parties at Podesta's

Blogger pyrrhus September 10, 2017 1:02 PM  

"The rejection of Darwin didn't come from rural Christians, it came from university equalists, before Jews wormed their way in."
Not true, Jews like Boas, Ashley Montague and Stephen Jay Gould were at the forefront of faking science to pursue marxist equalist doctrine....

Blogger tuberman September 10, 2017 1:03 PM  

markstoval wrote:I am glad to see that the man realizes that the left-wing kids are now mindless. They can not defend their positions by any form of honest debate --- only by emotion and violence.

But it had to come to this. Collectivism is what the left is. We call it socialism, communism, or some other *ism: but collectivism is the term for the entire left. And the only way to justify collectivism is by the same methods that sustained Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, and all the rest.

The Classically Liberal western culture is dying if not already dead. The alt-right and other variations on a right wing theme are trying to defend but most of Europe is already dead. I have no idea what comes next, but I fear hurricane Irma is a piece of cake compared to the job of saving western culture. Or hell, saving white people for that matter.



Yes, FUD, yes, you must...must, dig a hole, a very deep hole, for a lair, there.

Blogger tuberman September 10, 2017 1:05 PM  

BBGKB wrote:Except the Republicans are obsessed with their careerist gravy train money, and being a DC insider, and accepted by the CoC

And getting invited to the hot dog & pizza parties at Podesta's


Yep, goes without saying...

Anonymous Clouseau September 10, 2017 1:05 PM  

The guy is delusional if he thinks the Republican Party has the slightest grip on anything, let alone his precious "institutions."

Blogger Mats September 10, 2017 1:07 PM  

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Blogger Mats September 10, 2017 1:07 PM  

Of course that "Speaking as an X" is rejected when you speak as a White heterosexual male, or as a Christian.

Blogger Doom September 10, 2017 1:07 PM  

At this point I don't think the Repub leadership counts as a conservative institution, maybe... if you count Lincoln as the first practicing empowered founding father... it never was. It may, as with the Dems passing as the first alt-white party, have just been a fraudulent bill of goods. Or that all might just be proof in the pudding of the truth of the ends of plans of mice and men. What webs were woven, whichever is the real truth, though.

Either way, the Republican party is no longer even an strictly American institution... forget about it being in any way conservative. Like D.C. cowboy bars, no bull, just bull filler and boots. The leadership is worse and has taken an unapologetic lead toward the queer hard left. When Trump is hard to your right, you are well and truly dark.

Blogger Johnny September 10, 2017 1:08 PM  

Explanations are only useful if they simplify and I find this current crop of explanations related to teaching as way too complicated.

Two things;

first,

Even if people have benign motives people are self interested and the self never goes away. Teaching is a product produced by teachers and their self interest is served by having as much of that product sold as possible. If one wants more teaching then the need is for more students. So, dumb the stuff down so that more kids get into the upper grades. Presto, more teaching. Next make whatever you teach a moral cause. That expands its appeal and produces more students. Again, presto, more teaching. Plus for those who are true believers, it goes to vanity. They become not merely teachers but moral leaders. And conveniently moral leaders not by example which could be a burden, but by lecturing others. Presto, presto, a win, win.

second,

People may have ulterior motives for wanting power, but politics is about gaining power and so the tactics are always about gaining power. Leftist politics by its nature empowers social theoreticians, and social science teachers are social theoreticians by circumstance. And so pushing leftist doctrine is also self serving for teachers because it tends to empower people like them. Plus, collectively, it makes them more important. So again, self serving.

Finally,

You don't need '60s politics for the above because it is all self serving. While current university politics evolved and expanded in the '60s, it was really just a catalyst. The stuff was there already, and the '60s just speeded up the conversion. It continues because it is self serving. The solution, if a solution is to be had, will have to come at the expense of the educators. Thus it will have to be imposed on them. It will not evolve internally.

Blogger tuberman September 10, 2017 1:09 PM  

The Big Club has many skeletons in their closets, including piles of children's, then there is former allies who tried to expose them, and...

Blogger James Dixon September 10, 2017 1:20 PM  

> And classic liberal ideas like citizenship, solidarity and the common good have little meaning for them.

Little? How about none.

However, as with any leftist, he can't conceive of any politics outside of group activity, so it must be the "Republican party" which is tightening its grip on our "institutions".

No, it isn't. It's millions of individuals perceiving that the government has grown too large and insulated from its people and that it no longer serves their interests, and voting for the only people who even seem remotely concerned about changing that. The fact that the majority of those people are lying is a temporary setback. They'll be discarded and eventually they'll find ones who aren't. The only question remaining will be whether this will happen in time to save the country from financial collapse or civil war.

> Meanwhile, Academia is signing its own death warrant.

Since Academia almost completely funded by tax dollars, yes. Universities have joined journalists and politicians in the race to the bottom in the opinion polls. Expect massive funding cuts and alternative educational systems in the future.

Anonymous Gen. Kong September 10, 2017 1:20 PM  

The professor is a liar. He gives the following example of campus "argument":

Speaking as an X, I am offended that you claim B. What replaces argument, then, are taboos against unfamiliar ideas and contrary opinions.

This rubric applies only to non-whites, or those whites who claim special status as gay, transgender, or feminists. A statement of "Speaking as a white man, I am offended that you claim we white men are responsible of all the world's ills" would be shouted down and the speaker expelled from the school.

The professor likewise betrays his own utter cluelessness about reality:

These lessons, though, have little bearing on liberalism’s present crisis, which is that of being defeated time and again by a well-organized Republican Party that keeps tightening its grip on our institutions.... blah, blah, blah.

What has the Recuclickin' Party ever done to reign in the open Marxism of the entire academic infrastructure - including nominally "Christian" schools - which they completely control?? When has a Republican done anything at all to protect the first amendment rights of any person who disagrees with Frankfurt-Schul Marxist dogma at any taxpayer-funded institution?? The Bushite "right" and Gay Old Pedobears are no more "right" than Andrew Anglin is, arguably even less so (since poor AA had a public edmucayshun). What the hell does "right" mean any more? Not a Marxist? The terms themselves (left and right) no longer have any stable meaning, with all the various flavors of fakery about.

Going back in Anglin and his utterly pathetic performance yesterday, I was struck by another thing. He would not have lasted 10 seconds in the company of any the actual Nazis from 1930s Germany. They would have slapped him to death and dumped his carcass in a sewer. He's a pink swastika-panty guy - a totally fake Nazi who doesn't even know what Nazis were, in other words. I don't know what the hell he is politically except someone who's got a one-track mind and is willing to brazenly lie about things. Maybe when he grows up he can be a Republican. As someone noted, if AA is the one defending YT against the (((tribe))), we might as well haul up the white flag now. He's monument to the Fake Banana Empire's public edumacayshun system if nothing else.

So now we have a fake professor at a fake school - which is just a racket to launder fake money borrowed by clueless idiots who send their offspring to a brainwashing camp - whining about what a laughable circus campuses have become. But he's really, really worried that the "Nazi Stormtroopers" of the Gay Old Pedobear party and the Churchians who worship Judeo-Christ and Golden Dindu are going to start cracking down on the laughable farce which goes on as an excuse for "edumacayshun" in the assylums they're running. Idiocracy was not about the future. If it was, the future is now.

Blogger dc.sunsets September 10, 2017 1:22 PM  

At the rate of increase in rage-motivated antagonism animating "debate" among exclusively identity-minded people, soon will "speaking as an X" be unnecessarily redundant, and all the "X" will do is serve the same purpose as did the white, crossed bandoleers of British army uniforms in the late 1770's.

Target rich environments are a product of shuffling the deck.

Blogger tuberman September 10, 2017 1:23 PM  

You do have to check out REALITY every now and again, merely to see if you are a fugitive from it. Academic Identity Politics flees not just Tradition, but any sense of biological or physical reality. Cannibalism between their Identity groups will be the outcome.

Blogger tuberman September 10, 2017 1:29 PM  

Gen. Kong wrote:The professor is a liar. He gives the following example of campus "argument":

Speaking as an X, I am offended that you claim B. What replaces argument, then, are taboos against unfamiliar ideas and contrary opinions.

This rubric applies only to non-whites, or those whites who claim special status as gay, transgender, or feminists. A statement of "Speaking as a white man, I am offended that you claim we white men are responsible of all the world's ills" would be shouted down and the speaker expelled from the school.

The professor likewise betrays his own utter cluelessness about reality:

These lessons, though, have little bearing on liberalism’s present crisis, which is that of being defeated time and again by a well-organized Republican Party that keeps tightening its grip on our institutions.... blah, blah, blah.

What has the Recuclickin' Party ever done to reign in the open Marxism of the entire academic infrastructure - including nominally "Christian" schools - which they completely control?? When has a Republican done anything at all to protect the first amendment rights of any person who disagrees with Frankfurt-Schul Marxist dogma at any taxpayer-funded institution?? The Bushite "right" and Gay Old Pedobears are no more "right" than Andrew Anglin is, arguably even less so (since poor AA had a public edmucayshun). What the hell does "right" mean any more? Not a Marxist? The terms themselves (left and right) no longer have any stable meaning, with all the various flavors of fakery about.

Going back in Anglin and his utterly pathetic performance yesterday, I was struck by another thing. He would not have lasted 10 seconds in the company of any the actual Nazis from 1930s Germany. They would have slapped him to death and dumped his carcass in a sewer. He's a pink swastika-panty guy - a totally fake Nazi who doesn't even know what Nazis were, in other words. I don't know what the hell he is politically except someone who's got a one-track mind and is willing to brazenly lie about things. Maybe when he grows up he can be a Republican. As someone noted, if AA is the one defending YT against the (((tribe))), we might as well haul up the white flag now. He's monument to the Fake Banana Empire's public edumacayshun system if nothing else.

So now we have a fake professor at a fake school - which is just a racket to launder fake money borrowed by clueless idiots who send their offspring to a brainwashing camp - whining about what a laughable circus campuses have become. But he's really, really worried that the "Nazi Stormtroopers" of the Gay Old Pedobear party and the Churchians who worship Judeo-Christ and Golden Dindu are going to start cracking down on the laughable farce which goes on as an excuse for "edumacayshun" in the assylums they're running. Idiocracy was not about the future. If it was, the future is now.


Ya know, if you try to get too much density in one little post, you're going to have to take up poetry.

Blogger tuberman September 10, 2017 1:32 PM  

GK, That was a complement.

Blogger Dirtnapninja September 10, 2017 1:33 PM  

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Blogger James September 10, 2017 1:34 PM  

Actually, if more liberals were this honest, there should be no such thing as being a liberal. But, interspersed with the “unpleasant truths”, the author drops words and phrases that show how liberals (SJW’s) lie or how they are incapable of reasoning past a very superficial interpretation. Sentences like

“These lessons, though, have little bearing on liberalism’s present crisis, which is that of being defeated time and again by a well-organized Republican Party that keeps tightening its grip on our institutions.”

Oh, thank God the Republicans are tightening their grip on our institutions! But, wait a minute. I’m assuming Professor Douche means that Republicans have numerical superiority in Congress and a nominal Republican is the president, plus they also control more State Legislatures. At least at the Federal level, Republicans control nothing. The Republican Party is fragmented into cuckservatives, like the House and Senate leadership, and Trump supporters. Being divided, they are incapable of “tightening their grip”. In addition, the left completely controls the institutions of education, religion, the media, the courts (on the Federal level), and entertainment. When you observe that banking, the Chamber of Commerce, Wall Street, and the Republican Party that supposedly has controls of our institutions support leftist policies when it suits their interests, you realize that this is either cognitive dissonance on a grand scale or a deliberate lie. Or both.

With statements like this, the author further shows us his SJW cred:

“And classic liberal ideas like citizenship, solidarity and the common good have little meaning for them.”

I see. Classical liberal ideas are responsible for citizenship, solidarity and the common good. I’m pretty sure these ideas were part of the underpinning for all forms of government, regardless of whether the proponents were conservatives, liberals, or even fascists. Funny how liberals in the 21st century are anti-citizenship, incapable of solidarity with over half the population, and redefine common good to mean “My opinion”.

Der Professor reveals his mindset early on.

“The first was that movement politics was the only mode of engagement that actually changes things; the second was that political activity must have some authentic meaning for the self, making compromise seem like a self-betrayal.”

If your “authentic meaning for the self” makes “compromise seem like a self-betrayal, you are essentially saying “Its all about ME”, a common point of view of the Boomer and Me Generations. The left has never, repeat NEVER, evaluated the effects of their “movement politics” since they only concerned with “changing things”. They never bothered to ask themselves “What were the results of the policies we instituted?” If the policies do not seem to yield the outcome desired, it just needs to be tweaked, especially by throwing more and more money at it. Over and over again. This is the SJW’s always double down truism. The desire to change something they have been convinced is unjust is the only thing that matters. It’s the thought that counts, not the results. Giving blacks citizenship was a disaster. Given them “equality” was another failure. So was welfare. Giving women the vote was a mistake. Inviting non-Europeans into this country and incorporating them into the body politic has resulted in a West that is disintegrating. These things are obvious, but a liberal will never question the wisdom of changing social policy that has existed for centuries because it “works”. This is a reality-based foundation, something a liberal will never acknowledge because they are striving for utopia, a religious belief that humans are incapable of producing. Human nature is a genetic fact. By incorporating policies that reflect this, you will have inequality and unfairness. But, that is what you should expect. You create a simple set of rules in place, make sure everyone is aware of them, and only use government to intervene when some egregious misuse of power is observed.

Blogger Dirtnapninja September 10, 2017 1:35 PM  

Heh..notice the shift in the establishment narrative? Identity politics are now bad.

Why?

First, the rise of white identity politics is upsetting the apple cart. That scares the bejeezus out of them. And it should.

But what I think has them most concerned is that these people now realise that the monsters they created are starting to turn on the people who created them. The communists arent just out to bash the fash, they want the heads of the moderate left as well.

Blogger tuberman September 10, 2017 1:42 PM  

25. Dir

"The communists arent just out to bash the fash, they want the heads of the moderate left as well."

No, it worse than that, all the different Identity Leftists are stepping on each other's territory, so they are more often 1) Apathetic to other Identity Groups concern (Jews will be first on this list), and 2) they are already eating their own, and it's just being covered up.

Anonymous Bird on a Wing September 10, 2017 1:44 PM  

Email sent.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 10, 2017 1:59 PM  

"It is little wonder that students of the Facebook age are drawn to courses focused on their identities and movements related to them."

Aside from the specific courses required for a degree, students are drawn to courses they think they can pass and get good grades in. How many students are "drawn to" Women's Studies, and how many take it because they've heard it's an easy A as long as you tell the teacher what she wants to hear? Which came first, the identity politics courses, or the students demanding them?

"The big story is not that leftist professors successfully turn millions of young people into dangerous political radicals every year. It is that they have gotten students so obsessed with their personal identities that, by the time they graduate, they have much less interest in, and even less engagement with, the wider political world outside their heads."

As long as they still mindlessly support the narrative, I don't think the Left minds. Maybe they're not as effective as individual debaters and leaders, but would a liberal professor really prefer that they be engaged with reality "outside their heads" and risk straying to the Right?

Blogger DonReynolds September 10, 2017 2:00 PM  

"The experience of that era taught the New Left two lessons. The first was that movement politics was the only mode of engagement that actually changes things; the second was that political activity must have some authentic meaning for the self, making compromise seem like a self-betrayal."

These are non-lessons, if there is such a thing. Politics is seldom about changing anything. Politics is about getting more public spending for your own group and keeping other groups from taking the public spending you already have. Politics is about the fight at the pig trough, not re-creating a philosophy of government.

Compromise only feels like self-betrayal when you feel like the compromise is unnecessary, unworthy of what was gained, and you believe you won the pot with high cards, fair and square. Lately, we have been playing poker with people who brought NOTHING to the table but their stupid faces, who never won a hand, and they still expect to leave with all the money.....and do not have a gun, like we do. Why would we compromise when the game does not require it?

The problem with compromise with Leftist Liberals is they NEVER, EVER keep their end of the bargain. Give them half a loaf and they start demanding the other half. Compromise is only practical with people (first) integrity and (second) who have something to trade, and they have nothing but their big mouth. Move the ball an inch with Leftist Liberals and they move the goalpost twenty yards. That is why compromise is pointless with Leftist Liberals.

"liberalism’s present crisis, which is that of being defeated time and again by a well-organized Republican Party that keeps tightening its grip on our institutions."

He seems to switch-hit between Democrat-Liberal and Republican-Conservative and we all know that is pure baloney. There is no Republican Majority in Congress....there is a Liberal Majority, which is Liberal Democrats plus RINO Liberal Republicans.

The political dynamic in this country is not about Republicans winning so many elections. Properly understood, it is about Democrat losing elections they could easily have won had they not moved so far to the Left. Republicans are actually pretty awful politicians and organized is not something I would associate with Republicans. (They are not the party that takes the dead to the polls or has people voting in multiple states or convinces the illegal aliens to vote anyway or takes the van by the looney bin for retards to take to the polls.) Their only strong suit is Patriotism, usually in the form of NeoCon jingoism, which does not normally sell to the electorate except when the only other game is the anti-white socialism/communism of the Democrats.

The Democrats would be much more successful on election day if they did not spend so much of the campaign actively alienating the overwhelming majority of (white) voters, by attacking them at every turn, by promising to favor the interests of non-whites after the election, by demanding the surrender and utter humiliation of whites through non-white breeding of white women, theft of white property, imprisonment for whites who verbally defend white interests, and threats of physical violence (which has never been acceptable in this country).
Republicans seldom win elections but Democrats often lose elections they should have won.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 10, 2017 2:14 PM  

First, the rise of white identity politics is upsetting the apple cart.

I wonder if that's the real fear he's not stating here. Granted, they don't let many white men into the universities anymore, but 53% of white women voted for Trump. If they keep teaching the girls identity politics, what if they start caring more about their white identity than their woman identity? You don't have to have a White Studies class for that to happen; the white girls can look around and see all the non-whites setting the example.

Blogger Kristophr September 10, 2017 2:20 PM  

I see simple fear here. And the glimmer of reality starting to sink into the professor's brain.

If the left keeps beating the white majority with a stick, they will be pushed into the alt-right. And he knows just how quickly we can go from zero to cattlecars.

Blogger DonReynolds September 10, 2017 2:22 PM  

"liberalism’s present crisis, which is that of being defeated time and again by a well-organized Republican Party that keeps tightening its grip on our institutions."

One final (and obvious) disconnect...
Just exactly what grip do non-liberals or anti-liberals have on ANY institutions in the USA?????

Would that be like the mainline Protestant churches and Roman Catholic church? Google/YouTube? Disney/ESPN? Mainstream Media? Publishers? Amazon? Wal-Mart? Koch brothers? Foundations? NGOs? Supreme Court? Congress? Hollywood? The West Wing of the White House? Colleges and Universities? Chamber of Commerce?

Just what possible institutions do the Republicans seem to be tightening their grip?

Blogger Solaire Of Astora September 10, 2017 2:28 PM  

This professor is a hack. The left hasn't really changed that much. It's been on a pretty obvious trajectory for decades. What's changed is the advent of the internet and the right gaining traction via new media platforms. He's not bummed out about where the left is, that's a posture. No doubt he loves the corruption of the left or he wouldn't be a leftist. No, he just wants others to think he does. He is worried the right is gaining traction by spotlighting the madness that the left used to hide via its near monopoly on the media.

Anonymous SciVo de Plorable September 10, 2017 2:37 PM  

Depends on how you define it. I say that both individualism and collectivism are of the left -- anarcho-tyranny -- while only subsidiarity is of the right. So Big FedGov Republicans are leftists really, just playin' a kayfabe.

Blogger pnq8787 September 10, 2017 3:01 PM  

Speaking as a white man, beat the women, gas the kikes, race war now.

Anonymous I wrote the Magna Carta September 10, 2017 3:10 PM  

@21 tuberman said, " Ya know, if you try to get too much density in one little post, you're going to have to take up poetry."

Try this… "The left wins by deceit and incrementalism. You don't win by compromising with them, but by crushing them." That may not be poetry, but it is music to my ears.

Anonymous Man of the Atom September 10, 2017 3:23 PM  

pyrrhus wrote:Meanwhile, Academia is signing its own death warrant.

A long-overdue suicide.

Blogger Unknown September 10, 2017 3:25 PM  

@17

I think you have a good point here, that the organized Republican party, and those associated with it while in college, are just a very small subset of the total conservative student body. The conservative student just want to get his sheepskin, and get out of there out in the real world.

Your typical Young American Foundation member is there as a step in furtherance to their goal of participating in the political process. Their goals might or might not align with the typical conservative STEM degree student.

After three full years of college, I can say that I have met very few students that are there for anything other than obtaining a degree. In the sole women's studies class I was in, there were a few budding activists, but most of the class were there just because it was a graduation requirement.

The professor is talking about Republican dominance as perceived through the wall of the bubble he lives in. He literally cannot see the conservative students around him because those students have learned to hide their status out of self preservation.

Blogger RobertT September 10, 2017 3:57 PM  

That is true. They're all idiots. Politics does that to you. But Trump isn't a politician and he ma7 be building a coalition between elements of the left and elements of the right to pass his agenda. As he said, don't play politics, just do what's right. Pretty powerful tag line lingo for a new party. Did anyone see that coming?

Blogger Matamoros September 10, 2017 3:58 PM  

He's probably also afraid because the game is about up, to wit:

WSJ Poll: Americans Losing Faith in College Degrees

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/09/08/wsj-poll-americans-losing-faith-in-college-degrees/

Blogger VFM #7634 September 10, 2017 4:12 PM  

"Unfortunately, if we look at the complete failure of the Bush-era Right, and the current fecklessness of the Republican House and Senate, we can't really say this tendency is limited to the Left."

Only reason the cuckservatives have any power at all is because people quit voting for the progtards and there haven't been many Trump-like nationalists running for office, so they won by default. Unfortunately for us.

Hopefully that's changing.

Blogger tublecane September 10, 2017 4:20 PM  

"liberalism's present crisis, which is that of being defeated time and again by a well-organized Republican Party"

Huh?

I realize Republicans are on a bit of an electoral winning streak, on both the state and national levels. But let's not confuse liberalism with the Democrat Party. Let's also not forget that progressivism set things up so that elective office only matters so far. Or matters as little as they can get away with the public noticing. You can't elect a new professorial staff for Harvard.

PC and Current Year SJWs are being too obvious with their incompetence. Almost as if they're deliberately flaunting it. But wake me when Republicans who aren't also liberals start making real institutional changes. Ones which meet the success of the New Left's Long March. Then there may be an actual crisis.

The crisis, if there is one, is that liberals, or the left in general, have lost their death grip on the Narrative. The MSM is no longer PR autocrat. The Republican winning streak is perhaps a symptom of that. Hasn't really affected the Ivory Tower of academia yet.

I don't know that it ever will. I can hope, but my guess is the left will have to be violently rooted out of the universities. Or the universities themselves will have to be destroyed. Don't know which.

Blogger Lovekraft September 10, 2017 4:41 PM  

Adam Carolla put out a great idea - pre-vet people, ensure they aren't part of a criminal hate group, then let them get to the issues at hand.

Instead, they have to run the purity test first.

Of course the problem would be in ensuring the vetting is valid, because we know how the marxists shift the goal posts, but a good starting point nonetheless.

Blogger modsquad September 10, 2017 4:48 PM  

Kind of windy way of saying "Our demands for everything haven't been met."

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club September 10, 2017 4:50 PM  

Is all this supposed new-found self-awareness about the damage wrought by their identity politics and the elevating of petty personal rancors into bedrock principles actually going to lead to any meaningful? I'm not holding my breath for that to happen.

Anonymous A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 10, 2017 4:59 PM  

"Oh, dear, I think that this deck chair is not quite placed right".
---Professor Mark Lilla

Anonymous johnc September 10, 2017 5:03 PM  

@32 Just exactly what grip do non-liberals or anti-liberals have on ANY institutions in the USA?????

You have to give the Left credit... they understand the importance of holding institutional power.

Blogger OGRE September 10, 2017 5:16 PM  

Identity Politics: working as intended.

Blogger lowercaseb September 10, 2017 5:19 PM  

tublecane wrote:"liberalism's present crisis, which is that of being defeated time and again by a well-organized Republican Party"

Huh?


Actually, that is a great point. The left HAS to paint it self to be the plucky underdog. Anytime they try to claim they are the victors in the culture war, they start to eat themselves. It was a smart move when you had a loyal opposition in the repubs who were willing to lose again and again.

However, now they have actually gotten their ass kicked for real, they are not liking the idea of being the real underdog. That's what I like about Trump...he knows how to negotiate from a position of strength. The left is harmless and useless right now. They are in a denial...our enemy is their loyal opposition. The cucks who are just as terrified to be on the winning side for once.

Anonymous Bowman September 10, 2017 5:51 PM  

The Left before - let's destroy polite society and set "minorities" as gods,

The Left after - WTF everyone is defiant and plays the identity card ???

Anonymous BBGKB September 10, 2017 5:55 PM  

OT: PPGATE redox
20 states ask for PPGATE remaining videos to be released of selling baby parts.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/09/20-states-ask-supreme-court-release-videos-exposing-planned-parenthood/

Blogger Timmy3 September 10, 2017 6:03 PM  

Duh. Like it takes a educated professor to tell us the obvious. Liberals know what they are doing. They are reverting to their true nature. This guy probably has doubts, but don't worry. He'll be purged soon.

Blogger Beau September 10, 2017 6:16 PM  

OT

Friday night 16 year old Zina gave a moving testimony of God's grace, unpolished yet sincere. Zina spoke of being molested at seven, cutting herself starting at twelve, suicidal, tormented daily with desires to destroy herself. She then met Christ who has pulled her out of emotional hell. Zina now wants to be a missionary.

Our master has come to seek and save the lost.

Anonymous Tipsy September 10, 2017 6:55 PM  

Beau wrote:Our master has come to seek and save the lost.

Amen!

Anonymous MaskettaMan September 10, 2017 7:24 PM  

Cail Corishev wrote:Aside from the specific courses required for a degree, students are drawn to courses they think they can pass and get good grades in. How many students are "drawn to" Women's Studies, and how many take it because they've heard it's an easy A as long as you tell the teacher what she wants to hear? Which came first, the identity politics courses, or the students demanding them?

WMST 101 was the only college class I got an A in. All I had to do was read about 10 pages of insane rantings per class and weave those ideas together for the test. All the concepts turned on the question, "Why is the world so cruel to me?" which is a question a lot of people ruminate on daily, creating mental palaces of persecution that they live in. But Women's Studies has made that unhealthy practice an institution.

Blogger Cail Corishev September 10, 2017 8:05 PM  

I say that both individualism and collectivism are of the left -- anarcho-tyranny -- while only subsidiarity is of the right.

Agreed. The Right believes in proper order and hierarchy, both natural and divine. From God down to man, husband-wife-children, man over the beasts, etc. The individualist rejects most or all of those, saying a man owes allegiance to no one unless he enters into it voluntarily, meaning he can also leave it at will. The collectivist replaces all those hierarchies with one allegiance to the collective, which in practice means the state, and it becomes more slavery than allegiance. They have different visions of Utopia, but they are allies against the natural and divine order.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer September 10, 2017 8:22 PM  

Caught the Bannon interview and it was hilarious. The editing of his responses were so blatant there was no hiding it. They literally were cutting him mid sentence and patching in a different ending statement. Rose comes off as unhinged and borderline senile at times.

The best part of the interview was Bannon unequivalently condeming portay Trump as supporting them (where have we seen them use that tactic before?).

Anonymous basementhomebrewer September 10, 2017 8:32 PM  

^^ should read condeming the stormers tactic of portraying Trump as supporting them.

Anonymous A Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 10, 2017 10:26 PM  

@57
Caught the Bannon interview and it was hilarious. The editing of his responses were so blatant there was no hiding it. They literally were cutting him mid sentence and patching in a different ending statement.

NBC got away with blatant editing of the white HIspanic's 911 call, so there's no reason for them to even try to hide it anymore. Besides, the only people watching 60 Minutes are senile Boomertards who will believe anything TV tells them.

Rose comes off as unhinged and borderline senile at times.


That's normal for Charlie Rose, although he's looking less "borderline" every year.

Blogger tublecane September 11, 2017 2:31 AM  

@49-Your point about the necessity of painting themselves as perpetual underdogs is well-taken. Presenting the current Republican winning streak as an institutional "crisis" rather than merely an electoral crisis comes off to me like worrying about the other team scoring a field goal late in the fourth quarter when you've been running up the score in an embarrassing blowout since kickoff.

But I guess that's why they've been winning so long. They don't want to give away any points. Who knows, there points could turn into 60. Trump represents their only real threat, via the specter of rightist populism. (McCarthy did,too. That's why his name is a byword for evil in U.S. politics, the way Benedict Arnold's is for treachery.)

Blogger tublecane September 11, 2017 2:33 AM  

@59-Did they get away with the doctoring? Legally, maybe, but not PR-wise. The Martyrdom of St. Trayvon of th r Skittles was a marvelous example of Narrative Collapse. The MSM got caught doctoring Martin's photos, lying about the non-emergency police line phone recording, and a bunch of other stuff.

Blogger Resident Moron™ September 11, 2017 4:04 AM  

No person, no idea, no philosophy, can survive its own contradictions when tested against reality.

Most people's ideas about economics, for example, simply don't matter because most people ate not in a position to influence economic matters on a large scale.

In the somewhat optimistic words of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "I'm not a coward I've just never been tested."

Blogger newbietrader September 11, 2017 7:23 AM  

Unfortunately, if we look at the complete failure of the Bush-era Right, and the current fecklessness of the Republican House and Senate, we can't really say this tendency is limited to the Left.

Once again vox incorrectly equates leftist rinos with conservatives ( while ignoring the many similarities between the alt right and the lat left)

Blogger wreckage September 11, 2017 8:04 AM  

The fourth law of SJWs is they always fail. Oh, they succeed in destroying things, but it never, ever gives them the outcome they seek, and usually the reverse.
They created Trump, they created the alt-right, they created white identity politics, they created the whole PUA scene, they destroyed the cultural hooks they used to manipulate society, they've destroyed the university system that was meant to be their staff of rule,it just goes on and on...

Blogger wreckage September 11, 2017 8:04 AM  

(No challenge to ownership of Laws of SJW'dom intended)

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