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AND YET ANOTHER DISILLUSIONED LEFTIST JOINS THE REST OF US IN RECOGNIZING THE FASCISM OF THE DEMOCRATS WHO SEIZED THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS

educa smallerIn this Portland State University instructor’s resignation letter regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog will recognize echoes of my own disgust with the way the American Left and especially the Democrat Party are now the most intolerant and fascistic elements of American life. Peter Boghossian is the assistant professor of philosophy in question.

Below is his published letter of resignation. None of it will seem new to those of us who have watched the Democrats distort the educational process over the years. I have published literally dozens of these accounts, but here is the latest one for any people who have not yet accepted that American colleges and universities have become “churches” of irrational thought and fascistic political intolerance. For more such articles click HERE. For my look at how American universities parallel Aristophanes’ comedy The Birds click HERE. Original article below HERE.

PETER BOGHOSSIAN: MY UNIVERSITY SACRIFICED IDEAS FOR IDEOLOGY. SO TODAY I QUIT. 

Peter Boghossian has taught philosophy at Portland State University for the past decade. In the letter below, sent this morning to the university’s provost, he explains why he is resigning.

“Dear Provost Susan Jeffords,

​​I’m writing to you today to resign as assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University.

Over the last decade, it has been my privilege to teach at the university. My specialties are critical thinking, ethics and the Socratic method, and I teach classes like Science and Pseudoscience and The Philosophy of Education. But in addition to exploring classic philosophers and traditional texts, I’ve invited a wide range of guest lecturers to address my classes, from Flat-Earthers to Christian apologists to global climate skeptics to Occupy Wall Street advocates. I’m proud of my work.

I invited those speakers not because I agreed with their worldviews, but primarily because I didn’t. From those messy and difficult conversations, I’ve seen the best of what our students can achieve: questioning beliefs while respecting believers; staying even-tempered in challenging circumstances; and even changing their minds.

I never once believed — nor do I now — that the purpose of instruction was to lead my students to a particular conclusion. Rather, I sought to create the conditions for rigorous thought; to help them gain the tools to hunt and furrow for their own conclusions. This is why I became a teacher and why I love teaching.

But brick by brick, the university has made this kind of intellectual exploration impossible. It has transformed a bastion of free inquiry into a Social Justice factory whose only inputs were race, gender, and victimhood and whose only outputs were grievance and division.

education conveyor belt smallerStudents at Portland State are not being taught to think. Rather, they are being trained to mimic the moral certainty of ideologues. Faculty and administrators have abdicated the university’s truth-seeking mission and instead drive intolerance of divergent beliefs and opinions. This has created a culture of offense where students are now afraid to speak openly and honestly.

I noticed signs of the illiberalism that has now fully swallowed the academy quite early during my time at Portland State. I witnessed students refusing to engage with different points of view. Questions from faculty at diversity trainings that challenged approved narratives were instantly dismissed. Those who asked for evidence to justify new institutional policies were accused of microaggressions. And professors were accused of bigotry for assigning canonical texts written by philosophers who happened to have been European and male.

At first, I didn’t realize how systemic this was and I believed I could question this new culture. So I began asking questions. What is the evidence that trigger warnings and safe spaces contribute to student learning? Why should racial consciousness be the lens through which we view our role as educators? How did we decide that “cultural appropriation” is immoral?

Unlike my colleagues, I asked these questions out loud and in public.

I decided to study the new values that were engulfing Portland State and so many other educational institutions — values that sound wonderful, like diversity, equity, and inclusion, but might actually be just the opposite. The more I read the primary source material produced by critical theorists, the more I suspected that their conclusions reflected the postulates of an ideology, not insights based on evidence.

I began networking with student groups who had similar concerns and brought in speakers to explore these subjects from a critical perspective. And it became increasingly clear to me that the incidents of illiberalism I had witnessed over the years were not just isolated events, but part of an institution-wide problem.

The more I spoke out about these issues, the more retaliation I faced. Continue reading

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FACULTY LOUNGE FASCIST ROUNDUP: MAY 22nd

educa smallerIt’s the latest installment of Faculty Lounge Fascist Roundup! It’s no secret that privileged white Democrats aka “baizuos” have distorted the educational system into a partisan “church” of irrational thought and ugly intolerance. 

Their discriminatory hiring practices have long been apparent in the number of Democrats vs non-Democrats in the faculty and ESPECIALLY administrative staff. If NON-Democrats were around 90% of the staff at colleges and universities you can bet Democrat elected officials would have looked out for their constituents and addressed that imbalance and bias long ago. “Viewpoint discrimination” would be discussed everywhere with legislation addressing the issue in the news all the time. WE NEED THIRD PARTIES!

JOHN SEXTON has authored a recent examination of the many ways in which these discriminatory practices come into play, partially inspired by the Democrats’ recent hypocritical pretense that they care about the issue. CLICK HERE TO READ IT.   Continue reading

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FACULTY LOUNGE FASCIST ROUNDUP: OCTOBER 6th

educa smallerIt’s the latest installment of Faculty Lounge Fascist Roundup! It’s no secret that privileged white Democrats aka “baizuos” have distorted the educational system into a partisan “church” of irrational thought and ugly intolerance.

Their discriminatory hiring practices have long been apparent in the number of Democrats vs non-Democrats in the faculty and ESPECIALLY administrative staff. If NON-Democrats were over 90% of the staff at colleges and universities you can bet Democrat elected officials would have looked out for their constituents and addressed that imbalance and bias long ago. WE NEED THIRD PARTIES!

education conveyor belt smallerITEM ONE – Midwestern State University Professor Nathan Jun recently wrote on a social media thread “I want the entire world to burn until the last cop is strangled with the intestines of the last capitalist, who is strangled in turn with the intestines of the last politician.”

As we’ve all seen over and over and over again, people have been hounded from jobs in education and elsewhere for social media posts saying “All lives matter” or “Blue lives matter” or for making any statement of support for political candidates that Democrat fascists dislike. But in this case the university in question hypocritically pretended to care about “free speech.” Click HERE
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FACULTY LOUNGE FASCIST ROUNDUP: JUNE 6th

Hitler like Democrats on educationTime for another Faculty Lounge Fascist Roundup. In America “educators” (LMAO) have become known as secular clergy for the Democrats, forcing narrow-minded political conformity and fascist political tactics on their students.

It’s important to remember that “educators” and their Democrat colleagues in Admin are the ULTIMATE Capitalists, despite their lip service to socialism and “wealth redistribution.” The Democrats who run the educational system and the Teacher’s Unions at every level are as selfish as the worst Nineteenth Century Robber Barons.

Stalin

Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed. ~ Joseph Stalin

Those “educators” (LMAO) bitterly cling to their money and privileges, especially their benefits packages, which are grotesquely huge and out of proportion to other professions. BENEFIT EQUITY needs to be addressed.

Maybe those Democrat clergy members should stop being such hypocrites. If it helps state or local governments to provide better social programs for the needy, then surely the Teacher’s Unions should be willing to do what they constantly tell everyone else to do: Give up some of their own financial privileges to help the vulnerable and the marginalized. Especially undocumented immigrants. Right, “educators?” You don’t want to be greedy capitalists by refusing to redistribute your wealth, do you? Even your wealth that comes in the form of your bloated benefits packages which you greedily horde from other government programs?

NOW LET’S MOVE ON TO THIS EDITION’S ROUNDUP:

Speech First logo*** SPEECH FIRST – The courageous activists at SPEECH FIRST are suing oppressive fascists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign over FOUR anti-speech policies. CLICK HERE  and HERE 

*** PROFESSOR ACCUSED OF “HOSTILE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT” FOR ASSIGNING MALE AUTHORS AS PART OF THE READING – All that, plus the fascist thugs called “Bias Response Units” (LMAO). The article includes multiple other absurd complaints acted upon by those Campus Gestapo Units. CLICK HERE 

*** SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BLOCKS YAF CHAPTER ON GROUNDS IT MAY CAUSE “EMOTIONAL HARM” TO PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH THE GROUP’S VIEWS – Another example of why I often refer to “the emotional cripples who pretend to be college students in America.” CLICK HERE and HERE

*** FEMALE PROFESSOR FROM BRAZIL AGAIN STANDS UP TO DEMOCRAT MOBS ON CAMPUS – Biology Professor Luana Maroja is once again standing up to anti-science Democrats on campus AND is speaking out in an op-ed titled Self-Censorship on Campus is Bad for Science. CLICK HERE and HERE Continue reading

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