By Nathan Barton
Simon Black, on his website “Sovereign Man” published an excellent article, “If you can keep it.” It is worth reading and worth quite a bit of commentary.
But today I’ll quote just one part, where he said something that I disagree with, and triggered some thoughts concerning colleges and liberty.
“The First Amendment, which ensures that Congress can make no law restricting freedom of speech, press, religion, and peaceable assembly, has become almost a punch line.
Ironically the greatest assault on Free Speech today doesn’t even come from government, but from university students who protest against any ideas they find offensive. Violence on university campuses is now common as students come out of their Safe Spaces to physically obstruct and violently impede controversial speakers. Any statement that doesn’t conform to their very narrow agenda is now considered hate speech. And it’s the students themselves who want any sign of dissent banned, and more mandatory indoctrination of their newspeak ideology.”
All of this is true enough, Simon, but it isn’t quite the whole story.
The students are really NOT the threat to free speech. They are shills, tools (and fools), fronts for the real enemies of free speech (and most other freedoms). Who are the threats? Immediately, it is the faculty, busy indoctrinating yet another crop of youngsters. Supported, certainly, by the school’s administration and the board of regents or whatever governing body controls the school. And backing them (or actually being them), the foundations of alumni and others, eager to impress their worldview on those students while ensuring lucrative positions for their peers and shills as faculty and staff.
The faculty and staff (especially administration) are the ones threatened by free speech on campus. If the students, visitors, whether speakers or outside experts, “guest instructors” or even parents are allowed to speak freely, what they say might contradict and even negate the pronouncements of the faculty and staff – which are, after all, sacred scripture whether it is political or cultural or scientific.
The role of academic institutions in this wonderful Tranzi world of ours is to indoctrinate the inmates (students) in the truth of the worldview, to mold the graduates to fit, round pegs in round holes, in their glorious planned society and world of the future. To do that, it is necessary to insulate the students from the real world, to “fill their heads with mush,” to make it more difficult for the survivors of the process to overcome the conditioning (brain-washing?) of 17+ years of a Tranzi academic cesspool.
But after those 17+ years of being in a cesspool, what emerges is as rotten and corrupt and infectious as what has surrounded them for all that time.
If the worldview that the faculty, staff, administration, and governing bodies (boards of regents, etc.) – and their financial sponsors and mentors – is an evil one, then what they transform the students into is just as evil. The university is a greenhouse in which weeds are bred and cultivated before being transplanted out into the world, where their noxious nature can threaten and destroy the social environment.
It is not unreasonable to describe the modern college or university (or at least, the great majority of them), whether public or private, as breeding grounds for evil.