The Sickness of Leftist Political Ideology Infecting our Universities


What Your Sons and Daughters Will Learn at University
What Your Sons and Daughters Will Learn at University

USA – -( Last week's column discussed the highly publicized university corruption scheme wherein wealthy parents bought admission at prestigious universities for their children. That is dishonest and gives an unfair advantage to those young people but won't destroy the missions of the universities. There is little or no attention given by the mainstream media to the true cancer eating away at most of our institutions of higher learning.

Philip Carl Salzman, emeritus professor of anthropology at McGill University, explains that cancer in a Minding the Campus article, titled “What Your Sons and Daughters Will Learn at University.

Professor Salzman argues that for most of the 20th century, universities were dedicated to the advancement of knowledge. There was an open exchange and competition in the marketplace of ideas. Different opinions were argued and respected. Most notably in the social sciences, social work, the humanities, education, and law, this is no longer the case. Leftist political ideology has emerged. The most important thing for today's university communities is the diversity of race, ethnicity, sex and economic class, on which they have spent billions of dollars. Conspicuously absent is diversity of ideology.

Students are taught that all cultural values are morally equivalent. That's ludicrous. Here are a few questions for those who make such a claim. Is forcible female genital mutilation, as practiced in nearly 30 sub-Saharan African and Middle Eastern countries, a morally equivalent cultural value? Slavery is currently practiced in Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, and Sudan; is it morally equivalent? In most of the Middle East, there are numerous limitations placed on women, such as prohibitions on driving, employment, and education. Under Islamic law in some countries, female adulterers face death by stoning. Thieves face the punishment of having their hands severed. Homosexuality is a crime punishable by death in some countries.

Are these cultural values morally equivalent, superior or inferior to Western values?

Social justice theory holds the vision that the world is divided between oppressors and victims. The theory holds that by their toxic masculinity, heterosexual white males are oppressors. Among their victims are females, people of color and male and female homosexuals. The world's Christians and Jews are oppressors, and Muslims are victims.

Increasingly, the classics of Western civilization are being ignored. Why? Because they represent the work, almost exclusively, of “dead white men.” Only works of females, people of color and non-Western authors are seen as virtuous. The same is true with political history. The U.S. Constitution should be less respected because its writers were white slaveholders. The academics who teach this nonsense to students are grossly ignorant of the struggle over the slavery issue at our 1787 Constitutional Convention.

Professor Salzman concludes his article with the observation that “Marxist social justice offers all the answers anyone needs, so no inquiry or serious research is required. Be confident that at university your children will learn ‘the right side' to be on, if little else.” As a result of leftist indoctrination, many college students graduate illiterate, innumerate and resistant to understanding. A survey of employers showed that over 70 percent found college graduates were not well-prepared in skills such as “written communication,” “working with numbers/statistics,” “critical/analytical thinking” and second-language proficiency.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni publishes occasional reports on what college students know. One report found that nearly 10 percent of the college graduates surveyed thought Judith Sheindlin, TV's Judge Judy, is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Less than 20 percent of the college graduates knew the effect of the Emancipation Proclamation. More than a quarter of the college graduates did not know Franklin D. Roosevelt was president during World War II; one-third did not know he was the president who spearheaded the New Deal. Such ignorance might explain why these young people are the supporters of today's presidential candidates calling for America to become a socialist nation.

By the way, one need not be a Westerner to hold Western values. One just has to accept the sanctity of the individual above all else.

Walter E.Williams
Walter E. Williams

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these is The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

  • 14 thoughts on “The Sickness of Leftist Political Ideology Infecting our Universities

    1. I agree with you Core, there are more ways to get kids educated than by the public system. Faith based schools will teach some religion along with a strict curriculum but that is ok because kids need to learn how to treat their fellow man.
      I know some public school teachers who are conservative but I think they are few and far between. Most just are there for a paycheck so they can pay their student loans.

    2. The kids that graduate, and as long as you pay the tuition you will graduate, discover that the college degree they have doesn’t guarantee a job, it only guarantees that they’ll be starting out already thousands of dollars in debt from student loans. I had a college professor, many, many years ago, who told me that college was nothing more than a holding pattern for the job market; he was right. Now, it’s a liberal indoctrination camp where kids wind up with even less employable skills when they graduate, than when they started.

    3. The far leftist colleges are anti-Christian, anti-male, anti-white, anti-straight and anti-American. They are pro Muslim, pro female, pro gay, pro drug use. They now teach being gay is normal and being straight is abnormal! The political system in Russia and China are what the USA should follow. The American flag isn’t allowed in some class rooms. Parents home school your children. But like the writer wrote the leftist get laws passed stopping home schooling so they can promote their bizarre political ideas. You now have male hating, lesbian teachers giving boys Ritalin, Prozac and Lithium to make them placid. The teachers now want to give male students Estrogen so they will be more like girls! The left push politically correct nonsense to the max. Never had any problems back in the 1950’s like we do today. One could probably write a book on these issues today.

    4. The words of Dr. Williams are greatly supported through the selection of the photo from “The Manchurian Candidate” The image should become mainstream in any reference to the academy. After 20 years of teaching the indroctrinated, I can declare the skills of critical thinking and writing are lost. Capitulation to political correctness is complete throughout the academy. I’m a heretic who still believes in the necessity of thought and logic as being superior to emotional reaction. As of today I am no longer teaching. My mistake was to defend the philosophy’s of the founders too often. I have become an enemy of the people.

    5. I am super happy with my daughter’s private Christian school. She learned cursive in kindergarten. As a first grader, she reads phenomenally well and has the vocabulary of an adult compared to kids in some of our public schools. Maybe someday she will be a rebel leader in the struggle against the empire!

    6. Universal school vouchers are the cure. Let families decide the best educational option for each child. After all, the authoritarian left is all about letting women decide whether or not to murder their children. Should they not then support letting families decide how best to raise those few children who survive the progressive eugenics machine?

    7. Mr William’s, I love hearing your thoughts as I agree with them all but these professors who are in today’s learning institutions are not grossly ignorant of slavery or of everything else they are doing, they are criminally complicit. They know the facts in many cases but their ideology prevents them from exercising sound reasoning.

    8. Two years of complete BS. These are the same people who have entered into the classrooms and want to lower the voting age to 16 instead of at least 25. Adulthood, for the most part, begins at a later age – after living on ones own for awhile.

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      1. Most parents can’t home school sadly. The public schools have worked hard to defund home schooling in most states. Numerous states have good at home online programs but the content is pretty much the same. If you want to teach your children at home it’s on your dime. You also need enough education to meet the min requirement. Charter schools would be the solution but the Left and Democrats have rallied against them. Best bet is faith based schools if you can’t swing it yourself.

        1. “defund home schooling”? WTH does that mean? MY grandkids are home-schooled, and my son and daughter-in-law receive absolutely $00.00 from the state.

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