This was the real illustration that accompanied the original post. It was labeled “Liberal grad”. I don’t feel anything I add to that could be funnier than those two facts.
Henry Olsen, Moonie Times:
Dangers of academia’s ‘indoctrination mills’
Like a perfect gas, wingnut’s usage of the phrase “liberal media” has been so successful in cowing the media that it has naturally expanded to encompass everything but the novelty press of a crazed Korean cultists.
Really, it was the natural conclusion of the phrase, being at its heart a meaningless intimidation routine that could only work if the entire media apparatus forgot what it was supposed to have pride in.
Nonetheless, I’m sure, Washington Times’ exception is based on its strong journalistic integrity and value of the truth rather than it faithfully emulating the most deranged assumptions and half-truths of Wing Nut Daily comment sections…
- Kids are seeing through our self-serving “free market” bullshit. Obviously this isn’t due to them being direct victims of our broken economic system, but rather commie brainwashing from Satanic universities.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum caused a bit of a stir last month when he labeled college campuses “indoctrination mills” that enforce a strict adherence to “politically correct left doctrine.”
Sorry, I have to laugh every time someone tries to argue that “political correctness” is some form of doctrine or otherwise tries and make it sound scary. I mean, first off, “political correctness” doesn’t really exist outside conservative conspiracy theories. And second off, it’s only really ever meant that if you’re a dick, people may call you out on that and exercise their free speech to call you a dick. And pretty much every instance of “political correctness gone wrong” the right can find tends to be some institution or person who recognizes that they aren’t just talking to a Klan rally and so tries to pick words that won’t make them look like an archaic douche so that they won’t be earning bad press with a certain group or people who think they are full human beings.
So yes, grr, argh, educational institutions try and educate students and try not to be dicks. Obviously the Fascists have won.
For conservatives, Mr. Santorum might as well have called the sky blue.
What with being frightened and angry at the very notion of education and all. And thus prone to conspiracy theories about those “damn egghead nerds I used to beat up thinking they know better than me. I don’t need to know any fancy book learnin’. My daddy taught me all I need to know.”
But from the way the media and liberal pundits pounced on his remarks, you’d think he had said something profoundly indecent.
Yes, he only accused our entire educational system of being an Orwellian construction that we’d be better off without. Well, not just that, but also our academic system, which would be that decidedly anti-authoritarian system by which world wide knowledge is shared, thus allowing us to create new technologies and industries that keep us from becoming a third world backwater that the civilized nations use only for underpaid and exploitative manual labor.
Which, hey, would have been fine, if a) he had any evidence beyond “well, every conservative knows in their hearts it must be true” or b) he wasn’t running for President and thus in a really good position to completely eliminate the Education Department.
For decades, conservatives have documented and criticized how liberal ideology runs rampant throughout higher education. Hence William F. Buckley’s famous quip from the 1960s: “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.” Fifty years later, few conservatives would disagree.
And as we all know the untrustworthiness of the staff at the Free Market‘s alternative to the stifling conformity of public universities is the most damning proof of the latter’s corrupt evil nature.
Also, really, Harvard is the go-to whipping boy? That giant batch of overpaid conservatives?
But could the problem be getting worse? The Pew Research Center released a study in December showing that more Americans age 18 to 29 have a favorable view of socialism over capitalism. In fact, this demographic has a net positive view of socialism (49 percent positive to 43 percent negative) and net negative view of capitalism (46 percent positive and 47 percent negative). When Pew released an earlier version of the same study two years ago, this demographic’s views on socialism were exactly the opposite (43 percent positive and 49 percent negative).
Always trust the shorter.
I mean, sure, most of my friends are only avoiding homelessness and starvation by the kindness of friends and family. Sure, they are using more and more inventive systems to try and stave off illnesses and injuries because none of them have health care in their jobs if they can even find a job. And sure, they’ve had to watch patiently as all the self-described “capitalists” have looked at their suffering and decided that the real crime is how the rich don’t have an extra yacht or two in take-home pay. And sure, this is from a population mostly deriving from a middle class, much less those who began in poverty and have only ever known poverty. And sure, the internet makes it really easy to notice that Scandanavia isn’t actually a frozen waste covered in zombies.
But really, they only started hating capitalism when their schools started prying their eyes open and forcing them to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” 1000 times in a row.
Clearly, more than one’s college education goes into one’s opinions on economic systems.
Nah, it’s just the college education that only a fraction of those between the ages of 18-29 have. It’s like a virus that way.
But just as clearly, few would deny that a college graduate’s opinions are shaped during his or her four years at college – that’s why they’re called the formative years.
Yes, and most of that is totally shaped by the professors, who are universally respected and revered like gods and never ever questioned in a system that constantly encourages questions, investigation, and curiosity.
It’s not at all shaped by… oh say, kids getting some freedom from outside their parent’s narrow-minded worldviews and actually experiencing the meeting of America’s diverse cultures for themselves and having the space to make their own conclusions about such things. Including who they are themselves.
Nope, it’s just that 4 years of college, only from the teacher’s iron-fisted rule to which 24/7 messaging from birth from parents, Church, and the reality that must totally be different from what the universities are saying (in order to be indoctrination rather than listing facts) are simply powerless.
Damn, university professors, you are wasting your time teaching classes. Any one of you could have like a million person cult or take over the entire media and be way more effective with your magical brainwashing powers and be taking home a way bigger paycheck for it!
So when we engage in a spirited debate about the liberal dominance of college, let’s also remember that there are real-world consequences to this imbalance within academia.
I love this line.
So, yeah, let’s assume their little delusion is right. The universities are the most powerful mind-control institution in the world and rewrite the very brainwaves of anyone who enters them so that they reject basic reality and grow to hate everything they know in their hearts as good and pure.
Their solution? Employ more of their propagandists so that the mind-control is only half as effective.
It’s just wonderfully, insanely authoritarian.
I mean, if there was some institution out there that was legitimately brainwashing people (cough cults cough). I wouldn’t want it to be balanced with “my side”‘s brainwashing. I’d want it eliminated completely, its leaders thrown in jail, resources made available so the kids can get their lives back, and a diverse spread of public alternatives for whatever need made them feel they needed said organization.
But to conservatives, the main objection isn’t to the brainwashing per se, but that the brainwashing isn’t supporting their cause.
As always this leads to a number of IT’S ALWAYS PROJECTION speculations about pretty much everything left on the conservative supporter list.
I’m not saying they have a basement filled with those chairs from A Clockwork Orange, but I’m going to be filing some search warrants just in case.
For the 18-to-29-year-olds who have a favorable opinion of socialism, what else does that tell us about them?
That they aren’t from an era where references to socialism would instantly call to mind Soviet Russia and the threat of nuclear annhilation, but rather the post-Soviet era where a number of countries have had socialist reform of capitalism without devolving to the excesses of Stalinist or Maoist communism?
Can one view socialism favorably and still believe in America’s democratic free-market system?
A democratic free-market system? Or America’s “democratic” “free-market” system?
Cause the answers are yes and no respectively.
I would also argue that one having even a rudimentary knowledge of how capitalism is supposed to work might also have difficulty believing in the latter. And might have say, some issue with categorizing a system designed to cripple and prevent new competition from entering systems as a “free market”.
Would these young adults be able to articulate why the social democratic states of Europe and around the world failed to keep pace with the United States in the latter half of the 20th century?
Um, those would be those European countries which started off worse than us after the end of the Second World War (what with them being the battleground for one of the most devastating wars in history and massively in debt to our Johnny-come-Lately asses). The ones now collectively kicking our ass in most of the industries, minus maybe electronics and video game design?
Well, then, sir, I’d say they failed to keep pace because they’re so far around the next bend, we can’t even see them blowing us the raspberry over their shoulders.
This is the dilemma that confronts a nation whose youths don’t understand or appreciate what underlies our prosperity.
Those damn kids just don’t understand about the magic men who live in people’s sock drawers and make the stock market rise and fall depending on how much people masturbate to Ayn Rand novels.
They’d have you root through those sock drawers for socks crushing the magic men entirely and destroying our entire economy. It happened in 2008, but you brainwashed fools wouldn’t listen to us!
The recent Occupy Wall Street protests presented the perfect irony of this generation and its confusion.
I know! They are so confused they don’t even understand that the the casino based around our economy is the only thing that matters in our economy and that defending it above all other things is everyone’s sacred duty! Those damn kids just want all the chips to themselves. Greedy upstarts!
While decrying the evils of capitalism, the protesters organized their marches via social networks and mobile devices that were the products of capitalism. No government agency or grant created Twitter or the iPhone.
A government agency did create that whole… internet thing designing it to share material between government buildings and military buildings.
And the government expanded it to be the internet we know and love today largely because of those… well what do you know, evil academics, who wanted an easy and convenient means of exchanging chemical brainwashing techniques… I mean, research.
Also, yes, Twitter… that would be the service which is mainly used because it is available for free to all customers regardless of ability to pay and encourages open communication with the entire world as one giant stream.
I mean, I know that Twitter has been adopted by the conservatives as their sainted object because it reduces all conversation to talking points that are easily dittoed with zero intellectual engagement.
But you might want to pick a better example for your “anti-socialism” tool.
Oh, I see, you did. The iPhone. Is this because the Occupy Wall Street crowd used iPhones in particular more than the average citizenry? No, it’s because it’s the only technology that Henry Olsen can name despite supposedly being a capitalism fanatic.
Without a firm background in the benefits of the free market, these same Americans will grow up not only ignorant of much of what makes America great, but supportive of policies that will undermine our greatness.
I love the complete popcorn quality of these comments. There’s no genuine defense, no illustration of the problems that will occur, no real argumentation.
Just, b-b-b-but shut up! That’s why!
Aw, is someone starting to feel their 15 minutes of unearned domination coming to an end? The itch of a citizenry who has had just about enough of our Second Gilded Age? Starting to feel a bit worried about cliffotines?
This is not a partisan issue.
That is why my only proposed solution so far is more registered Republicans in our academic institutions at the expense of better qualified liberal teachers and researchers.
A generation that is unaware of its nation’s founding principles – freedom, limited government and the free market – is a generation that could lose them.
… Hee hee. No, there is nothing, nothing cuter than someone ranting about other people being unaware idiots right before they completely fail to recall basic facts*.
Damn kids don’t know nothing about photosynthesis. Like how plants absorb… water? in their… mitochondria? … and… uh… shut up, you’re idiots!
The reverse side of the coin involves those young Americans who, after four years of Mr. Santorum’s “indoctrination mills,” miraculously still believe in the power of the free market.
Somehow despite the super powerful brainwashing rays emanating across the states from the Universities, 46% of kids still think favorably about capitalism. Must be intervention by Jesus rather than proof that there is no indoctrination and it’s one big IT’S ALWAYS PROJECTION about the Chicago School of Economics and how it actually has been trying to turn Economics programs around the country and around the world into Propaganda Mills for a rather extreme and dangerous view of capitalism.
Anything else, would be downright… silly.
But can they defend it against the never-ending assaults from the media and liberal politicians?
That’s it. Sadly no drinking game. Every time a wingnut writes “liberal media” despite our media being painfully obviously in the pocket for our corporate masters, take a mother fucking shot.
Most probably they can’t. In all likelihood, those who can had to go outside their formal education to learn about it.
(singing)We don’t need no educ~ation!(/singing)
While there is not shortage of good, foundational texts to educate the student interested in America’s economic history, there is a shortage of interested students.
Huh, the mental enslavers from Rigel 8 running our academic institutions don’t seem to be having a shortage of interested students, even grabbing the attention of ones who’ve never even stepped foot on campus.
Maybe you just suck?
This is where parents must play an active role in their children’s education. Sending them off to a four-year institution and assuming that upon graduation they will be economically literate flies in the face of reality. If parents abdicate all responsibility to liberal professors, there’s a good chance the graduate will come home spouting liberal claptrap and looking forward to his or her next Occupy Wall Street rally.
Yeah parents, you need to make sure your children know nothing of the real world and are safely kept in the dark. Either denying them any university education just to be safe or shipping them off to Liberty University to receive a substandard education that will leave them only ever qualified to receive Wingnut Welfare for the rest of their lives.
It’s the only way to ensure they never receive brainwashing and thus are free to determine their own lives and future for themselves…
Okay, yeah, I can’t keep it up either. And no, I still can’t get enough about how the supposed cure for brainwashing is “good brainwashing”. Can’t just let the kiddies choose for themselves, that’d be… socialism or something, I’m not actually sure what words mean anymore.
It’s almost like universities are a break from brainwashing and where kids are exposed to actual reality and make their own decisions regarding it, decisions that may disagree with their parents or something. Like maybe kids already had differing views from their parents but only felt safe expressing them when their parents couldn’t throw them out of the house and disown them anymore.
Like IT’S ALWAYS PROJECTION was a truism or something.
Despite decades of calling out the problem, conservatives have yet to make a serious dent in the left’s dominance of academia. This likely won’t change anytime soon.
Huh, it’s almost like it’s complete bullshit and people are hesitant about taking apart the last apparatus keeping our economy even remotely functional just so a bunch of psychotic god-botherers can feel they control their children’s lives into adulthood.
Which means this summer, when students are home for summer break, it’s up to parents to arm them not only with the knowledge of what awaits them on campus, but also with the intellectual curiosity to seek answers elsewhere.
Yeah, this will definitely have the kids coming home for the holidays. Hi, honey, nice to see you, I bought you some Evagnelical picture books about how evolution is a lie to counter the evil commie brainwashing you’re receiving to become a worse person… wait, where are you going? Oh god, Mr. Olsen was right. She’s already gone from us. Probably tries to prevent pregnancies like a slut and supports the Girl Scouts now! How could I have gone so wrong.
Otherwise, parents might learn firsthand what Mr. Santorum meant about “indoctrination mills.”
Yes… otherwise they might learn about indoctrination mills.
Henry Olsen is a vice president of the American Enterprise Institute
This post reads like the half-formed scribbling of some feeble-minded inbred farmer trying to use words he only knows the most vague notion about. And they gave him a fucking Vice Presidency. Oh yeah, conservatism is the real origin of intellectual curiosity all right.
which publishes the “Values and Capitalism” book series, intended to provide a free-market education for today’s students.
Huh, a totally innocent and concerned post about our Academic System and the need for parents to buy wingnut alternatives, just happens to sell wingnut alternatives.
How incredibly convenient! Why, I was feeling all concernified about dem damn liberal mindtakers stealing my baby boy from me and making him hate Jesus with his fag friends thanks to this post and was worried I wouldn’t know where to go to find them.
Luckily this “free market” alternative exists so I can prove my loyalty to the tribe!**
‘Shorter’ concept created by Daniel Davies and perfected by Elton Beard. Leaving you postless for 5 days is perfected by me. We are aware of all Internet traditions.™
*Well, right up until you realize they are supposed adults and that they make more money in a year than you’ll ever see in your life. Then… slightly less cute.
** The ads below the post are also a bunch of scam offers. I’m pretty sure that conservatism is now entirely made up of scam artists each trying to play the others to make a fast buck.