Defunding the Marxist Madrassas
Going further, I propose we eventually abolish the brick-and-mortar universities that employ the Marxist academics who brainwash young people in fields of study that produce few jobs, and leave them saddled with debt.
Author Walsh argues Marxism has completely infiltrated the American university system
Those alternatives are usually grouped under the rubric of online learning. These low-cost alternatives to brick-and-mortar colleges and universities can also address another pressing problem for many young people – massive college debt through federal loans that in 40% of the cases are not repaid. The current federal student loan debt stands at a staggering $1.2 trillion. The current system is unsustainable.
Of course, Chomsky does not want to replace the system that pays his salary and provides a platform for his Marxism. A real alternative to the current economic system would take the taxpayers off the hook for subsidizing state colleges and universities that keep Marxists like Chomsky on the payroll and undermine traditional values.
Teaching students to protest, not to make a living
To be sure, there are some “jobs” for these activists. But holding protest signs and occupying Wall Street does not take a lot of intelligence or produce much income. There are many more students who want to become part of the system, rather than change it. They want to be business people, engineers, accountants and scientists. They want to produce and build things. These are the young people who have been abandoned by colleges and universities emphasizing women’s and queer studies.
“We have fundamental problems because of fundamental flaws in our economic and political system,” says the Next System statement. “The crisis now unfolding in so many ways across our country amounts to a systemic crisis.”
That crisis is higher education. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has exploited a real problem – student debt – but has no solution, except to continue to subsidize the same corrupt system. The Wall Street Journal ran another article on April 7 noting the facts that we should all be familiar with – Americans owe more than $1.2 trillion in student debt and 40% of them aren’t paying off the loans. One reason is that these people aren’t getting the jobs necessary to generate enough income to enable them to pay off the loans.
But the article, an honest look at the student debt problem, does not address the cost of “higher education” that produces the debt in the first place.
Students trained to protest exhorbitant loans to attend colleges that no longer teach...
These “diversity officers” are popping up all over the place, including at the University of Virginia, where Queer Studies week includes a workshop on the proper use of pronouns. UVA offers “Women, Gender & Sexuality,” an interdisciplinary program in which students “study gender and sexualities with an emphasis on transnational perspectives.”
So the “debt” is at least partly due to rising costs at colleges and universities, which are in the business not of preparing students for a real economy, but rather of re-engineering their social lives and their social views.
Meanwhile, the Journal noted that the Education Department has assembled a “behavioral sciences unit” to study “the psychology” of students who have taken out $1.2 trillion in student loan debt “and why they don’t repay.” Perhaps a study isn’t needed. Perhaps the answer is that many don’t want to pay off their debts because politicians like Senator Sanders are promising free college for all and debt forgiveness.
Sanders holds a press conference advocating erasing all student debt & making college education free to all
It’s bad enough that people aren’t prepared for the college work. It’s even worse that after four years of this kind of “learning,” they are still not prepared for the real world. Judging by the success of Sanders in the presidential race, it would appear that the real crisis is that higher education has failed to prepare young people for the future and has instead left them struggling to pay tens of billions of dollars in student loan debt.
However, those turning out for Sanders have been led to believe that more taxes and debt are the solution. This approach leaves Marxists like Chomsky, still ensconced in academia, agitating for the “next system” of Socialism that will leave young people even more hopeless.
Like the commission that closed obsolete military bases, America needs to begin the process of defunding the brick-and-mortar universities that are draining money from students with no real legitimate and worthwhile educational purpose. A process of de-funding so-called “diversity” departments and offices in colleges and universities is actually underway. In Tennessee, Rep. Micah Van Huss (R-Jonesborough) introduced HB 2248 to defund the University of Tennessee’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, after it used state funds for a “Sex Week,” for promotion of gender-neutral pronouns and for urging “holiday parties” that did not emphasize religion or culture.
“Having seized academia,” writes Michael Walsh in his book on cultural Marxism, “they left a legacy in the cancerous growth of ‘studies’ departments (gender, race, queer, whatever) that infest the modern university at the expense of classical learning.”
Universities like Syracuse introduce expensive diversity programs funded by the government
My friend “Jimmy from Brooklyn” says we need to go further, in regard to existing colleges and universities, and demand a “separation of Marx and State,” so that affirmative action for conservative professors can be implemented to strive for some sort of equality and real “diversity.”
Conservatives must be the true revolutionaries and expose socialists like Sanders as the reactionary defenders of the corrupt system.