May 1, 2007

Things that grate...

From Stanley Kurz's review of the new film Indoctrinate U...

...I don’t want to give anything away, but I was struck by the scientist who said that her students were able to figure out her politics simply by noting what she did not say. Just by teaching her subject, without adding extraneous leftist political harangues, she had revealed herself to be a closet Republican. You won’t believe what happened when the faculty found out about her politics. But the full horror story is almost less disturbing than the reality of that single observation about silence. Particularly in some of the non-science disciplines, it really has gotten to the point where mere silence on matters political is enough to reveal you as the enemy.

Will Indoctrinate U get seen? I don’t think there’s any doubt that a significant audience for this movie exists. But to overcome their own pressures of political correctness, distributers need to be reminded of that. So to prove that there is in fact an audience for this film, a website has been set up where you can register your interest in seeing Indoctrinate U. There you can also catch a trailer of the film. (Thanks to Rand)

Interesting the sensitivity to these things by the students. They've been subject to brainwashing since kindergarten, so they know the lie of the land. I often wonder how they will turn out. My own kids have a healthy aversion to political correctness and lefty indoctrination. It seems to grate on them. (They also find it grating that I like to recycle stuff. I have to explain that I don't really believe the crap about how it's going to "save the planet." It's just a conservative virtue. One called thrift.)

"it really has gotten to the point where mere silence on matters political is enough to reveal you as the enemy." I've heard that in places like many "sociology" departments, merely being liberal is not enough! It is tacitly required that all faculty be politically active leftists. Of course the discipline of sociology is an extreme case, since it has never contributed anything of use to anyone. It's practitioners must be aware, on some deep level, that they have carried "being useless" to an unprecedented extreme.

Posted by John Weidner at May 1, 2007 7:02 AM
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