It’s no secret that college campuses are bastions of liberalism and Liberalism. Notice the difference in capitalization. It might look redundant, but the two mean vastly different things. When most Americans think of “liberalism” they think of left of center politics and policies like free college or food stamps. They also think of the politicians on the left of the aisle: Kamala Harris, Corey ‘Spartacus’ Booker, Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren, et al. In the small minded context of the basic American, they would be correct.
Liberalism, with a big ‘L,’ on the other hand, means cognizant of and promoting personal rights and liberties. Big name political thinkers like John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and all of the founders of the United States were “Liberals.” The American Constitution and Declaration of Independence are some of the most Liberal documents ever written. “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The idea of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and arguably the whole document is ripped straight off from John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government, with a few small changes, notably “life, liberty and property” from Locke, was changed to “pursuit of happiness” because well, nothing in this life is guaranteed. The founders also weren’t keen on everyone owning property. To simplify the two terms, think “liberalism=Leftism” and “Liberalism=No Step on Snake” (to the chagrin of political scientists and libertarians the nation over).
Now that we have talked about the difference between liberalism and Liberalism, we can dive into why they both are not as great as we have been told. You, dear reader, most likely don’t need to be told why liberalism is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad political ideology. It has led to the perversion of sexuality, and the destruction of the nuclear family. Further it has been weaponized to ruin the idea of personal responsibly, and further ‘dumb down’ our society.
Liberalism, the idea that there are natural rights, is something that made the enlightenment possible, and that is what sent the West careening down the rabbit hole that now surrounds us. Now, I won’t sit here and say that certain groups do not possess these natural rights of life, liberty, and property, because that is simply not true. But let’s face the fact that Global Liberalism has wrought us the scum-ridden and degenerate globalist society that we all suffer through today.
Yes, it is Liberalism that gave us the idea of the proposition nation, or for those not in the political theory vein, the idea that if you believe in our ideals, you can move to, and be a part of, the nation as a citizen. You would be granted the same rights, responsibilities and privileges of people who were born to parents with citizenship. This idea is further brought to it’s logical end point with the idea that there is this “magic soil” that magically grants you rights based on your presence on it.
The political left will latch on to both of these ideas and use them to claim that you are somehow “Anti-American,” “evil,” “racist,” or whatever other buzzword is being used in the news cycle that week. This is no more evident than on college campuses where marxist professors and turbo-liberal students will shriek on about “no human being is illegal,” or “no borders.”
Let’s look at how we got here. In the social upheaval of the 1960s, the efforts that had already been underway for about a decade finally started to come to some modicum of success, and by the 1980’s near complete success was had. I’m, of course, talking about the “Long March Through the Institutions” that was first popularized by Rudi Dutschke, a former political prisoner of Mussolini. His ideas were born out of the Frankfurt School. This is the philosophical school that gives us Critical Theory. Simply put, this is the idea that all knowledge and history is biased, and objective knowledge is an illusion. This is where we get postmodernism from. Postmodernism, for those who are not well versed in philosophy, is more or less a revival of the Sophist movement which was slapped down by Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato. They were the ones who were saying that truth is that which is best argued and most widely accepted. Back to the timeline that were looking at, by the 1980s post modernists and (cultural) marxists had taken all but complete control of the institutions of higher learning. The problem then becomes much more multifaceted.
When the marxists are running the institutions at the administrative level you end up with marxists in the lecture halls and classrooms of the University. The biggest of problems emerges at this point, and it’s why Kaitlyn from a conservative family in a conservative town in rural Minnesota goes to college four hours away and three years later she has shaved half her head, dyed the other half some hideous shade of green or purple, and gotten some disgusting combination of piercings and tattoos, all while suddenly identifying as a demi-gender, pansexual, sex-positive womyn. Then at Thanksgiving she screams at her parents about their white privilege and inherent racism. How did sweet, rational Kaitlyn from ‘Right-town,’ Minnesota come to this? The institution of “higher” education. What happens is this: Young 18-year-old Kaitlyn walks into her general education classes which will primarily dominate the first two years of her ‘higher’ education. Inherently immune to marxist and postmodern interpretation are the S.T.E.M. fields. There is nothing subjective about trigonometry, computer programming, or the physics of building a bridge. The issue is that fat 45 year old box wine and cat ladies are teaching the english classes, as well as the sociology and gender womyn’s studies classes. These types of classes are something that are required by the university in order to graduate. Young and impressionable college freshmen are more or less forced to to attend these classes for three to five hours a week for two years. They, because the modern public education system does little to nothing to teach kids the art of rhetoric and debate, are ill-equipped to go head to head against some harpy who has been making these points and studying in their field since the student was born, or even longer. What inevitably happens is that young people are blindsided with cultural marxist and postmodern ideology and have no way to counter it—or in the increasingly less likely event that they are able to raise objections, they are bullied down into submission. They inevitably accept the ridiculous ideas their professor posits to them. This is how the university turns young minds into bottomless pits of faulty philosophical thought.
How do we fix this? I have answers for many things, but for this, the solution is beyond me. The best I can come up with is to consistently be sharpening your wit and arguments. Hone your rhetoric and counterpoints, interact and make connections with like-minded, or similarly minded people and challenge the professor when they get lefty on you. To hell with their group-think—fight it.