EXPOSED: The Marxist Plot to Destroy Higher Education in America

EXPOSED: The Marxist Plot to Destroy Higher Education in America

August 30, 2019 100 By Ronny Jaskolski


Hello and welcome, I’m Gina Shakespeare,
today on Declassified, The infiltration of Marxism
into higher education, This story by Mike Shotwell. Mike was raised in a Marxist home and is intimately familiar with American
communist history and its effects on the 20th century. He is the author of “Immersed in Red: My
Formative Years in a Marxist Household.” He is also a lecturer, a Civil War scholar, and a retired forensic architect who lives
with his wife in Atlanta, Georgia. Just before we get underway, please feel
free to subscribe, like and hit the notifications button, You can also join the conversation
on twitter and facebook. A perusal of just about any American
newspaper or network news program leaves a large portion of the country
with the sour taste of liberal politics that for decades has
been forced down their gullets. Much of the American public is finally
coming to the realization that the basic institutions of our
Western heritage, both economic and cultural, are
under assault: capitalism, our Judeo-Christian
foundations, marriage, the family, our legal system, our Constitution,
our representative democracy, and our basic civility all of the institutions that have given us so much
security and prosperity for 250 years. The biggest engine driving this train has been
the steady transformation of the majority of our colleges and universities
from institutions that foster open debate and the exchange of ideas
into incubators of left-leaning socialism, cultural Marxism, and political activism, shaping
generations of young people. Many reports have shown the leftist tilt among
our institutions of higher learning, one being an extensive study
published by Mitchell Langbert on the National Association of
Scholars website on Apr. 24. Langbert found that political registration
by doctorate-holding professors in top-tier liberal arts colleges is
overwhelmingly Democratic, with 39 percent of the colleges in
his study being Republican-free. Aside from actual political
party registration, the study found that political affiliation
skewed heavily Democratic, with more than 78 percent of academic
departments having no politically conservative representation. While exceptions do exist, among liberal
arts institutions they are few. Carson Holloway, an associate professor of
political science at the University of Nebraska–Omaha, told The Daily Signal that the skewed figures
are “most notable in the humanities and social science fields, where the battle of ideas is most important,” These numbers beg the question: What has produced
this dubious imbalance, especially when the figures do not reflect the
composition of the American public? A 2014 Gallup survey showed 38 percent
of Americans identify as conservative, versus 24 percent who identify as liberal. As we will see, the ancestors of modern liberal
academia come from the highest levels of the radical left. Next up, The Enlightenment Perhaps surprisingly, the journey’s beginnings
can largely be traced to the Enlightenment, or the Age of Reason, dating
roughly from 1685 to 1815. This era saw many positive
scientific advances; however, in terms of social reformation, changing social and political philosophies
fundamentally impacted Western populations, with one example being the upheaval of
the French Revolution and its Reign of Terror. In her essay “Pascal in the Post-Christian World, ” published in the journal Modern Age, Ann Hartle quotes Vincenzo Ferrone
regarding the intellectual and revolutionary environment of the
mid-1600s through 1800s. Hartle writes. “The Enlightenment was
an ’emancipation project’ intended to create a ‘new civilization’ grounded
in the autonomy of human reason and the centrality of man. First and foremost, then, the Enlightenment
means emancipation from tradition, especially religious tradition, and the elimination of the
transcendence of the divine in favor of an ‘entirely immanent [human] standpoint,’” In 1848, imbued with Enlightenment ideals, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
penned “The Communist Manifesto,” an idealist imagining of the oppressed
workers of the world uniting in bloody revolution to overthrow their oppressors, namely the oligarchs and
capitalists of the world. From the rubble, they would
form a new and perfect society governed by a benevolent
“dictatorship of the proletariat,” after which the scourges
of crime and poverty, the need for jails and
armies and, indeed, government itself,
would melt away. Marx’s political thinking
moved powerfully into the idealistic European intellectual
strata of writers and artists, subsequently spreading its toxic
message into the universities. One eager student was
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the Bolshevik who went on
to lead the Russian revolution. Indeed, many of the educated
elite in Europe,Great Britain, and the United States became enthralled with
the socialist/communist promises of Lenin and Stalin, of a new paradise on earth. Next up, The Fabian Society In England, in 1884, the Fabian
Society was formed to clandestinely interject socialism into British institutions
and bring about the demise of capitalism. By the early 20th century, the leaders of the society included H. G.
Wells, Sidney and Beatrice Webb, and the outspoken playwright
George Bernard Shaw. The Fabians were socialist-Marxist
imbued; however, they differed from Marx regarding the need
for violent class warfare and revolution. Instead, they targeted
established institutions for spreading their influence, utilizing the tools of “stealth,
intrigue, subversion, and the deception of never calling socialism by its
right name” in order to achieve their goals. Their mascot was a tortoise, representing
this slow, grinding methodology. Bernard Shaw, the undisputed
leader of the Fabians, showered praise on Benito
Mussolini (“the right kind of tyrant”), Josef Stalin (“a Georgian gentleman”
with “no malice in him”), and even Adolf Hitler
(“a very remarkable man”). His vision was for a worldwide socialist
government headed by a Fabian dictator. Further penetrating into the
educational structure of Britain, the Fabians founded the
London School of Economics to promote their socialist
economic principles. As an educational institution, it became the foundation of
the British Labour Party. Against the backdrop of the
Great Depression of the 1930s, they also found sympathetic interest
from their socialist counterparts in the United States. Beyond the economics and social institutions
in Great Britain during the 1930s and 1940s, the scientific arena saw the establishment
of the radical science movement. Its members closely associated with the
communist scientific communities in the Soviet Union and China. Among this group were some of
the highest-ranking scientists and professors of Britain’s
university system, such as J.B.S. Haldane (editor of Great
Britain’s communist newspaper, the Daily Worker), Hyman Levy (Communist Party
member into the 1950s), Joseph Needham (pitilessly duped
by Chinese spymasters and agents), Lancelot Hogben (Marxist socialist
and evangelical atheist), and J.D. Bernal (Marxist and militant
atheist with blind allegiance to Stalin). These figures spearheaded
communist intrusion into British academia in their research,
writings, and teaching, which would soon after overlap with scientific
research in American universities. Even more pernicious than the
Fabians was the Frankfurt School. It was founded in 1923 at the
Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, under the innocuous name
“The Institute for Social Research”. Its aim was the development
of Marxist studies in Germany. In the same vein as the Fabians, the Frankfurt School bypassed Marx and
Lenin’s ideas of violent revolution and instead concentrated on developing
alternative and insidious ways to impose its ideology and destroy the institutions
of Judeo-Christian, Western civilization. Next up, Cultural Marxism The movement, distinct
from economic Marxism, has become commonly
known as “cultural Marxism. ” The founding philosophers
included Herbert Marcuse, Max Horkheimer, Erich Fromm,
and Theodor Adorno. Horkheimer developed a study
curriculum labeled “critical theory,” a rambling, philosophical
ideology in direct opposition to the tenets of Western civilization, which became the Frankfurt
School’s raison d’étre. Critical theory postulated that anyone
living under a capitalist society was, unbeknownst to them, enslaved, oppressed,
and vulnerable to fascism. Any topic, therefore, that attacked
capitalist institutions, was legitimate fodder for critical
study and repudiation. It was only natural that U.S. educational institutions would
eventually be in their crosshairs. During the 1930s, the “Red Decade,” Frankfurt School members gained increasing
importance in leftist pedagogical circles. But with the rise of Adolf Hitler, they realized they would
have to leave Germany the founding philosophers of the school
were primarily secular Jews. From the United States,an angel arrived
in the form of socialist, Soviet-duped educator John Dewey, the father of “modern education”
in the United States. With financing from the Rockefeller
Foundation and other institutions, he brought standout members of
the Frankfurt School to welcoming top universities such
as University of California–Berkeley, Princeton University, and
Brandeis University but the most prestigious recipient was
Columbia University in New York and their well-known
Teachers College. journalist and researcher Ralph
de Toledano in his book “Cry Havoc!: The Great American
Bring-Down and How it Happened.” wrote Within a few years,
Adorno, Fromm, and Marcuse would be
“tearing down campuses, vilifying decency, glorifying
violence and pornography, and Nazifying the
spelling of ‘Amerika,’” The prospects for influence were
so far-reaching that de Toledano described the naive United States
as “a cow mooing to be milked.” The great foundations of America
would now be at their disposal, underwritten by “a vast pool of corporate
funds set up to avoid taxation … ready to pass on their millions and billions to those dedicated to destroying the
system that provided this wealth … by a managerial staff that despised
the [American] society.” Thus was born the slow, unrelenting shift
to the left for American academia. Next up, Free Love A major tenet of the
Frankfurt School’s philosophy, developed by Georg Lukacs,
Adorno, Fromm, Wilhelm Reich, and others, was the sinister belief that
unrestrained sex could be a useful and devastating instrument
if prompted to run rampant. They promoted “compulsory promiscuity, one-parent households, premarital
sex, and homosexuality,” which struck at the heart of the core
values of family and child-bearing as mainstays of
Western society. Critics were condemned as fascists
and accomplices of capitalist depravity. Lukacs, along with a small handful
of intellectual theoreticians at the Marx-Lenin Institute
in Moscow in 1922, formulated the outline the
Frankfurt School would follow, the goals being the “abolition
of [Western] culture” and Marx’s goal for “the ruthless
destruction of everything existing.” As the Minister of Education and
Culture in the brief, bloody, Hungarian–Soviet communist
government under Bela Kun in 1919, comrade Lukacs introduced the insidious plan
to remove children from parental care, while also introducing sex education
in the elementary school level precursors to the Frankfurt School’s development
of the philosophy they dubbed “Freudo-Marxism,” even though Freud referred to the
adherents as “morally insane” and felt that their ideas were
“complete lunatic,” according to Paul Kengor in his book
“Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged
Family and Marriage.” During the 1960s and 1970s
in the United States, students were being educated within
the framework of Fabian and Frankfurt School socialism and
cultural Marxism, with the heady mix of open sexuality
and anything-goes societal upheaval. They gravitated to Frankfurt
School demagogues such as Marcuse, heralded as the
“father of the New Left” and the leading academic
in the “sexual revolution.” He encouraged not only
revolutionary militancy of groups like the Black Panthers and
the Weather Underground, but also inspired
widespread agitation, student unrest, and
control of campuses. It’s not surprising that these new
ideas were eagerly internalized among the ranks of newly “liberated”
young men and women at our colleges and universities. This was the precursor of the
stifling political correctness that has set the tone for the cultural and political
instability we have witnessed over the past decades. Members of the Frankfurt School
did not stop at the cultural–social science–political door; they also were able to gain
a foothold in the arts, Hollywood, and the
media—all ripe targets. Next up, Broader Society In the scientific arena in the United States, beginning in the 1980s, leading professors such as Stephen
Jay Gould and Richard Lewontin, themselves educated within
the Marxist realm, became the leading spokesmen for the fields
of anthropology and evolutionary science. From their pulpits at
Harvard University, Columbia University,
and other institutions, they proudly proclaimed their Marxist beliefs
as a credible foundation for their scientific theories. Together, with their fellow
scientific comrades, they freely expressed their socialist–Marxist
ideology in radical publications like Solidarity, Science for the People,
and Rethinking Marxism. Gould was also on the advisory
board for the Marxist Brecht Forum and a sponsor of the New
York Marxist School. His impact in the field of
science has been profound. Thus, thanks to the “Enlightenment,” Karl
Marx and Friedrich Engels, the Fabians, the Frankfurt School, the radical science movement,
and so much more, the education system in the United States has
been indelibly scarred by this slow march of destructive leftist idealism. The results that are finally
being revealed represent a litany of assaults on not
only traditional Western values, but attacks on fundamental free speech. Political correctness has become
such a commonly used term that it is easy to overlook its
fundamental purpose—namely, the stifling of free speech
and opposing viewpoints, amounting to tyranny and suppression
on campuses and in the public square. The continual revolution called
for by Marx is alive and thriving in the form of constant agitation
and division sown by the left, from the springboard of academia. Marx and Lukacs would be gratified
at the carnage they have spawned. But the curtain is finally
being pulled back, revealing the true nature that
dominates higher education. And when light is shed on truth, the possibility for reclaiming our
institutions may at least stand a chance. That’s all the time we have for today,
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