Example #2,943 Why Academia Is Doomed
I spend a fair bit of time bashing academia. Of course, the academy really does make it easy for me.
More than that, they do ridiculous stuff that makes me feel obligated to criticize them for their ridiculousness.
There have been times I wondered if I was being unfair. After all, people can disagree in the best way forward while still not being awful people.
At least, I wondered that until I came across this story.
A bust of Chinese communist revolutionary and mass murderer Mao Zedong is on display at Washburn University’s political science department.
Grant Armstrong, a lecturer in the Kansas university's political science department, told Campus Reform that the bust has been on display for at least two years.
Armstrong characterized the bust, which sits next to a figure of Bernie Sanders, according to a photograph obtained by Campus Reform, as "troubling."
the bust has been on display for at least the past 2 years, which he describes as “troubling.”
“It’s bigger than any American political figure," Armstrong said. "It's emblematic of academia today.”
“I'm a center-left guy, but I don't know if there’s room for people like me in academia anymore,” Armstrong said. “It’s not just conservatives being targeted, it's also those who don't toe the far left line.”
Now, the bust of Mao isn’t alone in the display case. It also includes bobbleheads of a number of left-leaning officials such as former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The lone Republican is Sen. Mitt Romney.
In other words, there aren’t really any Republicans in the display.
Yet Mao’s looms larger than the others, a mechanism that’s sure to draw attention. The problem, as Campus Reform notes, is that Mao killed up to 45 million of his own people, making Stalin and Hitler look like pikers.
Such people aren’t worthy of veneration.
We can debate Sanders, Clinton, or Romney all day long, but Mao should be a bridge too far for anyone.
The problem is, in academia, it’s not. Mao isn’t a monster, but a hero.
If that doesn’t give you pause, there’s no hope for you or for humanity as a species.
And Armstrong is right, there really isn’t room for people like him anymore. More and more often, the academy wants not the best and brightest to educate the next generation, but the most indoctrinated.
Then again, they’re trying to indoctrinate students, so that’s hardly surprising.
People like Armstrong who lack sufficient revolutionary zeal will be pushed out. They’ll be pushed out and, if his colleagues get their way, eventually up against a wall and shot.
In this way, Armstrong isn’t much different than Evergreen’s Bret Weinstein, who agreed with leftist ideals by not the proposed expression of those ideals. Weinstein was eventually pushed out of his job because he refused to play their silly games.
For now, Armstrong appears to still have his job, but it’s really only a matter of time.
And when he’s gone, they’ll make sure they have someone who thinks Mao was just swell.
Give them enough time and maybe they’ll be able to push someone into office will kill legions more than the Chinese communist icon ever could.
And don’t tell me that’s not the goal.