Monday, June 19, 2017

The Bell Jar Descends upon the Left

Robert Oscar Lopez

Esther Greenwood says of the summer of 1953: “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” So goes the opening sentence in the classic novel The Bell Jar.

A political event—execution of two Jews accused (apparently, fairly) of treason—ends up being all about Esther. The execution is a metaphor for her identity crisis as a middle-class white woman surrounded by docile females and egotistical, inconsiderate men.

As many freshmen have postulated about this classic young adult novel, Esther is allegorically executed too, by the stifling conformity and sexual inhibitions of Eisenhower America! You see, being a gifted woman in bourgeois society is just like being put to death for treason!

The Bell Jar was the thinly fictionalized account of Sylvia Plath’s journey through the suffocating 1950s. Sylvia/Esther moves from a highly prized internship with a women’s magazine to her suicide on February 11, 1963. Writing under the pseudonym of Victoria Lucas, she relates the oppressiveness of blue cornflower arrangements and being forced to learn German, as she staves off Latin American gigolos, mocks her womanizing boyfriend for getting fat as he recovers from surgery, and hemorrhages upon losing her virginity to a professor.

Educated in pristine colleges and expected to conduct herself with a modicum of ladylike decorum, Plath rebelled by writing a trove of popular poetry in the 1950s. She became a favorite of smart but wisecracking young women who might find Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennett interesting but not edgy enough. Many an Ivy League girl still bitter from her days at Deerfield or Choate Rosemary has loitered under centuries-old elms gracing ancient quadrangles, wearing thick-rimmed genius glasses and some kind of countercultural hairdo, immersed in Plath’s poems like “Daddy” and “Lorelei.”

Fans of intersectionality must, of course, take issue with her uncritical experience with “white privilege” and her demonization of lesbianism. But there’s so much to rebuke beyond that.

As a conservative I find Plath grossly immoral, given that she committed one of the evilest of sins in Christianity—murder of self—by sticking her head in a gas oven while her helpless young children were in the house (gentle biographers remind us that she stuffed the cracks around the kitchen so the gas would not escape and kill the little ones.)

Every time a famous person like Robin Williams kills himself, we hear a loud chorus of advocates for mental health warning us not to condemn people for suicide, but I have never accepted their premise. The suicide rate in the United States keeps skyrocketing the more we try to affirm and understand everything people feel. Would that humanitarians could figure out: if we tell people the truth that suicide damns a soul to eternal separation from God, we could encourage just enough of them to give us time to nurse their minds back to functional health. I digress but not really.

Her poetry is good the way well-crafted Danish pastries are good. Anyone who’s ever been to the little Denmark in Solvang, California, knows you can respect a chef’s artistry while still acknowledging that cholesterol and triglycerides will make you gluttonous and kill you. But this is where liberals get things twisted. To them Sylvia Plath is good both for her artistry and for her effects on the human soul. They see the march toward Plath’s suspension of hope as transformative. To them it’s enlightenment, the very aim of higher education itself, the discovery of the meaningless malaise hidden beneath layers of puritanical Christian delusion. In my recent book Wackos Thugs and Perverts, I describe the ideal state for the American left as “a cultivated state of confusion, dysfunction, anxiety, and ignorance, which academia deploys in order to maintain its power.”

The four phases of this cultivated state are important, if we are to understand the left and also the academy that the left both mirrors and molds.

First comes confusion with an onslaught of crazy notions and nobody brave enough to contest them.

Next comes dysfunction, as people start basing their life decisions on their confused notions: for example, they decide to spend their twenties not on courtship but on working long hours and trying to publish bad novels, because their muddled judgment has told them life will be totally happy if they never get married or start a family (and if they change their mind in, say, their fifties, anybody can start a family with egg donors, surrogate wombs, and sperm donors.) Because of such poor judgment, they do self-defeating things like hang all their hopes for self-worth on getting a literary agent. They look for emotional closeness from co-workers and a shrink who charges $200 an hour to do what a husband would have done for free: nod, listen, and say, “yes, you’re so right.” (The difference is that a husband will also provide some good old-fashioned lovemaking—and babies!)

Next comes anxiety, as people immersed in this blurry world of nonsensical values find their waking hours plagued with stress, doubt, uneasiness, worry, fear, and of course blind rage. Having mismanaged and sabotaged the most important relationships around them, they cling foolishly to people who hate them. They spurn people who would love them. As they realize that they’ve made bad decisions, they start racking themselves and doubling down, excoriating themselves for not doing enough of the confused decision-making that got them there in the first place. “Maybe I shouldn’t have broken down and put up a profile on OKCupid! Maybe I just need to sign up for more writing workshops run by arrogant lechers who tell long-winded stories about how they got their novel published in 1982! Maybe I should try harder to be like Diane Chambers in Cheers.”

Finally arrives ignorance, the all-encompassing state in which this tragic process culminates and to which, like the Via Appia pointing to Rome, all of the bad thinking leads. Confusion has made knowledge unattainable, while dysfunction has made it impossible for the victim of this rhythm to discipline their lives for true study and actual learning. In a crippling state of anxiety, the mind is unable to focus. The ultimate result is the lack of any perspective and inability to gain it. Life becomes nothing but outbursts, reactions to provocations, obsessions, and increasingly violent ideations. Ignorance is not bliss. It is deadly.

Never forget that Sylvia Plath, after writing about the tragically disoriented and suicidal Esther Greenwood, stuck her head in a gas oven and endangered the lives of her small children.

To liberals, despite all their trucks with ideologically driven Black Panthers and ACTUP and pink pussy hats, Sylvia Plath epitomizes what they stand for: embittered observations about how annoying the world is, total inability to suggest anything better, sarcasm, whining, mental illness, self-absorbed neurosis, and suicidal politics with zero regard for what they do to children. The proliferation of talk therapy options, psychotropic drugs, and self-help books (including a boom in Christian sects structured around “healing” and “pastoral care for the whole person”) seems to have had no impact on the main problem facing the American left: They are profoundly spoiled, unhappy, and destructive.

The bell jar itself—a glass container—serves as Plath’s overarching metaphor for two reasons. Beautiful roses are placed under bell jars to deprive them of oxygen, so that they die but remain in their lifeless but beautiful state. Also, dead babies used in science experiments are kept in bell jars, immersed in liquids that preserve them for investigation.

Like the liberals of today, Plath sees herself as the victim of the bell jar in both respects. She pictures her own beauty as a forced commodity blocking her from what she presumes would be a far more exciting and visceral experience full of grit and danger. She also sees herself, half-correctly, as an infantile human being, like a fetus trapped in an overprotective womb, and killed by claustrophobia before it could reach real maturity.

There are countless reasons to express alarm about the left of today. My book’s title was intentionally provocative: Wackos Thugs & Perverts, to encapsulate the trivium of nihilistic tendencies that predominate in academia. You have wackos peddling wildly implausible theories about the world as if they are unquestionably smart. You have thugs on all levels, from the party racketeers who move trillions of dollars in tax-free holdings and student loans for worthless degrees, to the angry youths shattering windows and tweeting vile insults at people in the name of causes they barely understand. And at last you have the perverts who have declared war on every form of bodily dignity, striving to force their pornographic imagination into every nook and cranny of society.

But there is room for compassion if we understand that the left is defined not by its politics but rather by its mental illness. They live in bell jars that they cannot understand or trace back to any clear person to blame. Thus they find wild monsters hidden behind everything that provokes them. They think Donald Trump wants to rape them and Mike Pence want to electrocute them to make them heterosexual. They think Vladimir Putin caused Hillary Clinton to lose an election. They think the Koch Brothers plot to sell them into slavery and Steve Scalise is a white supremacist.

In such a state of hyper-anxiety and ignorance, they seek emotionally affirmative relationships with oversimplified human abstractions: illegal immigrants, black youths shot by police, sexual assault victims, Muslims, transsexual fifteen-year-olds—people with striking stories to tell, but people whom they do not know personally at all. Since they feel like fetuses trapped inside bell jars, they need distant and two-dimensional characters to populate their emotional landscape, because their dysfunction and confusion will only be aggravated by the complexities of real-life individuals. And they fear, most of all, people who disagree with them and who aren’t as mentally ill as they are. They cannot endure any intelligent beings who do not mirror the tumultuous fancies they hallucinate all around them.

At their core they suffer from a powerfully suicidal urge, reminiscent most of all of Sylvia Plath’s own psychological afflictions. Freud defined ambivalence as the simultaneous co-existence of a wish and counter-wish, neither of which can overcome the other. The left’s relationship to its bell jar is one of ambivalence. They want to smash it but fear that if they do, the world outside will be impatient with their neuroses and they will be adrift forever. They want the sensation of being oppressed and contained, because it gives their lives meaning. But they know, also, that they cannot live inside a bell jar forever, so they lean dangerously toward suicide.

Perhaps the most blatant Plath-like wing of the left is the LGBT movement, which wields threats of suicide repeatedly to get what it wants. But the fascination with the gas oven in the kitchen is wide throughout the left. Their nihilism vacillates between wanting to shatter the world around them and wanting to cease to exist. If you can understand Sylvia Plath, you know what we are dealing with, when we confront today’s left.

Robert Oscar Lopez can be followed on English Manif, Twitter, and CogWatch.


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

How I figured out Paul was right and homosexuality was wrong

As the Texas state legislature is fighting new battles against the LGBT agenda and in some cases winning ground, there also appears an uptick in people trying to discredit the proper Biblical position on homosexuality--which is, of course, that homosexual activity is a sin that any person is capable of committing, and any person is capable of resisting. They often come under hashtags like "#faithfullyLGBT" and proclaim they offer a safe space for people who want to be Christian but who do not want to give up their homosexual activities.

Monday, May 15, 2017

African Scientist Speaks out on Obama's LGBT Policies in Nigeria, Senegal, et al.



AND MY DEBUT AS A RADIO HOST (GUEST)!

https://taxpayervor.com/?podcast=tvor-show-13-may-17-hr-1
https://taxpayervor.com/?podcast=tvor-show-13-may-17-hr-2

Top Ten Reasons that Academic Freedom Is a Dead End

The news out of academia is atrocious. About a million times I've said, it cannot get any worse. And then Berkeley bursts into flames, Catholic colleges ban Chick Fil-A to placate the legions of Sodom, Carol Swain quits her job at Vanderbilt, a Chicano lesbian gets a sitting US Senator no-platformed at a black college in Texas over same-sex marriage, and the AAUP--the professorial advocacy group most responsible for our language of "academic freedom"--rushes to defend the crazy white woman from your local bookstore's attic, Melissa Click. The AAUP wouldn't help me when a gang of racists drove me out of my job in L.A., presumably because most of the racist ringleaders were homosexuals. But they're on the case when a redheaded white woman incites goons to attack an Asian American reporter.

As I've written a bunch of times, academia is horrendous and won't improve unless somehow people find a way to cut off all federal money to it. Chances of that happening are slim to none. Since my last English Manif post on the topic, in which I basically tell everyone to give up on higher ed, I have received more missives saying, "you can't say such things!" from conservatives who think that somehow if they are just even more groveling, desperate, and cloying, a few liberals will convince the rest of academia to treat us like human beings. Fat chance! I am reminded of a passage from the Book of Malachi, which I recently covered in my daily devotionals:

"Look, I am going to rebuke your descendants, and I will spread animal poo all over your face-the crap left over from your festival sacrifices-and you will be thrown out with the poo." --Malachi 2:3

How the elitist caste system in the US works and seems so difficult to fix (hint: it's not about Wall Street)

The origins of the United States
university system.

THIS WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED IN LATE 2011.

The most depressing thing about being a professor is being part of the United States professoriate. I love teaching, scholarship, ideas, and service. But the professoriate is, unfortunately, an integral cog in the machine that is the American academy. And the American academy is literally a feudal, caste-based holdover from the Middle Ages. Harvard and Yale, the two first colleges founded in the United States, were patterned after European colleges which were themselves designed around the religious authority of the church.

Professors are called "doctors" because their title comes from "doctus," a Latin term meaning "learned." A "doctor of the church" was an ecclesiastical authority who proved to superiors that he knew the scriptures and exegesis well enough to be trusted as an authority on the Bible. One prerogative afforded to the doctors of the church was the right to define articles of faith. If Christians failed to demonstrate sufficient understanding or commitment to articles of faith, they were tortured. Those who were not Christian were tortured until they recited articles of faith, or in some cases massacred.

Monday, May 8, 2017

THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE



In the eighth chapter of the Book of John, Jesus Christ makes two statements in rapid succession. They encapsulate in a few phrases wisdom to cure many Christians of the anxieties that afflict the conservative movement. In 8:31, Jesus says, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” A few lines latter, Jesus adds, “Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.”

An Update

My Twitter feed has exploded in recent weeks, with plentiful panic about the pitiable state of free speech on college campuses. Big cases—big because they both worsen and reveal the deep structural wounds caused by the purge of Christian and conservative professors—played out this week: John McAdams, Anthony Esolen, Rebecca Tuvel, Paul McHugh, Carol Swain, Keith Fink, and Paul Griffiths.

I know of other professors, and of people who know of still others, who are in similar purges but who have to stay silent because of confidentiality gags. Then you must account for all the adjuncts like Mary Grabar who never got tenure-track jobs, earlier exiles like John Zmirak who got out of the academy for better lives, and the many conservatives in grad school who sold their souls to liberals, ran out of the hallowed halls screaming, or were chased out by the usual mobs of screeching race hucksters, homofascists, feminazis, climate-change cabalists, and Marxophonies before they could get their doctorates.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Tale of Two "Offensive" Pics--and One Old & Stale Narrative

Recently Jemar Tisby of the Washington Post ran a column with the title, "Why a racially insensitive photo of Southern Baptist seminary professors matters." A photograph posted on Twitter by five professors working at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), then deleted, prompted Mr. Tisby to write said article. Here is the photo:


Readers will have to show patience in parsing this incident, since it is extremely complicated. I will explain more about the photo later. First let us establish the genesis of Mr. Tisby's article. (His Twitter profile states that he is a PhD student, which I assume means he has not defended a dissertation yet. Out of respect, I like to call people the highest title I can infer, so that would be "Mr." here, though I would call him Dr. or Prof. if I could extrapolate that from what's published about him.)

The picture above only circulates on the web because some people took screen shots of it and continue to post it around, against the wishes of those who first published it. But Mr. Tisby seems in concord with those who republish the image. He fears that with the deletion of the photograph, which offended him, people might forget about it before he and others have a chance to explain why it hurt them.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Looking forward to many new summers

Ten years have passed since I began personal online publishing.

In 2007, when my adventures in blogging began, I had written much but shared little of it with the public. I'd never had many opportunities. I had hardly published any place other than local newsletters and opinion pieces for my left-wing mentors in Buffalo. Some of my earlier articles had gotten picked up by CounterPunch and even Daily Kos. 

Those years seem an eternity ago. In retrospect I must admit that the 2000s were a calmer era of my life, though I have always had a tendency to get myself into arguments I probably could have avoided. If it felt calm, it was because I was blissfully unaware of my own depravity. I lived untroubled by knowledge of how far I'd fallen from Christ.

Back then people who read my polemical pieces against George W. Bush's policies, and especially my antiwar screeds, understandably took me for a leftist. If they got to know me and figured out my complex and often contradictory politics, they usually couldn't handle it. Most people I knew then hailed from the left but didn't think they had any political camp at all. They thought their place on the political spectrum was the only plausible position to hold.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Reflections on the Day Mankind Killed God

In the Gospel of John, we are told that the last thing Jesus did before He died was drink sour wine from a sponge stuck to a piece of hyssop, or "brush."  "It is finished!" Jesus said. Then He bowed His head, and "gave up His Spirit."

Athanasius of Alexandria convinced me, in his treatise On the Incarnation, that every small detail of Jesus's death mattered--how his trial and conviction proceeded, the twists and turns of a day marred by chanting mobs and haughty bureaucrats, the number of days His body lay in the tomb, the way the tomb was found empty, etc. Indeed everything in the Word of God matters.

God is all-powerful and all-wise, infinite and eternal. That Jesus died in obscurity, without glamour or theatrical spectacle, tell us something about who He is and what His death did for us. Our imperfect minds cannot see God's light automatically. We need help, which God provides by arranging these all-important events in the way He did.

What would it mean if Jesus Christ died in a melodramatic sword fight against hordes of warriors attacking Him from all sides? Perhaps such a scene would have been more entertaining. Maybe the record of His crucifixion would have been recorded in annals recognized all the way in Rome, allowing Jesus's early disciples to skip the heroic evangelizing of Acts.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Inspection Report from a Lieutenant of the Culture Wars

Robert Oscar Lopez 
Everywhere Christian conservatives speak of a culture war, and increasingly this refers to sexuality. Sometimes the term surfaces so that people can complain that it’s been lost, and that we should stop fighting it. At other times the left uses “culture wars” as a slur denoting everything the right has supposedly done wrong. We are such prudes that we discourage sexual habits leading to genetic engineering, broken marriages, babies for sale, lying to children, and lifelong hygiene problems.

The term “culture war” requires no embarrassment or apologies. While higher education issues warrant books and discussions, academic problems incur lighter consequences than does the collapse of a nation’s moral scaffolding.

The battles over LGBT are peculiarly complex and require particular care from those willing to assess how social conservatives are doing. Attacked constantly by the left, we so-cons have a tendency to spare ourselves and our comrades the added pain of more criticism. But the defenders of true sexuality—the sacred bond between a man and a woman, as set down by God—need to avoid making the mistakes America has made with feckless strategies in the Middle East. We need to learn from the past and pursue strategies that work.

Our ultimate mission is to save souls by bearing witness, specifically, to the truth that homosexuality is both evil in itself and a sinful gateway to other evils. If we lose sight of that truth or doubt whether it is the truth, we will never make headway.

We must show the world first that there are no homosexuals, for no person’s being is defined by one error. Our mission is not against any person, nor against the “flesh and blood” mentioned in Ephesians 6:12, but rather against the “authorities,” “powers of darkness,” and “spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.”

Monday, April 10, 2017

Latino families overwhelmed by LGBT lobby taking over their kids' schools



Caryl Ayala, a Texan teacher, opens up about what she saw happening in a Title 1, majority-Latino elementary school in Texas. Sadly, in Hispanic school districts often parents are scared to confront school administrators about the troubling curriculum forced on their students. The dependence of poor, minority-dominant schools on grants and financial assistance also means oftentimes administrators are gagged and cannot push back against sexually inappropriate curriculum in their schools. This is an interview you have to hear if you are still hearing everywhere that LGBT fits in with multiculturalism. For more reading:

http://massresistance.org/docs/gen3/17b/MR-Texas_Conference_040117/index.html

http://www.massresistancetx.com/2017/03/texan-online-article-on-welcoming.html

http://www.massresistancetx.com/2017/03/klbj-todd-and-don-show-3-9-17-aisd.html

http://www.massresistancetx.com/2017/03/tx-senate-committee-votes-8-1-for-sb-6.html

How can we get more Latinos to stand up as bravely as Caryl has?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Higher Ed is Hot in the News--More Interviews/Commentary on WACKOS THUGS & PERVERTS

[Wackos Thugs & Perverts has been published with MassResistance in Waltham, MA. It is available at Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Wackos-Thugs-Perverts-Clintonian-Decadence/dp/1542854210/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486608122&sr=8-1&keywords=wackos+thugs+%26+perverts

Make sure to check it out--it's only $10!]

[Updates: This interview was with KPOF Denver. ]


Interview with a Virginia radio station:



Interview with Jerry Newcombe: http://www.jerrynewcombe.com/vocal-point-robert-oscar-lopez-4/

Interview with Carrie Abbott: http://carrieabbott.com/hypocrisy-lgbt-community/



http://www.jerrynewcombe.com/vocal-point-robert-oscar-lopez-4/

http://www.jerrynewcombe.com/vocal-point-robert-oscar-lopez-5/

http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/27/we-need-95-theses-for-higher-education/

http://thelineoffire.org/2017/03/14/focus-on-higher-education/

https://afr.net/afr-talk/sandy-rios-in-the-morning/2017/march/is-ryan-on-trumps-side-geert-wilders-robert-oscar-lopez-on-a-dangerous-lgbt-school-curriculum/



My book, Wackos Thugs & Perverts, points out the following things in this book, which are crucial to understand:
  • Contrary to what the left claims, the Kochs are not the problem threatening true scholarship--the Clintons and their acolytes are. "Clintonworld" has corrupted academia to its very core since the 1990s.
  • Cutting off money is the ONLY way to reform academia. Colleges are no longer intimidated by lawsuits, bad press, or the strength of high-minded arguments. There are no people with ethical obligations to the public good left in the decision-making structure. They will only change if their money is threatened.
  • Cutting off money has a multiplier healing effect. Many of the "warlords" and "goons" I document in the book are able to hold power simply because they are sitting on enormous amounts of public cash, with which they can be rainmakers for scores of local thugs and nutjobs.
  • Contrary to what the right claims, students are not snowflakes and they are not the problem. They are overwhelmingly not orchestrating these outbursts, but are rather being controlled by corrupt puppeteers who sit on a nexus between Democrat politicians and the bigwigs in academia.
  • Academia is the biggest problem facing American democracy. Unlike Hollywood, the news media, Wall Street, or the courts, academia has longevity and uniformity in every state of the union.
  • Clinton's defeat in the 2016 election will only be temporary unless we do something. Her tyrannical model of political warfare by emotional manipulation is safe and unflappable in academia, waiting to regroup and re-install the dictatorship their party enjoyed during the decadent late years of Obama.
  • Contrary to what the right claims, there is racism in the academy, and a lot of it.
  • Contrary to what the left claims, virtually all movements in the academy that claim to be about race are really about LGBT ideology. 
  • The right wing has lost because conservatives think they are at a debate when they are really at war; they think their left-wing adversaries are intellectuals with a different opinion when really academia is populated by gangsters and the thugs they hire. Conservatives have yet to figure out that there are no "liberals," just corrupt racketeers in charge of the academy, who foster decadence so they can control groups of people whom they view with contempt but whom they force to depend on them.
  • If you debate "academic freedom," you are letting Clintonworld win, because they have all the tenured professorships under their control. The best result you will get is the academic establishment's telling you that you have a right to say what you want but you will never get a job on a campus and the left will assure that you are never listened to. The worst result you will get is the left's dispensing with any veneers of relativism and telling you that you don't have a right to think for yourself, because they have ways of punishing you for being different and it will be very painful.
  • Rather than worry about "bias" or "free speech," reformers have to think in terms of anti-trust and anti-racketeering action. We need a RICO for higher education because the problem is first and foremost corruption.
There is more, more, more! But you must read the book and find out. It's only $10!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Wackos Thugs & Perverts: The Lead Actors in Academia's Decadence

Wackos Thugs & Perverts has been published with MassResistance in Waltham, MA. It is available at Amazon here. Make sure to check it out--it's only $10! It will explain in graphic detail why higher education in the United States is a disaster zone and why the only way to correct course is to pull the plug on academia's financial, social, and intellectual decadence. Dispatches from within the collapsing structures of academia range from 2012 to 2017, but they point to much earlier problems that presaged the downfall of America's intelligentsia.



[Updates: This interview was with KPOF Denver. ]


Interview with a Virginia radio station:



Interview with Jerry Newcombe: http://www.jerrynewcombe.com/vocal-point-robert-oscar-lopez-4/

Interview with Carrie Abbott: http://carrieabbott.com/hypocrisy-lgbt-community/

As rioters consumed Berkeley, the commentariat on both left and right worked themselves into a frenzy.

A speech by Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled as over a thousand violent radicals shot fireworks at people, smashed windows, clubbed people on the street, and started a dangerous bonfire with an electrical structure in front of a famous student union.

By the early morning hours of the next day, as frayed nerves still prevailed in the famed city of Telegraph Avenue and Sproul Hall, President Trump took the unprecedented and long overdue measure of stating that federal funds would not be guaranteed to institutions like Berkeley if they failed to protect "free speech."

The right largely howled in joy upon seeing a president confront head-on the supposed liberal dominance of academia, while the left quickly cried foul, accusing Trump of being "authoritarian" and trying to oppress the intelligentsia.

The Berkeley riots represent a golden opportunity to reform higher education, but it is an opportunity that can easily slip away. My book, Wackos Thugs & Perverts, was being finished for publication just as this happened. I point out the following things in this book, which are crucial to understand:
  • Contrary to what the left claims, the Kochs are not the problem threatening true scholarship--the Clintons and their acolytes are. "Clintonworld" has corrupted academia to its very core since the 1990s.
  • Cutting off money is the ONLY way to reform academia. Colleges are no longer intimidated by lawsuits, bad press, or the strength of high-minded arguments. There are no people with ethical obligations to the public good left in the decision-making structure. They will only change if their money is threatened.
  • Cutting off money has a multiplier healing effect. Many of the "warlords" and "goons" I document in the book are able to hold power simply because they are sitting on enormous amounts of public cash, with which they can be rainmakers for scores of local thugs and nutjobs.
  • Contrary to what the right claims, students are not snowflakes and they are not the problem. They are overwhelmingly not orchestrating these outbursts, but are rather being controlled by corrupt puppeteers who sit on a nexus between Democrat politicians and the bigwigs in academia.
  • Academia is the biggest problem facing American democracy. Unlike Hollywood, the news media, Wall Street, or the courts, academia has longevity and uniformity in every state of the union.
  • Clinton's defeat in the 2016 election will only be temporary unless we do something. Her tyrannical model of political warfare by emotional manipulation is safe and unflappable in academia, waiting to regroup and re-install the dictatorship their party enjoyed during the decadent late years of Obama.
  • Contrary to what the right claims, there is racism in the academy, and a lot of it.
  • Contrary to what the left claims, virtually all movements in the academy that claim to be about race are really about LGBT ideology. 
  • The right wing has lost because conservatives think they are at a debate when they are really at war; they think their left-wing adversaries are intellectuals with a different opinion when really academia is populated by gangsters and the thugs they hire. Conservatives have yet to figure out that there are no "liberals," just corrupt racketeers in charge of the academy, who foster decadence so they can control groups of people whom they view with contempt but whom they force to depend on them.
  • If you debate "academic freedom," you are letting Clintonworld win, because they have all the tenured professorships under their control. The best result you will get is the academic establishment's telling you that you have a right to say what you want but you will never get a job on a campus and the left will assure that you are never listened to. The worst result you will get is the left's dispensing with any veneers of relativism and telling you that you don't have a right to think for yourself, because they have ways of punishing you for being different and it will be very painful.
  • Rather than worry about "bias" or "free speech," reformers have to think in terms of anti-trust and anti-racketeering action. We need a RICO for higher education because the problem is first and foremost corruption.
There is more, more, more! But you must read the book and find out. It's only $10!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Blunt Discussion on Whether Trump Should Abolish Funding for Arts and Humanities



There were public suggestions that Trump would push for abolition of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Naturally many left-of-center artists and writers went into hysterics, saying this was a case of art being suppressed. Brittany and Bobby have a different take. The NEA and NEH are so corrupt and closed off, it might be better for America and for art if the ties to government were severed. For reference:

https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/Spring_2016_Artistic_Discipline_Grant_List_FINAL_FINAL3.pdf

https://pen.org/press-release/trump-administration-plans-abolish-national-endowments-arts-humanities-will-usher-new-dark-ages-america/

http://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Shot-Over-the-Bow-/238949

Monday, January 9, 2017

Can Christians Trust their Leaders? Part 4 (Eastern Orthodox)



Stella Morabito
In the 4th part of Cogwatch 81 on LGBT activism and the faith traditions, the conversations turns briefly to the Eastern Orthodox church, which is not currently on many people's radars but which is likely to become increasingly targeted by LGBT activists because of Putin, the Middle East, and the Orthodox Church's current status as a large Christian religion that has not yet caved to LGBT demands at all. For more reading:

http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles2/SOBASamesexUnions.php?/articles2/SOBASamesexUnions.shtml

http://assemblyofbishops.org/news/2015/response-of-assembly-of-bishops-to-obergefell-v.-hodges

http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2016/12/14/the-power-and-limits-of-the-russian-orthodox-church/#5f7db2583c3a

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russian-orthodox-church-concerned-by-far-eastern-court-decision-to-destroy-40-bibles-56672

Can Christians Trust Their Leaders? Part 3 (A View from the Orthodox Jews)



Brittany Klein
In part 3 of this 4-part podcast, the CogWatch talks about the difficult challenges faced by Orthodox Jews given the multiple assaults on their faith under eight years of Obama: not only the LGBT agenda undermining it from within, but also the Boycott-Divest-Sanction movement which is mysteriously tied to the LGBT movement. For more reading:

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/05/queer_theory_and_bds_the_odd_couple.html



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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Can Christians Trust their Leaders? Part 2 (The Baptists)





Thomas Littleton 
In Part 2 of the 4 part series (all Podcast 81), Thomas Littleton of the Southern Baptist Convention explains some of the tensions and rifts that emerged during the Obama "occupation" of the churches, and the CogWatch Team (Brittany Klein, Robert Oscar Lopez, Stella Morabito, Joseph Sciambra, and Thomas Littleton) brainstorm ways of coping with the aftermath of 8 years of persecution. For more reading:

http://townhall.com/columnists/bethanyblankley/2016/12/17/enough-is-enough-already-n2260753

http://barbwire.com/author/thomaslittleton/

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/why-russell-moore-matters/

http://thefederalist.com/2016/12/22/christians-need-leaders-like-russell-moore/

http://www.christianpost.com/news/russell-moore-religious-right-become-people-they-warned-against-first-things-erasmus-171094/

Can Christians Trust their Leaders? Part 1



In Part 1 of this series discussing Christians' coping with the aftermath of the Obama Era's "occupation" of Christianity, the CogWatch faith team hears from Joseph Sciambra, who has been following the intrusion of the LGBT agenda into Catholic communities. Joseph blogs at www.josephsciambra.com.

Part 2 will deal with the Southern Baptists.
Part 3 will deal with the Orthodox Jews.
Part 4 will deal with the Eastern Orthodox churches.

Stay tuned for the four-part series--you will not want to miss these! For more reading on Catholicism:

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/world/pope-christmas-speech-blasts-vatican-resistance-reform/bQSuCPGa7dW6PxerxsM78N/

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/climate-of-fear-in-the-vatican-is-very-real

http://www.crisismagazine.com/2016/rome-stopped-new-un-lgbt-czar

www.josephsciambra.com

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