Prof: Leftist academics 'waging a war against America'
A DePaul University professor contends that “leftist professors” are the “gravest internal threat” to higher education in America.
Jason D. Hill, a philosophy professor at DePaul, claims in a recent op-ed for The Hill that higher education has become a battleground where liberal professors are “teaching our young people to hate this country.”
“Our universities risk losing their status as learning sites and becoming national security threats,” he warns, arguing that the solution is to “defund [universities], disband and rebuild them with conservative principles—that is, values advocating individualism, capitalism, Americanism, free speech, self-reliance, and the morality of wealth creation.”
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While Hill acknowledges that “left-wing ideologies dominated American universities” even when he first entered college 33 years ago, he claims that things were different then, because “free speech was alive on college campus” and “one still could get a fair, balanced education by consulting traditional canonical texts that countered the dogma.”
“There were hisses and boos, of course, but for the most part, hearing perspectives different from your own was considered essential to your education,” Hill recalls. “Few of us lived in our own curated silos.”
After 22 years as a college professor, during which time he has traveled extensively to lecture, Hill contends that “the situation is not the same” on American college campuses today.
“The core principles and foundations that keep the United States intact, that provide our citizens with their civic personalities and national identities, are being annihilated,” Hill asserts. “The gravest internal threat to this country is not illegal aliens; it is leftist professors who are waging a war against America and teaching our young people to hate this country.”
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According to the professor, equating the term “Western civilization” with racism and oppression, and the consequent refusal of students “to study the works of John Stuart Mill or John Locke (or any other white thinker) because they consider them white supremacists,” is the lowest form “of educational hell.”
“One cannot argue with such people. The only alternative is to shut them down,” Hill states, referring to professors who advocate for Cultural Marxism and Socialism.
“We are witnessing a generation that will not tolerate other perspectives, students who will not hear opposing ideologies,” Hill warns.
“Educational systems that have become such propaganda machines should not be funded by taxpaying Americans,” Hill concludes, urging donors to “Withdraw your support and leave them to fund themselves. Let them pit their wares on the free market, where they will be left homeless.”
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In an interview with Campus Reform, Hill explained that he wrote his latest book, We Have Overcome: An Immigrant's Letter to the American People, to further explore how “these Bolshevik welfare scholars who live off the largesse of a capitalist society exploit their students.”
“The main point is that they actually punish alternative viewpoints by demonizing them,” Hill said. “In the name of identity politics, multiculturalism, and gender sensitivity, very often an anti-male posture is adopted in the classroom with male viewpoints being seen as oppressive—and especially if such men hold conservative viewpoints.”
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