Liberal College Indoctrination

Colleges: The battleground that will shape the philosophy of our nation’s future (and present)

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Colleges: The battleground that will shape the philosophy of our nation's future (and present)

There’s an old say­ing that makes its rounds at law schools across the coun­try. The most tal­ented law stu­dents become lawyers and even­tu­ally judges. Those who can’t make it as lawyers become pro­fes­sors. While this is meant as a deroga­tory state­ment stu­dents make about their law pro­fes­sors, there’s a bit of truth in it. No, I’m not sug­gest­ing that law pro­fes­sors are or were bad lawyers, but it’s no sur­prise that even in the relatively-​conservative pro­fes­sion of the law, a major­ity of edu­ca­tors tend to lean left.

It’s much worse in other pro­fes­sions. I don’t have to con­vince you that higher edu­ca­tion is a infested with left­ist edu­ca­tors and admin­is­tra­tors. Any debate about that real­ity has been thor­oughly quashed in the last few years. Instead, it’s impor­tant for us to come up with a plan to address this issue going forward.

Here’s the biggest prob­lem. They’re embed­ded. It would be nearly impos­si­ble for a con­ser­v­a­tive rev­o­lu­tion to hap­pen in col­lege lead­er­ship or among pro­fes­sors because they already own the entire mar­ket. They run the schools. They run the depart­ments. They hire and pro­mote the pro­fes­sors they want and the vast major­ity of them are left­ists. This is a prob­lem that we won’t be able to solve from the top, so we have to address it from the bot­tom up.

We have to start with the students.

This is often framed as a chal­lenge for America’s future, but that’s only half the story. As adults, we often view col­lege stu­dents as rel­a­tively impo­tent. Per­haps in the past they were, though one can argue that most major move­ments in our his­tory have started with pas­sion­ate stu­dents oper­at­ing within their col­le­giate envi­ron­ments. Today, they’re even more empow­ered because of social media. The always-​on aspect of Amer­i­can soci­ety gives the pro­fes­sors and stu­dents a much louder mega­phone. Instead of hav­ing to con­test with bad tele­vi­sion cov­er­age from protests, we are now faced with a gen­er­a­tion that has more reach than ever before. They can reach each other and they can reach the rest of the world.

To fight this, we have to do three things.

Pre­pare our Children

As a par­ent of a col­lege stu­dent and another about to enter, I have been spend­ing a great deal of time prepar­ing them for the attempt at indoc­tri­na­tion they’re bound to expe­ri­ence. The only sure­fire way around it is to not send them to col­lege (and yes, that’s a valid option in today’s eco­nomic con­struct). If you’re unwill­ing to do that, then it’s imper­a­tive that you get them prepared.

How it’s done is up to you. I was blessed with chil­dren who are quite dis­cern­ing for their age. They both came to the con­clu­sion that they were con­ser­v­a­tives with­out me bom­bard­ing them with pro­pa­ganda or putting posters of Ronald Rea­gan on their walls as chil­dren. When they had ques­tions, I answered them. We’ve shown them the cor­rect­ness of fis­cal and social con­ser­vatism, but it must be taken a step further.

As good as con­ser­v­a­tive philoso­phies are to those who will lis­ten, it’s still chal­leng­ing to over­come the onslaught of left­ist thoughts that they’ll expe­ri­ence in col­lege. There’s no real way around it, so it’s impor­tant to do two things: pre­pare them before they go and be open to ques­tions once they’re in the belly of the beast. So far I haven’t had to explain away any lib­eral ideas that started creep­ing into their mind­set, but I’m pre­pared to do so at any point.

Call out Hypocrisy

The other bas­tion of lib­eral ide­olo­gies is the main­stream media. With few excep­tions, they are also pop­u­lated with a major­ity on the left. This makes for a great tag-​team effort between schools and the media. The left­ists at col­leges make a fuss and the left­ists in the media paint their fuss in a pos­i­tive light.

It’s up to blog­gers, video pro­duc­ers, and social media users to call them both out when they’re hypocrisy is appar­ent to us. Because of the nature of our sit­u­a­tion, we can’t expect them to do it them­selves. We’re the voice of dis­sent against left­ist hypocrisy in higher edu­ca­tion. The media will not do it for us.

Engage in Discourse

We’ve seen con­ser­v­a­tive speak­ers shunned by col­leges across the coun­try. This is no rea­son to stop try­ing. In fact, we need to do it more.

It’s not just up to pub­lic speak­ers who attempt to speak at col­leges. We also need to be active on col­lege forums. We should be reply­ing and being the voice of rea­son on col­lege pub­li­ca­tions. We should address them directly on social media. The best friend of left­ist indoc­tri­na­tion is a silent right.

Can we con­vince a left­ist pro­fes­sor that free mar­kets yield bet­ter results than heavy reg­u­la­tions and obtuse tar­iffs? No. How­ever, when we engage pub­licly with them, it’s the audi­ence watch­ing the exchange that has the oppor­tu­nity to see the right way.

It’s not going to be easy to take on the left­ist jug­ger­naut of higher edu­ca­tion in Amer­ica, but it must be done. Con­ser­v­a­tives can only win through leg­is­la­tion as long as we have enough vot­ers putting con­ser­v­a­tives in office. This will trend away from us if we let the left have carte blanche on the biggest future (and cur­rent) vot­ing block.

There’s an old saying that makes its rounds at law schools across the country. The most talented law students become lawyers and eventually judges. Those who can’t make it as lawyers become professors. While this is meant as a derogatory statement students make about their law professors, there’s a bit of truth in it. No, I’m not suggesting that law professors are or were bad lawyers, but it’s no surprise that even in the relatively-conservative profession of the law, a majority of educators tend to lean left.

It’s much worse in other professions. I don’t have to convince you that higher education is a infested with leftist educators and administrators. Any debate about that reality has been thoroughly quashed in the last few years. Instead, it’s important for us to come up with a plan to address this issue going forward.

Here’s the biggest problem. They’re embedded. It would be nearly impossible for a conservative revolution to happen in college leadership or among professors because they already own the entire market. They run the schools. They run the departments. They hire and promote the professors they want and the vast majority of them are leftists. This is a problem that we won’t be able to solve from the top, so we have to address it from the bottom up.

We have to start with the students.

This is often framed as a challenge for America’s future, but that’s only half the story. As adults, we often view college students as relatively impotent. Perhaps in the past they were, though one can argue that most major movements in our history have started with passionate students operating within their collegiate environments. Today, they’re even more empowered because of social media. The always-on aspect of American society gives the professors and students a much louder megaphone. Instead of having to contest with bad television coverage from protests, we are now faced with a generation that has more reach than ever before. They can reach each other and they can reach the rest of the world.

To fight this, we have to do three things.

Prepare our Children

As a parent of a college student and another about to enter, I have been spending a great deal of time preparing them for the attempt at indoctrination they’re bound to experience. The only surefire way around it is to not send them to college (and yes, that’s a valid option in today’s economic construct). If you’re unwilling to do that, then it’s imperative that you get them prepared.

How it’s done is up to you. I was blessed with children who are quite discerning for their age. They both came to the conclusion that they were conservatives without me bombarding them with propaganda or putting posters of Ronald Reagan on their walls as children. When they had questions, I answered them. We’ve shown them the correctness of fiscal and social conservatism, but it must be taken a step further.

As good as conservative philosophies are to those who will listen, it’s still challenging to overcome the onslaught of leftist thoughts that they’ll experience in college. There’s no real way around it, so it’s important to do two things: prepare them before they go and be open to questions once they’re in the belly of the beast. So far I haven’t had to explain away any liberal ideas that started creeping into their mindset, but I’m prepared to do so at any point.

Call out Hypocrisy

The other bastion of liberal ideologies is the mainstream media. With few exceptions, they are also populated with a majority on the left. This makes for a great tag-team effort between schools and the media. The leftists at colleges make a fuss and the leftists in the media paint their fuss in a positive light.

It’s up to bloggers, video producers, and social media users to call them both out when they’re hypocrisy is apparent to us. Because of the nature of our situation, we can’t expect them to do it themselves. We’re the voice of dissent against leftist hypocrisy in higher education. The media will not do it for us.

Engage in Discourse

We’ve seen conservative speakers shunned by colleges across the country. This is no reason to stop trying. In fact, we need to do it more.

It’s not just up to public speakers who attempt to speak at colleges. We also need to be active on college forums. We should be replying and being the voice of reason on college publications. We should address them directly on social media. The best friend of leftist indoctrination is a silent right.

Can we convince a leftist professor that free markets yield better results than heavy regulations and obtuse tariffs? No. However, when we engage publicly with them, it’s the audience watching the exchange that has the opportunity to see the right way.

It’s not going to be easy to take on the leftist juggernaut of higher education in America, but it must be done. Conservatives can only win through legislation as long as we have enough voters putting conservatives in office. This will trend away from us if we let the left have carte blanche on the biggest future (and current) voting block.