Inside the Academic Echo Chamber
My four years of undergraduate indoctrination.
University is about education, not indoctrination, right? Wrong. After spending four grueling years earning my English degree, I discovered that most of the valuable and verifiable information I learned was when I did research outside of the fermenting halls of cesspit Marxism.
As a Russian and a Ukrainian, I spent most theoretical lectures wondering why Karl Marx was still being preached to students who generally have no clue about world history. What about collectivization? What about gulags and pogroms?
After graduating, I had a discussion with a friend who is still in university. She was shocked when I told her that Stalin built his regime off of Lenin’s foundation. After all, her professor said Lenin was not a bad guy and that Russians worshipped him because he was just so great. Apparently, only Stalin alone was the problem. Admittedly, her professor said communism never worked, except in the small country Cuba. Apparently Cuba has high literacy rates, and that is why communism can be good for people. I answered by explaining freedom of speech was curbed by chucking dissidents into rotting festering gulags. Shock abounded.
What I learned from my four years of university indoctrination and from analyzing the experiences of other students is that professors have a pretty clear political agenda. If a professor has a leftist view, that should not alter how they teach a course. All sides should be shown, but unfortunately, this does not happen. Too many classes only provide one perspective: Bush is a moron, so let’s read plays about the ridiculous Bush administration; let’s read about stereotypical hick soldiers with nothing between their shoulders but fluff and cobwebs; Israel is an apartheid state so let’s watch films where Jewish people condemn themselves as murderers. University is so predictable.
Professors appear to want debate. To be fair, they do let students speak. However, I remember viewing a play called Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza by Caryl Churchill. In the play, Israelis question how they should tell their children about the abuses Israel has heaped onto Palestinians. One notable example was when an Israeli laughed as the Israeli police beat innocent Palestinians. The professor gave no context. She even admitted she left out context after I told her that the play was anti-Semitic. Professors want students to debate each other, but they only give students materials that are one-sided, and thus, they have the advantage over what students are given the opportunity to learn.
I took a seminar about Natives in America and Canada. I spent hours reading about stereotypical white people harassing and belittling Natives. Somehow everything is the fault of the white people, as if the term “white” is not as homogenous as calling all Natives “Indians.” Catholicism and Christianity were blamed for everything that was wrong with the Natives. If Natives act aggressive and protest, we have only ourselves to blame.
Professors have a horrible pattern of only giving students leftist materials. Karl Marx is a popular theorist on many an English syllabi. American imperialism or the American Empire is also another favourite topic in English and Cultural Studies courses. I did a presentation on Rang de Basanti, an Indian film about violent revolution. The professor commented she could not understand why people could think Canada was a peaceful place when we live in a violent country. She compared the G8 Summit in Toronto to the abuse people all over the world receive in totalitarian regimes. Professors like to compare totalitarian regimes to Americanism.
To be fair, I had one professor who openly admitted he thought Marx actually hated humans because he saw them as machines who could not think for themselves. He told his students that if he wanted to buy a big screen TV, it was ultimately his choice, not some evil corporation forcing him to make that purchase. I also had a history professor who gave us materials that did show varying perspectives, and considering the course was on Christianity, I am grateful she did not go the easy route. It was in her course, not the native seminar, in which we were told that Fray Bartolome de Las Casas openly spoke against the cruel treatment of Natives in the Americas and that he strived to help Natives in the New World have justice. And yes, Casas was a Dominican Friar.
Unfortunately, professors like these two I mention above are rare. After four years of university, the one thing I have learned is that universities have become a hub of leftist ideologies and unless students do research outside of school then they are in danger of drowning in the putrid swamp of Marxist brainwashing and indoctrination.
Kate Hendriks is an ex-leftist and recent university graduate. She now seeks to expose leftism and how it functions to indoctrinate people and to enlist them into the leftist collective.