The Humanities Have Forgotten Their Humanity

Heather MacDonald, Wall Street Journal, January 3, 2014

In 2011, the University of California at Los Angeles wrecked its English major. Such a development may seem insignificant, compared with, say, the federal takeover of health care. It is not. What happened at UCLA is part of a momentous shift that bears on our relationship to the past—and to civilization itself.

Until 2011, students majoring in English at UCLA had to take one course in Chaucer, two in Shakespeare, and one in Milton—the cornerstones of English literature. Following a revolt of the junior faculty, however, during which it was announced that Shakespeare was part of the “Empire,” UCLA junked these individual author requirements. It replaced them with a mandate that all English majors take a total of three courses in the following four areas: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Disability and Sexuality Studies; Imperial, Transnational, and Postcolonial Studies; genre studies, interdisciplinary studies, and critical theory; or creative writing.

In other words, the UCLA faculty was now officially indifferent to whether an English major had ever read a word of Chaucer, Milton or Shakespeare, but the department was determined to expose students, according to the course catalog, to “alternative rubrics of gender, sexuality, race, and class.”

Such defenestrations have happened elsewhere, and long before 2011. But the UCLA coup was particularly significant because the school’s English department was one of the last champions of the historically informed study of great literature, uncorrupted by an ideological overlay. Precisely for that reason, it was the most popular English major in the country, enrolling a whopping 1,400 undergraduates.

The UCLA coup represents the characteristic academic traits of our time: narcissism, an obsession with victimhood, and a relentless determination to reduce the stunning complexity of the past to the shallow categories of identity and class politics. Sitting atop an entire civilization of aesthetic wonders, the contemporary academic wants only to study oppression, preferably his or her own, defined reductively according to gonads and melanin.

Course catalogs today babble monotonously of group identity. UCLA’s undergraduates can take courses in Women of Color in the U.S.; Women and Gender in the Caribbean; Chicana Feminism; Studies in Queer Literatures and Cultures; and Feminist and Queer Theory.

Not so long ago, colleges still reflected the humanist tradition, which was founded not on narcissism but on the all-consuming desire to engage with the genius and radical difference of the past. The 14th-century Florentine poet Francesco Petrarch triggered the explosion of knowledge known today as Renaissance humanism with his discovery of Livy’s monumental history of Rome and the letters of Cicero, the Roman statesman whose orations, with their crystalline Latin style, would inspire such philosophers of republicanism as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

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This burning drive to recover a lost culture propelled the Renaissance humanists into remote castles and monasteries to search for long-forgotten manuscripts. The knowledge that many ancient texts were forever lost filled these scholars with despair. Nevertheless, they exulted in their growing repossession of classical learning.

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This constant, sophisticated dialogue between past and present would become a defining feature of Western civilization, prompting the evolution of such radical ideas as constitutional government and giving birth to arts and architecture of polyphonic complexity. And it became the primary mission of the universities to transmit knowledge of the past, as well as—eventually—to serve as seedbeds for new knowledge.

Compare the humanists’ hunger for learning with the resentment of a Columbia University undergraduate, who had been required by the school’s core curriculum to study Mozart. She happens to be black, but her views are widely shared, to borrow a phrase, “across gender, sexuality, race and class.”

“Why did I have to listen in music humanities to this Mozart?” she groused in a discussion of the curriculum reported by David Denby in “Great Books,” his 1997 account of re-enrolling in Columbia’s core curriculum. “My problem with the core is that it upholds the premises of white supremacy and racism. It’s a racist core. Who is this Mozart, this Haydn, these superior white men? There are no women, no people of color.” These are not the idiosyncratic thoughts of one disgruntled student; they represent the dominant ideology in the humanities today.

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It is no wonder, then, that we have been hearing of late that the humanities are in crisis. A recent Harvard report from a committee co-chaired by the school’s premier postcolonial studies theorist, Homi Bhabha, lamented that 57% of incoming Harvard students who initially declare interest in a humanities major eventually change concentrations. Why may that be? Imagine an intending lit major who is assigned something by Professor Bhabha: “If the problematic ‘closure’ of textuality questions the totalization of national culture. . . .” How soon before that student concludes that a psychology major is more up his alley?

No, the only true justification for the humanities is that they provide the thing that Faust sold his soul for: knowledge. It is knowledge of a particular kind, concerning what men have done and created over the ages.

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Ultimately, humanistic study is the loving duty we owe those artists and thinkers whose works so transform us. It keeps them alive, as well as us, as Petrarch and Poggio Bracciolini understood. And as politics grow ever more unmoored from reality, humanist wisdom provides us with some consolation: There is no greater lesson from the past than the intractability of human folly.

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  • Cecil Henry

    People:

    Stop going to university to serve the professors agenda.

    Start going for your own agenda and civilization.

    • D.B. Cooper

      It’s too late for me. I already have my degree. Make sure the younger members of your family go to the colleges who received an F in diversity.
      On the other hand, I went to a college just full of vibrant diversity, and look what website I visit every day.

      • OhWow

        Funny you should say that…I remember reading college reviews in some book that broke it down to topics like where the school ranked in diversity, athletics, etc. Providence College was among the worst ranked in diversity, yet it’s #2 academically behind Villanova for Regional Universities in the North. Funny how that works.

    • David Ashton

      In Britain the soft left created the Open University and the hard left took much of it over. We need an Alternative University on-line and correspondence courses.

      • Project gutenburg, your public librry, if you don’t mind spending money Amazon, etc You don’t need an actual, paper degree since there aren’t any jobs.

        • Sick of it

          Why spend so much money on a degree only to compete with high school dropouts for the same low-wage positions? Indeed, I know plumbers, electricians, carpenters, etc. who make a lot more than I do with a Master’s.

          • Max Krakah

            True, and those tradesmen start families while in their twenties.

          • Jim Barlow

            It’s surprisingly common for plumbers, electricians, and auto-mechanics to make more money with their business than MD’s and PhD’s in their illustrious pursuit of knowledge and human health.

            The AVERAGE college graduate only makes roughly 200k more, over their ENTIRE lifetime, than someone who DOESN’T attend college. The cost of a college education is rapidly eclipsing the 200k mark which makes the entire venture pointless – particularly when you consider all of the accumulated nonsense the liberal agenda bashes into your brain while in attendance.

            Finally, blue collar jobs and safer – you cannot export plumbing to India like we are currently doing with many technical fields (IT) or medical fields (such as diagnostic radiology)!

          • And why does the left hate working-middle class trade-professional white people who make a good living?

            Pure jealousy, that’s all it is. They’re jealous that someone who didn’t go to college is making more money than they are.

          • WR_the_realist

            They also hate them because those middle class tradesmen gave up on the Democratic Party long ago.

          • Sick of it

            It’ simple – Deny resources to the enemy, use what resources are available for those who support your cause. Such is traditionally considered warfare, but most people are clueless today.

          • WR_the_realist

            Certainly no one should look down on the trades. As you say,. plumbing and electrical jobs aren’t going to be exported to a factory in Vietnam. If you think you’ll enjoy such work by all means learn the trade, learn it well, and go forth to make more money than an English Lit major ever will. In my view the only legitimate reason to go to college is if you have serious academic interests. In my case I was interested in science, math, and technology so college had some value to me. But the vast majority of college attendees today never had any serious scholarly interests and are just there to get their tickets punched. The universities, to their long term detriment, support this because they want the bodies to pay the tuition to support the whole enterprise.

        • David Ashton

          The purpose is not a useless piece of paper, but the circulation of facts, ideas and arguments to destroy the “leftist” domination of the “intellectual” world.

          • To do that, you need to start your own university. Otherwise, you’re a grain of sand in an ocean.

            Patrick Henry College is a somwhat anti-lefty institution from what I can tell.

          • David Ashton

            This is the sort of discussion I would welcome on AmRen as a rare contributor nowadays.

          • Sick of it

            We also need to create home school leagues in opposition to local school districts. Everyone working together to properly educate the kids.

    • dd121

      If I were 18 and looking to enter the sciences or engineering I don’t know if I could endure the four years of leftist propaganda to reach that goal. Is there any alternative for young people today to achieve their professional goals while avoiding the indoctrination?

      • D.B. Cooper

        My two cents:
        1. Avoid any nonwhite history teachers.
        2. Avoid an ethnic studies class. If you can’t, tell them what they want to hear for your easy A.
        3. The harder the class, the less likely you will have diversity in it, except some Asians, who you will need practice competing with anyway in the job market, if not competing for their women.
        4. Major in the natural sciences, Mathematics, Economics (not Business Administration), Computer Programming, and other majors too difficult for diversities.

        • OhWow

          I had a black professor talk about how whites basically ruined everything in a diversity course that was required. I nodded and wrote my papers to agree with her so I got my A, then I promptly reported her. So make sure you get the easy grade first, then report them.

          • dd121

            Why should you have to smile and bow to these liars? When I ran into leftist ideologues in college my impulse was to challenge them point by point. And I have the grades in some classes to prove it. Yes, the leftie professors have no qualms about punishing you for disagreeing with them. And yes, we’re paying big bucks for the humiliation.

          • LeGrandDerangement

            The same whites who employed her.

      • Spartacus

        Join the military. You still get some indoctrination there too, but you’ll get appropiate skills for the coming times.

        • T_Losan

          I have to agree with you. The US is still the world’s only superpower, but I think that will come to an end faster than anyone predicted, from within or outside, as US society seems to have finally officially lost its mind.

          • ZeitTrash

            The rapidity of a major decline – I totally agree that few seem to realize how quickly it can happen.

            I remember watching a documentary on the last days of the Roman Empire. They talked about a huge, beautifully engineered and constructed public bath house outside of the city of Rome that was open and free to the public – a structure that anthropologists might consider a sign of an advanced and thriving civilization. And yet, a few short years later, the Roman Empire had collapsed, the bath house fell into disrepair, and anarchy reigned in the land. Public life quickly went from relatively soft and easy and orderly to impoverished, disrupted, and chaotic. Rome had existed for hundreds of years and the people who built the bath house could not conceive of its end while they were pouring money and time into their large spa. As it turned out, they would have been better off building defensive walls.

            Look at Detroit. Who would have thought in 1960 what it would be like just one generation later? From one of the world’s greatest, most productive cities to a crime-infested urban jungle.

      • WR_the_realist

        Find a college with a minimal humanities requirement for science or engineering majors.

      • Brian

        In my experience (91-94) there was no leftist propaganda in engineering school. It’s rather difficult to cram critical theory and queer studies into E-mag III or RF circuit design.

    • Luca

      Hillsdale College is an honorable institution.

      • WR_the_realist

        Yes, it’s not strong on technical subjects but if your interest is the humanities its one of the few colleges that remains untainted.

      • Whirlwinder

        Grove City College is not too bad.

    • jtklay

      I have a Classics degree. I know that Classics departments are fighting for their very existence nowadays from outside pressures, but if you study the humanities, it’s the way to go as far as I’m concerned. Internally, Classics remains relatively free of politically correct nonsense because Leftists tend to congregate in less intellectually demanding fields. Coincidentally, Classics departments and students remain overwhelmingly white–I’m sure that has nothing to do with the intellectual challenges presented by the material. (Yes, I’m being sarcastic.)

    • Triarius

      Yeah, let all the leftists and minorities get all the good jobs and lord over us even more, that’s how we’ll win. People, just get USEFUL degrees. A white man with a sociology degree is a joke. A phd is physics, engineering, or accounting, not so much. follow D. B. Cooper’s four rules below, you’ll be fine.

  • dd121

    This is just one step in the left’s long walk of destroying our civilization.

    • Manaphy

      Not the “left”.

      • David Ashton

        In Britain and the USA there are and have been Jews who have attacked the leftist and “multi-cultural” take-over of the “academy”, too few but they do exist. Give credit where it is due (no pun intended).

        • Daniel Schmuhl

          This subject always is brought up in the comments section by a few people. it is true that Jews are disproportionately leftist to an extreme degree but leftist ideas existed before Jews had any influence and happens independent of Jewish presence. I don’t find these comments to particularly informative or helpful in terms of analysis.

          And Jewish influence wouldn’t work if it wasn’t for the fact that whites have degenerated so much.

          • dean53

            I agree. Amish & Catholics are rather leftist, as well as the old-guard mainstream Protestant denominations such as Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians and Lutherans. Billy Graham himself and Charles Heston were also leftist (ie. egalitarian) when it came to race. In fact almost all of Christendom has embraced universal egalitarianism, which is why I am no longer a Christian.

          • Romulus

            @DANIEL SCHMUL
            Now this is the type of inference that I can relate to. I would do all I can, however, to bring those willing back into the fold.

          • Hunter Morrow

            Where do you think Christianity came from, silly billy?

            :p

          • GeneticsareDestiny

            I agree. Jews are definitely over-represented among elite extreme liberals, but they are a tiny percentage of our country’s overall population. They would not have been able to force radical egalitarianism on us on their own. Too many white gentiles were only too happy to follow along.

            All of the anti-white traitorous elites are our enemies, whether Jewish or gentile.

          • sbuffalonative

            What came first, the influence or the degeneration?

          • Daniel Schmuhl

            The degeneration has been occurring now for hundreds of years and the Jews didn’t really have much influence on secular affairs until the late 19th century.

          • Whitetrashgang

            BS try 13th century.

          • sbuffalonative

            Until the great wave of immigration, the US was without question, a Christian nation. After the ‘influence’ we were told we were Judeo-Christian nation. The US was also a White nation with a White immigration policy. After the ‘influence’ we were told America was a ‘melting pot’. The Statue, Liberty Enlightening the World, used to be a symbol of freedom. After the ‘influence’, it became a symbol of open immigration and a collection center for the downtrodden of the earth.

            I would have to say the ‘influence’ came first.

          • stewball

            And I would like to remind you that the immigrants who arrived at that time spoke either Italian or English.

          • plaintruthforidiots

            Sure, we believe you… The poor, hard done by Jews… who created and now runs the Federal Reserve? Who owns the banks? Who runs academia? Who owns most of the media?

          • Romulus

            You must be joking! Their influence goes all the way back to at least yeshua! Surely,your aware of that.

          • The degeneration, of course. That is what has allowed these various groups to gain so much power. We tried to commit suicide between 1916-1945; we are dealing with the consequences. Whites who obsess over the influence of Jews too much have the same mindset as Blacks who blame Whites for the weather. Be strong; take responsibility. It is our internal weakness that set the stage for what is happening. The attacks from without are effective only because we’ve lost our way within.

          • ZeitTrash

            Absolutely right. Look at the fully white weirdos in Minnesota who theatrically and publicly obsess about white guilt while importing tens of thousands of Somali lunatics. Are they “Jews”? Hell no.

          • David Ashton

            Symbiosis?

          • Manaphy

            The modern far-left (cultural marxism, diversity, interracialism, mass immigration, Anti-white racism) has been pioneered by Jews and Jewish interests. Israel has an 80% Jewish, yet they don’t force diversity, interracialism, and cultural marxism onto their country, despite holding virtually the same political views as their bretheren in Europe, America, and Australia. There are many holes in your theory.

          • Daniel Schmuhl

            Nothing you said really contradicts what I said. Jews are more ethnocentric than whites and have a higher IQ so they can dominate white institutions. They’re not quite the same as the host population genetically or culturally and so they critique the traditions and culture of the host society.

            The problem i have is that you’re looking at things in a monocausal way and trying to absolve whites of any personality responsibility for their failings. It was Europeans who let them in to begin with. You also ignore some of the sociobiology showing that white individualism and pathological altruism are in fact innate to whites and not solely due to Jewish influence.

          • Sick of it

            “It was Europeans who let them in to begin with.” Sadly, you’re all too right about this. The elites sold us out centuries ago.

          • stewball

            I think most Israelis are right wing. Dear.

          • Romulus

            I’m giving you a down vote not out of malice,but because our nations downward spiral directly mirrors the arrival of the tribe and history bears this out. I predicted exactly the course of discussion regarding this topic last summer. BOTH SIDES of Americas coin is controlled by the same group. Don’t take my word for it, instead, spend a few hours on the occidental observer, read their history closely in THE ATLAS OF JUDAISM and THE ATLAS OF CHRISTIANITY. The history of the Jewish people by Michael Knopf. The invention of the Jewish people by schlomo sand. The history of the illuminati and the Freemasons. The international Jew by Henry FORD. The Jew and their lies by Martin Luther. A tome titled ” The synagogue of satan” The culture of critique by professor Kevin MacDonald , the rise and fall of the Roman empire by Gibbon. Works by Solzhenitsyn and Dostoevsky.
            Do a head count on all MSM and major newspaper outlets and write down what you see. It should as plain as the nose on their face.
            This doesn’t suggest that there aren’t a number who are sympathetic to the west, that is also true. What I wonder about is the incentive.

          • WR_the_realist

            Sure, if you read nothing but anti-Jewish literature you’ll wind up anti-Jewish. If you actually know and work with a few Jews you’ll have a more nuanced view.

          • Hunter Morrow

            What is wrong with being anti-jew? I have never read nor seen any nuance about their view of non-jews.

          • Romulus

            To the contrary, one of my best grade school pals was indeed full blood Jewish. Young minds are very impressionable and can be molded like clay by whoever runs the culture. I’ve never said that I haven’t encountered “good” Jewish people. To borrow a phrase from another poster;….A huge majority of Americans have suffered from a cranial-rectal inversion by failing to see who has been THE MOST instrumental in this countrys course direction.
            I read absolutely all I can from both perspectives,but hell or high water, I will side with my own first. If for nothing else other than evolutionary survival.
            Thank you for your comment.

          • stewball

            Oh I know what you’re saying.
            Like all the others:
            I don’t like Jews but you’re okay!!!! You are so typical of every other anti Jewish goy!

          • David Ashton

            What is wrong with liking or disliking people, Jews or non-Jews?
            What is wrong with criticising the ideas or actions of people, Jews or non-Jews?
            How many Jewish “best friends” are we allowed or not allowed without being accused of being an anti-Jewish “goy” or even described as a “goy”?
            Are all “goys” guilty of “antisemitism” until proved “innocent”? Can any of us be “innocent”? A few Jewish writers say not. It is like Nazism in reverse.

          • stewball

            David. I was talking to romulus
            Not you. So calm down and get down from horse.
            Keep calm please. You won’t be much use if you’re needed and not functioning.

          • David Ashton

            Sorry – I do not get sufficient time for full attention nowadays. All concerned may be interested in “Who is a Jew?” in The Economist, January 11, 2014, available on-line.

          • stewball

            David. The ‘Goy’ was intended, and intended for romulus. However cross you make me I would never deliberately insult you.

          • David Ashton

            Homer was nodding.

            Romulus is a different character than Spartacus.

          • stewball

            meanIng!

          • David Ashton

            Compare their personalities and literary interests by tracking their posts on the Disqus archive.

            Bevekshah — azov oti besheket !

          • stewball

            Bavakadhah.
            Ayn by’yah. Mitnatzelet.

          • stewball

            Yay. An intellectual.

          • David Ashton

            Sand and MacDonald have contrary historical perspectives, but both should be read by anyone interested in “antisemitism”. Jewish writers worth considering by all sides (despite a few minor faults) are Norman Cantor, Albert Lindemann, Bernard Lazare, Jerry Muller and (a different but nowadays anti-PC view) Robert Wistrich, plus De Michelis (if you can read Russian) on the Protocols (a good foil to Kerry Bolton).

            An example of “Jewish” influence in Britain is the Murdoch-owned dumbed-down tabloid “The Times”, once our senior national newspaper of record. Previously edited by James Harding, a Jew now promoted to the BBC, it is effectively dominated by David Aaronovitch, Lord Danny Finkelstein, Oliver Kamm and Hugo Rifkind, among others, with regular plugs for mass-immigration and an almost daily Holocaust item (however trivial). However, Islam is problematic (because of Israel) and the paper took up with impunity the Muslim sex traffic in young white girls issue which had previously got Nick Griffin into trouble.

          • Romulus

            As always, Thank you. You provide a wealth of information. Your comments we’re missed.
            It undoubtedly may appear to some that I unfairly pick on the unmentionables.
            My struggle with the former came about when I had my awakening.
            Many times I feel deep psychic pain from making peace with both aspects of their existence. I was raised a good Christian too. It would be an understatement to say that this particular cultural input had great benefit to the west. Yet, also with the good ,came the bad. Especially it’s initial implementation. Can we?, as western man go back to our barbarian roots and still maintain some semblance of our historical and cultural identity? Or do we allow it to be heaped in the trashbin of history? Can we reconcile both? These questions occupy alot of space in my thoughts. Only time will tell.

          • David Ashton

            I regret I have so little time for discussion with good and polite people like you. Our first priority is self-preservation whether other people like it or not.

          • Romulus

            Indeed my friend. Just as an aside, I’d like to report that I had a chance to review peter Jackson’s The Hobbit 2 The revelation the Mr. Jackson caved to the PC police and inserted token blafricans into the movie enraged me beyond reason. Mr. Tolkien’s benchmark pre Roman Anglo/Celtic mythology in know way shape or form should be desecrated by those that have zero connection to Europe.
            Overall it was worth a look,yet I find myself tired of seeing some Mediterranean cousins done up to look like nordics. It seems ludicrous that Hollywood can’t find REAL germanic people to fill those roles. In the film, G. I. Joe The rise of cobra, LA LA land found that a love affair between a gorilla and a gorgeous Gaelic princess was necessary. I had to leave the theater in disgust at the time of it’s release. Thor 2 was so laden with a Bantu Heimdall that I nearly burst out in rage. There is hardly anything left of our past or present that’s not becoming subject to revision. I strive to remember something you once posted,
            NILS DESPERANDUM. I will persevere. There is no alternative but to endure.

          • David Ashton

            I agree about Tolkien, &c.
            There are not just 2 of us who understand and who keep fighting on. I have been working each day since the start of this year on guidelines on counter-action for an English organisation.

            AmRen should be an information exchange, an international rallying-point and a forum for constructive activities.

          • stewball

            Romulus. All the people you mentioned were Jew haters. You can’t talk about them as representing the Jewish people/religion. I’ve never seen a Star of David upside down whilst worshiping the devil buy I’ve seen plenty of upside crosses with idiot Americans worshiping,
            sacrificing and raping children so maybe examine your own ‘Tribe’ and leave mine alone.

          • saxonsun

            Dangerous and erroneous crap.

          • Romulus

            Dangerous….., quite possibly; Erroneous?……, Hardly.

          • Sick of it

            So…Karl Marx was a Christian Crusader trying to bring back the Inquisition? /sarcasm

          • Daniel Schmuhl

            No but communism and socialism existed as ideas prior to Karl Marx.

          • WR_the_realist

            Yup. Even if all of the 3% of the U.S. population that is Jewish consisted of radical leftists (as Stormfronters seem to believe) they wouldn’t be able to set the agenda if millions of non-Jewish whites didn’t agree with them.

          • Hunter Morrow

            Stop saying things that are wrong. You know how they multiply power. 3 percent of the country, own every piece of media somehow. Have controlled the money for 100years in the country. Christianity as a tool to keep people from overthrowing them. You know that. Why pretend otherwise?

          • plaintruthforidiots

            Yes, of course, we believe you, Mr ‘Schmuhl’… LOL.

          • David Ashton

            This huge subject needs thorough knowledge and careful analysis, all too rare on all sides. Much postwar support among Jews for immigration, multi-culturalism and anti-racist propaganda is a reaction to the Hitler experience, though the hostility to Jewish elites in the west and to Israel abroad from third-world immigrants, especially Muslims, has made some think again. One can acknowldge that these recent reservations are primarily ethnocentric (“Is it good for us Jews?”) without aggravating their suspicions of and opposition to “white nationalism” by waving swastikas at them. I could write at greater length on all this, but it is unlikely to have much effect on either Jewish or anti-Jewish bigots.

          • Edruezzi

            MIlton Friedman was Jewish.

          • stewball

            Schmulik. David is fixated with Jews for some reason but he’ll deny it of course.

          • David Ashton

            I could say that you are “fixated with Jews” for the reason that you are one, and are a sensitive person. I have commented on this mainly because other commentators keep bringing the subject up. The books I have suggested will help freeze bigotry on all sides by factual information.

        • Whitetrashgang

          Are you on crack?

          • WR_the_realist

            No. He’s probably actually read Paul Gottfried.

          • David Ashton

            Read some of his writing – what is your point?

          • David Ashton

            Is this a question or a gratuitous “trashgang” insult? I have never taken a “recreational” drug in my entire life, except for a few beers and occasional whiskey before I became diabetic. I do not enjoy tobacco smoke or the stink of cannabis. But if you can refute anything I have written with facts or reasons I shall look forward to your own sober assessment.

        • stewball

          Again with the Jews David?

          • David Ashton

            I have time only for occasional comments usually when English rather than Jewish matters are discussed here. The article from the usually good Heather MacDonald at the start of this thread contains issues close to my heart and experience, and are relevant to a memorandum I am currently writing when I get the chance on English culture and its survival.

            I think I know a fair bit about “the Jews” and “antisemitism”. I will always criticise Jews or anyone else with whom I seriously disagree, and support those with whom I agree. In Britain, there is considerable annoying support among leading members of the Anglo-Jewish community for immigration, even of Muslims and other anti-Israel people, but this is not greatly shared by Jews “on the street”, and has been opposed by intellectuals like Alfred Sherman and Melanie Phillips. I am not obsessed by “the Jews” one way or another, and in any case have no time or inclination to say anything more here.

      • Romulus

        Excellent. Tragic that so few of us know who’s responsible for the untold millions of deaths of the true peoples of Europe. Follow the trail all the way back and it becomes clear.
        Countless hours I used to spend in our great east coast libraries researching the past for answers,yet your pic is worth a thousands words.

  • bigone4u

    The tears you see in my eyes are for the loss of Western civilization. Although I spent 30 years in “the academy” my conscience is clear and I’m quite happy to say that I have no friends from that period in my life.

  • shmo123

    The “academy” as it exists needs to be torn down–it is rotten to the core, and aside from the sciences, teaches nothing but grievance, hate and polarization. To think that Rigoberta Menchu takes precedence over Shakespeare is enough to make one vomit.

  • Hunter Morrow

    Majoring in English is like majoring in hockey. It is a White man ‘s game,after all, he literally made the rules with the language. Spending more time on Maya Angelou than Milton is like taking a semester of Black People In Hockey History instead of Great Canadians in Hockey History.Obviously we can see how phony that is.

  • Daniel Schmuhl

    My university education was mostly Marxist indoctrination. I remember taking a class in American literature and most of it consisted of reading whines by various minority groups. In social psychology i learned about stereotype threat even though there basically is no strong evidence at all for stereotype threat.

    • Hunter Morrow

      A jew complaining about The Long March through the institutions.

      You are a joker, man! The next JohnEngelman.

      • Daniel Schmuhl

        You’ve never really had any evidence that I’m Jewish. You are just butthurt that I’m not into VNN or hardcore anti-Semitism (as in conspiracy theories, genocide advocacy, monocausal theories of white decline etc etc).

        Most of the people who post there are retards and if someone wants to prove me wrong go ahead.

        • Hunter Morrow

          Your TJB denial of it is better than an Israeli government blood test!

          • Daniel Schmuhl

            We’re not even supposed to discuss the Jewish issue here and you’re extremist rhetoric is not going to alienate many potential readers while serving only to fire up the crowd,

            This place should stick to serious discussion of the issues not paranoid accusations. You and a few others are nuttier than trail mix.

          • Hunter Morrow

            That is not true. AmRen has neutral position. Mum’s the word is not neutral and you know it. Everybody says their piece.

          • Daniel Schmuhl

            It is neutral on the issue itself but..

            The mods delete many anti-Semitic comments and it’s widely known that they’re not allowed.

        • David Ashton

          “Daniel Schmuhl” sounds like an Ashkenazi name to me. But so what? A book should not be judged by its cover. People should be judged on their opinions, actions and motives, not their grandmother’s religion or the length of their nose or the possible circumstances of their snip.

          There is something in some conspiracy theories; for example, I was a “spy on the wall” when New Left “multi-cultural education” was being conceived in Britain, and observed its “agenda-working” (their own term) outwards and upwards through our schools, colleges and other institutions. “We must sugar the pill to get the Englishman to swallow it,” said immigrant professor (now Lord) Bhikhu Parekh, but he is a Hindu from India, not a refugee from the pogroms.

          The Comintern was another conspiracy.

          • Hunter Morrow

            Oh, there are some good ones huh?
            Not buying it at all.
            This site is hardline anti-black and hispanic andfor good reason.

    • WR_the_realist

      That’s why you should have majored in math, physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, or some other as yet untainted subject. You can always read Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Twain at home.

      • David Ashton

        This is true, but the brainwashing of young people at school and university is adversely affecting the general transmission of the cultural heritage. Who’s Chaucer, they will ask? Another Dead White Male Homophobe perhaps?

  • NorthernWind

    “but the department was determined to expose students, according to the course catalog, to “alternative rubrics of gender, sexuality, race, and class.”

    Alternative? In universities there is only one accepted “rubric” and it is the leftist-egalitarian one.

  • IstvanIN

    This is simply the slide into another dark ages. Like the library at Alexandria all the accumulated wisdom of our civilization will be lost.

    • Romulus

      Jared Taylor and all the keepers of our history and civilization should, if they haven’t already,begin a back-up of all it’s accumulated knowledge. As happened through the dark ages, the ancestors of the commies and the creators of christianity (tribe) refashioned Rome in their image and nearly wiped out europes intrinsic identity. The germanic tribes made sure that didn’t happen,but only for a short while. THEY are at it again.

      • IstvanIN

        Only if it is in non-acid paper, digital records are easily lost and even more difficult to retrieve once the technology becomes obsolete.

        • Romulus

          Easton press is an excellent resource if you wish to start compiling a personal library to preserve our past and culture. Mine is nearly complete. All books are printed on acid-free paper, leather bindings,gilded edges,ribbon markers and ribbed end pages.

          • FransSusan

            And very expensive!

          • Romulus

            True,but in my humble opinion, well worth the expense.

          • FransSusan

            I agree that they’re exquisite books for all the reasons you mentioned. I have quite a few of them, but they are really expensive!

          • David Ashton

            I started a private collection of quality politically-incorrect works of all kinds several years ago, along with a lot of communist and other stuff, but in Britain there is always a theoretical risk that the police could examine and confiscate publications deemed “racist” or “homophobic” if so motivated. And yesterday I tried the website of a distinguished scientist who has addressed AmRen only to be attacked (unsuccessfully) by a virus. However, they can’t suppress everything.

            I repeat my advice to “white patriots” everywhere: (1) Have more children and give them facts the schools do not, (2) secure the heritage by various means, (3) master the technology as well as content of the electronic media.

          • Romulus

            Hello David. Good to see you posting again. I hope all is well at home.
            I can hardly believe it. The police can actually confiscate personal literature!???
            That’s a bloody outrage. Words can’t express my grief for Americas fatherland.

          • David Ashton

            I am always tempted to comment when I see something that affects me personally or is an attack on my English compatriots. I really should be getting on with other things – but in our common cause. The family illness problem takes a lot of my time, and always will.

          • Romulus

            All the more reason, that when you decide to offer your insights, I look forward to your thoughtful analysis. I divide my time between informing as many AWARE folk and helping securing Americas MOST important right. Im very worried what consequences may come to bare if Hillary gets elected.

          • David Ashton

            Thank you. But who will oppose her? Tweedledum v Tweedledee, as in Britain? Anyhow, the Clinton scandals should be given full publicity. You may find Horowitz an ally over this, at any rate. I must leave AmRen for now.

        • fuzzypook

          Exactly. Our civilization is more tenuous because of technology. Don’t invest in bitcoin!

      • Steven

        You mean what the Muslims and Jews did during the dark ages?

  • LeGrandDerangement

    “…school’s premier postcolonial studies theorist, Homi Bhabha…”, oh, never mind.

  • Eagle_Eyed

    “My problem with the core is that it upholds the premises of white supremacy and racism. It’s a racist core. Who is this Mozart, this Haydn, these superior white men? There are no women, no people of color.”
    This response can be best neutralized by frankly agreeing with her. Yes, sweetheart, women and minorities do not have remotely the long-standing influence of the myriad brilliant white men in the arts, sciences, philosophies, and other humanities.

  • Greg Thomas

    UCLA should be ashamed to no ends.

  • So CAL Snowman

    If you want to understand the impact of Shakespeare on Western Civilization check out Cambria Will Not Yield. That man gets it.

    • FransSusan

      I don’t understand your point. Why shouldn’t Asian students learn Milton or Chaucer?

      • Triarius

        Its that they don’t care. And the Asians there don’t study Engrish and can barely speak it. That’s why you’ll see asians protesting, especially at UCRA, if their exams are in essay form not multiple choice.

        • FransSusan

          They should learn to speak English if they’re staying in the US after graduation.

  • Spartacus

    “Why did I have to listen in music humanities to this Mozart?”

    ——————————————————————————————————————–

    Because Tupac is too cool for school.

    • Non Humans

      That and rap sux. In keeping with tradition rap is “Nonmusic”.

      • fuzzypook

        Rap. Now no talent blacks who can’t sing can get famous too!

        • WR_the_realist

          Yup. Gospel, Motown, and jazz vocal music all required some actual ability to sing. Rap eliminated that requirement.

    • David Ashton

      Fanny Mendelssohn? Mahler? Mayerbeer? Offenbach? Are you one of those who enjoy the music but then change their mind when they discover the composer’s parentage?

      • The 19th century was the beginning of the end of “classical” music. It became dramatically emotional, evolved into Schoenberg’s noise and, eventually, to minimalism and difused into “polystylism”. Mirroring and even predicting the path of Western culture itself.

        • David Ashton

          As a neo-Spenglerian I am not going to argue with you.

  • MekongDelta69

    I want to learn meaningless polysyllabic words like Cornel ‘ain’t my Afro bad’ West, or I’m not signing up.
    /sarc

  • Guest

    “Why did I have to listen in music humanities to this Mozart?” she groused in a discussion of the curriculum reported by David Denby in “Great Books,” his 1997 account of re-enrolling in Columbia’s core curriculum. “My problem with the core is that it upholds the premises of white supremacy and racism.”

    Yes, they are superior white men but to find out who they are you would need to study them. Imagine studying a musician who is even better than 50 cent; that is how good Mozart is. I wonder how the black math majors feel with absolutely no hope of studying any African “authors”.

    • Non Humans

      “Black Math Majors”
      .
      Thanks man. Now my nose is burning from the soda I just sprayed all over my keyboard through it.

    • WR_the_realist

      While there are a handful of black mathematicians the reality for mathematics education is this: You can study mathematics as an undergraduate major and never learn a theorem that wasn’t proven by a white man (well, maybe with the exception of the Chinese Remainder Theorem, which I would guess came from someone in China). If you do graduate work you’ll have to learn about work by some Asian men and white or Asian women, as well as white men, but chances are good you’ll still never need to learn a theorem by a black person.

      So it’s only a matter of time before the cultural Marxists ban mathematics education.

      • David Ashton

        I taught at one time in a London school where we were instructed to make every subject in the curriculum “multi-cultural”. The West Indian PE teacher complained: “I suppose we shall now be expected to do b—– limbo dancing”. The Indian Head of Math said in despair: “I teach the same maths that I taught in Gujurat and Uganda”. I suggested helpfully: “All you need do is to tell these ignoramuses that you use Arabic numerals, Greek theorems and the Hindu concept of zero,” and off he went with a cheerful grin.

  • MBlanc46

    I work in scholarly publishing and I read a lot of this stuff. A lot of it is drivel. I can’t imagine how a doctoral committee (a lot of first books are reworked up PhD theses) or university press readers can pass so much uncritical rubbish. That said, fortunately, I can say that there is still a goodly amount of research in the humanities that avoids the race/gender/class triad (or at least doesn’t let it set the agenda). Parents (and others who are paying the bills) need to start demanding that their offspring get real courses for their money, and not politically correct identity politics.

  • ncpride

    Women of Color in the U.S.; Women and Gender in the Caribbean; Chicana Feminism; Studies in Queer Literatures and Cultures; and Feminist and Queer Theory.

    How can anyone read about these useless, ridiculous, insane ‘courses’ being offered at our Universities without a profound sense of despair and loss?

  • jtklay

    At least half the states are governed by Republican majority legislatures. (Obviously, California isn’t one of them.) It seems to me that those legislatures could come up with some strategies for taking a measure of control over the public universities and figuring out a way to sweep some of these Marxists out. I’m not sure what that strategy would be, but if the supposedly conservative politicians in the red states had the will, they’d find a way. Taking power away from the cultural Marxists in the universities would be a big blow to their indoctrination efforts.

    • IstvanIN

      NJ has a Republican Governor, he just gave instate tuition to illegals.

      • TeutonicKnight67

        I used to call these traitors RINOs until I finally came to the realization that they are ALL in on it!! Not one politician of either party is worth a red cent. They should all hang!

    • WR_the_realist

      Republicans are useless on this sort of thing. Do they ever try to get rid of affirmative action? No. Do they want to cut immigration? No, while some want to enforce immigration law none of them want to actually reduce legal immigration. Nobody is more afraid of being called a racist, a sexist, or a homophobe than a Republican politician. Elect a Republican governor and he might try to cut a few things in the budget or veto an overly restrictive gun law, but he’ll never dare confront the Cultural Marxism that dominates the universities.

      Of course none of this stops MSNBC from insisting that most Republicans are rabid racists.

      • TeutonicKnight67

        I know many AmRenners are anti-Reagan because of the amnesty but he was the last president to try to abolish the Department Of Education, as sinister and criminal an enterprise as can be found.

    • emiledurk16

      Their strength, as we know, lies in the anti-white demographic shift. With, I imagine, 1/2 of the students of a non-white genus, and the other 1/2 brainwashed from birth, the future looks bleak. The fruits (bad word for an analogy) of AA, quotas, the lowering of standards and the relentless brainwashing by the media, are unfortunately coming to bear. (One must wonder the substance of a person whose mind is manipulated by the media.)

      A secession appears the only way. Will a suitable percentage of the military or the police force side with us? This, at this time, is an unknown. The taking back of our universities would be a dramatic benefit, but I see too many Hillary Clintons and Barrack Obamas running the show.

      Will fate shine favorably upon us, or is our destiny already doomed.

      Time will tell. I hope in our time.

  • FransSusan

    When my alma mater sends materials in the mail asking for money, I write them back on the request form with their self-addressed, stamped envelope telling them I’ll never donate until they get rid of the ‘identity studies’, particularly the black studies dept. If I were a parent of a college age child I’d be searching for a way to avoid paying tuition for those courses—either find a college that doesn’t require them, or pick a major that doesn’t require them.

  • Tacitus1

    ” Lord, what fools these mortals be ! “…. William Shakespeare from A midsummer’s Night Dream

    • LeGrandDerangement

      Shake-who? Whut?

  • Garrett Brown

    Homi bhabha… wut.

    • TeutonicKnight67

      Mamma Lacka Boo Bah Day

  • FransSusan

    That shouldn’t matter if it’s part of the curriculum they should have to learn it too. They should have to learn English if they’re going to stay in the US. Hey, I had to suffer through it so they should, too. 🙂
    And I’m no English major either.

  • FransSusan

    That’s the problem with degrees given to blacks—they’re not required to actually know anything; they’re just given a degree.

  • If I had to do it over again, I would study abroad. Degrees from most American institutions, in most disciplines, have become nearly worthless, not to mention unbelievably expensive.

    • WR_the_realist

      I think a degree in physics from Caltech still counts for something. But it is unbelievably expensive.

  • emiledurk16

    The debasing of our traditional literature, not surprising. Which is part of the overall plan to obliterate our race and culture. “He who controls the present….” We were warned.

  • emiledurk16

    Bravo, dude.

  • emiledurk16

    I saw this a while back. Tragically prophetic, isn’t it.

  • emiledurk16

    Touche !

  • TXCriollo

    I graduated college right after our dear leader was elected. I remember when I started college and Bush was the president of the us he had just got re elected the libs were crying; I did not notice much attack white writers and this was when I was required to take all the required classes even tho I was a finance major. As years passed and GW was on his way out our dear leader got elected. My last year in school I saw all this start, black students crying about how all they learn about is white leaders and writers and why be there no black ppl they be smart to. This is not a joke I heard it in an international business class, how this jackwagon got in to college I do not know. We’ll that’s when things started to change real history was changed to fake equality history if you have kids anyone who post on this site make them major in business like finance , accounting or a science. Stay away from liberal arts they were not super anti white and it really depended on what school, but since 2009 they all are. I beg of you do what my dad did forced me to take a real major and I thank him everyday for it

  • Edruezzi

    So they want to start teaching the great works of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, or whatever, right? The humanities have gone crazy. It’s either multiculturalism or incomprehensible, and meaningless, French deconstructionist philosophy, and the faculty lost its ability to question this stuff decades ago.

  • LeGrandDerangement

    First thing I thought of was “homey”.

  • Berkeley Guy

    Hope I am not too late to post a comment on this.

    I currently attend UC Berkeley, and am on campus now as I write this. My first semester at Berkeley, in Cognitive Science 1, we gave the professor feedback halfway through the course. Many of the feedback responses, by an overwhelmingly Asian class, centered on criticizing the historical approach taken by the professor. As the professor summed it up, he said, ‘A lot of responses were about us reading about dead white males.’ An Asian girl in the front giggled, as that had been her response too. The professor further stated many people just want to look at cutting-edge cognitive science literature and experimentation results, which we eventually did get to. But the prof had to explain to them that we have to go all the way back to Plato and Aristotle in order to not only understand where it began, but also to note what theories have worked and what have failed and why.

    The above happened again in Molecular and Cell Biology 63 (about the human brain, and yes. I have tried to take classes in any area that intrigued me rather than going for a typical degree). The professor once again had to explain to the class that when he was a PhD student at Berkeley, most of what they studied was history so that they could emulate successful thinking patterns and eschew fallacious ones.

    Some people commenting on this website seem to think that Asians and people of the Euro-diaspora can live together in peace. I have my doubts about this because from what I see, Asians for the most part do not like whites. There are some that do like us and get along fine, but in my experience most do not. I have four years of anecdotal data that many will probably find doubt with, but that is what I have. Patterns have emerged and I have learned a lot, despite originally being slightly to the left of moderate and open to other cultures. I have dated two Asian ladies for a significant period of time, and have had Asian friends for years. I have been to their home environments and learned a lot about them over the years. I believe my anecdata is sound. Others may disagree because they had differing experiences. But one thing that stands out to me is that Asians would prefer to dominate over us.

    What does any of the above have to do with the article? In each case that I have been exposed to at Berkeley where a group of people seeks to change the way we learn at our premier public and western university by diversifying the syllabus/curriculum has been by Asians. They do not like to see white males leading the way, or having lead the way, in science. On the other hand, they have radically opposed diversity quotas when it suits their purpose, as any reasonable ethnic group would do to help themselves. At Berkeley, they became so dominant recently as undergraduates by lobbying (and liberal whites probably helped too) to successfully force the University of California system to look mainly at GPA and test scores to get in. I am not complaining about that in itself, but it is in direct contravention to the strategy used here and other places to diversify (read de-white) the curriculum at the universities that we founded.

    In the business class I was taking at Haas at Berkeley this last fall the professor was going over stats for the country as a whole and noted that now whites are 2/3 of the population and thankfully declining (she was quite happy about that despite being blonde/blue-eyed). But, unfortunately Berkeley still has a diversity problem, according to her. She found it sad that the demographics of Berkeley was so lopsided (she didn’t want to actually mention that it was Asians that she was talking about). And she said that ‘our hands are tied now, and African Americans and Latinos have drastically fallen in numbers here.’ The class was predominantly Asian, and they were rankled, and you could sense it. One, without raising his hand, shouted to her, ‘yeah, but how do you explain that Asians at some colleges needed to score 400-500 points higher on SAT’s just to get in, but ‘they’ didn’t need to.’ The professor had no answer–she’s white so she can’t favor her own and when called out can’t even favor those she was just defending. The only black male in that class of over 400 people (at least that I could see, there may have been a few others) got up after that and left out the back door. Blacks might already know that white guilt doesn’t quite work with Asians.

    So not only have ‘the humanities forgotten their humanity’ but many other disciplines at major universities will as well. But no matter what, I still hold that this trend isn’t that worrisome. Yes, for the silly whites (like version 1.0 of me several years ago before the recent upgrade to the ethnically-conscious 2.0) that think the university system is worth the money, it is a worrisome trend. But for those that know that the 4th or 5th version of the textbook we use here at Berkeley is available on Amazon for a fraction of the price of the newest and shiny 6th version that has very little new info; who know that quality education is more about time well spent on leaning and self-discovery, and not on being cool and ‘elite’; who know that a degree in hand is no guarantee of a life, will be fine. As I have said in other posts, don’t worry too much about the education system here–it is in many cases a for-profit industry.

    • Guest

      Thanks for your very detailed comment. I have been taking some MOOC courses over the internet and last year I took the 3 statistics courses which they say make up Stat 2.0 at UC Berkeley. I earned certificates signed by UC Berkeley officials but no credit at Berkeley. I wonder how this trend of offering valuable courses for free, or low cost, over the internet will affect students at universities like Berkeley since these courses have totally open enrollment. The asian students would not have to feel excluded due to quotas and the black students who were not qualified to be there would get no benefit from affirmative action programs.

      • Berkeley Guy

        Yes, Internet-based education is, I believe, the future. It is very easy to disseminate information, difficult to implicitly enforce political biases on the studentry, and very low-cost to free. Maybe companies today would not look so favorably toward online certification as that also opens up a can of worms (but not for diversity).

        Probably companies like students to compete with one another for status, prestige and grades because those representing the company also went through the same, and it enforces a culture of competitive drive. I have to admit that at Berkeley I was forced to learn how competitive other students are, even though I am naturally an egalitarian. So it has taught first-hand about human nature and in-group preference.

        If you don’t mind me offering my opinion to you, it would be to keep away from student loans, university fees, and wickedly-expensive books by learning as much as you can online and in older textbooks. If your endgame is to be at a competitive company, then really study hard for as many hours as you can and sell yourself and the knowledge you have to that company. It’s a hard road, but some people like to be at elite companies (I don’t).

        • Guest

          Good luck to you as well. We did get full access to the statistics texts at no cost, which has great value in itself. I felt very fortunate.

    • IstvanIN

      Terrific post. The Asians (of any stripe) are not here to assimilate and become American like pre-1965 European immigrants, they are here to colonize and conquer. They want our living space and rersources and our “leaders” have handed over our nation on a silver platter.

      PS: what the heck is Cognitive Science? I went to college a long time ago and majored in Agribusiness and minored in General Agriculture and have no clue what most modern course work is good for!

      • Berkeley Guy

        CogSci is an interdisciplinary focus on fundamental questions such as ‘where does knowledge come from’ or ‘is there unique aspects of human cognition.’ Of course, when you unpack those statements, prepare to be reading about everything from Plato to how MRI machines work. The way they do it here is by looking at Anthropology, Computer Science (AI), Linguistics, Philosophy, Psych and Neuro Science.

        I think you majored in something very worthwhile.

        And yes, not all, but many people would of course rather see their ethnic group dominating over ours.

        • IstvanIN

          Thanks for the response.

    • Romulus

      That was an excellent post. Many here are not fooled by Asians as America friendly.narrative. A drop becomes a trickle, a trickle becomes a flood (there are 1.3 billion Chinese Asians alone). Once any ethnic group swells to substantial numbers, they will cease to even try to assimilate and instead, dominate. We as a people used to be conscious of this.

      There are a few asianphiles here, one in particular who goes by the handle John Engleman, who practically fall all over themselves to accommodate Asians. Just because I admire Bruce Lee and all his achievements doesn’t follow that I want to be run over again by the Mongol hordes. Yes, Asian women can be quite attractive,yet I don’t think with my phallus. I prefer my own people. My first GF was Japanese. When young, males tend to think with the little head and not the big one. This doesn’t mean people can’t find happiness with others, but it is now a matter of the survival of our people that we think before we decide who to couple with.

      • Berkeley Guy

        I don’t think that anyone, no matter who they are, can reasonably assert that any ethnic group in America will not try to dominate another once the demographics are in their favor. I have seen posts that seem to think otherwise. I take issue with such posts.

        For the record, I am now single.

        • Romulus

          Careful not to underestimate the naive delusions of your average brain dead white liberal.

  • Talltrees

    “How did so many blacks get to the U.S. if we are to believe that our leaders had a white only immigration policy?”

    You need to research immigration policies prior to 1965. Preference was given to Europeans to maintain an overwhelming majority.

    The first 19 or so blacks arrived near Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619. Still a British colony, United States was not established at that time.

    “Sounds exactly what George Washington had in mind when he said: “let the poor, the needy and oppressed of the Earth, and those who want Land, resort to the fertile plains of our western country, the second land of Promise, and there dwell in peace, fulfilling the first and great commandment.”

    George Washington was referring to Europeans.

    You need to research the Founders’ historical statements on immigration. Only “Free White Persons.”

  • loyalwhitebriton

    Shakespeare part of the “Empire”? Hmm. I’m pretty sure we didn’t have an empire in Shakespeare’s day – we may have ruled Ireland, but that was the extent of it.

  • David Ashton

    From small seeds giant weeds have grown.
    All this began with the postwar New Left/Critical Studies/”Cultural Marxist” plans of Herbert Marcuse and others to exploit “blacks, immigrants, single women, sexual minorities and students” to make the “egalitarian” revolution, until economic crisis forces the white breadwinners out of their patriotism, religion and comforts to return to their “class” role.

    I well remember English and History lessons in parts of England, back in the 1970s, being deprived of Dead White European Males, and factual (especially national) narratives already being turned into propaganda slush under the themes of “race, gender, class” (sexuality and disability soon to follow). In the late 1980s the Head of the English Department, of my acquaintance, in a “white shire” Norwich school claimed that the English language itself was “racist” and his lessons were based around themes like “equality” (Mandela posters on the wall). One drop in a rising ocean.

    How could it happen? A clue in the words of Race Pundit Bhikhu Parekh: “We must sugar the [poison] pill to get the Englishman to swallow it.” I am writing on this elsewhere, and the full grim story has yet to be told.