19 December 2010

The Priestly Caste Has No Clothes


"More and more, the left urges us to buy the notion that academia is indispensable to informed societies and to national power in science and technology.  In fact, academia is a heavy burden, in every sense of the word, upon modern society.  Over the last century, colleges (nearly all of which are now instead "universities") have devolved from places of serious study and intellectual inquiry into vast, generally malign, priestly castes.  Rote memorization of correct dogma has replaced genuine thinking.  Evolution by natural selection, for example, is an iron law of anthropology, despite gaping holes which have grown wider and more serious over time.  Any mind free enough to challenge the dubious theory of Darwin faces the lash, as Ben Stein showed so well in his film.  Global warming, another convenient myth of corrupt academia, squelches publication of doubters and schemes secretly to hide conflicting evidence." (More here.)

And don't forget, some in academia even want dissenters jailed. Note here and here

8 comments:

13thBama said...

I am often shocked at how easily the academics embrace fascism. I can only imagine it is because they themselves would not be the ones being told what to do. Their lack of studying past socialists leaves them without the knowledge that, once established, a socialist dictator immediately does away with academic types.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

13B - it is quite interesting, isn't it? You had a lot of academic historians publicly endorse Obama, though history has shown his socialist ideas have failed every time. It should make one question all of their perspectives in regards to history. If they can't even figure that out, what can they tell us about the WBTS and the rest of American history?

Mark Snell said...

Me thinks that you and 13B paint "academics" with too broad of a brush, which is quite counterproductive. Having worked in higher education for many years, I personally can attest that what you see in the headlines is not always reflective of the ideology of many university professors, and I'm sure I know more academics than either of you.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hello Mark. I understand there are exceptions and have said so on quite a few occasions here. I do have a number of personal friends and acquaintances who are academics - none of whom would be targets of this criticism. They have, on a number of occasions, confirmed much of what this post reveals. While there are individual exceptions, I do believe the evidence reveals that the structure and framework of academia most definitely suppresses and/or discourages thought and speech outside of accepted dogma. The global warming scam, as well as Darwinism, are prime examples. Are the academics in Stein's film lying?

Mark Snell said...

Perhaps I've been blessed, but I have never encountered any suppression of my political/social/cultural values anywhere that I've taught. I've found that my colleagues are more concerned with my scholarship and teaching ability than my politics. Then again, I've never taught at an Ivy League school, nor in the the California university system, so I can't speak for those who do. I haven't watched Stein's film; I have a pressing deadline which takes precedence over most everything else. I blog when I run into writer's block. Merry Christmas.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Mark - That's good to hear. Certainly the extreme cases make the headlines - as with everything else. CA is definitely in a league of its own. ;o) I appreciate you taking the time to comment and post your own experience and perspective.

Thanks for the Christmas wish and I trust you and your family will have a great Christmas as well and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

msimons said...

I love Ben Stein more every time I see him do stuff like this. It is a sad day we are living in.

Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2011.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Merry Christmas to you too Mike.