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Chomsky at the Bit

Fast on
the heels of publishing “And
the World Was Made Right
” (Rule of Reason, April 23), which has had an
incredible and positive response from many quarters, I happened to read Cliff
Kincaid’s review of Michael Walsh’s The
Devil’s Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the
West
on AIM’s
site (Accuracy in Media). The review is titled “Defunding
the Marxist Madrassas
.”

Mortar boards on freshly minted flatheads


Kincaid’s
review of the Walsh book opens with some richly deserved swipes at Noam Chomsky, the MIT
professor of everything under the sun. For decades, the name, “Noam Chomsky,” for
me, at least, has evoked the image of a leftist college professor instructing
his student victims to “thoroughly chew” his latest theory – say, of Cognitive closure, or of Psychological nativism, or of Recursion in
language
— until they can memorize it and recite it back to him verbatim
(preferably in a choral mode). That is, after all, the nature of an Islamic madrassa – to memorize – not to understand
or critique the Koran and other Islamic texts – until one’s mind is completely
subverted by masses of illogic and non sequiturs and one is no longer able to
think. Once one has memorized by rote every little comma, simile, and metaphor
of the Koran, one is ready to join the Taliban (Islamic students) to kill and
terrorize.
And that
is, more or less, what American students of Chomsky (and students of his ilk
elsewhere in academia) to go out and do: become activists for Socialism, Social
Justice, to Occupy Wall Street, occupy your home, occupy your business, and
become the snowflakes for “safe places” and the hoarse hollerers for women’s
restrooms being open to transgenders and LGBTs of every stripe. And also become
advocates and demonstrators for Muslim immigration and trigger-warning
sensitive freshmen.

Noam Chomsky, a Marxist professor who says he
has been at MIT for 65 years, maintains that we need a new economic system. He
has endorsed something called “the next system,” which is supposed to replace
free enterprise capitalism. My counter-proposal is for a “next system” to
replace Chomsky and other Marxists in academia. My old friend, “Jimmy from
Brooklyn,” a legendary anti-communist, says what we need is the defunding of
the “Marxist Madrassas,” otherwise known as college and universities.

The “next
system” appears to be the total collectivization of the country, and especially
of the realm of education. Here, at Alternet,
is Chomsky caught with his socialist pants down:
An initial signatory to the Next System statement, Chomsky
explores the connections between culture, mass movements, and economic
experiments—which in “mutually reinforcing” interaction, may build toward a
next system more quickly than you may think. 
Next System Project: As the Next System Project
engages in dozens of university campus-based teach-ins across the country, what
do you think of such approaches to engaging campus communities in deep,
critical inquiry—can they help transform our society?
Doubtless
Chomsky applauds Bernie Sanders, the socialist presidential candidate. But perhaps
he instead regards Sanders as a doddering, buffoonish, semi-senile old fool suffering
from genuine cognitive closure. That would be a fair assessment of the failure
in carpentry.
And here
is statement by “the next system,” a statement that dances around the term “socialism”
and is an instance of sociological puffery:
We are at or near the bottom among advanced
democracies across a score of key indicators of national
well-being—including relative poverty, inequality, education, social
mobility, health, environment, militarization, democracy, and more.
We have fundamental problems because of fundamental
flaws in our economic and political system. The crisis now unfolding in so
many ways across our country amounts to a systemic crisis.
Today’s political economic system is not programmed to
secure the wellbeing of people, place and planet. Instead, its priorities
are corporate profits, the growth of GDP, and the projection of national
power.
Large-scale system change is needed but has until
recently been constrained by a continuing lack of imagination concerning
social, economic and political alternatives. There are alternatives that
can lead to the systemic change we need.
Kincaid
goes on:
Of course, Chomsky does not want to replace the system
that pays his salary and provides a platform for his Marxism. A real
alternative to the current economic system would take the taxpayers off the
hook for subsidizing state colleges and universities that keep Marxists like
Chomsky on the payroll and undermine traditional values.
It is said that Chomsky is a “philosopher, linguist,
and social critic.” Whatever this means, it looks like he has more time to
spout his Marxism than to teach his students anything worthwhile. Perhaps that
is his intention. By failing to educate students in practical skills useful for
real jobs, he leaves them hopeless and despondent about the system that he
wants them to replace. His students are his cannon fodder for “the next
system,” which is supposed to be brought into being by students who are turned
into activists through brainwashing sessions organized by the likes of Chomsky.
Michael
Walsh, as Kincaid reveals, offers a truly radical solution to today’s college “crisis”
and the unimaginable debt assumed by college students and by the taxpayer:
scrap the Ivy Leagues, state colleges, and community colleges, put the Marxists
out of work, and patronize the plethora of existing and future online
universities each of which would offer tuition costs infinitesimally lower than
the standard costs of about $20,000 per year.

Average, semi-literate
college student,
now smothered in Federal
kudzu debt


Michael Walsh is the latest to document the influence
of cultural Marxism in academia and American society at large. His book, The
Devil’s Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the
West
, examines how American institutions have been taken over by the
likes of Chomsky. The solution, however, cannot rest simply with exposure or
even reform. The cultural Marxists will not cede power over the minds of the
young. Instead, the solution is to establish new institutions that attract
parents and young people to educational alternatives which promise marketable
skills and jobs in the real economy.
Those alternatives are usually grouped under the
rubric of online learning. These low-cost alternatives to brick-and-mortar
colleges and universities can also address another pressing problem for many
young people—massive college debt through federal loans that in 40 percent of
the cases are not repaid. The current federal student loan debt stands at a
staggering $1.2 trillion. The current system is unsustainable.
It is
unfortunately true that many of these online or vocational schools are already
in hock to or dependent on federal and government financing
schemes
for their students (such as Kaplan
and ECPI).
The ultimate solution is to get the government out of education altogether.

Writes Kincaid:
Judging by the success of Sanders in the presidential race, it
would appear that the real crisis is that higher education has failed to
prepare young people for the future and has instead left them struggling to pay
tens of billions of dollars in student loan debt. However, those turning out
for Sanders have been led to believe that more taxes and debt are the solution.
This approach leaves Marxists like Chomsky, still ensconced in academia,
agitating for the “next system” of socialism that will leave young people even
more hopeless.
Even if their debts
are “forgiven,” and the federal debt monkey is off their backs, most of these
students will be ill-prepared to live independent, productive lives in the real
world. Kincaid writes:

This process of subversion has been going on too long to hope for
reform of the academic institutions that have been captured and rotted from
within. We need to defund those that already exist, and create new institutions
to replace those in the hands of the cultural Marxists. Some of them are online
structures such as Amberton
University
and Western Governors University.
My friend “Jimmy from Brooklyn” says we need to go further, in regard to existing colleges and universities, and demand a “separation of Marx and state,” so that affirmative action for conservative professors can be implemented to strive for some sort of equality and real “diversity.”

Michael Walsh’s The Devil’s Pleasure Palace is a must
read for anyone who is concerned about the costs and the direction of higher
education. Today, in America, “higher” education more often than not means brainwashing
on psychedelic drugs of the Marxist kind.

Academics like Noam
Chomsky should be put out to pasture with Bernie Sanders before they destroy
more minds.
 
The
Devil’s Pleasure Palace
: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of
the West
, by Michael Walsh. Jackson, TN: Encounter Books, 2015.  280 pp.

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5 Comments

  1. blnelson2

    Privatizing all education would go a long way toward de-funding these Marxist enclaves and the lower education hothouses that grow more lobotomized Marxists every day.

  2. Ilene Skeen

    I propose an even more radical solution. One sure to be opposed by all, but would actually work: end compulsory education in the US. Defund the schools and sell the property. Let individuals and parents make their own arrangements. Schools will collapse soon anyway.Instead of waiting for the collapse, have an organized divestiture.

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  4. Joe

    Complete separation of school and state is needed.

  5. Edward Cline

    Ilene Skeen has the right idea: End compulsory education from K1 up through high school. No voucher programs, no government schools whatsoever. Period. Parents need to reclaim their children from the government.

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