What’s going on?
Conservative British philosopher, professor and writer, Roger Scruton, spoke in Australia about the way ‘fake subjects’ have taken over in the media and academia, which is exactly what has happened throughout history at the onset of a totalitarian regime.
“One of the first things that happens when a totalitarian government takes over, is the universities are ‘cleaned up,’ which is to say people who are doing that kind of thing [rejecting fake subjects] are thrown out. This is what happened when the Nazis took over German Universities and when the Soviets, or communists, took over the Russian universities,” Scruton said. “On the whole, this is the first move that the totalitarian mentality makes to stop that kind of free-minded, open scholarship in pursuit of truth.”
What are these fake subjects?
“We have seen the grown of an extraordinary number of new subjects in the University in which the pursuit of truth seems to be secondary to … the pursuit of some kind of political conformity. If you take a subject like women’s studies — now I know this is a controversial issue, but perhaps it can be talked about freely in this room. You can’t talk about it freely in America, on the whole,” explained Scruton. “It’s a subject constructed around an ideology … to question it, is something which is essentially made impossible — both by the curriculum and by the way of teaching it. And I think you’ll find that there are quite a lot of subjects like that growing in our universities in which conformities to an orthodoxy takes precedence over intellectual method.”
Universities are meant to question, to hold to the facts, and use scientific standards to be able to decide,” said Glenn. “He’s saying that we have rejected that, just the way they did in Europe, just the way they did in Russia, just the way they do in China …. We are entering a new dark age. We are going back into it, and we’re being lead to slaughter.”
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