Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus
a book by Dinesh D'Souza
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that As it "illuminates the crisis of liberal education and offers proposals for reform which deserve full debate" (Morton Halperin, American Civil Liberties Union), Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus "documents how the politics of race and gender in our universities are rapidly eating away traditions of scholarship and reward for individual achievement"
(Robert H. Bork). (Education/Teaching)
"The Most Extensive Critical Study Yet Made Of An Academic Convulsion...Agree With It Or Not, [This Book] Deserves Serious Attention."—C. Vann Woodward, The New York Review Of Books
"Compelling...this courageous book ought to be required reading across the political spectrum."—Washington Post Book World
"An informative account that provides a rare combination of tough-minded analysis, principled judgments, thoughtful proposals and a humane sensitivity."—Eugene Genovese
"[D'Souza bemoans the fact that a] 'victim's revolution' against the influence of 'dead white European males' is undermining the liberal education best able to prepare students for the coming multicultural society."—KIRKUS REVIEW
"A brisk, hard-hitting...journalistic tour through the political land mines embedded these days in higher education."—Wall Street Journal—Review
"D'Souza calls for 'nonracial affirmative action policies' based strictly on socioeconomic disadvantage. He further argues that university-funded student groups should be built around cultural and intellectual interests, not skin color or sexual proclivity."—Publishers Weekly
D'Souza bemoans the fact that a 'victim's revolution' against the influence of 'dead white European males' is undermining the liberal education best able to prepare students for the coming multicultural society
Dinesh D’Souza has had a twenty-five-year career as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual. A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, D’Souza also served as John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute*, and the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He has been named one of America’s most influential conservative thinkers by the New York Times Magazine, and Newsweek cited him as one of the country’s most prominent Asian-Americans. *The American Enterprise Institute (AEI), is a Washington, D.C., based conservative think tank that researches government, politics, economics, and social welfare.
Colleges enforce conformity including indoctrinating students involuntarily with a vile form of political correctness
D’Souza describes how liberals, eager to protest at the drop of a hat, find some incident on a campus to protest about, after which they make demands for silly things, and then the emasculated deans and other leaders cave in and the school gets new affirmative action rules, new classes/curriculum, new faculty. D’Souza describes their pathetic quota programs where the unqualified are admitted into Ivy League universities simply because of their race or sex. He shows us how nobody benefits from these Affirmative Action programs or from these forced diversity programs, and the author reminds us of the fact that universities are the most intellectually-conforming sinkholes of political correctness afflcting our society.
D’Souza describes their pathetic quota programs where the unqualified are admitted into Ivy League universities simply because of their race or sex
D’Souza focuses in on the hypocrisy of University faculties in dealing with the forces that have morphed a standard liberal education into one that has, for all intents and purposes, no content and no defined aim or goal except for the political agenda of the moneyed contributors and government and financially powerful minority groups. In an indirect way, he shows how it is possible to spend four years at a university and leave with almost no knowledge of the critical facts of the world in which they live. Students are thoroughly purged of any idea of principles or timeless truth, leaving only personal whim and "relativism" as a model for understanding the world and interacting with the society.
The left have taken over our universities, and disaster or expulsion awaits the student who dares to question the progressive politically correct indoctrination. D’Souza points out the pitfalls of political correctness. His logic is impeccable and his conclusions are unfortunately all too true. The arguments made show the weakness and downright racism of affirmative action, and black justice Clarence Thomas agrees wholeheartedly. The discrimination that was supposed to be ended instead has returned—reversed—in a more vile and vicious form.
Progressive's politically correct indoctrination leads to a society of vulnerable sheep who would inevitably encounter a wolf eager to lead them. Perhaps that's already happened here and in Russia?
We cannot survive the 21st century if our planet’s citizens are moral ignoramuses, who cannot think, problem-solve, or question, and whose moral relativism makes them tolerant toward everything and everyone, unable to show good judgment, or any judgment. On juries, such people would excuse any and all behavior, unable to act like American citizens. Such a vulnerable population of sheep would inevitably encounter a wolf eager to lead them. Goodbye rights, hello servitude and slavery. The nonjudgmentalism and political correctness in our culture has gone about as far as it can go. Teachers are beginning to find students that cannot find immorality in even the Holocaust.
The bigger question here is not what happened but how in God's name could we have let this disaster happen to these respected institutions that have now become a laughingstock to those aware of what is really going on? The author gives us the foremost explanation of how higher education has degenerated in America. The victimology mentality has saturated academia until blacks emerge from university full of rage and whites emerge—if they're even allowed in in the first place—depressed, guilty, confused, misinformed, and naive.
Newly brainwashed college graduates, oozing with PC fervor, either join the maurading bands of Antifa warriors ready to do violence to not only white supremacists but even conservative speakers
The next thing you know the whites join the maurading bands of Antifa warriors ready to do violence to not only white supremacists but even conservative speakers that refuse to toe the PC party line. What a dirty trick to pull on young people who signed up to learn things but end up paying to be indoctrinated with a sick liberal PC victim/victimizer dogma that insults their intelligence. The newly brainwashed blacks either join the maurading bands of Antifa warriors ready to do violence to not only white supremacists but even conservative speakers that refuse to toe the PC party line, or they join with other blacks and go wilding—attacking white people at random because now they are full of the rage their education told them they should have—even though they didn't have it when they began their "education."
The newly brainwashed black graduates either join the Antifa warriors who do violence not only to white supremacists but even conservative speakers that refuse to toe the PC party line, or they attack white people at random because now they are full of the rage their education told them they should have
Folks, this entire state of affairs is both tragic and pathetic. Instead of letting these young people learn useful things, they teach them to either hate or be guilty so the only career they are suited for is social justice warriors which pays nothing and gets them in trouble. How exactly is such a foolish, naive society going to function to produce productive citizens? With everyone getting taught how to become part of the problem instead of part of the solution, it will be a wonder if such a society can even survive. And yet we had fair warning this tragedy was coming:
David Horowitz Has Been Warning about Liberals Hijacking Our Universities for 30 Years
"What David Horowitz has been warning about in his books and speeches for more than thirty years—the ideological hijacking of the university and the betrayal of its traditional mission—has finally grabbed the national spotlight." [Horowitz looks like a man with a crystal ball—a true prophet of the ages. See the 2017 book by him: The Black Book of the American Left Volume 8: The Left in the Universities.] (Source: David Horowitz's The Left in the University, Bruce Thornton, American Thinker)
D'Souza tells us that "NBC’s Saturday Night Live satirized Democratic leaders touting among other things a jobs program 'converting Confederate monuments into statues of prominent lesbian poets.' This was meant as a joke about fossilized Democratic leaders trying to project a more 'woke' image, but responses on Twitter suggested younger activists thought this was a good idea, and there is a precedent of sorts; in 2016 students at the University of Pennsylvania took down a prominent portrait of 'dead white male' William Shakespeare and replaced it with a photo of 'black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,' Audre Lorde [who, predictably enough, wrote about black rage, anger, prejudice, and victimhood]."
Trump is the Ayatollah Trumpowski for the alt-right and the white nationalists, as we found out in his response to the violence at the Charlottesville riots
President Trump said it was “sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments.” Mr. Trump was castigated [by the mainstream liberal media who said they were symbols of hate] for his insufficiently swift and sweeping denunciation of the right-wing protestors in Charlottesville and his suggestion that there were good people on both sides of the statue controversy.
D'Souza goes on: "But opinion polls showed that Americans agreed with President Trump by wide margins. In an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll taken soon after the Charlottesville incident, 62 percent of the respondents said Confederate statues 'should remain as a historical symbol,' while only 27 percent said they should be removed." Apparently the mainstream liberal media were not reflecting the feelings and will of the American people. Not just Roman Emperors and American liberals tore down statues to help erase history. ISIS does the same thing in the Middle East.
The Sa'a Qadima Church in Mosul was blown up in April 2016 as a form of cultural cleansing by ISIS. In what way is the U.S. PC radical left different?
"The Union veteran Morris Schaff [wrote that] . . . I cannot avoid expressing the belief that the greatest hour that has ever come in the march of our country’s years was on that April day, when Grant and Lee shaped the terms at Appomattox." The Appomattox surrender is the symbol of patriotically mending the divided union for the good of all citizens and the country at large in 1865.
The Appomattox surrender is the symbol of patriotically mending the divided union for the good of all citizens and the country at large in 1865—apparently this honorable, patriotic mending means nothing to the U.S. PC radical left who don't seem to understand history since all they learned in school was political correctness
D'Souza describes the structure of his insightful book Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus: "Each case is used to document the counter-productive effects of preferential treatment and official double standards on minorities themselves, and argues that university policies designed to foster pluralism, diversity, tolerance, and multiculturalism in fact promote ignorance, intolerance, and racism. Finally, it is noted that the rhetorical excesses and coercive tactics of the 'politically correct' have done much to drive reflective liberals into the ranks of a conservative opposition." (Source: Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus, D'Souza, Dinesh, Eric.ed)
Let us hope that the PC police of our colleges continue to "drive reflective liberals into the ranks of a conservative opposition" at an accelerated pace. At least these reflective young people have a chance of learning something, while the nonreflective students who've been functionally lobotomized with hateful and racist PC dogma can always get jobs as soldiers, waiters, waitresses, or candy stripers when they're not out protesting in their Antifa costumes.
Victimhood arms minorities with 'a truncheon' useful for intimidating anyone who displeases or 'offends' them
"More alarmingly, these programs [e.g., Black and Women's Studies] too often function as 'grievance factories.' They encourage minority students to view themselves as permanent victims of a irredeemably hostile and racist environment. To facilitate this mindset, the words 'racism' and 'sexism' are kept conveniently broad or vague, allowing almost any incident, word, or gesture to be the cause of grievance. According to D'Souza, heightened 'sensitivity' and 'awareness' can seduce some minority students into aspiring to be victims. They do not yearn to be oppressed, of course, but they desire the moral leverage oppression gives them. As minority and feminist activists soon learn, the 'moral capital' of victimhood lets them get away with things others can't. Victimhood arms minorities with 'a truncheon' useful for intimidating anyone who displeases or 'offends' them."
"According to D'Souza, what's behind many racial incidents is white resentment over preferential treatment of minorities and the double-standards that protect them and yet infringe on the liberties of others. . . . Whites also resent being written off as bigots. As a Harvard political scientist puts it, "after being accused time and time again, people become weary of being scapegoats. Their patience cannot last forever. You can only get people to collaborate in the accusations against themselves for so long, and then you begin to lose their goodwill, and your accusation becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy." At the risk of being accused of "blaming the victim," D'Souza presses this point because he is convinced that trying to combat this form of "bigotry" through anti-harassment and speech codes amounts to throwing gasoline on the fire." (Source: Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus, Paul A. Trout, The Montana Professor)
D'Souza is convinced that trying to combat supposed 'bigotry' through anti-harassment and speech codes amounts to throwing gasoline on the fire
The author predicted (back in 1991) a backlash against all this PC nonsense and his prediction came true in an unexpected form: Donald Trump.
The author predicted (back in 1991) a backlash against all this PC nonsense and his prediction came true in an unexpected form: Donald Trump
"[Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus is] the most complete study we have had of the capture and degradation of higher education by the Left. The book's appearance caps a remarkable evolution of public opinion, in the now-widespread recognition that the universities have become engines of political indoctrination and control. This has, in fact, been true for about a quarter-century, but for various reasons, it has taken a long time to become evident, as is sometimes the case with malignancies. Whether this one can be treated, and at what cost to the patient, remains to be seen." (Source: Illiberal Education, by Dinesh D'Souza, Joseph Adelson, Commentary Magazine)
Whether this PC malignancy can be treated, and at what cost to the patient, remains to be seen