Sunday, December 03, 2006

Leftists disrupt Tancredo using fascist tactics

Overuse of thoughtless accusastions employing the willowy word "fascism" are irritating. But we've also found many pertinent situations when such a descriptor is meaningful. Here's another:
A campus discussion about illegal immigration turned violent Thursday evening, when protesters clashed with the MSU College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom, who sponsored the event. ...

Unable to identify the people who assaulted him, Bristow said he wasn't planning to file a police report.

MSU police were dispatched to the event after an employee of the law college called the department, MSU police Sgt. Brian McDaniel said.

"About 10 to 20 protesters disrupted the event," he said. "We believe they were responsible for pulling the fire alarm."

Protesters said they came to show their opposition to controversial Republican congressman Tom Tancredo, of Colorado, who spoke at the event. Before Tancredo arrived and while the event was being set up, protesters gathered on the fourth floor of the law college with signs that read "Ignorant Racist."

Pulled the fire alarm? How puerile. Sounds like the kind of childishness that belongs in the Mexican arena of political debate. Jim Gilchrist, Pat Buchanan, David Horowitz, Ann Coulter, Bill Kristol, and Arnold Schwarzenneger have all been victims of violent disruptions at events in which they were invited to speak over the last several months. The closest those somewhere on the right come to attempting to squelch the opinions of their opposition is in the push to remove leftist professors critical of American policy from tenured teaching positions (ie Ward Churchill), but that was a disparate campaign to remove a taxpayer-funded putative objective teacher, not silence a speaker at a privately-funded event or political rally, and no one was physically attacking Churchill or destroying property because of him.

This is yet another instance of the leftist anti-intellectual, dogmatic intolerance that characterizes most of contemporary academia. The copious Al Fin accuses much of the professoriate of brainwashing. I'm inclined to agree with him.

We need to introduce market forces into the educational realm. A social groupthink that has preserved itself with little alteration for a half-century is monopolistic. It stifles ideas (or the professors who present them) that disagree with rigid sets of theoretical dogma about human nature, morality, politics, economics, and so forth. Online courses allow for competition, because students can scour the country for degrees and courses at a varying speeds and with different aptitudinal requirements. Ideological hacks can be avoided, and costs will be drastically lowered. The best and brightest won't be bogged down by the slow pace of those in need of remedial education (“Let me get this straight. We’re behind the rest of our class and we’re going to catch up to them by going slower than they are?”), and those less endowed will not be overwhelmed with stuff they can't possibly comprehend (consequently causing them to turn to antisocial or disruptive classroom behaviors). Kids will be able to start college sooner and enter the workforce at younger ages with lots of vitality. The potential benefits are unending.


Faultline USA said...

It’s the same old leftist fire drill. See their November stunt in Red Square at Georgetown University.

JSBolton said...

This has more of the color of the race-baiting new left, than the old class-war hopefuls.
They seem to be trying to present themselves as the champions of voiceless, speechless ethnic hordes
apparently forgetting that Mexican illegals have a presidente or two to speak for them.