Faceless, nameless, leaderless, these are some of the qualities that typically come to mind when discussing Antifa. But the vigilante men in black have documented supporters in academia.
Stanford professor David Palumbo-Liu and Purdue professor Bill Mullen started the Campus Antifascist Network to “stem the rise of fascism, whether proudly displayed in hateful exclusionary slogans and posters, or disguised as ‘free speech.'”
The Campus Antifascist Network lists endorsements from around 30 organizations and 50 individuals. If you scroll down, you’ll see a law professor, a few sociology professors, and several English professors. But disciplines such as science, technology, engineering, and math do not seem to be represented.
There are some pretty famous — or infamous — scholars on the list. There’s George Ciccariello-Maher, the “white genocide” Drexel University professor who said the Las Vegas massacre is what happens when white people don’t get what they want.
There’s Sujata Moori, the Middlebury College professor who teaches Playing Dead: Feminist Readings Of Crime Drama, a very useful class definitely worth your tuition money to learn how to apply “a feminist lens” to “explore the grammar of this genre in terms of race, class, gender, and sexuality.”
There’s also Johnny E. Williams, the Trinity College professor who called white people “inhuman a**holes” and said “let them f***ing die.” Williams shared an article describing how “a lesbian black woman helped take down the man who shot Steve Scalise.” The article suggests that purported “victims of bigotry” should not help defend alleged “oppressors.”
Palumbo-Liu, one of the professors who founded Campus Antifascist Network, frames his vision for the group as one of “defense in various forms of those who are being threatened by fascists,” but who is a fascist and what constitutes a threat? It’s precisely this nebulous language that allows Antifa to justify responding to“hate speech” or some kind of “verbal violence” with actual, physical violence.
Socialist Students Not Happy With CIA Partnership
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality advocates completely reasonable things like “free quality education,” “free quality health care,” and “historical truth,” a section they begin by saying they side with Trotsky over Stalin, according to a link posted by Campus Reform.
UI Chicago is partnering with the CIA to help graduates get jobs and internships in the intelligence field, mock interviews, and resume assistance. Sounds pretty helpful, right? Well, when the school’s IYSSE chapter caught wind of this, it authored a statement titled “CIA out of University of Illinois Chicago!”
The socialist students say UIC has a diverse student body including “children of immigrants who were forced to flee their country of origin due to the turmoil caused by the regime change operations of the CIA itself. If recruited, these students would be utilized to carry out imperialist crimes of the US government around the world.” They go on to say the CIA is “responsible for countless crimes—the overthrow of governments, the fomenting of civil wars, assassinations, torture and spying.”
“Imperialist crimes,” eh? I think that “imperialist” is hysterical SJW-speak for “interventionist.” And intervention isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you’re intervening to prevent something you have reasonable cause to believe will affect your own country if left unchecked.
Anyway, the socialist students continue: “The encroachment of military and intelligence agencies onto the campus is not an isolated incident but a symptom of the breakdown of world capitalism.” “World capitalism.” Wow, way to give something a negative connotation: like it’s world hunger or something. People on the political extremes honestly come up with some of the best lingo…“crisis actor” is another good one.
“Amidst increasing inequality and growing resistance in the working class, the ruling elite is looking for new ways to suppress opposition to its domination of every aspect of social life.” Wow Conspiracy, much? “It is trying to turn college campuses, which should be center[s] for learning and the free exchange of ideas, into instruments of counter-revolution and reaction.”
Hmmm or how about instruments for employment so that you don’t end up being deadbeat hippies?
Prof Actually Shot Himself To Protest AR-15s?
Last week you might remember that I reported on a college professor who shot himself in the arm, allegedly to protest President Donald Trump. Now, however, he’s changing his story, saying that it was to protest malnutrition, pollution, and AR-15s.
Mark Bird is a 69-year-old sociology professor who taped a $100 bill to a College of Southern Nevada bathroom with a note reading “for the janitor” before proceeding to shoot himself in the arm. While Bird told students, staff, doctors, and police that he shot himself to protest Trump immediately after it happened, he now says he did it to protest AR-15s, according to Blue Lives Matter. But here’s the thing: he didn’t even use an AR-15 to shoot himself.
In an apology letter to the school’s president and VP, Bird gave two reasons for shooting himself, saying “the Earth has roughly 100 million malnutrition and pollution deaths in the past decade — and the Earth is on…course for at least another 100 million such deaths in the next decade” and complaining that since the Las Vegas massacre last year, “there has been no national legislation banning bump stocks, banning civilian ownership of AR-15 type assault weapons, and the passage of universal gun background checks.”
So I’m guessing that the reasoning here was to attract media attention by doing something really drastic and then giving himself a megaphone that way? Bird says he shot himself on campus because he knew the College of Southern Nevada police would not let him die.
The professor is banned from campus and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon at school and without a permit, as well as shooting it inside a restricted environment.
College Splurges On Amazon Echos After Layoffs, Deficit
Saint Louis University scrapped around 120 faculty and admin positions in March 2017 and also ditched 130 vacant capacities. The previous fiscal year, the school had a $16 million deficit. And NOW, it’s decided to purchase Amazon Echos, those little gadgets that play music, search the Internet, and make calls all hands-free with that friendly robot Alexa, reported The College Fix. Oh and remember, this is also one of those devices that collects user data, with which it does who knows what.
Amazon Echos go for $50 on Amazon and Saint Louis University is buying one for each of its more than 2,300 dorm rooms on campus. That comes out to $115,000, though the school did say it bought them at a discount. David Hakanson, the university’s vice president, said that “every minute we can save our students from having to search for the information they need online is another minute that they can spend focused on what matters most: their education.”
You know that it takes roughly the same amount of time to type a question out on Google as it does to ask it orally, right? Also, have you ever heard of this thing called RESEARCH? Learning how to find things yourself is a pretty crucial part of education. Anyways, this wouldn’t be quite so egregious if this weren’t the same school that recently made over a hundred layoffs and is expecting a $10 to $20 million loss each year.
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