Fellow Travelers at the Naval Academy

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Fellow Travelers at the Naval Academy


Gen. Charles C. Krulak, the now retired former commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, recently spoke to the Greater Washington Chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association. During his inspirational talk, he revealed the wickedness of political correctness at the academy's new leadership and ethics program.

"They [the midshipmen] have noticed the increase in emphasis on their leadership and ethics instruction. But both they . . . and I . . . question the form. The atmosphere for moral and professional development is full of theoretical classes and seminars . . . mumbo jumbo about Freud, Kant, and utilitarianism . . . but short on straight talk, responsibility, accountability, and example. More significantly, they are still somewhat demoralized . . . and very cynical."

Gen Krulak was given a standing ovation and was right on target. But it is too simple to dismiss what is going on at the academy under the guise of "character development" in the Leadership and Ethics Department as "mumbo jumbo." This program is a covert attempt to attack the institution at its very roots.

While conducting research into the history, personalities and techniques of "sensitivity training," I have found convincing evidence that the U.S. Naval Academy has been indoctrinating a future generation of Naval officers in a political correctness, actually a cultural Marxism, that has a long dark history and portends a dangerous future. And all of this is being conducted under the "cover" of a "leadership and ethics" program that has the blessing of high-ranking Navy Flag officers and other honorable and well-intentioned Naval officers, active duty and retired.

I have found direct evidence of just such a program at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis - the premier educational facility for our future Naval officers.

The new leadership and ethics program is being billed as a "comprehensive, four-year, integrated character development program." It includes a new required course in ethics and "Integrity Development Seminars." Those seminars are held once a month to discuss ethical issues and are led by a trained facilitator. For 90 minutes during the middle of the day, midshipmen are divided by company and class into 252 groups of about 15 peers.

It sounds benign, but unfortunately it is right out of Kurt Lewin's methods of how to "brainwash" individuals in a peer pressure environment where a "trained" facilitator can work his or her "magic." This type of "leadership" training is taken from the Tavistock Institute, Kurt Lewin's National Training Laboratory (NTL) at MIT, and the "change agent" movement at the University of Michigan in the early 1970s - which so destroyed our public schools. And it is being implemented as "leadership" training at the U.S. Naval Academy!

Several examples that reveal the hidden objectives of this new character development program are taken from essays in the January-February 1999 issue of Shipmate, the official journal of the Academy Alumni Association.

Professor Aine Donovan makes her case for a "new" ethics training program by revealing that she is a "professional gadfly" who "persists in challenging assumptions and behaviors of future military leaders." She states that her objective is to "transform the soul of a 20-year-old [at the academy]." But the transforming of such "souls" is not to be conducted in the sense of a Christianity that defines the "soul." An example of how "souls" are being transformed at the academy is the award of top honors for the Ethics and Moral

Reasoning for Naval Officers course. The award was won by a midshipman 3/C, an academic junior. Her award-winning essay was published in the January-February 1999 issue of Shipmate and titled "Preparing for the Future: Lessons Learned from Tailhook."

The essay is a classic example of Critical Theory straight out of the teachings of the "cultural Marxist" Frankfurt School.

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