Academic journal article Economics, Management and Financial Markets

Student Unrest: Cultural Marxist Underpinnings and Administrative Support

Academic journal article Economics, Management and Financial Markets

Student Unrest: Cultural Marxist Underpinnings and Administrative Support

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1.Introduction

Toward the end of the year 2015, led by the University of Missouri, with an assist from Yale (Friedersdorf, 2015a) and supported by the Black Lives Matter Movement, college campuses throughout the land have been on ideological fire. Charges of racism abound. Administrative heads have rolled, at least figuratively, indicating the power of this conflagration.

Why is research of the sort offered in the present paper important? It is difficult to overestimate its significance. It may sound somewhat hysterical, but the entire existence of western civilization is under attack, and the present paper is an attempt to contribute to its defense. Why? This is because ideas are important. The pen is mightier than the sword, since the former determines the direction in which the latter is pointed. And what goes on at universities, pray tell? Of course, the dissemination of ideas, thoughts, philosophies takes place therein. If the exponents of these are almost an entirely owned subsidiary of the left, the conclusion is obvious: the younger generations are continually being indoctrinated with their views, and virtually only their views. There are no two, three or more shades of opinion broadcasted on campus. With but only a few honorable exceptions, socialism and fascism are the order of the day at most colleges.

In section 2 we look at the Mizzou case. Section 3 is devoted to a discussing of the philosophical base of these complaints, and the university administrators' reaction to them. We attempt to understand the causal antecedents of student unrest in section 4. We conclude in section 5.

2.Mizzou

Consider the fate of Tim Wolfe, the now ex-president of the University of Missouri. He was forced to step down from his position due to pressure from the football team of his institution, their coaches, a graduate student who went on a hunger strike, and a large number of black students. The ire of those groups and people were based on the precipitating events. What were the specifics? These included several complaints of the use of the "N" word against black people, a swastika made of human excrement and several "micro-aggressions."1 The charge was that President Wolfe had not acted strongly enough to satisfy the demands of African-American members of this community, that these incidents be stopped. However, there was little evidence put forth to support these charges. Given the pattern of falsely "crying wolf' on the part of members of this community2 one can be excused for taking these complaints with a grain of salt.

What is the case in behalf of Mr. Wolfe? Here are the demands made of him by the students who forced his departure (Crawford, 2015), interspersed with possible defenses against them.

1. We demand that University of Missouri System President, Tim Wolfe, writes (sic) a hand-written apology to Concerned Student 1-9-5-0 demonstrators and holds (sic) a press conference in the Mizzou Student Center reading the letter. In the letter and at the press conference, Tim Wolfe must acknowledge his white privilege, recognize that systems of oppression exits (sic), and provide a verbal commitment to fulfilling Concerned Student 1-95-0 demands. We want Tim Wolfe to admits (sic) his gross negligence, allowing his driver to hit one of the demonstrators, consenting to the physical violence of bystanders, and lastly refusing to intervene when Columbia Police Department used excessive force with demonstrators.

Apology be damned, Mizzou president Wolf could say. "I would readily apologize if I did something wrong, but I did not. First, there is no such thing as 'white privilege.'3 Members of this demographic do well because they work longer, harder and smarter than most people. If there were any such phenomena in operation, then the poor whites in the Appalachians would all be driving Rolls Royces. Orientals (I use this word advisedly) do even better than whites, for similar reasons, and there is no such thing as Oriental 'privilege' either. …

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