After 40 years of stealth attacks, the migration of radical philosophy from college campuses into society is manifest: politically correct speech codes; denigration of Western values cloaked beneath the seemingly sensible sobriquet Multiculturalism; quotas masquerading as the allegedly worthy an inarguable establishment of affirmative action; emotional victimization replacing generally accepted historical facts; the concept that personal perspective trumps reality.
The thread that ties this cultural coup d’etat is fundamental Marxism, the political virus the West thought was stamped out with the victory over the USSR in the Cold War. Yet, Marxists and socialists on US campuses didn’t get the memo. Or, in predictable modus operandi in the halls of academe, have ignored the real politic of the real world. Why not? Professors have been free to do as they please for centuries. Not the taxpayers and legislatures nor governing bodies and administrators exercise any control over curriculum or professorial propaganda in the classroom. The lunatics do indeed run the academic asylum.
The radical scholars, now a large majority after decades of self-selection, ignored the real world and intensified their allegiance to the dominant manifestos of Marxism – even in light of the implosion of the philosophy’s most successful iteration: the Soviet Union. As the sane world sighed in relief that the Cold War between communist tyranny and free Western democracies was over after 70 dangerous years, the professorial class continued the struggle for world socialism because it suited their theoretical mindset, even in the face of complete failure in practice. The classless society looked good on paper when Marx called for it, and it sounds good today in academic jargon.
So the question begs, while we know the societal evils caused by the radical scholars, what particularly does unrepentant campus Marxism as a philosophy contribute to the world’s over-arching self regard? Actually, you see it or hear it hourly via Facebook and the related Internet phenomena that promote the quotidian activities of the nobodies over the somebodies. On Facebook, Marxism prevails, the intimate details of the unimportant people of the earth are ennobled, even if nothing of importance is noted. In this flawed world, someone on the fringe of society gains more sway than someone who made a valuable contribution. As in the utopian Marxian/Communist paradise on earth, everyone is equal on Facebook, despite their lack of accomplishment.
History, as the Marxist theory on campus manifests, is not about The Greats – the kings, queens, generals, statesman, explorers, engineers, scientists philosophers, artists, writers and swashbucklers – it’s about the common man pulling together in common pursuit of the State. Witnessing authors and television presenters grasping for a story line in history relying on peasants and workers dramatizes the process to eliminate the individual and elevate the collective in our society today.
Gone are the heroes. In their place come the newly empowered insignificants. You can see them on reality television, or stars in sitcoms and dramas and films, websites and chat rooms. Of course, the bona fide better known are covered in the media, but usually they are self-motivated celebrities seeking attention. If a really accomplished person gains attention, the current societal urge is to bring them down for being better than the Lumpenproletariat, for defying the goal of a classless society.
The professors have inflicted more damage than you thought. Eight thousand years of Western society, and its grand history of individual accomplishment, is, to coin a phrase, relegated to the dustbin of history.