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Class War by Other Means

To those who refuse to acknowledge the Marxist impact of politically correct theory on university students, look to the required classes and seminars blatantly pushing class struggle — the central theme of Das Kapital. Since we know the goal of  radical deconstruction of colleges and curricula is not to improve learning, PC initiatives and punishments should be examined solely for what they really are: active measures to re-define Western culture.

Class warfare is often  blatant, as exhibited during the final disposition of the 2006 Duke University lacrosse scandal. It was obviously the driving factor in  the wrong-footed measures taken by school president Richard Brodhead. He joined the radical view on campus by declaring the incident an issue of class war — a disadvantaged black female accuser in battle with white privileged males. Thus afflicted, he threw his own students under the bus, relying on the word of the victim, not the facts.

A logical-minded person, reviewing in his or her mind the cost in humiliation, money and loss of prestige, would think that the lesson had been learned by Duke and Brodhead. The female accuser was lying and the lacrosse players innocent, proving once again that judging people and their actions by class is a predictable disaster. Yet, nine years later, the morally challenged Duke president is still in office, and class warfare continues unabated, still ensconced and hidden in the term “politically correct.”

For instance, examine the Privilege Walk exercises required across the apparat of higher education. According to the University of Virginia campus paper UVA Today, students are asked questions such as:  Have you always had health insurance? Did your family expect you to go to college? Have you ever worried about paying tuition? Did your family have more than 10 books in the house while you were growing up? Have you ever been afraid of getting raped? Can you be rude, make a mistake or drive carelessly without someone attributing it to your gender or race? Are you ever asked to speak for all the people of your racial group?

Answers to these questions identify the direction a student must physically take, a sort of tarantella of class dance steps designed to keep minority students separate from white students, women from men and transgenders from gays. The goal is not to achieve unanimity but to assure that  students remain divided by race, gender and class. .

At Notre Dame, according to the Daily Caller, White Privilege  participants are instructed in a seminar “on the definitions of, historical/current paradigm of, and causes/effects of white privilege, which is usually defined as a set of advantages and/or immunities that white people benefit from on a daily basis beyond those common to all others.”

And not to neglect religious class division, Notre Dame, a Catholic school, has staff, families and friends willing to stand up against instruction in so-called Christonormativity, described in White Privilege seminars as  “the system of oppression which assumes Christianity as the norm, favors Christians, and denigrates and stigmatizes anyone that is not Christian and equates Americanness with Christianity.” Heavens, we wouldn’t want that, would we?

A George Mason University statement underscores the connection between political correctness and Marxism. “Marxism proposed to treat membership in a class as essentially permanent and hereditary, while urging  ‘total war’ against hated social classes, a war in which all methods are permissible against anyone with the wrong class background. Passage after passage in the Marxian corpus hammers home this brutal message.”

Politically correct policy is class war by other means and America is losing.

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