This short and sweet post by Big Blue Wave got me thinking about the unfortunate ruling of academia by the left, and the stifling effects on the diversity of thought. Many times I have made posters and fliers asking for the help of students to create a conservative society at my university, but in the end didn’t post them up as I had hoped. It’s not that I’m particularly lazy or apathetic, but the pointlessness of even trying to promote conservatism at a university always gets to me.
I can’t say for certain, but I honestly believe if I posted conservative related fliers around campus, they would be torn down in no time. Although it would be the students doing it, I guarantee no professor would stop it. That being said, posting more controversial things such as anti-abortion fliers would create a lot more fuss than I care for (I don’t feel like getting expelled, or my genitals cut off by the feminists for that matter). I can honestly say I haven’t ever seen a flier even resembling being written by a conservative. Even pro-Israel posters don’t exist at my school, although pro-Palestine posters are everywhere. Surprised? Me neither.
At the society expo this year, the only political group that bothered with it was the Young New Democrats. I’ve never seen or heard of any conservative society at SMU (and this is my third year), so it wasn’t a surprise to not see the PC Party or the federal Conservative Party being represented. Students aren’t even into the Liberals that much apparently, as they weren’t there this year either. To me this furthers my belief that the only political activists that are able to voice their ideals without persecution is the far-left; even the centre-left seems to have given up. As Big Blue Wave pointed out, to the elite of academia, being “educated” equals believing in the dogma of the left: progressivism.
Of course, progressivism includes the belief that the environment is superior to humanity, that abortion is the greatest thing since sliced bread, that Islam is the greatest religion, and that mediocrity should be strived for, among other things.
In an institution meant to educate people, no one wants to seem “uneducated”, so no one wants to be conservative. It’s a ridiculous statement that somehow still rings true in my head, but I guess that shouldn’t surprise anyone – I’m “unedcuated” after all.
For those who share my thoughts, I suggest watching the wonderful documentary called “Indoctrinate U“. The film explores the strange thought-monopoly that has been plaguing our universities and colleges and I have to say, it’s very well done and very thought provoking. Check it out!