Good Little Maoists

Good Little Maoists

James Howard Kunstler is an American author, social critic, public speaker, and blogger.

He is best known for his books The Geography of Nowhere (1994), a history of American suburbia and urban development, The Long Emergency (2005) and most recently, Too Much Magic (2012).

In The Long Emergency, he argues that declining oil production is likely to result in the end of industrialized society as we know it and force Americans to live in smaller-scale, localized, agrarian (or semi-agrarian) communities.

Starting with World Made by Hand in 2008, Kunstler has written a series of science fiction novels conjecturing such a culture in the future.

Kunstler gives lectures on topics related to suburbia, urban development, and the challenges of what he calls “the global oil predicament”, and a resultant change in the “American Way of Life.”

He has lectured the TED Conference, the American Institute of Architects, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the National Association of Science and Technology, as well as at numerous colleges and universities, including Yale, MIT, Harvard, Cornell, University of Illinois, DePaul, Texas A & M, West Point, and Rutgers University.

As a journalist, Kunstler continues to write for The Atlantic Monthly, Slate.com, RollingStone, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and the Op-Ed page where he often covers environmental and economic issues.

Kunstler is also a leading supporter of the movement known as “New Urbanism.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Howard_Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler thinks a cultural revolution has occurred in American universities.

America’s own cultural revolution has worked differently.

It was mostly limited to the hermetically-sealed hot-house world of the universities, where new species of hierophants and mystagogues were busy constructing a crypto-political dogma aimed at redefining status arrangements among the various diverse ethnic and sexual “multi-cultures” of the land.

Clusterfuck Nation Blog – James Howard Kunstler – November 2, 2015
http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/good-little-maoists/

Kunstler also thinks the universities are “committing intellectual suicide” by embracing Cultural Marxism.

There is no American Mao, but there are millions of good little Maoists all over America bent on persecuting anyone who departs from a party line that now dominates the bubble of campus life.

It’s a weird home-grown mixture of Puritan witch-hunting, racial paranoia, and sexual hysteria, and it comes loaded with a lexicon of jargon – “micro-aggression,” “trigger warnings,” “speech codes,” etc – designed to enforce uniformity in thinking, and to punish departures from it.

At a moment in history when the US is beset by epochal problems of economy, energy, ecology, and foreign relations, campus life is preoccupied with handwringing over the hurt feelings of every imaginable ethnic and sexual group and just as earnestly with the suppression of ideological trespassers who don’t go along with the program of exorcisms.

But in promoting the official suppression of ideas, it is really committing intellectual suicide, disgracing its mission to civilized life.

Clusterfuck Nation Blog – James Howard Kunstler – November 2, 2015
http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/good-little-maoists/

It’s well worth reading the entire article where he describes his “own brush with this evil empire” last week.

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One Response to Good Little Maoists

  1. malagabay says:

    Except From:

    Professor’s EPIC Class Intro Has Gone VIRAL; Here’s Why
    by Sierra Marlee
    http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/us/professors-epic-class-intro-has-gone-viral-heres-why

    Professor Mike Adams took liberalism and progressivism to task in his viral class introduction that will leave you cheering.

    In a time where college students are offended by pretty much everything, one professor at UNC-Wilmington decided to cut through the rhetoric and let his students know that they aren’t the special snowflakes liberals and their parents would have them believe.

    His epic class introduction has gone viral, and for good reason: this is the most common sense lecture to come out of any college in a long time.

    He begins by letting his students know that they don’t have the right to be offended and the rest you simply have to read for yourself.

    Welcome back to class, students! I am Mike Adams your criminology professor here at UNC-Wilmington. Before we get started with the course I need to address an issue that is causing problems here at UNCW and in higher education all across the country. I am talking about the growing minority of students who believe they have a right to be free from being offended. If we don’t reverse this dangerous trend in our society there will soon be a majority of young people who will need to walk around in plastic bubble suits to protect them in the event that they come into contact with a dissenting viewpoint. That mentality is unworthy of an American. It’s hardly worthy of a Frenchman.

    Let’s get something straight right now. You have no right to be unoffended. You have a right to be offended with regularity. It is the price you pay for living in a free society. If you don’t understand that you are confused and dangerously so.

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