Michael Rectenwald: Springtime for Snowflakes

Michael Rectenwald discovered his fall from grace was a learning opportunity.

Michael Rectenwald (1959) is an American scholar who has taught at several institutions, most notably at New York University (NYU).

Rectenwald has taught at universities since 1993, including at Case Western Reserve University, Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and New York University, where he was a Professor of Liberal and Global Liberal Studies for more than ten years before retiring in January 2019.

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Michael Rectenwald’s fall from grace is also a teaching opportunity.

Springtime for Snowflakes: ‘Social Justice’ and Its Postmodern Parentage
Michael Rectenwald – 2018

NYU Professor Michael Rectenwald the notorious @AntiPCNYUProf illuminates the obscurity of postmodern theory to track down the ideas and beliefs that spawned the contemporary social justice creed and movement.

In fast-paced creative non-fiction, Rectenwald begins by recounting how his Twitter capers and media exposure met with the swift and punitive response of NYU administrators and fellow faculty members.

The author explains his evolving political perspective and his growing consternation with social justice developments while panning the treatment he received from academic colleagues and the political left.

The memoir is the story of an education, a debriefing, as well as an entertaining and sometimes humorous romp through academia and a few corners of the author s personal life.

The memoir includes early autobiographical material to provide context for Rectenwald s academic, political, and personal development and even surprises with an account of his apprenticeship, at age nineteen, with the poet Allen Ginsberg.

Unlike many examinations of postmodern theory, Springtime for Snowflakes is a first-person, insider narrative. Likening his testimony to that of an anthropologist who has gone native and returned, the author recalls his graduate education in English departments and his academic career thereafter.

In his graduate studies in English and Literary and Cultural Theory/Studies, the author explains, he absorbed the tenets of Marxism, the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, as well as various esoteric postmodern theories.

He connects ideas gleaned there to manifestations in social justice to explain the otherwise inexplicable beliefs and rituals of this religious creed. Altogether, the narrative works to demystify social justice as well as Rectenwald s revolt against it.

Proponents of contemporary social justice will find much to hate and opponents much to love in this uncompromising indictment. But social justice advocates should not dismiss this enlightening look into the background of social justice and one of its fiercest critics. This short testimonial could very well convince some to reconsider their approach. For others, Springtime for Snowflakes should clear up much confusion regarding this bewildering contemporary development.

The book provides a clear and balanced suggestion for unraveling the tangled twine of social justice ideology that runs through North American educational, corporate, media, and state institutions.

Never soft-peddling its criticism, however, Springtime for Snowflakes delivers on the promise of the title by also including appendices that collect Dr. Rectenwald s saltiest tweets and Facebook statuses.

US Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1943003181
UK Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1943003181

Google Archipelago: The Digital Gulag and the Simulation of Freedom
Michael Rectenwald – 2019

Google Archipelago: The Digital Gulag and the Simulation of Freedom explores the reach, penetration, power, and impact of Big Digital or the mega-information managers, social media platforms, Artificial Intelligence developers, providers of other web applications and functionalities, and the architects and proponents of the promised Internet of Things.

Alphabet (Google, YouTube, etc.) Facebook and Instagram, Twitter, Yelp, and LinkedIn, as well as their many subsidiaries and competitors, comprise a digital collective Big Digital whose domain is global and whose ideological and functional power represents a force unlike any other in history.

Big Digital, a non-governmental constellation of digital technology corporations, now presides over public and private life to such an extent that it rivals, if not surpassing, the governmental reach and penetration of many national governments, combined. Big Digital represents a new private form of government, or a governmentality, the means by which populations are governed, and the technologies that enable that governance.

But the constraints of the political field superintended by Big Digital include more than censorship and bias. Constraints are structurally determined by the technology.

The primary means behind Big Digital’s governmental functions is ideology. And the ideology of Big Digital is decidedly leftist.

I call Big Digital’s ideology corporate leftism, or to borrow from and redefine a phrase coined by George Gilder, ‘Google Marxism’. Corporate leftism comprises the set of values and beliefs now lodged within a growing number of U.S. and other corporations.

Corporate leftism informs the policies, politics, and procedures of Big Digital.

But corporate leftism is also disseminated well beyond the work cultures of Big Digital’s corporate headquarters and regional sites. Corporate leftism is not a subsidiary feature or incidental aspect of Big Digital. Leftism is coded into the very DNA of Big Digital technology and replicated with every organizational offshoot and new technology. Big Digital’s leftist ideology circulates through the deep neural networks of cyberspace and other digital spheres. Corporate leftism is intrinsic to the structure of the Internet, the cloud, algorithms, apps, AI bots, social media services, web navigation tracking software systems, virtual assistants, and more.

Google Archipelago tells the story of how Silicon Valley’s digital technology corporations became bastions of leftism how, why, and to what ends corporate leftism constituted and informed Big Digital, while still promoting the commercial objectives of its digital global conglomerates and extending their reach as a private governmentality. Big Digital’s corporate leftism is authoritarian to the core and the leading governmentality in today s world is the corporate leftist authoritarianism that I call the Google Archipelago.

US Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1943003262
UK Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1943003262

Glen Beck also discovered his fall from grace was a learning opportunity.

Glenn Lee Beck (1964) is an American conservative political commentator, radio host, television producer, and conspiracy theorist.

In April 2011, Beck announced that he would “transition off of his daily program” on Fox News, but would continue to team with Fox. Beck’s last daily show on the network was June 30, 2011.

Beck launched TheBlaze in 2011 after leaving Fox News.

Beck has credited God for saving him from drug and alcohol abuse, professional obscurity, and friendlessness.

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A conversion between Rectenwald and Beck is an educational and entertaining learning opportunity.

You can’t have what socialists want most which is what they would call Economic Democracy. You can’t have that without the market because without a market you have no prices. If you have no prices you have no way of knowing what something is worth to people and therefore you have to dictate it and therefore it’s undemocratic. It’s the opposite of what you’ve tried to obtain.

Michael Rectenwald

If Marxism is about blowing up the house and … razing it to the the ground. Post-Modernism is about putting a few little termites here and there in the walls and watch the house get eaten up slowly until it finally collapses under its own weight.

Michael Rectenwald

My daughter… she was taught by the Jesuits … that the Bible is nonsense … and she was taught that in Sodom … that sodomy was just a greeting – it wasn’t a bad thing – it’s how you greeted people… and I’m like wow that’s quite an aggressive greeting.

Glen Beck

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6 Responses to Michael Rectenwald: Springtime for Snowflakes

  1. CW says:

    Thanks, Tim. I live right in the middle of the NYU campus in Manhattan. Many stories to tell.

  2. THX1138 says:

    Razing, not raising.

  3. malagabay says:

    Fixed. Thank you.

  4. Yry says:

    And that was in the absence of the current digitalization process of Society!! Enjoy!
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    ******************************* THE SOVIET SUBVERSION PROCESS *************************
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    …………………….. The MOVEMENT from an OPEN SOCIETY to a CLOSED SOCIETY ……………….
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    ***************************************** English version *********************************
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    ……………………………………………………… – OPEN SOCIETY – ……………………………………………….
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    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::|:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
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    ……………………………………………………………. EQUALITY ………………………………………………………
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    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::|:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
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    …………………………………………………….. EXPECTATIONS UP ………………………………………………
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    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::|:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
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    ………………………………………………. ASPIRATIONS VS REALITY …………………………………………
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    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::|:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
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    …………………………………………………………. DISCONTENT …………………………………………………..
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    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::|:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
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    ………………………………………………….. PRODUCTIVITY DOWN …………………………………………..
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    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::|:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
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    ………………………………… INFLATION & UNEMPLOYMENT = RECESSION ………………………
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    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::|:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
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    ……………………………………………………… SOCIAL UNREST …………………………………………………
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    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::|:::::::: <==== WEST IS HERE IN 2011 :::::::
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    ………………………………………………………….. INSTABILITY …………………………………………………….
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    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::|:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
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    …………………………………………………………. RADICALISM …………………………………………………….
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    ……………………………………………………. POWER STRUGGLE ……………………………………………..
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    ……………………………………………………….. REPLACEMENT …………………………………………………
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    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::/:::::::::::::::::|::::::::::::::::\::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    …………………………………….. CIVIL WAR – REVOLUTION – INVASION ………………………………..
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    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::|:::::::: <==== WEST IS HERE IN 2020 :::::::
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    ………………………………………………….. – CLOSED SOCIETY – ………………………………………………
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    1984 EXCERPTS FROM SOVIET DISSIDENT YURI BEZMENOV
    Yuri Bezmenov explains how Marxist ideology is deconstructing America's values, destabilizing
    the economy, and provoking crises in order to sovietize the free world.

    by Edward Griffin – 1984

    In reality the main emphasis of the KGB is NOT in the area of intelligence at all.
    Only about 15% of time, money, and manpower is spent on espionage as such.
    The other 85% is a slow process which we call either ideological subversion,
    active measures, or psychological warfare.

    To change the perception of reality of every American, the brainwashing process
    which goes very slow and is divided into 4 BASIC STAGES:

    – The first one being "DEMORALIZATION".

    It requires 15 – 20 years to educate one generation of students in the country of your enemy
    exposed to the ideology of [their] enemy. Marxism-Leninism ideology is being pumped into the
    soft heads of at least three generations.

    The people who graduated in the 60's, dropouts or half-baked intellectuals, are now occupying
    the positions of power in the government, civil service, business, mass media, and educational
    systems. You are stuck with them. You can't get through to them. They are contaminated.
    They are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern [alluding to Pavlov].

    For these people the process of demoralization is complete and irreversible.
    If you prove that white is white and black is black, you still can not change the basic perception
    and the logic of behavior, even if you expose them to authentic information. Persons who were
    demoralized are unable to assess true information.
    That's the tragedy of the situation of demoralization. You are stuck with them.

    To rid society of these people you need another 15 or 20 years to educate a new generation
    of patriotically minded and common sense people who would be acting in favor and in the
    interests of United States society.

    And yet these people who have been programmed are the very people, most of them, who would
    be marked for extermination in this country!
    Simply because the psychological shock when they will see in future what the beautiful society of
    EQUALITY and social justice means in practice, obviously they will revolt. They will be very
    unhappy and frustrated people, and Marxist-Leninist regime does NOT tolerate these people.
    There will be no place for dissent in future Marxist-Leninist America.

    These people will simply be squashed like cockroaches for criticizing the government.

    The demoralization process in the West (past 25 years) is over fulfilled because demoralization
    now reaches such areas where not even Comrade Andropov and all his experts would even
    dream of such tremendous success.

    – The next stage is DESTABILIZATION….

    It takes 2 to 5 years to destabilize a nation. This time what matters are ESSENTIALS :
    . economy,
    . foreign relations,
    . defense systems.

    USA is in a state of war; undeclared, total war against the basic principles and foundations of
    this system. And the initiator of this war is the system.
    However, ridiculous it may sound, it is the world Communist system, or the world Communist
    conspiracy. The influence of Marxist-Leninist ideas in the United States is absolutely fantastic.

    – HOW TO FIGHT BACK:

    N° 1 = Implement a very strong national effort to educate people in the spirit of REAL patriotism.

    N° 2 = explain the real danger of socialist, communist, welfare state, Big Brother government….
    …………FORCE their government to stop aiding …Communism !

  5. Patrick Donnelly says:

    The rich consider that the poor and the state are parasitic. Hence the WWF, Greens etc. The rich change in number and composition, but not the super rich.

    The issue is the perception of what the state is. It is not democracy if the uneducated and emotional have political power.

    Patronage is the true system. Those who wield power steer the state, the “invisible hand”, decide who lives. Corportions allow anonymous ownership. If they did not, they would be changed until they do….

    Follow the money!

    These old families have ruled people via fashion and passion for centuries. They promulgate false knowledge to trap those capable of addressing their existence.

    Humans are capable of being terrible in only days: the prison experiments show how easy it be to destroy vestige of respect. Survival demands that those who know how to divert the rest remain in power, else mob rules. They monitor all.

    The “Firm” is not just the British Royal Family. The “Company” is not just the CIA.

    If money be keystrokes in the cloud, how will it be spent if there is no electricity?

    Brahmin serve the money power and are the money power. The Kohan aka Khan, Kahn etc are one sect of the “Firm” etc. Power rests with those who use it and understand it.

    Just as Aether is pressure and proximity, so is human power.

    What happened at Fukushima was planned. At Aceh a “happy” accident, 3,000 times more powerful than expected. To destroy the economy of the USA and much of the rest of Orwell’s Oceania, just supply explosives next to clathrates and stir….

    Akismet prevented me from posting this to “Killing us softly”.

  6. Patrick Donnelly says:

    Just remember, we are souls. not humans. They are merely the vehicles for we, the driver.
    1+1=1

    Do not be too concerned for human affairs. They will evolve to better vehicles.

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