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I believe you can trace a direct line from both critical race theory and the removal of "useless eaters" to a book embraced completely by western academics of the day with the subtitle: "the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life."

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I don't get Niall's logic. Whatever you might think about the academic community in America today, it is absolutely opposed in general to the "the charismatic leader" who wants us to vote for him and then shut up and let him run the country. BTW. the Nazis slaughtered a lot of intellectuals who opposed them or drove them out of the country. As they say in baseball, you can look it up.

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Non-profit organizations created by individuals such as George Soros have been and are still funding anarchy in the USA. Consider this: George Soros, apparently, worked for the Nazi regime in Germany identifying Jewish people for the Reich. Now he, his family, and his organizations are funding anarchy in the USA using the college campus as their battle ground. You can search the IRS online database of Form 990, which is the tax reporting statement for a non-profit organization, and get a glimpse into the financial workings of a non-profit. However, when an entity uses “dark money” to fund the non-profit, those donors are hidden. Super article Sir Niall Ferguson.

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“The universities have been to the nation as the wooden horse was to the Trojans’

Thomas Hobbs, 1588-1679

Not a new phenomenon.

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This is the most convincing, clear, and frightening explanation of what has been happening in the past few years. Because I live in the world of academia; and because I am old enough to notice clear changes over time, both in academia and in attitudes toward Israel; and because I have also been following the vertiginous rise in antisemitism, with its thinly veiled coverup - "anti Zionism"; nothing has clarified so well to me both the current changes as well as the world leading up to the mass psychosis that was the Holocaust.

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Thank you, Professor Ferguson. Not covered in this piece, he surely knows that one of the major engines powering antisemitism on American campuses is the donation of billions of dollars to many American universities for programs that plant and nurture the seeds of antisemitism. The current wave of protests on campuses across the country show remarkable similarities to and coordination with one another, not resembling anything that was seen, let us say, during the Vietnam War protests. but rather suggesting they are authored and coordinated by the few same (or related) sources. It is insidious, and deeply threatening.

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Oh my God. 1933 all over again. Ferguson is a genius.

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Here's one way to attack this problem. Pass legislation that mandates all colleges and universities that receive any form of federal funding to accept all scholastically eligible american applicants prior to allowing any students on a visa from attending. This will dramatically reduce the number of "america haters" that end up on our campuses and expand educatiion opportunities for our children. These imported marxist-socialists are very wealthy and often end up with teaching positions that allow them to practice their indoctrination techniques with no oversight or control.

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I would like to know what it is that Claudine Gay can teach that even begins to justify her reported $900,000 salary. Based on credible reports I have heard, her scholarly research record is pretty thin - won't even go into the plagiarism. Let's all root for - and support however we are able - University of Austin.

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Let's make the problem bigger:

The Germans (ok, Prussians) invented the research university to make Germany strong, and put an end to invasions of the German homelands by French cardinals and Corsican upstarts.

Universities are all organized after the administrative hierarchy model. Just like armies.

Even before the Germans, universities were generally in the business of training priests for the state church. Harvard was created to make sure that Massachusetts didn't have illiterate ministers.

The first university president to become US president, Woodrow Wilson, immediately got the US into a world war.

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Eventually racism becomes “intersectional”, and intersectionality devours itself in contradiction. Without a commitment to the dignity of individuals, this is inevitable; and it is the Left, always convinced of their superior intelligence, who will lead our free and classically liberal state into this cul de sac. Although Trump is similarly motivated, to exploit this moment, I am convinced all of his political oxygen is delivered by the Left. Trump is their Trojan Horse, their idiot which the Right is terrified to abandon as long as they can win an election or two.

The Left played the long game while the Right was obsessed with greed and the Present.

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What a perceptive article, what a connection to history. Niall Ferguson is worth watching - and reading - and subscribing to.

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Thank you for this article! I have been speaking to my children and friends about how serious the situation at Universities and Colleges has become. They are noticing it but not totally realizing the depth of the disaster at hand. I think that many people cannot accept the breadth of this psychological warfare that has been invading these institutions and frankly I am very worried. There is a play: Rhinoceros, written by Eugene Ionesco, written in 1958-9, that deals with the issue of Nazism as experienced by the writer in Romania and France prior to WWII. He depicted the people who ultimately accepted the Nazi ideology that in the beginning they had protested against as becoming part of the herd of Rhinos. Ionesco would be distressed to know that nothing has changed.

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Hit the nail on the head.

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“And yet, as Victor Klemperer came to understand after 1945, totalitarianism comes in two flavors, though the ingredients are the same.”

That’s because the political spectrum is a circle, not a line. The extreme right and the extreme left are joined in authoritarianism and violence.

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Having abandoned Judeo-Christian theology and ethics, academia has embraces self worship..academia IS their god.

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“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

Are you an educated idiot? Seek help.

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Enjoy your delusions, educated idiots are a nickel a dozen.

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