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Most heterodox thinkers have witnessed the NY Times, WAPO, LA Times and other leading media organizations morph into mouthpieces for progressive radicals for years now.....they don't even try to hide it anymore. The good news is that they've been shedding readers in droves to the independent media/journalist landscape. TFP, Public & Racket News have been piling up new subscribers by the thousands month after month. These corporate media dinosaur's are finished......we're simply witnessing the final pathetic gasps from them.....good riddance.

Its also well known that so many of the academies are little more than overpriced progressive and marxist indoctrination centers. What will be interesting is to watch what happens when spigot of money is turned off to these institutions by doners who seem to be waking up to just how vile they have become.....especially post October 7th. Lets hope parents who send their children to these schools take notice too. 82% of professors at Harvard identify as "left" or "very left" politically, so I question if any of them can truly course correct if they don't root out the progressive activist administrators and professors who have poisoned these once great institutions. Perhaps we need some ideological affirmative action implemented at our universities.

I'm also watching Bari how many of the BLM and "In This House" yard sign posting progressives will actually move away from these ideologies. So far from my friends who lean left/progressive, the silence from them has been deafening. I just hope they have a reconsider before they step into the voting booth in 2024. I'm not terribly optimistic but you and your staff seem to think something is changing on the left. I guess we'll see.

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It’s going to take more than rich donors closing their checkbooks. Parents need to stop paying for their kids to go to these hate factories. Even Bill Maher told his audience to forget Harvard.

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They have been saying that a college bubble would be coming, due to population drop of college aged kids but also inflated costs, this may just start it sooner than later. No doubt that the Harvards will be fine, but it will be interesting to see if anything changes.

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Lets hope that new institutions like The University of Austin can get on their feet and become attractive alternatives. Time will tell.

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Last I heard the U. of Austin still has not gained accreditation. I'd like TFP to do an update on the process.

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According to their website, UATX applied for state accreditation in Texas in December 2022 and that application is pending. They are in the process of acquiring office, classroom and dorm space in downtown Austin and plan to open Fall Semester 2024. They will begin with a limited degree program described thus:

“Pending Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board authorization, we plan to offer a BA in Liberal Studies starting in the fall of 2024. Students will be able to choose from four concentrations in our three Centers of Academic Inquiry: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); Politics, Economics, and History; and Arts and Letters.”

The full details of how this 4 year degree program will be structured can be found on their website here:

https://uatx.webflow.io/undergraduate-curriculum

They currently have 8 full time faculty and are in the process of hiring more. They have hosted two summer non-credit programs in 2022 and 2023, taught by their “big-name” professor/advisors, descriptions of which can be found here:

https://www.uaustin.org/forbidden-courses

Hope this helps.

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That article is now 2 years old. A lot has happened since then, and several of the professors discussed in that article as having “abandoned” UATX have in fact taught their summer non-credit courses and still support the nascent university project.

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That article he posted is now 2 years old. A lot has happened since then, and several of the professors discussed in that article as having “abandoned” UATX have in fact taught their summer non-credit courses and still support the nascent university project.

In fact, I think that article was written only a few weeks after the UATX announcement. If you want to see how some of these same university professors are fighting against the wokeism of their and other universities, I would recommend looking at the National Association of Scholars (NAS) and watching some of their online debates, which can be found here:

https://www.nas.org/blogs/media/topics/all-posts

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A leftist university in a leftist city? I don’t think so but you can wish all you want.

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Oct 24, 2023·edited Oct 24, 2023

Earl M, you're thinking of the University of Texas at Austin. Evans W is talking about the newly formed/still in the process of forming University of Austin: https://www.uaustin.org. Here's a statement from the founders (Bari is one of them): "We are alarmed by the rising tide of illiberalism and censoriousness prevalent in America's universities. We are motivated to reverse this trend, for the good of society. We know there are enough students, teachers, and citizens who still believe in the core purpose of higher education: the pursuit of truth. That's why we are building UATX."

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You are correct!

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Letter to Harvard by some prominent alumni. A version should be sent to every cowardly university president:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeh-OO6mfNzX9SYjV07QLUfWZXBqLO4_kaXUmSzKTpVTmiyPQ/viewform?fbzx=953170769412496606

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I am heartened to see the long list of signers. Hopefully the closing of their checkbooks has enough of an impact that Harvard has no choice but act.

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Sadly, Harvard's endowment is so large that it does not need to depend on contributions or even tuition.

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It's basically a hedge fund with a progressive school attached.

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Harvard gets money from China and Qatar. Unfortunately they don’t need American money or American students

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I do have to ask why Jewish students are cowering instead of going militant though. It's obvious that what gets respect is fighting without apology. It's not as if Jewish people will be liked less for fighting back.

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I think back to the Jewish thugs that would storm America First rallies supporting the Nazis around New York City and club attendees. It had a great effect.

Jewish students are there to study, learn, and graduate to a career and are unlikely to have ever raised a fist to anyone. If the administration of these schools, so quick to support the fraud organization Black Lives Matter, are unwilling to provide air cover, it’s asking a lot for students to go up against this mob – who are often led by Muslim agitators from off-campus or here on student visas with an agenda.

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Tsk. Tsk. War is what this is. They had better deal with it as it is, instead of living in their fantasy world. War does not care what you want. It imposes itself on you. Kills you offhand sometimes.

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"It's not as if Jewish people will be liked less for fighting back."

Exactly. If they're going to hate us no matter what we do, then we should do what we think is best, not what they think we should do.

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Bring back the JDL? Maybe that's a good idea.

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I would like to add a bit of a disclaimer. I'm talking about bringing back the JDL as a self-defense organization, even if it is willing to use violence to protect fellow Jews from violence. I'm well aware that the JDL morphed into a terrorist group whose members harmed innocents with their actions and I certainly don't support that.

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Jews come to Learn, the others are useless militants.

Make them unemployable!

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Oct 24, 2023·edited Oct 24, 2023

When you refer to women as "whores", you are denigrating those women, not the men who will supposedly be rewarded by a deity by being permitted to have sex with those women. Please do not refer to women, real or imaginary, as "whores". I am serious. This is not trivial. It is all too common for men who rape women to dismiss those women as "whores". I have no doubt that many of the Hamas men who raped Israeli women on Oct. 7, and may very well be raping the women taken hostage, are justifying doing that as something "just be doing to whores".

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Islam itself was founded on violence. At the end of his life Mohammed took a turn away from enforcing faith or death but the jihadists reject this and only adhere to his initial writings that demand faith in Islam or face death.

Don’t get me wrong, there are millions of decent Muslim ppl who are as horrified by the violence of the jihadists / terrorists and I know a few. Ppl don’t really ever hear the truth about Mohammed, his teachings or the Q’ran. This is abundantly clear when ppl on the left take up the cause of the Palestinians, who would beat and / or kill them for their hedonistic and new age lifestyles. They really are mindless puppets of the extreme left who now run the corporate western world.

See you at the rapture.

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Islam was also founded on violence. That’s why there’s a schism between Muslims who only adhere to Mohammed’s earlier writings and the turn he took near the end of his life.

Don’t get me wrong, there are millions of decent Muslim ppl, I know a few, who are horrified by the violent undertaking of jihadists groups.

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I always thought those virgins were actually 40 armed Virginians.

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You are no better, sir, than the Hamas goons,

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Thank you. Sending that to my alma mater.

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I hope this letter is genuine.

That was one heck of a list of alumni.

Let's hope it is true but I doubt if those left wing fanatics at Harvard will heed the letter.

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Excellent letter. But I would have hoped to see a higher proportion of non-Jews, closer to that in the Harvard population.

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Even before Oct 7, the Ivy League had lost a lot of its glitter and gravitas. Most people who know anything about these places know it’s kind of a joke to get in for most of those admitted — legacy, identity/diversity, daddy’s money, rich Chinese willing to pay the full ride, environmental activism in high school, etc.

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Yes, I had one early work colleague say it's hard to get into Harvard undergrad but the education is easy. The graduate schools were the better education for the money (this was early 2000's.)

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As usual, Bari is bringing us the best reporting on the situation in Gaza. Unlike the NYT and other MSM outlets, she's not going to parrot press releases from Hamas. As for US higher ed, most colleges and universities have been one-sided hotbeds of leftism for the last couple of decades, although we didn't know they were also full of antisemitism until after October 7. I wouldn't want anyone I cared about to go to 95%+ of American universities today. In addition to U of Austin and a few others, Jordan Peterson is starting Peterson Academy, which hopes to offer degrees at a fraction of the cost of most schools - like $5,000 for a four-year degree. And you can bet the professors won't be socialists or communists and will respect Western culture.

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30 years ago, when I came to the US to get my PhD, I was looking at Harvard and the rest of Ivy League as the pinnacle of world academia. Now it seems that it’s a gathering place for young imbeciles who are tought by a collection of other imbeciles, cranks and monsters. Sending your child there is guaranteed trauma. Even if their degree is in some scientific field less affected by the woke cancer (difficult to imagine when even math is now “racist”), living for a few years in an environment of hate, paranoia and self-censorship is brain damaging.

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But don’t you see. Parents of these morally corrupt ‘students’ are the reason they are what they are. “The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree,” is a sanitized version of why no one is being yanked home because of their vile embrace of Hamas.

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I am a parent of two kids currently applying to college (one as a Freshman and one as a transfer). We live in an upper middle class suburb in Southern California. My high school daughter has some interesting things to say about her generation. First, she claims that the number of real activists at school is actually pretty small. She also claims that there is a significant, but not large, group of kids who simply parrot the latest "correct" opinion. But, she says that the majority of the kids at her school simply roll their eyes at all the woke stuff. They blame the millennials! Lol! She claims that it's really the millennials that are brainwashed and that most of Gen Z are wise to the grift. Not sure if that is true but I will take what I can get. Anyway, I agree with you that parents are a big part of the problem, but I think more parents are getting savvy and are sending their kids to college with more awareness. I have also noticed that almost all of the publicized illiberal shouting down of speakers, suppression of academic freedom and free speech, as well as protests, are taking place at Ivy League and selective schools and much less at public or non-selective universities. The kids of the wealthy urban progressive elite are the absolute worst!

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I hope your daughter's take reflects a wide swath of her gen. Fingers crossed!!

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We need a Congress that will stop all federal funding to higher ed as well.

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100% this. Stop funding this shit now.

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This!

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Much of the federal funding the flows to colleges and universities comes through tuition payments that are borrowed by the suckers...er...students to study made-up courses discussing the "intersection" of blah and blah blah blah.

Riveting stuff.

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David Mamet is urging people not to send their kids back to these schools at all after Thanksgiving.

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Dennis Prager at Oxford Union, watch it to the end:

https://www.facebook.com/DennisPrager/videos/dennis-prager-oxford-union-society/10153537321836998/

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Thanks - Dennis Prager was great.

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Thank you for that. The girl in purple--she looked a fool!

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She is an angry, left wing loon who sides with Islam no matter the atrocities. You cannot reason with a person like that.

Did you notice her posture? She didn't like what he was saying and it showed. She didn't refute him. All she did was spew left wing crap.

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Yes! I keep telling my son to forego college altogether. I don’t want to support any of these corrupt institutions.

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If you change your mind on this, I'd recommend FIRE's 2024 College Free Speech Rankings as a reference on where he might go and still be capable of thinking afterward. Harvard is kind of an outlier, as the only school rated "abysmal", with a score of 0.00.

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I checked out those rankings and was not impressed. The university where I went to grad school is ranked in the top 20, when I know for a fact that it is overrun with Far Left ideology.

Oregon State is listed at #4, which seems highly improbable.

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My son enrolled in college fall of 2020 for engineering, in the midst of Covid hell. Had a roommate who played video games 24/7 and did all his classes via zoom. By the time he dropped out after his third semester nothing had changed. It about gutted me. Education is a top priority and I homeschooled to give my kids a rigorous classical education. My son is highly intelligent and very thoughtful in his views. He’s got a good job and works hard. And he’s happy. My daughter left a top 30 school after freshman year because they did a bait and switch and dropped all her need based aid. Transferred to a more conservative school. I think we dodged a bullet with both.

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I think we have to remember that today's college is the extension of the nation's high schools, places where remedial courses are the norm, at least for the first two years. In most colleges and universities today, their graduates are only educated to the level of middle-of-the-class high-schoolers of past generations.

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Doubt that’ll have much effect but it’s good to hear. You’re very right though. It would take a full “de-programming”, like they used to do to get ppl steeped in crazy cults back into the light in the ‘80’s. I never thought I’d consider the 90’s as the good old days but WOW.

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People won't though - because - status.

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Asians won’t abandon a ‘brand name’ especially after Harvard got its knuckles rapped for discriminating against them...

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Except how many Asians were chanting "long live the Intifada" or the like. I don't think that many

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Asians vote primarily Democrat so there's a good chance they are also with Hamas

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At the end of the day, for the foreseeable future, parents would rather their kids go to Harvard over Hillsdale

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Oct 24, 2023·edited Oct 24, 2023

A week-or-so ago, Bari published a piece about the free flowing spigots of money that various academies enjoy being turned off. While I am thrilled that various mega donors are planning to reevaluate their relationships with their pet cash cows, let me tell you: the intellectual rot has permeated ALLLLLLLLLLLL the way down.

I am looking at independent pre-K, K, and elementary schools for my children in MA, and the brilliant educators and administrators at almost every school that I've looked at have all happily rolled out DEI programming for children as young as four. And some schools have even formed affinity groups for children enrolled in their Pre-K cohorts. [Insert mind-blown emoji here]

Mind you, these are the feeder schools for the "top" universities and liberal arts colleges in this country. Alternative options cannot come fast enough, but we need them to reach down to the elementary school level.

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Teachers unions and the US Dept of Education need to be dismantled.

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Start with paying teachers like they were (in relative terms) 50 years ago. Then you'll get people who aren't doing it "for the revolution". I know teachers, and know how many left, unable to make it.

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No, you won't. Teachers have to go through the college indoctrination factory in order to get licensed. A lot of people who might otherwise become teachers are unwilling to feed themselves into that sausage-making machine.

Then there's the fact that public schools no longer prioritize good student behavior in the classroom. Not only can teachers not teach--due to having to constantly deal with disruptions by students who can no longer be suspended for their bad behavior--in some places teachers are likely to be assaulted by their students.

There's no amount of money that can tempt a non-revolutionary to risk their safety in such an environment.

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Unfortunately, the teacher unions and their leaders (elected by teachers) have been among the main supporters of leftist insanity. Education is one of the most insular institutions in the country- outsider ideas not wanted. They are reaping what they sowed. And it will never be fixed until the teachers themselves turn against the left, and join with those who want to break the leftist stranglehold on education. Will it ever happen?

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Yup. Assault on teachers has been a BIG problem. Then the admin’s want to blame the teachers if they try to defend themselves!

Full metal lunacy!

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Why should teachers work for pennies on the dollars? They have some of the most vital jobs in America--educating our kids. No teacher should be told to choose poverty wages "for the children."

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Much of the federal government has become an enemy of the constitution and therefore an enemy of the citizenry. This is already no longer America. Having any national pride or expressing conservative values makes one a target for surveillance according to the FBI. The leaked documents outlining the things to observe to parse out domestic terrorists was posted on substack and wow, scary stuff.

I am no terrorist and do not support bloodshed yet neither can I support this fascist regime that has been creeping into our federal agencies for some time now.

Crazy times. TAKE THE RED PILL AND WAKE THE F UP BEFORE ITS NOT EVEN AN OPTION.

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Maggie, this is where the battle for america will take place. If the schools are not fixed to eliminate the indoctrination we are lost. The college students who are on the quads have made clear their hatred for America ( the hatred of Israel is closely connected to the hatred for America itself). I have asked many times over the past few weeks what are the public and private high schools telling their students about the slaughter of Oct 7. Next years elections including school boards are critical. The jury is out as to whether any of this will change in places like NY Boston Chicago LA. The rest of the country needs to make this issue their most important issue when they cast votes.

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We have several chapters of Mom's for Liberty here in North Carolina and these ladies take no prisoners when it comes to protecting kids in the classroom. They are the very definition of Mamma Bears. You should check them out. https://www.momsforliberty.org/

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Good call! They just got a new donor!

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Chicago has fallen, and it can’t get up. They elected a socialist puppet from the teachers union with backing from Randi Weingarten and Bernie Sanders. The “revolution” started across the country at least 30-40 years ago, and they begin in the primary grades.

For the past few years I’ve been called hyperbolic for saying that we’re witnessing the fall of the American empire.

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One good thing about Chicago is the natives are restless as they see the illegals get kowtowed too and getting free stuff. The kettle is starting to boil.

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Oct 24, 2023·edited Oct 24, 2023

Regarding Chicago …

It’s sad but kinda funny to watch all the welfare recipients finally motivated to do something. All it took was the threat of less government cheese.

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Always ironic to see minorities engaging in the same sort of xenophobic racism that Leftists claim is the exclusive failing of white people.

Since that messes up their intersectional calculations, the Left ends up designating more successful minorities as "white" in order to make Leftist racism look okay.

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You are definitely not alone, Chuck.

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I was in HS w/ Randi Weingarten when her parents were instrumental in leading a school strike. One of the demands were no layoffs of faculty, even though the student population had seriously decreased. Any faculty who broke the strike had threats placed against them and their families by their fellow teachers. I saw horrible behavior on the part of the strikers, and had zero respect for them when they had their demands met and came back to try to teach us. It was very apparent to my 15 yr. old self that these people di not give a crap about educating us. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!!

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American public schools couldn't be less revolutionary if they were six feet under. Yes, some number of individual teachers and admins are wokesters who champion social transition and other nonsense. I'm sure there are even some school boards that go along with this (like San Fran), but such indulgences are allowed precisely because of the thoroughly authoritarian nature of our schools: much better to let the kids dye their hair pink than that they come to school demanding to have a say in what they do there. I work with school kids who are, on the one hand, bored to death, and on the other exhausted and demoralized by the extreme control and micromanagement they endure all day. One boy told me he got in trouble for not having his eyes on the teacher, for fuck's sake! Our schools do not exist for the indulgence of children or as outlets for Marxist ideology. If they were the latter students would hear about U.S. crimes in Vietnam and elsewhere. They don't. If they were the former, children would not be micromanaged to the point that they leave school unable to navigate the real world because they've just completed 13 years of obedience training. American public schools, in reality, are like corporate America ("Enjoy our BLM banner but don't dare try to unionize"): they go along with the trans stuff, etc., so kids won't notice they have less freedom than adult prisoners do. There's a real need for critical thinking in our schools, but it won't come about by pushing rightwing politics on the kids instead of leftwing. It'll come about only when we realize that poorly educated adults hellbent on controlling children's every movement aren't there to promote critical thinking at all but for the steady job. Distrusting children creates countless jobs and $$ for Pearson, et al; trusting them, not so much. I'm pretty sure Moms for Liberty doesn't understand the first thing about any of this, or care.

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Wow. Where do the schools where no students are allowed to be suspended or otherwise taken out of the classroom, no matter how bad their behavior, fit into your "schools are right-wing authoritarian prisons" description?

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I didn't say schools are right-wing. I said that lots of teachers are "woke," but that the politics of the teachers don't matter for shit when you have them telling kids they must stand silently in their little square of linoleum in the hallway while they wait with their platoon--I mean, classmates--to go here or there.

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Yes, that's the case in some places. (It's also the case that school personnel in too many states are still allowed to hit kids.) Are you suggesting that such a policy--handed down, I would guess, from the state level--indicates that school is soft on kids? When a child still has to get permission to speak, stand, or go to the bathroom? When a FIVE YEAR-OLD gets one measly recess in a seven and a half hour day?! When those kids acting up are legally required to be in school in the first place? You think that, in addition to forced education, children should be required to be cheerful about about it? You don't ask much, do you...

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Yeah. Pressed like Russia is now? Our inability to find soldiers to fight would be obvious. It's a thin line.

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Sadly you are correct.

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The problem with modern America is that any model schools choose, someone will scream "Indoctrination!!!" So many people make so much money grinding ideological axes that I don't know if any curriculum would be acceptable to everyone.

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Maybe we should resume teaching reading writing and arithmetic so that our kids have basic learning skills. And firing teachers who fail to educate their kids on the basics.

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That is why School choice is important.

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Then FFS! PAY THEM. PAY teachers like they were (in relative terms) 50 years ago. Then you'll get people who aren't doing it "for the revolution". I know teachers, and know how many left, unable to make it.

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Oct 24, 2023·edited Oct 24, 2023

My daughter and her husband chose to send my grandson to an excellent private Christian school here in Indianapolis. There will be no pronouns, no trans stuff, no drag queens reading stories, and no how-to books in the library. Granted, it isn’t cheap, but they are determined that their children will receive a purely academic education with no social indoctrination. I am helping with tuition as well.

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My friend had the same experience with her very young child at a prestigious private school in New York. Meanwhile, my cousin was applying her child to a private upper east side preschool and the application asked her to describe an example of adversity her daughter faced and overcame. I know this is a thing in college applications but…

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“Once a nursery worker misgendered my nonbinary child. They/them were literally shaking, but they/them managed to continue breathing, calm down and go about their/there/they’re day.”

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She could have cited the trauma of the birth canal that her child overcame.

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Really? You really thought there would be any hint of sanity in New York?

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"My child had a poopy diaper. I told her to change it herself so she would develop coping skills against the Patriarchy ... and she did!"

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Too funny, I had to read that one aloud to my husband!

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Thanks, Betsy, my work here is done!

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No DEI programming in our homeschool. I work a few days a week and do school on the other days.

Elementary kids have tested higher than grade level by multiple grades.

My dad is a retired surgeon and “teaches” science. We had our then 2nd grader take a standardized test at the end of that school year and it was pretty funny telling him that she didn’t do how we expected on the test (you could hear the disappointment in his voice) and then I tell him she tested at the 10th grade level. 😂😂

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Massachusetts? Good luck😏

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Get yourself out of there. Blue states are presently hazardous to your life. High taxes, woke politicians and citizens who think you are evil for wanting police presence, or prison time for criminals, or merit-based advancement. I could go on, but I personally got fed up with it and when it was time to downsize, I made sure to move to a red state. There are a lot of people like me, who cannot believe the mental illness pandemic of wokism that we are living through.

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Most blue states are blue because they have big cities but outside the cities the suburbs are usually mixed, leaning Republican if they are wealthier, and the rural areas are mostly red.

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Yes, I agree. I see the voting and registration maps. But when the left prevails at the polls, it affects everybody. High taxes and fewer police and soft on crime policies affect the burbs too. And wokism permeates the schools and colleges. I found it hard to live with.

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I've seen this suffering over and over in rural People's Republic of Illinois, which is ruled over with a clumsy iron hand by the Chicago political machine. In states that are so ideologically captured, the only thing one can do is vote with their feet and leave.

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I have some acquaintances in upstate New York. The NYC delegation to the state legislature is large enough that it can pass any legislation it desires, the rest of the state be damned. And it is. Places like Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Endicott, Oswego, etc., are effectively unrepresented. They have no ability to influence the state government at all.

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Yup…born here in the People’s Republic of MA. Sadly, I laughed at political correctness back in the 1990s when my children were young. I should have realized it was a nascent cancer that is now fully malignant. Sigh. But I consider myself a “resister” in MA. Illiberal pukes be damned.

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My wife's family has a cottage on Cape Ann. Many of the Mcmansions out on the coast have those annoying "We believe in Science, blah blah bullshite" and BLM signs on houses and churches. I wonder if they are now flying Palestinian flags too.

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You should move to NH. Help offset the Ma**holes we usually get.

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Why, oh why, do we keep re-electing all of these do-nothing, hypocritical, ethically challenged morons to the State House, never mind to Congress???

“…the land of the bean and the cod “? The reaction to the Lodges and Cabot’s is over a century old and it hasn’t given us any good leaders since then. The rest of America has fallen prey to the alleged champions of the oppressed who all become rich and comfortable off the public teat.

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MA is a one party state. The Democrats know they control all levers of power… the Republicans are feckless, impotent, and unable to articulate an alternative vision. Most folks are simply working & living their lives…BUT…the Dems are making a HUGE mistake housing illegal immigrants (yes I used the term) in poorer communities and lavishing all manner of social spending and benefits on them…I think the common folk are noticing…

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I know. I feel like I'm spitting into the wind.

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Head south my friend. :-)

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I would suggest joining us in NH but I fear that there's been enough of your fellow Mass residents that have moved here and are bringing their bad habits with them.

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There should be a giant sign that reads "Welcome to New Hampshire.....if you're bringing any of your progressive bullshit ideas with you, please use the next exit to turn around. Have a great day".

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Our state motto is Live Free or Die... I think that establishes what we're about. The question is whether the resident population of adults in this state are willing to stand against a bifurcated model that splits people into one of two groups - victims or oppressors? Ample history of what happens when that seed takes root... You don't have neighbors... you have adversaries. I never underestimate the capacity of people "who know stuff" (TM) to sow chaos. And for some, stirring up this toxic stew in our children seems to be part of their game plan.

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My son went to school in NH and Vermont. I would describe them as more classical middle class liberal than progressive. That is slanted toward females in general, and more punitive on males.

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We're the canary in the coal mine...

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Absolutely. College indoctrinated teachers are a bigger problem than centrist and conservative ppl think.

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I taught in Chicago Public Schools for 17 years and got an MEd at DePaul Univ. That university is a leftist ideology factory pumping out grads who can't think for themselves. It becomes a death spiral in schools as these grads who fancy themselves activists miseducate impressionable students.

I've since left teaching altogether and it's disheartening to hear how the situation has devolved.

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It's worth noting that education programs at universities can be ideological outliers, more fervently committed to the ideological far-left than other divisions and departments . . . worse even than English departments, where a lot of the currently-fashionable postmodernist nonsense first took root, back in the '90s.

Unfortunately, a lot of graduates with degrees in education end up going into administrative roles in higher education, which is why student services and diversity offices on campus tend to be far, far more radical than most of the faculty and students.

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Maggie find a hybrid homeschool program in your area else start one. Check out https://aoneroomschoolhouse.com/ for ideas!

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My granddaughter home schools but is looking at a nearby Christian school. The school interviews the parents, not the other way around! So many grandparents are helping with tuition because we see how important it is.

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Would love to start one myself. Any good resources for doing so? I homeschooled my kids. Mine would be secular.

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You left off the funniest of all - Starbucks, the beloved icon of the left is staffed by union members who brayed support for the Hama maniacs who beheaded babies and burned them alive. All the icons of the left are now blowing up in their self-satisfied faces.

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The American left of the 30s and 40s admired Stalin too. FDR turned a blind eye to commies infiltrating the State Dept. Now Ted Cruz claims the Biden administration has Iranian loyalists in its ranks. Why does this always happen on the left? Hmmm.

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Ideologues are easy to manipulate. All you need to do is spout talking points that align with their worldview. Our education system has obliterated critical thinking, so the indoctrinated won't question the source of the talking points or the agenda behind them.

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"Our education system has obliterated critical thinking"

This. I've been screaming this out for years now. Woke is the apotheosis of an intellectually and emotionally castrated populace.

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That’s when the program to infiltrate academia began. The Epoc times has a video documentary laying out the evidence and timelines for this very real and very ambitious goal.

Of course you’re immediately shut down as a conspiracy theorist if you dare to mention this to anyone who identifies as democrat or has a college degree.

This has been a successful campaign to hijack western ideology not only here but everywhere in the industrialized world.

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Tell us about American Industrialist of the 1930s and their love of Hitler............most famously Henry Ford, Watson (IBM) and Father Coughlin. Many American politicians of those times had ties to the KKK (both with R and D next to their names). Anti-semtism seemed to go hand in hand with white supremism"

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Yes, and don’t forget Joe Kennedy. And the King of England. And the Middle East sided with Hitler in WW II.

Anti semitism a white thing? Hardly. There is Jew hatred by brown, yellow and black people all over the world. For centuries. Certain Muslims are committed to driving Jews into the sea once and for all. They are the new Nazis.

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Our friend "Dave" seems so easily misled. There are legions of "Daves........"

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Hello? Rev. Louis Farrakhan, anyone?

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Actually, virtually EVERY major black leader in the US after MLK Jr has been openly anti Semitic. Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Louis Farrakhan (as mentioned by BradK), Black Lives Matter (BLM),

And this doesn’t include the routine anti Semitism of so many blacks in entertainment (eg. the rap group Public Enemy, Kanye/Ye, Nick Cannon, Dave Chappelle, etc), myriad basketball players (incl. Kyrie Irving, DeSean Jackson, Stephen Jackson, Dwyane Wade, the list goes on and on), and I could go on.

Maybe it’s all a coincidence, but...

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Oct 24, 2023·edited Oct 24, 2023

Welp, there you have it.

If you aren't a stinking commie, you're a white supremacist. That's one way to get more kids to play commie. You'd think extolling the virtues of commieism and its history of wonderfulness would be enough, but hey, a little BS propaganda never hurts when your target audience is a bunch of stupid kids, and not just the ones at the Ivies and other elite schools.

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Stop going to Starbucks- these places must be boycotted

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The love a progressive has for a Pali Islamist has no limits or bounds. Someone should write a stinkin musical.

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The new Starbucks corporate logo is a hang glider.

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We can only hope.

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Nothing will change. The rhetoric will just adjust.

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Now cliched, Hemingway’s lines “How did you go bankrupt? Two ways. Slowly at first and then all at once” are remarkably apt. The enemies of liberal democracy are very patient. Since 911, they have focused on the major influencers of opinion - the education system, media, politics - methodically and relentlessly investing heavily in each to destroy our value structures and our will to stand up for them. This has been going on since 9/11. We are now at the “all at once” stage. Politicians, mainstream media, and screaming mobs led by people with “student visas”, supporting the unspeakable attacks in Israel are just the first manifestation. With no Southern border for 3 years, there is no reason to think that the same thing can happen here. The mullahs are watching to see what we do. God help us if we don’t respond forcefully and soon.

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Anyone at these hate rallies who is not a citizen, needs to be deported.

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The US hardly ever deports anyone. Knew an enforcement L.E.O. with CIS, and they only went after the worst of the worst.

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My opinion: the money being turned off might drive the radical left underground somewhat but it won’t change their views, in fact it will probably harden them.

The way to fix this is to do two things: 1) completely discredit elite, left wing universities, as us finally starting to happen and 2) offer an alternative, such as a network of Hillsdale type colleges, that offer affordable, high quality, traditional degrees that actually benefit the student.

When these elite, left wing schools see demand drop and their reputations significantly tarnished, then they will change. They will hire a wide range of professors, stop with letting students run the asylum and drop the gender studies garbage degrees.

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Oct 24, 2023·edited Oct 24, 2023

Be careful when generalizing about "universities." I'm a member of the faculty of a large public university in the American South and, while there are rumblings of wokeness from some corners - most notably from the administration - the faculty have been at pains to affirm our commitment to free inquiry and freedom of expression, and we (mostly) stick to it.

I learned last week that FIRE has upgraded my institution to "green light" status, which is good to know.

An example: Just last week I had a really interesting discussion with one of my classes about whether one could judge Robert E. Lee to have been a virtuous man. (This was in the context of discussing a book about Aristotle's virtue ethics.) There was disagreement on all sides, but the discussion was generally civil and (so far, at least) there has been no move to have me banned from campus.

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Good point Bob. I should have been more specific by calling out ivy league schools and schools that are located in blue states and larger blue cities. I shouldn't have been so generalizing in my post.

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Brave.

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Not entirely true. Recent reports are NYT is doing fine and also making profits. Also, Matt Taibbi's followers are quite heterodox. I've always detected a strange vibe among his followers' comments. They're beyond bickering by people who disagree, more nasty or hostile. I think they follow him because of some perception of bro code. Since the Hamas attack broke out, Matt has been getting clobbered for perceived siding with Israel, when in fact he hasn't even said much explicitly about the geopolitical conflict itself. His comments section is like Palestine Protestors central.

Also speaking of heterodox, I'm kind of disappointed at Glenn Greenwald for the obtuse defense he's been giving to the antisemitic protesting morons too. I know he's speaking from the free speech stance, but imo with this issue he's not seeing the antisemitism brewing and boiling over that ought to be addressed too.

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I have unsubscribed to Glenn Greenwald because of his reaction to Oct 7 events.

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I hadn't subbed to him. I just listen to this podcast occasionally. I appreciate a lot of things he did but I feel like he lost the plot with this latest zealousness on the side of the anti-Israel loons in pursuit of free speech. I'm all for these fools showing the world who they are, but his coverage has no balance at all. It's so strange and honestly disturbing.

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I agree. I have always respected him for his honest and independent stand on many issues. He is not the only Jew that now revealed their anti-Israeli sentiments and, frankly, their antisemitism, as strange as it sounds. If he sides with those who are for free Palestine “from the river to the sea”, I simply don’t want anything to do with him.

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totally agree!Matt is getting slammed by his commentators who then bicker back and forth in such an annoying way- I just give up. And I never bother reading comments after Glenn (I'm too exhausted!) but I'm finding him not really addressing the anti-semitism, and almost using free speech as a smoke-screen. (I do agree that we need to avoid following France and GB in shutting it down though!!)

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At least it seems like Matt and Walter are just ignoring whatever's going on in the comments and just sticking to their stories. A pretty good strategy actually and I'm glad to see they haven't cowed. Hope they stay the course. IDK what's going on with Glenn though. Agree with what you said. I'm also completely for the lunatics to be free to say whatever vile things they want. It'll show the world how f'd up they are and how crazy the Left has become. But Glenn's zealousness with no balance and not touching on antisemitism at all is wild. I'm just not listening to him until this phase of his ends and he moves on to something else.

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Taibbi was at Rolling Stone prior to his Substack work. He's second generation too. His father was at NBC.

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Yes I know. I really like his writing. Very witty. His followers though, many are awful. I'm not talking about the occasional spats or trolls/jerks. It's the whole atmosphere. I don't comment much over there.

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From what I've read of Matt's comments, the "nasty or hositle" comments are few and usually shoot down unsubstantiated comments. I find it a place of reassurance: there CAN be pushback to the extreme. Like here.

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From making DEI consultants the same as snake oil salesmen, having major news outlets go out of business, and seeing job cuts and universities as funding dries up, as part of the movement is having the Redskins and Indians back are their team names too much to ask? That is such a reminder of the power of the Woke when I have to talk about either team. Am I wrong in wanting this?

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After mandatory DEI meetings, the snake oil looks good. I miss the gatherings which focused on working and achieving together. At those meetings, there was a lightness, a we can do this, and a feel good vibe when exiting. Attend a DEI meeting to discover that you are a horrible clueless oppressor or a victim of history and micro & macro-aggression. Exit that meeting to sit in solitude in your car and make an angry venting phone call.

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My progressive Jewish friends are silent too.

I hurts my ears it’s so loud.

I don’t even get “likes” on my Facebook page when I post something in support of Israel.

You are right, the “market” will deal these institutions their due.

It will take lots of time.

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I worked at a major mid-western university for years in a job that interfaced with top leadership. The problem is that there are too many democrats – including top administrators – using the institutions very intentionally to advocate for their political ideology with no checks and balances in place. Consider who universities bring in as guest speakers. They are selected to appeal to the majority of faculty and leadership. I used to – very delicately - bring up the point that there is value in airing countering voices and was met with uncomprehending or suspicious looks. At a practical level, the people in charge of speaker selection are evaluated on attendance at the event – and conservative voices aren’t a draw. The breakdown of ethical scholarship (i.e., work/education which is unbiased, reliable and credible) is equivalent to medical doctors ignoring science to pursue their own hypotheses on how to treat patients. One idea, require academies to include political ideology in their DEI practices and loose government funding if they can’t demonstrate that they are bringing political balance to their institutions.

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I'm the Token white guy in my neighborhood, there is ONE BLM sign. You go 3 blocks(?) in any direction 2 things happen 1. it gets Real white, 2. you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a BLM and "In This House" yard sign.

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Pardon my cynicism, but… I think those yard signs are defensive tactic.

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I'm talking MPLS the 5th CD (Ilhan Omar's district.) This is as Deep Blue area as you will find in the US. On the City Council The Green Party is the opposition.

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"What will be interesting is to watch what happens when spigot of money is turned off to these institutions by doners who seem to be waking up to just how vile they have become.....especially post October 7th. "

Won't really matter until the federal student loan spigot is turned off.

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Very well thought out statement. There has been a coordinated effort by communist/socialists to infiltrate academia. This began decades ago for the sole purpose of what we have been seeing in not only universities but now grade schools across America. Given the ever widening leftist mentality in most “western industrialized” nations, it’s been ongoing abroad as well.

It’s not likely to turn back here, there or anywhere. Ppl have been brainwashed by this corporate media and our college educated leaders are and have been so poisoned by this garbage that they cannot see the forest for the trees.

I saw a car yesterday with a bumper sticker on one side saying “B@ ☮️” one one side and on the other “I stand with Ukraine”. I don’t recall the WH making any serious bid for diplomacy over Ukraine. The neocons in Congress have silenced anyone daring to utter diplomacy over war.

It’s all just business anyway. The military industrial complex is in charge. The medical industrial complex is running a close second. It would take a complete do-over to course correct and there’s no one at the wheel to do it.

Gotta shake my head at how so many otherwise intelligent ppl can be SO blind.

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'I just hope they have a reconsider before they step into the voting booth in 2024.'

And vote for who else exactly, Evans? The GOP politicians at war with each other in the House, who display their idiocy to the entire nation by refusing to agree on a Speaker? Do you think they'll agree on one before the government lights go out in November? These people are an alternative to the admittedly insane progressive Left?

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If I had to vote today, my guess is that I'd vote for RFK Jr. If push comes to shove and my ONLY choices are Biden vs Trump, I'm voting for the orange man.

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There has to be an alternative to vote for. The Republican Party is not it.

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Right now, I'm leaning towards RFK Jr. He doesn't check all the boxes for me, but he at least sounds like he's done his homework on the things that are important to him. Trump sounds like he listened to 7 minutes of Fox News and just started regurgitating whatever he thought he heard and Biden can only regurgitate his Gerber's apple sauce.......so there's that.

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Oct 27, 2023·edited Oct 27, 2023

All due respect, the "Biden is senile" schtick is a bit overplayed. Yes, he's old, and he acts old, but he's not senile or drooling into a bib. And he's done a pretty good job so far of dealing with the Israeli conflict, in terms of being committed for Israel (despite pressures from some wings of the Democratic Party), as well as with re-strengthening NATO over Ukraine and Russia. He's been saddled with the brunt of inflation (of which he has very little to no blame on, honestly, inflation is globally experienced and mostly the result of the COVID economy and some highly influential events like bird flu, crop disease, weather as well as yes, Ukraine as the world's largest wheat producer), and with consumer spending remaining high, businesses are feeling little pressure to roll back prices even as the rate of inflation has receded. But on the whole, we've stayed out of a recession - which if had occurred with inflation would have been many times more painful, but of course we don't vote on what didn't happen so much as what did happen, and so Biden is bearing the burden of inflation on top of what is otherwise a very strong economic picture, jobs, wages and otherwise. But people vote on the price of eggs, even if the price of eggs went temporarily high due to bird flu and then went back down again (a dozen eggs in my local store is ~ $3.00 which is about right!), but the lingering feeling of price instability is "sticky". The delusion is that "Trump" will "fix it", or that Trump was in the first place responsible for the pre-COVID economic conditions that have now been glorified beyond what they actually were. The truth is that Trump took Office at the moment of the peak of an 8 year long expansion following the bottoming of the 2009 crash. He did pretty much nothing to effect the conditions many look back towards now, and there's little rational reason to believe that he would wave his non-existent (and actually, based on his business record, reverse Midas touch) simply upon resuming Office. Of course, again irony abounds, as it's very likely that by the time of Jan 2025 Inauguration Day, the declining inflation rate and prices will have normalized and Trump will OF COURSE take and get all the credit for just having been elected. If Biden wins instead, for about 40% of the electorate, the economy will still suck no matter if Biden mailed them a golden egg every month ; P

RFK Jr is not going to win the election. He'll swing it for one of the major candidates, and as it stands now, most of his votes are going to come from the Trump side. He does not have a convincing left-progressive movement behind him, and that's largely the result of his stances on vaccines.

Agree on Trump, of course. LOL. But there's the rest of the GOP which is almost as concerning as Trump, because they are so committed to him. The House Speaker mess is a symptom of it. And even if it wasn't about Trump, there's just the policy agenda of the GOP - you can't expect traditionally Democratic voters to just abandon core support and beliefs for issues like safety nets, health care, pro-choice, taxes (not being constantly lowered for the wealthy), some measures of "climate conscious" policy (the GOP's complete abandonment of the issue is a non-starter even if I don't support or agree with the lengths of all what progressives in the Democratic Party seek, the point is that there is at least a debate in the Democratic Party that leans towards mitigation and a healthy dose of moderation), etc.

The Republican Party has no agenda currently that I can vote for. Anti-woke? There's no federal mechanism that doesn't seriously get in the way of free speech around it, and frankly social and cultural pushback is 1000x worth a heavy fisted legislative policy, a la Florida. "Woke" is a cultural and social phenomenon, it will not be "stamped out" by policy alone, and when policy attempts, it strengthens the cause behind "woke". Honestly, Donald Trump was probably the biggest fuel to the "woke fire" post 2016 that could have been provided, it gave it a broader spread and cogent "raison e'etre" than anything else and made it burn even hotter in the events of 2020. If you want "woke" to flame out, getting behind an inflammatory reaction, regardless of how fleetingly good it might feel, is the worst possible response to getting to that point, instead "woke" will have to suffer an organic and legitimate pushback through the actual culture and institutions (as what seems to be happening, slowly) as a result of its excesses, not ham-fisted politics. Israel? Look, the GOP has its own "issues" around antisemitism, while not in favor of "Palestine to the river to the sea" flavor, but of the white nationalist type within some elements of its base, and some pretty popular and prominent members of the Party are a little too close to comfort to that base. Trump is also a non-starter. And it's not about his "mean Tweets". He's incompetent, corrupt and a complete loose cannon that has, apparently, the backing of an agenda behind him to use his "loose adherence" to "institutions" to reshape the entire federal government into a loyalist machine to a person/ideology that I don't think even conservatives really understand what they might be getting with that. Trump is also old, and if you listen to him "raw" speak at length, he's more discombobulated and non-sensical than on Biden's worse days.

With the Democrats at least, the tent is wide enough to support a solid "centrist" mainstream wing, and that is actually a lot more structurally beholden to than its left wing. Debates and compromise can be had. The GOP has become far right and is absolutely driven by the far right, as we have just watched unfold with this absurd Speaker fight. Matt Gaetz and Trump won, after all. I cannot support, or vote in good conscious, for any Republican that will just hand over more power to this wing. The so-called "moderates" folded like pancakes over Johnson, even though he's just as ideologically extreme as Jordan, they're just hoping his lower profile and "normie" appearance and rhetoric will fool their actual moderate voters in their districts. But it was a clear demonstration, after the brief hope with the defeat of Jordan's bid, that it is still the right wing (which is NOT a minority as "The Squad" is in the Democratic Party) that is driving the car. No. Thanks.

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Ending my Times subscription after years of accepting their crap reporting.

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Many others have over years. But many remain loyal to NYT because it reflects their views, prejudices and hatred.

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It's a tithe for their church.

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I think that is their business model. Keep preaching to the choir and there are enough choir members to support the church. That's all fine and good if it works for them, but they are not "the paper of record;" they are just another leftie echo chamber.

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I did the same with the WSJ. The only value there was in the Opinion page but the "news" section was staffed by the same fools as the Times. "Execrable" doesn't even begin to describe it.

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I refuse to pay the WSJ now up to $600 ish a year. You call, say you can’t afford it and complain about them giving new customers a great deal and they’ll give you one too. I got a year for $52. When it ends, I’ll call again.

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I did that. But they increased it and I'd had enough.

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I did that, too. I have it calendared to cancel a few weeks before the auto-rate jack.

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Five years ago we dropped the NYTIMES after 40 years of readership - I couldn’t have it in my house anymore. That said, we haven’t missed it at all given that there are so many other outlets to get balanced news today

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In what outlets do you find balanced news?

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this one.

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The Christian Science Monitor, oddly enough, has always had excellent journalism. When it occasionally shows up on my news feed, it seems pretty unbiased. The League of Women Voters categorizes it as a centrist news source. However, I think they put the BBC in that category too and everyone knows it slants left now. But the CSM might be worth a look.

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For years I subscribed to The Week magazine. I loved it as I could read snippets of international and domestic news with takes from both sides of the aisle. Then came Trump and out went any attempt at presenting alternative voices. I canceled my subscription. I keep monitoring their content but TDS is still strong among them and recovery seems impossible.

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I've had the same experience. I accept all their "6 free issues" offers and throw them out as soon as they arrive, unable to even read the book reviews after the magazine's hard left turn. You might try the online newsletter Tangle, https://www.readtangle.com/, for the "both sides" approach. The journalist behind it, Isaac Saul, is an old-style liberal who does a good job of presenting both sides and then his take. His piece after the Hamas attack on Israel has been widely circulated and is well worth reading.

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Thank you, I will.

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This is the specific piece I referred to:

https://www.readtangle.com/israel-attacks-hamas-palestine-war/

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This is well worth the read for people who are just coming to the complexities of Jews and Arabs in Palestine and the Levant.

One point that the author glosses over is the perception of the Palestinian across the Arab world. It IS significant that 2.1 million and growing people are jammed into that small part of the Middle Eastern desert. Their welcome in Egypt and Jordan is not warm since their hospitality was immediately threatened by forceful overthrow.

Is there a solution? If Israel succeeds in removing Hamas as a viable military/political unit, then there might be a chance that the cycle can be broken.

I would certainly hope that Europe and the United State would be full and meaningful participants in the reconsitution of Gaza into a stable city/state.

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Oct 24, 2023·edited Oct 24, 2023

Ended mine years ago after their Trump election meltdown. They couldn't write a single article on any topic without working in a sentence of man-made climate change, plus something about era of Trump all in the first paragraph. Became unreadable. They recently started email spamming me to "re-subscribe" for a dollar a week for a year (after which they automatically jack up to full rate so you need to cancel way before then). I declined and unsubscribed to their spams. IDC if it is free. I don't want in any way to support them. Same with WAPO. Besos can fuck right off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYqy6CcmIu4

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I cancelled years ago when I realized I was helping to pay a very, very, very, very small part of Paul Krugman's salary. Even Will Shortz's Sunday crossword wasn't worth that.

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My god man....what the f.. took you so long?

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I know. Cringe. Cringe. Maybe a very rare good article.

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I cancelled years ago because of its bias, but in the past few years I have felt compelled to know what the Times is saying so I am prepared when I hear that rot from my friends. Also, they bought wordle 😀

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you can do world w/out paying, and also read many articles w/out paying.

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I gave up my WaPo subscription after years of even having my posts removed (often reinstated) for daring to question dogma politely. Will keep the NYT only for that "keep your enemies closer" reasoning.

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Sadly ended my NYT subscription 2 years ago after 15+ years. Miss the Science and cultural sections. I used to enjoy reading the Op-Ed’s even though I am conservative. But, they lost their way and I couldn’t take it anymore.

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They lost all of the columnists that were worth reading, and, and Bari Weiss and others found out, people who could reason well and be objective were not wanted either in the newsroom or on the pages. Punch drove the rag into the ground, and his son is doing little to rebuild the brand with an credibility.

Remember that amusing mea culpa that the publisher penned when they went gaga for Hillary at Bernie's expense? (Not that Bernie was a viable candidate, but he at least deserved a time at-bat or two.)

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Their science reporting is awful, nothing to miss

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Oct 24, 2023·edited Oct 24, 2023

Smart. Why spend money having yourself brainwashed?

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What took you so long?

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I did the same, just today. While I've seen their standards slipping for years, I put up with it because NYT was once "the paper of record" and served as a default source of news. But this hospital debacle was the last straw.

Now, though, I'm casting around for an alternative go-to news source, something more comprehensive than the FP.

Does anyone know anything about AllSides? It seems like an interesting project.

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Done the same. No words left.

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I did the same.

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