Fighting for Marxist Indoctrination on Campus

There is a species of radical Leftist that believes that it is the main purpose of taxpayer-funded universities to engage in indoctrination of students into radical left-wing ideology.  Such people believe that the only legitimate form of scholarly research and teaching is to force upon students the ideas and agendas of the radical Left, because only these represent correct thinking.

For such people, the highest form of academic inquiry is to engage in one-sided advocacy.  They believe that faculty members at universities should be hired mainly, if not exclusively, on the basis of their devotion to radical leftist ideology.   They believe that classrooms should be arenas in which students are immersed into leftist NewThink.  They believe that student grades should reflect the extent to which the student toes the ideological line of the radical Left.  They believe academic conferences and research forums should be restricted to those who advocate the Left’s political agenda, while non-leftist dissident thought should be suppressed and barred.  Most importantly of all, they believe that those who dare to criticize the radical tenured Left should be silenced and demonized.

The totalitarian Left believes that taxpayers are morally obligated to fund the teaching of extremist ideology in the classroom, including by people advocating the demise of those same taxpayers and of their country.  It is the job of citizens to sit back passively and pay for the far Left to operate propaganda centers, while the radicals collect their cushy salaries as payment for advocating their anti-Israel agenda.  It is the job of universities to criticize (actually to demonize) the state of Israel, the tenured Left insists, just as long as no one is permitted to criticize those critics of Israel.

Nowhere is this ideological extremism so clearly on display as in the Department of Politics at Ben Gurion University (BGU), a pseudo-academic propaganda and indoctrination center disguised as an academic department.  It is not the only such department in Israel nor at BGU, but it may well be the worst.

Last year an international panel of experts appointed by the Israeli Council of Higher Education (which oversees and funds universities) called for shutting down this BGU department altogether, due to the abysmally low quality of its work and due to its having replaced serious scholarly research with one-sided “advocacy.”    The Israeli academic Left had tried to stack the panel in favor of the department.  It attempted to include on the panel Ian Lustick, an anti-Israel and anti-American radical leftist from the University of Pennsylvania, who would naturally defend any leftist pseudo-academic advocacy department.  Lustick is a close crony of Norman Finkelstein and attempted to prevent DePaul University from firing Finkelstein in a similar manner.  The Council, however, was on to the Left and rejected Lustick’s membership.  It did allow the far-left Prof. Galia Golan to be included.  A founder of the far-leftist “Peace Now,” she submitted a “minority position paper” defending the BGU department.

The far-leftist faculty members in the department denounce Israel in unison, and some – including the Israeli Norman Finkelstein, Neve Gordon – call for world boycotts of Israel.  In response to the CHE criticism of the departmental obsession with one-side advocacy, BGU hired three new politics faculty members in order to generate diversity and pluralism; but the three new ones are also far-leftist anti-Israel radicals.

Students in political science at BGU who dare to express pro-Israel opinions tell of being penalized and harassed by the faculty.  The single non-leftist faculty member who taught in the department was fired a few years back for incorrect thinking.   Diversity and pluralism in the department consist of people of various ethnicities, genders, heights and weights all advocating Far Leftist and Marxist “ideas.”  Diversity of thought is suppressed mercilessly, and serious academic standards are trashed.

In recent weeks, the totalitarian Left has been circling its wagons in solidarity with the Department of Politics at BGU.  Leftist-dominated academic associations are flooding the press and the CHE with angry demands to defend the right of the Department of Politics at BGU to engage in “advocacy” and leftist indoctrination.  Recruited by the members of BGU’s politics department, foreign members of the academic Left and Israeli tenured radicals, even some notorious members of the communist party, have been leading the campaign to defend the BGU propagandists.

The campaigners demand that the right of BGU leftists to indoctrinate and propagandize at taxpayer expense be defended against CHE criticism and interference.  The defenders of the department insist that “positivism,” meaning actual scholarly research, is only one legitimate strand of academic activity in political science, meaning they really want ideological indoctrination to be the “alternative” function of academics.  A recent one-sided “conference” devoted to advocating political advocacy as the calling for academia was held at Ben Gurion University.  Participants in the “conference” were greeted by BGU President Rivka Carmi, who regularly insists she is not aware of any one-sided advocacy or indoctrination activities held at BGU.  This is the same Carmi whose belief in pluralism was manifested in her firing Prof. Yeruham Leavitt because he had dared to express a politically incorrect opinion about children being raised by homosexual couples.

And so the Orwellian inversions continue.  Under the campaign to defend the right of BGU radicals to indoctrinate students into anti-Israel ideology, pluralism and diversity are achieved by maintaining a department in which only far leftists may teach.  Academic freedom is achieved by suppressing the right to criticize anti-Israel extremists.  The highest form of scholarly research is the promulgation of hate propaganda and anti-Zionist advocacy.  Diversity of ideas is achieved by suppressing all non-leftist thought.  And the highest form of public responsibility and accountability is when taxpayers are coerced into paying for the inculcation of extremist ideas, those which the taxpayers themselves reject and abhor.

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  • PaulRevereNow

    If the Left didn't have a lock on the legal profession in Israel, these organized academic Lefties wouldn't be so difficult to moderate. Thus, by successfully pushing legislation that would give the Israeli Prime Minister the right to appoint Supreme Court judges, Bibi Netanyahu would open up Israel's legal profession. Better jurisprudence would result, and these academic lefties would be put on notice, to tone down or face the consequences.

  • tagalog

    How come the federal government is EXTREMELY scrupulous about making all things exactly equal in areas involving religious matters in schools, but willing to allow a left-wing bias in the political orientations among instructors?

    Private schools not receiving federal money can do as they please, I suppose, but schools receiving federal money ought to be required to give equal time to different political views. So for every Marxist there should be an instructor of Adam Smith and John Locke.

  • Schlomotion

    Let me debunk the "problem of Marxist indoctrination on campuses" for you:

    Israel is trying to advertise, micromanage, and foist its PR into the American university system. People don't like it. These free-thinking and free-speaking people criticize the Israel Lobby. The Israel Lobby flips out and accuses the entire American university system of being controlled by Marxists. Many of the accusers are former Marxists who are now Jewish Nationalists. Here is a example of from whom all this garbage is coming:

    • Omar

      Schlomotion, the left has dominated the university system for a long time. Many universities are being paid by Islamist organizations affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood to hold anti-Semitic, pro-totalitarian hate weeks like the so-called "Israel Apartheid Week". Why is there no Sudan Apartheid Week? It is because the Islamists and their leftist allies support the Islamist regime in Sudan, that's why. Instead of complaining about Israel, complain about the left and their Islamist allies.

      • Schlomotion

        Hermit crabs. That is what we are witnessing here. Pro-Israel hermit crabs are nesting themselves in the shell of Cold War rhetoric. It is easily explained by the fact that key members of this ad campaign such as Daniel Pipes are the lackluster offspring of more seriously regarded Cold War eggheads. There was a concern that ANSWER, SPUSA, and CPUSA were targeting American campus groups and trying to slide them into a hard line… ending in the 1980s.

        Now, not letting a good political machine go to waste, pro-Israel hermit crabs have climbed into the discarded shell of conservatism, and are trying to fool, yes, fool the public into believing that a "leftist" menace exists on American college campuses. This is an extension of the politics of Israel, where fanatics like Steven Plaut are at the forefront of trying to purge Ben Gurion University of Israelis who are critical of apartheid and expansionism. Pretty much, David Horowitz and Charles Jacobs run the American branch of this faked-off red scare.

        • Omar

          Schlomotion, this is so ridiculous. First of all, there is no apartheid in Israel. That is a lie repeated by leftist and Islamist propagandists. Second, the pro-Islamist activists have huge power in the universities. Schlomotion, you represent totalitarianism, since you hate anyone and anything that represents freedom. Keep your ignorance to yourself.

          • Schlomotion

            Apparently you are not up on current events either. This is an example of Israeli apartheid:

          • Omar

            Schlomotion, what you posted is pure propaganda. Why don't you condemn the 57 countries do not recognize Israel's right to exist? Why don't you condemn Ahmadinejad's genocidal sermons denying the Holocaust and calling for the destruction of Israel? Why don't you condemn Hamas' genocidal intentions? Quit supporting leftist/Islamist propaganda.

          • Schlomotion

            I do condemn the countries that do not recognize Israel's right to exist.

            What I posted was a fact of international politics. The US just cancelled a scholarship plan for Gazans because Israel controls their travel and won't let them receive schooling.

          • Omar

            Schlomotion, you should read about Jessica Felber, a UC Berkeley student who was physically injured by a member of the so-called "Students for Justice in Palestine" for holding a picket sign that read "Israel Wants Peace" The link is here:
            The innocent student was assaulted by an Islamist who wants world domination.

          • Schlomotion

            I did read that a long time ago. Jessica Felber and Husam Zakharia came across as a couple of idiots. And frequently, these nationalist creeps want to come to blows, the loser trying to take it to court. Nothing is more of an affront to good, hard working and self-employed citizens than to have to take an unpaid day or four off of work because two decadent youths are trying to get a dishonest payout over a racist brawl that they had.

          • Omar

            That so-called "brawl" was unprovoked. Jessica Felber was the true victim, while Husam Zakharia was totally guilty in this case. This incident happened as a result of countless lies and propaganda being exported by the Islamists and the left. That's the reality.

          • ajnn

            It is traditional top beat up a Jew at every 'israel apartheid week' event. One elderly man was killed (Georgetown University), a young man concussed and his ankle broken at CUNY in NY city. Only two of amny, MANY MANY examples.

          • ajnn

            Travel ban in the middle of a war is your evidence of 'apartheid' ?

            Tellthat nonsense to Stephen Biko or Nelson Mandelawho actually experienced actual, real aparftheid. This is not it !!!!

          • Schlomotion

            "The temptation in our situation is to speak in muffled tones about an issue such as the right of the people of Palestine to a state of their own. We can easily be enticed to read reconciliation and fairness as meaning parity between justice and injustice. Having achieved our own freedom, we can fall into the trap of washing our hands of difficulties that others face. Yet we would be less than human if we did so." – Nelson Mandela

    • JJJJJ


      I'm a returning student of 40 years of age currently working towards a bachelor's degree. I've been at a major 4 year college for two years now. I can't go a single day without having Karl Marx's named mentioned in some capacity, or being assigned some insipid Marxist diatribe to read. It's a daily ever present thing.

      Heck, all one has to do is walk through these campuses and take a good look at the content posted on bulletin boards throughout.

      Marxist indoctrination on campus is hardly something that is capable of being debunked.

  • Bert

    Jews remain unique in having some members with a suicidal disease. These creatures were present in bible times when they tried to get rid of Moses. While Moses was up on Mt. Sinai they immediately demanded a golden calf to worship. Those Jewish misfits had no problem supporting Stalin, a mass murderer of 20 million of his own people. These Communist Jews also hated Judaism and volunteered to help Stalin destroy Judaism in Russia. These Jewish renegades must been seen as the evil curse that they are and expelled from the Jewish community. Note that ONLY Jews seem to have this genetic-type suicidal disease. No one can imagine black people, for example, joining the Ku Klux Klan and supporting anti black racist laws.

    • Omar

      Bert, quit repeating your anti-Semitic hate propaganda.

      • ajnn

        idiots among jews is a big tradition.

  • amused

    Ahhh , looks like the "jewish gene " article got traction huh ? Hey Omar , Berts just a parrot repeating what has in fact been suggested by an FPM "editorialist " .
    Congrats FPM , you've got another seedling in Bert the Bigot . He's not alone though , there had to be about 80% of the posts on that thread which more or less which "fell in line " with that notion .
    " A jewish gene " ……..tsk ,tsk ,tsk. pathetic . Hope you're happy .

  • Schlomotion

    I hate dem joos because my pecker is so tiny and because I never finished 6th grade

  • Lydo

    My theory about the Israel hating Jews who voted Obama into office is pretty straightforward. Their religion is no longer Judaism. Their religion is Marxism, which is about dependence and collectivism. The Israelis are fiercely independent ~ the toughest people on the planet. Having a society of victims is central to Marxist ideology. Unfortunately for the United States, these Liberal robots have pretty much taken over our country, so Israel is going to have to stand or fall without us.