De-Imagining America

337A little-known consortium of radical groups, public-funded universities and the federal government is quietly seeking to transform the arts and other academic disciplines into vehicles of left-wing extremism and indoctrination. The initiative, called “Imagining America,” embraces the philosophy of Communist historian Howard Zinn, famous for manipulating historical fact to fit Marxist paradigms of human “progress” and to plant the seeds of radicalism in unsuspecting youth.

Imagining America is headquartered at taxpayer-funded Syracuse University in upstate New York and was virtually unknown until Glenn Beck threw some light on it in a broadcast. Beck described Imagining America and another group that calls itself “The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture” as an “effort to rewrite our history and catalyze a new culture for America.” This “department” isn’t actually part of the U.S. government but describes itself as “the nation’s newest people-powered department, founded on the truth that art and culture are our most powerful and under-tapped resources for social change.”

Active in both groups are “the people that will be teaching and influencing your children” through “art and music and film and history books,” Beck said.

America’s neo-communist radicals figured out a long time ago how to have their cake and eat it, too. U.S. taxpayers have been funding subversive left-wing groups like the now-defunct Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and Saul Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation since the Johnson administration. They advance their objectives, erode civil society, and send you the bill. Such is also the case with Imagining America, which occupies a cushy niche at the intersection of taxpayer-funded universities, government agencies and wealthy far-left non-profit organizations.

Imagining America grew out of executive action. President Bill Clinton created the White House Millennium Council by Executive Order 13072 on Feb. 2, 1998. One of the council’s tasks was to “[p]roduce informational and resource materials to educate the American people concerning our Nation’s past and to inspire thought concerning the future[.]” The veritable cultural warfare council was headed by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Imagining America was founded at a 1999 White House Conference initiated by the White House Millennium Council, the University of Michigan, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Conference participants became the basis for what was to become the group’s “consortium” of 100-plus colleges and universities. The group was initially hosted by the University of Michigan. Syracuse University took over in 2007 as IA’s temporary home, and will remain host through 2017.

Radical Objectives

Like many radical groups, Imagining America (its full name is Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life) couches its goals in soothing, innocuous-sounding prose.

“Imagining America,” according to its current mission statement,

advances knowledge and creativity through publicly engaged scholarship that draws on humanities, arts, and design. We catalyze change in campus practices, structures, and policies that enables publicly engaged artists and scholars to thrive and contribute to community action and revitalization.

According to IA, publicly engaged scholarship

is defined by partnerships of university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, creative activity, and public knowledge; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address and help solve critical social problems; and contribute to the public good.

Publicly engaged scholarship, also called simply public scholarship, means politicized scholarship. It is not about the free pursuit of knowledge for knowledge’s sake. In other words, going to college is not about the disinterested pursuit of knowledge and truth. It’s about righting the perceived wrongs of the past and changing society in furtherance of so-called social justice.

And in the hands of leftist crusaders, many of the above words in IA’s mission statement don’t mean what you might think they mean.

For example, when these people use the word democracy or democratic, they mock democracy as the idea is understood by most Americans. They believe in what the Left calls economic democracy, also known as socialism. They are excited at the prospect of reordering society with the help of capitalism-hating agitators. To them, democracy is Marxist mobocracy. And it’s only true democracy if they prevail. If they lose, it’s not democracy: the capitalists stole the election or took advantage of the people because they suffer from a mass “false consciousness.”

To cut through the billowy clouds of word smog generated by leftist academics, it is necessary to examine what the ideas embraced by Imagining America actually amount to in the plain English that these people use in public outreach.

Take the case of socialist theorist and community organizer Harry Boyte, who is director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College in Minneapolis (Augsburg is a member of IA’s consortium of colleges.)

In a video intended for public consumption that promotes Imagining America’s national conference this October in Atlanta, Boyte urged the fusion of higher education and left-wing activism:

I want to lift up organizing as a supplement. It’s different than action. In fact, organizing is not mobilizing. It’s not people out in the streets in a protest mode. It’s the patient, slow development of relationships that build power … This is actually an extraordinary pioneering step for Imagining America to be bringing in organizing methods to which people in higher education, and connected to the world, can make our work more public.

Academic Scott J. Peters, co-director of Imagining America, said his group is tasked with

producing knowledge and theory and writings but the most substantial part of that work is actually building relationships, organizing opportunities for people to understand what they’re facing, to come together to share their values and experiences, and then to try to make the changes that will help advance their values and their ideals. That work is organizing work.

“There’s a tension that organizers are always working and that’s the tension between the world as it is and the world as it ought to be,” said Peters, paraphrasing Saul Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals, the vade mecum of the organizing world.

“Well, the ‘story of now’ is a story that helps us see and feel that tension,” Peters said in a reference to what community organizing theorist Marshall Ganz of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government calls the “public narrative” framework. “We can see that the world as it is, ‘the story of now,’ is not the same thing as the world we’d like it to be, so therefore we’re called to act.”

Peters is also part of the leadership team for a dubious research project that received $5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The project is called “Food Dignity: Action Research on Engaging Food Insecure Communities and Universities in Building Sustainable Community Food Systems.”

When you’re a Marxist, America is always in crisis. Kevin Bott, an associate director at IA, said the group “is at a particularly interesting and ripe moment to assert arts, humanities, and design thinking as a way to get the heart of the crisis that we all find ourselves in locally, nationally, and globally, politically, socially, economically.” Bott was also the Green Party’s unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Syracuse last year.

George J. Sanchez, vice dean for diversity at the University of Southern California, declared that IA examines “huge issues for the country and I think, again, we have to imagine a different America.”

Jesikah Maria Ross, a community organizer who is creative director at Praxis Projects, said IA “is really looking at, how do we bring together faculty, students from different disciplines with community organizations to kind of co-create something whether it’s an artistic production or engaged scholarship in a publication. How do we do something together for mutual benefit that moves community organizing and community change forwards?”

Fresh from the politically correct indoctrination camp, Ryan Metzler, a student in Occidental College’s Media Arts & Culture Program, spews the things that Imagining America wants to hear, complete with appropriately tortured postmodern diction, neo-Marxist buzzwords, and trendy academic gibberish.

In a testimonial on the IA website he writes:

“My work is informed by the belief that media makers have a responsibility to collaborate with and integrate marginalized communities into documentary films and other media projects in order to transform problematic representations … Media makers must take responsibility as a democratic community to break stereotypes by giving voices to men and women who lack the technological resources … We as a society cannot forget the history of media practices. As a society we cannot practice such an influential art without all groups having a voice.”

This is the language of relativism and multiculturalism, both of which are tools neo-Marxists use to weaken and transform America. The first obligation of media “makers,” as the student calls documentarians and journalists, is to push so-called social justice and allow disadvantaged groups a veto over his work, he claims. After years of PC brainwashing, truth is apparently not important to him.

Not surprisingly, Imagining America requires fellows in its Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) program to read the Marxist journal, Monthly Review, and works by communists W.E.B. DuBois and Paulo Freire (author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed).

Among the course offerings for which Syracuse University faculty members have received IA grants are “Jazz and Human Rights as Cultural Democracy” and “Queering Syracuse.” A grant was also given for a course called “Masks, Movement, and Giant Puppets” that may as well be taught by anti-American radical Medea Benjamin of Code Pink.

Legal Status

Figuring out the legal status and internal organizational structure of Imagining America is no easy task.

When the University of Delaware received a $2,000 “Critical Exchange Grant” from Imagining America, the school described IA as “a national nonprofit organization that encourages the incorporation of civic responsibility into art education at the university level.” But this researcher could find no evidence that Imagining America is a legally incorporated nonprofit entity. A public database search in Nexis revealed what appeared to be an old, probably lapsed business listing of some kind in its name in Michigan, but nothing else.

It is difficult to imagine running an enterprise as large and active as Imagining America appears to be without incorporating it somewhere. If Imagining America is merely an unincorporated project of Syracuse University there could be problems in terms of commingling of funds and it could generating major accounting headaches.

But that’s exactly what Imagining America is, according to Erin Martin Kane, Syracuse University’s associate vice president for public relations, who responded to some organizational questions by email. After rehashing IA’s creation story, she explained that IA “is an academic unit of SU that’s funded and supported by the more than 100 member institutions, including SU, other colleges and universities, and civic organizations. IA does not solicit, or accept donations from individuals.”

At press time, Kane had failed to respond to follow-up questions about how large IA’s annual budget was, how many employees it has, and if it produces annual or regular reports. That IA is an “academic unit” of SU, as Kane indicated, appears to be true. The SU comptroller’s office lists Imagining America as department 20018 of the university.

Even so, Imagining America’s finances are very difficult to track, perhaps deliberately so. It charges taxpayer-funded educational institutions up to $5,000 annually in membership dues, which means that taxpayers fund IA indirectly. Grants to IA from foundations and membership dues from these tax-exempt universities and colleges that are part of the IA consortium should presumably appear in tax returns somewhere. But very little appears in the comprehensive FoundationSearch database which contains data extracted from the compulsory annual IRS filings of foundations and other nonprofit organizations.

The database shows only a handful of grants from foundations that benefited the group.

The Rockefeller Foundation has been onboard with IA since at least 2001. That year it gave $150,000 to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation “to support ‘Imagining America’ public scholarship grants program.” The next year it gave $25,000 to the University of Michigan “toward the costs of a conference of the Imagining America public scholarship program entitled ‘The Engaged University, the Engaged Community, & the Daily Practice of Democracy.'”

The New York Council for the Humanities, a taxpayer-funded nonprofit, gave Imagining America $18,000 in 2010. The Teagle Foundation gave IA $150,000 in 2012.

And there the paper trail of grants specifically designated for Imagining America ends.

High-profile left-wing philanthropies have given money to the University of Michigan and Syracuse University that may have ended up supporting Imagining America projects.

Radical financier George Soros’s Open Society Foundations (formerly known as Open Society Institute) has given grants to the University of Michigan ($6,020 since 2000) and Syracuse University ($203,880 since 1999). The Soros-associated Tides Foundation has given grants to the University of Michigan ($35,000 since 2005).

Syracuse University has received funding from the Nathan Cummings Foundation ($185,000 since 2001), Rockefeller Foundation ($638,800 since 2000), and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation ($392,600 since 2009).

Transforming America With Your Tax-dollars 

“Politics is downstream from culture,” the late, great media entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart liked to say frequently when explaining how the deck has been stacked against conservatives for decades. At Breitbart’s website, screenwriter and producer Lawrence Meyers, elaborated.

Culture influences politics, and in ways the Left has understood for a long time. The Right has sat idly by, as they did with higher education, and let an ideological movement take over one of the most important aspects of American society.

Imagining America is at the center of it all, accompanied by neo-communist activists and organizers, cheering our republic’s decline, and teaching Americans to despise their country.

The Obama administration is helping the group accomplish its mission.

In early 2012, IA proudly announced it was working with the White House Office of Public Engagement, the U.S. Department of Education, and various groups to publicly launch the American Commonwealth Partnership (ACP), “a yearlong initiative to promote higher education as an agent of democracy and a force for public good.” [emphasis added]

The director of ACP was socialist organizer Harry Boyte. IA’s Peters and his fellow co-director Timothy K. Eatman were also both members of ACP’s steering committee.

With taxpayer funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) laid bare the radicals’ objectives in a 2012 report.

In “A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future,” AACU recommended that “existing national civic networks … be tapped and expanded for leadership in mobilizing the next generation of investment in civic learning.” It singled out The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN), Project Pericles, and Imagining America.

At page 42 the report states,

“If indeed we seek a democratic society in which the public welfare matters as much as the individual’s welfare, and in which global welfare matters along with national welfare, then education must play its influential part to bring such a society into being.”

That’s the goal of Imagining America and the public scholarship movement in a nutshell. To transform America so that the collective trumps the individual, and the rest of the world trumps America.

As long as President Obama remains in office, your taxpayer dollars will continue to support these un-American goals.

And if Hillary Clinton, who got the American narrative rewriting effort underway in 1999 when she headed the White House Millennium Council, succeeds Obama in the Oval Office, she’ll do whatever she can to finish the job she started.

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  • Matthew Vadum

    Straussians, where are you?

  • Tina Trent

    It’s not surprising that the paper trail tapers off. Abiding by the tax code is not a big priority for academicians who have grown used to a certain standard of parasitism.

  • Texas Patriot

    I think America is headed toward a new paradigm of truth and reason in which the moral imperative of LOVE will dominate. But the route we must take will not be an easy one, and the forces of lies and hatred will not give up without a fight. One thing’s for sure. There will be plenty of tragedy and comedy along the way.

    • nomoretraitors

      You know neither the meaning of truth nor love

      • Texas Patriot

        There is no question that truth and love are the greatest mysteries in the universe, and we all have a great deal to learn about them. On the other hand, we know as a matter of faith from scripture that God is holy and perfect love, that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one gets to the Father except through him. That’s enough of a roadmap for me and for whoever else wants to get started. As Jesus said, it’s a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life and only a few find it.

        • nomoretraitors

          Yeah but that is certainly not the direction America is heading in right now

          • Texas Patriot

            All any of us can do is control the direction we’re headed in, and regardless of what anyone else does, we all have the responsibility of choosing our own path.

          • nomoretraitors

            True enough, but what society is doing collectively will impact each of us individually.

          • Texas Patriot

            As Jesus said, the road to perdition is wide and many take it, but it’s a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life and only a few find it. So if the whole world goes crazy, avoid the crowd!

    • Drakken

      Yeah and you voting for Comrade Obummer really is going to make it all better. Priceless.

      • Texas Patriot

        Drak, you know I didn’t vote for Obama either time. Sure I know it makes you feel inferior as an American fighting man that you can’t use your best weapons to defeat our nation’s enemies, but that doesn’t mean you can torture your prisoners and besmirch the good name and proud tradition of the United Staters of America.

        If the world knew that we are perfectly wiling to use our best weapons when anyone threatens our national security, no one with a sane mind would ever threaten us, and you would never have to worry about torturing your prisoners. Instead of torturing your prisoners, you’d be going after their bosses, and with the right kind of weapons in your hands, no one could stop you or the United States Marine Corps, and any war anyone was foolish enough to start against us would be over in a matter of days, or weeks, or months at the very most. The bottom line is that the corrupt politicos in Washington DC have been handcuffing and hamstringing the Armed Forces of the United States since the end of WWII. George Patton and Douglas MacArthur were the last two American generals who really knew how to fight a war, and they’re long gone; but don’t despair.

        It has been said that free men are the most dangerous fighting force in the world. Why? Because once a man has tasted freedom, he’d rather die than submit to any tyrant. The spirit of freedom is alive and well in America, and It’s not you and the rest of America’s fighting men who don’t know how to win wars. And the sooner we put real weapons in your hands, the sooner the American people could rest in peace and security, and the sooner you could forget about torturing prisoners with jumper cables.

        America doesn’t want you to spare our enemies and torture your prisoners. We want you to destroy our enemies and educate your prisoners about the joys of freedom and the great American way of life. Eventually even your prisoners of war will want to flee their lives of submission and slavery and fight on our side! Death to tyrants! Death to slave masters! Death to all enemies of freedom, human rights, and human dignity! And long live the United States of America!

  • BagLady

    producing knowledge and theory and writings but the most substantial
    part of that work is actually building relationships, organizing
    opportunities for people to understand what they’re facing, to come
    together to share their values and experiences, and then to try to make
    the changes that will help advance their values and their ideals. That
    work is organizing work.

    Jeez, I thought I was studying biology.

  • BagLady

    The first obligation of media “makers,” as the student calls
    documentarians and journalists, is to push so-called social justice and
    allow disadvantaged groups a veto over his work, he claims. After years
    of PC brainwashing, truth is apparently not important to him.”

    For me, the beauty of the media/web is to open up the world and let us decide for ourselves what is ‘truth’.

    • Ben

      Truth is not relative. It is an establish and static entity, like the U.S. Constitution it is self-evident. You don’t just decide what is truth. You either know the truth or you don’t.

      The “Imagining America” insurrectionists and their idiot supporters highlighted in this article have “decided” the truth on their side.

      Do you see a problem with that? It’s called a democracy. Making the truth relative is why we are in this vile cesspool in the first place. America is a Republic and we are established by the rule of law and reason and not the opinions and emotions of feckless men and women.

      • Wigon

        Actually truth IS very much relative. You may have facts, but how those facts affect different people greatly influences how those facts are perceived. As such one person or group does not have a monopoly on truth.
        So no, it’s not as black and white as you say it is.

        I am a left-winger and I do not think that I know the total truth as I have not walked in everyone’s shoes. I prefer to rationally look at what works and what doesn’t work as well as listen to other people’s experiences on issues before developing an opinion on an issue.
        Also, contrary to what you said, our laws are very often based upon emotions and opinions rather than facts. As culture changes, the law changes. That’s why our laws now guard against discrimination of minorities, where as before our laws actively oppressed minorities. Those laws didn’t change themselves. They required protesters out on the streets, educators, entertainers, and a host of other sectors of society mobilizing to fight for what they as Americans believed was just.
        That sir, is not being feckless. That’s called being an American and a patriot.

        • TheOrdinaryMan

          No one can know the total truth; but at some point truth does become black-and-white. Since you are a left-winger, you most likely support Obamacare. The idea of Obamacare was to cover those without health insurance, and those with pre-existing conditions. But looking at it rationally, as you claim you like to do, Obamacare doesn’t do either. It doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions, because the death panel bureaucrats that run it will only agree to cover a present problem; and those without health insurance don’t make enough to afford it. Left wingers supported Obamacare in droves; but the truth has now come out, and for those whom government health care doesn’t cover(for whatever reason), the truth ain’t relative at all.

        • Drakken

          Useless leftist like you who believe in nothing, fall for anything. When you dance to the fiddlers tune, sooner or later you have to pay the fiddler and the devil always gets his due. A backlash is coming and it will be you leftist and your ilk that will be surprised as history is a very unforgiving thing.

        • A Z

          “Actually truth IS very much relative.”

          An asteroid strikes the earth. How is that fact different for different people?

          If a drunk driver hits another motorist & causes the motorists brain damage, is it true to say the affected motorist has brain damage or it is how you feel or perceive it?

          • frodo

            You’re confusing a fact with truth–they’re not quite the same thing. Usually, we use “truth” to talk about questions about values and that’s why we can’t usually get to perfect truths, because people will disagree.

          • A Z

            I’ve gone to college also. We can play semantic games all day long. Would not that be cute?

            In mathematic, philosophy or engineering, the 1st day or so is defining terms as they are used in that field of study. That is right and meet.

            Now if I used some of those terms with their technical meaning in everyday conversation instead or the common meaning, I would be talking past people.

            The type of people who would make a great distinction between truth and fact in a general forum are the same one’s with a chip on their shoulders, etc.


            truth (truːθ) —n: 1. the quality of being true, genuine, actual, or factual: the truth of his statement was attested: 2. something that is true as opposed to false: you did not tell me the truth


          • frodo

            It’s not a semantic game, regardless.

            The OP was talking about meaning, were they not? The truth of a proposition about a fact is a relative matter. That an asteroid hit the earth is a fact, sure, what it means isn’t. Words do usually work in multiple registers.

            I can past definitions too, note especially 4, 5, and 10 all of which have more to do with judgments about facts than facts themselves:

            truth (truːθ)

            — n
            1. the quality of being true, genuine, actual, or factual: the truth of his statement was attested
            2. something that is true as opposed to false: you did not tell me the truth
            3. a proven or verified principle or statement; fact: the truths of astronomy
            4. ( usually plural ) a system of concepts purporting to represent some aspect of the world: the truths of ancient religions
            5. fidelity to a required standard or law
            6. faithful reproduction or portrayal: the truth of a portrait
            7. an obvious fact; truism; platitude
            8. honesty, reliability, or veracity: the truth of her nature
            9. accuracy, as in the setting, adjustment, or position of something, such as a mechanical instrument
            10. the state or quality of being faithful; allegiance

          • A Z

            Why don’t you “get” some learning and take some physics courses and study the genetic coding of morality. You also might study the debate between free will and determinism. Then tell me it is all nebulous.

            Tired of people like Clinton parsing the definition of the word is after being caught with semen stain on a blue dress. Which BTW is not what the independent prosecutor was after. He was after White water records that were never produced, but were found on a coffee table in White House Or were they found by some Antarctic researchers taking ice cores?

            Tired of people like Obama using colloquial language like “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor PERIOD”. Period means something very definite as in colloquial speech.

            If Wig on want to use some definition of truth from a college philosophy book he should cite the book and page so we are all on the same page.

            Cutting and pasting a definition from an online dictionary serves the same purpose as establishing definition for terms in the 1st few days of class for a field of study. It is so we are on the same page.

  • BagLady

    Culture influences politics, and in ways the Left has understood for a
    long time. The Right has sat idly by, as they did with higher education,
    and let an ideological movement take over one of the most important
    aspects of American society.

    Whether Left or Right, you handed your education system to the For Profit sector. What you now have is an whole generation of kids in debt who have no hope of earning the kind of money it takes to repay their loans.

    The same trend is happening in Europe at the expense of the kids.

    You’d think that online degrees would have taken off. After all, they have great potential: If I want to listen to the best minds on a particular subject, do I need some underpaid uni Masters teenage nerd on minimum wage ‘tutoring’ me, or can I find better on the web?

    • A Z

      You have a degree and no job

  • nomoretraitors

    I hate these b*stards more and more with each passing day

    • Wigon

      “Hate” is a good description of those like yourself.

      • TheOrdinaryMan

        What’s wrong with having a strong dislike for that(or those) which is destructive of order, tranquility, and decency? Or for those who are enabling the disappearance of a tried and true way of life? (To be replaced with fear, chaos, uncertainty, and poverty) Such a strong dislike is healthy.

      • Drakken

        You useless idiots on the left forget and fail to understand that there will be an eventual backlash against this communism by another name. You and your ilk are opening Pandora’s Little Box of Horrors of Balkanization without regard to the consequences. I used to have sympathy and empathy for folks like you, but I am all out, you richly deserve what is coming to you.

      • A Z

        No “love ” is a better description than hate. Or maybe it is truer to say nomoretraitors is noncommittal or middle of the road.

        “Actually truth IS very much relative. You may have facts, but how those facts affect different people greatly influences how those facts are perceived. As such one person or group does not have a monopoly on truth.” – wigon

      • nomoretraitors

        Hate sums up you and your comrades perfectly. You hate America and all we stand for

      • Nabukuduriuzhur

        re: wigon

        Did you know that God hates evil?

        Why is hating evil wrong, then?

        I hate lies. I hate people using other people as tools or for personal gratification.

        I make no apologies for hating that which is evil.

  • WeroInNM

    Americans – Like Nazi Germans – Don’t Notice that All of Our Rights Are Slipping Away (Part 21)!
    “Food For Thought”
    Hello-When Are Americans Going To Wake Up-God Bless America.
    Semper Fi!

  • Biff_Maliboo
  • Ben

    The walls have been breached and the citadel lies in ruins. If there is once more to be peace and prosperity God must be honored above all and the walls must be rebuilt.

    This requires those who love the truth to hold a weapon in one hand while they rebuild with the other.

    Take a lesson from the history book of Ezra and learn how to accomplish it.

    I assure you there is NO hope for America if this is not done!

  • Clare Spark

    The big liberal foundations got on board at the end of the Depression and again in the late 1960s. See “White enabling of black power” for only one example. Together the liberals and leftists form “socially responsible capitalism” (also known as social democracy).

  • ColoursFed

    you do not like them, because you Nazis are not getting your share of the wealth like you used to, it is you who are the B*stards, what goes round, comes round, You lot are now getting your comeuppance now!

    • ratonis

      Red alert! Envy alert! Hater alert! Concentration camp overseer alert!

    • nomoretraitors

      Guess Soros’ check cleared, huh

    • UCSPanther

      When you run out of other peoples’ money, it will be parasites like you who will face up with your comeuppance.

      Your belligerence is noted, and you will regret it…

      • ColoursFed

        YOU are full of S*^T, then you JEWS always were! You are now trying to take over England with Milliband and his millionaire Marxist labour movement. It’s not going to happen, we will kill you all first. The USA allowed a Blackman to take charge, we are not going to allow it in England, NO BLACK JEWS! AND NO MORE PUFFS!

        • UCSPanther

          It’s just as the stone tablets predicted…

        • BagLady

          Who is the “we” that will kill all these people on your orders? Certainly not an Englishman speaking here. Probably a UKIP import..

    • Matthew Vadum

      Trolling alert!

  • Habbgun

    All this is just a symptom. Underlying the University is a set of beliefs and ideals that are more compatible with a medieval civilization and not modern America. America has adopted, transformed and improved. In everything except education in which case it just took tired European ideas that mistook the delivery system for knowledge and mistook it for the knowledge itself. Time to pull this system apart root and branch.

  • James Keir Baughman

    Oh, I see now. “Imagining America” is undoubtedly an internal, hate-America, Communist organization. Well…well…surprise!….surprise! Amazing how many of these “folks” are from minority groups, especially the “secular” Bolsheviks.

  • A Z

    If I remember correctly one of the Mamas and the Papas said the if you write the music the people will follow.

    The speaker (singer) never asked, if they had the wisdom to lead people. How did they prepare themselves? With accounting, agronomy, engineering, law etc?

    Nah, just artsy fartsy stuff.

    Pied Pipers of disaster

  • Wigon

    The amount of paranoia in this article is quite hilarious as they see communists everywhere. It seems that any group even remotely left-wing is seen as COMMIES or RADICALS. Anyone who thinks Howard Zinn was some violent communist radical has obviously never been to one of his lectures. He was one of the most outspoken activists against war and violence of all kinds. If that makes him a communist then we need more communists.

    I’m also still trying to figure out how any of these organizations they mention are “radical” or how they are teaching young people to “hate America”. How is wanting to take care of our fellow citizens hating America??? How is wanting our nation to stay out of stupid wars hating America? How is wanting to protect our environment hating America? How is wanting to fight against discrimination (and protecting the constitutional rights) of fellow American citizens hating America?
    How is supporting the arts and diverse cultures of America, hating America?

    • Drakken

      The fact that you believe that Howard Zinn is some sort of savior and truth teller says it all really. Idiot leftist activist like you are always are lined up against walls and ditches in the end. Let me clue you in to a little bit of a thing called reality. War is natural to the human condition and will be with us for at least another millennia or two, and the more you morons try to stop wars and make them nicer, it always leads to a bloodier conflict.

    • TheOrdinaryMan

      Zinn was against war and violence when America was involved. Wanting to take care of our fellow citizens isn’t necessarily “hating America,” as long as the program/vehicle that’s supposed to do the caring doesn’t hurt anyone, financially or otherwise. You talk about “protecting the constitutional rights” of Americans; but how does forcing someone to give up their doctor do that? How does killing someone’s job do that? How does preventing America from being energy independent(which can be achieved in an environmentally friendly way), in the name of the environment, help America? There’s more oil in the American West than in Saudi Arabia, yet Obama won’t let us develop it. And the media never reports on the Bakken oil field. I wonder why.

    • nomoretraitors

      Nothing wrong with helping people in need. But your use of the phrase to “take care of our fellow citizens” betrays the left’s true agenda — control over the lives of the masses.
      When you have welfare dependency handed down from generation to generation, that’s not helping people. That’s enabling irresponsibility and laziness.
      Nothing wrong with protecting the environment. But the goal of the radical environmental movement is the destruction of capitalism and the US economy.
      The left employs a similar tactic to the one the Klan employed in their recruitment drive in the 1920s. The Klan did not advertise itself as a racist, violent organization. It advertised itself as a patriotic Christian organization.
      Just as the Klan used patriotism and Christianity to mask its true agenda, so the left today uses “social justice” and the environment to mask its true agenda –the destruction of individual liberty and private enterprise.

    • nomoretraitors

      It’s interesting you mention protecting Constitutional rights when we have a Democratic administration. using the IRS to curtail the Constitutional right to free speech and participation in policy making

  • Realist

    “A little-known consortium of radical groups, public-funded universities and the federal government is quietly seeking to transform the arts and other academic disciplines into vehicles of left-wing extremism and indoctrination”

    I’m not sure I understand that statement. The “arts” have been involved in the leftist indoctrination side of the libcult effort for decades, so that is nothing new. I think what the article means to imply is that those loosely affiliated individual efforts will now be organized and centrally directed and the messaging more carefully coordinated by hard-core libcult operatives working from within the government itself. That would be somewhat new.

  • Decky

    I stopped reading after the first paragraph when the writer identified Syracuse as ‘taxpayer funded.’ It’s actually a private institution and is not directly funded by state funds. Certainly the university (or its faculty) may be the recipient of federal or state grants, but it is not ‘taxpayer supported’ a term often equated with public institutions. Writer needs to probably do a little more research than reacting.

  • Philip Nast

    It’s bad enough that the arts are underfunded and under-appreciated, unless you call the design of a really expensive and ostentatious car art, without demonizing artists and those who believe that art plays an important role in society. You deserve the Joe McCarthy Prize.

    • nomoretraitors

      Yes, it plays an important role in society but should not be used to push a particular political agenda like the one outlined above

      • Philip Nast

        It doesn’t push an agenda. Don’t believe everything you read. Especially this.

  • Philip Nast

    “Imagining America is headquartered at taxpayer-funded Syracuse
    University in upstate New York and was virtually unknown until Glenn
    Beck threw some light on it in a broadcast. ”

    SU is a private university. Get your facts straight

    • nomoretraitors

      True, but this program is receiving FEDERAL funds, as do many of the students attending there

      • Philip Nast

        So does the F35 boondoggle.

  • hatersgonnahate

    Thanks for mentioning Ryans Metzler’s work in the article! His film was recently nominated as a student academy award national finalist, a somewhat conservative institution:)