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Time to purge the universities!
on November 13, 2005
After reading Mike S. Adams's "Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel: Confessions of a Conservative College Professor," I'm extraordinarily happy I went to school in Nebraska. My state, you see, is pretty darn conservative. Even liberals out here would classify as moderate Republicans nearly anywhere else in the country. My university, dependant on grants from a conservative legislature elected by even more conservative taxpayers, always seemed to avoid the worst of the left-wing pabulum that infects most college campuses across the nation. Oh sure, there were a few radicals on campus that used their classrooms as pulpits from which they spread the diversity/gender/multiculturalist agenda. But they were few and far between. Most professors, even extremely liberal ones, kept their politics out of the classroom. I can think of a few instructors who I absolutely suspected were liberals and/or far left-wing kooks, but to this day I couldn't tell you for sure because they NEVER discussed their beliefs unless the students asked after class. Not bad, eh? I think I received a better education than any Ivy League student since my courses dealt with facts and legitimate theories rather than touchy-feely platitudes about race and gender wrapped up in hate whitey rhetoric.
Professor Adams doesn't seem to enjoy the environment I thrived in. A tenured member of the department of criminal justice at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Adams has had plenty of time to observe the insanity that passes for higher education in this country. It's not a pretty picture. Most of the book takes the form of letters Adams wrote to various officials in and out of the university objecting to the latest outburst of left-wing wackiness. For example, the good professor pens an epistle pointing out his concerns with a recent debate concerning affirmative action. The problem? It wasn't a debate. A debate means two speakers arguing the ins and outs of an issue. Only one speaker, decidedly pro-affirmative action, was given any time to speak. Then there is the letter--actually more than one--describing the influence of feminist scholars on campus. One professor accused a department chairman of sexual harassment before going on to describe how someone kept breaking into her office to vandalize her wristwatch. Whether these ominous events occurred before or after another evildoer attempted to poison a feminist instructor by pumping poison gas into her office is unclear. Other letters cover the problems Adams encountered when he put conservative stickers on his office door, campus "racism," and attempts by the university to squash campus religious organizations.
The second part of the book deals with an unpleasant situation Adams ran into shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. A pro-communist student sent him an e-mail blaming America for the disasters in New York and Washington, D.C. Moreover, she encouraged him to forward the message to others. Adams obliged her request, but not before sending a note back blasting her for such an ignorant view of the world. Regrettably, the student's mother worked as an administrator at the university, and in no time at all the campus authorities were clamoring to read his private e-mails in order to avoid a harassment lawsuit. The author complied, but he also made sure to contact the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), an organization devoted to rolling back unconstitutional speech codes at America's universities. The exchange between Adams and the student soon blossomed into a national news story on free speech and how that right applies to e-mail communications. Most people supported the author's position in the matter, and the university eventually backed down...well, sort of. Maybe. O.k., nothing much changed in the long run. The best part of the incident is how the university can't go after Adams in the future for speaking his mind. This book, along with his massively entertaining website, is the result.
What to say about Adams's wonderful book? Anyone remotely familiar with the chaotic nature of our universities today, with the rampant anti-American hatemongering that passes as serious scholarship, has already seen or heard many of the things the author brings to our attention. Crackpot professors charging colleagues and the university with harassment and/or racism? You don't say? Wow, what a surprise there! Administrators bowing and scraping to accommodate instructors and minority public officials who take every opportunity to spew hate whitey rhetoric? Again, you could knock me over with a feather! Who knew such evil goes on in the hallowed halls of academia! Universities censoring what students and employees can say and write? Did I wake up in China this morning? Surely, such nonsense could never happen here! Alas, it does. All of this crud, and more we don't hear about, occurs on a daily basis in America's institutions of higher learning. I've heard some of it personally, but Adams obviously has a front row seat to the madness. The book is worth reading because of the insider view he offers as well as the sarcasm he uses to expose these dolts for the kooks that they really are.
I think Mike Adams should consider quitting his job. Seriously. Not because he's a conservative fish trapped in a left-wing pond, but because he ought to run for a seat in the North Carolina legislature. Then he can put his inside knowledge to work crafting bills that will cut funding to the university unless they undertake serious administrative changes, including but not limited to a fair hiring process for administrators and professors, full disclosure and accountability regarding the distribution of student fees, and a crackdown on spending tens of thousands of tax dollars the university uses to bring to campus racist and discriminatory left-wing speakers. "Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel" is a book that conservatives should proudly display on their bookshelf.