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“My boy, we are pilgrims in an unholy land.” — Dr. Henry Jones Sr., on watching a Nazi book burning in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
I am a recent college graduate and a young Republican. The happiest moment in my short political life so far has been receiving a piece of paper, freeing me from the encroaching liberal bonfire of the modern college campus. What I’ve learned from my time in academia is probably not the most conventional lesson, but it is the most practical: don’t be an activist; just get through it. Accept that college and university is not a friendly place to express counter-cultural views, focus on strengthening your conservative beliefs, and get that diploma.
What got me through college was keeping my ideological head down and a healthy dose of underhanded sarcasm. Let me be perfectly honest: no one likes the campus activist — be he from the right or the left — or the kid who argues with the professor. Seriously. Just keep your mouth shut and parrot back whatever he/she/xhe wants to hear. Although it may be romantic to stand up for one’s beliefs in the middle of the lecture and tell-off that smug liberal professor, please don’t. It’s not a good look and, more importantly, the guy you’re laying into also grades your papers.
Yes, it stinks to be bombarded day-after-day by post modernism, cultural and moral relativism, the evils of colonialism, and the beauty of the collective state. And, yes, — from personal experience — the absolute worst classes are the ones with “that kid:” the suck-up, patronizing liberal who is so in-tune with the “plight of whatever” that he/she must enlighten the class. Don’t engage with “that kid;” you’ll lose every time because the guy making the rules is playing for the other side.
My advice: don’t choose, play along, and listen to what others have to say. First, you’ll hear the same lines over-and-over in your professional life, so it’s good to be acquainted with them early. Second, your mind will begin to poke holes in progressive logic, see its false assertions for what they are, and judge it on the merits.
So, how do you foster conservatism in college?
Like other Americans, most college students just want to be left alone. One of the many fundamental differences between the Right and the Left is our ability to divorce ourselves from politics as a whole; the personal is not the political for us. Be a conservative by living your life away from the constantly politically correct and the perpetually socially wronged. Read the right books and listen to the right people. Join a conservative campus organization, but don’t expect to change campus, let alone the world.
The greatest rebellion you can have in college is not giving in to what college wants you to be: an offended child.Published in