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The Ricochet Member Feed has been on fire for the last 48 hours or so and I just haven’t been able to keep up. But there are a lot of thoughts building up in my head that I have wanted to put out there under this header, of which I clearly borrowed from the book I just finished: Midnight in the Century by Victor Surge. (If you are not familiar with Serge, you should be.) As a preface to later volumes, I just want to throw this topic out on the table since I haven’t seen it here yet. (Apologies if I missed it.)
I first saw it this morning on Instapundit:
PROFESSOR WILLIAM JACOBSON: There’s an effort to get me fired at Cornell for criticizing the Black Lives Matter Movement.
[Quoting Jacobson]: We are living in extraordinarily dangerous times, reminiscent of the Chinese Communist Cultural Revolution, in which professors guilty of wrongthink were publicy denounced and fired at the behest of students who insist on absolute ideological orthodoxy. It’s a way of instilling terror in other students, faculty, staff, and society, so that others shut up and don’t voice dissenting views. We are seeing monuments destroyed in Taliban-fashion because they represent an uncomfortable history, movies and TV shows cancelled, and individuals disappeared from employment due to even the slightest deviation from the prevailing political culture.
This is not going to end well unless people of good concience, who support black lives but not the Black Lives Movement as it was founded and currently operates, to speak up and refuse to cower in fear.
Now I see it at Powerline: THE FASCISTS ARE AFTER WILLIAM JACOBSON in which Mr. Hinderacker takes skillful aim at the spineless, intellectual dishonesty of the dean:
Bul[wark]. In a reasoning contest, Jacobson would run circles around this limp academic. And of course, he didn’t “cast aspersions on the goals of those protesting for justice for Black Americans.” Rather, he criticized the corrupt, far left and racist (my characterization) Black Lives Matter organization, which is now rolling in dough and doing absolutely nothing for black lives or for America in general. BLM is a fraud on a par with Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. (Again, my words, not Jacobson’s.) To be fair, it is a lucrative fraud.
Academic institutions from high schools to graduate schools are awash in “educators” who explicitly advocate rioting, violence and arson. (Last night, I watched a commencement speech at a ritzy Twin Cities private school delivered by a young African-American that extolled the virtues of rioting and arson. It was one of many.) Are institutions like Cornell Law School denouncing such absurd calls to violence? I hope so, but so far I haven’t seen a single instance.
The fabric of American society is being ripped apart. This is not the stuff that results in a “healing.”
The abyss is no longer on the horizon, it is all around us now. Be very careful, folks.Published in