Sunday, July 15, 2007

Another One Bites The Dust

I graduated from Moonbat Central (Syracuse University) in 1971. My oldest daughter was born during the Kent State riots in 1970. Needless to say, by the time I graduated I had my fill of bandanna clad wannabe revolutionaries.

One of those wannabes was David Ifshin. I remember this shithead running around campus like a little Che' windup toy. He went to North Vietnam in December of 1970 to preach his virulent brand of anti-American rhetoric with other student traitors activists. This traitorous piece of crap became Willy Clinton's general campaign counsel for the other traitorous piece of crap's sucessful run at the presidency. IMHO, the only praiseworthy act committed by this man was to die at an early age, 47, in 1996.

By now you may be wondering why I am celebrating this traitorous piece of crap's death eleven years after it occured. I'm not celebrating Ifshin's death (though I did do a little happy dance in my head when I first read of his demise). I am celebrating the demise of a liberal institution that has bred thousands of Ifshins over the decades. Antioch College.

If Syracuse University is Moonbat Central, then Antioch was the Moonbat Mothership. I can envision the mass suicide of hundreds of Daily Kos Kids once they learn that the butthole of the moonbat universe has finally slammed shut for the last time; it has pinced it's final liberal loaf. The mind numbed droppings of socialist professors have to find another spawning pond in which to propagate their species.

George Will has written a eulogy for Antioch College that details some of it's contributions to American society.

DURING THE CAMPUS convulsions of the late 1960s, when rebellion against any authority was considered obedience to every virtue, the film "To Die in Madrid," a documentary about the Spanish Civil War, was shown at a small liberal arts college famous for, and vain about, its dedication to all things progressive.

When the film's narrator intoned, "The rebels advanced on Madrid," the students, who adored rebels and were innocent of information, cheered. Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, had been so busy turning undergraduates into vessels of liberalism and apostles of social improvement that it had not found time for the tiresome task of teaching them tedious facts, such as that the rebels in Spain were Franco's fascists.

But this is a typical liberal education. Never let the facts interfere with a good emotional outpouring against "the man."

That illustrates why it is heartening that Antioch will close after the 2007-08 academic year. Its board of trustees says the decision is to "suspend operations" and it talks dottily about reviving the institution in 2012. There is, however, a minuscule market for what Antioch sells for a tuition, room and board of $35,221 -- repressive liberalism unleavened by learning.

Founded in 1852 -- its first president was Horace Mann -- Antioch was, for a while, admirable. One of the first colleges to enroll women and blacks, it was a destination for escaped slaves. Its alumni include Stephen Jay Gould, Coretta Scott King and Rod Serling, whose "Twilight Zone" never imagined anything weirder than what Antioch became when its liberalism curdled.

Rod Serling was a native Upstate New Yorker. He hailed from Skaneateles, about twenty miles from here. Fortunately he attended Antioch prior to it's capture and conversion.

In 1972-73, Antioch had 2,470 students. In 1973, a protracted and embittering student and employee strike left the campus physically decrepit and intellectually toxic. By 1985, enrollment was down 80 percent. This fall there may be 300 students served by a faculty of 40.

I see that Antioch's death has been a long, slow, debilitating one. Intellectual cancer does that.

In 1993, Antioch became an international punch line when it wrote rules to insure that all sexual conduct would be consensual, step by minute step: "If the level of sexual intimacy increases during an interaction ... the people involved need to express their clear verbal consent before moving to that new level." Does consent to a touch cover a caress? Is there consent regarding all the buttons?Although laughable, Antioch was not funny.

Former public radio correspondent Michael Goldfarb matriculated at what he calls the "sociological petri dish" in 1968. In his first week, he twice had guns drawn on him, once "in fun" and once by a couple of drunken ex-cons "whom one of my classmates, in the interest of breaking down class barriers, had invited to live with her." A true Antiochian still, Goldfarb says: "I do think I was made stronger for having to deal with these experiences."

Antioch sounds more like a sociological cesspool. I wonder if Mr. Goldfarb thinks he would be even stronger if the trigger was pulled two or three times? And speaking of pulling the trigger, read on about Antioch's proclivities for peaceful resolution and how the institution invites speakers who reflect the highest morals and ideals...

Steven Lawry -- Antioch's fifth president in 13 years -- came to the college 18 months ago. He told Scott Carlson of The Chronicle of Higher Education about a student who left after being assaulted because he wore Nike shoes, symbols of globalization. Another left because, she told Lawry, the political climate was suffocating: "They all think they are so different, but they are just a bunch of conformists."

Carlson reports that Lawry stopped the student newspaper's practice of printing "announcements containing anonymous, menacing threats against other students for their political views."

Antioch likes to dabble in menace: It invited Mumia Abu-Jamal to deliver its 2000 commencement speech, which he recorded on death row in a Pennsylvania prison, where he lives because 26 years ago he shot a Philadelphia police officer first in the back, then three times in the face.

This is one of the reasons why I truly despise liberal philosophy. It's the out and out insanity of closed thinking. I was exposed to a lot of different experiences as a student. I had to work full time for my last last two and a half years of college (senior and post grad) so I was spared from the total "campus experience." Unfortunately many students never recover as evinced by the following...

In an essay in the Chronicle, Cary Nelson, Antioch class of 1967 and now a professor of English at the University of Illinois, waxes nostalgic about the fun he had spending, as Antioch students did, much time away from campus, receiving academic credits.

What Nelson calls "my employee resistance to injustice" got him "released from almost every job I had until I became a faculty member." But "my little expenditure was never noticed" when "I used some of Lyndon Johnson's anti-poverty money" to bus anti-Vietnam war protesters from Harlem to Washington.

Given that such was Antioch's idea of "work experience" in the "real world," it is unsurprising that the college never produced an alumni cohort capable of enlarging the college's risible $36 million endowment.

Those who can, do; those who can't teach.

I wonder how many of our nation's college instructors are like Cary Nelson, who views the misappropriation of government funds as a lark. Nelson sounds suspiciously like a congressman.

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