Via Atrios, now apparently famous after a mention on the Daily Show regarding l'affaire Gannon. This seems somewhat unfair to those who actually did and are still doing the digging on AmericaBlog and Kos, but there you go, fame is fickle and fleeting and it's the exposure of the truth that's important, so feh. At least it momentarily gets that bloody awful, spoilt, fratgirl Wonkette off the airwaves, the silly little madam. I must say if she is a fair example of just what kind of education many young people are getting in the US then we should be worried. Many seem beyond redemption from developing a capacity for independent thought at a scarily early age, as is evidenced by the number of complaints made to a wingnut front website.Students for Academic Freedom
was set up to gather ammunition for the Republicans to allege liberal bias in colleges and schools. So far, so unexceptional for the genre. There's lots of these things, laid out like lures by Republican party operatives and their characteristics are quite similar. But when you start to read the complaints here en masse it takes on a much more sinister aspect.
St. Louis University Sunday, February 13, 2005
Required Readings, Introduced Controversial Material, Mocked
Political/Religious Figures, Conducted Political Activities, Other, Conducts
one-sided lectures in class
SociologyProfessor : Dr. C.M. Terry and Dr. Shockey
Class : Introduction to Sociology
University of Wisconsin-MadisonFriday, February 11, 2005
Required Readings, Singled Out, Introduced Controversial Material,
Forced Students, Biased Grading,
Professor : Scott Straus
Class : Politics of Human Rights
University of Georgia Friday, February 11, 2005
Required Readings, Mocked Political/Religious Figures, Conducted
Political Activities, University Funds,
Professor : Charles Bullock
What's chilling is that these students obviously seem to think that this is some sort of official complaint site and that something actually will happen to the academics they complain about, in terms of discipline. The mindset that that exposes is quite terrifying, and that these young people have been trained by adults to think this way, that people who don't agree with them have no rights and should be punished. This belief system isn't just fertile ground for fascism, it is the very prerequisite for it.
There is also the aspect of the list in itself. What a handy little compendium of accused subversives, all neatly laid out with times and dates and details, how very efficient. How very official. The Patriot Act is still in force, and Bush is trying to bull through sweeping extensions to its current scope right now.
"As some day it may happen that a victim must be found,
I've got a little list--I've got a little list
Of society offenders who might well be underground,
And who never would be missed--who never would be missed!"