- A think tank that U.S. officials consider a Chinese influence agent has cultivated ties to Historically Black Colleges and Universities [HBCUs] since 2014.
- The China-U.S. Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) has paid a consultant nearly $670,000 since 2017 to arrange student visits from the schools to China, as well as to make introductions to members of the Congressional Black Caucus [CBC].
- CIA Director William Burns testified last month that he grew suspicious of CUSEF’s activities when he led the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a think tank that had a relationship with the Chinese group.
- The FBI provided security briefings to presidents of HBCUs prior to CUSEF-funded trips they made to China, according to documents filed with the Justice Department.
A Hong Kong-based think tank suspected of working as a front group for the Chinese Communist Party has cultivated close ties to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and members of the Congressional Black Caucus since 2014.The China-U.S. Exchange Foundation’s (CUSEF) outreach to the black community is part of a broad initiative to cozy up to prominent organizations in the U.S., including foreign policy think tanks and other elite universities.
CUSEF’s activities have drawn the attention of CIA Director William Burns, who testified at his Senate confirmation hearing last month that he cut ties with CUSEF when he was president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace out of concern over “Chinese influence operations.”
Most of CUSEF’s contacts with HBCUs and Congressional Black Caucus members have been arranged by Wilson Global Communications, a Washington, D.C.-based communications firm.
Since 2018, Wilson Global Communications has disclosed its activities for CUSEF to the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a law that regulates foreign lobbying activity.
According to Wilson Global’s most recent FARA filing, submitted March 22, CUSEF paid the firm $89,844 over the past six months to hold virtual meetings with the leaders of HBCUs and college students. She also had contact with Yu Jiang, a professor at Xavier University who operates the school’s Confucius Institute, which U.S. officials also consider to be an influence agent of the Chinese government. CUSEF has paid Wilson Global $667,641 since January 2017, according to FARA filings.In its FARA disclosures, Wilson Global says it provides CUSEF with “communications and public relations services, which included outreach to U.S. elected officials.” The firm coordinates trips for college students and leaders of HBCUs to China, all funded by CUSEF. Wilson Global has also arranged contact between CUSEF and members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Julia Wilson, the owner of Wilson Global, has held meetings with CBC members Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Jim Clyburn, Donald Payne, and others, according to Wilson Global’s FARA filings.
As the U.S. tries to grapple with how—and how much—funding is used to promote anti-American propaganda within the U.S., the Confucius Institutes have attracted an enormous amount of attention. The Confucius Institutes are ostensibly Chinese language and cultural events institutes scattered throughout U.S. on university campuses and even in K–12 schools. They been increasingly deemed influence-peddling operations of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed out to students and faculty at the Georgia Institute for Technology in December 2020, the Confucius Institutes illustrate a growing problem: China and other adversarial nations have been paying U.S. universities to push anti-American ideology. According to Pompeo, the U.S. Department of Education tracked $1.3 billion that U.S. universities received from China since 2013.
The number of Confucius Institutes is shrinking in response to the attention, with the National Association of Scholars noting the over 100 institutes in 2004 will drop to less than 50 by the end of 2021.
But China is hardly the only player on the world stage who is trying to buy a good reputation via the American nonprofit and charitable giving system. Other ideological causes are working just as hard to convince charitable donors and young Americans on college campuses that their work is admirable and should be supported both with word of mouth and open pocketbook.
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
A recent example comes from the Clarion Project, a self-described “non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the threats of extremist groups and individuals who threaten the safety and security of North America.”
In its report “Army of NGOs: Iran-Linked Terror Group Uses Fronts to Operate in America & Europe,” the Clarion Project lays out the case that an Iranian-backed terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has been using pop-up, fake charitable organizations to scam people into donating to a cause that appears respectable on the surface, but masks terrorist activities condemned by the U.S., Israel, Canada, and the European Union. And PFLP is using college campuses to help sell the message.
The Daily Wire reports that Addameer, a nongovernmental group that has a presence on U.S. college campuses and purportedly works to support captive Palestinian prisoners, is actually steeped heavily in PFLP work through members of its board:
The organization’s activities include providing free legal representation for Palestinian prisoners and detainees—including convicted terrorists—and ensuring that prisoners have rights to medical assistance and education.
[But] some of Addameer’s board members and staff are also connected to the PFLP. For example, the Director of Addameer, Sahar Francis, allegedly has close ties to Ahmad Saadat who was the PFLP’s Secretary-General before he was imprisoned by Israel for killing Israeli citizens and planning the assassination of the Israeli Tourism Minister, Rehavam Zeevi.
Under Addameer, Francis has traveled to U.S. college campuses to give lectures sponsored by campus organizations, including Jewish Voice for Peace and the Students for Justice in Palestine, both of which operate under the purview of progressive politics and have been criticized for alleged anti-Semitic agendas.
The Daily Wire report also lists speaking tours Francis gave in 2013 and 2017, with appearances at the Mosque Foundation in Chicago, San Francisco State University, and the University of California, Irvine. Other stops included Atlanta, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. These events were often co-organized by Jewish campus groups, despite PFLP’s history of anti-Israel terrorism.
Nonprofits for Terrorism
This arrangement uses what the U.S. Treasury called in 2018, “fraudulent or sham charitable organizations . . . established with purported charitable aims but [operating] almost solely to facilitate terrorist financing or support for a terrorist group.” Such organizations sell terrorism to America’s youth under the guise of humanitarian work. U.S. legislators should make it a priority to address this form of nonprofit abuse.
TUCSON – A recent story in the Arizona Daily Star mentioned Tucson’s best export.
No, the story wasn’t about the talented young people who leave Tucson for better opportunities elsewhere, due to a dearth of opportunities in their hometown— which in turn is due to decades of Tucson chasing industry away.
Talented young people are Tucson’s second-best export, not the first-best.
Actually, the article was about a Tucson eighth-grader who won the Arizona Spelling Bee. Not surprisingly, his ethnicity is East Indian.
But he isn’t the best export—at least not yet.
The best export is the school he attends: a BASIS public charter school, one of two in metro Tucson, which was mentioned in passing in the article.
Why is that the best export?
BASIS, which ranks near the top on international test scores, has roots in Tucson. It spread from Tucson to other Arizona cities and is now spreading across the U.S.
Strangely, there isn’t a large flashing sign at Tucson International Airport bragging that Tucson is the hometown of one of the best school systems in the world.
Such a sign would help to overcome the negative impressions of Tucson that high-paying corporations get when they conduct research on where to put their headquarters or major operations.
The first impression is the awfulness of many K-12 public schools; the second is Tucson’s high poverty rate, which is related to the awfulness; and the third is Tucson’s high crime rate; which is related to poverty.
To wit, areavibes.com gives Tucson an F in crime, an F in employment, and an F in schools.
As an example of the awfulness of schools, the Amphitheater School District has a middle school math score of 17 on the State of Arizona’s MERIT test. By contrast, the score at the north campus of BASIS is 90.
The local teacher union and its puppets in local government would never allow a sign touting BASIS, because they hate charter schools, although the schools are public schools. Their stated opposition to the schools is poppycock: that minorities aren’t welcome at the schools.
They should say that to the eighth-grader who won the Arizona spelling bee.
Raytheon Technologies’ missile operation also appears to be unwelcomed in Tucson. That’s because local attitudes about big business have changed for the worse since the operation was established in the 1950s by aeronautics tycoon Howard Hughes. As such, there is not a prominent sign at the airport touting that Tucson is the home of 10,000 rocket scientists; nor are there frequent feature stories in the local media about the company; nor do local politicians go out of their way to recognize the huge contribution that the company makes to the local economy.
It is said that you can’t fix stupid. Even BASIS can’t fix the stupid of the Tucson establishment.
Dennis Prager, perhaps the most cerebral of talk show hosts, makes the distinction between being a “Liberal” and being a “Leftist.”
That distinction is important as we observe how far to the Left the Democrat Party has moved away from its ideological moorings.
As an illustration, let’s look at what most of us thought a Liberal once meant.
Generally, it meant a belief in a color-blind society, a social welfare state with a modest magnitude of income redistribution, a supporter of free speech and unconventional ideas, the advancement of women, a more casual view of sex, and the support of trade unions.
Liberals supported global institutions, but still believed in the nation-state, and many were quite anti-communist.
A case in point is the late Harvard historian, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
He came from a family of academic historians, was an adviser to President John Kennedy, an admirer, and historian of the New Deal, a winner of a National Humanities Medal, an author of sixteen books, and a Professor at Harvard.
He burst on the scene with a widely regarded book on Jacksonian Democracy.
Imagine how that would fly today?
He was an active Democrat, taking leave from Harvard to advise Democrat Presidential candidates in the 1950s and the 1960s.
With his bow tie and slightly slurred speech, he was a Liberal fixture for decades.
Where would he fit today? Not in the Democrat Party as it is today.
How would we know that? Well, one can’t know for sure as he died in the 1990s, but one of his last books was The Disuniting of America.
We can’t republish the book for you but here are some critical passages:
“The militants of ethnicity contend that the main objection of public education should be the protection, strengthening, celebration, and perpetuation of ethnic origins and identities. Separatism, however, nourishes prejudices, magnifies difference, and stirs antagonism. The consequent increase in ethnic and racial conflict lies behind the hullabaloo over “multiculturalism” and “political correctness,” over the notion that history and literature should be taught not and intellectual disciplines but as therapies whose function is to raise minority self-esteem.
Watching ethnic conflict tear one nation after another apart, one cannot look with complacency at proposals to divide the United States into distinct and immutable ethnic and racial communities, each taught to cherish its own apartness from the rest. One wonders: Will the center hold? Or will the melting pot give way to the Tower of Babel?
The impact of ethnic and racial pressure on our public schools is more troubling. The bonds of national cohesion are sufficiently fragile already. Public education should aim to strengthen those bonds, not to weaken them. If separatist tendencies go on unchecked, the result can only be the fragmentation, resegregation, and tribalization of American life.”
These words were written over thirty years ago and we now know the rest of the story.
Progressives and Democrats have adopted cultural Marxism. This is a movement to divide America and destroy the American idea of ‘out of many one’, enshrined in the term on all American coins, E Pluribus Unum.
Cultural Marxism taught that socialism could not come to the United States with the standard workers divided against the capitalist arguments, but could only come by dividing the country up by sex, race, and ethnicity.
They have been quite successful at pushing this under various guises such as Critical Race Theory and Gender Theory and virtually took over the universities first, and now are down even to the elementary school level.
The good professor was correct. These tendencies have gone unchecked and are resulting in the tribalization of American life. He would no doubt be horrified. But it was Liberals such as he that stood by and abetted this corruption of American education.
Their own willingness to accept new ideas was used as an effective weapon against them and now has created a new intolerance far worse than any problems they may have had with Conservatives of their day.
To his credit, at least he warned about it:
“For history is to the nation rather as memory is to the individual. As an individual deprived of memory becomes disoriented and lost, not knowing where he has been or where he is going, so a nation denied a conception of its past will be disabled in dealing with its present and its future. As the means of defining national identity, history becomes a means of shaping history. The writing of history then turns from meditation into a weapon…”
Our school curriculum is now being used as a weapon against this country and teachers are all too often, carrying the ideological ball for cultural Marxism, with likely little knowledge that they are actually carrying an explosive bomb into our society that will harm us all.
Both Liberals and Conservatives need to unite to stop cultural Marxism.
It will be a battle within these educational institutions and probably require the formation of our own institutions.
Will the real Liberals please stand up?
Gilbert Public Schooled notified 152 certified staff member that they would be without jobs for the 2021-2022 school year. And the announcement sent shock waves throughout Arizona’s public school districts.
Somehow, they didn’t see it coming. Last week, Gilbert Public Schools, one of the largest school districts in Arizona, notified 152 certified staff members that they would be without jobs for the 2021-2022 school year. And the announcement sent shockwaves throughout Arizona’s public school districts.
Parents certainly tried to warn them. They pleaded with their school districts to find safe ways to offer in-person learning. And they threatened to leave for charter schools, private schools, or homeschool if they didn’t.
But the teachers’ unions didn’t want to listen. Instead, they threatened to strike if schools reopened this past fall. And many staged “sick outs” in a sorry attempt to force students to remain online.
All of this despite the fact that multiple schools throughout our state had returned to in-person learning safely.
Now, Gilbert Public Schools (with others likely to follow) is learning a lesson the hard way. Parents don’t like it when schools turn their backs on them and their children. So, they voted with their feet. And enrollment in public schools plummeted.
Gilbert saw approximately 3,900 fewer students than projected. Peoria Unified School District reported a drop in enrollment of over 2,000 students compared to last year. And a recent report from the Arizona Department of Education indicated that enrollment in public schools across the state is down around 6% while charter schools have seen an increase of 9%.
Perhaps the teachers’ unions should take an economics class. Fewer students mean fewer dollars. And fewer dollars mean fewer teachers.
Of course, the Democrats can’t accept this simple principle. Instead of focusing on how to serve students and parents better to boost enrollment, you’ll never guess their proposed solution. Ok. You probably did. They want to dump more money into public schools. That’s right. State representatives like Kelli Butler (D-LD28) actually think rainy day funds will solve the problem until students magically return to public schools.
But what the Democrats fail to realize is that COVID-19 enhanced the importance of school choice while providing an opportunity to revolutionize education. And parents haven’t been content to sit around and allow themselves to be held hostage by the public schools. Some went so far as to create their own solutions, including new ideas like micro-schools and pandemic pods.
That’s why right now is the perfect time to have a real discussion about school funding. Instead of pumping money into schools and school districts that protect their own interests first, Arizona should look to fund students instead of systems. And the state could start by expanding Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA) program. This would allow parents to use their tax dollars for alternative learning solutions, giving families access to the funds needed to tailor an education that best fits their children. And it would do so at a fraction of the cost.
It’s time for Arizona to take the power away from the teachers’ unions and put it in the hands of parents and students. They deserve the best education possible education and the funding to make it happen.
Let’s give our students a solution that’s centered on them. Because if this past year has taught us anything, it’s that they are really the ones who are paying the price.
There are a lot of great books out there on why there is skepticism about climate, simply from a scientific point of view. This is not only warranted by the very nature of science itself, which is to question but makes effective counters to the settled science ideas.
The debate over the drivers of climate should be a scientific one, not agenda-driven. But alas, it is not that way today. As usual, and this ALWAYS COMES FROM LEFTIST THINKING, someone found some way to exploit something to try to push a top-down agenda that seeks control of individuals and conformity to a group-think mentality. It turns into a matter of the relative truths of people that wish to control, vs the absolute truths of Nature and Nature’s God. While doomsday predictions have been with us since the start of time, it is only now they have journeyed from a supernatural cause that involved religion, to a man-made cause that has been made in a way into a religion. Ironic isn’t it? They either deny God is in control, deny God, or say this is what God wants you to do. You can’t make this up.
One of the most amazing side issues here is that the people pushing this advocate for population control by various methods, and then turn around and tell people they are doing it because of concern with future generations. Providing they actually get born.
Phony? Fraud? Fill in your own word. No matter what, it comes out to deception, which is a tool of evil.
But I want to make sure that because I am not mentioning certain books here, that people understand how great those books are.
When I wrote The Weaponization of Weather in the Phony Climate War, I had no idea Marc was writing this book. I used the word “Phony” because it is a Phony War on 2 fronts. 1) That any person would think they are some kind of warrior that is going to save the planet, is an exercise in ego, arrogance, and ignorance. They actually think they are in a combat situation where someone in the act of defending their country, gets killed or maimed? Or even sees or hear of it. Just the act of commitment is beyond anything a bunch of wannabe warriors can even fathom unless they have been to war. I have not been. My wrestling coach at PSU was one of the first men on the beach in Normandy. He knew what was, I did not. Hence the Satiric cover
2) It is phony because it simply uses climate and weather to push an agenda that in and of itself is phony. Marc calls it fraud. One of the phony aspects is the idea that this leftist Utopia is actually progressive, leading to the advancement of man. Its opposite, it leads to the enslavement of man. 2) And this is why Marc’s Book has me overjoyed at its writing and release, it exposes the phoniness (fraud) of a Green new deal, which is neither geared toward Green and is nothing but a raw deal. And the way it is being pushed on people is emblematic of a tyranny that grows harsher by the day.
On this matter in a figurative sense, I feel like John the Baptist with my book, and its content preparing the way for Marc’s book. Check out the chapter list for instance:
I call Marc the Godfather, because, like me, his name ends in a vowel, and don’t throw in the towel when it comes to things we believe to be true. But in terms of really getting out there, Marc obviously is the man. Marc is a policy animal who knows and understands enough about climate and weather to put this together. The book not only wins, but it also wins big.
And he makes the point that this is not about either climate or weather in the very title of the book. Think about this. The idea that the earth is now Greener than it has ever been in the satellite era, and the name of the left’s push is the Green New Deal? How is it Green in the first place if its advocating policies that arguably try to lessen the very element that is causing the greening, co2? Because it is not really about that. And Marc lays it all out in the book, exposing and destroying their missive. It’s the perfect end game, again none of us knew we were writing our books, but somehow all of them tie in so that reading Marc’s book is the natural peak to focus you on how deceptive this all is.
I always try to avoid words like fraud in anything I do. But Marc is right. I think it is a phony “war”. There is no atmospheric Apocalypse coming (hence Michael Schellenberger’s title, Apocalypse Never). The very fact that people would label other people “deniers” of something that they use to improve their forecasts, understanding the variability of climate and weather inherent to the planet, should immediately raise red flags as to whether something is meant for truth or deception. Why would you say that about someone that has made a living using climate and its variability to help him with his forecasting? And why would you stop someone like Marc from using factually referenced items to weave his counters? If he is so wrong, you do not need to shut him up, his words will do it for you. And why do you make it a war?
The Chapter list is a great summary as to where a book is going to take you.
- The Green Raw Deal
- A History: Every New Crisis has the Same “Solution”: Expanding the Size and Power of Government
- Man-Made Climate Change is Not a Threat
- The Details of the Deal
- Europe is Already Enjoying Their Version of the Green New Deal and Its Not Going Well
- The Green New Deal Plagiarizes the Same “Solutions” from Previous Environmental Scares
- The Red New Deal? The Watermelon Cut Open
- Even Many Environmentalists Are Bailing on the Green New Deal
- The Costs to End All Costs
- Energy Mandate Fairy Tale (Michael Moore Shocks the Greens)
- The Covid-Climate Connection: Covid Lockdowns as a Dress Rehearsal for the “Climate Emergency”
Now, this is where our books intersect directly ( Remember Marc is more policy and result oriented, I am more supply evidence for why the weather proves our point). But you can see it Chapter 10 and 11 in my book:
- Exploiting the Children. (side note, I am shocked at the terror k-9 is instilling in our children. That is one thing that motivated me to write a second book)
- Identity Politics Invades the Climate Debate
- The Toxic Politics of the Green New Deal
- The Ultimate Achievement of the Political Left
How Serious is Marc? There are over 90 pages of Notes, a must when we have a media that won’t look at anything. The natural counter to Deception is referenced fact.
So it comes down to this. Are you serious about looking into this issue? Then Green Fraud is a must.
The most the left does with me or Marc or anyone that dares disagree is found some kind of sound bite they can rip. They have no idea what we really know because they assume we know nothing. Comes with the arrogance and ignorance inherent in agendas like this. Well, those who think they know what they know, don’t yet know what they ought to know. So for me, I go and read what people that oppose me are saying, so I can see where they are coming from. I do not fear discussion. If you want the weather counter, the spiritual and political idea behind this, linkage to Covid, and a solution, then mine gets in there. But more important and dare I say, the most important of the bunch is what Marc has just put out. It’s researched, and he nails this. There are over 300 pages chock full of the information you need to know. The references themselves are worth reading over, so you can see what the Godfather has been doing to make this a book you can not refuse. Look at that chapter list. My brief review can not do justice to the volume of information Marc has come up with. You will always have it there for you, ready to reference if called upon to explain the truth on this matter. Some of the leaders in this country that are supposedly trying to stop this steamroller would do well to make sure they had it ready to use. But it is up to you. So make sure you get your hands on this.
It’s crazy, isn’t it? Can you believe all this? But perhaps we were made for a time such as this. Marc’s book is. It’s a book if you are really serious, you can’t refuse.
An Oregon Department of Education newsletter from February promoted an online course designed to “dismantle” instances of “white supremacy culture in the mathematics classroom.” One example of “white supremacy” highlighted by the course was “the concept of mathematics being purely objective,” an idea which the resource stated is “is unequivocally false.”
The program, known as “A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction” describes itself as “an integrated approach to mathematics that centers Black, Latinx, and Multilingual students” that provides “opportunities for ongoing self-reflection as they seek to develop an anti-racist math practice.”
The “feedback advisors” for a portion of the program include William Zahner, who is an associate professor at San Diego State University; Melissa Navarro Martell, who is an assistant professor at San Diego State University, and Elvira Armas, who is the Director of Programs and Partnerships for the Center for Equity for English Learners at Loyola Marymount University in California.
“White supremacy culture infiltrates math classrooms in everyday teacher actions,” the guide states. “Coupled with the beliefs that underlie these actions, they perpetuate educational harm on Black, Latinx, and multilingual students, denying them full access to the world of mathematics.”
The newsletter pitched the program to educators “looking for a deeper dive into equity work,” offering to teach “key tools for engagement, develop strategies to improve equitable outcomes for Black, Latinx, and multilingual students, and join communities of practice.”
The Oregon Department of Communications Director of Communications, Marc Siegel, told Campus Reform that math instruction should be built on an “equitable foundation.”
“Building math instruction on an equitable foundation can better ensure all our students have a pathway to success in math,” Siegel said.
Examples of “white supremacy culture” cited by the document include a focus on “getting the ‘right’ answer” and requiring students to show their work.
Glenn Ricketts, Public Affairs Director for the National Association of Scholars, told Campus Reform that the course illustrates that “no aspect of the educational process at any level is off-limits for the social justice indoctrination.”
“Mathematics was once considered immune: after all, doesn’t 2 + 2 = 4?” Ricketts said. “But as I have read recently, the problem that math and arithmetic insist on correct answers is actually a hidden form of ‘white supremacy,’ as everything else is as well.”
The authors of the program state that “The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so. Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuates objectivity as well as fear of open conflict.”
The materials also instruct teachers to “Choose problems that have complex, competing, or multiple answers” so that students can come up with “at least two answers” in order to “challenge standardized test questions…”
“Often the emphasis is placed on learning math in the ‘real world,’” the toolkit asserts, “as if our classrooms are not a part of the real world. This reinforces notions of either/or thinking because math is only seen as useful when it is in a particular context. However, this can result in using mathematics to uphold capitalist and imperialist ways of being and understandings of the world.”
The course challenges teachers to “center ethnomathematics,” which includes recognizing how communities of color engage in mathematics and exposing students to “examples of people who have used math as resistance.”
“ODE stands behind the value that high-quality, rigorous mathematics instruction must be prioritized for every student in Oregon,” Siegal said. “These goals are shared by many of our professional education partners across the state. The training opportunity shared in the Math Educator Update reminds teachers what we know is true in teaching all students: that high expectations, high-quality content, and strong relationships with students and families lead to substantive increases in student achievement.”
According to the project glossary, the authors cite critical race theorists like Ibram Kendi and Robin DiAngelo for definitions of terms like “Antiracist” and “Whiteness.” Throughout the document, teachers are encouraged to incorporate “antiracist” math education into their classrooms.
National Association of Scholars Director of Research David Randall also condemned the program, saying that “the teaching of such ideologies as Critical Race Theory or so-called Anti-Racism” is an intrusion of “totalitarian ideology into the classroom” and a “crippling waste of classroom time that will leave all students less knowledgeable.”
“None of these should be in any aspect of education, as they will produce a generation indoctrinated and ignorant,” Randall said. “The most dangerous aspects are requirements to teach such materials–K-12 requirements imposed by state education departments, departmental and university course requirements, and education school graduation requirements. But the voluntary choice of teachers to use such materials is nearly as damaging.”
Randall argued that the Oregon curriculum is only the most recent expression of a long-term trend.
“When NAS was founded back in 1987, the problem of politicized curricula was largely confined to college courses, and we thought that it was a serious problem then,” Randall explained. “But things have worsened considerably since those distant beginnings and, as a result of the relentless emphasis on ‘social justice’ many students now come to college already indoctrinated, with all of the ‘right’ answers.”
“As for preparation in the professions,” Randall added, “I think the only thing the kinds of courses we’ve been discussing here qualify one for is social activism and an inflated sense of his own importance. It certainly won’t prepare anyone for engineering, foreign language competence or systematic thinking.”
Siegel told Campus Reform that the materials are “an optional professional learning tool for educators looking to better engage students and improve outcomes for students of color and multilingual learners.”
“Cultural context is helpful for all of our students in learning. Not all tools provided by A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction may make sense for each individual school; the content is simply to generate new ideas for engagement and strategies for educators,” Siegel said.
A culture is far deeper than politics. It’s a national identity encompassing history, education, arts and entertainment, science, health, relationships … everything constituting the core values of any country.
Individualism has traditionally been the common denominator anchoring all other aspects of America’s cultural distinctiveness. Valuing sovereignty of the individual makes American culture exceptional; therefore, “Cancel Culture” warrants attention.
It is understood that “cancelling” individuals, books, monuments, etc. is a form of banishment because they express something objectionable or offensive. Objectionable or offensive to whom follows, but let’s now focus on the “culture” part. In essence, cancelling someone or something means erasing behavior or beliefs which really means erasing ideas.
Remember Barack Obama’s 2008 Obama-Biden-ticket presidential campaign statement, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming [basically changing] the United States of America.”
Now, President Biden’s continuation of “transforming” America also includes “cancelling” ideas. So: America is “basically changing” into what, and who’s doing the transforming and cancelling? What seems to be a “re-imagination” of an idyllic Utopia, and the transforming-cancelling is effectuated by the socially agitated and politically aggressive “Woke.” *
Utopia has meant different idyllic “places” for different purposes. Sir Thomas Moore first coined the term (as a pun) by taking the Greek ou-topos — “no place” — and combining it with eu-topos — “a good place.” So, ironically, Utopia means that in reality a good place is nowhere.
Marx sold communism as a workers’ Utopia. Hitler sold fascism as Aryan Utopia. Today’s power-players are selling socialism as nondiscriminatory, non-merit-oriented, equity-for-all Utopia.
Of course, we know from the Bible’s Garden of Eden story that even Adam and Eve’s idyllic Utopia vanished once their real human nature (free will) was activated by exercising choice (eating the apple) and gaining knowledge (carnal sex and the existential world).
Communism, fascism, and socialism differ in name only. In practice they are identical because they all are collectivist social systems powered by an “elite” who control the economy, the means of production, and the cultural zeitgeist.
But since outright communism (Russia) and fascism (Germany) failed, the largest socialist organization in the United States — the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) — has to be more inventive in selling their brand of collectivism. The organization is a member of Socialists International which reveals global aspirations, but its name cleverly obscures the presently active but hidden agenda for America.
From the DSA’s official website (operative words in bold):
We [Democratic Socialists] are socialists because we share a vision of a humane international social order based both on democratic planning and market mechanisms to achieve equitable distribution of resources, meaningful work, a healthy environment, sustainable growth, gender and racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships.
Translation: voters put us in power (democratic), but we share a vision to control globalized planning, execution of production, and distribution of goods; we define “meaningful”; we decide what is healthy and sustainable; we demand preferences for those we decide need “equality” (we define equality); and we decide who is oppressing whom.
Who now paves the way and keeps the socialists in power? The “Woke” and the implementation of “cancelling” America’s culture of individualism. Woke activists find or create what can be sold to an ignorant/apathetic/indoctrinated public as racial-social discrimination or injustices while encouraging certain fabricated-into-group-members to become victims and assuring that others of different fabricated-into-group-members are made to feel guilty about the victimization…..
* Must-read companion books: George Orwell’s “1984” is a brilliant (and chilling) fictional tale of the future endgame for tyrants everywhere. Evan Sayet’s “The Woke Supremacy” is a brilliant (and chilling) examination of America’s current real-life fast-step march to reach the endgame of tyranny here and now.
It has often been said that you learn more from failure than from success.
We don’t doubt the wisdom in that observation. So, if it is true, we need to look at the state of American Conservatism today. This is the movement that supports the Constitution, the ideas of limited government, personal liberty, personal responsibility, free markets and the Judeo-Christian ethic.
Conservatives over the years have created an impressive array of think tanks, publications, and books. We have had some success at politics. But even as we have succeeded politically on occasion, the broader battle for the soul of the nation has gone against us.
We have failed. It is not a partial failure either. It has been a rout across a broad swath of institutions and public attitudes. Only in the recognition of that failure is it possible to move forward.
Part of the reason Trump could come out of nowhere to defeat multiple primary opponents and the Clinton machine was that people were frustrated with the current Conservative leadership. That leadership had failed us. It is a time for a realistic assessment of where we are in this ideological battle.
Conservatives have lost the universities and the secondary and primary schools. We have lost the metropolitan newspapers, Facebook, Twitter, sports, Hollywood, Broadway, popular music, museums, classical music, art, magazines ranging from men’s health to teenage girls, most of the network news organizations, book publishing, most of the mainline churches, comedy, large parts of the medical profession and healthcare and many large corporations. No doubt we left some things out but you get the point.
While small business still leans our way, we have even lost the Chamber of Commerce. Big business not only sides mostly with Democrats, they openly insult us with left-wing political and absurd “woke” messages in their advertising.
Increasingly, even the institutions of the military and our intelligence agencies are now largely under the sway of our opponent’s thinking. We have largely lost the courts and the permanent bureaucracy that controls our way of life. We have lost much on the county and city levels as well, with many major cities under Democratic dominance for a half-century.
The many local tyrants have been revealed even in more conservative jurisdictions by their response to the Covid crisis and their embrace of lockdown policies. A paradigm example of this is the governor of New Jersey, who when challenged by a reporter about his policies, admitted that it never occurred to him to consult the Bill of Rights.
Talk radio and independent publications such as The Prickly Pear remain the only areas where Conservatives hold sway.
We have been outsmarted by our opponents. While we sincerely disagree with them, one has to admire their ability to stay in the fight and persevere for the past century, their ability to organize, fundraise, and promote their own within our cultural institutions. They are serious about advancing their ideas, are willing to be ruthless and cunning while Conservatives tend to be passive because of their inherent desire to be left alone and to leave others alone.
We can learn much from our opponents from their success and our failure.
The success of the left is they realized early that they must capture the schools and the major organs of communication in society. They have been working on that for a century. Conservatives backed the opposition to international communism, and many paid with their lives doing so. The irony is, we largely won the war abroad but lost the war at home.
Collectivists of all stripes are easier to organize because they are collectivists. Conservatives are like trying to herd cats. Our fierce independence is both our strength and weakness. You just don’t see Democrats cave on vital issues like you see Republicans. They understand that politics is a team sport.
It is said that politics is downstream from culture. What does it say then for America’s future when a former stripper has 70 million followers and is solicited by a political party to interview a Presidential candidate? We of course are referring to Cardi B, the rap “artist.” Maybe you are unfamiliar with her work. Click here to see the lyrics of her hit WAP (Wet Ass P..sy) of last summer.
Given this cultural effluent, if politics is indeed downstream from culture, we have a problem, don’t we?
The good news is despite the Left’s control of the schools and of culture, at least half the population remains on the Conservative side of the spectrum. We expect that quite a few old-fashioned Liberals will be coming our way as the Left accelerates its use of violence, intimidation, social canceling of any and all opponents of their declared socialist agenda.
Leftism is really a secular religion. If you are outside the canons of their racial guilt (the white man’s exclusive original sin), you are a heretic to be shamed and persecuted. Some on the left are now even talking about re-education camps for those that don’t follow. But Americans don’t like being pushed around and one of Trump’s most attractive characteristics was that he fought back. In doing so, he spoke for many Americans who could not find their own voice.
Perhaps progressive education is so inherently bad that the propaganda isn’t sticking or Conservatism tends to emerge spontaneously from those maturing, raising families, and engaging in commerce. This has been observed for years. Whatever the factors are at play, it is remarkable given the Progressive dominance on the idea conveyor belt, that we are still even in the fight.
There is an aphorism of some truth, that has been incorrectly attributed to Churchill, Clemenceau, and even John Adams that goes something like: “If you are not a Liberal when you are 20, you have no heart. If you are not a Conservative when you are 40, you have no brain.”
The disagreement is, after all, about the nature of man. It takes a while to see how people interact with each other over a period of years and circumstances to form an opinion. A more realistic view comes with experience and maturity.
If you believe man is basically good, then concentrating power in a few to rule over others is not a problem. If you think mankind must constantly struggle against a flawed nature, then you are skeptical about allowing power to concentrate anywhere (the Founders knew this so well). That includes multinational corporations that snuggle close to the government. And it is equally true of multinational corporations that snuggle close to the Chinese Communist dictatorship.
So, the good news is that there is still a substantial remnant of alienated, unappreciated and ignored people who do not like the direction our culture and politics are going.
They are silent for the most part and intimidated. Right now, they are a bit depressed as well.
We at The Prickly Pear hope to wake them up, inspire them, educate them, embolden them and get them in the fight.
Some question if there is still a “silent majority”, but evidence suggests it still exists. After all, with all the forces of media against President Trump, he received about 74 million (legitimate) votes. He may have even won the election, but it would appear the Left outsmarted us when it came to election integrity.
We are discouraged that so many individuals on the liberty side of the political spectrum don’t feel election integrity is more important. That issue needs immediate work. Why a Conservative venue like the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal acquiesces is astonishing.
This is no time to be silent. It is time to rise up and let your voices be heard. Even though the Presidential election was “lost”, good progress was made in the House. The most enduring thing that might come out of this election mess is a stronger backbone among Republicans as it relates to election integrity.
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In future articles, we will explore what we have done wrong as Conservatives and what we may be able to do better. But for now, we have to recognize what we have been doing is not working. The other side is winning.
We must overcome the natural aversion to action that plagues Conservatives. We don’t wish to rule others and we reject being ruled. For the most part, all we want is ordered liberty and to be left alone.
But we are past the time to ‘consider’ fighting back. It was Edmund Burke, considered by many to be the first modern Conservative who said, “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
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Have courage. The election mess is a temporary event. It will only do lasting damage if you concede defeat in your own mind.
Refusing to accept responsibility for Covid-related lockdowns, the American Federation of Teachers tars Republicans.
In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a Republican, correctly blamed the nation’s teachers unions for the overwrought Covid-related lockdowns that have strangled public education throughout much of the country. The American Federation of Teachers took umbrage at the column and countered with a Tweet, “Teachers, staff, and the unions behind them are not a barrier to schools reopening. We are a barrier to staff and students being put in danger for Republican talking points.”
No, not a Babylon Bee entry. The union actually thinks that Republicans pose a greater threat to children than the lockdowns, which have now been with us for just about a year, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the CDC is urging the nation’s elementary and secondary schools to reopen as soon as possible. At the same time, The New York Times “Asked 175 Pediatric Disease Experts if It Was Safe Enough to Open School.” The experts, mostly pediatricians focusing on public health, “largely agreed that it was safe enough for schools to be open to elementary students for full-time and in-person instruction now. Some said that was true even in communities where Covid-19 infections were widespread, as long as basic safety measures were taken.”
Maybe they were Republican scientists and pediatricians? Hardly. In fact, many liberals in government and the mainstream media are now pillorying the unions over their intransigence.
For example, veteran New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, a self-described progressive, is demanding that schools reopen now. In an opinion piece last week, he blamed “Democratic governors and mayors who too often let schools stay closed even as bars opened.” He also stressed that they have “presided over one of the worst blows to the education of disadvantaged Americans in history. The result: more dropouts, less literacy and numeracy, widening race gaps, and long-term harm to some of our most marginalized youth.”
In San Francisco, where unicorns outnumber Republicans, the city is suing the school district over its refusal to reopen. The lawsuit, filed in February, claims that the “number of suicidal children in San Francisco has hit a record high and health experts say it is clear that keeping public schools closed ‘is catalyzing a mental health crisis among school-aged children.’”
Also, the hardly Republican Los Angeles Times editorial board is not happy with the ongoing shuttering of schools. In “L.A. Unified is officially out of excuses for keeping elementary schools closed,” the editors insist that Superintendent Austin Beutner “needs to put on his big-boy pants, reopen schools and demand that teachers return or risk their jobs.”
Chicago progressive Democratic mayor Lori Lightfoot has been butting heads with the Chicago Teachers Union over school reopenings. In a recent interview, she suggested that the obstinance of the union revolves around its aspirations to become “something akin to a political party” and that “ultimately, they’d like to take over not only Chicago Public Schools, but take over running the city government.”
Parents of all political stripes have reached the end of their rope. Ad hoc groups of moms and dads are out in the streets demanding that their schools reopen. Open Schools California and Reopen California Schools have thousands of members statewide. The groups have called for campuses to reopen, want more transparency from school districts, and a seat at the table to discuss reopening plans.
Saturday, calling out the United Teachers of Los Angeles, hundreds of parents gathered at the Federal Building in West L.A. and demanded that LAUSD reopen. Now.
The teacher’s unions claim that we must have a boatload of cash to reopen – for masks, updated ventilation systems, and other Covid-related adjustments. But in reality, not much money is really needed. As policy analyst, Inez Stepman writes, only five percent of private schools across the country started all-virtual this fall. She adds that “the average private school tuition (is) substantially lower than average public school per-pupil funding (about $11,000 to public schools’ $14,000), they’ve received only a tiny fraction of the federal and state aid that has been available to public schools.”
While the unions demand online-only learning in public schools, many families are bidding adieu to the Educational Industrial Complex. Data released in February show California k-12 public schools have dropped by a record 155,000 students. Nationally, untold millions have dropped out of their public schools.
So it is hardly a surprise that a survey of 160 independent schools reveals that private schools are picking up the slack. Researchers found that of the 160 independent schools, “121 are currently open full time, for face-to-face learning. The remaining 39 are on some sort of hybrid schedule…” Additionally, Education Week reported in November that, pre-Covid, about 3 percent of children nationwide were homeschooled. But this year, that number tripled to 10 percent. No telling where that number is now.
The lockdowns have opened Pandora’s box. While some parents are indeed afraid of sending their kids to school, many are not. And it’s the latter group who has been sending their kids to private schools in increasing numbers. This bodes well for the parental choice movement that is gathering steam in many states across the country. More on this soon.