Brainwashing by the American Academy; i.e., Public Schools and Universities…

Fred Siegel's The Revolt Against the Masses

Fred Siegel’s The Revolt Against the Masses

“Students who had imbibed postmodernism [All who attend the American Academy: Public Schools and universities] left college with the sense that while they had been enlightened, the workaday middle class was drowning in illusions. Worse yet, they found it difficult to credit the average Joe and Jill with a sincere but different point of view, because they had learned, after much study, that alternative opinions were merely masks for racism, sexism, and homophobia. Mocking cultural relativism, philosopher Ernest Gellner quipped that “because all knowledge is dubious, being theory-saturated/ethnocentric/paradigm-dominated/Interest-linked (please choose your own preferred variant …), the anguish-ridden author…can put forward whatever he pleases.” Epistemological hypochondria might have led to an intellectual and political modesty, as illustrated by the aphorism, “when the candles are away, all cats are gray.” But it didn’t.”

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“Postmodernism was the Indian rope trick of academia an intellectual slight of hand that can’t withstand scrutiny.” The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 178.

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“Translated into the political world, the defense of affirmative action, black power, and various other burgeoning “rights” produced a game of “heads I win, tails you lose,” as analyst of civil right law John Rosenberg described it. Through their spokespeople and the clerisy, the protected classes were encouraged to complain of discrimination on the basis of either equal or unequal treatment.” ─The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 179.

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