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Kunstler: Coercion Meets Its Match

Public Policy

Like the fabled spring zephyr came news that the Golden Golem of Greatness, (a.k.a. President Trump) signed an executive order that would withhold federal funding from colleges and universities that do not demonstrate support for free speech. It has been an amazement to behold the appalling, hypocritical suppression of the first amendment on campuses across the nation, with their ignoble speech codes, asinine safe spaces, sinister kangaroo courts, and racist anti-whiteness crusades.

Most wondrous of all has been the failure of college presidents, deans, trustees, and faculty chairs to assert their authority and do the right thing — namely, take a stand against the arrant muzzling of free expression by campus Stalinists. Their craven passivity is a symptom of what future historians will identify as the epic institutional collapse of higher education, which first made itself into an industry like any other moneygrubbing business, and then became a titanic racketeering operation. And now it is all coming to grief.

In the years ahead, you will see colleges go out of business at a shocking rate and the contagion will spread to the giant state systems around the country. In my little region alone, several colleges have published their own obituaries in the last few months: Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont; Southern Vermont College in Bennington; and Hampshire College over in Amherst, MA (which is desperately searching for a buyout). That’s just the beginning of a wave of closures that will send tens of thousands of academic hierophants flooding the unemployment offices while sleeping in their cars.

It’s not hard to see how this fiasco developed and blossomed. In the 1960s, when I was in college, Marxism offered a neat, pre-engineered template for opposing the odious Establishment that blundered into the Vietnam War. Students then at least had skin in the game: the threat of getting drafted into the army and shipped over to die in the jungle for a senseless conflict. In fact, many young men unsuited for college took refuge there to evade the military. Then, with a bull market in Boomer Generation PhDs, the faculties were soon filled with the former Sixties radicals.

Many were Boomer women, who set out to explain and correct the evolving relations of men and women in the office workplace of the day. By then the war was over. The sick economy of the 1970s put an end to the ability of men to support a family and more women were forced to enter the office environment. Meanwhile radical progressivism needed an ever-fresh supply of new aggrieved parties to justify its agitation against the old Marxist bugbears of bourgeois values and structural oppression — and incidentally fuel academic careers. Hence, the multiplication of victims into handy intersectional categories.

By the 1980s, it also became evident that 60s civil rights legislation to end Jim Crow laws had not solved the quandaries of race in America, and that disappointment refreshed the progressive crusade to heal the world of injustice and inequality. Every other effort to produce equal outcomes for different categories of people had also proved disappointing, so now progressives resort to plain coercion to force equal outcomes at all costs, and nowhere is that behavior more overt than on campus the past decade.

The delusion that everybody must have a college education finally turned Higher Ed into a racket, when the federal government decided to guarantee college loans — which only prompted colleges to ramp up tuitions way beyond the official inflation rate and undertake massive expansion programs in the competition for the expanding base of student customer-borrowers. Almost all colleges acted as facilitators to this loan racket, though with federal guarantees they had no skin in that game. Now, outstanding student loan debt is $1.5 trillion, and about 40 percent of it is nonperforming, in euphemistic banker jargon. The student borrowers have been fleeced, many of them financially destroyed for life, and they have only begun to express themselves politically.

The anxiety and remorse behind that dastardly financial behavior, and the prospect of coming institutional ruin, is probably a big factor behind the engineered social justice hysterias that paradoxically made college campuses the most intellectually unfree — and intellectually unsafe! —places in the land. And turned all those college presidents into cowards and cravens. Since coercion is the only behavior modification college administrators understand these days, it’s reasonable that Mr. Trump use federal grant largesse as a lever to end the structural despotism of campus culture. The stumbling economy will take care of the rest.


63 Comments on "Kunstler: Coercion Meets Its Match"

  1. Cloggie on Sun, 24th Mar 2019 5:27 pm 

    Another giant defeat of The Deep state aka “The Swamp”:

    “‘It’s a complete EXONERATION’: Angry Trump says Russia probe ‘was an illegal takedown that failed’ after Robert Mueller clears him and his campaign of colluding with Moscow and Attorney General Barr decides there’s not enough evidence to charge him with obstruction of justice”

    The Washington Clouseau’s are clearly losing it. Two years investigation resulting in exactly nothing.

  2. Ghost on Mon, 25th Mar 2019 10:05 am 

    The insanity of people who actually watch MSNBC and CNN is the fuel that drives the fakeness. They just don’t know any better, they were never told, and never learned to think for themselves!

  3. Cloggie on Mon, 25th Mar 2019 5:00 pm 

    Monday night…

    “May SHELVES third vote on her deal due to ‘lack of support’ after DUP snub – but vows to FIGHT rebel MPs’ plan to take control of Brexit tonight and says she could ignore their attempt to force a soft exit from the EU”

    May is finished.

    New Silk Road latest: China buys 300 Airbus A320 and A350 (30 billion euro)

    Tens of further business contract between China and France/Italy.

    “Ever closer union”: Germany and French parliaments build a merged new parliament together with 100 members:

    Even the German buddies of the US Democrats, der Spiegel, has to admit that the Democrats shot themselves majestically in the foot. This could cost them 2020:

    “Verzockt” (Gambled away).

  4. Cloggie on Mon, 25th Mar 2019 5:26 pm 

    The prime evangelist of a white ethno-state on US soil, Richard Spencer, had an interesting and somewhat amical debate last weekend with a jewish podcaster:

    At ca. 1:19:00 it gets interesting. The jewish host claims that regarding 2020, in the age bracket between 18-35, the white liberal voters has shifted “8 points to the right over the passed 2 years” (I assume on a scale of 1-100?).

    The host concludes that the 2020 campaign will result in a open debate on race.

    In 2020, Texas will turn blue.

    The host suggests that in a couple of years the situation will develop towards a climax.

  5. I AM THE MOB on Mon, 25th Mar 2019 5:41 pm 


    You should be a teacher with your excellent research and sources like the daily mail and amateur youtube videos..I am surprised you haven’t been approached to be a professor somewhere.. /s

  6. Cloggie on Mon, 25th Mar 2019 5:57 pm 

    I AM a teacher… and you are the pupil.

  7. Davy on Mon, 25th Mar 2019 6:00 pm 

    “The prime evangelist of a white ethno-state on US soil, Richard Spencer, had an interesting and somewhat amical debate last weekend with a jewish podcaster:”

    Cloggo, you are about as divorced as they come to real American life. When you engross yourself with these wack jobs your fantasy mechanisms go wild. Maybe this is why you are so 20/7 whacked out over BS.

  8. Davy on Mon, 25th Mar 2019 6:06 pm 

    “MSNBC Anchor On Avenatti Arrest: “My Head Is Officially Going To Explode” zero hedge

    “Monday has probably been the single most embarrassing day for members of “the resistance” and their partners in the cable news media since Nov. 7, 2016. Not only did Pulitzer prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald trash the Russian collusion narrative as a “total fraud and scam” and “the saddest media spectacle I’ve ever seen,” but the arrest of former Stormy Daniels attorney, one-time 2020 wannabe and prominent Trump antagonist Michael Avenatti has sent cable news reporters combing through their feeds to hastily delete any embarrassing tweets and photos.”

    “Before Avenatti’s myriad personal scandals – ranging from physical abuse to stiffing former employees – finally caught up with him, he was a darling on left-leaning shows that aligned themselves with the “#resistance” – mostly on MSNBC and CNN. And now that he has been indicted by two different sets of federal prosecutors (on opposing coasts, no less) for trying to extort more than $20 million from Nike (a blue-chip company, no less), these same journalists who cozied up to Avenatti and helped inflate his presidential ambitions now find themselves in an extremely awkward position.”

    “Understandably, Avenatti’s arrest, which seemingly came out of nowhere, was a lot to process for the pundit set. And no one articulated this sense of frustration and utter embarrassment better than MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi, who said Monday afternoon that his “head is going to officially explode” after news that Avenatti had been arrested on charges of extortion, bank fraud and embezzling money from clients broke. “My head is officially going to explode,” Velshi said to NBC News Investigations reporter Tom Winter. “I don’t understand what this is about.” Velshi then complimented Avenatti, calling him “one of the finest people in American in terms of his ability to garner publicity”… which of course is largely thanks to organizations like CNN and, drumroll, MSNBC, who for a year were delighted in granting him a generous podium to address the nation. To put all of this in context: Avenatti was booked on cable news shows – primarily CNN and MSNBC – roughly 200 times in 2018. That’s a lot of air time for America’s favorite “creepy porn lawyer.”

  9. Anonymouse on Mon, 25th Mar 2019 6:09 pm 

    A lunatic(and his sock), calling a brain-damaged jew troll, that he is nuts.

    You cant make this stuff up. Well the exceptionalturd is pretty good at making stuff up, he’s had plenty of practice after all. Credit where it is due an all that. CloggenYID is no slouch at pulling things out of his kike ass either. Probably why you and him have bonded so tightly.

    Go back to calling him nederliar or nedernazi even. When you do that, it tickles his fake personas fancy. Makes him feel as if he is accomplishing something.

  10. Cloggie on Mon, 25th Mar 2019 6:21 pm 

    Midnight in Europe. In Britain the government no longer governs, parliament has taken over. Party-discipline no longer exists. What follows is a series of “indicative votes” where MPs can freely bring in proposals and next vote on it (non-binding) on an individual cross-party basis to at least get a feeling of what majorities do exist, if any.

    PM May has lost control. The point is that the only options that don’t require renegotiation with Brussels are:

    – no-deal
    – Barnier-Raab deal
    – revoke article 50 and Remain

    Parliament can’t just vote for “Norway” or “Canada” and expect Brussels to go along.

    They won’t.

    No deal Brexit is coming closer and closer.
    The question is: does parliament have the nerve to turn its majority refusal for a no-deal Brexit into bluntly revoking article 50 and stay in the EU, referendum be damned.

    Hopefully not.

    Everybody in Europe is sick and tired of Brexit.


  11. Davy on Mon, 25th Mar 2019 6:26 pm 

    anonymouse, your buddy lying juanPee is in depression. Maybe you should focus on helping him out being you are the sock doctor. LOL. Anon, you are the biggest douchebag to ever comment here. You are beyond normal and really just noise. I am so glad you and your other rabid anti-American Canadians have mostly dissolved away. It won’t be long and you will be gone too.

  12. Cloggie on Mon, 25th Mar 2019 6:26 pm 

    It’s now clear what happened with the Boeing 737 Max planes:

    Chrome > right-click > translate into [your language]

  13. Cloggie on Mon, 25th Mar 2019 6:28 pm

    “Rebel MPs seize control of Brexit: Three ministers quit as 29 Tories defy Theresa May on historic night of drama in the Commons that sets up plot to hold ‘indicative votes’ that could force a softer exit from the EU”

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