What you read below is about – demonstrating for all to see —- The Power of Shaming…
This is about Institutional Lynch Mob Justice to establish Thought Discipline.
This is meant to send a message to everyone who witnesses it — If you dare cross what they deem Intellectually Acceptable —- You are — Fair Game…
In the fall of 2014, junior faculty member Cheryl Abbate told a student, who secretly recorded the exchange, that his defense of man-woman marriage was an unacceptable topic in her ethics class and compared his views to racism. She said, “You can have whatever opinions you want but I can tell you right now, in this class homophobic comments, racist comments, and sexist comments will not be tolerated.” And then she told the student he should drop the class.
On this very popular blog, Professor McAdams outed the incident and charged the teaching assistant with “using a tactic typical among liberals now. Opinions with which they disagree are not merely wrong, and are not to be argued against on their merits, but are deemed ‘offensive’ and need to be shut up.”
A firestorm ensued that pitted the academic freedom of McAdams against the leftist pieties of the officially “Catholic” institution.
The teaching assistant is said to have gotten mean emails, though she was hailed as a liberal hero and went on to a tenure track position at another university. McAdams was brought up on charges. (Breitbart Big Government)
At one time, the rallying cry on campus was Freedom and Rights for all.
Now that they control Academia — Tyranny is more Humanistic.
It was announced this week that a “diverse” faculty committee recommended to the university president that McAdams be suspended without pay from April 1 through the fall of 2016 and that he lose his job unless he admits “guilt” and apologized “within the next two weeks.”
Mao would have forced him to march around the university square to be Shamed by faculty, staff, and student body alike, whether they fired him or not…
In the People’s Republic of China, self-criticism, called ziwo pipan (自我批判) or jiǎntǎo (检讨) in Chinese, is an important part of Maoist practice.
Such sessions could be elaborate, public and frequent, and included denunciations. Under the Khmer Rouge, self-criticism sessions were known as rien sot, meaning “religious education“. In his memoir The Gate,François Bizot recalls observing the Khmer Rouge engaging in frequent self-criticism to reinforce group cohesion during his imprisonment in rural Cambodia in 1971. (Self-Criticism Sessions in Communist Tyranny)
Show Trials + Public Shaming + Forced Confessions among peers are —- a Hallmark of Dictatorially Regimes around the Earth throughout recorded History…
Welcome to North Korea…
“you [must] express deep regret for the harm suffered by our former graduate student and instructor, Ms. Abbate.”
The ever quotable and crusty McAdams compared the demand to the “Inquisition, in which victims who ‘confessed’ they had been consorting with Satan and spreading heresy would be spared execution.” He called the demand a violation of “black letter guarantees of academic freedom embodied in University statutes.” (Breitbart)
If you want to see this spelled out Intellectually:
Read Discipline/Punish by Michael Foucault.
In it, you will find that Progressivism seeks a return to the Feudalism of the Middle Ages in culture as well as Socialist, “Community-oriented” economic theory:
[In Early-Modern Western Culture] many of these non-corporal penalties were accompanied by additional penalties that involved a degree of torture…
Torture is a technique; it is not an extreme expression of lawless rage.
…It must mark the victim: it is intended, either by the scar it leaves on the body, or by the spectacle that accompanies it, to brand the victim with infamy;
even if its function is to ‘purge””’ the crime, torture does not reconcile;
it traces around or, rather, on the very body of the condemned man signs that must not be effaced;
PC-Culture has reached the Terminal Stage now that Progressivism has become the overwhelmingly dominant Ideology of the Entertainment, Academic, and News institutions in the United States and Western European-dominated Intellectualism.
Along with the power of the state to “Redistribute” Wealth — (read: “Control” who has it) — as was done under Feudalism prior to the rise of Democracy and Industrialization — the power of the State and Institutions to exercise Shaming via Public Displays of Humiliation — or loss of control over the individual’s emotional or physical heath – was far more intended to — influence witnesses of the personal carnage — than it was to punish the victim.
Welcome to the Dark Ages 2.0…
Onward and upward…