October 16th, 2013

The day the university died

A trip back in time to the epicenter: Cornell, 1969.

As Allan Bloom wrote:

…[S]tudents discovered that pompous teachers who catechized them about academic freedom could, with a little shove, be made into dancing bears.

It was a turning point, and we’ve never looked back. And I don’t mean that in a good way.

13 Responses to “The day the university died”

  1. Ymarsakar Says:

    The ancients with their song, music, and stories told orally and from mouth to mouth, knew what worked to produce social order and obedience. Whether or not they even knew why it worked, they just knew it did.

    We will see who “dies” in the end, though. There’s always a second chance, so with life, there is always hope.

  2. Ymarsakar Says:

    There are a lot of people who talk about “violence being the last resort” and how violence isn’t the answer.

    They sound like they live in fantasy land. Violence is already here in the US. They just don’t want to look at the truth. Like the Leftists in 1960s, who got power from the communists working on education in 1930s, violence is the answer and when it is the first answer, it becomes the most effective answer.

    WACO was surrounded and subjugated to a burning, of everyone in it, women, men, and children. This is the Left.

    In response, black students burned hundreds of copies of the offending issue, and the administration did nothing about the destruction of property or the suppression of free speech. Rawlings condemned the article as “race-baiting, stereotyping, and intentionally degrading attacks” but didn’t protest or investigate the paper burnings. When Ying Ma, the Review’s president, tried to speak in its defense at a hearing, protesters forcibly held her back from a microphone, while others threw a basket of burning papers at her face. Several Review staffers also received death threats.

    They think Americans are too full of cowardice and 1930s subversive weakening, to counter violence with violence. They think Americans are too weak to do anything effective, given their entire authority chain has been subverted by Communism from 1930s, before and after.

    There’s even now, people talking about “violence being the last resort”. Usually when that is the case, it’s because the attempt to surrender to the barbarians have failed, all the time that would have contributed to victory, and then people settle on violence then complain when it doesn’t work.

    What’s funny is that the weapons are still alive and kicking. Not only that:

    At Cornell earlier this year, the university marked the 40th anniversary of the AAS standoff with a campuswide celebration that featured former AAS leader Thomas Jones (now an investment banker).

    It’s like they don’t realize we know they are getting rich by subjugating American patriots or something. It’s like they think at the final, last resort, violence won’t come for them, because they think they are “masters of violence”. If that perception is an illusion, it is only an illusion because too many Americans are too Weak to utilize violence. They are still waiting for a “leader” or an “authority” to tell them what to do.

  3. mizpants Says:

    How terrible the sixties seem in retrospect — more and more so, the older I get. It was truly the opening of a Pandora’s box. The anarchic glee looks diabolical from here. I used to nod vaguely when people waxed nostalgic about that time. Now I leave the room.

  4. Ray Says:

    I started college in 1960 and we used to joke that there was nothing more cowardly than a college president. They were a really craven lot. As Winston Churchill said,
    “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.”

  5. Beverly Says:

    I went to Vanderbilt in the 1970s, and we used to laugh at the campuses who had all this radical BS going on. I was among the “GDIs” (g-d independents), not in a sorority. Half the student body was Greek (i.e., in a fraternity or sorority), and country-club conservative. The professors were probably all libbies, but they never put their politics into the classroom.

    BUT: nowadays? even without the violent upheaval and protests and racist Mau-Mauing, Vanderbilt has been rotted from within by the same leftist rot — you read their catalogue and their PR materials, and it’s the same bilge you get anywhere else.

    Solzhenitsyn said that when the state police came to drag people off to the gulag, if only the people had realized they greatly outnumbered them and had risen up, grabbing whatever weapons they had to hand, they could have overwhelmed them all. But they all cowered separately in their miserable flats, dreading the knock on their individual doors.

  6. Paul in Boston Says:

    “But they all cowered separately in their miserable flats, dreading the knock on their individual doors.”

    Yep, that’s the real point of the second amendment, isn’t it?

    I doubt that the people of the US would give up so easily, it’s not in their genes. There’d be a gun behind every blade of grass once that kind of repression was attempted.

  7. Richard Aubrey Says:

    Paul.
    Not to be paranoid or anything, but you have to know the repression is happening. What if somebody resists the legal but hideously corrupt Civil Asset Forfeiture, begun because the cops want his stuff? Is the State’s further action toward him repression or not?

  8. Ymarsakar Says:

    What if you got disappeared and dropped into the Mariana Trench, do you think the media would report it if they were ordered to divert the public’s attention?

    Your family may be out looking, but that’s the same deal as the family that lost their girl in Aruba to date raping locals.

  9. Ymarsakar Says:

    The 2nd Amendment doesn’t guarantee virtue or organization of a resistance. It just makes it much harder for the government to crack down on the resistance’s ability to resist. However, that was before the internet and various other modern technologies.

    For example, if you are organizing your local neighborhood’s self defense militia against Leftist goons, thugs, and enforcement officers, all they have to do to take you out is:

    1. Find child porn on your computer, which they may or may not have put there.

    2. Have your neighbor report your house as being a drug haven, they’ll bust in with no knock warrants via SWAT and execute you, when you get your guns up, as “resisting the police”.

    3. Character assassinate you on facebook.

    4. Make you disappear.

    5. Find ways to sue you over ethics violations or code violations. Forcing bankruptcy.

    6. Various other harassments to keep you too busy to organize any response to the APCs and tanks they roll in.

    7. Infiltrate your group with their goons, commit crimes, and blame it on the existence of the group.

    These days an effective way to keep under the government radar is to conduct cell based operations, distributed networks, and non centrally organized forces. Though the FBI’s current anti terrorist intel gathering is still sufficient even to weed out terror cells before 2008, except for the sleepers. There’s a lot of problems with that, but then again there’s a lot of problems when the Regime labels your group a domestic right wing militia/terrorist, and train their armored infantry against you specifically as a “threat”.

    Guerillas aren’t really designed in the beginning to face off against APCs, tanks, and up armored humvees (courtesy of Iraq). Even if you can get away from them, they will occupy your territory and property.

    A resistance first has to win popular approval, and at times it does so via arms, but most of the time not. Without the support of the people, they cannot be supplied and cannot conduct any operations. By forcing the Regime to lock down the people as a way to deny the resistance supplies, this increases negative views against the Regime. But that by itself isn’t enough. The Regime has to be attacked, directly or indirectly, eventually to weaken it and overthrow it.

    What keeping arms does to a person is make them pay attention to their own protection and self sufficiency. They can’t excuse themselves with “well, I am powerless, I might as well Obey”. Every time they pull it out for maintenance, this “thought process” is maintained and reinforced, creating individuals resistant to regime propaganda and soul vampirism. The gun itself is just a tool. The Founding Fathers found it a useful and necessary tool for frontier life, but just a tool. And a tool that has been supplemented in the modern day by many other tools which aren’t guaranteed by the US Constitution because it wasn’t invented yet.

    If Americans want virtues more fit for a warrior nation, they will have to find ways to develop it themselves. They aren’t going to find a leader or authority that will order them to do so.

  10. Paul in Boston Says:

    Richard,

    People are quite aware of what’s happening in the country. How else do you explain the massive buying of guns and ammo that’s been going on? Just look at the response to the shutdown of the National Parks, lots of civil disobedience. Don’t be fooled by the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans are polite peaceful people, they’re tough and would fight back very hard if the kind of oppression you describe became the norm.

  11. Richard Aubrey Says:

    Paul.
    They have to know it’s the norm.
    Much as I hate child-pron guys, I am always skeptical about the provenance of their so-called pron on their computers.

  12. DaveindeSwamp Says:

    Richard Aubrey, you have hit upon something I have always noticed in one of these arrests. He had an arsenal (3 guns) Kiddie porn, (pics of his kids) a compound (a yard with a fence)

    I hated the 60s. Confirming what I always believed about Walter Cronkite was really the icing on the cake.

  13. Ymarsakar Says:

    The peaceful Americans are spending most of their day telling themselves that violence is the last resort, only evil people use violence, and that we need to “do things” to maintain the peace.

    Most people didn’t support the Founding Fathers either. The 3% pledged their lives, honor, and fortunes. Many Americans were exiled to Canada, because they still supported the British “law and order”. Washington preferred not to war on those people, since liberty was the game not tyranny or forcing people to obey.

    For most of humanity, they won’t do something about it until authorities and a leader tell them to do so. But those authorities and leaders don’t come into existence without individual will and initiative.

    Thus decapitation of enemy regimes and killing officers in enemy armies, was always an effective way to destroy the organization of an enemy. Few people are in war because they have a personal motivation to fight. Those who are, tend to be more dangerous than usual.

    There’s a few stories floating around the american frontier of such individuals, as well as snipers in WWII.

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