Academic Incest Inbreeds Intellectual Imbecility

BookEducationby FJ Rocca8/3/15
We all know what incest is. It is the mating of people within the same family, i.e., of inbreeding. Incest and inbreeding are a readily recognized cause of imbecility. It is not the only cause, but it is a proven one. This is true of academic incest, as well as with genetics. If you search the web for a definition of academic inbreeding, you will find it describes people whose educations all come from one place of learning, one university or from one set of professors. But I suggest a wider definition: The process of studying only the same ideology or pseudo-philosophy as though no other exists.

Universities are supposed to be places where genuine learning occurs, where the atmosphere of academic freedom abounds for intellectual stimulation, experimentation, inquiry, debate and speculation. In other words, universities are supposed to be portals to the universe of truth, knowledge and wisdom. We are not speaking here of the professional training one may get in, say, law, medicine, or one of the hard sciences. We are speaking here of what is called Liberal Arts education.

Let’s clarify something very important. A liberal arts education is not the same as an education in which one is taught liberal ideology. A liberal arts education ponders the central problems of philosophy and ethics, and provides the seminal lessons of history, literature, mathematics, the social and physical sciences. The central theme of a liberal arts education is objective inquiry, to hear and reason the arguments and ideas presented from as many sides as possible. Without academic diversity there is no objective inquiry

A university education is supposed to provide the tools for an intellectual life, an ongoing process of thought, of the development and expansion of ideas and of ongoing self-learning, with relentless and fearless inquiry and expansion of experience and knowledge. One’s participation in the process contributes to a vast, available repository of knowledge and wisdom that can be passed on to future generations and which is then will be added to by them. Thus, a university education should be a fertile ground for eternal perpetuation of knowledge and wisdom. Without diversity there is no objectivity and without objectivity, no argument can be reasonable. Without reason there is no intelligence and an unintelligent person must be deemed an imbecile.

Nowadays, too many college campuses are dominated by inbred academics who promote the tired, worn-out and utterly failed notions of Leftist Liberal ideology despite Socialism’s century-long proven record of failure, repression and ultimate rejection by entire societies. These inbred academics are the white coated “mad scientists” keeping its defunct cells alive like a brain floating in a jar of murky fluid. They suppress free thought and intellectual inquiry and even punish those who oppose their closed minded views with the weapon of Political Correctness. Thus they engage in academic incest inbreeding leading to intellectual imbecility. Why? Because they themselves have been infected with the disease of Social-Liberalism and in the degenerate structure of their minds, the ghost still haunts, like the fumes of a corpse that will not lie down and die properly.

This situation is unlikely to persist, because the very decay of their absurd ideas will eventually cause their entire ideology to collapse from its own weight. Then, as with socialism itself, its ideologues will flee the ship once they realize it is sinking, that it no longer provides them their current level of prestige and indeed that it has become a mockery. This begins to happen when people ignore the ideologues. That is already happening in a certain way.

In addition to a proliferation of technical schools providing training for jobs in various fields, alternative avenues of academic education are also proliferating. Schools calling themselves universities which offer accredited degrees in a horizon of subjects now dot the landscape and are the growing choice of many people who want a real education, but do not want to contend with the restrictive and expensive requirement of living on campus where they will be subject, not only to doctrinaire academics, but to the intimidating specter of political correctness where they will be warned to “check your privilege.” To these very reasonable people, ordinary universities now appear to provide little incentive to pay enormous sums for the privilege of being indoctrinated, harassed, criticized and even threatened.

Universities will have to find a way out of the present situation, because, if they don’t they will rapidly become obsolete. Of course, what is likely to happen is change. With dwindling endowments, they will see which side of their academic bread is buttered and they will jettison their failing standard for a return to objectivity. That may seem far-fetched, because endowments of the biggest universities seem inexhaustible, but they aren’t. A university can burn through millions in a single academic year and if reinvestment is not made in their future, they can get very poor in a decade. Ideologies are important only when they continue to put bread on the table. When they cease to be a fungible commodity, they are replaced, simply and quickly, with other ideologies that do work.

Very likely, with the end of the present cycle of political Liberalism, the tenor of university education will change within the next decade. Let us hope that what replaces it is an atmosphere of academic freedom, because if the present course of intellectual imbecility does not end, a new Dark Ages will descend.


FJ Rocca was born the day after Pearl Harbor in the same hometown as Johnny Appleseed. He is a trained classical musician, a published illustrator and a prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction. His website is candiddiscourse.com. • (3064 views)

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FJ Rocca was born the day after Pearl Harbor in the same hometown as Johnny Appleseed. He is a trained classical musician, a published illustrator and a prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction. His website is candiddiscourse.com.
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8 Responses to Academic Incest Inbreeds Intellectual Imbecility

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    One thing that might help fix the problem of the intelligentsia would be taking away the taxpayer subsidies of all sorts that go to such colleges. Any college or university that isn’t a haven of free expression is a fraud and should be defunded.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    This situation is unlikely to persist, because the very decay of their absurd ideas will eventually cause their entire ideology to collapse from its own weight.

    You would think.

    In addition to a proliferation of technical schools providing training for jobs in various fields, alternative avenues of academic education are also proliferating. Schools calling themselves universities which offer accredited degrees in a horizon of subjects now dot the landscape and are the growing choice of many people who want a real education, but do not want to contend with the restrictive and expensive requirement of living on campus where they will be subject, not only to doctrinaire academics, but to the intimidating specter of political correctness where they will be warned to “check your privilege.” To these very reasonable people, ordinary universities now appear to provide little incentive to pay enormous sums for the privilege of being indoctrinated, harassed, criticized and even threatened.

    Good points. Let’s hope that happens. What is more likely to happen is that avenues outside of the Leftist Seminaries (which is what Dennis Prager calls your typical college) will be closed off, much like home-schooling is illegal in many places in Europe. The Left is playing for keeps. The right is not. The end goal of the Left is for government to completely control the markets, for the “secular” life to become the only accepted life.

    Have I been sniffing airplane glue? Surely no American would put up with the government choking off unofficial means of academic training. But already the magical paper of a “college degree” from a “renowned university” is far more what it’s all about than actual academic achievement. It’s all well and good to take a view that markets themselves will even this all out. But what if someone gains control of those markets.?We’ve seen the healthcare market gobbled up by government. The academic market is mostly gobbled up by government. No, even government can’t stop you (yet) from reading books and learning on your own or eating well and exercising regularly in order to take care of your health.

    But government could require businesses to hire only employees who have a “proper” university brick-and-mortar degree, perhaps citing the supposed illegitimacy of independent means because they don’t teach “tolerance” and “diversity.” And you can bet some zealous Leftist will find someone, somewhere, that they can use as the icon of the supposed racist or sexist nature of independent schools. The technique is already established. Anyone who takes any kind of money from the government can have strings attached. And almost everyone takes money from the government these days. Hillsdale College is notable for being one of the few exceptions.

    The technique for creating a one-party state is well-understood by the Left. They’re not so fussy about “coercing” people, even as libertarians live 150 years in the past and obsess over Lincoln. The GOP Establishment, on the other hand, stands for nothing, acts for nothing, and legislates for nothing. These are the first group of jokers who must be overthrown.

    But with so many people now having a vested interest in government (if only through Social Security, and that is but the tip of the iceberg), true reform is nearly impossible. What is easy is going with the flow. And that’s what people are doing. There are very few people who will stick their neck out and stand against Big Government and the secular man who is being created. And this man is shallow if only because of the indoctrination. Here, I’ll even cite Hitler as an example:

    All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its purely intellectual level will have to be … The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan

    What ol’ Adolph doesn’t say (not that he was an intellectual giant…his forte was giving speeches) is that such propaganda and indoctrination will create that reduced “mass” mind. And observe our politics today (right or left). It’s reduced to soundbytes and bumper sticker slogans. Contrast that with America’s Hitler (Lincoln) who took part in the Lincoln-Douglas debates — debates that were eagerly listened to (for hours on end) by average American citizens of average American intellect (an intellect which, by today’s standards, is no longer so average). These were deep debates by leaders who were not just walking sound bytes.

    Okay, so maybe I’m making too much out of some conservative Christian (which I mentioned elsewhere) telling me that he plans on implementing gardening techniques that “heal the earth.” But, good god (and I’ll suppose he’s good, or at least not stupid), if secular man is a wash, and Christian man is a wash, and Establishment man is a wash, and Leftist man is a wash, and Libertarian man is a wash, what coalition remains that can face up to this nonsense and change minds?

    Don’t expect the university system to get any better. Oh, I don’t doubt because of the sheer costs involved that more and more people will take online courses and such. And that’s a good thing. But that in no way stops the Left. They will keep spreading their reach, using government to do so via legal means. Our great sin as Americans and conservatives and Christians is that we have not fought at the choke point to either maintain them or take them back.

    So if I give some lip to American Thinker for publishing silly articles, it’s because if you’re not defending a choke point, what the hell are you doing then?

    • Timothy Lane says:

      At present, the “disparate impact” types reject educational requirements, but it’s possible that eventually the various “studies” madrassas might graduate enough blacks from top colleges to get rid of that problem.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Yes, and “disparate impact” flows from “equality” … which is one of the central principles of the Left. It’s considered unfair that some people achieve more than others (for whatever reason this happens, but it’s usually blamed on “white privilege,” racism, or poverty…rarely is it noted that some people are just smarter and/or try harder).

        Welcome to the Brave New World where we are all equally mediocre.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          I think it was Churchill who said that capitalism was the unequal distribution of plenty and socialism was the equal distribution of poverty. He also observed that democracy was the worst form of government — “barring all the rest of them”.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            That’s a good thought by Churchill.

            And you can see why materialism (atheism) is so central to the Left. If man’s “stuff” is the primary measure of “fairness” or “justice,” then it all must then be equal. Man is reduced (as I try to tell these Christian idiots who emphasize “social justice”) to a mere economic being. His moral life, his own individuality, his strengths and weaknesses, his character (or lack of), his spirituality, his family, his hobbies — these things and more are either discounted or forgotten altogether.

            And when there is no measure to a life other than “stuff,” then this “equality” simply becomes a vehicle for stoking envy and grievance. Excellence is demonized and being a dishonest leech is rewarded.

            But put a smiley face on it and call it “social justice” and it’s surprising the evils that men will forward under stupid names. You want to help someone? Give them, or help them develop, the tools they need (education, character, experience) so that they can achieve.

            But we’ve become a culture of girly-men where we wring our hands about all those “poor” people out there who don’t have as much as we do. And having got ours, we feel magnanimous enough to then give these “poor” other people’s money (through government) and announce how god damn “compassionate” we are.

            It’s a sick game but it’s the game being played right now.

  3. James Deaton says:

    Great article. My only fear is that government funding and leftist endowments will sabotage the normal self-correcting mechanism of a “free-market” university system. Will failed and obsolete ideology keep being taught as long as the (seemingly) unlimited government funding continues to flow in to subsidize it?

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Well, one must remember that the intelligentsia are emotionally committed to that failed ideology, and thus have no desire to stop imposing it on students. As long as people choose not to realize that such colleges and universities are just liberal madrassas, they’ll be able to get away with it.

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