Monday, May 23, 2005

America haters: In demand at Academia

The Scourge of Nationalism
I cannot get out of my mind the recent news photos of ordinary Americans sitting on chairs, guns on laps, standing unofficial guard on the Arizona border, to make sure no Mexicans cross over into the United States. There was something horrifying in the realization that, in this twenty-first century of what we call "civilization," we have carved up what we claim is one world into 200 artificially created entities we call "nations" and armed to apprehend or kill anyone who crosses a boundary.

Is not nationalism--that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder--one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred? These ways of thinking--cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on--have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.

Our citizenry has been brought up to see our nation as different from others, an exception in the world, uniquely moral, expanding into other lands in order to bring civilization, liberty, democracy.

That self-deception started early.

Surely, we must renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

The left hates America. They loathe our success, despise our culture, and empathize with our enemies. They hate our flag, they hate God, they hate that we worship God.

The rantings of Howard Zinn are a harmless read when us regular Americans read it and recognize it for what it is, however, Zinn is a popular University speaker whose diatribes are heard by impressionable youth.


University of Oregon
A Night with Howard Zinn
Friday, April 4, 2003 at 7:00pm
McDonald Theatre Sponsored by the UO Cultural Forum, Concerned Faculty for Peace and Justice, and the McDonald Theatre.

Course Lecture/Reading Schedule:
Article #3: Zinn, Howard. 1997. The Zinn Reader. New York: Seven Stories Press.(Law and Justice) pgs. 7-25
Article #4: Zinn, Howard. 1997. The Zinn Reader. New York: Seven Stories Press.(Columbus and Western Civilization) pgs. 27-37

It is very disturbing that America-haters such as Zinn are allowed within 1000 feet of a student whose mind is still being molded. As taxpayers who fund these institutions we should demand better.


jwalker said...

Did you see the protest in Seattle against Iraq by the students and teachers? It is on OrbusMax today. His comment is pretty poignant.

Daniel said...

I saw that. Orb has a great point. Nothing like demanding more dollars for education while you are skipping class...

Anonymous said...

Maybe its just because liberals tend to choose to be professors move than conservatives, thought of that. Oh yeah and censorship is bad, academia is an open world.

Daniel said...

I'm not sure what your point is. Is it ok with you that people who hate America are teaching our children?

Also please define "open world" for me. Does that mean that I can say that homosexuality is a choice, illegal aliens should be deported immediately, the Koran should be flushed, and *gasp* disparities in science/math scores might be because men and woman are different?

Anonymous said...

You damn well should be able to say that and I can tell you that at my school, which was largely very liberal (and private, I might add), you would have been regarded as a "maverick" that would be worthy of respect for your differing yet obviously strongly held beliefs.

My view is best expressed by the old maxim, "Sir, you are an asshole, but I will defend to the death your right to be an asshole."

Daniel said...

I'm glad that you respect the first amendment. However our universities don't seem to have the same fondness for free speech that you do.

What I said would be classified as "hate speech" at most campuses and the president of Harvard gets a vote of "no confidence" for what he said. This is not "tolerance."