WASHINGTON, September 3, 2017 – In a rare setback for increasingly violent, anti-American leftist crusaders, this nation’s vast complex of indoctrination and re-education camps – otherwise known as America’s college campuses – is sensing a growing citizen backlash against its cowardly yet routine cave-ins to anti-free speech student thugs and globalist-funded outside agitators.
At least some casually Marxist college administrators are shocked to discover that their own, carefully indoctrinated student brown shirts are no longer satisfied with antagonizing freethinkers and political conservatives. Fully incapable of rational thought, these under-educated, two-bit student tyrants are now turning on their own creators, like the film version of Frankenstein’s monster. One-by-one, once-peaceful American campuses are being fundamentally transformed into fresh hells for any and all who dare resist the progressive tide of history.
Yet such a level of campus radicalization, once unthinkable in what was once our free society, may actually be helping to sow the seeds of its own collective destruction.
For example, it’s no longer a mystery why Missouri State University (aka, “Mizzou”) has experienced a drastic drop in 2017-2018 freshman enrollment. It’s due in large measure to the reaction of grassroots moms and pops to the recent racist demonstrations on that campus – violence and threats of violence that were not opposed by a weak-kneed Mizzou administration.
Having witnessed those events, an increasing number of moms and pops have begun to resist forking over ever-increasing tuition, room and board fees. Why expose their own kids to danger while rewarding the cowardly administrative clowns who routinely cave in to the extremist demands of radicalized so-called students and Stalinist outside agitators?
The post-Ferguson thugs who led the Mizzou uprising were powerfully backed (and likely led) by violent Antifa brown shirts and the astroturfing, Soros-funded criminals who staff the fake #BLM “movement.” As one result of the nationally-televised violence and threats that occurred on their campus, Mizzou was forced this fall to downsize faculty and administration – hitherto unthinkable – and shutter upwards of 7 dorms due to a substantial enrollment drop for the current academic year. How’s that working out for you, Mizzou?
But wait, there’s more!
Friday, we spotted this entry on the scrolling front page of news and blog aggregator, Instapundit:
“HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEFTIST-SELF-DESTRUCTION EDITION: Evergreen State College faces $2.1M budget shortfall, cites enrollment drop, issues layoff notices. As with Mizzou, you can wreck your university trying to make lefty activists happy, but they’ll never be happy because they don’t want to be happy.”
Follow the link. It takes you to what for us a relatively new web news and commentary site known as The College Fix. Penned by Jennifer Kabbany, the cited article details the latest college enrollment collapse and budget crisis, this time on America’s Left Bank.
Kabbany’s article reports the latest developments at Washington State’s ironically-named Evergreen College, located in the state capitol of Olympia. This is another campus where, this past spring, the standard cadre of weak-kneed, overpaid college administrators stood by and allowed a crew of student thugs and outsiders to pull a reverse-Jim Crow, wielding baseball bats and kicking white students and faculty off Evergreen’s campus for something vaguely resembling a ‘70s-flavored “Day of Rage.” (Granted, it’s more fun than taking exams.)
But as with Mizzou, there have been consequences for Evergreen as well. “Administrators at The Evergreen State College,” writes Kabbany, “have announced that the embattled school faces a massive $2.1 million budget shortfall due in part to a drop in enrollment, and the institution has already handed out some temporary layoff notices as officials grapple with balancing the books.”
She provides further key details:
“In an Aug. 28 memo to the campus community titled ‘Enrollment and Budget Update,’ officials report that fall 2017-18 registration is down about 5 percent, from 3,922 students to 3,713. But the problem is nearly all of the students they lost are nonresidents, who traditionally pay a much higher tuition to attend, officials explained in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by “The College Fix.” [Italics by this writer.]
“Combined with a shortfall in funding from state coffers to shoulder a mandatory cost-of-living salary increase and a rise in the general cost of operations, and the school must find a way to resolve a $2.1 million shortfall for the fiscal year that began July 1, according to the memo.
“‘This creates the need for significant budget cuts in the immediate future,’ the memo states, adding that the university late last month already handed out temporary layoff notices to 17 facilities staff members.”
Like those desperate Mizzou administrative flunkies, Evergreen’s overpaid Deans of Conformity probably never saw those enrollment cuts coming. Particularly from those cash-cows, the out-of-state and foreign students who pay Evergreen’s full price tag for the privilege of attending this great temple of learning.
Evergreen’s President, faculty and administration all failed to appreciate that when mom and dad get a load of stories like that violent, anti-white attack on Evergreen’s campus, they sit their high school senior sons and daughters down for a little chat. They tell the kids that they love them, but inform those potential freshmen that, while they’ll happily pay for their undergraduate education, they’ll only do so if their kids never even think of enrolling in violence-prone Stalinist indoctrination camps like Mizzou or Evergreen.
It’s a rational reaction. If each freshly minted college grad and/or parental unit incurs student debt ranging from $20K to $65K and often considerably more for the privilege of obtaining a meaningless 4-year degree in feminist or (fill in the blank) ethnic studies, what’s the point? And what company would willingly hire a ticking time bomb like an Evergreen graduate who enters the interview room brandishing one of these fake degrees?
State legislators and state college Boards of Regents simply must cut off the feedbag for the lazy, smug anti-intellectuals who populate academia’s growing ranks of overhead-gorging college administrators, including at least some faculty – particularly those populating departments whose titles end in “Studies.” Together, they’ve made education secondary to the politically correct indoctrination of countless, unthinking, anti-American student robots that will willingly do what they are told, come the Revolution.
In the meantime, more American parents should follow the brave but rational examples that parents and prospective students have already set at Mizzou and Evergreen State. It’s time to start shutting these and other taxpayer supported academic cesspools down for good. Maybe those institutions still left standing will finally get the picture.
*Cartoon by Branco. Reproduced with permission and by arrangement with LegalInsurrection.