We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Students are encouraged to "think critically" about anything that threatens the college's dogmas on diversity, multiculturalism, gender, and sustainability, etc., but, for the most part, not to think critically about those dogmas themselves. That is the problem: such contradictions go unnoticed. And they go unnoticed because at Bowdoin, and places like it, there are precious few people who can point them out.
It all reminds me of a conversation I had with a nice lady last weekend. She was talking about the oppression of Muslim women. I offered the notion that she was not being very multiculturally-tolerant in wanting to impose her Western views on Muslim culture. I asked her whether we should not respect cultural differences.
Somewhat apropos: Islam’s Latest Fatwa Permitting Rape of Non-Muslim Women. Why does Islam seem so preoccupied with the interests in rape, pedophilia, homosexuality, bestiality, religious imperialism, and killing Jews? Surely there must be other, more productive and positive things in life to focus on.
Perhaps the Bowdoin faculty could enlighten me on these points because the only aspects of it which seem to be approved on college campi are the homosexuality and the killing of Israelis.
The core issue is cultural dominance in the US, and anything that furthers that is acceptable. Those oppressed people in foreign countries don't really exist, they are only counters on a chessboard here.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
That's an important distinction. My nephew played basketball for them in the 90's (He still holds a lot of their shooting records, I think) and is uninfected. Some students are using schools for their name and prestige as much as for the actual instruction.
As a Williams alum, I would say that, from what I have observed, over the past few years Williams has turned into the academic equivalent of a Soviet police state. Expression of opinion is heavily monitored, both by the College and by self-appointed "tolerance" groups, and any student who says anything that is the slightest critical of the gay rights or transgender movements, in particular, or anything else that could be construed as intolerant or discriminatory on the basis of gender, race, or sexual proclivities is liable for being hauled up on charges of engaging in a "hate crime" and expelled.
The most recent incident is whether a Latino student should be prosecuted for a hate crime for scrawling "All beaners must die" (which he then erased) on a white-board as part of a discussion with fellow students regarding another hyped-up racial "crime" on campus. You can read all about it in the College newspaper, in excruciatingly politically correct detail:
I urge you to read the story, it will make your blood run cold. Williams has become a culture of anti-intellectual terror and group-speak.
I stopped giving money a number of years ago, except for a token donation to get my college calendar. My school donations now go to another much less prestigious college that my older son graduated from. While it suffers from some of the same proclivities, the political correctness atmosphere there is much less stifling and my son got a good education, I would suspect much better than he would receive at today's Williams College.
It's sad. When I went there, Williams was known for promoting a rigorous intellectual atmosphere and having students think for themselves. I worked hard as a student and had professors whom I admired, who were genuinely interested in teaching, discussion and debate of ideas. That appears to be largely gone. It's become a propaganda factory, with "right-thinking" graduates as its product.