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.
From Evan Coyne Maloney, maker of the documentary "Indoctrinate U" (via Classical):
Speech codes. Censorship. Enforced political conformity. Hostility to diversity of opinion. Sensitivity training. We usually associate such things with the worst excesses of fascism and communism, not with the American universities that nurtured the free speech movement. But American higher education bears a disturbing resemblance to the totalitarian societies that are anathema to our nation's ideal of liberty. Evan Coyne Maloney's documentary film, Indoctrinate U, reveals the breathtaking institutional intolerance you won't read about in the glossy marketing brochures of Harvard, Berkeley, Michigan, Yale, and hundreds of other American colleges and universities.
"When we think of going to college, we think of intellectual freedom. We imagine four years of exploring ideas through energetic, ongoing, critical thinking and debate," Maloney said. "But the reality is very far from the ideal. What most of us don't know is that American college students check their First Amendment rights and individual freedom at the door."
We want to do our bit to get the word out. To get the film screened in your area or on your high school or college campus, go here. I believe this film is important to help open up the conversation, and to take back free speech and free and open thought. Plus Stanley Kurtz thought it was hilarious.
I saw the movie's premiere last Friday at the Kennedy Center. It was hilarious in parts, but only because of some of the BS that the people being interviewed actually said, and believed. In every other way, the film is a wake up call to those who do not know what every student on campus has to experience. I sincerely hope this film gains a much larger audience.