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    Rex Murphy: Campus social-justice Maoists dared to come for Camille Paglia. Big mistake

    Rex Murphy: Campus social-justice Maoists dared to come for Camille Paglia. Big mistake

    The answer to this cloddish, arrogant, self-righteous, ideological twaddle — the lexicon of social-justice hollow-heads everywhere — is: 'Just who do you think you are?'
    https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex..._autoplay=true

    Applying for university enrolment is obligingly confessional and constitutes a noble act of candour and an absence of stifling ego. It says, in effect, “I recognize that I am ignorant of very much, have a real desire to escape immaturity of thought and to fit my mind as much as I can to expand my sensibility to the appreciation of the works of intellect and imagination. Above all I want to encounter new ideas, escape the sludge of teenage thought, and expand my range of opinion.”

    Any application to enter university tacitly states a fine aspiration; to wit: “I wish to escape parochialism of place, ethnicity, and received and unexamined semi-ideas. I also wish that, under the supervision and instruction of wiser and more learned people than I am, to graduate with fuller, clearer ideas of myself, my potential, and an awareness of the finest achievements of my own and other civilizations. Should an undergraduate degree also improve my chances to finding employment, I will regard that as a side-benefit.”

    The heart of an application is this: “I am ignorant and immature: please teach me.”

    Now, no one, at almost any age (save certain CNN anchors), is totally ignorant. But young people have a greater share, almost by definition, of that annoying condition, so it always something of a holiday for the human spirit when many face up to their condition, by the act of seeking enrolment in a university, and commit to making themselves, in the terms above, better people.

    She is a woman who understands scholarship, rebukes its stand-ins and counterfeits


    The student is an apprentice — a suitor for an acquaintance with knowledge and beauty — and the teacher, at least implicitly, a Beatrice-guide to the higher altitudes of genuine thinking and real intellectual awareness. So much do students (and sensitive parents) agree with the vision, that in our modern days they are willing, even to eagerness, to disburse vast quantities of the family piggybank, or risk horrendous student loans to pass over 40, 50 or 60,000 dollars a year to first-class universities, in pursuit of genuine self-betterment.

    The student enters university (unless she is the porridge-brained daughter of an sponge-cake-brained actress) as an intellectual mendicant, having declared by her application that she seeks guidance and training. She is the grasshopper; the professor the Master.

    With this extended prologue, let us look at just one of the incessant, factitious controversies now embroiling yet another American university. It centres on Camille Paglia, student of Harold Bloom, ardent feminist, lesbian, and — long before it became a sacred category of new-thought — transgender. But much more than all of these things (save for studying under Maestro Bloom), Ms. Paglia is also the Boadicea of the besieged and mutilated Humanities; a Joan of Arc for the lost and wandering liberal arts.

    She is superbly intelligent; she is an excellent cultural scrutineer; and most of all, she is a woman who understands scholarship, rebukes its stand-ins and counterfeits, is never a servant to the fads and fashion of our mediocre present, and is a rare genuine warrior for classic education. For 30 years she has been on the faculty of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia (UArts); she is tenured; she has written a succession of enlightening and enlightened books. One in particular, Break, Blow, Burn — dedicated, without politics of any kind, to the understanding of literature, and literature’s most difficult and finest manifestation, poetry — is by leagues the best instructional introduction to the art of poetry and appreciation of its real function that has been written in the last 30 or 40 years.

    Camille Paglia speaks at an event in April 2017. Theo Wargo/Getty Images
    Paglia is not unacquainted with strong and even extravagant opposition to her speech or writing. This most current storm arose from student activists’ belief that she dismisses (in large part) the #MeToo movement. Paglia’s feminism is an aggressive, adult version, very much against the prevailing ethos of “victimism” and the “sentimentalization” of sexual conflicts.

    Quite recently, the luminous and courageous Ms. Paglia, was beset by a mob of latter-day campus Maoists (she was to give a talk) who demanded — demanded, mind you — that she should be removed from UArts faculty and replaced by a queer person of colour. (Always fair, your columnist — I note she was not beaten with bamboo rods, as was the custom of the original Maoists when “interfacing” with their teachers; mainly, I suspect, due to the absence of bamboo plants in Philadelphia, rather than through some spasm of mercy from her tormentors.)

    It was left unclear what the skin colour of her putative replacement or the insisted-on commitment to lesbianism contribute to academic qualifications, perhaps for the very good reason that, under any serious examination of the question, they contribute nothing at all.
    The mob had a sliver of rationality. They did halt the railroading long enough to consider that the outright firing of a tenured professor might be illegal. While this caused a brief stumble, they quickly suggested a route past the obstacle: “However, if, due to tenure, it is absolutely illegal to remove her, then the University must at least offer alternate sections of the classes she teaches, instead taught by professors who respect transgender students and survivors of sexual assault.” And, finally, they slobbered a puffball of social-justice meringue on their efforts by also insisting that she be “banned from holding speaking events or selling books on campus. In their telling, her ideas “are not merely ‘controversial,’ they are dangerous.”

    Now, the answer to this cloddish, puerile, arrogant, self-righteous, ideological twaddle — the lexicon of social-justice hollow-heads everywhere — is: “Just who do you think you are? Intellectually, you’re still in the cocoon. You are yet birdlings in the nest waiting for momma to bring you a worm. What possible standing do you have to ‘demand’ elders and betters yield to your uninformed, ignorant whinings. Not only will we not ‘yield’ to your jejune demands, we laugh at the very notion that you have some ridiculous right to make them.

    “Obviously you are not university material, Depart. There must be some low-end coffee shop in need of sweepers, and even there you should be careful about telling its owner, your boss-to-be, which people and of what colour he must hire, if he foolishly hires any of you.
    There must be some low-end coffee shop in need of sweepers


    “Finally, Ms. Paglia is so far your superior, that the idea of you judging her and trying to get her fired, if not some failed piece of wretched performance art, is such a powerful piece of ignorance it may have a clinical or viral basis, and thus, on medical grounds, we repeat our decision that you must leave here before others become contaminated.”

    The good news from this petty outrage that UArts actually stood up to these nuisances, refused their ludicrous demands, and — probably to no effect —President David Yager reminded them that universities are not censor-shops, that different ideas are good, and freedom of expression is the very heart of all intellectual exchange. “Across our nation it is all too common that opinions expressed that differ from one another’s — especially those that are controversial — can spark passion and even outrage, often resulting in calls to suppress that speech. That simply cannot be allowed to happen,” wrote Yager, capturing the point succinctly.
    My concluding observation may not be as succinct, but it is this: that self-confessed immature and ignorant students should, in all matters outside the curriculum they have chosen to follow in university, conduct themselves in silence and humility, till at least the time that they may make a plausible claim they have learned something, and have minimum capacity to present real arguments and the wit to appreciate the arguments of those who oppose them.

    Anything else, and it’s the coffee shop down the road. Long live Paglia.
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    low-end coffee shop in need of sweepers

    these fools didn't even make the barista list
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    Like Maoists everywhere, they should be caned and sent to a third world country to try their luck at starting a movement.
    What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms."
    - Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787

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    ''slobbered a puffball of social-justice meringue''
    Laughing myself to tears at that one

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    Words as a foil. Those SJW's should look up "eviscerated"...
    "It is an absolute truism that law-abiding, armed citizens pose no threat to other law-abiding citizens."

    Ammo, camo and things that go "blammo".

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    And, finally, they slobbered a puffball of social-justice meringue on their efforts by also insisting
    Oh Rex, thank you
    Don't blame me, I didn't vote for that clown. Oct 20, '15

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