Watch “Middlebury College Crisis Meeting” on YouTube

I want to believe this is fake. I really, really want to believe it is.

15 thoughts on “Watch “Middlebury College Crisis Meeting” on YouTube”

  1. A “faculty” member says “We have falled short”….. twice!!!!

    And a students says “problematic ideology”…. is completely uneducated and headed down the road to either stupidity or evil…

    What intellectual wastelands American universities are becoming…. very sad.


  2. // A “faculty” member says “We have falled short”….. twice!!!!

    What intellectual wastelands American universities are becoming…. very sad.

    From what I understand, this faculty member is not a college professor, but a person who received a management position to deal with students’ complaints and so on.

    I want to ask a very stupid, very basic question which I haven’t got despite spending years at universities. Who is supposed to have the highest power at public / private universities? The article regarding the University of Tulsa describes how a new administration destroyed the place, investing into Athletics and so on. How could professors prevent that?

    Clarissa, what does your ideal system look like? Who should decide about the investments, what to do with a deficit, etc.? I started reading the article and received the impression of a stupid administration vs. smart professors doing their jobs. So, should professors be the ones sitting / forced to sit on board of trustees, making (all?) financial decisions?

    I think many not (academic / connected to the world of business) readers are not completely sure how the system works. As a student, I saw ‘usual’ professors, a secretary of the department and other secretaries, and professors in charge of BA / MA programs who made decisions regarding the students’ studies.


    1. We like to flatter ourselves with the myth that it’s smart professors vs dumb administrators. But that’s a fantasy. We have academic self-governance at my school. Every administrator is a professor and almost all of them still teach. And every idiotic decision on campus was made by them and by us. We have nobody to blame.


  3. Looking at the bright side, thanks to those students’ games, some people may discover a new interesting book.

    I became curious to check the student’s claim that the “top hit” in “a simple Google search” about Ryszard Legutko “is that he’s a raging expletive homophobe.” Well, the top hit is a wiki article and then quite a few links on the Middlebury College disinvitation. If we ignore the latter links, we get wiki, EU Parliament page describing Legutko’s work and … his book on Amazon “The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies” (2016) :

    // Ryszard Legutko lived and suffered under communism for decades—and he fought with the Polish ant-communist movement to abolish it. Having lived for two decades under a liberal democracy, however, he has discovered that these two political systems have a lot more in common than one might think. They both stem from the same historical roots in early modernity, and accept similar presuppositions about history, society, religion, politics, culture, and human nature. In The Demon in Democracy, Legutko explores the shared objectives between these two political systems, and explains how liberal democracy has over time lurched towards the same goals as communism, albeit without Soviet style brutality. Both systems, says Legutko, reduce human nature to that of the common man, who is led to believe himself liberated from the obligations of the past. Both the communist man and the liberal democratic man refuse to admit that there exists anything of value outside the political systems to which they pledged their loyalty. And both systems refuse to undertake any critical examination of their ideological prejudices. //

    VS. (from your link)

    // the provost signs every email to the faculty, “With commitment.”

    Faculty resistance to the moral and therapeutic imperatives of the new institutional super ego is presumed to be so extensive as to require something only a few steps short of A Clockwork Orange-style reeducation. On top of an anonymous, online-bias reporting system, Clancy has mandated training in “unconscious bias” for all employees. (We’ve already done harassment and “microaggressions.”) And just to be sure, TU’s new Institute of Trauma, Adversity, and Injustice also regularly surveys “exclusionary, intimidating, offensive, and/or hostile conduct” at the university. //

    When I have time, I will definitely check this book. May be, some readers here and a few students will too. 🙂


      1. “I’m back in USSR”

        It actually seems more like a low comedy version of the cultural revolution (instead of the horrible tragedy that that particular bout of leftism brought about….).


  4. Started researching that website and discovered which students and demands are not going to be catered too :

    // Diversity’s Limits

    The university would be in chaos,” warned Ivan Marcus, a Yale history professor, “if it bent over backward to accommodate everyone’s sensitivities.” […] No, this September’s crackdown on diversity came on the heads of five Orthodox Jewish students who had asked to be excused from Yale’s requirement that they live in coed dorms—which they said offended their religious beliefs. As everyone by now knows, the administration denied the request. Diversity, it seems, ends where traditional morality begins.

    The fine print on our obsession with diversity, we are learning, reads: only superficial differences allowed. Diversity of skin color, for instance, is big, while real diversity, competing claims to truth—such as what we should believe, how we should live, the kind of diversity the university used to be about—now no longer has a place at the table.


  5. Middlebury (and Brown) have reputations to uphold in terms of juvenile idiocy, which is why I never pay attention to anything said at either. However, in fairness, I think Churchill spoke well about this: to paraphrase, if you’re not liberal when young you have no heart; not conservative when older, you have no head. Seeing kids on college campuses spout off just doesn’t bother me. Actually, it doesn’t amount to much and usually has next to zero impact on this society. It beats the 1950s when kids were competing to see how many goldfish they could swallow.


    1. You keep saying how it doesn’t bother you to see people who are not you hounded and terrorized. I understand not caring about the suffering of others. I’m not very empathetic myself, so I get the lack of empathy. What I don’t understand is the need to constantly tell the people whose lives are touched by this how little you care.

      I don’t have asthma. But I don’t feel any need to tell asthmatics how their suffering seems trivial to me, you know?


      1. I’m approaching this from a different point of view. Students in the US have been challenging administrators for almost 70 years. The fact that administrators are caving when in the past they didn’t says a lot about changes in academic funding and the marketing mentality that has swept across many administrations — and not much about what students are actually saying. Administrators can still stiff-arm protests, and some do. Students don’t have the ability to terrorize. They have no power of their own. They have to be granted that power.

        It’s not that I don’t have empathy. Rather, I feel a lot of the people crying “poor me” are the ones who are actually catalyzing the problems.


        1. This isn’t about administrators or students. This is about me and many many people like me living in fear. This is a fear I feel every day. I don’t share what I really think about anything with colleagues or students. Because I’m scared.

          I’m not scared of administrators or students. I’m scared of unhinged mobs that burn with the sense of righteous indignation. I’m scared because every person I know has turned into a potential self-righteous mobber in the past 2 years.

          It’s gotten to the point where I’m having a few colleagues over to dinner and I hide my books and magazines. Is it a change in funding that created the environment where I have to either lie or stay completely silent? And isn’t it a crying shame that Americans are eagerly recreating the Soviet environment of fear and intellectual barrenness for no reason at all?


    2. “It beats the 1950s when kids were competing to see how many goldfish they could swallow.”

      Yes, it was a big improvement in the 1960s when students started rioting and burning college campuses to the ground!


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