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The Hypocrisy of Political Correctness

political correctnessWASHINGTON, DC – A professor at NYU was shunned by his colleagues because of “the content and structure of his thinking.” That’s right, the “thought police” were after him. They didn’t like the fact that he was using social media to expose the hypocrisy of political correctness on campus.

Because he exercised his right to free speech, Professor Michael Rectenwald claims he was the target of defamation and harassment by his colleagues. And so, Rectenwald recently filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court. The New York Post reported that “the politically incorrect NYU professor accused of ‘incivility’ by liberal colleagues and put on leave is now suing the college and four fellow profs for calling him everything from a drug addict to Satan.”

The suit sheds light on what is going on in college and university classrooms these days. Is it a movement by the left to create a generation of voters who could eventually have the numbers and ideological resolve to turn the United States of America into the Soviet Socialist Republic of America?

The irony here is that Rectenwald describes himself as “a communist.” Yet he says he is an ardent advocate of free speech on campus. As he put it in an interview last year: “Every time a speaker is booed off campus or shooed off campus because they might say something that bothers someone, that just feeds the notion that the left is totalitarian, and they have a point.”

I don’t think Rectenwald is switching teams anytime soon. Left is left and right is right and never the twain shall meet, the exception being those with a left of center political preference.

Whatever his bent, the Professor seems to believe that schools are places that should be encouraging discourse and a diversity of ideas, not “mindless indoctrination.” And, he believes that if there is a sinister motive behind the PC movement, it will not succeed. I believe that, too, because our kids are smarter than that, for the most part. They were brought up in a free society and it will take more than leftist propaganda to make them give it up.

In the old Soviet Union, the communist culture was built on systematic indoctrination that brainwashed the citizenry into believing that the leftist elites and their apparatchiks who ran the “Evil Empire” had their best interests at heart. The American Revolution, on the other hand, sought to allow the people to become individuals with a collective lust for freedom and justice.

And, what fuels that lust is knowledge, the kind of knowledge only available in an institution of learning that fairly exposes its students to all sides of any argument, whether it be scientific or political.

 

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PaulE

I love these stories of socialists or communists, who have been preaching the intolerant views of the ideology they worship and demand their students all strictly adhere to the politically correct norms they demand of them or face failing grades or worse, then suddenly demanding the right to constitutionally protected free speech when the leftist mob turns their wraith on them. Not so protected from the consequences of the ideology that you preach eh professor? Well surprise professor, you have filed suit in one of the most progressive states in the country. Almost any judge that is assigned to your case is going to be a like-minded progressive (socialist / communist). That is all the Democrats have been putting on the bench for decades. The jury pool is going to be overwhelmingly progressive as well. The result of decades of intentional indoctrination, via the public education system your ideological peers… Read more »

Rik

Wow! … A Commie who is getting a taste of his own medicine. Don’t you just love it? … I experienced that just yesterday at my local Senior Center as I confronted a couple of “Socialist” Democrats, their words, when I refer to them as Commies. They don’t think that Socialism is really Communism! They don’t/won’t believe me when I point out that if you compare the platform/doctrine of the American Communist Party with the platform of today’s Democratic Party or Hillary’s Presidential Platform, they are extremely similar. In fact, I pointed out that Hillary WAS ENDORSED BY THE AMERICAN COMMUNIST PARTY AS WAS OBAMA FOR BOTH HIS ELECTIONS!!! I also pointed out that THEY WERE THE FIRST TWO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES EVER TO BE ENDORSED BY THE AMERICAN COMMUNIST PARTY! But they both just laugh at me like I’m crazy when I refer to them as Commies. They refuse to… Read more »

William oakes

We must stop the money going to liberal colleges and all liberal educational institutions both private and government sponsored. Also like most federal govt employees their salaries and benefits are too high!

Rexford O Ames

It is interesting to see and hear that so many academia have no idea what a ” Political Correct’ process is? Especially in our colleges and universities. It does need to be discussed and have both the, pro and the con , on this subject in every place of education. Discussion is the basis of education. If only one side is presented and the other side is not present, than education is , no longer education. P.C. is the process that raised ” Nazism” ” Socialism” and Communism. If the right of honest dialog, is prohibited. We as a nation will loose much in the future as well as the present and we as a nation will fail.

Rexford O Ames

Question? Have indeed the political Party identified as: Democrat evolved to be identified as ” Socialist”? It does appear to be the case. Bernie Sanders is a case in point. The Clinton’s have a lot of baggage and it seems that they have a strong foot , on the F.B.I, as well as the Political arena. Now add that to academia and social media. Murder incorporated? I read a lot about that as well! Did their wealth come from “Insider Trading” as did a lot of the politicians over the last 100 Years. Come to think about it. Mr. Obama wasn’t a millionaire until he became President and how did a Senator from Chicago ( Indiana ) become the President of the United States? Just how deep does corruption go? We the people do not matter, to those people, until they “need” our vote or so it appears to be… Read more »

Michael Rectenwald

I’m no longer a communist! Story of my recovery forthcoming in my new book, “Springtime for Snowflakes.”

Carolyn Goodin

I believe the majority of Americans are not of a Socialist Ideology. If these non socialists truly believe in our constitution, they would NOT send there young adults to these expensive schools where free speech is not part of their programs. The US government should stop supporting Universities which suppress free speech, with federal taxpayer funds. Secondly, we should be sending our kids to Tech schools where they will learn an honest trade. These 4 year Universities should become obsolete with time. The prestige of Harvard, Yale and the other so called Ivy Leagues, will mean nothing as they almost do now. We have too many lawyers, too many Socialist leaning Professors, who perpetuate the brainwashing many of these schools perpetrate. Let’s get more plumbers, more electricians, more veterinarians, more mechanics, more masons, more carpenters, furniture builders, and so forth. These are the kinds of skills the country needs. Who… Read more »

JOBELL

I question the intent of a communist that believes in free speech. From historical examples of communist governments, that is an oxymoron.

T. R. Buttner

Not much of a commie, is he? A real Commie knows, as the other profs obviously do, that a true Communist must accept party discipline and instruction. He must be willing to be “re-educated”, in a camp, if necessary. (LMFAO)

MekongDelta69

“Is it a movement by the left to create a generation of voters who could eventually have the numbers and ideological resolve to turn the United States of America into the Soviet Socialist Republic of America?”

YES.

Marcs

Remember, Political Correctness is a form of censorship.

Russterenberg

Wrong. Our children are victims of the left mantra of political indoctrination and can’t tell the difference between lies and the truth. They only see their side and refuse to discuss the issues.

CHARLY

This is the problem today in education. It starts before students get to college but the communists there abuse their socialist power. A perfect example is immigration reform, especially DACA. ‘Illegal’ immigrants in general are liberal voters. That means they vote for free sht! These are Democrat voters and it is why we have a government shutdown today over free sht! My question is, will Congress still get paid? Answer is of course but in a real democracy they should forfeit their own if ‘anyone’ is required to forfeit theirs.

Michael Rectenwald

I’m no longer a communist! Story forthcoming in my book, “Springtime for Snowflakes.”

Scott Hoffman

Folks, Michael is a “Reformed” communist. Like David Horowitz, he became aware of their True Colors over time.

Please correct your statement to reflect his current viewpoint and life history.

Btw, David Horowitz’s site is publishing an interview on him on Sunday! Please update your story to reflect what he says.

Also, he’s going to have an excellent book and chapter on how he changed in his up and coming book.

Rexford O Ames

We as a nation have always had this ” Political Correctness” on the back burner. Then we voted for a President that was never an American ( Birth Certificate ? ) but did however study Socialism and was mentored , in Hawaii , by socialists , for quite a few years both there and Chicago. During his Presidency, that would be the natural course, based on his decisions. Having said that. The then Governors of both Washington and Arizona States among others, were placed in very, very influential positions. One, Mr. Gary Locke became the Ambassador to China. He changed the entire voting system for Washington State, in favor of the Democratic Party. Whom does one think has run that State for many, many years. They have lived under that rule for so long they don’t know anything else. Next: Mrs. Janet Napolitano, the ex-Governor of Arizona, became the Head… Read more »

Vikki overstreet

The Lefts political correctness is just as wrong as the McCartheism of the 50’s was

Michael Rectenwald

It’s me. Ask me anything.

Scott Hoffman

Please follow up on my below comments on this story and validate what I’ve stated with your own research!

Thank you!