The white man’s tale 29

The Left rules that whiteness is bad, and white maleness is very bad.

Yet white men of the Left trust that they can just stubbornly go on being white and male and it will be okay, they will still be accepted by their party comrades. After all, they have oodles of Leftist credentials.

But no. They are not acceptable.

Professor Bret Weinstein – still a far-left Bernie Sanders supporter – was hounded out of Evergreen College because he would not accept punishment for being a white male. Ordered to stay away for a day, he refused. Now he’s out of the university – though not yet formally fired.

Here he is being interviewed on HBO. A cellphone film of him being confronted by stupid arrogant aggressive students accusing him of being – you guessed it – a “racist” is included. And the weak principal of Evergreen, George Bridges, concedes ruefully that he himself could be called a “white supremacist” as he is  “a white man in a position of privilege”.

 

And Professor Michael Rectenwald, who was – and maybe still is sort of – a communist, has been brought down by campus totalitarianism. He too has not been fired but put on “paid leave”. Not for expressing unacceptable opinions, his New York University employers insist. No!  There is no connection whatsoever between his being sent away and the opinions he expresses on, say, Fox News.  Absolutely none. (Though no other reason is given.)

He has been hounded for those opinions by his colleagues at NYU.

No mention is made anywhere in what follows about his being white while male. Or male while white. But he is guilty of both those evil things. You can be sure his attackers will not have overlooked that grave double fault among all the others they accuse him of.

Mark Tapson writes at Front Page:

“In the fall of 2016,” New York University professor Michael Rectenwald recently told The Daily Caller, “I was noting an increase of this social justice ideology on campuses, and it started to really alarm me. I saw it coming home to roost here at NYU, with the creation of the bias reporting hotline, and with the cancellation of the Milo Yiannopoulos talk because someone might walk past it and hear something which might ‘trigger’ them.”

Rectenwald, himself a leftist, created an initially anonymous Twitter account, @antipcnyuprof, to speak out against that ideology and the “absolutely anti-education and anti-intellectual” classroom indoctrination he was witnessing, as well as the collectivist surveillance state that the campus was becoming, as students were urged to report each other for the sin of committing microaggressions.

In October of that year, he outed himself as the man behind the controversial Twitter account, and “all hell broke loose”. He swiftly found himself the target of shunning and harassment from his colleagues and the NYU administration. In true Cultural Revolution fashion, several colleagues in his department in the Liberal Studies Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group published an open letter declaring him guilty of incorrect thinking. “The thing that is interesting here is that they were saying that because I don’t think like them, I am sick and mentally ill,” Rectenwald said to the Daily Caller.

Instead of kowtowing to the campus totalitarians, Rectenwald declared himself done with the Left in a February 2017 tweet (“The Left has utterly and completely lost its way and I no longer want anything to do with it.”) and has gone on to become an even more fervent defender of free speech and academic freedom. He has appeared often in conservative media to discuss those issues and the harassment he has received from the Left.

The Professor said:

I explained in numerous interviews and essays, I was not a Trump supporter; I was never a right-winger, or an alt-right-winger; I was never a conservative of any variety. I wasn’t even a classical John Stuart Mill liberal.

In fact, for several years, I had identified as a left or libertarian communist. My politics were to the left (and considerably critical of the authoritarianism) of Bolshevism! I published essays in socialist journals on several topics, including a Marxist critique of postmodern theory, analyses of identity politics and intersectionality theory, analyses of political economy, and an examination of the prospects for socialism in the context of transhumanism. I became a respected Marxist thinker and essayist. I had flirted with a Trotskyist sect, and later became affiliated with a loosely organized left or libertarian communist group.

It wasn’t only strangers who mistook me for rightwing or conservative. So too did many who knew better. An anti-Trump mania and reactionary fervor now gripped liberals and leftists of nearly all stripes. Previously unaffiliated and warring left and liberal factions consolidated and circled the wagons. Anyone who failed to signal complete fidelity to “the resistance” risked being savaged. 

After my appearance on Fox Business News, such rabid ideologues ambushed me. The social-justice-sympathetic members of the left communist group to which I belonged denounced me in a series of group emails. Several members conducted a preposterous cyber show-trial, bringing charges against me and calling for votes on a number of alleged transgressions. From what I could tell, my worst offenses included appearing on Fox News, sounding remotely like a member of an opposing political tribe, receiving positive coverage in right-leaning media, and criticizing leftist milieus just as Trump became President.

I denied that these self-appointed judges held any moral authority over me and declared their arbitrations null and void. Meanwhile, the elders of the group (one a supposed friend of mine) had remained silent, allowing the abuse to go on unabated for a day. When the elders finally chimed in, they called for my official expulsion. I told them not to bother as I wanted nothing further to do with them; I quit.

In their collectivist zeal, they later stripped my name from three essays that I’d written for publication on their website, and assigned their authorship to someone else entirely. Upon discovering this fraudulence, I publicly berated them for plagiarism. A prominent member of the American Association of University Professors noticed my complaint and investigated the alleged breach of intellectual integrity. Verifying my authorship of the essays, he condemned the group’s actions in a popular blog. Only then did the benevolent dictators return my name to the essays’ mastheads.

Friends and acquaintances from other communities also turned on me with a vengeance, joining in the groupthink repudiation. After my appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News, the Twitter attack was so fierce, vitriolic, and sustained that my associate Lori Price and I spent a whole night blocking and muting tweeters. But the worst banishment came from the NYU Liberal Studies community – to which I had contributed a great deal, and of which I had striven for years to be a well-regarded member. Soon after the open letter appeared, I recognized a virtual universal shunning by my faculty colleagues. One after another, colleagues unfriended and blocked me on Facebook. The few that didn’t simply avoided me entirely, until I saved them the trouble and unfriended them. Most stinging were the betrayals of those who once relied on my generosity, some whose careers I had supported and considerably advanced. 

Despite the harsh treatment doled out to me by the social justice left and the warm reception I received from the right, I did not become a right-winger, or a conservative. But after the social-justice-infiltrated left showed me its gnarly fangs and drove me out, I could no longer identify as a leftist.

What took him so long? Even now he cannot quite bring himself to recognize that every political opinion he expresses is conservative. The final step to saying “I am on the right of the political divide” is still too hard for him to take. (As it was for Christopher Hitchens, who became a conservative in the last years of his life, in all but name.)

Here is Professor Rectenwald, daring yet again to appear on Fox, talking to Stuart Varney:

 

And then there is Mark Farrell, who has been appointed interim mayor of San Francisco.

Of San Francisco! In a condition of whiteness and maleness! 

Needless to say, he is a Democrat.

He has replaced London Breed, a black woman.

His appointment has been greeted with fury because he is a white man.

KQED’s reporter Scott Shafer says:

As soon as it became apparent that the first African-American woman to lead San Francisco was being replaced by a white male representing some of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the board chambers erupted.

Some members of the audience, infuriated by the turn of events, chanted, “Shame, shame, shame.”

“This is war!” some shouted as board members left the chamber.”

Will all white men on the Left get the message soon? Will Bernie himself? How long before all white males are shamed and expelled from whatever posts they hold in Democratic fiefdoms?

Can’t say there isn’t a certain satisfaction for the less forgiving of us Righties in watching this happen!

Robespierre comes to mind. He set the guillotine achopping, and the day came when it chopped his head off.

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  • Michael Rectenwald

    I am no longer a communist, nor a leftist of any stripe, believe me. I consider myself a classical John Stuart Mill liberal now, and thus, by contemporary standards, a conservative.

    • Bravo, Professor Rectenwald! Welcome to the side of Reason and true freedom!

      And thank you for commenting directly on the article largely concerned with the story of your persecution by the Left. We very much appreciate hearing from you.

    • Don L

      I was about to reply to you … not knowing who you were, when my neighbor came by and we celebrated his new baby. Low and behold, I remembered your name, as we were imbibing, watching FOX – there you were. Your appearance was great. Now, back to the comment:

      John Stuart Mill — grow up, DISCOVER LUDWIG VON MISES AND BECOME A TRUE FOUNDERS’ UNIQUE AMERICAN!

      Ya did good Prof … keep learning. However, you do not yet have a phd in elements of liberty – It Is all about the economy.

      You do have an education on how socialist get there way – Violence. We all want to live under that system, LOL.

    • Jeanne

      Indeed, bravo! We reared our children to stand for what is right, even if they stand alone. That’s hard to do. Thank you for being an excellent role model.

    • Good for you, sir. Welcome to the side of liberty.

  • Jeanne

    Did any hear Nancy Pelosi speak of how Trump’s immigration policies were about “trying to make America white again”? Is this woman off her meds still? Or maybe she is over-medicated? Sometimes I feel like an endangered species.

    • Jeanne

      That last sentence is over the top and makes me sound like an idiot. It does not really describe the way I sometimes feel as a “white” person.

      It is frustrating to be told by the people who are doing the talking in this country that being white is not a victimless crime and that my innate privilege of being white has given and will give me an overwhelming advantage over non-white people who are my fellow citizens. Especially, when my and my family’s stories prove just the opposite; that had a few of us been black, we would have faired much better when decisions were made concerning us. Scholarships, job procurement, career advancement, dealing with racist black administrators who had authority over us.

      Now I sound like a whiney white woman wearing a pink pussy hat…

  • “libertarian communist”

    I keep seeing this, “libertarian socialist” and similar horse squeeze being bandied about by idiots. The two are contradictory; you can not be a “libertarian communist” or a “libertarian socialist” any more than you can turn right and left at the same instant.

    Liberty is antithetical to totalitarian systems like communism or socialism. Rectenwald is, in this sentence, talking out of his ass.

    As Rand pointed out, contradictions in assertions of fact do not exist. One of the contradicting premises is always false; in this case, it is his claim to be libertarian.

    • Jeanne

      I think the problem is that people have forgotten what Communism and Socialism mean in real world terms, that is, how these systems actually play out in countries that adopt them as a form of government. Thinking that if all are equally controlled, etc. then all have more liberty to be individuals is some sort of flawed mind game that just can’t happen.

      • I suspect that the thinking process of jackwagons like Rectenwald runs along the lines of “in my system, people will have more liberty to do what I want them to do.”

      • Don L

        FYI my comment to Animal about socialism

    • Don L

      FYI: I highly recommend Jonah Goldberg’s book “Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change”. Goldberg, tired of hearing the charge “fascist” used erroneously, he undertook to define it. His book is in fact the definitive description of both communism and fascism since they are two-sides of the same coin.

      Simply, socialism is either communistic or fascistic: communism takes total control and ownership of a society’s economic system and they seek to export their ideology worldwide; fascists do not take ownership but exercise control over an economy through regulation, taxes, certifications, statute … a TAC commenter, Animal, said it well “in my system, people will have more liberty to do what I want them to do.” … and fascism does not seek to replicate itself. Or the only difference between the two socialist systems is means of controlling production and scope of geographic interest.

      There is no such thing as a little bit of socialism – the rulers and those benefiting from the dole push it along. America is at the tipping point. Had Hillary won, game over. Trump is a last best hope. The Constitution was created to LIMIT government in order to preclude government interventions where it doesn’t belong – in the economy. Socialism is about control of the economy; often under the pretense of social good – only the rulers benefit. Anyway, socialism is an ideology whereas communism and fascism are the systems for implementing socialist tyranny.

      • liz

        Yes, Hillary winning would have been “game over”. I hope the ‘game’ will be over soon for her, Bill, Obama, and all their cronies.
        As in “The jig is up”, because they’re headed to the “big house”!!

      • Jeanne

        Adore Jonah Goldberg and know of this book, but have not read it. Thanks for reminding me of it, Don.

  • liz

    Amazing how he describes the problem as “the social justice infiltrated left” – as if the left was a fine upstanding institution till these SJW’s came along!
    He can’t recognize that the Left itself CREATED them? Mind boggling.
    Who does he think has been incubating them all these years?
    Also, it should be obvious to anyone with half a brain that if nihilistic self-destruction is the outcome of leftist ideology, there’s something seriously wrong at it’s foundation – might it not be a good idea to re-evaluate it?
    If they’re that dense, they deserve the Robespierre treatment!

    • Don L

      What Marx failed to ‘see’ was simultaneous with the transition from feudalism guilds to mass production was the Bank of England letting loose the dogs of fractional reserve banking. In deed, virtually all he found horrific was actually the consequences of the fraudulent banking transfers of wealth … just like today’s FED accomplishes. As you know, Liz, his ‘exploitation was not about physical harm but wrongfully ascribing interest earned notions to capitalism … because he failed to understand the banking fraud being perpetrated. And, Marx is their foundation – So, whereas Marx and all social political economies have failed – the left continues in the insanity. You might recal, my idea is to round em up and put them on all the mothball WWII Victory shipds and shove them out to sea … end. Let them find their wonder world someplace else. And a wall around the entire middle east – nothing in and nothing out.

      • Jeanne

        Off with their heads? Drown them in decrepit ships? Nah…let them continue to eat each other. Sooner or later most will get scared, move into the shadows to hide from the Leftist nut-jobs, BUY A GUN, and vote for Conservatives or Conservative Libertarians…maybe.

        • Don L

          OK. you do know I’m fool’n right? However, t’were I to be able to ‘impose’, it would be to make all learn original Constitution and Austrian economics – in other words classes to break compulsory schooling conditioning and teach people to think again. simple LOL.

      • liz

        Yes, I would consider my tax dollars well spent if the government paid for one way tickets and shipped them all to Hawaii.
        Tell them we’ll give them the next 50 years to see if they can create a Socialist Utopia. (On the condition they stay put!)
        Come to think of it, California’s already tried that and failed. But that hasn’t seemed to faze them, they keep electing Gov. Moonbeam.

    • Jeanne

      Take solace in this; “whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad” or something like that. And..the fact that “they” have been eating their own for some time now should be causing their numbers to decrease. It is a peculiar form of madness.

  • Zerothruster

    How many of those students are in xyz-Studies curricula? By the way, we’ve all heard of Women’s Studies, Black Studies, as well as Queer Studies, but did you know there is also now Whiteness Studies?
    I say, shut the MoFo down, except for the sciences, engineering, and some professional disciplines (even medical schools are now being colonized and radicalized). The university is where these dangerous lunatics are created. No one will be able to object that shutting down the academy will bring an end to the great tradition of higher learning, the humanities and liberal arts etc. That’s already been done, and the institution of higher education as presently constituted has no intention of correcting itself.
    The true, the good and the beautiful may be preserved and pursued by individuals so inclined, and perhaps even certifications or diplomas will be offered through the marketplace of ideas and the marketplace of goods and services. …. probably initiated by the few colleges and universities that still honor the great tradition.

    • Don L

      All education must be privatized. Certification NOT by ‘educators’ or Departments but by parents; private monitoring like consumer reports (orgs where survival – P&L – is based on honest reporting.) .

      Today, universities are 100% politicized and the various schools corrupted; warehousing for youth being cranked out of compulsory schooling without an economy able to absorb them – yet millions of jobs cannot be filled: poor skills and no actual education – comfortable and active feelings – whee!

      Tuition has nothing to do with education but with all manner of subsidizing tenured “community-organizer” professors from the studies you listed. Argh … you get it … I’m preaching to the choir, again! LOL.

      • Jeanne

        Argh…I will not get into discussing the horribleness of government schooling. LOL. Don, I write “argh” all the time and people usually laugh at me. “What are you a pirate?” I love it!

        • Don L

          Aye, Aye … 4 years before the mast … ye be a fine girl Brandy, Argh! Nam era Navy – small boats – Salty!

        • Don L

          embarrassed: you were stating the question people asked you when you uttered, our favorite, ARGH! I took it as asking me if … tail ‘tween, head down … I don’t listen well!

  • Don L

    It is not just white males … oh no … it is white male heterosexuals. You can’t forget the species-ending-genetic-defect homosexuals and their less privileges – there are more words they can get the SCOTUS to redefine: like marriage.