He’s a liberal progressive college professor, on a liberal progressive campus, in the liberal progressive state of Washington, in the liberal progressive region of the Northwest United States. And he is now perhaps the most obvious example of the social and political axiom that revolutionaries will, if given time, always savage their own. They are down for the struggle, but eventually they will turn on one another. Professor Bret Weinstein can now attest to that.
For 15 years, Weinstein has taught at The Evergreen State College, but if a group of liberal progressive students have their way, he won’t be teaching there much longer. His offense? Racism, of course.
The campus was preparing for its annual “Day of Absence” event, which historically has seen minority students stay home from classes and all campus activities in order to demonstrate their significance and importance to the community. But this year the plans had changed. All white students and professors were being asked to leave the campus, thus creating a “safe space” for the remaining minorities.
Professor Weinstein, who had previously supported other Days of Absence, took issue with the changes in an email to student organizers:
“There is a huge difference between a group or coalition deciding to voluntarily absent themselves from a shared space in order to highlight their vital and under appreciated roles … and a group or coalition encouraging another group to go away. The first is a call to consciousness which is, of course, crippling to the logic of oppression. The second is a show of force and an act of oppression in and of itself.”
Weinstein’s email is well-reasoned, articulate, and wise. Which means the neo-progressivism of the modern left will have nothing to do with it. If Weinstein was unaware of what his political movement has devolved into amongst the millennial generation, it surely dawned on him when those brave social justice warriors he has been helping condition turned on him, mobbed him, demanded his resignation, and paraded around campus chanting, “Hey-hey, ho-ho, these racist teachers have got to go.”
Weinstein is naturally beside himself at all this, even going so far as to appear on Fox News with Tucker Carlson, admitting that he is, “troubled by what this implies about the current state of the left.”
Being troubled is fine, but Weinstein is a smart guy, and should have been well aware of what he and his fellow leftist professors have been creating for the last several generations in these indoctrination laboratories we’ve continued to call “college.”
Take just these students involved in the Day of Absence protest. Many of them were tweeting their statements accompanied by a hashtag that read #PESMorDie. PESM stands for a class at Evergreen State called “Political Economy and Social Movements.” A simple perusal of the course description will reveal academic verbiage that is meant to seem intriguing or at least benign to the casual reader.
But the course is hardly benign. Go back a decade and read the description for the same class:
Political Economy critically analyzes economic systems, particularly capitalism…analyses of unequal power in the determination of the production, distribution, consumption and exchange of goods & services are central to political economy.
Social Movements are a collective expression…seeking or resisting social change. It is a social network attempting…to assert the power and self-determination of a particular social community. (emphasis added)
This is the language of revolutionary Marxist community agitating. It is clear that for at least a decade, Evergreen State has been engaged in Alinsky-style social organizing under the veil of education. Yet apparently professors like Bret Weinstein, and administrators like those currently being proven impotent in managing the recent uprising, must have honestly believed that there wouldn’t come a day when the inmates would attempt to overtake the asylum.
They believe it now, as the army of social justice warriors they have trained so diligently are now willfully turning their grievance-mongering weapons against the very school that armed them. This is the fruit of progressivism, which is why any sane person will fight it before all of America becomes the campus of Evergreen State.