posted on Apr, 14 2011 @ 03:44 PM
If you have ever wondered why our leaders have failed us so miserably, look no further than the institutions they came of age in to understand why.
US History as Taught at Bowden
“There are any number of courses that deal with some group aspect of America, but virtually none that deals with America as a whole. For
example, there is African-American history from 1619 to 1865 and from 1865 to the present, but there is no comparable sequence on America. Every
course is social or cultural history that looks at the world through the prism of race, class, and gender. Even a course on the environment (offered
in the history department) “examines the links between ecology and race, class, and gender.” Do Bowdoin alumni know their alma mater offers not
one history course in American political, military, diplomatic, constitutional, or intellectual history, and nothing at all on the American Founding
or the Constitution; that the one Civil War course is essentially African-American history (it is offered also in Africana Studies); and that there
are more courses on gay and lesbian subjects than on American history? Is it possible this is one reason why some conservatives are disinclined to
send their children to Bowdoin? Mr. (Barry) Mills (president of Bowdoin) did not inquire."
--- Thomas D. Klingenstein,
Excerpt from “A Golf Story,” Claremont Review of Books,
Nearly 25 years after Allan Bloom and Saul Bellow wrote “Closing of The American Mind” academia is still in mired in a postmodern nihilistic funk.
The result is a generations of students who have become “spiritually detumescent”, to borrow a phrase from Bloom and Bellow becoming less educated
and possessing fewer intellectual tools then when they began their academic journeys. Once upon a time going to college meant you read the giants of
our collective history: Cicero, Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Dante, Hobbes, Locke, and Jefferson. You understood the values and philosophies that
made our culture as dynamic as it was and understood how to defend them when threatened and improve upon them with your own experiences.
Americans regurgitate Jefferson but no longer understand him on any meaningful level. Equality in opportunity and human liberty have become bumper
stickers and most of us could not explain why these ideals are any better than alternatives. Civilizations decay and die for a number of reasons but
the fatal wound is usually self inflicted long before the end. A society that has lost its ability to defend itself on a philosophical level forgets
what has made it unique and worthwhile and loses its vibrancy.
Institutions like Bowden College, ranked 6th in the nation among liberal art colleges, are exactly the kinds of institutions that used to produce
citizens capable of this kind of deep though that kept our society and civilization thriving. Simply put, they no longer do so and have created
several successive generations of pedigreed and credentialed zombies.
If you ever wondered why so many of our societies elites seem so vapid and dull look no further than institutions Bowden College that have substituted
a the richness of our cultures collective wisdom for identity politics and a loathing for our traditional values and culture.