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THE CULTURAL ROOTS OF CAMPUS RAGE

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

 

Jonathan Haidt on the Cultural Roots of Campus Rage

An unorthodox professor explains the ‘new religion’ that drives the intolerance and violence at places like Middlebury and Berkeley.

April 2, 2017

New York

When a mob at Vermont’s Middlebury College shut down a speech by social scientist Charles Murray a few weeks ago, most of us saw it as another instance of campus illiberalism. Jonathan Haidt saw something more—a ritual carried out by adherents of what he calls a “new religion,” an auto-da-fé against a heretic for a violation of orthodoxy.

“The great majority of college students want to learn. They’re perfectly reasonable, and they’re uncomfortable with a lot of what’s going on,” Mr. Haidt, a psychologist and professor of ethical leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business, tells me during a recent visit to his office. “But on each campus there are some true believers who have reoriented their lives around the fight against evil.”

These believers are transforming the campus from a citadel of intellectual freedom into a holy space—where white privilege has replaced original sin, the transgressions of class and race and gender are confessed not to priests but to “the community,” victim groups are worshiped like gods, and the sinned-against are supplicated with “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings.”

The fundamentalists may be few, Mr. Haidt says, but they are “very intimidating” since they wield the threat of public shame. On some campuses, “they’ve been given the heckler’s veto, and are often granted it by an administration who won’t stand up to them either.”

All this has become something of a preoccupation for the 53-year-old Mr. Haidt. A longtime liberal—he ran a gun-control group as an undergraduate at Yale—he admits he “had never encountered conservative ideas” until his mid-40s. The research into moral psychology that became his 2012 book, “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion,” exposed him to other ways of seeing the world; he now calls himself a centrist.

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PHOTOS – ICON LECTURE – DR. MIKE ADAMS, PhD, CULTURAL MARXISM IN OUR UNIVERSITIES

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

 

Professor Mike Adams, PhD, UNC Wilmington, was the guest speaker at ICON Lectures on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.  The subject of his talk was the detrimental roles of Cultural Marxism campus-wide in the erosion of conservative values and the suppression of Constitutional rights, particularly concerning free speech.  Some of the issues he discussed included  campus safe spaces and hot  spots, trigger warnings, same-sex marriage, reverse discrimination and political correctness. 
Dr. Adams is Professor of Sociology and Criminology at UNC Wilmington and was awarded Professor of the Year for both 1998 and 2000.  His promotion was initially denied based on the university’s denouncement of his politically “incorrect” writings.  The US Court of Appeals found he had been illegally retaliated against, and ordered restitution. 
A video of Dr. Adam’s talk will be posted on the ICON website in about a week for those of you who were unable to attend the lecture or who live outside our immediate area.    www.iconlectureseries.com
The following photos were taken at the event.  Nancy
ICON’s next lecture will be on Tuesday, April 25. 2017  at 7 pm.    Lt.  General Daniel Bolger (ret), NCSU Assistant Professor and author of “Why We Lost” will be the guest speaker.  The subject of his talk will be Slow Death:  Assessing America’s War on Terrorism”. 
Tickets can be bought online at www.iconlectureseries.com 

Professor Mike Adams, PhD, UNC Wilmington

Mike Adams speaking with Jay DeLancy, Voter Integrity Project

Janie Wagstaff, President, ICON Lectures,

From the left: Colonel Jay Stobbs (ret), Lynda Newman, Mark Prokop and Terry Wiegers

 

From the left: Dr John Wright, Cathy Wright, Gladys Kofalt and Dr. Terry Kane

From the left: Andrea Rock, ICON Board, Sandra Henson, Jane Hogan, ICON Advisory Board

From the left: Pamela Ransohoff and Carolyn Oldham

From the left: Eileen McIntyre, Zan Bunn, President, North Carolina Federation of Republican Women and Sandra Henson

Harriet and Frank Livingston

From the left: Nancy Clark, ICON Board and Joanie Liotta

From the left: Greg Pulscher and Robert Luebke of Civitas Institute

From the left: Dee Park, and Ruth and Dr. Steve Bishop

From the left: Al Martindale and Guy Guidry

From the left: Jeff Ryder and Rod Chaney

From the left: Meg Gresham, ICON Board, Rosemarie Wenzel and Cheri Hardman

From the left: Colonel Jay Stobbs (ret), Sandy Bazley and Ken Johnson

From the left: Meg Gresham, Richard LeSeane,
John Gray, Chapel Hill Friends of the NRA and Nancy Clark

Meg Gresham and Kathy Langley

AFTER THE LECTURE GET TOGETHER
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VIDEO – FULL SPEECH – MIKE ADAMS, PhD, CULTURAL MARXISM IN OUR UNIVERSITIES

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

 

For those of you who were not able to attend the Mike Adams talk on Cultural Marxism in our universities on March 7, please click on the link for the full speech by Professor Mike Adams.    Nancy       
VIDEO – FULL SPEECH OF PROFESSOR MIKE ADAMS, PhD
HOW AMERICAN CAMPUSES INCUBATE AND ENFORCE CULTURAL MARXISM 
ICON LECTURES – MARCH 7, 2017 

 

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PHOTOS – POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – DIANA WEST – ICON LECTURES

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

 

  Diana West, author of “Death of the Grownup” and “American Betrayal” was the guest speaker at ICON’s event on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.  Political Correctness was the subject of her talk – What It Is, Where It Comes From and Why It Matters.  Diana referred to her research for  her book, “American Betrayal”  which documented  how Communists infiltrated  our government during the Roosevelt administration of the 1940’s.  Her further research has turned up evidence that the Marxists were actually actively working in this country as early as 1905.  During the 1930’s a group of Marxist professors from the Frankfurt School in Germany came to America and  established themselves first  at Columbia University and  then methodically started to spread their Cultural Marxism ideology within our university system.  By using  “Political Correctness”,  they were able to  silence those who opposed the stealth  attack on our traditional core  values which was designed to weaken our society from within.   
Through a news article about Diana’s talk, a coalition of Far Left groups organized a protest of Diana West  and made charges of “hate speech” .  When the Far Left feels threatened by the facts, they call it “hate speech”.  The protest  ended quietly but photos of some of their protest signs are at the end of the photos from the lecture.  There is also a photo of our  friend, Lee Green, holding up her sign as a counter protest to support free speech. 
A video of Diana’s talk  will be posted on our website – www.iconlectureseries.com in the next week so you will be able to listen to  Diana’s West’s  fascinating presentation.   You will not hear this subject matter being discussed anywhere else  in the media ! 
This was our last event of 2016 but 2017 is going to be an exciting year with our first speaker being Mike Adams, PHD, speaking on March 7, 2017, on “How U.S. Campuses Incubate and Enforce Cultural Marxism by using safe spaces  and speech codes. 
ICON’S lectures for the rest of 2017 are April 25 – “Slow Death:  Assessing America’s War on Terrorism”.     May 23 – “Impact of Mass Migration into the U.S.”   Sept 12 – “The Real Story on Climate Change” and October 17  “The Growing National Threat from Iran” 
Season tickets for 2017  are now available online at www.iconlectureseries.com along with a description of our five speakers that are already booked for 2017 ! 
Hope you enjoy the following photos that were taken at the event.   Nancy     
Diana West, Guest Speaker

Diana West, Guest Speaker

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Gladys Kofalt and Jim Duncan

Gladys Kofalt and Jim Duncan

From the left:  Sandy Bazley, Ken Johnson, Karen Kolias, Ginny and Jerry Cole, Gus Kolias and Jim Kofalt

From the left: Sandy Bazley, Ken Johnson, Karen Kolias, Ginny and Jerry Cole, Gus Kolias and Jim Kofalt

Ginny and Jerry Cole

Ginny and Jerry Cole

From the left:   Nancy Clark, Jim Ball, Wendy Ball and Gladys Kofalt

From the left: Nancy Clark, Jim Ball, Wendy Ball and Gladys Kofalt

From the left:  Andrea Rock, Dr. Rosemary Stein, Hannah Stein  and PJ Gentry

From the left: Andrea Rock, Dr. Rosemary Stein, Hannah Stein
and PJ Gentry

From the left:  Mary McKinney, Caroline Bishop, Karen Macomson,  Andrea Rock and Kimberly Rosario Sanchez

From the left: Mary McKinney, Caroline Bishop, Karen Macomson,
Andrea Rock and Kimberly Rosario Sanchez

From the left:  Susan Berkowitz, Fran Mammolito and Margaret Fox

From the left: Susan Berkowitz, Fran Mammolito and Margaret Fox

From the left:  Kimberly Rosario Sanchez, Meg Gresham, Dana Postiglioni,  Andrea Rock and Nancy Clark

From the left: Kimberly Rosario Sanchez, Meg Gresham, Dana Postiglioni,
Andrea Rock and Nancy Clark

From the left:   Terry Wiegers, Bonnie O'Neill and Eduardo Sanchez

From the left: Terry Wiegers, Bonnie O’Neill and Eduardo Sanchez

From the left:  Marlene Waller and Mary Lopez Carter, Republican candidate for the North Carolina State Senate

From the left: Marlene Waller and Mary Lopez Carter, Republican candidate for the North Carolina State Senate

Dave Carter and son, Chris

Dave Carter and son, Chris

From the left:  Chris Lee, Dr. Leon Coleman and Jeff Miller

From the left: Chris Lee, Dr. Leon Coleman and Jeff Miller

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Diana West answering questions after her presentation

Diana West answering questions after her presentation

From the left:   Sean Moser and Jim Duncan

From the left: Sean Moser and Jim Duncan

From the left:  Bob Drake, Paul Olsen, Mary and Ben Proctor

From the left: Bob Drake, Paul Olsen, Mary and Ben Proctor

From the left:  Mary Lou Drake and Laura Cox

From the left: Mary Lou Drake and Laura Cox

Michaela and Paul Tomas

Michaela and Paul Tomas

From the left:  Dr. Laura Gutman and Diana West

From the left: Dr. Laura Gutman and Diana West

A fun get together after the lecture

A fun get together after the lecture

Lee Green,  a counter protest in support of Free Speech

Lee Green, a counter protest in support of Free Speech

FAR LEFT PROTESTORS

Protestors who requested that their faces not be shown

Protestors who requested that their faces not be shown

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WHO STOLE OUR CULTURE ? – CULTURAL MARXISM / FRANKFURT SCHOOL

Friday, September 30th, 2016

 

Who stole our culture?

Editor’s note: This column is an excerpt from Dr. Ted Baehr and Pat Boone’s new book “The Culture-wise Family: Upholding Christian Values in a Mass Media World.” In the book, entertainment expert Dr. Ted Baehr and legendary musician Pat Boone urge people to make wise choices for themselves and their families so they can protect their children from toxic messages in the culture.

The following is Chapter 10, written by historian Williams S. Lind.

William S. Lind has a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College and an M.A., also in History, from Princeton University. He serves as director of the Center for Cultural Conservatism of the Free Congress Foundation in Washington, D.C., and as a vestryman at St. James Anglican Church in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

Sometime during the last half-century, someone stole our culture. Just 50 years ago, in the 1950s, America was a great place. It was safe. It was decent. Children got good educations in the public schools. Even blue-collar fathers brought home middle-class incomes, so moms could stay home with the kids. Television shows reflected sound, traditional values.

Where did it all go? How did that America become the sleazy, decadent place we live in today – so different that those who grew up prior to the ’60s feel like it’s a foreign country? Did it just “happen”?

It didn’t just “happen.” In fact, a deliberate agenda was followed to steal our culture and leave a new and very different one in its place. The story of how and why is one of the most important parts of our nation’s history – and it is a story almost no one knows. The people behind it wanted it that way.

What happened, in short, is that America’s traditional culture, which had grown up over generations from our Western, Judeo-Christian roots, was swept aside by an ideology. We know that ideology best as “political correctness” or “multi-culturalism.” It really is cultural Marxism, Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms in an effort that goes back not to the 1960s, but to World War I. Incredible as it may seem, just as the old economic Marxism of the Soviet Union has faded away, a new cultural Marxism has become the ruling ideology of America’s elites. The No. 1 goal of that cultural Marxism, since its creation, has been the destruction of Western culture and the Christian religion.

To understand anything, we have to know its history. To understand who stole our culture, we need to take a look at the history of “political correctness.”

Early Marxist theory

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VIDEO – THE AGENDA OF THE LEFT, GRINDING DOWN AMERICA

Friday, June 17th, 2016

 

So many are now asking; What is happening to our country?  The coarsening of our society is now evident – divorce rates are soaring, families are crumbling and Christianity is being attacked.
Home schooling of children is increasing because many parents are dissatisfied with the public schools as they feel that the schools are providing inferior education and indoctrinating their children.  Our universities are no longer where there is open dialogue.  Safe spaces and the shouting down of conservative opinions is all too common. 
  The feminist agenda is pushing abortion on demand, parents are no longer informed when their underage child is having an abortion.   Schools are passing out condoms to children and there are gay pride parades as if homosexuality is something to be celebrated.
The number of Americans on food stamps is at an all-time high.  Social Justice (also better known as Socialism) is the new buzz word that even  our churches have adopted.  Dependency on government is taking the place of American self reliance.  The fibre of our country is being weakened as we are being destroyed from within.
At every opportunity, the Left is pushing for more gun control by telling us they want to keep us safe.  I think many of us know better as we want to be able to keep ourselves safe as we  have watched while the defenseless Europeans are attacked and killed by terrorists.
The answer to these and many other questions is in the following documentary film.  Watching this one video will make it all crystal clear to you as you will understand how and why the Agenda of the Left is grinding down America.  
Please share with your email lists.   Nancy   

 

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HONORING ANGELA DAVIS, 60’S RADICAL ACTIVIST

Friday, June 10th, 2016

 

The honoring of Angela Davis is disgusting.  Honoring the leftist radicals of the 60’s and 70’s seems to be the norm for liberals today.  Another  example of this is the famous former member of the radical Weathermen group,  Bill Ayers, who is now an influential educator and who, by the way,  launched  Obama into the political world.   Nancy

Angela Davis and Radical Chic 2016

Acquitted of murder, tenured in academia, feted by the mayor’s wife in a ritzy setting made possible by the system she loathes.

From left, Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis and Elizabeth Sackler at the Brooklyn Museum, June 2. Behind them is Claude Monet s  The Doge s Palace  (1908).ENLARGE
From left, Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis and Elizabeth Sackler at the Brooklyn Museum, June 2. Behind them is Claude Monet’s ‘The Doge’s Palace’ (1908). PHOTO:WIREIMAGE

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Angela Davis travels the world these days collecting honors. She once supported the Soviet invasions of Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan while refusing to speak up for political prisoners in socialist countries. Now she champions the Occupy and Black Lives Matter movements and derides the police and capitalist West, mouthing radical slogans that, if acted upon, would destroy the civilization that coddles her.

Saturday marked the 44th anniversary of Angela Davis’s acquittal on charges of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy. Remember Angela Davis? I asked several of my younger colleagues: No one under 35 had heard of her. But the former Black Panther, recipient of the Soviet Union’s Lenin Peace Prize, and two-time vice-presidential candidate on the Communist Party ticket with Gus Hall, was once a household name. That was enough for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, which last Thursday bestowed on Ms. Davis the 2016 Sackler Center First Award, “honoring women who are first in their fields.”

Previous honorees include the novelist Toni Morrison, Miss Piggyand Anita Hill—pioneers all, no question. Ms. Davis is surely the first person to have parlayed an appearance on the FBI’s 10 most-wanted list into a tenured professorship at the University of California.

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CONSERVATIVE PROFESSORS ON PROGRESSIVE CAMPUSES

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Campus Unicorns: Conservative Teachers

One professor told us he was ‘lying to people all the time’ to hide his politics.

Mr. Shields is an associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. Mr. Dunn is an associate professor of political science at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. They are the authors of “Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University” (Oxford University Press, 2016).
April 20, 2016 7:13 p.m. ET
Everyone knows that academia is predominantly liberal: Only 6.6% of professors in the social sciences are Republicans, according to a 2007 study. But what is life like for the pioneering conservatives who slip through the ivory tower’s gates? We decided to find out by interviewing 153 of them.
Many conservative professors said they felt socially isolated. A political scientist told us that he became a local pariah for defending the Iraq war in his New England college town, which he called “Cuba with bad weather.” One sociologist stated the problem well: “To say a strong conservative political opinion with conviction in an academic gathering is analogous to uttering an obscenity.” A prominent social scientist at a major research university spoke of the strain of concealing his political views from his colleagues—of “lying to people all the time.”
Some even said that bias had complicated their career advancement. A historian of Latin America told us that he suffered professionally after writing a dissertation on “middle-class white guys” when it was fashionable to focus on the “agency of subaltern peoples.” Though he doesn’t think the work branded him as a conservative, it certainly didn’t excite the intellectual interest of his peers.
A similarly retrograde literature professor sought advice from a colleague after struggling to land a tenure-track job. He was told that he had “a nice resume for 1940.” As Neil Gross has shown, liberal professors often believe that conservatives are closed-minded. If you got to choose your colleagues, would you hire someone you thought fit that description?
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

 

Accuracy In Academia

www.academia.org/the-origins-of-political-correctness/

The Origins of Political Correctness

February 5, 2000, Bill Lind,
An Accuracy in Academia Address by Bill Lind
Variations of this speech have been delivered to various AIA conferences including the 2000 Consevative University at American University
Where does all this stuff that you’ve heard about this morning – the victim feminism, the gay rights movement, the invented statistics, the rewritten history, the lies, the demands, all the rest of it – where does it come from? For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic.
We have seen other countries, particularly in this century, where this has been the case. And we have always regarded them with a mixture of pity, and to be truthful, some amusement, because it has struck us as so strange that people would allow a situation to develop where they would be afraid of what words they used. But we now have this situation in this country. We have it primarily on college campuses, but it is spreading throughout the whole society. Were does it come from? What is it?
We call it “Political Correctness.” The name originated as something of a joke, literally in a comic strip, and we tend still to think of it as only half-serious. In fact, it’s deadly serious. It is the great disease of our century, the disease that has left tens of millions of people dead in Europe, in Russia, in China, indeed around the world. It is the disease of ideology. PC is not funny. PC is deadly serious.
If we look at it analytically, if we look at it historically, we quickly find out exactly what it is. Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I. If we compare the basic tenets of Political Correctness with classical Marxism the parallels are very obvious.

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CAMPUS LUNACY

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

 

Campus Lunacy

Walter E. Williams   Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University Mar 30, 2016

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni publishes occasional reports on what college students know. Nearly 10 percent of the college graduates surveyed thought Judith Sheindlin, TV’s “Judge Judy,” is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Less than 20 percent of the college graduates knew the effect of the Emancipation Proclamation. More than a quarter of the college graduates did not know Franklin D. Roosevelt was president during World War II; one-third did not know he was the president who spearheaded the New Deal. But it is little mystery why so many college students are illiterate, innumerate and resistant to understanding. Let’s look at it.
Student activists at Brown University complained of emotional stress and poor grades after they spent months of protesting for various causes. They blamed the university for insisting that they complete their coursework. One of the objects of their protest was an op-ed in The Brown Daily Herald, the university newspaper, that was deemed racist because it defended the celebration of Columbus Day. Brown University’s faculty recently took care of that and renamed Columbus Day “Indigenous People’s Day.”

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