College offers course on how to “sell” idea of getting rid of prisons “to the masses” – here’s who’s financing them

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ANNANDALE-ON HUDSON, NY- “Defund the police?” How about “defund colleges and universities?”

In the latest edition of indoctrination nation, we take you to Bard College, a small private institution located in Annandale on Hudson in Dutchess County, New York.

On the heels of a $500 million donation from billionaire Marxist George Soros, the college is offering a course this fall called “Abolishing Prisons and the Police,” Breitbart reports.

A leftist named Kwame Holmes is going to be teaching the course. More on him in a minute. The description of the course reads:

This course explores what’s to be gained, lost and what we can’t imagine about a world without prisons.

Through the figure of abolition (a phenomenon we will explore via movements to end slavery, the death penalty, abortion, gay conversion therapy and more) we will explore how and why groups of Americans have sought to bring an absolute end to sources of human suffering.

In turn, we will explore a history of the punitive impulse in American social policy and seek to discern means of intervening against it. Finally, on the specific question of prison abolition, we will think through how to “sell” the abolition to the masses and design a multi-media ad campaign to make prison abolition go viral.”

According to the college, the class is part of the so-called “Hate Studies Initiative,” Fox News said.

According to Angela Morabito from Campus Reform, this is another in a line of indoctrination of college students being used by the far left.

“Bard College is attempting to do with prison abolition the exact same thing colleges did with the defund the police movement. Take a radical idea, plant it on college campuses, and then weaponize young adults to push it into the mainstream. Bard College, like so many schools before it, is becoming the public relations department for far-left fringe concepts,” Morabito said.

As to the “instructor” for the course, Holmes is a far-left radical as his bio reads:

“Scholar-in-Residence in the Human Rights Project” and is described as a “critical geographer, historian, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the emotional politics of urban development and inequality.”

He reads the history of modern cities and social movements through a black queer studies frame. His work has appeared in Radical History Review, Occasion and No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies.”

Holmes is currently in the midst of revising a book manuscript called “Queer Removal: Liberalism and Displacement in the Nation’s Capital.”

Among Holmes’ “genius” ideas was one reported by Campus Reform, an op-ed he wrote on Chronogram entitled, “Why Abolish the Police?” whereby he encouraged abolishing police departments and replacing them with something called “neighborhood pods”:

Within a “pod,” neighbors construct a new, horizontally oriented social contract between themselves. While most mutual aid focuses on the delivery of essential services, neighborhood pods would also create intentional agreements around safety. Pod members may choose to pool resources to replace stolen property, to engage in rideshares if a car is vandalized, to supply food if someone is injured in a violent attack. Participants may agree not to call the police, refusing to absolve themselves of the responsibility to resolve conflict amongst themselves.

Apparently singing “Kumbaya” is optional. It is unknown if MS-13 and other gang members had agreed to sign on to the “pod” concept, but they would no doubt be “all over it.”

Holmes says that by establishing these Camelot-like pods, it would “eliminate the choice between an evil ‘doer’ and an innocent ‘done to;’ which in turn reframes crime form an absolute ‘wrong’ to a blow to health communal relationships.” Yes folks, this guy is teaching our college students.

Bard College’s “Hate Studies Initiative” is described on the school’s website as containing courses pertaining to:

Inquiries into the human capacity to define, and then dehumanize and demonize, an ‘other,’ and the processes which inform and give expression to, or can curtail, control, or combat, that capacity.” Courses noted with ** are new hate-centric courses supported with funding from the Bard Center for the Study of Hate (underwritten with a generous grant from GS Humane Corp).

What is it with these colleges and universities and their seeming obsession with “hate?”

The school further describes the Bard Center for the Study of Hate, which was established in 2018 through a “generous endowment from the Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation” as an initiative that “works to increase the serious study of human hatred, and ways to combat it.”

“The Center will support faculty and students through the Bard network who want to study and/or combat hatred and its various manifestations,” Bard states on its website. That would seem to imply that policing and prisons are a manifestation of hatred. Got it.

In May, Breitbart reported that according to Bard College in a statement, they said the Soros donation, referred to as a “challenge grant” was “among the largest ever made to higher education in the United States.”

The college also said the grant would facilitate the school’s “exemplary educational and social initiatives, establish the College’s most substantial endowment ever, and set the stage for a $1 billion endowment drive.”

The college bragged that it was a founding partner of “the new Open Society University Network,” in partnership with Open Society Foundations, a Soros money-laundering operation that funds his far-left programs.

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Law Enforcement Today has previously written on the far-left indoctrination in our institutions of “higher learning.” In case you missed it, following is one of those reports:

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BROOKLYN, N.Y.- The same liberals who tells us we “must believe in science” when it comes to the manmade “global warming” farce are now telling us that mathematics isn’t an absolute, asserting that “2 plus 2 equals 4” is “rooted in Western definitions of mathematics.” And we wonder why our younger generation is borderline mentally ill.

According to Campus Reform, a number of math professors and so-called academics at “top” universities in the country, such as Harvard and the University of Illinois cited the “Eurocentric” roots of American mathematics.

One such educator, Brooklyn College Professor of Math Education Laurie Rubel took to Twitter this week and claimed that the mathematical equation 2+2=4 “reeks of white supremacist patriarchy.”

She seriously said that. Her tweet was retweeted by the aforementioned “academics” from around the country and promoted by them.

Rubel was attempting to make the case this past week that basic math is rooted in white supremacy. This is apparently nothing new, as recently the so-called “educated” among us have tried to make the argument that “objective truth” is a social construct.

“The idea that math (or data) is culturally neutral or in any way objective is a MYTH. I’m ready to move on with that understanding. Who’s coming with me?” Professor Clueless wrote in a tweet.

She continued:

“Along with the ‘of course math is neutral because 2+2=4’ trope and the related (and creepy) ‘math is pure’ and ‘protect math.’ Reeks of white supremacist patriarchy,” Rubel wrote, adding, “I’d rather think on nurturing people & protecting the planet (with math in service of them goals).” She obviously was not an English major.

Rubel was not alone.

A Ph.D. candidate from Harvard, Kareem Carr, suggested that math should be reevaluated because it was primarily developed by white men. Is it any wonder why these punks committing anarchy in our cities are doing so, when they are told that white men are the root of all evil?

If they’re trying to say that math is not an absolute, one can only imagine what these same brain-dead geniuses are saying about history.

“People say it’s subjectivism to ask if math is Western. I don’t get that. It’s an objective fact that some groups were more involved in the creation of modern math than others,” Carr continued. “They may have been *trying* to make it objective but it’s not stupide to ask if they actually succeeded.”

She was slammed in some quarters for her ridiculous assertions:

Thank God there are still some academics who possess some sense of logic and common sense.

Breitbart News reported that one such academic, James Lindsay, who holds a doctorate in math and a background in physics notified Rubel and the other so-called academics that “mathematical truths are objective.”

“It’s certainly the case, and the Woke need to be held firmly to the point, that feats of engineering like space travel and rocketry utterly depend upon accepting stable meanings of mathematical statements like 2+2=4 as objectively true, not mere accidents of culture,” Lindsay tweeted.

The Twitter debate emanated from a discussion of the George Orwell novel 1984, in which the citizens of a fictional totalitarian state are told that 2+2=5, a result of government propaganda.

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In a hilarious prank perpetrated by Lindsay and Peter Boghossian, a full-time faculty member in the Philosophy department at Portland State University, persuaded “an academic journal to peer-review and publish their paper claiming that the penis is not really a male genital organ but a social construct,” Breitbart News reported in another piece.

The paper, which was published by Cogent Social Sciences—a multidisciplinary open access journal offering high-quality peer review across the social sciences”—also claimed that penises were the reason behind climate change.

The hoax was designed as a slam on the farce that is gender studies. In their hoax paper, the two made sure they dropped a lot of trigger phrases in order to prove an anti-male bias:

“We intended to test the hypothesis that flattery of the academic Left’s moral architecture in general, and of the moral orthodoxy in gender studies in particular, is the overwhelming determiner of publication in an academic journal in the field.

That is, we sought to demonstrate that a desire for a certain moral view of the world to be validated could overcome the critical assessment required for legitimate scholarship.

Particularly, we suspected that gender studies is crippled academically by an overriding almost religious belief that maleness is the root of all evil. On the evidence our suspicion was justified.”

Breitbart noted that they also made it completely unintelligible:

“We didn’t try to make the paper coherent; instead we stuffed it full of jargon (like “discursive” and “isomorphism”), nonsense (like arguing that hypermasculine men are both inside and outside of certain discourses at the same time), “red-flag” phrases (like “pre-post-patriarchal society”), lewd references to slang terms for the penis, insulting phrases regarding men (including referring to some men who choose not to have children as being “unable to coerce a mate”), and allusions to rape (We stated that “manspreading,” a complaint levied against men for sitting with their legs spread wide, is “akin to raping the empty space around him”).

After completing the paper, we read it carefully to ensure it didn’t say anything meaningful, and as neither one of us could determine what it is actually about, we deemed it a success.”

Lindsay and Boghossian used something called the Postmodern Generator, which was a website coded in the 1990’s which featured an algorithm intended to basically emulate a fake postmodern “paper” every time the page is reloaded.

Once the paper was submitted, it contained paragraphs which Breitbart noted looked impressive on their face but were literally meaningless. Any serious academic would have rejected the  paper outright, however after it was peer-reviewed by two so-called experts in the field, who only made a few suggested changes, the paper was passed for publication.

The paper, titled “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct,” received very high marks in nearly every category, the two authors said.

One reviewer graded the thesis statement as “sound,” praising the paper, saying it capturs [sic] the issue of hypermasculinity through a multi-dimensional and nonlinear process,” while the other reviewer marked the thesis and the entire paper “outstanding” in all categories.

So, how exactly did the two perpetrators of the hoax convince these “peer reviewers” that climate change was “conceptually” caused by penises? As follows:

“Destructive, unsustainable hegemonically male approaches to pressing environmental policy and action are the predictable result of a raping of nature by a male-dominated mindset. This mindset is best captured by recognizing the role of [sic] the conceptual penis holds over masculine psychology.

When it is applied to our natural environment, especially virgin environments that can be cheaply despoiled for their material resources and left dilapidated and diminished when our patriarchal approaches to economic gain have stolen their inherent worth, the extrapolation of the rape culture inherent in the conceptual penis becomes clear.”

We often make sport of the typical Antifa protesting, weight-challenged ginger female as being a gender studies graduate from one of the left-wing institutions of indoctrination like Amherst College or UMASS.

What this hoax shows, and the two hoaxers agree is that there is little value in fields such as gender studies in particular, and academic publishing in general. As they say:

“The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct” should not have been published on its merits because it was actively written to avoid having any merits whatsoever. The paper is academically worthless nonsense.

So, exactly how does all of this tie into the 2+2=4 being a result of “white supremacist patriarchy?”

Because, as the hoax story finished, “…people rarely give up on their moral attachments and ideological commitments just because they’re shown to be out of alignment with reality.” And clearly these so-called mathematical academics are WAY out of alignment with reality.

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