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‘Deplorable NYU Professor’ Slams Peers’ Embrace of Antifa Violence

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‘Deplorable NYU Professor’ Slams Peers’ Embrace of Antifa Violence

 

Rectenwald says drive 'to silence and even destroy' opposing voices a natural outgrowth of political correctness

 

LifeZette

by Edmund Kozak

Updated 23 Aug 2017 at 12:51 PM

 

Excerpt;

 

An outspoken college professor is sounding the alarm on much of academia’s nascent embrace of Antifa. Professors across the country are defending or promoting the militant left-wing group’s use of violence to silence political opponents, aided by an indifferent or even friendly mainstream media.

 

The most blatant example was an op-ed written by Mark Bray, a visiting scholar at Dartmouth College, and published in The Washington Post, which defended Antifa violence on the grounds that it is “self-defense.” Other professors went so far as to launch their own campus “anti-fascist” networks.

 

One college professor, however, is slamming his peers’ embrace of political violence, but says that such an embrace of violence is the inevitable consequence of the fundamentally totalitarian, intensely politically correct brand of “social justice” that for years has been a normal feature on most college campuses.

 

"Mark Bray and other orthodox academic leftists equate 'Left' with 'good' and thus exonerate all activity undertaken on the Left's behalf as morally worthy and naturally defensible," Michael Rectenwald, a professor of liberal studies at New York University, told LifeZette. "This represents a reprehensible and utterly disingenuous or otherwise naïve historical myopia, so common among the Left in the western world."

 

"As a bevy of evidence makes clear, including its own propaganda, Antifa arrogates to itself absolute authority over the expression and assembly of others," Rectenwald continued. "It deems itself the sole arbiter of rights and makes absolutely no bones about its belief in its authority. Antifa is an authoritarian, embryonic, totalitarian intimidation gang, which, if it managed to gain state power, would proceed to execute all those with the 'wrong' ideology. This is exactly what happened in the Soviet Union and Communist China."

 

It should come as no surprise that the Left is beginning to embrace such violence, according to Rectenwald, who is extensively familiar with its totalitarian impulses and utter disregard for the freedom of those with whom they disagree.

 

"All of this only became possible and is an almost inevitable result of an educational system that teaches only the evils of politics based on 'racial' bigotry while failing to study the evils perpetrated by leftist regimes based on extreme ideological bigotry," said Rectenwald. "Antifa and "the Left that supports them is made possible by an educational indoctrination that excludes all of the horrors that have come with left[ist] authoritarianism, such as in China under Maoism and in the Soviet Union under Stalinism."

 

Rectenwald continued: "Mass murder, political imprisonment, and other atrocities are excused entirely or glossed over when it comes to those committed by regimes whose ideology resembles their own. More people have been mass-murdered by regimes under the banner of 'equality' than under that of 'supremacy.' I say this as a person who comes not from the right wing but who spent at least 20 years as a communist."

 

It was this intellectually dishonest, totalitarian milieu that motivated Rectenwald to abandon the Left entirely.

 

*snip*

 

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MontyPython

Wow, a college professor with a brain and brass balls! That's one rare animal these days. It's good to know the species isn't yet fully extinct.

 

But I (sadly) predict he won't be a professor at NYU much longer after this. Can't have all those college snowflakes exposed to the brutal truth, y'know.

 

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ThePatriot

Well, he's probably looking to retire or quit so telling the truth is likely no skin off his nose.

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