If The Right Is Serious About The Culture War, It Needs To Clean House In Education
If The Right Is Serious About The Culture War, It Needs To Clean House In Education By Sumantra Maitra for The Federalist
As politics is downstream of culture, and conservatives sit at a disadvantage, fixing the leftist bias in corporate media and academia are the first steps.
The day President Trump defended Walt Whitman at Mount Rushmore, a professor writing for the Washington Post argued it is time to rethink the global legacy of American independence founded on racism and predicated on white supremacy. This wasn’t just media bias. The timing and tone betrayed an agenda.
There is a reason many Americans consider corporate media and academia the twin enemies of the people. These two entities place themselves not as neutral arbiters and analysts of historical events, but as cheerleaders for the official opposition, effectively declaring themselves against half the country’s population and their views. As Rich Lowry pointed out in National Review, judging by the media’s coverage of the Mount Rushmore speech, the entire concept of nationalism and patriotism is slowly being joined with the accusation of “white supremacy.”
The larger issue, however, is bigger than that. It is not just about media coverage or bias. It is about academic concepts — formerly fringe thoughts that used to be relegated to ivory towers — now percolating through the institutions, which has resulted in hubs of unadulterated, unchecked propaganda.
Increasingly, even as Trump might be an unlikely cultural conservative messenger, structural forces are placing him in a curious situation where he finds himself the defender of the patrimony in an ongoing cold civil war. This is not a matter of choice anymore. Purveyors of academic Trumpism, or the “Trump Doctrine,” stand no chance of being objectively analyzed or judged on merit. This is an uneven fight.
Consider the latest few examples. Insofar as the Trump Doctrine is concerned, three of his speeches in particular may prove pivotal to his tumultuous presidency. In the first, he gave a speech at West Point, re-iterating classical American and Republican foreign policy:
We are restoring the fundamental principles that the job of the American soldier is not to rebuild foreign nations, but defend — and defend strongly — our nation from foreign enemies. We are ending the era of endless wars. In its place is a renewed, clear-eyed focus on defending America’s vital interests.
It will cease to be a duty, Trump argued, for American troops to be involved in sectarian and local conflicts in faraway lands not related to any vital interest to the United States. “We are not the policemen of the world,” he stated.