by James C. Sherlock
There have been countless articles here on the tyranny of the left on Virginia college campuses. And nationwide.
I need not summarize them here.
But I think it useful on a weekend to consider the origins of that movement to better understand it.
It did not spring up randomly, and it continues to flow from its source, Herbert Marcuse and his book Repressive Tolerance (1965)*.
Marcuse abandoned the working class as a source of subversion of capitalism in 1964’s The One-Dimensional Man. He
put his faith in an alliance between radical intellectuals and those groups not yet integrated into one-dimensional society, the socially marginalized, the substratum of the outcasts and outsiders, the exploited and persecuted of other ethnicities and other colors, the unemployed and the unemployable.
You may recognize that target coalition.
Herbert Marcuse has been the campus left’s philosopher since the 60’s radicals were suckled on his writings and remained in academia. Their students have come now to dominate the heights of the culture, including academia, Hollywood, the media, and teachers’ unions.
What I call the “stupid right,” more useful to the left than to conservatism, seeks to use some of Marcuse’s tactics in an equally destructive way. But they remain a fringe.
They seek a different coalition, most of which utterly rejects them.
Because they are destructive of society. Continue reading