Most people know that universities are not what they once were. But few have witnessed first hand the extent of our left wing institution’s indoctrination. My time studying art history at a university here is a case in point.

I am sitting in a seminar room. It is glum Wednesday afternoon. The seminar ahead is three hours long. Students gradually mope their way into the room. I hear faint mutters of the antics of their recent night out on the town. ‘Did you see you how f***** Tom was last night?’, someone murmurs (such is the sophistication of pre-seminar chitter chatter). Our lecturer strolls in five minutes late. He sets up his laptop. After messing around with a few bits of paper, he connects it to the projector. And there it is – the title ‘Postmodern Art’ a picture Donald Trump stark naked with a tiny penis underneath. The room echoes with little petulant giggles.

Moments later, our lecturer cascades into a blood-thirsty rant, purging his inner intolerance of nationalism. How can anyone believe this man is fit for office? How can anyone be proud of what America has done to the world? What of his misogynistic outlook? His disingenuous promises of on-shoring manufacturing jobs in middle America? His ‘racist’ wall? He likes to grab pussies for Pete’s sake? The room falls silent.

When did it become so commonplace for teachers, lecturers, and professors to shove their politics down the throats of impressionable young students? Do they expect us to challenge such ferocious beliefs?

Can you imagine a lecturer showing an unflattering, naked representation of Hillary Clinton? Diane Abbott? Caroline Lucas? The contradiction is astounding. But my postmodern lecturer presents Trump as the archetype of historical misogyny yet because he is a man mocks him for having small genitalia. It doesn’t seem very postmodern to me. It seems sexist. Germaine Greer would laugh through her teeth.

A survey conducted by The Adam Smith Institute in 2016 revealed that eight out of ten lecturers are left wing at UK universities. US conservatives are well aware of this gradual Marxist insurrection; it is right out of the Maoist playbook – turn the culture upside down and against itself. It started decades ago. Adding to the worry, The Open Syllabus Project, which tracks works assigned to students, revealed that across the US, Karl Marx’s sacred manifesto is the most assigned reading at universities. We have the same problem here. While I was at university lecturers and professors assigned it in three separate modules.

The new problem is Marxists lecturers no longer operate in the shadows but insist on absolute adherence to Marxist teachings. It left me not only scrutinising conservative academics and commentators who I agreed with in assignments but writing arguments rebutting them I knew to be false. Shrewd students pander for marks. If you have the ‘right’ politics, you get more marks. The double tick of approval by the tutor next to a sentence in which I criticised Paul Joseph Watson, the well-known conservative commentator and YouTuber, in one of my assignments confirmed such.

In another instance, a lecturer advised students not to criticise Marx because it would be “too complex” – as if demonising the rich would require the pairing together of more than two brain cells. The same lecturer cautioned me for addressing a transgender individual sitting next to another biological female as ‘guys’. All I was trying to do was gain their attention so I could pass them the handout. Such is the environment we learn in.

My advice, if you are a conservative, is save yourself the trouble and self censor. The Marxist lecturer is on a moral one and there is no room for disagreement. Bide your time, get your degree and speak out afterwards.

One can only hope good old Boris will stem the tide and introduce a quota system to ensure ideological parity amongst university staff.

Author: Jake Stark

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