Ricardo Duchesne is becoming an important voice in defense of the West. In previous blogs, I have called attention to his recent book The Uniqueness of Western Civilization (see here and here). Now he has written an article in a Canadian academic publication on the absurdity of the charge that the Canadian academic world is pervaded by racism (“Progressives are running the universities“). The main points fit with my experience exactly: The university is run by the multicultural left. Not only is it common knowledge that faculty in the humanities and social sciences are decidedly on the left, as Duchesne notes, “it is well known that progressives have been able for decades now to exercise their control through domination of hiring committees and the imposition of politically correct speech codes designed to exterminate dissent.” Academic leftists have been taking their grievances right to the bank:
The universities of Canada have worked like a gold mine for progressives. Many of the professors cited in the article have multiple research grants, contracts with government departments, awards for research and teaching, are fellows of the Royal Academy and, in at least one case, is a member of the Order of Canada. I could go on for pages citing their academic honours. University Affairs might have done its readers a greater service publishing an article entitled “The Racism Industry in Academia.”
Anyone reading Duchesne’s book, The Uniqueness of Western Civilization, would realize his respect for the culture of the West. Here he notes that the lefties in the academic world are completely contemptuous of Western culture:
They don’t care much for Western high culture. Their research and teaching interests stand in direct opposition to the Greek discovery of rational argumentation, the Roman legacy in jurisprudence, the invention of polyphonic music in medieval France, the invention of linear perspective painting in Renaissance Italy, the invention of the novel in modern Europe, the calibration of uncertainty in Europe (1565-1657), the rise of Galilean and Newtonian science, and indeed the invention of Liberalism and Democracy. …
Looking at the courses offered in Canadian universities, one wonders if the attempt to teach Western high culture is itself now seen as offensive.
One of the points Duchesne makes in his book is that the critics of the West typically presuppose prototypical Western values in making their points. Here one might ask: Where else but in the West do the educated elites relentlessly advocate displacing the founding population in the name of moral principle? Where else can entire areas of academic scholarship be accurately described as tribal moral communities, to use Jonathan Haidt’s term? Indeed, morally based ingroups seem to be a unique feature of Western culture, apparent, for example, in the Puritan culture that has had such an impact in America.
Why don’t these anti-White academic activists go back home and systematically undermine their own people and culture. Instead, we have professor Audrey Kobayashi, who “wants nothing less than a campus-wide strategy commanding every faculty to offer an anti-racism course or a full program so that all students can learn about white racial attitudes.” See what happens when you propose an analogous program in her ancestral homeland forcing all faculty to develop courses in Japanese ethnocentrism so that Japanese students can be indoctrinated to see their displacement as a moral imperative. No other culture in the world would allow this.
And of course, there are the truckling Whites who try to get ahead by trumpeting their self-flagellation. Here Duchesne presents the comments of an ethnomasochistic (to use Pat Buchanan’s term) White academic who welcome[s] this blanket indictment against the ‘unearned privileges of white faculty.’”
These are precisely the faculty who get ahead in the game. One can easily imagine the White professor of English who bemoans the “racialized privileges” of White faculty aspiring to become a dean or department head and then doing her level best to make sure that there are fewer people like herself around in the future, all the while enjoying all the perquisites of a wonderful career as an elite academic. Making a strong moral conscience work for you personally—an individualistic stance entirely in keeping with the suicidal culture of the West.