Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Pushing Communism on Children
As that old cliché states, the definition of insanity is to repeat the same thing over and over again expecting different results. However, when applied to those who promote the Marxist ideals of communism, this becomes a truism. It’s quite simply intellectually and historically dishonest to suggest that communism has ever produced a more just society, let alone anything even remotely resembling the utopia its advocates so exuberantly promise. And yet leftist proponents of the fatally flawed system repeatedly argue for its acceptance on the basis of it being in principle a perfect system — you know, if it weren’t for a history of failed implementations.
Which brings us to those at MIT Press who just can’t resist the temptation to push for communism’s acceptance with the next generation. MIT Press recently released a children’s book entitled “Communism for Kids” — a propaganda tract written by a German political theorist who specializes in “queer politics.” The plot synopsis of the book reads as follows: “Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism. How could their dreams come true? This little book proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true to its ideals and free from authoritarianism.”
The book, according to MIT Press, “unfolds like a story, with jealous princesses, fancy swords, displaced peasants, mean bosses, and tired workers — not to mention a Ouija board, a talking chair, and a big pot called ‘the state.’” Clearly it should be found in the children’s fantasy section of the book store. Chapter titles of the book include, “What is communism?”, “What is capitalism?”, “How did capitalism arise?”, “What is work?” as well as “What is to be done?”
A portion of the book states, “Communism names the society that gets rid of all the evils people suffer today in our society under capitalism. There are lots of different ideas about what communism should look like. But if communism means getting rid of all the evils people suffer under capitalism, then the best kind of communism is the one that can get rid of the most evils.” The problem is that kind of communism is simply non-existent, for communism itself fundamentally rejects one of the most obvious and basic foundational truths of human nature: People are selfish.
In the increasingly godless circles of the leftist elites, the opiate of Marxism is as enticing as it has ever been.
Former Choate teacher fired in 1999 for 'anally raping' a student in a resort swimming pool KEPT teaching at other schools and became a high school principal after nobody reported the allegations
A prestigious boarding school says a Spanish teacher it fired in 1999 after two students accused him of sexual assault was able to continue his education career for the next 18 years at several other schools that weren't notified of the allegations.
Jaime Rivera-Murillo is among 12 former faculty and staff members at Choate Rosemary Hall named in a report the Wallingford, Connecticut school released Thursday, accusing them of sexual misconduct with students over the past several decades. Rivera denies the allegations.
Rivera just last week resigned as principal of Wamogo Regional High School in Litchfield after its school superintendent was notified by Choate officials about the allegations. His teaching career spanned at least two other high schools in the 18 years he was fired from Choate.
The explosive allegations stem from an incident in October of 1999, when Rivera was a Spanish teacher for Choate.
He was leading a fall semester study abroad program in San Jose, Costa Rica, when he led a group of students on a weekend excursion.
Late on a Friday evening, Rivera and five students were 'hanging out' at a resort swimming pool and nearby bar, the students recalled in interviews with investigators.
As the night went on, Rivera 'became overly friendly' and 'touchy-feely' with one 15-year-old female student, placing his hand on her leg and groping her breast, according to a memo of the investigation conducted less than 24 hours later.
Later, in the pool with a 17-year-old female student, Rivera got even more personal.
'I have these problems. I am a man,' he told her, adding that he and his wife were separated, according to the memo.
The student said that Rivera kissed her, put his hand on her underpants, and moved her into a dark area of the pool, which had an island in the center of it.
Rivera then 'removed his shorts,' and 'entered her anus with his penis,' memo says.
Another student claims he found Rivera in the midst of 'thrusting' into the young girl, and yanked the teacher away from the girl.
Interviews this year with the students involved substantially correspond to the contemporaneous accounts, with the exception that the 17-year-old now says that Rivera was trying to penetrate her when he was interrupted.
Rivera denied the claims at the time and in a 2017 interview with investigators, saying that he simply had some 'local moonshine' and returned to his room.
But the Spanish teacher was fired from Choate for 'just cause' after the school investigated the assault allegations.
The incident seems to have never been reported to any authorities, and Rivera retained his ability to teach.
The report indicates that he taught at Henry Abbott Technical High School and Newtown High School in Connecticut, as well as Harrison High School in New York.
Rivera could not be reached for comment on Friday.
No current faculty or staff members at Choate have been implicated in the misconduct claims and there are no reports relating to any current students.
The report notes that in some cases the school acted quickly in response to the alleged sexual misconduct, but in other cases it did not.
Police were never notified and in some cases teachers were allowed to resign and then given letters of recommendation. The school has issued an apology.
The posh boarding school counts JFK and Ivanka Trump as former students. New York attorney Nancy Kestenbaum had been hired to investigate claims that staff had sex with their students at the institution.
Parents pay boarding fees of up to $56,000 for their children to attend.
It has taught generations of the upper-classes in New England, including the former president and others related to the American political elite.
Who's Unsafe on Campus?
Springtime may be in bloom, but snowflakes never go out of season at America's most prestigious colleges and universities.
Quivering students at the University of Notre Dame launched a protest last week against the school's decision to invite Vice President Mike Pence as commencement speaker. Activist Imanne Mondane told the campus newspaper that she and her peers felt "unsafe" and threatened by "someone who openly is offensive but also demeaning of their humanity and of their life and of their identity."
In other words: The mere presence of a public official whose policy positions veer from acceptable left-wing norms is a public safety hazard.
At Wichita State University, the student government voted to refuse official recognition of the libertarian Young Americans for Liberty group because it supports — gasp! — the First Amendment. Since other chapters of the group across the country have invited controversial conservative speakers to their campuses, the Kansas safe-spacers argued, it would be "dangerous" to allow them to operate in Kansas.
And at Duquesne University, students have now declared that welcoming a Chick-fil-A on campus would put their "safe place" at "risk" because the founders of the fast-food company defended traditional marriage.
What the cluck? These millennial chicken littles have grown softer than the insides of waffle fries.
While they hype the existential dangers of exposure to discomfiting ideological dissent, the bubble-wrapped brigade ignores the real menaces in the academy.
Take vengeful Fresno State professor Lars Maischak. He's been on the loose on social media, tweeting earlier this year that "Trump must hang." Just to be clear, he added: "The sooner and the higher, the better." In retaliation the administration's crackdown on illegal immigration, Maischak proclaimed, "two Republicans" should be "executed" for "each deported immigrant."
Using the hashtag "#TheResistance," Maischak tweeted: "Has anyone started soliciting money and design drafts for a monument honoring the Trump assassin, yet?"
The unhinged academic also tweeted a photo of a bullet with the caption: "Finally discovered! A cure for racism. Take one, administered straight to the cranium."
I can't say "lock and load" or do the "Charlie's Angels" finger gun pose without being accused of inciting violence. But this assassination-obsessed loon can tweet his twisted heart out on Twitter with impunity. (Where's that Twitter Safety Council when you need it?) Of course, Maischak denies harboring any hatred and claims he's the innocent target of a "digital lynch-mob."
Meanwhile, real mobs set fire to U.C. Berkeley to protest speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, injured a professor at Middlebury College while hounding conservative speaker Charles Murray off campus, and assaulted conservative speaker and Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes at New York University.
As Manhattan Institute scholar and "The War on Cops" author Heather MacDonald recounted in City Journal, she became "the target of such silencing tactics two days in a row last week" at Claremont McKenna College and UCLA. Baying protesters chanted, "We are here to shut down the f—-ing fascist" and "From Oakland to Greece, f—- the police." She was forced to livestream her talk from an empty room while agitators pounded on the windows outside. Then she was whisked away in an unmarked Claremont Police Department van.
Who's unsafe on campus? The social justice mobsters play victim but wield bloodied brass knuckles in the ivory tower against any and all who threaten their orthodoxy and power.
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