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Defeating the Left

June 1, 2020

Major media, and the universities, are the two main institutions by which the Left controls not only the dialogue that informs public opinion, but also places its minions in positions where that influence can be expanded.

How can that dominance be challenged?

In the health sciences, scientists understand the destructive potential of viruses which they study. Only when released is their destructive potential realized. As an undergraduate I sensed the dangerous potential of a dominant “Liberalism” and sought admission to a graduate school where I knew that the scholars I would encounter had the answers I sought.

There were three, two were émigrés from Cologne and Vienna, Gerhart Niemeyer and Eric Voegelin, and one was an American priest, Stanley Parry, CSC, who had studied with Willmoore Kendall at Yale.

From them, I learned the nature of “Ideology” and the basis of our understanding in experience of the transcendent ground of reality.

All the troubles we are seeing in civil society can be traced to rejection of that experience and the creation of an ideological “Second Reality,” to use Voegelin’s concept.  Ideologues reject reality as it is given and seek to replace it with more acceptable visions. A full discussion requires an entire book and one that I wrote that explains that is still in print.

How can this domination by “Progressives” be challenged and replaced?

The seed of an answer lies in attempts by conservative entrepreneurs.

On December 6, 1993, Paul Weyrich, founder of the Free Congress Foundation, launched National Empowerment Television.

Organized as a cable television service with content provided by leading conservative institutions, National Empowerment Television sought to confront the Left media on its own terms. National Empowerment Television was important because it showed that there were influential leaders and financial backers who saw a problem and wanted to do something about it. That effort also gave opportunity to young conservatives to gain experience in television production, marketing and on-air roles.

In 1977, another conservative entrepreneur, M. Stanton Evans, began the National Journalism Center that for more than forty years has provided an alternative education opportunity for intelligent young people seeking careers in journalism. University Communication Departments are host to radical Leftists who indoctrinate future journalists and infect Schools of Journalism with Progressive ideology. The National Journalism Center designed a way to get an education for a career in journalism without Leftist indoctrination.

And in 2000, seeking to use new Internet technology to enter the higher education market, I founded Yorktown University as a way to bypass the Left university. Three years ago, a history of that effort was published by St. Augustine’s Press.

These 20th century efforts to defeat the Left in cable television, print journalism and university education point the way to how we in the 21st century can defeating the “Left Kingdom.”

How can that be done?

If a new cable network can be formed to counter the Left at MSNBC, CNN and a failing Fox News, not only will that network inform public opinion, but it will start careers of journalists unaffected by Progressive ideas.

A bevy of “citizens” media venues are replacing major print media institutions such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Time magazine. Their names are too many to list here, but they include Drudge, Washington Examiner, Newsmax, Free Beacon, Daily Caller and Breitbart.

The habit of reading the Left media is now being challenged forcefully.

The foundations of higher education, where the Left University dominates, are very old and showing extreme signs of wear. The system of “Regional Accreditation” blocks the use of new technologies that can offer equivalent education products at substantially lower cost. Only a few regulatory reforms are required to open floodgates to new entrepreneurial education ventures and already a viral Pandemic has forced closure of classroom instruction and a rush to take college courses online.

That effort has just begun and the reliance on high tuition will force closure of many colleges that cannot adapt to lower tuition costs. Today college level online courses–with faculty–are offered at Arizona State for $600 each. That will become the cost of all online courses offered for degree credit.

The Left can be defeated.




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