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Radicals Praise “the West”

April 20, 2021

Cornell West’s OpEd in today’s Washington Post titled “Howard University’s removal of classics is a spiritual catastrophe” was a “shocker.”

I began early today to tune in to “Morning Joe” on MSNBC to get my “take” on Leftist bias for April 20. Instead of the usual, nauseating, Progressive slant by Princeton University’s Eddie Glaube, Mike Barnicle and Washington Post editorial writer Eugene Robinson, I found a discussion about the importance of Western Civilization.

Over eleven years watching Morning Joe, I had never peered behind the curtain of Progressive bias that makes Morning Joe undrinkable as coffee. I knew that Joe Scarborough had an historical “bent” that gave on camera visibility–once or twice a year–to experts on American history.  But never did I suspect that this line-up Left-wing talking heads shared my understanding of Western civilization, and the vitality of the classic literature of the West.

What prompted this expression of mutual regard for Western civilization was a decision by Howard University to shut down the Classics Department at Howard University, a “historically black” university, established by an Act of the Congress of the United States in 1867.

American higher education is “a taker” not “a giver” and the Almighty Dollar is its be all and end all. “Education” stands last after money derived from high priced tuition, fees, housing, food and sports. Not a dime in American currency is overlooked in order to sustain payment of bounteous salaries to top administrators and an alarming increase in the numbers of subordinate administrators.

Education be damned and that includes Western civilization.

Sixty years ago when I was a Freshman at the University of Pittsburgh I was required—no ifs ands or buts—to take two semesters of survey courses in Western civilization. Today as Peter Wood and Steve Balch have demonstrated the history of Western civilization is not required—even in graduate history departments.

That is, as Cornell West writes, “a sign of spiritual decay, moral decline and a deep intellectual narrowness running amok in American culture.”



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