Brian Fitzpatrick


Coverage of Super Tuesday shows how deeply the far-left world view is influencing the media and the entire nation.

This year’s presidential campaign coverage, especially of the Democratic contest, is much more about “identity group” politics – the politics of race, class and gender – than about the candidates’ character, values and policy plans.  Ever wonder why that’s happening?

Twenty years ago, a Marxist Scholars conference in New York City featured a seminar on how to use the classroom to convert students into Marxists.  Covering the event, I was surprised to learn that the radical professors, for the most part, were no longer trying to turn English majors into Molotov cocktail throwers. 

As early as the 1920s, many Marxists realized they could never persuade fat, happy capitalists to overthrow their governments, so they concluded they could only create their egalitarian utopia through a nonviolent cultural revolution.  The strategy for this new style of revolution was to get people to reject traditional Western Judeo-Christian values and start thinking like Marxists, even if they would never apply the term to themselves. 

In the classroom, the strategy required professors to convince students that America is an evil place desperately in need of change.  Their tactic was to direct students’ attention away from America’s accomplishments and values, such as establishing freedom of speech and religion, and focus instead on America’s flaws and social injustice. Don’t praise George Washington for his sterling character and stunning achievements—condemn him because he owned slaves.  Don’t let students think of themselves as citizens of a great nation, but as members of a victimized class or as potential victimizers. 

The seminar speaker, a professor at William Paterson College in New Jersey, urged her fellow travelers to harp continually on “race/class/gender.”  My notes have long since disappeared, so I’ll paraphrase: “Keep talking about race/class/gender, work it into every lecture.  The students may not buy into it during their freshman history surveys, but that’s the way they’ll see the world by the time they’re in my senior thesis class.”

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick, a writer, editor, and commentator on political and cultural issues, is the Senior Editor at Media Research Center’s Culture & Media Institute.

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