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The University as the Woke Mission Field: A Dissident Women’s Studies Ph.D. Speaks Out

A pretty good discussion of why totalitarian humanism and its derivatives are dangerous. Right now, US political culture faces three primary authoritarian dangers. The most immediate is the consolidation of a totalitarian humanist regime by the Center, and the use of inherited anti-crime and anti-terrorism laws to repress dissent, which is what the Biden regime is attempting to do. Another is right-wing revanchism which aims to overthrow totalitarian humanism and implement a Latin American-like caudillo (watch Tom Cotton in action and you will get an idea of what I’m referring to). The third is “progressive national socialism” which, unlike totalitarian humanism, jettisons any pretense of liberal values or anti-authoritarian values, in favor of a raw determinism based on race, gender, sexuality (or some combination of these), often given a quasi-Marxist framework that is not really Marxism or appeals to irrationalism in a manner somewhat resembling early fascist movements, and in a way that is fused with biological essentialism, therapeutism, medicalization of identity, racial pseudo-science, etc. that revives but inverts comparable pseudo-science from the 19th century. The most realistic hope is that all of these trends manage to fight each other to a standstill and cancel each other out while fracturing within their own ranks as well.

By Samantha Jones, New Discourses

I have a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies, but I’m not woke anymore. I write under a pseudonym because, if my colleagues were to find out about my criticisms of this field, I would be unable to find any employment in academia. That someone who critiques the axioms of a field of study feels compelled to write under an assumed name tells you everything you need to know about the authoritarianism underpinning this ideology. I no longer believe that the fundamental ideas of Women’s Studies, and of Critical Social Justice more generally, describe reality; they are at best partial explanations—hyperbolic ideology, not fact-based analysis. I have seen this ideology up close and seen how it consumes and even destroys people, while dehumanizing anyone who dissents.

I’m sad to say it, but I believe that Critical Social Justice ideology—if not beaten in the war of ideas—will destroy the liberal foundation of American society. By liberal I mean principles including, but not limited to, constitutional republican government, equality under the law, due process, a commitment to reason and science, individual liberty, and freedom—of speech, of the press, and of religion. Because Critical Social Justice ideology is now the dominant paradigm in American academia, it has flowed into all other major societal institutions, the media, and even corporations. Far from being counter-cultural, Critical Social Justice ideology is now the cultural mainstream. A diverse spectrum of liberals, libertarians, conservatives, and all others who, to put it bluntly, want the American constitution to continue to serve as the basis for our society have to team up to prevent this ideology from destroying our country.

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