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You can thank cultural Marxism for college students’ support for Hamas and its horrors


American college students are so brainwashed in the Marxist doctrine that categorizes people as either “oppressed” or “oppressors” that they are now cheering on terrorists who rape, torture, and kill Jewish civilians.

Pro-Hamas and anti-Jewish protests and threats are taking place around the world following Hamas’s repulsive attack on Israel, with American universities being one of the primary sources of pro-Hamas sentiment.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that universities are enclaves of antisemitism and terror apologists.  We have “higher education” and the Marxism it has perpetuated for decades to thank for the rise in threats, vandalism, and violence against the Jewish population.

I wrote a few weeks ago about the left’s support for Hamas and noted the example of college students who were voicing pro-Hamas, anti-Jewish views.

Since then, a multitude of additional examples show that younger generations of Westerners, particularly those in college, have been brainwashed into blaming the victim and praising one of the most reprehensible groups in recent memory. I won’t be able to mention every example or go into detail, but let’s go over just a few of the most relevant to our discussion:

This doesn’t even begin to account for all the pro-Hamas actions or threats that are taking place right now. On campuses around the nation, college students and faculty are making Jewish students feel in danger. At Cornell, where perhaps the most heinous actions are taking place, some Jewish students say that staff are fomenting the hate.

After the arrest of Patrick Lai, the student who made particularly violent threats against women, Jewish student Amanda Silberstein observed,

“It’s a stark acknowledgment that harmful ideologies and antisemitic rhetoric persist and spread. This includes the propagation of untruths, the denial of atrocities, the tolerance of hate speech under the guise of free speech, the repetition of propaganda by some professors, and the falsehood that anti-Zionism is anything other than a form of hatred against the Jewish community.”

Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law professor at George Washington University (which has had its own pro-Hamas incidents), agreed, noting that universities are advancing activism rather than academics. He recently wrote,

“Advocacy has increasingly displaced academics in higher education. Activism now permeates higher education as social justice becomes the touchstone for many departments. Today protests rather than Plato are more likely to be the concentration of many students.

 These courses dovetail with faculties that have moved radically to the left, with many faculty using their courses to espouse political viewpoints more than educate. The clear message to students is that they are expected to express the same views in their own analysis…Universities as a whole have largely purged their ranks of Republicans and conservatives over the last few decades. A new survey conducted by the Harvard Crimson shows that more than three-quarters of Harvard Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences faculty respondents identify as ‘liberal’ or ‘very liberal.’ Only 2.5 percent identified as ‘conservative,’ and only 0.4 percent as ‘very conservative.’

Another study by Georgetown University’s Kevin Tobia and MIT’s Eric Martinez found that only 9 percent of law school professors identify as conservative at the top 50 law schools.

In these departments with advocacy and social justice components, diversity of thought runs from the left to the far left.”

Historians typically trace Marxism’s infiltration into American universities to the Frankfurt School, a group of German communist philosophers who immigrated to the United States in the early 1930s and began teaching at U.S. universities, most notably Columbia University. While Marxism already existed in U.S. colleges before this, the Frankfurt School’s introduction of “critical theory” helped lead to its expansion.

For those unfamiliar with this term, one need only look at Critical Race Theory (CRT), an outworking of critical theory, to understand its intent. Critical theory seeks to break down societal pillars and advance the idea that these pillars, including government, literature, economics, media, social norms, and really all of life, are ripe with unconscious assumptions that are false and harmful to others. For example, a critical theorist doubts the truth of historical accounts because he believes we cannot ever truly know history, as any account is tainted with the biases of whichever person or group was in power.

CRT proponents claim that racism and unconscious bias are part of every person and institution, thus their conclusion that America is “systemically” racist.

Critical theory tries to undermine the belief in absolute truth and objectivity while advancing the idea of power dynamic. Critical theorists are fixated on the concept of oppressors and the oppressed. In my previous op-ed, I noted how these beliefs have led leftists and college students with beliefs that contradict that of Hamas and its desire for Islamic control to actually support Hamas. Why? Because Israel is seen as an oppressor, while Palestinians are viewed as the oppressed. Thus, it is just and righteous to undo this power imbalance by “any means necessary” — even raping women and burning children alive.

In taking this worldview, leftists have managed to unite an absurd yet wicked conglomerate of feminists, pro-LGBTQ, anti-capitalists, Black Lives Matter, anarchists, and anti-Israel groups who can work together to target their common enemies, which include Judeo-Christian values, Western representative government, capitalism, Christians, and Jews.

In truth, the entire purpose of critical theory is to advance Marxism, both economically and culturally.

It should be a surprise to no one that brainwashed college students who have been taught how to tear down “colonialism” would defend atrocities against their “enemies.” Marxists have been denying, defending, or engaging in atrocities for over 100 years. It’s part of their ideology, which teaches that any amount of violence is warranted to overthrow an “oppressor.”

Just look at a recent Harvard/Harris poll that found that 36 percent of liberals believe that Hamas’s attacks on civilians were justified. Shockingly — or maybe not after reading this article — the poll also found that 48 percent of 25 to 34 year-olds and 51 percent of 18 to 24 year olds believe that Hamas was in the right on October 7.

Let that sink in — more than half of college-aged Americans believe that Hamas was justified in raping women, butchering and burning babies, taking hostages, torturing the elderly, and murdering more than 1,400 people by shooting, stabbing, beheading, or dousing them in kerosene and lighting a match. Meanwhile, 62 percent of 18 to 24 year-olds described Hamas’s attacks as “genocidal.” Which means that nearly two-thirds of college-aged students are either very confused and uneducated about what “genocidal” actually means or they think the genocide of Jews is justified.

Marxism has taken over America’s universities, and the pro-Hamas reaction of college students and these polling numbers are the canary in the coal mine. If Americans don’t wake up and start taking back our universities, we will have generations of people not just brainwashed but so radicalized that they will cheer — and possibly even take part — as jihadists attempt to pursue their promises to attack America and wipe Israel off the map.

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