November 20, 2006

The Democratic Ideal as Taught and Practiced Locally

It Feels Good (Doesn't it?) to be Protected from the Troublemakers

We teach about the democratic ideal, how much better we are as a society because we allow diversity of people, preferences, views, etc; that we like the marketplace of ideas and keeping the dialogue going benefits our society and makes it stronger! Well, that's in the classroom, because when it comes to practicing a little democracy--you know, a peaceful protest--on campus, the imperial palace doesn't tolerate dissent. Caesar and his cohorts like the language of democracy, just as many rulers do; they use Newspeak to say one thing but mean another. Of course, they ..listen to your suggestions, and they "appreciate all constructive criticism." But, hey, if the rules say you must get a permit to speak up, then get in line buddy and wait for the stamp of approval. It may speed up the process if you ask permission for the specific language you'll use in your protest... And, you have to give your name to those who you intent to criticize!


Now, if a handful of students decide to peacefully let the powers that be hear their concerns the rulers take this opportunity to ..teach a civics lesson! Oh, yeah, we have rules here! You can't demonstrate without a permit! And, for good measure, you must register your ..party with the bureaucracy; this way it'll be easier to know who's speaking up!


The other lesson those perps received was to learn, first hand, how an arrest is made, and what happens when a citizen is put in a jail cell for the night. Hey, what's a little discomfort in learning more about the system? Now, comes the next lesson: being a student you have certain rights (like where to eat your lunch and what music you listen to in your dorm), but you also have responsibilities! What's a better way to teach you that your actions have consequences than by having those arrested brought up for further punishment (including expulsion) by the university?..

OK, those of you who are bleeding heart-liberals should wake up and leave your dreamworld. These are grave times, and we can't allow willy-nilly any form of dissent, because if we don't stick together we'll hang separately! Rules exist for a reason--so what if, on occasion, a little too much force is used to quell the troublemakers... If we don't nip the problem in its infancy, it'll get out of control. So, control we must have. Of course, it's obvious that this control better be left with the experts who know how to use it!

I wonder who said that it's those who are insecure in their beliefs and ideas that want to stiffle dissent by any means necessary....


Editor's Note: This post was inspired after reading of the recent developments at a local university [click
here to learn more].The author only teaches Poli.Sci. in the classroom and had nothing to do with whatever lessons the students learn outside the classroom. After all, he's not paid to teach outside the classroom.

5 comments:

drone said...

well said, and I did click on that link... wow, that place is a mess! it also shows that the academe can attract, support, and reward idiocy and incompetence!

pacing nervously said...

Watch now an ..academic discussion on what should take place! I hope the faculty and staff and the students take action soon.

Rebecca said...

What's going on here? A conspiracy of academes? Oh, but I hope it's not adictive... I have so much work to do, yet I'm drawn to reading blogs and stuff.... Damn you.

Marat said...

I feel stupid, I thought your posts here were ..theoritical, not related to actual persons and situations. By reading Pace Academe it all makes sesne. I hope you people don't fall for the "let them eat cake" pronouncement! Good luck!

BlackAdder said...

A rule/regulation/law must be practical, otherwise it's moot. If those students didn't upset the order of business then there was no real harm... except the proverbial egg on the face of the administrators.

Also, the punishment should fit the crime. It's outrageous to arrest and jail a couple students because they didn't have a ..permit to demonstrate. How ridiculous... Of course, most people understand the inappropriate response of the Pace administrators.

Obviously, this demonstration expressed the feelings and views of many of the Pace community. Hope the action continues....