Wisconsin Now, First Were the Campuses
Once they attacked and dismantled liberal arts programs on campuses in the 70s, the wealthy elite, the Matrix, could methodically dismantle human rights and economic justice in America, with few educated thinkers in a generalist, let alone a humanist tradition, to speak against it. What is happening in Wisconsin now is a direct outgrowth of the movements of the 60s and the backlash that occurred to them among the “filthy rich,” which involved an all-out culture war, which is only coming out into the broad daylight now but has been going on for decades, imperceptibly yet powerfully changing the face of America and what it means to be an American.
In spring 1971, after some of the biggest antiwar demonstrations in history had rocked the nation in the previous 18 months, after a million spoke out in Washington, DC, at Moratorium Day, 1969, after the nationwide student-professor walkout to protest Nixon’s illegal bombing runs into Cambodia in the spring of 1970–the campus closings which were highlighted by the killings of students at Kent State and Jackson State—a nationwide all-out culture-war assault by the filthy rich against free thinking on campus was launched. They actually fired professors on my campus, not because they were radical or speaking out against the war, but because they were cutting back departments that had anything to do with the Humanities—even the social sciences, religious studies!!!…anything that involved encouraging students to be independent thinkers or to learn anything different from the elementary and secondary school propaganda we’d been taught before. Philosophy, for one, was considered as dangerous for students to be studying as taking LSD (er, God forbid! in either case…)
We stormed the administration building and found the documents—the letters from wealthy benefactors and alumni insisting on this change or they would stop their funding. This was a concerted effort by the wealthy elite that hit all the liberal arts institutions/universities in America. We demanded the Dean appear on the steps of the Administration building and answer to the charges and respond about the documents, as a condition of us leaving the building. He showed up, sheepishly, and mealy-mouthed his way through his responses to r evidence. He never denied it.
Some students chipped in (what little they could) to pay for some profs to continue teaching the next semester. We couldn’t use any facilities; we sat on the grass, outside. Of course, we could not afford to continue to do this; nor could the profs get by on the $1-$25 voluntary donations!
And before the corporations there were the rich of other times and under other economies, in particular the feudal economy. Filthy rich nobility kept the peasants as virtual slaves.
The point, I guess, is that we are all taught something quite different about America, from kindergarten on up. So since it is all untrue, I wonder how different it is from the brainwashing and propaganda that we heard that totalitarian societies engage in, especially the Communists in the Soviet Union who were used as examples for most of my life.
But is it corporations that do these things, the enslaving? Let’s say it exactly so we can pinpoint who are really the actors. Is it not the people who own/run the corporations? So, that, in my opinion, makes it what one network (CNN, I think), who did a documentary a couple years ago on the obscenely increased wealth and power of this class (occurring during the Bush Administration), termed “the Filthy Rich.” I think it is high time we started being specific about who is running this country into the dirt.