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Thanks for leading the charge, Chris. The 12 elites on the Harvard Corporation are morally bankrupt. They protect Gay because they are just as compromised as she is.

Here is a closer look at who they are and the tangled webs they weave: https://yuribezmenov.substack.com/p/how-to-get-into-harvard-gay-bobo-corporation

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Dec 14, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

Keep blasting these corrupt to the core scoundrels, the DEI weasels and the cowards who quiver when challenged by merit. They are fundamentally dishonest and must be exposed as the frauds and cheats they are.

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One of its greatest challenges in my view is countering the idea - so deeply entrenched in our Western politics - that "Left = caring / Right = hard-hearted. This idea of the 'Progressive' as naive but generous-spirited has been the Left's hugely successful gambit ever since its early days and it has always been a fraud. But this fallacy remains the intellectual matrix framing all of Western liberalism’s moral philosophy. Many instinctive conservatives (including politicians) still reflexively allow this fallacy to confuse their thinking." https://grahamcunningham.substack.com/p/invasion-of-the-virtue-signallers

Also to relentlessly attack the bogus idea (also deeply entrenched) that the psychology of your typical Progressive academic is a romantic concern for the 'oppressed'. It is NOT and it never has been. It is a mind-game that a spoilt intelligentsia play with themselves to make them FEEL NICE about themselves on the cheap. At best it's 10% caring and 90% vanity. Conservatives politicians have always fought shy of saying these things out loud, thereby imprisoning themselves in "a political etiquette that is a philosophical stacked deck."

You seem to be in the vanguard of "educating and organizing a counter-elite" so all power to your elbow!

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Dec 14, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

A fantastic column on the institutional power dimension of the culture war. An equally important dimension is not addressed: money. These self-proclaimed idealists in academia will squeal loudly if their precious endowments are endangered. As a college professor, believe me, I know.

It must become a plank in the GOP platform: eliminate all government funding at all levels to the indoctrination industry. Money will be spent only on vouchers for K-12 parents, to be used only at schools advertising online their curricula, tuition, graduation rate, and employment rate of their graduates. Not one penny for higher indoctrination. Let the market sort it out.

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I agree Chris but have this thought. Some say Harvard is no longer “elite,” that they have damaged their reputation. I say they are elite and that is the problem. In all their reconstruction of language they have moved the meaning of elite from denotative to connotative, and it is a pejorative connotation. For example, the adjectival “elitist” is never a word of praise. I propose we conservatives take back institutions as you say but do so with our own resonant language. We could replace the word elite with legitimate. In this case, a legitimate university would eschew the mission drift and toxic manifestations of the failed elite institutions. Let’s not reclaim rubble--let’s rebuild.

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Here is a great quote by one of Harvard's greatest living graduates:

"The principal benefit of a Harvard degree is never again having to be impressed by anyone with a Harvard degree." -Thomas Sowell.

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I agree with your assessment and recommendations. An interesting editorial in today's Wall Street Journal by Daniel Heninger is also helpful (University Presidents Flunk Out). He mentions the corrosive work of Herbert Marcuse on our universities in the last century. It seems to me that we need to combine the lessons from "Rules for Radicals" (we are now the radicals and can use the best ideas from that book for future strategies and tactics) along with the lessons from "The Book that Made Your World, How the Bible Created the soul of Western Civilization" by Vishal Mangalwadi in order to succeed. And we need the younger generations to be involved, as you mention. Thanks for your work.

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Will Harvard grads or former students who have faced or suffered negative consequences for plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty file lawsuits?

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Roland Fryer is a victim of Harvard and Christine Gay. Gay should be canned for this alone.

https://youtu.be/m8xWOlk3WIw

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Mr Rufo, what a week - amazing work, sir!

*Different world alert*

To give you a sense of how far we’ve fallen, a little more on Veritas. Did you know that, while it was the original motto, it didn’t even last a decade? By 1650, the Harvard leaders felt it wasn’t clear enough what they meant, so they adopted a new motto: In Christi Gloriam (“For the Glory of Christ”).

It wasn’t til much, much later that Harvard went back to Veritas - not out of a love for truth, but as a way to get itself away from any icky religion. We all see where this has led…

More here:

https://gaty.substack.com/p/mcculloughs-mistake-and-ours

Anyway, when I was a student there, president Summers got booted… imagine how he feels this week with the board going all in to support Gay!

Thank you for all you do!

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Excellent summary of the road ahead - keep exposing and calling out the corrupt DEI systems, while building a counter-elite. I would expand the coalition to include non-conservatives. There is a large number of educated liberals who are aghast at the subversion of classically liberal ideals of free speech, objectivism, truth. To be successful in providing an alternative culture, media and educational system, the counter-elite must (and already does) include them.

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And speaking about Gramsci, you know who was a big fan of him, translated his writings into English, and started an academic society in his name? He was a professor at Notre Dame by the name of Joseph Buttigieg. Yes, his son is Peter Buttigieg, the Secretary of Transportation.

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Jordan Peterson’s Alliance For Responsible Citzenship (ARC) has the potential to be such a “counter-elite” intellectual institution that also invites participation by non-elites, forming a much stronger foundation for lasting change.

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Dec 14, 2023·edited Dec 14, 2023

The war of position will require all of us self-respecting patriots to invest more heavily in parallel economies inasmuch as buying/using any mainstream crap keeps feeding the Ivy League alumni network. Easier said than done of course, as I write this from a device made by Apple, a corporation that no doubt prioritizes Harfraud-DEI hires and other such elite shams.

As for rescuing Harfraud from left-wing hegemony, I yet again quote Bret Weinstein: when your dog has rabies, you put it down and find a new dog. Likewise these institutions are also "incurable" – to borrow a term Socrates uses to describe the *shameless* sophists amongst him in the dialogue with Gorgias.

I forgot if it's actually in Gorgias or elsewhere, but we know how Plato punctuates this point: those who prioritize "care of the body" (i.e. sophists, materialists, marxists, influencers, corporate careerists, etc) and those who understand the imperative of caring for one's soul (i.e. philosophers, patriots, saints, hippocratic physicians, artists) – these two kinds of people will necessarily "despise each other"; this is one way to comprehensively map the culture war as we know it today. Harfraud is no place to care for one's soul, to say the least.

As one final note, it seems to me that only a small fraction of my Harfraud alumni cohort has "red-pilled" in any capacity these past few years. I have just 3 friends who are openly critical of the covid shamdemic, DEI, Hamas, and other such evil things. Everyone else I know has "blue-pilled" up the ass however, hunkered down with their digital PMC laptop WFH gigs and pretend that "THIS IS FINE." as they do whatever it takes to make money and other such meaningless pursuits. Alas.

"It would be better for me that multitudes of men should disagree with me rather than that I, being one, should be out of harmony with myself." – Socrates, telling Gorgias why he must red-pill.

σωφροσύνη

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The best counteroffensive may be alternative schools that have not sold out; your work at Hillsdale College, a case in point, along with a number of solid religious institutions and new schools popping up across the country. Harvard may be beyond redemption, as indicated by its selection of an atheist chaplain. Long gone are the days of preparing men to preach the Gospel. DEI is their new religion, though it be nothing more than an old Pharisaism, cloaked in "antiracism" with its many microaggressions--yet the same, self-righteous Law, only coming down now from the ivory towers above. enteringstageright.substack.com

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The exposure of her lack of competence academically and administratively does not matter.

She is the embodiment of the DEI goals and philosophy. They will not let her fall since that would expose the falsehood of DEI.

This is the Woke war to die for.

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