Virginia University Offers Course On “How to Overthrow the State,” Write Manifesto


It’s long been said with a bit of hyperbole that the majority of higher-learning institutions in the United States have turned into indoctrination camps for Marxist ideology, but apparently, it’s not so dramatic to make such a claim.

One Virginia university has apparently decided to just openly train them on how to actually apply Marxist ideology and overthrow the state.

Breitbart reports that Washington and Lee University in Lexington is offering a class that is literally titled “How to Overthrow the State,” and will include instruction on “producing a Manifesto,” and “writing a persuasive essay on rewriting history and confronting memory.”

I don’t know what an essay about “rewriting history and confronting memory” would be exactly, but it certainly doesn’t sound like the stuff of a rigorous liberal arts education in pursuit of truth. It sounds like the kind of dangerous, nonsensical postmodern garbage that’s gotten our nation into the mess it’s in today.

“This course places each student at the head of a popular revolutionary movement aiming to overthrow a sitting government and forge a better society,” the course description reportedly quite bluntly states.

“How will you attain power? How will you communicate with the masses? How do you plan on improving the lives of the people? How will you deal with the past?” the description continues.

“From Franz Fanon to Che Guevara to Mohamed Gandhi and others, we explore examples of revolutionary thought and action from across the Global South,” it also reads.

“Students engage these texts by participating in a variety of writing exercises, such as producing a Manifesto, drafting a white paper that critically analyzes a particular issue, and writing a persuasive essay on rewriting history and confronting memory.”

In reaction to the course, Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk, who has been leading a campaign to divest funding from anti-American universities, told Breitbart that it was “disgraceful.”

“We must stop brushing aside these egregious examples of campus craziness as isolated incidents,” he declared.

“The lessons of the past few months prove that these ideas don’t stay on campus, they spill out onto the streets,” he added. “This is a prime example of the intellectual rot that has infected the academy in America. The Trump administration should investigate and determine if this is the type of scholarship federal funds should be used to subsidize.”

Breitbart notes:

In July, the faculty of Washington and Lee voted to remove the name of Robert E. Lee from the university’s name. But the name-removal suggestions didn’t stop with the Confederate general.

Later, Washington and Lee associate professor of law Brandon Hasbrouck argued that his peers have not taken their fight for social justice far enough, proclaiming that the school should remove George Washington’s name as well.

“It is worth exploring why the faculty has decided to make a collective statement on Lee and why the faculty has not included a demand to drop Washington in their petition,” said Hasbrouck. “It is no longer acceptable, profitable or convenient to be associated with Lee but it is for Washington.”

Breitbart reached out to the university to clarify if students would be “trained to overthrow only the federal government or also the state of Virginia,” along with the “educational merit of the course,” which is worth 3 credits, and “how it will shape Washington and Lee students to be successful Americans after graduation,” but they did not receive a response at the time of publishing.

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