In light of the violence liberals and Social Justice Warriors have engaged in both at U.C. Berkeley earlier this week and last night at NYU, all because they are modern day Nazis and Fascists who think it's okay to silence others and physically attack them because they think differently, and due to the continued and long-standing threats to free speech at Georgetown, (see here and here and here and here and here and here and here), it's worth reviewing the following points on the nature of truth, propaganda, and the scourge of political correctness.
You can find the full essay, written by Stella Morabito, in The Intercollegiate Review, a publication of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), a conservative intellectual foundation which has sponsored TGA in the past, in addition to helping out our friends at Utraque Unum and the Tocqueville Forum.
We only present the first five (there are ten total), but encourage you to read the whole thing over at their website.
We talk more about ISI and other national organizations which seek to develop a new generation of libertarian and conservative intellectuals on our "Opportunities" page where you can learn about receiving free travel and free room & board to attend free conferences where you can freely discuss ideas with conservative intellectuals and students from other universities in an environment free from liberal intimidation and violence.
Oh yeah, ISI and the other organizations we have listed also have internships, scholarships, and grants available. If you're on the right and hope to influence politics and the culture either at Georgetown or society at large then you should visit to learn more.
Now, onto the essay . . .
With rare exceptions, college campuses have become propaganda-saturated environments. But even off-campus, there is little relief from the climate of political correctness that stunts independent thought. Hollywood, the media, and the Internet are all heavy movers of propaganda.
In response I’ve compiled a list to help you sort fact from fiction whenever you are stumped by a questionable assertion or an uneasy situation—whether in the classroom, on social media, in your neighborhood, or at a party. Stop and ask yourself the following. Any “yes” answer means you are being manipulated by propaganda.
#1 Is your natural curiosity being suppressed? Whether the debate is about global warming or gender-neutral bathrooms, or anything else, if you have a nagging question or concern that is being cut off or shouted down, this is a clear sign you are being force-fed propaganda.
#2 Are you being threatened with slurs or labels? Might you risk being called “bigot” or “hater” or “flat-earther” or worse if you simply express a personal preference? If so, you are in propaganda territory. Name-calling serves two purposes for propagandists: (1) it shuts down free inquiry and debate, and (2) it psychologically manipulates you through a fear of being “tarred-and-feathered.”
#3 Do you feel you will be ostracized if you ask a question or express a politically incorrect view? The threat of ostracism is probably the oldest manipulative trick in aid of mind control. We are hardwired from infancy to avoid social isolation, which is why peer pressure is such a powerful force. This is also why solitary confinement is among the most dreaded of punishments. Political correctness depends on inciting the primal human fear of loneliness.
#4 Do you notice a “herd effect” as people shift their opinions to adapt to a politically correct opinion? When others don’t feel comfortable having a real conversation with you, you’re living in a propaganda stew. Perhaps you see a classmate whom you were able to chat with earlier in the year but who has “evolved” with the program to the point that you can’t talk earnestly anymore. Maybe you notice how another classmate is excessively tentative in her speech and tone, a precautionary measure to avoid saying something “unacceptable.”
#5 Are you being pigeonholed as a result of your question or opinion? Today’s propaganda often deconstructs your humanity by way of a scorecard that rates your level of privilege or oppression, based on skin color, class, family make-up, sexuality, “gender identity,” and a whole host of “intersectionality” components. Sadly, officials who promote “diversity and equality” are trained to ignore your humanity as an integrated individual so they can view you as a composite of bits and pieces of identity politics.
Also check out this great op-ed by Alan Chen in The Hoya about inviting Milo to Georgetown. Last year the Lecture Fund passed on the opportunity to host Milo even though people requested him and despite Milo saying he would come (and for free too!). They decided to bring instead Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards, America's number one harvester and purveyor of used baby parts.
Btw, did you know Planned Parenthood is a taxpayer-funded "non-profit" which was founded by Margaret Sanger, a Nazi sympathizer and KKK guest, (she once called the Klan "a good group"). And did you know Planned Parenthood which partners with H*yas for Abortion doubles as the country's foremost abortion mill, (they also locate nearly all of their abortion clinics communities of color), paid Richards nearly $600,000 last year? That's about half as much as John DeGioia, President of Georgetown, another "non-profit."
Who knew universities and the abortion industry were such profitable businesses!