The Strange Death of the University | New Discourses

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Part 1: The Red Thread – 3 Oct 2022 |

Part 2: A New Sensibility – 10 Oct 2022 |

Part 3: The Strange Death of Science – 11 Nov 2022 |

Part 4: The Strange Death of Knowledge – 25 Nov 2022 |

We all know is in trouble. In fact, we're not even sure it can be saved. To put it simply, the is dying. To be sure, it's a strange death, however, because the is in some sense going back to its roots, returning to being theological seminaries, though in a completely new religion. That religion is the transformative religion of Dialectical Leftism, and its materialist watchword in the is “.” In this series, host takes the listener through a 2022 book, Knowledge-driven Actions: Transforming Higher Education for Global Sustainability, that calls upon all “higher institutions” to transform themselves so that they align, promote, and help complete the 17 as a part of the 2030 Agenda.

Part 1

In this first episode of the series, Lindsay goes through the preliminary materials, including a foreword that explicitly grounds the entire purpose of the document in the work of the Critical Marxist . “Transformation is the red thread running through all the ,” we're told in the first sentence of the foreword. The goal in this executive summary is clear. The must be transformed. It must be made into a think tank that services the UN 2030 Agenda and the meant to achieve it. All institutions of higher , colleges, universities, seminaries, and beyond, must be bound and oriented in this one particular Neo-Communist direction. They must abandon their missions and take up the core value of , on the UN's agenda-driven terms. They must install “ officers” and refuse to engage in any activity that supports “non-sustainable” practices. Join James and be shocked at what the thinks it can coerce the world's colleges into doing.

Part 2

In Part 2 of the series, host takes the listener through the first chapter, the introduction, to this manipulative document. is made out clearly to be a -religious concept, a new theological object to bind and orient the so that the Neo-Communist agenda can be accomplished through it. will come to guide how institutions think, operate, research, and teach, and they will serve as beacons for this new faith to the communities around them. is to become our “New Sensibility,” just like called for in the second chapter of his 1969 Essay on Liberation. as the tyranny of the 21st century is to become the mode and model for all institutions of higher , including colleges, universities, seminaries, and more. Join James to hear about how the universities are to be transformed into the cathedrals of this new backwards religion.

Part 3

In this third episode of the series, host takes the listener through the second chapter of this manipulative document. In this chapter, the concepts of “multidisciplinarity,” “interdisciplinarity,” and “transdisciplinarity” are forwarded with the clear intention of creating a pretext for bringing activists and activism from the arts, humanities, and social sciences into positions of authority over the natural sciences. Science cannot survive this long-sought-after push by activism into its domain, and it will usher in nothing less than a new era of “sustainable” Lysenkoism. Join James to hear about how universities themselves will be turned into the vehicles that ultimately kill science, at least in the West, and to hear a rousing call to scientists and academics that this, in fact, is their hill to die on.

Part 4

In this fourth and final episode of the series, host takes the listener through the third chapter of this manipulative document. (Chapters four and five are left as homework!) This chapter features one of the most dangerous and manipulative concepts to come out of the Marxist movement, not least thanks to the work done by Paulo Freire: other ways of knowing. In this chapter, you can hear how the “ways of knowing” in the natural sciences have to be adjusted, modified, and made pluralistic alongside activism, the arts, humanities, and the social sciences, especially feminism and “Indigeneity” in service to achieving the of the . All knowledge must serve the new regime, and all knowing systems have to be redesigned to serve its agendas. This is truly the death of the in the making, and it is a strange death from within, indeed. Join James to hear about how truth is to be replaced by agenda throughout what used to be deserving of being called universities.

Sources and links

Part 1: The Red Thread

Part 2: A New Sensibility

Part 3: The Strange Death of Science

Part 4: The Strange Death of Knowledge

Source: Knowledge-driven actions: transforming higher education for global sustainability


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