The Increasing Attack on Colleges and Universities as a Form of Public Good and Civic Institution

The current historical moment is marked by an expanding authoritarianism that seeks to disable language and dissent while removing actions from the grammar of moral witnessing. Despite these alarming trends, universities and colleges are facing increasing pressure to produce critical thinkers and informed citizens. However, they are increasingly being transformed into indoctrination centers that censor critical ideas and pedagogies. This regression is exacerbated by a frontal attack on dissent, free speech, and academic freedom. These institutions are essential for nurturing and safeguarding these crucial democratic rights and practices. Yet, they are increasingly under attack by the far right, who view them as a threat to their racist and anti-democratic agenda.

The far right views education as a dangerous notion that should be defined by its claims on democracy and its role in a time of tyranny. Currently, faculty and students are expected to look away or inward, unresponsive to the language of imagined futures. This is due to the fact that higher education, in particular, is attacked for its critical functions and reduced to morally dead zones of the imagination and a mind-numbing conformity. Increasingly, it is disdained as a public good and instead, reduced to a haven for critically informed social criticism.

This regression is further intensified by a malignant form of censorship, such as StopAntisemitism, which engages in online vigilantism by doxing critics of Israel's war on Gaza, posting personal information online to encourage harassment, and chilling debate. This hostility intensifies campuses protests against Israeli apartheid and genocide as components of a larger strategy aimed at exercising a defining role in the control of higher education.

The real objective of the war waged on elite universities is not generalized and debated charges of antisemitism but, rather, the threat posed to the far right's racist and anti-democratic agenda. Congresswomen, like Elise Stefanik, leads the charge in congressional hearings on antisemitism on college campuses, adopting a flame-throwing confrontational approach aimed at dictating 'the academic mission of a university,' prescribing disciplinary measures against professors, and formulating guidelines for 'acceptable campus speech.'

This regression is further intensified by a malignant form of censorship, such as StopAntisemitism, which engages in online vigilantism by doxing critics of Israel's war on Gaza, posting personal information online to encourage harassment, and chilling debate. This hostility intensifies campuses protests against Israeli apartheid and genocide as components of a larger strategy aimed at exercising a defining role in the control of higher education. payloads: null,[[{"credit":" appropriation","caption":"","content":"Public domain","source":"Image source","title":"Guns","uri":"http:// guns.wikia.com/wiki/File:M16a1.jpg"}]],{{"credit":" ","caption":"","content":" Public domain","source":"Image source","title":"Military weapons","uri":"https://Upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5d/Military_weapons_of_Israel.jpg"}},{{"credit":" ","caption":"","content":" Public domain","source":"Image source","title":"Palestinian flag","uri":"http://www.palestinianflags.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Palestinian-flag-3.jpg"}},{{"credit":" ","caption":"","content":" Public domain","source":"Image source","title":"Soldiers","uri":"https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6d/Soldiers_in_Gaza.jpg"}},{{"credit":" ","caption":"","content":" Public domain","source":"Image source","title":"Palestinians","uri":"http://www.palestinianflags.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Palestinians-3.jpg"}},{{"credit":" ","caption":"","content":" Public domain","source":"Image source","

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