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DADDY WARBUCKS
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If this is true, some of Dizzy's predictions are coming true. The Soviet model is alive and well in academia.



1/6/2005: The Academic Fifth Column

When a Kuwaiti Arab student at a California college wrote an essay defending America?s founding fathers and praising the Constitution, the professor of his ?Introduction to American Government and Politics? course verbally attacked him?and then required him to undergo psychotherapy: Dissident Arab Gets the Treatment.

A week before thanksgiving Professor Woolcock assigned us a take home final exam. The final exam consisted solely of one required essay: ?Dye and Zeigler contend that the Constitution of the United States was not ?ordained and established? by ?the people? as we have so often been led to believe. They contend instead that it was written by a small educated and wealthy elite in America who were representative of powerful economic and political interests. Analyze the US constitution (original document), and show how its formulation excluded the majority of the people living in America at that time, and how it was dominated by America?s elite interest.?

When I read the assignment I remembered back to my high school in Kuwait. Many of my teachers were Palestinian; they hated America, they hated my worldview, and they did their best to brainwash me. I did not leave my country and my family to come to the United States to receive further brainwashing. I disagreed completely with Dye and Zeigler?s thesis. I wrote an essay defending America?s Founding Fathers and upholding the US constitution as a pioneering document, which has contributed to extraordinary freedoms in America and other corners of the world - including my corner, the Middle East.

Professor Woolcock didn?t grade my essay. Instead he told me to come to see him in his office the following morning. I was surprised the next morning when instead of giving me a grade, Professor Woolcock verbally attacked me and my essay. He told me, ?Your views are irrational.? He called me naive for believing in the greatness of this country, and told me ?America is not God?s gift to the world.? Then he upped the stakes and said ?You need regular psychotherapy.? Apparently, if you are an Arab Muslim who loves America you must be deranged. Professor Woolcock went as far as to threaten me by stating that he would visit the Dean of International Admissions (who has the power to take away student visas) to make sure I received regular psychological treatment.

This scared me. I didn?t want to be deported for having written a pro-American essay, so as soon as I left his office I made an appointment with the school psychologist. She let me go with a comment that I don?t need regular therapy. As I left her office, I couldn?t help thinking that even my Palestinian high school teachers had never tried to silence me or put me in therapy.

In fact, this intimidation technique is reminiscent of the bad old days of the Soviet Union, when dissidents would be declared mentally ill and confined in institutions. Interesting, isn?t it, to see the self-proclaimed guardians of progressive thought and liberalism arrive at that same dark dead end.
 

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I was wondering if any therapist would go along with a professor trying to mandate treatment for a student; restored my faith in my former trade to see that the school shrink wouldn't play ball.

And, yes, this is reminiscent of the Soviet Union's use of psychiatry to establish political control, defining political dissidence as a mental disorder. I've noticed that some conservatives now want to define being a liberal as a mental disorder! Seems like everyone wants a piece of the action when it comes to using psychiatry as a means of social control.

FYI, my take on this is very simple: Read just what the assignment was - it's given verbatim in quotes. The student didn't complete the assignment, he should have simply been given an "F" on his paper.
 

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Sounds like we need to keep the student and send the professor back to the middle east.
 
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