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Monday, February 22, 2021 

France seems to understand what's wrong with leftist academia in America

Here's an op-ed in the New York Sun telling how Emmanuel Macron, of all people, has warned why American leftism would be bad for French academic institutions:
President Macron of France has now warned his countrymen of the menace of American academic and media “woke” thinking and of identity politics as a formula for social oppression and disunity.

France is officially focused entirely on the integration of its entire population into a cosmopolitan French whole, and in a peculiar arc of alliance between nationalist academics, intellectuals, and conservative politicians, all are warning against the importation of what they regard as degenerate and self-destructive American academic faddishness.

France has been warned by its leaders from Right to Left to beware of what is effectively referred to as the latest manifestation of American madness (a phenomenon the French profess to have identified many times since the Marquis de LaFayette assisted General George Washington in securing the surrender of the British at Yorktown in 1781).

The French president became so exercised by comments in the New York Times critical of what was described as the repression by France of Muslims that he telephoned and upbraided a senior Times officer for misrepresenting his policy of “universalism,” which he declared to be the unification of all citizens regardless of their ethnicity or sectarian attachment.

In October, he had announced a series of measures to combat “radical Islamism,” including placing direct government control on mosques, requiring that Muslim clergy are trained and certified in France, and banning Muslim apparel that disguises identity and overstates a religious affiliation.
The only part I would dissent on is the notion of having Islamic clergy around at all, based on what a bad influence the Religion of Peace is to begin with. But they're right about US academia run amok with leftism, and for all the pluses the US had in the past, the sad part is that they've also been one of the worst offenders in political correctness, and today, it's reached an especially terrible low, courtesy of all the trouble caused by far-leftists in America, including, but not limited to, those desensitized to violence. Just look what's happened to New York under Andrew Cuomo, of course, along with states like Oregon and Washington. If such cancer can be cured at all, it could take ages. And it's a bad influence for Europe as well. So after a few years of questionable governance by Macron, this is one good thing he's done.

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