Saturday, January 5, 2019

How conservatives wasted two years of Trump's presidency when it came to education

Here is an email chain I sent to a conservative friend. Part of me just wants to give up the whole education fight but I know that we have to keep moving forward with it even if it's just me and five other people. The left and the right's "doe in the headlights" naïve ones are entrenching the left in the superstructure of higher ed more and more each day, even as they keep us constantly outraged over Trigglypuff and students who try to stop people from wearing Halloween costumes. We've got to move!

Dear -------,

Just one more thing I just found:
The membership and funding for the MLA kept dropping until suddenly this fund popped up:

It raised a lot of money and turned the MLA's fundraising balance from a drop of 24.6% one year to an increase of about 30% the next year. 

They list this as part of their activities:


  • Grants to help departments expand career development services for graduate students
  • Convention travel grants for students, adjunct faculty members, and independent scholars
  • MLA internships for students interested in careers at nonprofit organizations 
[This sounds good but remember that all these non-profit humanities departments that say who gets into grad school or gets hired are dominated by liberals and they are not tolerant of dissent.]


  • Departmental consultancy visits to promote best practices and uniform standards for hiring, supporting, and mentoring graduate students and adjunct faculty members
  • Professional development grants to help part-time faculty members pay for research and conference travel, continuing education, new technology, and more
  • Preconvention workshops for graduate students on humanities careers outside the academy  
[NOTE: All of these positions are pretexts trying to protect the tenure system, which is a systematically abusive labor system.]


  • Online advocacy campaigns  and lobbying efforts in Washington, DC, to rally support for humanities education
  • Course development grants for faculty members to develop courses that build enrollments and revitalize student interest in the humanities 
  • Trainings in op-ed writing to increase the range and quality of voices advocating for the humanities and language study


The MLA held its second annual Benefit for the Humanities during the 2018 convention in New York City to raise funds for the Paving the Way campaign. Special guests included Jon Parish Peede, the Senior Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and three renowned journalists: David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker; Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!; and Lydia Polgreen, editor in chief of HuffPost. They joined Paula Krebs for a discussion of cultural coverage in the media and the importance of a free press. The event raised over $109,000 from donors and sponsors, surpassing the amount raised at the inaugural benefit in Philadelphia in 2017.


The MLA thanks the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2018 Benefit for the Humanities.
Organizations and Corporations
Alexander Street, a ProQuest Company 
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Cigna Healthcare
EisnerAmper LLP 
Humanities New York 
JDM Benefits 
Kerber Gost Agency 
New Jersey Council for the Humanities 
Spherical Cow Group

From what I can gather, these folks are using 501c-3 money to advance a liberal agenda and Republicans in Congress are handing them millions of dollars to do it. Their goal is to lobby Congress to allow higher-ed institutions to keep their gravy train of tax exemptions, subsidies, grants, and student loan certifications intact. 

Why aren't we lobbying to shake up the accreditation agencies?
Will anyone on our side ask Congress to stop this insanity?
In Christ,

Dear ______

I came across this in my research into the Modern Language Association:

The MLA supported the event by paying transportation expenses for members from states whose legislators represented key votes on support for humanities funding. MLA member Jessica Winston, professor of English and chair of the Department of History at Idaho State University, kindly agreed to fly out to meet with the Idaho delegation. I met with staffers from the offices of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) as well as accompanying the Pennsylvania team on their visits. Winston met with staffers from the offices of Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Representatives Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Raúl Labrador (R-ID). In addition, she and other advocates met with Senator James Risch (R-ID).

It comes from the 2019 annual report. How on earth did the academic left get these Republicans to sign on to a $2 million increase in NEH funding the same year Trump called for its defunding? And there have been no efforts to compel them to fix their political bias because every time we talk about the bias in these organizations, we get another speech in Congress from Ben Shapiro or Robbie George about how we need to refrain from telling these taxpayer-funded entities what to do.

------, is there anyone out there who might want to form a task force that is serious about forcing the Republican-controlled Senate and Trump's Dept. of Education to start defunding these people?

It is so infuriating sometimes I do not even want to read about this but I think it's crucial we do something during Trump's last 2 years. I admire a lot of the conservative activists but we have to face the fact that they are not getting anywhere with the model of activism we have been using. (See here: ).

I was one of the 140 scholars who signed the support of Trump. I have gotten into the large meetings of the faith in education group under the White House. If we don't act now we're missing a huge chance.

Do you know anyone who thinks the way I do who might want to do something?

Let me know.

God bless,