Indoctrination and Hypocrisy

Here’s a interesting video to watch:

Two things come to mind after watching this.

The young man is a college freshman who has clearly been indoctrinated into “social justice” ideology.  Given he is 18 or 19 years old, and given the extent of his ideological posturing, it is clear to me he was indoctrinated by his parents and/or teachers.  In other words, he was being indoctrinated as a child.  Now, according to New Atheists, childhood indocrtrination is child abuse.  While I may not agree with his ideology, and I also cannot agree with the New Atheists in thinking this young man is the victim of child abuse.

Secondly, Dinesh D’Souza does an excellent job of exposing the hollow nature of the boy’s ideology (especially at the end).  When people want to impose a form of morality on others that they themselves are unwilling to subscribe too, the hypocrisy shows this is not about morality.  It’s about ideologues trying to con people with morality as the ideologues seek one thing…….power.  The so-called “social justice” movement is simply a modern day expression of the conquest ethic, one that uses psychological manipulation and guilt to secure power and wealth.

ETA: The young man in question is Tommy Raskin, who has provided his interpretation of his experience:

In his roundabout response, D’Souza gruffly insinuated that I had protested his coming to Amherst (I had not and actually welcomed the chance to hear him), that I had endorsed race-based affirmative action (I had not), that I should withdraw from Amherst College if I really care about white privilege (a complete non sequitur), and that, being an elitist Amherst college student, I am “willing to have social justice if other people pay, but you’re not willing to pay” (this is false).

Although I might now tell Dinesh that I am a highly imperfect yet committed young person who has organized voter registration drives for students at my high school, volunteered for two summers at a camp for low-income elementary school students with developmental disabilities, helped coordinate food drives at my synagogue for the homeless, spent three years co-teaching 7th graders about the Holocaust and discrimination, donated loads of clothing to a local homeless shelter, given blood to the American Red Cross and written extensively about prejudice and the brutal ramifications of the systemic atrocities that D’Souza promotes, I assumed it was sufficient at the time to say that my work as a high school tutor actually has made an inroad into structural disadvantage.

Raskin has thrown up a smokescreen to rationalize the manner in which he clings to his “white privilege.”

First, the list looks like resume padding to me.  Did Tommy know he wanted to go to college when doing these things?  Did Tommy supply this information as part of his college application?

Second, did Tommy enjoy these experiences?  Did he enjoy doing the voter registration drives for students at his high school?  Did he like helping the kids at the summer camp?  Did he like tutoring kids?

If he did not enjoy any of these experiences, and doesn’t really like helping those who are less fortunate, it suggests he did them only to help secure a seat at an elite school like Amherst.  In other words, he paid a small price to reap a huge benefit made possible by white privilege.  As someone in a position of privilege, he is privy to the ways of “getting ahead.”

If he did enjoy engaging in such service,  he has paid no price.  He got into a position of great privilege (a seat at Amherst) doing the things he liked, made possible by his previous privilege.

Tommy should have given D’Souza’s points more thought.  What if there was a large, academically-based group of theocrats trying to change society so that everyone was forced to give 10% of their income to the poor?  And what if we discovered that the leaders of this movement, along with most of their followers, were unwilling to give 10% of their own income to the poor?  At that point, critical thinkers and those wise to the ways of the world would smell a rat.  It would look to me like the theocrats were just trying to empower themselves by acquiring 10% of everyone else’s wealth and using morality as part of the con.


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6 Responses to Indoctrination and Hypocrisy

  1. neonmadman01 says:

    I’ve never heard New Atheists claim that all childhood indoctrination is child abuse, only childhood indoctrination with religion. Indoctrinating children with what THEY believe is A-OK in their book.

  2. Michael says:

    I’ve never heard New Atheists claim that all childhood indoctrination is child abuse, only childhood indoctrination with religion. Indoctrinating children with what THEY believe is A-OK in their book.

    Indeed. Their upspoken complaint is this: “It’s so much harder to indoctrinate your kids in our way of thinking when you parents get first crack it at.” In their mind, if only we could stop children from being raised in a religious tradition, Gnutopia would follow. So they pretend to be concerned about “child abuse” as one method of accomplishing their goal. Their concern for “child abuse,” of course, is not real.

  3. John says:

    It’s likely some atheists would respond to this by pointing out how D’Souza was charged with illegal activities in 2014 (and pleaded guilty later on):

    There are also some atheist videos attacking D’Souza as well:

  4. Michael says:

    It’s likely some atheists would respond to this by pointing out how D’Souza was charged with illegal activities in 2014 (and pleaded guilty later on):

    Agreed. The desperate need to change the topic with a smokescreen would become evident once it was realized there are only three options in response to my point:

    1. Insist the boy was not indoctrinated, but was speaking Objective Truth that is derived from Reason and Evidence.
    2. Acknowledge the boy was indoctrinated, but argue only religious indoctrination is child abuse.
    3. Acknowledge the boy was indoctrinated and concede childhood indoctrination does not equal child abuse.

    The rational option is #3, but New Atheists can’t admit it when they are wrong. That leaves them #1 and #2, which then creates the need for the smokescreen.

  5. GRA says:

    >>Given he is 18 or 19 years old, and given the extent of his ideological posturing, it is clear to me he was indoctrinated by his parents and/or teachers. In other words, he was being indoctrinated as a child.

    If you google Tommy Raskin you’ll find that the young man is active in expressing his ideology. Not that anything is wrong with that, but for someone so young his politics are pretty much set in stone. He is also a fine example of “connected” and “human capital” that is often associated with elite institutions like Amherst.

    A genealogy tree (sorta):

    Marcus Raskin (
    Jamie Raskin, US Maryland Senator – Sarah Bloom Raskin, US Dep. Secretary of the Treasury.
    Tommy Raskin (with two other siblings)

    His mother, Sarah, is an Amherst alumnus who attended Harvard Law. Father, Jamie, is a graduate of both Harvard University and Harvard Law. Guess where Tommy is sending his law application if he decides to attend law school? His grandfather attended UChicago for both undergraduate and law school, but I think that institution may not to be Tommy’s liking (it was one of the few institutions of higher education to stood up for free speech when the Yale and Mizzou fiasco spread onto other campuses).

    Tommy’s grandfather is a liberal, as his wiki bio states that his recent goals are to “help other scholars and activists pursue a progressive basis for a new society.” I sense that Grandpa Raskin was a far more interesting liberal than Tommy. To support his father, he posed with a “Jamie Raskin: The Ultimate Progressive” frisbee during a support rally.

    Look at that handsome fella! Cheerin’ on dear old dad!

    As I watched the video I thought to myself, “Wow, this kid is really, really steeped in the SJW mindset. I wonder where did it come from … ” His family history might explain it. Add in that he is a writer for GoodMenProject, which is a site dedicated to rejecting the “bad side” of masculinity and discovering the more sensitive side of fatherhood and what it is “to be a man”, a contributor to (father & grandfather are Jewish, his father attending a Reformed Jewish synagogue) and ForeignPolicyInFocus. All of these lean to the left on the issues & topics discussed.

    I also wondered about his online publications that were accepted into a prominent liberal magazine: The Nation. I think it’s safe to conclude that Raskin’s connections, most notably being the son of a Senator, has opened doors that any liberal university student would dream of. How many students are published in The Nation? Not just one article, but several? I’m not sure if The Nation’s interns have enough clout to get their stuff published.

    This is a packed resume and, if you’re familiar with the Tommy Raskin’s of the world, not entirely unusual. If you aren’t a hipster or the pot smoking artsy bohemian, you’re a future lawyer/journalist in the form of Tommy Raskin.

    I almost forgot, Raskin also has his own personal blog. What he writes about is the usual stuff that any political student would write about when they aren’t bemoaning the patriarchy or racism: foreign policy in terms of human rights and neoconservatives.

    So ShadowtoLight, your hunch was right.

  6. GRA says:

    I also want to add that Raskin is a co-host of The Angle, an Amherst radio show, mostly focusing on politics.

    My question is this: Does this seemingly bright young man have any other interests besides politics? Run marathons? Play the ukulele? Creates an art portfolio in his spare time? Enjoys playing/watching sports? The quick google search says no mention that he has carried his high school tutoring and volunteering onto college. If he hasn’t, what a shame, really.

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