In the previous blog entry, I noted
Like cultists, the demonstrators clearly demonstrate a hive mindset that was obviously generated through indoctrination. In fact, they are so deeply indoctrinated that they work themselves into a religious frenzy with the messages of their own chants (as the speaker says nothing).
When I mention that the protesters have been indoctrinated, I’m not trying to score debate points to plays to my fellow skeptics. I think what we have here is truly a nice example of indoctrination. Let’s consider the evidence.
First, if you watch the video, you’ll notice the protesters are all very young. I would guess the average age to be around 20. This simply means the protesters are not protesting on the basis of decades of life experience. The majority of their life experience has consisted of parents housing, feeding, and nurturing them. They are in the very beginning stages of becoming an adult and having to fend for themselves.
Second, it costs about $61,000 a year to attend Middlebury College, meaning a four year degree is costing them a quarter of a million dollars. It’s difficult to believe anyone who can afford to spend a quarter of a million dollars is the victim of serious oppression. Especially when most (probably all) of them were given the money to attend the school. Only people of privilege are afforded this luxury.
Third, given their extreme emotional reaction to Charles Murray, it is safe to assume no there is no course that has students buy and read his books. And without such a requirement, we can further safely assume that most of the students have never read any of his books.
So let’s add this up. The student protesters clearly demonstrate groupthink, all chanting in unison. They even chant, multiple times, that “White Privelege” is the “Enemy.” Yet they do so without having much life experience, plus with having the ability to afford a quarter of a million dollar education, plus without ever having read anything by Charles Murray. How does one then explain the group think? How did they all come to literally read off the same page?
The most likely explanation is indoctrination. Not a lengthly life experience of being oppressed (as evidenced by their age and ability to spend so much money). Not a careful and considered reaction to reading the arguments of the man whom they protested. Indoctrination. The students have likely been programmed parents, teachers, and professors to embrace the cult of social justice.
Finally, again let me point out how the protesters worked themselves into a frenzy. Charles Murray said nothing at the podium to inflame them or agitate them. They inflamed and agititated themselves. This was all part of the ritual. By chanting their slogans and clapping their hands, the ritual was designed to increasingly arouse the type of emotions need to shut down the speech of the Evil One, even to the point of relying on physical intimidation and violence.
What happened at Middlebury College was not some “protest.” Look more closely, as it’s time to move past that superficial consideration. It was a ritual rooted in indoctrination. This is what secular religion looks like.