Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Progressive Code Words

Excerpts and edits: John Leo, Code Words

“The campus left (has) learned with its promotion of the concept of ‘diversity’ the advantages of packaging hard-core ideology in bland, feel-good terminology.” Here are other code words:

“social justice” . . . it refers to a controversial package of goals including political redistribution of wealth, gay marriage, and a campaign against “institutional racism,” “classism,” “ableism,” and “heterosexism.”

“dispositions”- In 2002, for example, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) issued new guidelines requiring education departments that listed social justice as a goal to “include some measure of a candidate’s commitment to social justice” when evaluating the “dispositions” of their students. As soon became clear, this provided education schools a back-door method of ensuring ideological conformity among their students.


“cultural competence” - may sound like it would refer to knowledge of different cultures. But it really means the acceptance of multicultural ideology and cultural relativism.

“secure livelihoods”

“strong economies” which seem to refer to redistribution of wealth, not economic development to create new wealth.

“sustainability” - which ties traditional environmentalism to the entire left-wing agenda. . . hundreds of campuses now have sustainability officers, courses that promote the ideology, and most ominously “co-curricular programs run through student life and residence halls to ‘educate’ students about their mistaken ‘worldviews’ and bring them aboard this new ideological ark.” Kathleen Kerr ran an astonishing all-out indoctrination program in the residential halls of the University of Delaware (students were all expected to accuse themselves of racism, for example), admitted in a speech that “the social-justice aspects of sustainability education.”

“environmental racism”

“domestic partnerships”

“gender equity”

The apparently harmless lingo of the Left can’t be taken at face value.

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