Far-left colleges and universities have offered a range of ridiculous course options over the last few years. However, Washington and Lee University’s move to offer a course titled “Overthrow the State” marks a new low.
The course can be found listed on the Washington and Lee University website. As for the contents, it’s what one would expect from a far-left radical program. Students in the course are supposed to imagine themselves as the head of a revolutionary movement attempting to overthrow an existing government to forge a better society. After they’re done fantasizing, students are assigned tasks such as writing up a manifesto and creating an essay on how to rewrite history and “confront memory”, whatever that means.
It’s hard to imagine how a university could think that a course like this is a good idea. How is a “future revolutionary” going to find a job upon graduation? True, there are plenty of rioters he or she could join, but rioting isn’t a professional career.
Does the course bother to point out that overthrowing a sitting government involves a lot of bloodshed? The Russian Revolution, the Communist takeover of China, the French Revolution, and Castro’s insurrection in Cuba all resulted in mass death — even after the state was seized.
What happens to people who won’t go along with rewritten history? After all, there will always be people who prefer things the way they were. What about basic First Amendment rights such as free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, and freedom of the press? Portland protestors are already blocking journalists from filming protests; what happens if these wannabe revolutionaries gain power and control the entire nation?
The course states that it will cover Mahatma Gandhi, a non-violent Indian leader who led India to freedom while simultaneously urging his followers to treat British officials with respect. Will the would-be revolutionaries even bother listening?
Teaching young people how to overthrow a government is, to put it mildly, an extremely bad idea at a time when tensions are already high as they are. The mainstream media is essentially green lighting blatant lawlessness in places like Portland. One has to wonder if those who designed the course are really totally clueless, or actually attempting to start a bloody revolution that could destabilize the entire nation.