Monday, July 19, 2010

Why we must despise university professors

On the need to rebel from within academia

by Denis G. Rancourt

Class is stronger than race and sex.

University professors are cowardly deceiving scum. There are no good professors.

They work under a cover of serving community and the public good yet they serve and replicate a system of extreme violence and repression; a system of layered exploitation that uses every method from war and genocide to economic slavery to psychological social engineering in order to maintain and increase its hierarchical domination.

Their work starts in the classroom and extends to the boardroom. They coerce and purify and provide the mental infrastructure of system maintenance and projection. You will “cooperate” and develop “professional ethics” and “universal values”...

It is disgusting to observe university service intellectuals posturing themselves into a self-image of community service and solidarity with the oppressed-other while not raising a finger to dismantle the very machine at its core. They are in a position to alter the production cycle of managers of mind and manners, yet they reinforce and perfect the indoctrination of self and of students instead.

Their lives of privilege are nestled in lies, as are all such lives. The lies that intra-class justice is justice, that privilege produces extra-class benefits, that knowledge arises from breeding and that it can be transferred via an administrative act; all necessary and comforting lies.

Without the armed thugs that preserve their power and the furniture of their lies they would be hapless beggars because they are empty. They pride themselves in being empty and give each other prizes for emptiness. They rise in the academic and administrative hierarchies for achieving emptiness and for celebrating emptiness.

They are truly a disgusting breed, destined to enlighten us all and to guide our leaders.

They excel at taking diversity and forming it into shapeless conformity. They work as a unit, like a meat grinder, with “radical” profs shaping activist students and business profs nurturing corporate service drones. Those that cannot be shaped are denied entry or expelled. There is no space for non-compliance.

They are gifted for selection. They select the emptiest by peer review and the most obedient by grading. And of course effective selection necessarily includes expulsion and failure. They look for and kill those who deserve to fail. And they mob and kill those who would expose them.

This explains why they are all exactly the same. There is no truer generalization at-the-root about a professional class; unless you believe in a difference between conservatives and liberal “progressives” or that a black feminist academic is not also a neutralizer and enforcer.

The university professorial class manages the highest-level institutional indoctrination, and must therefore be more fundamentally and completely aligned than any other class; more the same than politicians are the same or than doctors and lawyers are the same or than teachers, cops and soldiers are the same when they have been segregated and “elevated” into a service professional class.

The needed underlying monochromaticity, beyond school obedience and ordinary graduate or professional school indoctrination, takes another five to ten of the tenure track and is masked by an elaborate illusion of choice and independence supported by its own mythology and bureaucracy of “academic freedom”.

University professors cannot save themselves and will not save their students. We must love humanity and freedom enough to despise them in liberating ourselves. Only their jolt from rejection and our experience of rebellion can produce some result. Freedom means self-determination.

Denis G. Rancourt was a tenured and full professor of physics at the University of Ottawa in Canada. He practiced several areas of science which were funded by a national agency and ran an internationally recognized laboratory. He published over 100 articles in leading scientific journals. He developed popular activism courses and was an outspoken critic of the university administration and a defender of student and Palestinian rights. He was fired for his dissidence in 2009 by a president who is a staunch supporter of Israeli policy. [See]


Denis Rancourt said...

From my mail (with permission)...:

"I lost much of my respect for the university professor class when a few years ago I publicly protested the dismal pay and treatment of sessional instructors at our local university. I had found a former instructor of mine - who had been teaching nearly 30 years at the university - was living on only $3,000 per semester. He was utterly destitute because the tenured faculty had back-stabbed sessionals in negotiations with administration, limiting them to one course per semester for no other reason than to protect their own elite class status and privileges (and bargaining power). Not one of the so-called liberal professors at the university took up my public call for solidarity and justice, nor did the media seem to care that the president of the university who enforced the rule was himself making well over $1,000 per day in pre-benefit salary."

Anonymous said...

A professor is a professor. Some are better than others. They just do their work, like anybody else... cops, doctors, bakers...

And I really would like to know what means "Class is stronger than race and sex" !

Hatred doesn't help. We must accept we were too naive about the university/education system. It's not by going at the university and saying : "oh you are real fucking bastards!" and then being shot by them that we will change something. If I still go to the supermarket, why couldn't I go to the university ?

Since we have said and proved (...not so difficult!) that university is shit, we "just" have to make something else... but something built on love, not on hatred and resentment.

Anonymous said...

man what a crappy text. less hatred would do the world a big favour.

take care greetings from switzerland

rebel pleb said...

I enjoyed the post. The criticism from those who believe positivity is mandatory just shows how deeply they are controlled by the hierarchy. Without anger there is no action. This insistence on positive thought is a major tool of those who oppress us, and it accomplishes nothing other than our own passivity.

Piccolo said...


Piccolo said...

Finally, a serious critique

I am tired of Americans pretending that their overpriced higher education system makes up for much.