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Political Correctness

Marxist Engineering? Social Justice Delusions in Hard Science

Written by Joe Scudder

There is going to be cultural Marxist engineering because cultural Marxism is a totalitarian project.

When political correctness has managed to chew up all the “soft sciences,” we shouldn’t be surprised to find moves toward culturally Marxist engineering as well. In the old Soviet Union, no field was exempt from having to integrate Marxist dogma. There is no “neutrality” and the confession that objective facts exist apart from the needs of class, race, or gender is offensive to the cultural Marxists.

Indrek Wichman writes for The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, “Engineering Education: Social Engineering Rather than Actual Engineering.

The recently appointed dean of Purdue’s school, Dr. Donna Riley, has an ambitious agenda.

In her words (italics mine): “I seek to revise engineering curricula to be relevant to a fuller range of student experiences and career destinations, integrating concerns related to public policy, professional ethics, and social responsibilityde-centering Western civilization; and uncovering contributions of women and other underrepresented groups…. We examine how technology influences and is influenced by globalizationcapitalism, and colonialism…. Gender is a key…[theme]…[throughout] the course…. We…[examine]… racist and colonialist projects in science….”

That starts off innocently enough, discussing the intersection of engineering with public policy and ethics, but then veers off the rails once Riley begins disparaging the free movement of capital, the role of Western civilization, and the nature of men, specifically “colonialist” white men. How can it improve the practice of engineering to bring in such diversions and distractions?

Riley’s purpose seems not to be how best to train new engineers but to let everyone know how bad engineers have been, how they continue to “oppress” women and persons of color, how much we need “diverse perspectives,” and how the “struggle” continues to level all distinctions and differences in society.

The editorial continues with more evidence that cultural Marxism is invading the discipline, not just at Purdue.

Read the entire editorial.

Here’s video from the Purdue Engineering YouTube channel:

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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