In any case it is truly terrifying that these types of policies have infiltrated our higher education, threatening society and apparently encouraging students to overthrow states.
Washington And Lee is coming under scrutiny for offering a course on “How to Overthrow the State,” though the school’s president says the course has been “sensationalized” by the media.
Officially titled “Writing Seminar for First-Years,” the course places students “at the head of a popular revolutionary movement aiming to overthrow a sitting government and forge a better society.”
"How will you attain power? How will you communicate with the masses? How do you plan on improving the lives of the people? How will you deal with the past?" the description states.
"From Frantz Fanon to Che Guevara to Mohandas Gandhi and others, we explore examples of revolutionary thought and action from across the Global South,” reads the course description on the university’s website.
Students who take the course will produce a “Manifesto, drafting a white paper that critically analyzes a particular issue” and “write a persuasive essay on rewriting history and confronting memory.”
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich slammed the course as “one further sign of the insanity taking over higher education.”
“The alumni should rise up and show how to overthrow a crazy college administration,” Gingrich tweeted.
In an interview with a local news outlet, WLU President Will Dudley said the course has been “distorted, sensationalized, and turned into political fodder on blogs, television, and social media.”
“We are expressly committed to encouraging all to speak their minds freely and to consider carefully alternative points of view. It is incumbent upon us to treat each other with respect and not perpetuate or tolerate personal attacks,” he said, according to CBS19 reporter Kathryn Young.
However, the title of the course sometimes can be just as powerful as the content learned within. Out of all the names that could have been picked, that was the one, and the university knows very well who they are going to attract with such a name.
Liberal’s on twitter attacked the former speaker of the house for his comments about the course. “I’d think that as a historian you’d know that both Lee and Washington were famous for...checks notes...overthrowing the state” more similar tweets were written.
Although this is historically true, it is a spineless statement, both Lee and Washington did not fight to topple down the US. one fought to build it and the other although possibly unjustified but fought to preserve his homelands policies. Nor Washington or Lee regardless of their politics would want to simply overthrow an American state just to see it go to anarchy.