In Which a Brown University Student Beclowns Himself.

A November 2014 Herald article described the lack of military support on Brown’s campus. The article outlined how students considering careers in the military and participating in ROTC programs on campus feel marginalized by “the anti-military — and even hostile — stigma attached to ‘schools like Brown.’” Students anticipating careers in the armed forces outlined ROTC as one of their central concerns, and while ROTC is only one facet of military presence on campus, it is undoubtedly one of the most important. On Tuesday, the faculty endorsed a resolution to create a partnership between Brown’s campus and the Navy and Air Force ROTC programs.

Brown has a rich “anti-military,” anti-war history — said with pride. But is our campus today as anti-war as it once was, or are we losing a certain aspect of our past?

via Makhlouf ’16: ROTC: Return of the criminals.

The Ivy League universities are supposedly repositories of the best and the brightest.

Above is an example of a student’s “critical” thinking published in the OpEd section of the campus newspaper.

Mr. Makhlouf seems to think that it is the right and proper nature of the universe that Brown University must be, always and forever, a progressive, liberal, indeed, leftist institution wholly committed to resistance to American foreign policy.

Should you decide to click through to the article, you’ll immediately find him bemoaning the militarization of local police forces. Which, maybe that is a legitimate concern, but it is one wholly disconnected from the issue of ROTC on campus. That’s a matter of legislation from the Congress implemented by the Department of Justice. Does Mr. Makhlouf decry the entry of Brown graduates into the DoJ?

His ramblings display a lack of exposure to any aspect of the military ethos and lifestyle. He instead rails against a caricature of the military that he has constructed solely in his own rather pathetic mind.

Brown University mission statement is as follows:

The mission of Brown University is to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry, and by educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation. We do this through a partnership of students and teachers in a unified community known as a university-college.

If Mr. Makhlouf is so certain of the viewpoint he espouses, that an anti-military, leftist viewpoint is so self evidently right and proper, why then does he not feel that it can withstand exposure and challenge from an opposing view? The mere thought that a student at Brown might hear an argument that does not hew to his own viewpoint sends him to the keyboard to spew this tripe. That would certainly seem to be in conflict with Brown’s stated mission of free inquiry and discovery.

One suspects that Mr. Makhlouf is receiving scant return on investment for his annual tuition of $46,408.

This is, of course, hardly the only example of close mindedness on a college campus posing as intellectual superiority. It’s just one of the more egregious examples we’ve seen lately. Persons responsible for hiring employees would do well to keep such buffoonery in mind when looking at resumes from the Ivies.

9 thoughts on “In Which a Brown University Student Beclowns Himself.”

  1. I’m curious about the “pain-inducing electromagnetic waves” that he asserts that local police have available to use at their whim. Maybe that was in a movie he saw, which he is ‘conflating’ with his reality?

    He’s afraid that exposure to opposing viewpoints will turn his classmates into tools of the state. His confidence in their cognitive ability is less-than-inspiring. What an arrogant and ignorant little boy.

    1. “It’s a pain inducing acoustic device.”

      Acoustic, electromagnetic, that sciency stuff is all the same noise to the sophisticated and well-educated Brown student.

  2. The majority of “liberals” on campus tend to be socially liberal centrists who thrive on affective showings of liberalism.

    the overwhelmingly centrist nature of our campus’ political discourse


    The push for normalizing militarism on our campus needs to be opposed because Brown students are so often unsure of their political leanings.

    Am I a Stalinist, a Trotskyite, or a Maoist? I’m just not sure…

  3. Tax their (all the Ivy League) endowments. If the Democrats want to separate the rich from their money, this would be the perfect place to start. I bet they would get much less resistance for this than they got on the mulatto jackenapes’ idea to tax 529’s.

  4. Perfect case for reinstating the draft. I have a long list of NCOs that I would like to turn this clown over to for a while. Unfortunately, the most appropriate to this task got out in the late 80s.

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