Jumping the shark, as many readers know, is an expression from the wonderful world of TV. When the original premise of a show has gone stale, producers try to recapture audience interest by putting familiar characters in outlandish settings where strange things happen to them — notoriously, when Fonzie literally jumped over a shark as Happy Days moved into its sunset years. When something jumps the shark, the death spiral has become irretrievable; the show has nowhere to go but down.
I never knew that. Anyway, read the article for the gist of where America is going. This post focuses though on one thing which was written:
I cannot blame four generations of progressive intellectuals for trying to make life a little less brutal and unpredictable, nor should we overlook the successes they had. Nevertheless, the Fonz has left the building; the progressive paradigm today can no longer serve as the basis for sound national policy.
Er … sorry but I can blame them very much. The infestation of universities and other bodies of higher learning has been slow, almost inexorable but like all socialists, they never stopped at any point, never gave up until the damage had been done and the centres of learning were in socialist hands.
It’s no more than the Frankfurt School had planned to happen. Their 1928 Manifesto of Cultural Marxism:
1. the creation of racism offences
2. continual change to create confusion
3. the teaching of sex and homosexuality to children
4. the undermining of schools and teachers’ authority
5. huge immigration to destroy national identity
6. the promotion of excessive drinking
7. emptying the churches
8. an unreliable legal system with bias against the victim
9. dependency on the state or state benefits
10. control and dumbing down of media
11. encouraging the breakdown of the family
12. “community of women” to undermine patriarchy
13. the abolition of private property and of labor itself
So sorry, as I said previously, I can blame “progressive” intellectuals very much indeed.