Conservatives should be more courageous, proactive and take advantage of the weaknesses of the left: Professor

Faced with the extreme policies peddled by the radical left, conservatives must react more boldly by using the power of institutions and taking advantage of the weaknesses shown by the left to stop its destructive policies, according to a professor and researcher in a school of government.

The extreme politics that have pushed transgender ideology on children, the southern border crisis and soaring crime in big cities require “strong, real, confident men and women to say ‘absolutely no’ “to that,” said David Azerrad, an aide. professor and research fellow at the Van Andel Graduate School of Government at Hillsdale College.

Many young people in colleges and universities who stand for enlightenment principles don’t really believe in them, Azerrad told EpochTV’s “Crossroads” in a Sept. 12 interview.

“The young people who attend these elite universities are careerists. They’re ambitious… So they take the awake posture because they feel pressure to their left,” Azerrad said, “but they never pay the price.

“If you started putting pressure [on them]many of them would fold in a line and fall apart like a deck of cards,” the professor said.

For example, if a prestigious university institutes a policy that any student who disrupts a speaker is immediately expelled from the university without a degree, student behavior will change as they will not be willing to sacrifice a degree for their enlightened principles, explained Azerrad. .

No true believers

Students walk through Sproul Plaza on the campus of the University of California-Berkeley in Berkeley, California on April 23, 2012. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Some say enlightenment is a religion, Azerrad continued, but religions “produce people who sacrifice their lives for the cause.”

“I don’t see much of that with our revival. I see a lot of signage. I see a lot of performative awakening,” Azerrad noted, “and that gives me hope because it means they might be crushed more easily because they’re not true fanatics.

There are, however, young people who are true believers, Azerrad said, adding that he could not provide the percentage of them.

Supporting enlightened students is the way for young people to enter good universities to climb the corporate ladder. Azerrad said, but ultimately “the dominant passion in their soul is not a passion for social justice – it is a comfortable life.”

Azerrad said he believed that if forced by the power of institutions to make a choice, many of them would fall into line. But that approach hasn’t been tried on them much, he added. “That’s another thing that gives me hope.”

Polls don’t indicate that Millennials and Generation Z, also known as Zoomers, have turned conservative, but there’s a growing backlash from Millennials and Zoomers who are far more right-wing than babies. -boomers or Generation X, noted Azerrad.

“Right now it’s not a big number,” but the polls are static and subject to change, Azerrad said. “Don’t overlook the power of statesmanship, effective governance and powerful rhetoric to move hearts and minds. … There is more and more appetite and energy, and more dissent among them that I think could be harnessed, channeled, deepened and broadened.

Put pressure on the ruling class

Azerrad thinks the ruling class is much weaker than you might think because it hires and promotes officials based on criteria of diversity rather than skill level.

Therefore, they are not able to run these large institutions as efficiently and ruthlessly as they could, Azerrad pointed out.

“The right just has to learn from the left,” said Azerrad, who teaches students about his thoughts on the new left, including his theorists from Herbert Marcuse and the Frankfurt School.

Herbert Marcuse was a prominent Marxist scholar of the Frankfurt School, a group of Marxist theorists first associated with the University of Frankfurt in Germany and later with Columbia University in New York after moving to the United States in 1935 .

“[The new left] see themselves as a minority, which they were then, who want to take control of institutions hostile to their beliefs,” Azerrad said.

It would be helpful for the right to think in terms of funding opposing institutions, making them bear the consequences of their awakened actions, and rewarding and honoring friendly institutions, Azerrad said. “Know who your political enemies and friends are, and only send money and honor to your friends.”

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Guests are seen at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida in a file photo. Governor Ron DeSantis (R) on Feb. 24, 2022. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP; Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

For example, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis revoked a tax break for a multi-billion dollar corporation for its woke actions, Azerrad said.

In April, DeSantis signed a bill passed by the Legislature to dissolve the self-governing status of Walt Disney World in Central Florida. The revocation could have significant tax implications for Disney.

The move came after Disney issued a statement critical of a DeSantis-backed bill, the Parental Rights in Education Bill, which prohibits teachers from teaching subjects about sexual orientation and sexual orientation. gender identity to children under third grade.

There should be more governors taking similar action. Azerrad said. “[This is] use the power of the institutions we control to put corporations in their place.

However, the right should not copy the left in its actions aimed at attacking its political opponents, Azerrad said.

“You should not attack an elected Democrat who is dining with his family in a restaurant. This is unacceptable,” Azerrad warned. “You shouldn’t make death threats to sitting Supreme Court justices, who are appointed by a Democratic president.”

Republicans must play an active role

The right typically focuses its policies on tax cuts, school choice and financial support for the military, Azerrad said. He also carried out professional licensing reform, but he “did not deliver devastating blows to the left” that would amount to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Azerrad pointed out.

The Civil Rights Act ended segregation in public places and prohibited discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

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Attendees eagerly await the arrival of former President Donald Trump at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilke-Barre, Penn. for his “Save America” rally on Sept. 4, 2022. (Bill Pan/The Epoch Times)

“We still have a base,” Azerrad said, referring to the millions of people who voted for then-President Donald Trump in 2020, “there is such a large segment of the American population that still loves this country and is committed to the American way of life. And I think we could increase that number.

According to the Federal Election Commission, 74 million people voted for Trump in the 2020 presidential election. (pdf).

“The base is systematically on the right of those who claim to represent it in the conservative movement of the Republican Party.

“This is where we need more pressure to create more DeSantises, more JD Vances, more Blake Masters, and then in the conservative movement – more intellectuals ready to confront the elites.”

JD Vance, a Trump-backed Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Ohio, has criticized the Washington establishment for its “moralistic rather than strategic” foreign policy, particularly for funding gender ideology around the world.

U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters for Arizona has blamed the Biden administration for the southern border crisis, particularly the smuggling of fentanyl, which causes thousands of deaths each year from its overdoses. Masters has called for the impeachment of President Joe Biden for his role in the illegal immigration crisis.

Jack Phillip, Nathan Worcester and Allan Stein contributed to this report.

Ella Kietlinska


Ella Kietlinska is a reporter for The Epoch Times and focuses on US and world politics.

Joshua Philip


Joshua Philipp is an award-winning Epoch Times investigative reporter and host of EpochTV’s “Crossroads.” He is a recognized expert on unrestricted warfare, asymmetric hybrid warfare, subversion, and historical perspectives on today’s issues. His more than 10 years of research and investigation into the Chinese Communist Party, subversion, and related topics give him unique insight into the global threat and political landscape.

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