Why Did Portland State University Reject Bruce Gilley's Course on Conservative Political Thought?
"Decolonize Explained" w/Dr. Bruce Gilley
Why did Portland State University reject your course on conservative political thought? I applied to have a course added to our political science curriculum in conservative political thought because it is one of the major traditions in political philosophy and it was missing on our curriculum. Most universities including, UC Berkeley, teach conservative political thought. It's a standard aspect of political science teaching. It's like having Shakespeare on the English curriculum, although that's not so standard anymore, but certainly we think of this as a normal part of political philosophy. I applied to have that course made permanent because I had taught it, and our university rejected that course, arguing that teaching conservative political thought would not advance the university's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion objectives. And so the course was banned. And again, the fact that the university didn't want our students exposed to ideas that the woke left didn't like was so emblematic, so much of an indication of how the left has changed. It used to embrace debate, it used to think debate was critical. And now it thinks debate is dangerous.