by Richard Thompson, Hillsdale College
The American college campus has become the battlefield in the ongoing culture war, and the ideologues on the left have taken the high ground. Director Stephen Bannon, in conjunction with Young America’s Foundation, has recently released a film called The Conservatives with the hope of re-energizing the conservative movement.
The 30 minute video, featuring commentary by such conservative elites such as Michelle Malkin, Mark Levin, and Jonah Goldberg, highlights the fact that America was founded on the principles of individual sovereignty and the rule of law and refutes any argument for social collectivism or government intervention.
Capitalism and the free market system are also praised as the only methods by which true success can be attained, reducing the current policies of wealth redistribution and equality of income to socialist ideas that could lead this country to ruin. “[The free market] is the only system that creates wealth for the most people,” Levin says in the film. “No other system can. No other system will.”
While the film is a call to all lovers of freedom in this country to fight for the survival of conservative ideals, it sends an especially important message to college students whose desire to know the truth is being stifled by the leftist agenda of both professors and administration. Bannon, who has directed such documentaries as The Undefeated and In the Face of Evil: Reagan’s War in Word and Deed, said at a Heritage Foundation Bloggers Briefing that The Conservatives is something that should be “aggressively marketed to young people” in order ensure that the United States maintains its commitment to free enterprise and individual autonomy.
America’s economic success is heavily dependent upon risk-taking, innovation, and the entrepreneurial spirit. Current administrations, both collegiate and presidential, seem bent on downplaying this success and giving government all the credit. Not to mention that leftist indoctrination in the college classroom is becoming so overwhelming that supporters of conservatism barely have a leg to stand on.
The Conservatives offers a hopeful step in the right direction. Through educational tools such as this, colleges and universities can foster philosophical debates and become necessary strongholds for foundational principles. Conservatism is ready to make a comeback on the college campus.