Over the course of the past couple of years, I have had the opportunity to spend several hours with Mariah Brennan Clegg, who is in the PhD program at UCSB working on her professional degree in the field of sociology. Most of my interactions with her come as a result of her emergence as a radical anti-oil activist at UCSB. Not surprisingly, she describes herself as a Marxist-humanist-anarchist and credits her awakening in part to UCSB professor John Foran, who teaches that we must end capitalism to save the planet from climate change.
I read a paper she wrote and delivered to The International Marxist Humanist Organization titled “State, Capital and Ecology.” In the piece, Ms. Clegg argues that today’s left-leaning environmental heroes and even their communist counterparts are all going to fail because they want to work within the status quo. Instead, Ms. Clegg states that “I want to argue that we need not wait for broad-based revolution or even the wholesale annihilation of capitalism before creating worlds outside the state, properly ecological worlds. Insurrection is a much more useful strategy — and it means that we can start our break with the oppressive systems of capital and the state now.”
Ironically, there is another speech on the web by Ms. Clegg to striking campus workers at UCSB. In her speech, she said that “as an anarchist and a Marxist-Humanist, it does not surprise me when an institution of the state acts like a corporation. And, as a sociologist and worker, I know that this place won’t work for us until we force it to. You have the power to grind this place to a halt. You have the power — all you need to do is take it. And, if you have the power to grind this place to a halt, by god you have the power to make it better. Not through reform. But, by taking what’s yours.”
It would be amusing if it were not so exasperating to note that Ms. Clegg wants the recognition of a state institution by way of being awarded a PhD, along with a raise and better benefits, from an institution she believes is part of a system that doesn’t have the moral right to exist. It all begs the question, why doesn’t she break from the institution herself? And, with regard to oil and gas products, why is she still using the same? In practical terms, it appears that Ms. Clegg is, in actuality, personally anarchy-averse.
Meanwhile, at the sister campus UC Davis, a group of students who have lost all semblance of decency protested against a photo of Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona holding a “Thin Blue Line” flag in a tribute to fallen officers. The photo became famous after Officer Corona, who was a Latina, was herself murdered in the line of duty. The snowflakes claimed the photo was insulting and disrespectful to the Black Lives Matter movement, in contemptuous and callous disregard of Officer Corona’s supreme sacrifice.
Perhaps Ms. Clegg and her UC fellows should be given “participation trophies” instead of diplomas. That, along with an apology for being the victims of mental, biological and emotional lobotomies courtesy of administrators and professors who highjacked our institutions of higher learning to conduct thought experiments on our kids.
As a result of their efforts, today’s college graduates will grow up not knowing who they are, what they are or how they got here. They are a permanent victim class looking for reasons to be offended. They have grown up believing they are entitled to take whatever they want, in complete denial and indifference of the sacrifice made on their behalf in creating everything they take for granted.