As Confucius Institute installed at USM, American & New England Studies Become a Candidate For The Cutting Board
Recently in the news , The University of Maine is considering cutting American and New England Studies, a course offered at the University of Southern, Maine.
According to testimony of former student:
Dr. Pease's Hamilton and Jefferson course at UMO and it was one of the most important American history courses I've ever taken. He had a passion for the topicThe course was a course on the Federalists Papers. Today when I searched for the phrase "federalist papers" on the University of Maine curriculum, it came up blank and there appears (to my limited knowledge and research efforts) to be only one course offered in American and New England Studies and that is currently under consideration for the cutting board.
And yet the University of Maine was recently able to Install the Confucius Institute on Campus- why because money is provided by China and that is all it takes in Maine where our government is always looking for sources of outside capital as if taking gifts never comes with strings
The institution of the Confucius Institute is lauded with these words in the Portland Press Herald:
The state's first Confucius Institute, set up by Hanban, of China's Ministry of Education,
.... leaders in government, business and education in Maine see it as a vehicle for increasing the state's ties to China, ..... Maine goods worth more than $275 million were exported to China in 2011.
...Brennan said the institute should lead ..... to mutually advantageous economic programs.
......McDonnell said banned topics and questions of academic freedom were never an issue in USM's negotiations with Hanban...The article then goes on to claim that there is no cost to USM (University of Southern Maine) because China provides the instructors and materials and $150,000 in startup funds, and will provide about $100,000 a year to administer the institute.
Note the very important adjective "first" implicating that this is the direction in which Maine's "leaders in government, business and education" are deliberately driving Maine on all levels including tax-payer subsidized education at the University of M.
So-no cost- no and no banned topics or interference with academic freedom- it's just a co-incidence that what appears to be the only course left on American and New England Studies at the University of M is a candidate for the cutting board- surely increasing the possibility of receiving more cash giveaways from the Chinese! No need for arm-twisting- this is an entirely voluntary decision by Maine leaders in government, business and education, who have conflated all three of those fields into economics- as is the way of materialistic political philosophies ( philosophies- NOT based on natural rights and the existence of the Divine), now replacing the American political philosophy at the University of M.
Maine has long been a bought state- first bought by the United States federal government and now bought by the Chinese government. I submit that we would never have arrived at this state of affairs if we had not slept while our legislature trampled our state constitution in order to grant unto itself and the administration the authority to centrally manage our economy- as is the case in Marxist systems.
I have written to Noel Gallagher, who wrote the Portland Press Herald article to ask for the source of his information that "Maine goods worth more than $275 million were exported to China in 2011" and any further information he might have about how those figures are calculated.
In the past year we have seen a growing alliance between economic development tzars in Maine and education institutions of Maine with China- motivated by the most obvious reason- following the money.
In 2013 the University Of Maine, already featuring a minor in Marxist and Socialist Studies, and already the home of the state's advanced manufacturing center- ( an implementation of the Marxist political philosophy in which the state controls the means of production), embraced the Confucius Institute, and promoted it with the following implications that there will be more Confucious Institutes to come:
"Housed on the USM Gorham campus, the Confusions Institute – the first in the state of Maine – brings Chinese language and culture to the state’s students, educators, and community members."Maine has its government created cities - The Lorring Devlopment and MRRA - and so does China. Government constructed cities are a feature of the Chinese economic development policies, accompanied by ambitious plans to relocate rural communities to urban cities as was suggested for Maine by once gubernatorial hopeful Steve Woods. In China the government constructed cities are called the "ghost cities" because despite massive construction of residential buildings, practically nobody lives in them, and the Chinese government keeps on building on! Why would the Chinese government engage such a policy?
According to John Tammy , a blogger for Forbes
Those cities are apparently full of empty residential buildings, and it’s said that buildings without buyers are made possible by government driven loans. The thinking there is that with China’s government desperate to maintain high GDP growth, it’s essentially funding the building of anything so that GDP measures continue to soar.Does this thinking sound familiar? It should- it's the same kind of thinking that drives the Maine economic development policies. Will the cultural studies at Maine's new Confucius Institute feature a course of China's ghost cities with biographies of the great economic development visionaries who created them?
Maine's private school system is hot to get Chinese students because they yield a better return on the the dollar. Maine educational visionaries also think it would be great to have sister cities in China- Will anyof these new sister cities be one of China's ghost cities?
See more om China's Ghost cities here.
"Confucius Institute" is a trademarked brand name. Chen Jinyu, Vice-Chairperson of the CI Headquarters, explained, "With regards to the operation of Confucian Institutes, brand name means quality; brand name means returns. Those who enjoy more brand names will enjoy higher popularity, reputation, more social inﬂuence, and will therefore be able to generate more support from local communities." A 2011 crackdown protected "Confucius Institute" from preregistration infringement in Costa Rica.
Confucius Institute also have non-academic goals, according to scholars and journalists. The CI also has the goal of improving China's image abroad and assuaging concerns of a "China threat" in the context of the country's increasingly powerful economy and military http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confucius_InstituteAbove we see described the intentions behind the name brand "Confucius Institute". The University of M is an accomplice in the branding of The Confucius Institute, intended to create confusion around the Confucius Institute's partnership the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, China which includes such departments as The Global Institute of Management And Economics .- in other words global capitalism, -the ultimate centrally managed economy, embraced by both Maine State Inc and the University of Maine.
Global capitalism is the new political ideology of the twenty first century. It uses both Marxism and the American political philosophy as it's "instrumentality". It transforms systems governed by free enterprise into socialist systems so that the bureaucratic class can gain access to public money and redistribute it to their friends. This is exactly what has transpired in Maine, especially over the last forty years when the legislature statutorily transformed the Constitutional government of Maine with the charter of the Maine Development Foundation ( a non-profit corporation) and granted unto themselves the "essential government function" of centrally managing the Maine economy and thus the ability to acquire redistributing authority over the public's wealth.
Once a government is centrally managing the economy it becomes a socialist system. In communist systems, global capitalism transforms the system into a version of free enterprise systems so that the bureaucratic class can gain private ownership of the public wealth.
Let the World Socialist Website explain how global capitalism works in communist systems:
"Over the ensuing decades, particularly in the 1990s when massive investment poured into China, the families of CCP bureaucrats utilised political power and links with foreign capital to transform themselves into a new property-owning capitalist elite. CCP-connected entrepreneurs, executives, outsourcing contractors, import and export traders and professionals have emerged as the junior partners of major transnational corporations in ruthlessly exploiting the working class."
World Socialist Website -Chinese regime amends constitution to protect private ownership- 2004
There is now a discussion of The Federalist Papers featured on the Round Table of The States Discussion Forum on Preserving The American Political Philosophy- The Website.
And a discussion taking place on AS Maine Goes
and at The Maine Citizen