(CNSNews.com) – In a recent interview with Arutz Sheva TV, Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) talked about the left-leaning bias in U.S. academia, saying, the left is trying to “get rid of history.”
“The left is dismantling history and getting rid of philosophy, because that’s the data points for human nature,” Brat said, “and the left would love to be utopian and think we can all just get along if it wasn’t for us capitalists or Christians, right, or other religious groups. They think we’d be in heaven, you know without the bulk of the American people.”
Brat was attending the Jerusalem Leaders’ Summit and was initially asked about anti-Israel sentiment in academia.
“I’m in academia, and unfortunately, about 90 percent of academia is anti-Israel, and part of that has to do I think unfortunately with first, principles,” he explained in the Dec. 27 interview. “I’m, on the other hand, 110 percent pro-Israel, and I went to seminary, and I’m in the Protestant tradition, but that tradition takes very seriously Hebrew scripture.
“That presumption of first principles and the existence of God implies a certain ethics, and so the antagonism, I think in academia, largely comes from that,” Brat continued. “Roughly the left has Rousseau and Marx, and those are by the way the only two philosophers of note that had a positive view of human nature.”
Brat pointed out in contrast that in Scripture it “takes about two chapters for humanity to fall.”
“The left right now is trying to get rid of history,” he claimed. “Education in our country in the United States has been totally distorted. K-12 kids aren’t taught any religion, no ethics, no ethical system, no philosophers of note.”
“The left is dismantling history and getting rid of philosophy because that’s the data points for human nature,” he emphasized, “and the left would love to be utopian and think we can all just get along if it wasn’t for us capitalists or Christians, right, or other religious groups, they think we’d be in heaven, you know without the bulk of the American people.”
Brat added that the left even uses “scare tactics” on kids over religious ideas, saying “I’ve had kids in my own district say God bless you after a kid sneezes and they get in trouble.”
“When the central question of all liberal arts education beginning with Socrates, right about 2400 years ago, right, is: what is a good human life,” he concluded, “when you can’t ask the central question in the liberal arts tradition, what is a good human life and what makes it good - and by the way how do you define what’s good, in the Judeo-Christian tradition? We have an answer to the definition of good, and the left cannot give you an answer to what is good today.”
Brat holds a masters of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD in economics from American University. He was formerly a professor of economics and chairman of the economics department at Randolph Macon College.