Bard College, Funded by Soros, Will Teach Course on Prison Abolition

A private college in New York, funded by far-left billionaire George Soros, is about to offer a course on how to “sell” the idea of abolishing all prisons to the broader population, Fox News reports.

The controversial course, “Abolishing Prisons and the Police,” will be offered this fall at Bard College, a private liberal arts college that received $500 million from Soros via an endowment earlier this year. The course description explicitly says that its intent is to inform students on how to “sell abolition to the masses and design a multi-media ad campaign to make prison abolition go viral.”

The description continues, saying that the class “explores what’s to be gained, lost, and what we can’t imagine about a world without prisons. Through the figure of abolition (a phenomenon we will explore via movements to end slavery, the death penalty, abortion, gay conversion therapy, and more), we will explore how and why groups of Americans have sought to bring an absolute end to sources of human suffering.”

The class, listed as part of Bard’s broader “Hate Studies Initiative,” then goes on to say that students “will explore a history of the punitive impulse in American social policy and seek to discern means of intervening against it.”

In addition to the radical materials of the course itself, the professor who will be instructing the class has his own history of radicalism. Professor Kwame Holmes wrote an op-ed last July titled “Why Abolish the Police?”, which suggested that neighborhoods should develop their own “pods” designed to “create intentional agreements around safety.” He also tweeted that people should “reach out to five neighbors and create a pact amongst yourselves to call each other before you call the police” in the event that a crime is witnessed.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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