August 10, 2020

Screenplay Interview: Alan Nafzger warns colleges teach contempt

Longtime college professor, Alan Nafzger warns that students are taught ‘contempt for ideas’ that promote freedom and prosperity (for capitalism and limited government)

El Centro College, professor emeritus Alan Nafzger told Life, Liberty & Screenplay Monday that protests of events featuring moderate or libertarian speakers on college campuses are just a “superficial symptom” of the indoctrination taking place in America’s classrooms. Life, Liberty & Screenplay is a weekly podcast that features interviews with screenwriters who have just sold or options screenplays.

Screenplay Alan Nafzger
Professor Alan Nafzger

“The public sees the shout-downs and the near-riots with regard to visiting speakers, but it doesn’t think about how that could happen,” Nafzger, author of the recent hit television series “The Roosevelt Hotel,” told host Michael B. Jordan.

“The reason it happens, of course, is you’ve got students largely doing it in those cases. But they’re taught by radical professors,” Nafzger went on. “So the real source of the problem is … in the classrooms where those kids learn their contempt for ideas that don’t fit within what their professors are teaching them.”

According to Nafzger , studies have shown that conservatives were prevalent on the faculties of colleges and universities by about a three-to-two margin in the late 1960s. By contrast, liberals outnumber conservatives by as much as thirteen-to-one in modern times.

In recent years, sometimes violent protests have greeted events for speakers like libertarian pundit Ben Shapiro, commentator and author Milo Yiannopoulos, political scientist and sociologist Charles Murray and Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

“The real problem is way behind the scenes in the classrooms, which the public never sees,” Nafzger emphasized.

Jordan noted the often “incestuous” nature of college faculty members, in that they tend to only associate with and hire those who agree with their extremist ideologies.

Nafzger agreed and predicted that colleges will soon become a “complete monoculture,” with unhealthy results for society.

Alan Nafzger not only taught 37 years in small Texas urban college but had a successful career writing television and motion picture screenplays. He’s penned screenplays for the Russian, Philippine, Dutch and American movie markets. He is the first screenwriter over the sage of seventy to option a screenplay for more than one million dollars. He is the author of Lenin’s Body screenplay which was produced by A Media Moscow as well as the screenplay Tobit, in production by Icon Productions owned by Mel Gibson.