I can't stand Marx, Marxism, or Marxist "critique." It's all garbage, as far as I'm concerned. Same goes for the bigwigs in postmodernist and poststructuralist thought: they can all burn in hell. Those old French farts have done more to set philosophy back than any number of heterodox thinkers before the postmodern era.
PoMo thinking has infiltrated deep, deep into American academe, its roots and rhizomes weaving like a metastatic cancer into humanities departments everywhere, miraculously leaving most of the hard sciences untouched (probably because science requires constant, disciplined contact with reality, and if there's anything true about postmodernism, it's that it lacks discipline, constancy, and reality). Much of the nonsense we're seeing, these days, regarding so-called "crybullies" and their repressive, stultifying campus agendas—the need for "safe spaces," the horror at pro-Trump chalk graffiti, the totalitarian desire to stamp out free speech, etc.—is built upon the foundation of PoMo thought and its inevitably West-blaming, self-hating, privilege-denouncing leftist bias.
Which makes this old news (only recently linked) all the more sad and hilarious:
...some Berkeley students are mad about a class that is just plain othering the living heck out of them. From a piece they wrote for the Daily Californian:
We are calling for an occupation of syllabi in the social sciences and humanities. This call to action was instigated by our experience last semester as students in an upper-division course on classical social theory. Grades were based primarily on multiple-choice quizzes on assigned readings. The course syllabus employed a standardized canon of theory that began with Plato and Aristotle, then jumped to modern philosophers: Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Weber and Foucault, all of whom are white men. The syllabus did not include a single woman or person of color.
I would question calling either Marx or Foucault a philosopher, but the point is that these students (who, ideologically speaking, stand upon the shoulders of these dead white men) are turning against their spiritual forefathers like Kronos overthrowing Ouranos or Zeus overthrowing Kronos. Before he was overthrown, Kronos devoured most of his own children, except for Zeus. Greek mythology provides an excellent template for understanding what has been happening in American academe over the past few decades; as American conservatives have long joked, the left eats its own.
That's exactly what's been happening on US college campuses for the past couple of decades: political correctness has made everyone into a thought-criminal. Right-leaning students and faculty have gone into hiding, and Democrat-voters have turned against fellow Democrat-voters, as was seen recently in yet another sad-but-hilarious encounter at San Francisco State University,* where a black female campus staffer accosted—and arguably assaulted—a dreadlocked white male student because she felt the white student had improperly appropriated an aspect of her culture. (One commenter snarkily noted the missed irony that the black staffer was speaking English.) Not that long ago, both the white student and the black staffer would have stood shoulder-to-shoulder as fellow liberals in defense of some cause. Now, though... it's Greek mythology come to life.
With American academe having become a parody of itself, any desire I might have to go for a doctorate and teach college courses has been draining fast. Students from all over the world still flock to US institutions because those institutions were, at least, committed to the notion of a good education, but with everything these days being hemmed in by ideology—political correctness, identity politics, you name it—the value of an American-university education has plummeted. Soon enough, the prestige of professors will plummet, too. Just give it time.
*Does anyone know whether this was staged? Mr. White Dreadlocks seems more like a bad actor than someone being genuinely pummeled for his choice of hairstyle. Note, too, that the issue in the video is cultural appropriation. Appropriation has become a bad word over the past few years (this might possibly trace back to the victimology preached by people like Edward Said), but I used the term positively in this post.
ADDENDUM: Reason.com has posted an article about this incident, and the author's conclusion is that the incident was not staged.