Pentagon’s National Defense University to Host Lecture on the Case for Democratic Socialism


The Department of Defense’s National Defense University (NDU), the premier education institution for military and defense civilian leaders, is planning to host a lecture on how Western countries should adopt socialism in response to the challenge from China.

The lecture, which is scheduled to take place online February 16, is titled, “Responding to China: The Case For Global Justice and Democratic Socialism,” and will be given by French economist Thomas Piketty, who is the author of a 2021 book titled Time for Socialism.

In this June 30, 2014 file photo, French economist Thomas Piketty speaks during his seminar at the Almedalen political week in Visby on the island of Gotland, in Sweden. Novelist Marilynne Robinson, economist Piketty and cartoonist Roz Chast are among the finalists for National Book Critics Circle prizes. The 30 nominees for six competitive categories were announced Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Janerik Henriksson, File) SWEDEN OUT

In this June 30, 2014 file photo, French economist Thomas Piketty speaks during his seminar at the Almedalen political week in Visby on the island of Gotland, in Sweden. (AP Photo/Janerik Henriksson) 

A summary of the event, posted on the university’s website, reads:

Western countries are still struggling to define their attitude towards the Beijing regime. In this talk on February 22, 2022, Thomas Piketty will argue that the right answer lies in ending Western arrogance and promoting a new emancipatory and egalitarian horizon on a global scale, a new form of democratic and participatory, ecological and post-colonial socialism. If they stick to their usual lecturing posture and a dated hyper-capitalist model, Western countries may find it extremely difficult to meet the Chinese challenge.

The notice for the event includes a bio for Piketty that lists two of his books, Capital in the 21st Century (2013) and Capital and Ideology (2020), but does not mention his most recent Time for Socialism book.

The lecture is part of the university’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) Speaker Series, which has hosted lectures focused on China over the past year.

Sebastian Gorka, who served as an associate dean at the NDU for five years, highlighted the lecture on his show “AMERICA First with Sebastian Gorka” on Friday. “NDU is where colonels go to become generals,” Gorka said.

“This event is presented by the Pentagon’s Strategic Multilayer Assessment program in collaboration with National Defense University’s Eisenhower School of National Security. Eisenhower’s name. His institution is being used to host an event promoting socialism in America,” Gorka said, adding that American taxpayers are paying for the event. “I’m not even disgusted — that’s not even a strong enough word. I’m horrified.”

Sebastian Gorka

Sebastian Gorka (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

It is not the first time the military has come under fire for allowing socialism and socialism-based critical race theory to be taught at military institutions.

During a hearing last summer, the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley defended the teaching of critical race theory at West Point, arguing that he believed it is important for those in the military to be “open-minded” and “widely read.”

In this Aug. 18, 2021 photo, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley pauses while speaking during a media briefing at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

However, Milley also seemed to defend critical race theory itself, infamously saying, “I want to understand white rage and I’m white,” — using a term coined by African American scholar Carol Anderson, who wrote a book titled White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide.

Also last year, Air Force Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier spoke out about critical race theory and Marxism spreading throughout the military. He was then fired from his command after he gave a series of interviews on podcasts.

Lohmeier warned, “The trainings we’re receiving in the military are rooted in critical race theory.”

In 2018, a West Point cadet, Spensor Rapone, went viral after posting photos of himself at his graduation with a “Communism will win” sign inside his cap and a Che Guevara T-shirt underneath his uniform. He resigned from the military but was hired last year by the University of Texas in Austin.

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