I knew quite a few of them in my long academic career and gave the type the generic term Kevin.
Kevins were moderately good-looking fellows of an Anglo-German type. The girls thought them attractive in an unthreatening, manageable way. They had an IQ a little above average but would never set the intellectual world on fire. They had no real vocation for or interest in any scholarly subject, but knew how to work themselves smoothly through a minimally acceptable performance for the Ph.D. Their goal was a career of prestige and leisure, unchallenged by any serious problems.
Knowing and prospering in the system, Kevins, like any good Communist, certainly know and know how to spot deviationism to the right. This does not consist of any ideas or beliefs. It is an instinct for preserving the system and knowledge that attitudes to the right are always punished by the mainstream. Kevins are the corporals of the ruling elite. Their self-esteem and their living depends on thinking themselves wiser and more respectable than the personnel of the “deplorables” out of which they have often arisen.
Make a Kevin the mayor of Minneapolis or Seattle, give them a crisis of rioting attributed to a leftist cause, and they are helpless. They can do nothing and have no thoughts except slogans. Seeing that it is expected of them they will kneel to the rioters.
Identifying Kevin does not sufficiently explain all of the ruling establishment’s troops. There are real warriors who with malice aforethought want to destroy society. This is a type of the revolutionary who often appears in history and can be explained as a hater of mankind. Accounting for all the white female SJWs is another question entirely, of deep social significance and not yet fully understood.
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews