James O’Keefe and The Centurion, His Conservative College Journal

Jun 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM ET


While a student at Rutgers, O’Keefe and his peers launched a monthly political journal known as the The Centurion, a Conservative-leaning series of essays and columns targeting the campus’ liberal elite. Coupled with his YouTube-friendly pranks, O’Keefe’s college journal served as breeding ground for his future political ideology. “They had no idea what they were talking about,” acknowledges James Livingston, The Centurion’s faculty adviser.

O’Keefe’s monthly columns, which Vocativ includes below courtesy of Liz Farkas, one of O’Keefe’s former accomplices and friends, highlight O’Keefe’s itenncendiary, liberal-bashing beliefs:

The Centurion, February 2005

O’Keefe pens column, “The Conservative Manifesto—Part III,” including the following tenets: “A conservative believes in natural rights…[and] is not afraid to tell the multiculturalists and western intellectuals that ridding the world of genital mutilation, infanticide, religious discrimination, patriarchy, cannibalism, forced abortions and corrupt dictators is not ‘culturally imperialistic,’ or ethnocentric.” Plus: “A conservative believes in objective truth…[and] believes strongly in virtue: pursuing the good life for man for its own sake.”

The Centurion, March 2005

In a column titled, “The New McCarthyism,” O’Keefe writes: “On February 10th, 2005 Rutgers violated the US constitution by censoring fast-food sandwiches names, locally known as ‘Fat Sandwiches,’ because the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities deemed sandwich favorites, including the Fat Bitch and the Fat Dyke ‘offensive’.” He continues by noting a “contradiction” that the “LGBTQI (the ever expanding acronym) community” isn’t offended by the existence of Bitch Magazine, known as a “voice for feminism.”

The Centurion, September 2005

O’Keefe writes an essay titled, “Inside the Mind of the Rutgers Professor: Indoctrination has led to the decline of our college experience.” The first sentence of his first section, termed “Multiculturalism,” highlights that “every student at Rutgers is required to take a ‘non-western’ course in the humanities or social sciences, though there is no required course in ‘western’ humanities or social sciences.”

In his “Literature” section, O’Keefe claims that, since the 1960’s, “professors have been abandoning the great books curriculum,” noting “classics, by authors such as Aristotle, Plato, Euclid, Cyrus, Theseus, Moses, Romulus, Rousseau have been replaced with third-rate Marxist hogwash, justified by the assertion that the societies that produced the great texts were racist and sexist.” He adds, somewhat perplexingly: “What the professors fail to mention is no great literary work was produced during the 1960’s, one of the saddest times for the American Academy.”

In a section titled “Equality,” O’Keefe writes: “There is no such thing as a ‘Rutgers Man’ anymore. There is no such thing as a renaissance man. Rutgers does not produce gentlemen as well as scholars, does not shape students anymore, at least not in the way it should.” He adds: “The colorblind demands of the civil rights movement have mutated into the color consciousness of today.”

O’Keefe finally concludes, in the section entitled “Sex”: “But when it all boils down to it, if you insist that ‘equal’ means exactly the same, you will have to fly in the face of biology, historical fact, Biblical truth and just plain common sense.”

The Centurion, December 2005

O’keefe’s column, “I Have a Dream,” targets America’s “citadel of intellectual brilliance,” in which “its commanding officers have become intellectual sloths.” He says, “I have a dream where we lay our presents under Christmas Trees, not holiday shrubs,” continuing: For we the conservatives, ironically, have become the modern day Henry David Thoreaus, albeit in a less revolutionary way.”