Architects of Woke: The University’s Shadow Activists

Released September 8, 2020

The Architects of Woke series takes aim at far-left post-modernist and Marxist thinkers and activists responsible for the spread of identity politics from college campuses to society at large.

The seventh episode, “The University’s Shadow Activists”, covers the rapidly growing class of university administrators. With the rising cost of higher education, have you ever wondered where all that money is going? Since the 1970s the size of the university student body and faculty has jumped by around 50%, but the number of administrators has increased 300%. Often being paid more than professors, graduates with degrees from activist university departments who are unemployable in the private sector are incentivized to become university administrators. While there, these activists have a perverse incentive to cultivate student grievances; the less students can run their own lives, the more power accorded to administrators.

To learn more about this topic, check out the following material:
Think Professors Are Liberal? Try School Administrators –
The Fall of the Faculty –

The Architects of Woke is hosted and directed by filmmaker Rob Montz. Montz is the co-founder and CEO of Good Kid Productions. His online documentary work has attracted millions of views and coverage in major outlets, including The Economist, USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Adam Carolla Podcast. His 2017 documentary “Silence U. PT 2: What Has Yale Become?,” published on We the Internet TV, won the 2018 Reason Video Prize.

You can view previous episodes of the Architects of Woke at the following links:
Judith Butler’s War on Science:
Slavoj Žižek & the Romance of Revolutionary Terror:
Chapo Trap House & the Marxist Vanguards for Alienated Millennials:
Stokely Carmichael & Racism Without Racists:
Howard Zinn, Hollywood, & the Fairy Tale of American Evil:
The 1619 Project’s Fake History:

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Cast & Crew

  • Host/Director Rob Montz
  • Producer Joseph (Jake) Klein
  • Executive Producer Scott Walter
  • Motion Graphics Feedus Classic
  • Senior Creative Josh Oldham
  • Assistant Editor Dan Quattro