Well, our little union educated, progressive darlins have once more confirmed the longheld Rebane Doctrine tenet that the Left proscribes free speech wherever it can establish a beachhead of power. You can feel visible hatred from these mobs of ‘university students’ against those who disagree with them, and more importantly, also those who don’t support their views with sufficient vigor. They have no idea about the First Amendment simply because it and its place in American society has never been taught to them.
On college campuses in the 1960s, was it not their grandparents who relied on the First Amendment to support and protect their open protests against the government and university administrations? It used to be that a university was anything but a safe place for any idea – there ideas were treated to rigorous intellectual enquiry and analysis, and discarded unmercifully when found wanting.
Now the little darlins even banish journalists from covering their rage against a society they deem insensitive to their own needs and demands. In their public appearances they demonstrate both their ignorance and emotional fragility. This is the generation that needs ‘trigger warnings’ on all things academic and otherwise that might fracture their brittle countenances. They now need to set aside ‘safe spaces’ where politically incorrect speech and other communications are barred.
They abhor violence to such a degree that they do not hesitate to use it against others in order to diminish it in society. And, of course, they are against all forms of discrimination, stereotyping, and bias, as long as it all conforms to their own peculiar notions of goodness and light. They rail against McCarthyism blacklisting communists during early cold war years, but today they have no problem blacklisting distinguished Americans from speaking or even setting foot on their campuses. These young narcissists already know it all to an extent that they stand ready to remake their schools by vetting their own administrations and professors.
Our campuses have long been recognized as havens of collectivist thought. But now we seem to be entering into a new era of what may at best be described as the lunatics running the asylum. The progressive administrators and professors have a conundrum on their hands. Their half-baked and mini-minded spawn are actually putting into practice the proletarian putsches they have been carefully taught. Since they have been abandoned by their elders, the salvation of the American university now lies in the hands of the remaining serious cohort of students who are there for an education from institutions that can again be made to invite, nurture, and honor all ideas that illuminate and advance the human condition. No more blacklists about who can and cannot speak about what on campus.
Here is what The Atlantic had to say about ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’.