Two recent examples from Harvard University and Middlebury College illustrate the illiberalism that has become ascendant on many campuses and in many of our cultural institutions.
The vilification of those who differ, the use of social control to punish, dividing all into victims and oppressors—what Ryszard Legutko describes is no longer a small cloud on the horizon.
Hell and fury this is not, but it’s infinitely preferable to the boastful cowardice on display from Middlebury, and may discourage future thuggery.
Many of them have seen or experienced the detrimental results of campus protests, a growing PC culture, and catastrophic student debt.
The historian and social critic knew that the political and cultural movements of the Sixties would have long-lasting consequences for American democracy.
Higher education is not about to send its clowns to the unemployment lines or retire its lions to wildlife sanctuaries, but its own circus is showing some fragility.
Middlebury College has mildly sanctioned students involved in attacking a professor and banging on car and building windows during a Charles Murray visit.
Middlebury College in Vermont has again announced that it has disciplined students over their behavior during an event featuring conservative author Charles Murray on March 2.
Middlebury College in Vermont says it had identified ‘more than 70 individuals’ who may have violated campus policies during a riot over social scientist Charles Murray’s presence.
The world has more than 900 women’s studies programs, and thousands of classes about women in literature. English professor Dennis Gouws tries to teach one ‘men in literature’ class, and it’s one too many.
A long list of professors have agreed to challenge their classrooms, and this will make a difference within the lecture halls, but that’s not enough.
Shouting down or shutting down speech isn’t a triumph against ignorance; it perpetuates ignorance.
Progressives are now horrified at the fervor with which students carry out their ideas—but they are still the ones who enlisted these youngsters in the first place.
Liberals need to appreciate the dangers posed by a radical movement that rejects the principles of intellectual freedom and freedom of expression.
School administrators must stop abasing themselves to student outrage. Colleges should foster intellectual community—not progressive appeasement.
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