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May 23, 2014 - 12:26 am

The Eloi wanted to live in harmony, without discomfort or fear. So, in HG Wells’ Time Machine, they did…until they were eaten by the Morlocks. See, people need to be confronted with things, so their amygdala knows how to handle unpleasant things in the future. Now, some universities are requesting there be trigger warnings on impolitically correct books, etc. Hear Bill Whittle explain how this is going to deliver us to the Morlocks.

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Ha ha ha Gawnit. Welll, surely there is some trade school that doesn't involve high voltage sparks, high pressure steam, arch welders and high speed cutting tools that they can safely attend and not be offended by...

Ooops, sorry. meant to reply.
30 weeks ago
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Superb video, Mr. Whittle.
30 weeks ago
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Ah, too bad my latest book came out just before this trigger warning madness. Some might expect me to bury the cover in trigger warnings.

The first chapters are sweetness and light. A Union officer, impressed by the South's climate, moves to North Carolina after the Civil War, buying a large orchard and looking forward to the future with his wife a young daughter.

Then comes chapter 9 and a letter from a Baptist deacon who warns: "You must remember, dear Colonel, that neither the nature, habits of thought, nor prejudices of men, are changed by war or its results. The institution of slavery is abolished, but the prejudice, intolerance, and bitterness which it fostered and nourished, are still alive, and will live until those who were raised beneath its glare have moldered back to dust." RACISM TRIGGER WARNING. SLAVERY TRIGGER WARNING.

Chapter 10, from a Southern lawyer, contains a similar warning: "That you should be unable to measure the strength of prejudice in the Southern mind is not strange. You should remember that the war has rather intensified than diminished the pride, the arrogance, and the sectional rancor and malevolence of the Southern people." PREJUDICE TRIGGER WARNING. VIOLENCE TRIGGER WARNING.

In Chapter 11, a woman describes riding out one evening to meet her husband, a brave anti-Klan sheriff:

"I wanted to give the mare the whip and gallop to him, but I feared he would see my alarm and count it childish, so I sat and waited. He had come half the distance, when suddenly there was a puff of smoke from the roadside. I did not wait even to hear the report, but with a cry of despair struck my horse and rushed forward like the wind. I saw him fall from his horse, which rushed madly by me. Then I saw three miscreants steal away from a leafy blind, behind which they had been hidden. And then I had my poor murdered husband in my arms, heard his last struggling gasp, and felt his warm heart-blood gushing over my hands as I clasped him to my breast. I knew nothing more until I was at home with my dead." MURDER TRIGGER WARNING.

And on and on it goes. Scarcely a chapter passes with violence or the threat of violence, including the lynching of a black pastor and the murder of a poor white father who has joined forces with blacks to get good schools for their children. TRIGGER WARNINGS OF ALL SORTS.

Then we approach the climax. Lily, the daughter of that Union officer, is now a teenager who has grown up surrounded by terror and violence in an age that left her unprotected by trigger warnings. But that hasn't broken her. On the contrary, it has made her strong:

"The constant apprehension of attack from the masked marauders had familiarized her with danger, and given her a coolness and decision of character which nothing else could have developed. She had seen the dread cavalcade pass in the dim moonlight and had stood at her chamber-window, revolver in hand, prepared to take part in the expected defense of their home."

Since perhaps seven or eight, Lily has stood by her bedroom window, revolver in hand, ready to drive off the Klan, should they try to break in. Later in the tale, one Confederate soldier says that he'd rather repeat Picket's Charge than to face what Lily had faced as a young girl. Yes, that would bring on a requirement for numerous TRIGGER WARNINGS ABOUT YOUTHFUL TRAUMA.

Then an anonymous warning comes. The very night, the Klan plans to murder father. Is she helpless in the face of danger? Not even close. She calls for her father's powerful thoroughbred stallion. Only it can take her over country roads infested with over 100 Klansmen and reach her father in time. She's armed and knows how to defend herself.. We are now at the tale's climax.

"The brawny groom with difficulty held the restless horse by the bit. But the slight girl, who stood upon the block with pale face and set teeth, gathered the reins in her hand, leaped fearlessly into the saddle, found the stirrup, and said “Let him go!” without a quaver in her voice. The man loosed his hold. The horse stood upright, and pawed the air for a moment with his feet, gave a few mighty leaps to make sure of his liberty, and then, stretching out his neck, bounded forward in a race which would require all the mettle of his endless line of noble sires....

As she was borne like an arrow down the avenue and turned into the Glenville road, Lily heard the whistle of the train as it left the depot at Verdenton and knew that upon her coolness and resolution alone depended the life of her father."

Yes, it's being exposed to danger and hatred, without the false shelter of trigger warnings, that makes us strong, brave, courageous and resourceful. What our students need to read is more tales like hers.

--Michael W. Perry, co-author of Lily's Ride: Rescuing her Father from the Ku Klux Klan, adapted from A Fool's Errand by Albion Tourgée. The latter was a bestselling 1879 novel so critical of the Klan that 30 years later segregatio
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The "trigger" movement might not be all bad, as long as it includes warnings about unpatriotic, anti-American and lefist utterances. Not likely though.

Take the ball and run with it, says this former Berkeley ROTC student, circa 1972. Print up a bunch of patriotic stickers and start smacking them down on library books and elsewhere.
30 weeks ago
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I personally believe in "peace through strength," and so does my CCW. Being armed absolutely REQUIRES additional layers of restraint and responsibility - along with vigilance, of course.
30 weeks ago
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Great video as usual Bill.
I fear people are going to use this "trigger warning" thing as an excuse or a justification of their behavior when they physically lash out at someone, as if a book or a code word caused them to hulk out into an uncontrollable rage where they are not responsible for their actions.
Remember Mireille Miller-Young, the Professor who assaulted a 16 year old girl who was carrying an abortion sign? Young claims the sign "triggered" something in her which cause her to attack a teenage girl. I have a feeling the "trigger defense" is something we'll be seeing quite often very soon.
30 weeks ago
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Stupidity is my trigger warning, I'm getting a migraine from it.
30 weeks ago
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Any college student demanding 'trigger warnings' is too naive for college. Perhaps trade school is a better option. The simple solution is that all lecture halls and class room doors have the following warning: Enter at your own risk.
30 weeks ago
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Hahahaha, thank you for the giggle Eva. But I assure you that trade school is far far more dangerous to these people. A distinct crack of an arcing spark plug wire will teach you to keep your hand at a safe distance just as the violent hissing of a ruptured hot water pipe forewarns you not stick your face in it. Trade schools are NOT these peoples safest destination.
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