Indeed, and here’s Brendan O’Neill to tell you about “the Stepford students” on college campuses everywhere:
Last month, at Britain’s other famously prestigious university, Cambridge, I was circled by Stepfords after taking part in a debate on faith schools. It wasn’t my defence of parents’ rights to send their children to religious schools they wanted to harangue me for — much as they loathed that liberal position — it was my suggestion, made in this magazine and elsewhere, that ‘lad culture’ doesn’t turn men into rapists. Their mechanical minds seemed incapable of computing that someone would say such a thing.
Their eyes glazed with moral certainty, they explained to me at length that culture warps minds and shapes behaviour and that is why it is right for students to strive to keep such wicked, misogynistic stuff as the Sun newspaper and sexist pop music off campus. ‘We have the right to feel comfortable,’ they all said, like a mantra.
I’m sure you know what Ben Franklin said about trading liberty for security. But these kids are so ignorant and spoiled, that they’d gladly trade their liberty for mere comfort. And that’s not physical comfort, like a nice apartment or a nice car, but the “moral” comfort of never having their puny little worldview ever challenged by anything ever.
But there’s probably nothing wrong with these kids that a week or so at something like Outward Bound couldn’t fix.