January 19, 2016

THESE DAYS, IT’S MORE LIKE GALLOPING: Larry Summers: ‘Creeping Totalitarianism’ on College Campus. “The main thing that’s happening [on campus] is what always happens, professors teach courses, students take courses, students aspire to graduate, they make friends, they plan their lives… That said, whether it’s the President of Princeton negotiating with people as they took over his office over the names of schools at Princeton, whether it is attacks on very reasonable free speech having to do with adults’ right to choose their own Halloween costumes at Yale, whether it’s the administration using placemats in the dining hall to propagandize about what messages students should give their parents about Syrian refugee policy, there is a great deal of absurd political correctness.”

Remember, the people doing this aren’t good people overcome with well-meaning zeal. They’re awful people, who are engaging in bullying and totalitarianism. They should be treated accordingly. Note also that much of this is encouraged/enabled by administrators in “student life” bureaucracies, and remember that those people don’t have tenure.

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