They’re not burning books on campus, but it is only a matter of time until they do.
Campuses already prevent speakers with conservative ideas from being heard.
Burning books is an attempt to destroy ideas. Preventing speakers from disseminating ideas is no different.
Ideas must now be vetted in identity politics. A white male student can be shouted down as exhibiting privilege or “whiteness” without anyone having to deal with his idea.
Try that with a privileged minority student, and you’ll find yourself hauled before the diversity Star Chamber.
If the leftist professors and the diversity-based bureaucrats did not have enough access to a captive audience of impressionable minds in the classroom, there are now the“residence life” programs in the dormitories where the Workmen’s Circle of the Soviet Union is being resurrected.
Instead of mechanistic thinking being excoriated, the target is white privilege.
Universities in the liberal arts were supposed to embody the best knowledge and ethics of the Western tradition and faithfully transmit them to the next generation. They were supposed to be a haven for open discourse, for tolerating ideas whose value was based not on whose identity they promoted but how well they could be defended against an empirical reality.
Those days are gone. How did we create this absurdity and how do we stop it?
The first major change in universities came with affirmative action, a process whose benign intent to overcome racial prejudice and whose initial abhorrence of quotas was quickly and eagerly transformed into minority privilege.
Meanness does not end in middle school. Students who could not perform were mocked and shamed. Many minority students came to the university with few of the basic skills that other students took for granted.