No, they want so much more than that. They want someone to crush. Law student Ben Shapiro explains:
The American university system has become Ground Zero for the anti-free speech movement. That’s because young people always look for a cause for which to fight, an oppressive force to crush. Young people aren’t looking for comfort; as George Orwell wrote in 1940 regarding the appeal of the Nazis, “Nearly all western thought since the last war, certainly all ‘progressive’ thought, has assumed tacitly that human beings desire nothing beyond ease, security and avoidance of pain. In such a view of life there is no room, for instance, for patriotism and the military virtues. Hitler, because in his own joyless mind he feels it with exceptional strength, knows that human beings don’t only want comfort, safety, short working-hours, hygiene, birth-control and, in general, common sense; they also, at least intermittently, want struggle and self-sacrifice, not to mention drums, flags and loyalty-parades.”
How can today’s young people enjoy such struggle?
Since America is the freest country in the history of humanity, the only oppression to be found is self-oppression — and the only way to free people from that is to shackle everyone else. The old rule of politics stated that your right to wave your fist ends with my nose; the leftist perspective is that your right to wave your fist ends with that waving fist generating feelings of unease. So stop waving it. Anywhere.
The real danger here is that the would-be oppressors will win. More.
Reality check: Wars on “inequality” must end, eventually, in a war on excellence.
The progressive wants to destroy those whose life and witness create unease in him, and typically anyone he senses is just plain better than him. Especially if that person started with the same hand in life or worse, but played it better.
He attracts legions of people looking for someone to blame for their own shortcomings and bad decisions. We probably can’t prevent most of it at this point. My plea is simply for the decency to stop voluntarily funding it through alumni donations or other expressions of support for the sell-out U’s.
See also: The Ottawa U war on yoga (“cultural appropriation”) makes global news Such student asshat victories will end up with: Any fusty bonghead is “just as good as” the diligent student who cultivates talents — and that is precisely what such campaigns are intended to do.