Fierce backlash against the liberal who trashed the PC police

Eleven years ago, Jonathan Chait wrote the following:

“I hate President George W. Bush. There, I said it. I think his policies rank him among the worst presidents in U.S. history…I suspect that, if I got to know him personally, I would hate him even more.”

Having interviewed Chait at the time, when he worked for the New Republic, I can attest that he is indeed a staunchly liberal writer. And earlier this month he wrote a story titled “Why History Will Be Kind to Obama.”

Which is why Chait is making waves by beating up on his own side. The Twitterverse is exploding, and some women are denouncing him, over his New York magazine piece, “How the Language Police Are Perverting Liberalism.”

He plunges into the debate at a time when liberal students have succeeded in blocking conservative speakers from appearing at some college campuses. I’ve long had trouble grasping the notion that liberalism, which is supposed to stand for free speech and free expression, can be used as a weapon to squelch someone else’s right to speak because they have opinions that are viewed as unacceptable.

h/t Dr. J

  • Jason

    “Chait liked it better when he and other white male liberals could say whatever they want without taking flak from the more powerless members of society.”
    Actually, his point seems to be that debate is being shut down altogether, not that people (white or otherwise) are taking flak and this is undesirable. Silencing people is dangerous and unacceptable – if someone’s ideas are silly, or offensive, or just plain wrong, then demonstrate that in open (civil) discourse and debate, don’t try to silence them with insults, name-calling, etc. Unfortunately, this silencing trend seems to be getting stronger and more entrenched, at universities and in the social media, and perhaps in society in general.

  • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

    I thought that was a good point Kurtz made about people either retreating and not making comments on social media or being extremely careful about what they write because of being viciously attacked. I think we need to get thicker skins. Not sure how. Sometimes it’s easier to detach emotionally from malicious comments directed at you than other times.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    First Bill Maher, now Chait. What is this world coming to?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Who actually fucking cares at all. They are re-re’s that look stupid when they do this. So here’s a tip, Chait; take your tongue off your boyfriend’s sphincter for a sec, take a breath and do something useful.

  • Xanthippa Socrates


    By the way, on May 20th – Internationa Draw Muhammad Day – I plan to hold a ‘draw Muhammad’ display on or near Parliament Hill.