The student Left’s culture of intolerance is creating a new generation of conservatives

Student demands for censorship get a lot of coverage. Spiked Online’s Free Speech University Rankings, now in its third annual edition, argues that there is a “crisis of free speech on campus”.

By analysing the censorious policies and actions that have taken place on British campuses, Spiked concluded that 63.5 per cent of universities actively censor speech and 30.5 per cent stifle speech through excessive regulation. You can barely go a few days without encountering a new op-ed covering censorship on campus.

Maajid Nawaz describes the students demanding censorship as members of the “regressive left”. Milo Yiannopoulos calls them “snowflakes”.

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  • glasnost

    The greater the polarization the better. Polarization is our ally in the battle to defeat political-correctness. Squishy middle-of-the-spectrum is a losing strategy. It’s time to choose a side and fight.

  • In other words, the University free speech movement of the ’60’s was a total failure. Because if you can’t have free speech for everybody — not just the Left — you may as well go back to the pre-’60’s when ALL political activity was prohibited on campus.

    Personally I think it was probably better when all political activity was banned. Reason being, to tell the truth when I was in U. I honestly don’t remember any serious students with time on their hands for political activities — there was always another paper due, always another exam coming up, always more library research to do, more readings and journal articles to peruse. The only people with time on their hands for political activities were the flunkies.

    • canminuteman

      I think the university free speech movement in the sixties was a crock from day one. In the sixties they actually had free speech in universities. Now that the “free speech generation” runs the universities they do not. The free speech movement was about communism from day one, and communists only ever care about free speech when they are not in power.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Agreed, but I suspect that we share other ideas like “an essay is about 25 typewritten pages long, plus bibliography and footnotes.” Today, an “essay” is maybe five pages; I wish I was kidding. My eldest son tried, for a brief period when he was in his PhD programme, to offer “editing services” to students. He discovered that most were so illiterate that their work was unsalvageable by editing alone. He tossed in the towel, took a loan, and finished off his PhD (Chemical engineering) in less than a year. 😉

  • canminuteman

    I was so proud of my grade 8 son the other day. They had a substitute teacher in social studies who went all SJW on them ranting about Trump and the gender pay gap. My son argued back that she was full of it and before the class was over she had been reduced to tears. He came home grinning from ear to ear. There are hopeful signs in the next generation.

    • Wish I could say the same for my kids. But they were at a disadvantage because they were born abroad — none of us knew anything about Canadian politics and I had no idea how politicized the education system had become because I was gone for so many years. Hence, my kids believed everything their “progressive” Canadian teachers told them — they were raised in a Latin American environment where generally speaking you could trust adults in authority to tell you the truth. They’re all grown up now, and with the exception of possibly one, they’re totally SJW indoctrinated.

      The Left knows if it can get its hands on immigrant kids they are prime real estate for Marxist indoctrination, because of their innocence and naivete.

  • andycanuck

    How dare that b@stard cheer on Cecil the Lion’s death! Quick–someone call the Dean!
    🙂

  • WalterBannon

    Today’s Universities = Hitler Youth Camps

  • It is always a matter of time before the pendulum swings the other way. The left can practise their fascism until people have had enough.

    • Justin St.Denis

      The very idea of an “intellectual renaissance on university campuses” makes me feel like I had a few tokes too many! 😉

      I SO hope you are right in this score.

      • Well, how many “safe spaces” can one get to before getting to a Chik-fil-A?