From Scott Johnson at Powerline:
Today’s identity politics . . . teaches the exact opposite of what we think a liberal arts education should be. When I was at Yale in the 1980s, I was given so many tools for understanding the world. By the time I graduated, I could think about things as a utilitarian or as a Kantian, as a Freudian or a behaviorist, as a computer scientist or as a humanist. I was given many lenses to apply to any given question or problem.
But what do we do now? Many students are given just one lens—power. Here’s your lens, kid. Look at everything through this lens. Everything is about power. Every situation is analyzed in terms of the bad people acting to preserve their power and privilege over the good people. This is not an education. This is induction into a cult. It’s a fundamentalist religion. It’s a paranoid worldview that separates people from each other and sends them down the road to alienation, anxiety and intellectual impotence. . . .More.
Reality check: It’s hard to find a place in the workforce at present for people whose only accomplishments are whining, protesting, screaming, setting cars on fire, perpetrating hate hoaxes, and bashing people around.
However, progressives expected to so dominate politics for so long that they could use any number of such people as Orwell’s outer party: the people who manufacture the propaganda and deal proactively with doubt. That’s one of the factors in Trump Derangement Syndrome. It’s not about Trump. It’s about their dashed hopes for easy subjugation of free peoples.
See also: But what exactly is the function of a hate crime hoax in a student’s life? A real racist today is far more likely to be claiming that algebra is racist (not teaching hard skills is a great way to hold back minority students who are already miseducated in union/’crat-run school systems).