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The modern dark age: Old-fashioned Americans, who believe in free speech and tolerance, often assume that the spate of cruel blacklisting stories that now dominate our society are merely the actions of a few isolated individuals who have happened to gain a position of power and are abusing it.
This assumption could not be more wrong. We are entering a future where blacklisting, censorship, and the abuse of power will become the norm, because apparently the new generation thinks such things are always justified, if they have been offended in any way. From a recent poll of 2,000 students at 130 colleges:
In one eye-opening finding, 74 percent of undergrads endorse the view that a professor who says “something that students find offensive” should be reported to the university. By a majority almost as lopsided, 65 percent believe that a fellow student who says something they consider offensive should be turned in. That informers’ mindset is especially pronounced among students who identify themselves as politically liberal, fully 85 percent of whom would report a professor who offends them. But even among self-identified conservatives, a solid majority, 56 percent, are of the same mindset. [emphasis in original]
None of this unfortunately is breaking news. In 2017 — five years ago — FIRE (then called the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education but has since changed its name to the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression because it found the problem of censorship to have expanded beyond colleges) produced a video report describing the hostility to free speech at Tufts University, with this quote summing up what was learned.
The climate at Tufts embodies several trends FIRE has seen growing in recent years. There is a shift away from the heavy-handed administrators posing the biggest threat to free speech on campus. Now the loudest calls for censorship are coming from the students themselves. … And in some cases like we saw first hand at Tufts, students are equating offensive or uncomfortable speech with violence. [emphasis mine]
Back in 2017 the evidence was clear. New students were coming into colleges already convinced that free speech was wrong and that they had the right to blackball and censor anyone for saying anything they did not like. The indoctrination in the public schools by the left, now a big issue from parents but long ignored by them for decades, had apparently succeeded in producing a new generation of eager brownshirts.
Today’s strong pushback by parents against elementary school indoctrination and the introduction of the queer sexual agenda is gratifying, but it appears it is happened too late. Parents are attempting to close the gate after the animals have already escaped. Their kids no longer believe in freedom, are well trained to push hard-nose radical ideas, and worst of all, are willing to team up as mobs to destroy anyone who challenges them.
The battle for freedom and individual rights is not over, but we can no longer assume that the American citizenry of the future will be its standard bearer. Freedom-lovers worldwide must recognize this, because the first step in winning any battle is to know one’s enemy.
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