Skip to comments.Paraphrase of the Week
Posted on 11/13/2015 7:48:46 AM PST by NOBO2012
And this weekâs award goes toâ¦Mona Charen:
There was a much-beloved quote circulated among leftists, often attributed to Sinclair Lewis, that âwhen fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.â In light of recent episodes of mob action on American campuses, the quote needs updating: When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in âdiversityâ and demanding âsafe spaces.â - H/T Doug Ross
Mona continues on to imply that making a mockery of higher education by offering courses on Martha Stewartâs âwhitenessâ and Fifty Shades of Gray might contribute to students lack of knowledge of even the basic principles of rational thought. Which might come in handy when it comes to hurt feelings, âmarginalization,â intolerance (yes Virginia, irony is dead) and totalitarian behavior.
Behold, a college professor, exercising her freedom of speech â without a whiff of irony:
âYou need to get out of here!â Hey who wants to help me get this reporter out of here!â
Brendan OâNeill at Spiked nails it: these delicate little snowflakes demanding âsafe spacesâ from the hostile environment are the logical outcome of the older generationâs proclivity for undermining the foundations of free speech:
The New Statesman (claims) that todayâs intolerant yoof are ârebelling against their parentsâ generation and its liberal deification of free speechâ. Excuse me? What liberal deification of free speech? The older generation â including some of (the) very people going pop-eyed over the Yale snowflakes â has been chipping away at free speech for decades. And in the process they nurtured the world we now inhabit, in which words and images are seen as dangerous and our sense of self-worth is viewed as so fragile that we must squash anything, or idea, that threatens it.
Umm, what did you expect would happen to a house without a foundation?
But whatâs even more pathetic is the ridicule of the snowflakes by the very generation who created this world in which words are seen as wounding, judgement is considered harmful, and everyone is treated as fragile. Having claimed for 30 years that offensive discussion, or porn or racist newspapers, create a âhostile environmentâ, can the older generation really be surprised that students are now setting up Safe Spaces? The Safe Space is the logical solution to the notion that words and images cultivate a âhostile environmentâ.
And then there is Milo Yiannopoulos observations on the only possible outcome given the trajectory the progressive left put us on:
Youâll forgive me if I lack sympathy. Conservatives have warned for decades that the proliferation of womenâs studies, colonial studies, gay studies, and an assortment of other oppression-studies courses would end in tears. We also warned you that campus speech codes were a bad idea.
And when conservatives and critics of Islam started being banned on campuses up and down the country, we warned you that a tidal wave of zealotry, intolerance, and even totalitarianism was coming. Now itâs here. As a famous internet meme goes, you only had to listen. Now itâs too late.
Do the words âAs ye sow, so shall ye reap,â mean anything to you? Jonathan Rauch suggests an easy fix, the only âtrigger warningâ that should be necessary on campuses across the country:
âWarning: Although this university values and encourages civil expression and respectful personal behavior, you may at any moment, and without further notice, encounter ideas, expressions and images that are mistaken, upsetting, dangerous, prejudiced, insulting or deeply offensive. We call this education.â â Powerline
So let the buyer beware: you pay your money and you take your chances. Sorry snowflakes, no refunds, even if the whole earth warms up and you meltdown.
How many students can complete this safe space thought?
Sticks and stones can break my bones, buttâ¦
Posted from: Michelle Obamaâs Mirror
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