I'm old enough to remember when college was a place where one went to find varied and challenging opinions. I recall schools hosting debates between polar opposites and people relishing the opportunity to engage a philosophical or political opponent on the public stage.
Those days are gone.
Via the Hated Instapundit, here's an interesting article about higher education's assault on free thought.
It's interesting to note that even as the author proclaims what should be obvious about the importance of free speech and open debate, he still feels the need to check the appropriate social boxes by denouncing Charles Murray and his book.
The comments are also interesting, particularly one offering a rhetorical question of whether overt racists should be given a platform on campus.
The answer is obviously "yes."
Suppressing the public expression of thought doesn't make it go away, it merely drives it underground and leaves it unrebutted. When I was in school, the Holocaust revisionists used to put ads in the campus daily. They were persuasive only to the ignorant.
Nowadays I supposed they wouldn't be allowed to place those ads, but the proper way to deal with them is to expose their falsehoods with the cleansing light of irrefutable truth. Show the newsreels, offer eyewitness testimony, and unleash the overwhelming evidence of what happened and let people see (and decide) for themselves.
Trying to smother the thought only allows it to fester and plants the seed of doubt in people who would otherwise be unconvinced.
"Gosh, if they won't even debate, maybe it's because they really don't have the facts on their side."
Again, in olden times, one might get to see these debates in public. The audience would go and show their disapproval with obstinate silence rather than catcalls or physical violence.
The fact of the matter is that universities are killing themselves with this intolerance. There's no point in going to college these days. More money can be had in vocational training and there are plenty of high-paying jobs waiting. You can't outsource your mechanic or electrician. Medical techs also make good money. Why spend $200,000 learning the Hierarchy of Privilege only to work at Starbucks when you graduate?
Employers are also figuring out that these narrow-minded snowflakes are useless in the workplace. They demand everything and give nothing. Push them hard and they have a nervous breakdown.
Add to that there are the constant Title IX witch hunts, which seek to retroactively criminalize boorish but legal behavior. I talk to alumni and we are amazed at how an unholy alliance of militant feminists and feckless administrators are trying to turn the clock back to the 1890s when women were regarded as delicate flowers in need of constant support.
Maybe the Student Union should install fainting couches?
They might go back to sex-segregated dorms except that the trans crowd wouldn't stand for it.
And yes, I am highly amused that the same people that want to describe a bad breakup as "sexual assault" and words as "actual violence" are completely cool with allowing men in drag into the co-ed showers.
It's a jumble of nonsense and a waste of money. The sooner it goes away, the better.