Gosh, that’s fancy

A student backlash against hearing words and ideas that oppose their own, citing emotional “trauma”, is changing the culture of the American campus writes Ruth Sherlock, US Editor from Harvard University

Who knew that Harvard was sufficiently posh to deserve its own US Editor?

8 thoughts on “Gosh, that’s fancy”

  1. “Is changing”? This is just the latest phase of a process that has been ongoing since the 1960s. They talk about it like it started some time last week.

  2. The present generation of Red Guards need to be broken on the wheel. There are a great many measures that could be taken as self defence against this latest socialist villainy before the young scum are released into society as yet more poisoned spores but as ever nothing is being done.

  3. I still think they’re more in the vein of Puritans smashing church windows than communists, but then the same sort of social mechanisms of coercion tend to arise whatever the nominal motivation.

  4. Can we find something useful for them to do in Syria? Surely there’s a cultural paradigm they could signal their nonoffensiveness to out there?

  5. The Puritan comparison is apt, as the Puritans fled England because in England they couldn’t tolerate the culture of toleration and weren’t allowed to impose their own opinions on how people should live on other people. So they fled to American where they could build their new paradise where they would be free to impose their own views on other people and force those other people to live they way they told them to.

  6. Bloke in Germany

    The problem I think if that if the kind of ideologies outlined in the link aren’t exposed to ridicule Syria I’ll come to them, when ISIS take over in the US and UK – and the odds are they might suffer a trauma more permanent than what they imagine they are currently enduring, especially if they are Female or LGBTQQ etc……

  7. ““People say, ‘In my day we were tough’,” said one female Harvard student, who asked not to be named. “Well no: your generation was racist and sexist.” Just how racist and sexist is it to walk* through the snow to school? To work in shipyards or steel mills ot coal mines with your own strength instead of machines doing the work? To use a hand- or horse-drawn plough instead of a tractor?
    *I recently met a guy from my old school and reminisced – as a pre-teen in Yorkshire he walked six miles to school even when it snowed and he struggles to understand why school is cancelled these days whenever it snows.

  8. So Much For Subtlety

    john77 – “““People say, ‘In my day we were tough’,” said one female Harvard student, who asked not to be named. “Well no: your generation was racist and sexist.””

    I love the lack of logic in that argument. They may have been racist and sexist, but that does not mean they were not tough. There is no obvious connection between the two.

    What she means is that Harvard is full of the sort of people who have been bullied into denying the obvious – and into expressing a certainly type of self-destructive self-loathing – by ideologues controlling the schools. Which means they are spineless as well as intellectually feeble. It makes the previous generation look tough by default.

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