How “Liberal” Is the Climate on College Campuses?

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

Some interesting comments on the PC university from civil liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate.

I’m fond of pointing out how completely the “sticks and stones” rhyme has been replaced by . . . whatever rhyme is employed by anti-bullying hysterics. People just look at me like I’m crazy.

H/T Handle’s Haus, and thanks to Popehat for the original post.

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Recovering liberal arts major. Unrepentant movie nut. Aspiring boozehound.
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4 Responses to How “Liberal” Is the Climate on College Campuses?

  1. peterike says:

    Quite a character. It’s very rare to find a principled Liberal these days. Which is not surprising, since the will to power is such a major motivating factor of the Progressive mind. A guy that actually believes that freedom means freedom for thee and not just for me (and my sort) is rare on either side of the aisle, but especially on the Left.

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    • Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

      One thing I’ve been wondering of late: Is the abandonment of principles, in many different walks of life, a newish thing? Or have people always been largely unprincipled? Seems to me that virtually no one has principles these days. But maybe that’s always been the case and I’m just more cynical — and therefore more tuned into it — now that I’m older.

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      • peterike says:

        Well, I didn’t live in any other time periods! But I’ve read a ton of novels from other times, and there certainly seems to have been a much higher standard of propriety and “honor” in years past (I’m talking about Western Civ here, not Asian, African or Middle Eastern, which are far more duplicitous societies).

        Two examples I read recently. “Buddenbrooks,” covering late 19th century Northern Germany. The social and business codes followed by the people were extraordinary by today’s standards. It was absolutely essential to one’s standing in the business community that you deal fairly and in an upfront way. At the same time, the book laments the decay of these standards over the decades that it covers, and a conniving and grasping banker appears like a demon among the characters.

        Just been re-reading Arnold Bennett’s “The Old Wives’ Tale”. Again, the focus on honorable business practices in a fabric shop in a relatively small city (30,000 pop) is amazing. Your reputation was everything and it was scrupulously protected. Social mores were also paramount, and in fact there is a great crisis when a young woman runs off with a man. So based on these glimpses into the past (and a million others I’ve read), I would certainly say that ideas of honor and integrity are nowhere near to what they once were. Think, also, of characters in “Downton Abbey,” like the head butler. WWI ended that world to a large extent. WWII, cultural Marxism and fiat finance finished it off.

        PS – If you’re looking for an absolutely delightful read, try “The Old Wives’ Tale.” Bennett is a sadly forgotten author in America, but he’s a wonder.

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      • Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

        Wow. Great recs. Thanks. Both sound pretty fascinating. I guess I’m not surprised to learn that folks in Northern Germany were sticklers for standards.

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