Harvard has a problem. Let me rephrase that--Harvard had a problem. You see, like virtually every other university in the world, people get together to study for finals. Sometimes these groups are semi- or totally exclusionary. Guys study with guys, ladies with ladies, blacks with blacks....you get the idea. Social homophile strikes again. Oh, and did I mention that some clubs, like Greek fraternities/sororities are exclusionary? Shocker.....I know.
So what is the problem you ask? Apparently when guys study together the risk of sexual assault towards females goes up. Yes, the nerds in engineering, neuroscience, and physics seemingly get their juices boing when it comes time to study for finals. Seriously. Or so says Harvard.
The other problem, of course, is that such groups defy the new orthodoxy and thus must be regulated out of existence. It’s not a bad thing when minorities study with minorities, of course, but when those evil white guys get together to study......well..........can you say DISCRIMINATION?
Of course you can. Discrimination by white guys and increased rates of sexual assault go hand in hand, right? Of course not, but who cares. After all, facts matter little to the social justice crowd.
Well, Harvard, that bastion of elites who are better than all of the rest of us combined, came up with an answer to their problem. Starting soon, anyone who belongs to an exclusionary study group or a non-affiliated, single-gender organization, will no longer be the captain of a sports team, can no longer be a member of student government, and can no longer be nominated for a prestigious fellowship, That’s right--belong to the wrong group and Harvard will punish you.
This is what illiberalism looks like. It cloaks everything in the morality of equality. So fused are their views to this position that they will literally hunt you down, see what groups you belong to, and punish you. They don’t care about freedom of speech or association or about religious liberty because their cause is just, because they are righteous, and because you are simply too stupid to understand how F*ucking smart they really are.
Jonathan Haidt posted about this on Twitter stating that illiberalism will be stopped only when principled liberals join libertarians and conservatives in protest. I have friends who are liberal who share in their revulsion to these oppressive and counterproductive policies. Most, however, say nothing because they are afraid they will lose standing amongst their peers.
Let me just say this: If you love the university you had better start to speak up. If you love being able to teach without fear of being hit with a Title IX complaint, you had better speak up. If you believe that people are free to pursue their own lives, to worship how they see fit, and to create associations without reprisal, you had better speak up.
Soon, it will be too late.
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology