For at least that last decade or two, critics of higher education have pointed out various problems. Those on the left have primarily called attention to what they term the “ corporatization” of the university. They point to issues that originate outside of the university and then filter in.
Those on the right, however, have generally pointed to what has been happening inside the the university and thus what potentially seeps out to broader society.
Conservative critics have pointed out (with data) the complete loss of viewpoint diversity in the social sciences and humanities. They have pointed out the loss of freedoms caused by speech codes, free speech zones, Title IX, and the institutional protections of favored groups. Still others have pointed out the growing influence of radicalized professors--professors predominately employed in “________ studies” programs.
Well, it looks like those criticisms have finally penetrated. Look at Yale, where a shrieking “oppressed” college student yelled profanities at a professor who dared to support free speech. Other students spit on people who left a discussion on free speech. Look at Missouri, where a university president resigned because, well, because he didn’t tell protesters what they wanted to hear. Look at the abuses of Title IX, where universities have employed abusive, corrupt processes to handle allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
Lives and careers are being ruined--even those on the left.
Students are becoming LESS tolerant and more prone to abuse others with different views. They are also less likely to understand the need--the critical need--to have their views challenged. Many now equate free speech, disagreement, and even empirical evidence as harassing.
All of this was predicted and predictable. When universities continually capitulate to the demands of radicals, when they attempt to regulate speech, when they fight discrimination with more discrimination, when they empower the crazies and don’t support moderates or those who dissent, then THEY create conditions ripe for abuse, for tyranny, and for harm.
The moral of Frankenstein was simple: If you build a monster, it will eventually turn on you. Frankenstein has been around awhile on college campuses and the academic left said nothing when it attacked and destroyed their enemies. Now that Frankenstein has his sights on them, they suddenly think there might be a problem.
You know, just because the criticism came from conservatives didn’t make it wrong.
A free speech wall? Check this out:
Look at the broader reaction here:
Watch the video here:
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology