The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.

Thomas Sowell

It’s axiomatic in battle that first thing one should do if one’s enemies are destroying each other get out of the way and let them.

That’s why the more I think about what is going on at the various liberal universities, the more I think we need to let it happen. Here are some reasons why:

First: All the primary targets of all of these attacks, professors, college presidents, administrations are the entrenched liberals who helped create these systems, with the paucity of conservatives in these positions of there seems little point in trying to extract these people would happily see us be ruined from the consequences of their own mess.

Second because you are dealing with various liberal constituencies it is likely to divide them come election day. If you have black voters angry at progressive liberals, if you have feminists  Every single thing that causes liberals to stay home at the polls makes us stronger.

Third: The more these colleges fall apart the stronger the small conservative & Religious colleges our there like Hillsdale and St. Thomas Moore become attractive, both as a place to get an actual education and to steal a line from the left a “safe space” both for the geek science student who is terrified of saying the wrong thing being destroyed, the practical student who just wants to learn and to employers who want people who will actually work without drama.

Fourth: Just as Amazon revolutionized Shopping online education is in many ways a future of Education. The younger generation is already used to interacting with each other via their laptop, phone, game system and PC. It is a natural thing for education to head in that direction and a great chance for Conservatives to get in on the ground floor of this movement.

Fifth: The parents who send their children to these institutions vote. As they continue to collapse into insanity the parents who realize they are being scammed by these institution will have a choice, continue to accept it and be taken, or demand action. After all it’s their money and their children and if they’re happy to be fleeced it’s on them.

And finally like most people caught in destructive behavior you have to reach rock bottom before you realize where you are. None of these people will actually learn until they suffer the consequences of their actions so let them, like the fools they are, learn in that most harsh of classrooms, reality. Maybe with luck, some of the institution that aren’t so far gone may even change course before they reach that point. They have to get there themselves until it hurts they just plain wont.

Maybe once this happens, we can return and rebuild these institutions in the image of their founders but for now, I say let them burn.

Update: Glenn Reynolds:

In light of these campus scandals, will we see more, or less, human, financial, and reputational capital flowing to higher education in the future?

Update 2: AOSHQ

Academia delenda est.

Update 3: Jonah Goldberg gets it

And it is fitting. It is just. It’s almost frick’n Biblical in its justness. You see, there is precious little bigotry and prejudice on college campuses. But the bulk of what does exist is aimed almost entirely at the guys and gals chilling at the tailgate party. Pro-life Christians, Israel-supporting Jews, libertarian professors, conservative scholars, climate-change skeptics, traditionalists of every stripe including classical liberals, and, of course, people who can take a joke: These make up the bulk of the victims of campus bigotry and prejudice. I can’t tell you how many professors I’ve met who have to keep their conservatism secret, at least until tenure, if not forever. I’ve never met or heard of a faculty member who had to keep her Marxism on the down-low.

and some student’s think the fight is worth having:

Lastly, we are disappointed in students like ourselves, who were scared into silence. We are not racist for having different opinions. We are not immoral because we don’t buy the flawed rhetoric of a spiteful movement. We are not evil because we don’t want this movement to tear across our campuses completely unchecked.

We are no longer afraid to be voices of dissent.

Perhaps there is hope for the universities yet.
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By A.P. Dillon

There are a lot of stories running about the latest GOP debate, this is not one of them. Well, not really.  I want to talk about when snowflakes melt.

Everyone knows snowflakes melt. Temperatures change and ice turns to water. This is a basic truth. Even the littlest child knows this – most experience it first hand when they catch one on their tongue.

At the debate this week, we saw two snowflakes melt by their own words. We’ve been told no two snowflakes are the same, yet these two candidates disprove that notion. This debate proved that John Kasich and Jeb Bush’s time in this election cycle snow flurry is over. They melted.

Switching gears slightly, melting is what is going on in Missouri and at Yale. Snowflakes of another kind are finding out their own special ‘truth’ is melting, yet the students at these institutions seem unaware they are the ones actually responsible for their own melting.

As these special student snowflakes melt, what is left is a puddle that exposes what they were made up of. So far, that’s been unsubstantiated claims of ‘poop swastiksa’ and false statements about the KKK.

Newsflash: There is no ‘safe space’ for snowflakes. They fall from the sky, land and melt.

I’d like to quote a bit from Professor Mike Adams, a criminology professor at UNC Wilmington.  Adams employs reality as a heat source to aspiring new snowflakes.

“Let’s get something straight right now. You have no right to be unoffended. You have a right to be offended with regularity. It is the price you pay for living in a free society. If you don’t understand that you are confused and dangerously so.”
– Mike Adams via Townhall, Get Out of  My Class and Leave America

Do read the whole thing.

I’ve printed it out to read to my children when they are older. Some might call that extreme or an overreaction, but I don’t. Given the increasing trend of social issues being promoted over actual academics in our K-12 system right now coupled with the Democrats actually running campaigns on social issues,  it would be foolish to think the special snowflake showers are going away anytime soon.

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Safe space or 20 somethings today

Missouri Protest via wnd / Daily caller video
Missouri Protest via wnd / Daily caller video

Safe space circa 1944

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Kevin williamson has these campus fools pegged.

Of course, these idiot children aren’t children. These are young adults who can serve in the military, get married, buy firearms, drink alcohol, etc. They are at the beginning years of adult life, but they are entirely unprepared for adult life. . . .

As for me, I think that they’re clowns, and worse than that, really: They’re bad citizens, and defective people from defective families. They aren’t motivated by good will, but by fear: of the dawning realization that they, as people, aren’t really all that important, despite having been told all their lives how important they are.

exactly right. Maybe Glenn Reynolds has a point here.

This isn’t the behavior of people who are capable of weighing opposing ideas, or of changing their minds when they are confronted with evidence that suggests that they are wrong. It’s the behavior of spoiled children — a characterization that Friedersdorf, perhaps unconsciously, underscores by not reporting the students’ names because, he implies, they are too young to be responsible for their actions. And spoiled children shouldn’t vote.

It took a lot of effort to move from a culture of twenty somethings that answered the Call to Duty to those that Play Call of duty was something our friend on the left worked very hard to create. To them it’s not a bug it’s a feature.

Closing thought, if you didn’t know why some of thought and still think the culture wars are worth fighting, well now you do.

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For the last several days we’ve been hearing about students at Missouri and Yale about how oppressed they are.  These are people getting a high level education at great between 10-40K a year a lot of it paid for by loans & grants or if they are at all athletic scholarships. and many of these schools will even have jobs available on campus to supplement their income or college costs.

Yet we’ve reached a point where they are actually face such a small  physical or personal risk that their biggest worries are insensitive Halloween Costumes:

Erika Christakis reflected on the frustrations of the students, drew on her scholarship and career experience, and composed an email inviting the community to think about the controversy through an intellectual lens that few if any had considered. Her message was a model of relevant, thoughtful, civil engagement.

For her trouble, a faction of students are now trying to get the couple removed from their residential positions, which is to say, censured and ousted from their home on campus. Hundreds of Yale students are attacking them, some with hateful insults, shouted epithets, and a campaign of public shaming. In doing so, they have shown an illiberal streak that flows from flaws in their well-intentioned ideology.

in Missouri their campus police are asking people to report Hurtful language

The Missouri University Police Department (MUPD) sent an email to students Tuesday morning urging them to call them and report any hurtful speech they encounter on the campus

I want to contrast these people to my father.

By the time he was of college age, he was in the Navy, serving in the pacific on an ammo ship in the largest war in history only a single kamikaze hit away from never coming home.  Before that he had been working for 10 years in paper mills and as a carpenter during the depression never even getting to high school let alone college.

When he got out of the navy he worked hard all his life until he physically wasn’t able to anymore, and even at that point he was taking care of his ill mother in law & fixing anything in sight.  He didn’t live long enough to see me married but he did live to see me engaged.

In all the time I knew him I never ONCE heard him complain about life, about what people said about him or about being oppressed, he talked about being grateful for and to his wife , grateful for his family , grateful for his country & grateful for his Catholic faith and to God for all his blessings.

That’s all the “White privilege” he ever had coming from an immigrant family with nothing, as opposed to a family worth $20 million like the Mizzou hunger striker

I submit and suggest that most of the student’s screaming about safe spaces and trigger warnings would not have been able to cope being on a ship where there was no safe space and a trigger warning meant Japanese planes were attacking and I further submit that thanks to the anti-christian, secular progressive culture that they have sprung from they would not be able to cope with his life after the war let alone during it.

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Ask yourself this question, if you were a hiring manager would you even consider this person?

Of course they might figure these cowardly losers managed to find a job:

So it’s no longer good enough to admonish the actual practitioners of controversial speech (assuming there’s anything controversial actually taking place.) Now the faculty needs to go on the chopping block if they don’t proactively go out and squelch any offensive thoughts. This is the price we’re paying for generations of liberal thinkers encouraging the coddling of students and stamping out any competing ideas. One of the students who was screaming vulgarities at Christakis and asking “who the **** hired you” informed him that Yale was not a place to create an intellectual space. It’s supposed to be a home.

Under the following conditions of course:

administrators now must vet their faculty, to make sure they never hire anyone who could harbor opinions that any student might find offensive, and sternly instruct professors to be sure that they do not tolerate any potentially offending expressions. This is the “better university” that President Salovey promised Yale’s students, and all because of Halloween costumes.

When Buckley didn’t like what he saw as a student, he didn’t whine, he wrote a book

As Glenn Reynolds put it:

if you want to undercut the value of a Yale degree, just keep this crap up. Nobody respects you.

I can picture the hiring managers looking at the resumes now.

It’s a good thing that a lot of people who go to Yale have money and won’t be dependent on such work, Cue Southpark:

People wonder why Putin & ISIS aren’t afraid of us, I don’t.

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…and the rest of the men who signed this letter to Yale:

To the Editor:

Yale University Press, owned and operated by the University, has retreated into shameful censorship. The Press accepted for publication “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” by Brandeis Professor Jytte Klausen. But it deleted from her manuscript the actual cartoons. Why? Because the cartoons — which ran in newspapers and are available on the Internet — might lead to more violence.

The Press went even further, stripping out all depictions of Muhammed, such as a 19th Century painting by Gustave Dore. Why? Because Islamic law forbids depictions of Muhammed, and — there might be violence. Evidently Yale now excises from its books any content that might encourage someone to violence. And we all know what kind of “someone” the Press has in mind.

Yale’s shocking surrender to unknown potential belligerents drew scorn from the American Association of University Professors. Yale’s new policy, according to AAUP president Cary Nelson, is: “We do not negotiate with terrorists. We just accede to their anticipated demands.”

This disgraceful resort to censorship also violates Yale’s own explicit policy: “Above all, every member of the university has an obligation to permit free expression in the university. No member has a right to prevent such expression. Every official of the university, moreover, has a special obligation to foster free expression and to ensure that it is not obstructed.”

All Yale alumni have a vital stake in preserving a free press at Yale. We urge President Levin and the Corporation to immediately nullify the Press’s cowardly action. Yale should print Klausen’s book with all the censored material restored and distribute it to university bookstores around the world as a tangible reminder that a free press can never be taken for granted.

If you are a fan of free speech let me have a big AMEN to that. Via Atlas.

…well out of the mouth of a new graduate.

Because I have the greatest filial love for my alma mater, I write today as a sorrowful son and disappointed disciple. The Yale that cultivated my faith in the power of knowledge to move the world forward has resorted to censorship. I grieve.

As the News reports today, Yale decided this summer to omit cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad from a book about the fit of violence that swept the Muslim world in their wake four years ago. I can’t help but feel the dismay and embarrassment of a pupil watching his teacher sabotage the foundation of her credibility by betraying the spirit of her most important lesson.

That lesson, which singularly informs the work of a great university, is this: that free dialogue and the unfettered exchange of ideas fuels human progress. A great university is a place where these activities are protected and encouraged. But Yale forfeited this most basic role, pleading that it did not want to be responsible for tension that counterterrorism authorities speculate could still provoke protests and bloodshed.

(with apologies to Glenn Reynolds) You know they said that if I voted for George Bush Sarah Palin we would see censorship of art by religious zealots in this country. And they were right!

Allow me to demonstrate how it’s done.

My favorite of the cartoons
My favorite of the cartoons

No Saudi money for me! And I could really use it.

Hey I hear the president’s supporters are hiring!

An Art Gallery in Denmark shows Yale how it’s done:

A Danish gallery has decided to exhibit a caricature of Muhammad that unleashed a wave of protests in the Muslim world against Denmark in 2006. Citing an article in magazine Sappho, Agence France-Presse reports that the controversial caricature will be part of a larger exhibition dedicated to the watercolor works of the artist-caricaturist Kurt Westergaard at the Galleri Draupner in Skanderborg.

This is called actually speaking truth to power, as opposed to taking instruction from power as the NEA seems to be promulgating:

The NEA is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts. That is right, the largest funder of the arts in the nation – a fact that I’m sure was not lost on those that were on the call, including myself. One of the NEA’s major functions is providing grants to artists and arts organizations. The NEA has also historically shown the ability to attract “matching funds” for the art projects and foundations that they select. So we have the nation’s largest arts funder, which is a federal agency staffed by the administration, with those that they potentially fund together on a conference call discussing taking action on issues under vigorous national debate. Does there appear to be any potential for conflict here?

Discussed throughout the conference call was a hope that this group would be one that would carry on past the United We Serve campaign to support the President’s initiatives and those issues for which the group was passionate. The making of a machine appeared to be in its infancy, initiated by the NEA, to corral artists to address specific issues. This function was not the original intention for creating the National Endowment for the Arts.

A machine that the NEA helped to create could potentially be wielded by the state to push policy. Through providing guidelines to the art community on what topics to discuss and providing them a step-by-step instruction to apply their art form to these issues, the “nation’s largest annual funder of the arts” is attempting to direct imagery, songs, films, and literature that could create the illusion of a national consensus. This is what Noam Chomsky calls “manufacturing consent.”

I guess this is the soviet Chicago way of making art.

I’ll wager that there will be no Saudi money going to the Galleri-draupner anytime soon.

Via Glenn.