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campus speech wars
What the Chicago Letter Won’t Fix
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  • dwk67

    Classic case of the inmates running the asylum. No wonder Obama and all the other leftist bigwigs espouse the ideal that everyone needs a college education. Chairman Mao himself would be proud of much of the student behavior one see on campuses today, and to think one can easily spend upwards of $100,000 for this rubbish….

  • Angel Martin

    These undergraduates were indoctrinated with politically correct crap in the schools from kindergarten onwards. And in this case the elite private schools (eg Sidwell Friends etc) are probably worse than the most underfunded public school.

  • Fat_Man

    The students are little conformists and careerists. They are lazy, spoiled, and ignorant. If an administration showed some spine and expelled a couple of bad actors whenever they got too obstreperous, the rest of the sheep would fall in line.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Precisely right. Once a few special snowflakes are introduced to the concept of ‘consequences’, the rest of the herd will quickly lose interest.

  • charlesrwilliams

    If you read student letters to the Chicago Maroon you see the same fragility and narcissism that is epidemic on American campuses. That said, the U of C is a faculty/ research driven place and I just don’t see the faculty caving in to snowflake students. While faculty will vigorously defend their own rights, it remains to be seen how much they are willing to do to protect campus student life from the PC police. Chicago has a Bias Response Team. What purpose does this serve if not to protect students from offending each other outside of the realm of serious academic research?

  • gabrielsyme

    The campaign for ideological conformity continues to gather steam, and it will be a challenge for places like the University of Chicago to remain redoubts of sanity when confronted with ever-greater threats, demands and pressure.

    Conservatives have adopted a small-l liberal attitude of tolerance and non-discrimination in institutions they controlled a generation or two ago. The liberals who have benefitted from this broad-mindedness have continually leveraged their power to exclude rivals, discriminate against ideological opponents and label dissent as abusive, sexist, racist, etcetera. What we have learned is that with our current leftists, liberty is a zero-sum game. Either they have their liberty and nobody else has any; or they must be excluded, and liberty can return to those of dissenting political, religious or cultural convictions. Conservatives have desired the ideal of a tolerant, broadly inclusive society – the insight of the alt-right is that this is a pipe dream. The left must be defeated and crushed if freedom for any but their narrow worldview is to be preserved.

  • Tom Scharf

    I applaud U of C for their stance. It is evidence of a spine. The vast majority of citizens reject these speech codes so it is unclear why so many institutions find it so hard to take a stance such as this.

    It is uncanny how many movements become the oppressors they detested once the wind starts blowing in the other direction. U of C made an overt statement of their consistency of thought and this should be hammered on a wall for all to see.


    Perhaps the snowflakes reading the Universities stance will go somewhere else to cause trouble and the Chicago students can concentrate on learning and getting their moneys worth from the institution. Definitely a step in the right direction and if I were a parent on the fence trying to make a decision this would help.

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