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Coddled Minds
Special Snowflakes Can’t Even

Left-wing millennials and students are in a state of shock after President-elect Donald Trump’s come-from-behind victory. KING 5 News reports that students are refusing to attend class:

Elsewhere, we’re hearing reports of free therapy hotlines being set up and university-sponsored self-help meetings. A glance at social media reveals a complete inability on the part of many young Left-leaning Americans to comprehend the election result. That’s not merely our impression; it’s what many of them are literally saying.

Whichever side one comes out on in this election, it is deeply worrying that so many young people are struggling so completely to cope with the preferences of millions of their fellow citizens. Trump’s win is certainly a surprise, but it’s also the reality. If America’s youth are so coddled that they can’t wrap their minds around the (not-entirely-unpredictable) result of a democratic election, then that’s an indictment of parents and teachers across the country.

Alas, many well-educated young people have grown up in a bubble—not so much a socioeconomic bubble as an intellectual bubble. This is why so many extremely privileged college students demand “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings.” And it’s why, ultimately, they have such shoddy emotional and intellectual foundations to help them understand Trump. It’s one thing to be deeply saddened by a Trump victory. It’s another to be frozen—psychologically disturbed—by it.

We hope that Trump’s win will be the wake-up call America’s students (and their teachers and administrators) need. We hope it will show them the folly of retreating into and shoring up the hard walls of the echo chamber whenever unpleasant facts present themselves. Indeed, the best thing for students to do is go to class and focus on their work, however difficult or uncomfortable it may be. They may not be interested in reality, but, try as they might to run away from it, reality is still interested in them.

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  • Beauceron

    The country is in a mess.

    I think one thing is for certain: Trump won’t fix it any more than Hillary could.

    I live in NYC and today has been a bit unbelievable. The smugness, the faux distress and worry. The lectures.

    I voted for Johnson myself, but there is literally no comprehension here of how this happened– except that it was white racists voting for their American H*tler, which is simply counterfactual.

    It’s been both sad and amusing.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Pauline Kael, your office is calling…

      The left won’t learn, but that means that they won’t improve….so perhaps they won’t succeed in the end.

    • DiogenesDespairs

      POUTING. The perfect word!


  • gabrielsyme

    The Universities (and many high schools) are teaching youth to be emotionally fragile, to rely on emotion rather than reason, and to be intolerant of dissent. A future Gibbon will have much to say about how our elite educational institutions are undermining the children of our elites and thereby weakening our entire society.

    • Jim__L

      So, let’s clean house in the Universities!

      Let Trump know that this is the red meat his constituents have been waiting for!

      • gabrielsyme

        Every Republican state should immediately overhaul their oversight of every public university, demanding ideological parity and respect for free speech on campus – basically, every liberal who retires needs to be replaced by a conservative for years just to make public universities politically neutral – and better places for learning.

        And they can get rid of 90% of the Queer Studies, Gender Studies, x ethnic group studies programmes while they’re at it.

        • Adam Bowers

          This sounds remarkably authoritarian. Is parity for parity’s sake the goal?

          • gabrielsyme

            They are public universities, by definition it’s not authoritarian to exert control over publicly-owned institutions. As a matter of equity, I believe public institutions should not have a significant political bias – and public universities overwhelming do, with leftist administrations and faculties blatantly and systematically discriminating against conservative and religious applicants to faculty positions and graduate admissions. This has a significant benefit to leftist political forces, as these leftist institutions then instil a similar ideology in many of their students. The widespread discrimination needs to go, and the effects of past discrimination must be swiftly counter-balanced.

            If you’re feeling sorry for leftist aspiring professors who would face discrimination under this plan (at least for a time), be consoled with the fact that there will be plenty of private universities (and public universities in blue states) which will continue to discriminate against conservatives and in favour of leftists!

          • Adam Bowers

            “They are public universities, by definition it’s not authoritarian to exert control over publicly-owned institutions.”

            No, by definition, a public university is primarily funded by the public. The only intrinsic power the public has over it is the power of the purse. Running a public (or private) university by edict is by definition, authoritarian. Whether or not those edicts grind your gears or not is a separate discussion.

            “If you’re feeling sorry for leftist aspiring professors who would face discrimination under this plan”

            I have no such feelings.

            “there will be plenty of private universities (and public universities in blue states) which will continue to discriminate against conservatives and in favour of leftists!”

            If this is true, then I guess the market in private higher education has spoken. No?

            “I believe public institutions should not have a significant political bias”

            I want to make clear that I agree with you 100%. I just don’t think asking Republican led state legislatures to fix this in ham-fisted authoritarian ways is going to get the results you’re looking for.

          • gabrielsyme

            No, by definition, a public university is primarily funded by the public.

            Firstly, my apologies for being unduly combative in my comments. Now, I think our main difference is under what counts as “public” in this context, and what obligations flow from that identity, and what prerogatives government has over such institutions. Now, I don’t think public funding is a particularly good measure – public funding can (and at times ought) to go to private institutions; and public institutions can be largely funded through donations, tuition and business earnings without losing their character as public institutions. Ultimately, I would judge public status as whether the government can control management of the university corporation through appointment or regulation under current law. If government can control the management of a university, I think we agree that it should abide by the norms for public institutions- one of which is political neutrality.

            For the record, I don’t think the government should use the power of the purse to coerce changes in the character of private institutions that receive public funding- that could indeed by authoritarian, at least in some measure. Of course, this is largely what the federal government currently does through Title IX and other provisions, both in terms of public (state-controlled) universities and private universities.

            If this is true, then I guess the market in private higher education has spoken. No?

            I don’t think the discriminatory practices of elite institutions reflect rational market choices. The best that can be said in that direction is that discrimination against conservatives and religious believers in these contexts does not impose unbearable costs on these institutions. In the public university context, hiring and admission decisions are usually isolated from those responsible for finances, and the market is riddled with massive subsidies and a lack of transparency, significantly reducing the negative consequences of the discriminatory conduct.

          • Adam Bowers

            “Firstly, my apologies for being unduly combative in my comments.”

            Your comments didn’t come across as unduly combative. (I’m likely what most people here at AI would call an east-coast liberal blah blah blah what-have-you. I’ve seen far worse while expanding my horizons.)

            “Now, I don’t think public funding is a particularly good measure – public funding can (and at times ought) to go to private institutions”

            I don’t have an ideological axe to grind there.

            “For the record, I don’t think the government should use the power of the purse to coerce changes in the character of private institutions that receive public funding- that could indeed by authoritarian, at least in some measure.”

            In my opinion, if private institutions want to get public money, then they have to accept the strings.

            “I’d also add that many of the elite institutions that determine the reputation of universities (the media, non-profits, many large establishment businesses and, perhaps most of all, the Democratic Party) tend to reward these institutions for pushing out conservatives and religious believers, reducing the market consequences for their discriminatory conduct.”

            Why do you think the Democratic Party, et al determine the reputation of universities? How does this benefit the “liberal agenda”? Do you see it as essentially a propaganda machine or something like that?

          • gabrielsyme

            if private institutions want to get public money, then they have to accept the strings.

            There are reasonable and unreasonable strings – it’s my view that government should be very hesitant to use the lure (or more commonly, the threat of withdrawal) of subsidies or indirect support to induce the institutions of civil society, our mediating institutions, to alter their policies, especially those that go to their animating character. We began this conversation speaking of authoritarianism, and I would suggest that the co-option of civil society institutions by the state is a fairly common tactic of authoritarian states. This is not to suggest that every string is unjustifiable, only that I think we should be wary of governmental mandates on private institutions.

            Why do you think the Democratic Party, et al determine the reputation of universities?

            My apologies, I was combining two thoughts there. I don’t think the Democratic party plays a significant role in shaping the reputation of universities, but Democratic support for public universities plays an important political role in securing their ongoing funding despite their political bias in instruction and environment and their discrimination in hiring & admissions.

          • Adam Bowers

            Thank you for your thoughts and time.

          • Jim__L

            The only misgiving I have about your comment is the forced parity. That just doesn’t sit well with me, even if it is in some ways a very practical point about getting from here to there.

            And, the arguments against Affirmative Action apply. Can you find enough trained personnel of the proper description? Would you have to start scraping the bottom of the barrel. to fill that many positions on that short a timescale?

            I think that simply coming down hard on those who display real discrimination and incurable antagonism against Conservatives and Christians would probably be enough to straighten things out over time. You’d see some firings, of course, and other disciplinary actions. I think a good rule of thumb would be, “If you’d recognize it as discrimination if you said it about a Jew, you should recognize it as discrimination if you say it about a Christian.”

            It fits with what people already understand is right, so it’s easy to get the point across. Students would pick it up quickly.

  • Anthony

    Beware of instant certainties; give the students (young people) time – they’re in the instant aftermath of what many may consider politically upsetting (in that respect, they’re not alone, just younger). Reflection and growth are in order – they’ll get there!

    • Angel Martin

      For the first time in their lives, the millennial “pajama boys” and “mattress girls” didn’t get exactly what they want from a political decision – and they are having a meltdown.

      Those of us who oppose the “progressive” agenda have had to get used to living with defeat, after defeat, after defeat in the last 100+ years. Last time I checked, no “progressives” were holding any pity parties for us.

      The progressives get one tiny setback, and they all run to their “safe spaces” and have a temper tantrum.

      • Anthony

        Stupidity knows no bounds!

        • Angel Martin

          This must be the liberals’ “Anger” phase…

          (the noun is “advice”, btw)

          • Anthony

            You know (or maybe not) that quick mind and writing thanks.

        • Jim__L

          Actually, a lot of Republicans didn’t vote because they didn’t like Trump, or they live in areas that go Democrat pretty handily.

          Hillary assumed that people who didn’t express an opinion were evenly divided. That was simply wrong. They were, mainly, Trump supporters who didn’t want to “look bad”.

    • Fat_Man

      Give them time? Give them 20 lashes and send them to bed without out their suppers.

      • Anthony

        Think about your on graduate student son (though we know he had benefit of you and your dad’s influence). That is, the lash (yet) may not be necessary for 18-23 year old students facing life on life terms.

        • Fat_Man

          He is 29 and a full grown man. He earned his own way before he went back to school. Those kids deserve 30 lashes and bed without supper.

          • Anthony

            When you mentioned him last (after Tennessee move) I concluded he was grown and in no need of lashes nor missed meals. But, unlike you I reserve the meting of lashes until discovery for the former.

          • Fat_Man

            40 lashes for them. Bread and water for a week.

          • Anthony

            OK. But expect me to seek reciprocity @ some future time!

          • Fat_Man

            50 lashes and two years in the galley ships for the lot of them.

          • Anthony

            Excessive perhaps; remember idea cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

          • Fat_Man

            It isn’t unusual if we do it all the time, which we will, when I am in charge. You will long for Donald’s spineless rule.

          • Anthony

            I choose with caveat!

          • f1b0nacc1

            This is beginning to sound like the 4 Yorkshiremen sketch…

  • ricocat1

    Why is any taxpayer money being spent on these colleges? If these snowflakes can’t handle the reality of Donald Trump how are they going to help America compete in the brutal global market?

  • Nevis07

    Elections are not supposed to be safe spaces. If they were, our founding fathers would have included a provision in the constitution. Pouting isn’t the sign of mature adults. If these students want to begin to engage in a national conversation like adults – great, but until then I will not give them any weight in my own views.

  • Steve

    It would take a heart of stone not to laugh out loud

  • Gene

    Keep in mind, the great-grandparents of these kids obliterated Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan in FOUR YEARS, facing hardships few if any of these kids will ever experience for even one week of their lives.

  • Nevis07

    Dumb liberals now want to move to Canada. God help us if they would!

    • LarryD

      It’s just talk. They’ve said the same thing before, after Republicans won a Presidential election. None of them even try.

      We’re tired enough of them we wish they would leave.

  • mezzrow

  • Proud Skeptic

    Glad we didn’t have to rely on these kids to invade Normandy.

    • solstice

      The kids who invaded Normandy had been hardened by the Great Depression. Unlike the millennials, they were generally not mollycoddled by their parents and schools and they were not indoctrinated into political correctness, left-wing identity politics, and “feelings over facts” self-esteemism. There is no denying that the millennials are odiously thin-skinned, but it also cannot be denied that it is not their fault that they are the way they are.

      • solstice

        That being said, with the Republicans now in control of the White House and Congress and dominating state governments, it is incumbent upon them to do something about the madness in colleges. Slashing funding to these institutions and ending federal student aid would be a great start.

        • Angel Martin

          “Slashing funding to these institutions and ending federal student aid would be a great start.”

          I agree, but not yet.

          Wait until the next severe economic downturn, and then zero out funding for these progressive playpens in order to maintain other more worthy blue state constituencies such as emergency services and income support for the poor.

          Get blue constituencies fighting amongst themselves. And stack the deck so the most cretinous are the losers.

          The late Jesse Helms used to refer to UNC-Chapel Hill as the “University of Negroes and Communists”. And his alternative to the proposed North Carolina State zoo was a fence around the Chapel Hill campus.

          We are not yet back to the point where politicians can win elections running against public funding for universities

          But a few more years of “unsupervised play time” on the PC campuses will get us there.

      • Jim__L

        It is their responsibility to become something more than what they are.

        That’s the first lesson.

  • J K Brown

    I went looking for the reaction to Reagan’s election. I found the following at the Harvard Crimson

    While academics argue whether 1980 will initiate a lasting political realignment, Congress will begin reorganizing in a special added session next week. In the Senate, veteran Republicans take over in January as committee chairmen, and will ready their charges for Reagan’s tax-cutting and sword rattling.

    In Cambridge, that prospect prompted more than 200 Harvard students to appear for a “morning after” rally and pledge to “fight the New Right.”

    At least back then, the students got up the next morning for a rally and there is no indication the students of 1980 were given “crybaby” dismissals.

  • Boritz

    They have been taught and have internalized the idea that their opposition has no right to the beliefs (in their minds, prejudices and hatreds) they hold (harbor) and in fact no right to exist. Why would anyone expect them to behave as if they were enduring a legitimate outcome with which they disagree rather than an immoral and criminal takeover that they have been conditioned to perceive?

    • J K Brown

      This is the necessary unavoidable consequence of the fact that, according to Marxist doctrine, you do not consider the possibility of dissent among honest people; either you think as I do, or you are a traitor and must be liquidated.

      von Mises, Ludwig (1952). Marxism Unmasked

    • MarkM

      Because we continue to expect them to recognize objective reality, despite the programming and propaganda they have received to date? Because there were valid reasons to vote against Hillary, no matter how the media and the Obama administration tried to hide the ball?

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Leftists destroy everything they gain control over.

  • Old Gunny

    “Reality is for people who can’t handle booze and drugs.” Trite, but true.

    • solstice

      And religion.

  • lurkingwithintent

    As with the rest of you I find the reactions silly. I would, however, remind some of you that there are a good number of millenials serving their country and dying now, 3 of them recently in Jordan and at least a couple in Afghanistan in recent weeks. They have participated in our longest war and done so with distinction in many instances. There are a good number who go through college without becoming coddled. It is also true that many of the people who are in shock this week are not young and they are also reacting as if they are frightened children. As others have pointed out, millenials didn’t teach themselves, it came from their elders.

    • Jim__L

      You demonstrate that Millennials can be better than their teachers. That’s the expectation we have to set, not giving them an out by letting the professoriate take the heat instead.

      Although, if this could be used as a broom to clean house of the current crop of Neo-Marxists, ancient 60’s radicals, “-studies” wankers, and the rest, by all means turn the heat up on the Professoriate.

    • Rann Xeroxx

      Very small percentage of the population and most or rural.

    • USNK2

      This is a relatively new condition on college campuses, most noticeable since 2013. I had tried to retire near my alma mater after 2006. In 2013, I no longer felt safe or welcome on campus, and escaped this year.

  • DiogenesDespairs

    Nothing like splashing a bucket of cold water on people for waking them up.

  • Andrew Allison

    Where are all those who were outraged by Trump’s comments about accepting the election results? The response of the left to the actual, as opposed to hypothetical, outcome is disgraceful.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Ah but that was when it was a Democrat who (they thought would) win…
      Instapundit points out that this is an example of why the president should always be a white Republican male. The press will do their job, we will be (properly) suspicious of executive power, and dissent will be a virtue!

      • Andrew Allison

        The press do its job? Surely you jest. One of the things which has resulted from this appalling election cycle is the loss of credibility in the press as anything but a mouthpiece for the DNC.

        • f1b0nacc1

          Yes, but now you can count upon the press to report the failings of government, the excesses of the executive, etc…..

          • Andrew Allison

            What I count upon the press to report is any failure to implement the leftist agenda which has just been rejected by the voters. The failure to condemn the disgraceful protests at the result of the election is symptomatic of what we can expect from the press.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Point well taken

      • Jim__L

        Only a strict adherence to principle is keeping me from liking this comment.

        And sending it to all my friends.

        • f1b0nacc1

          I will take that as a compliment…thank you!

  • Mike

    All public schools and universities must be shut down on day one. Private too, except Wharton. Our fuhrer-elect loves the uneducated, and fuhrer’s word is above any written law. Remember: he tells it like it is.

    • JR

      Your tears are so yummy. More please.

  • FriendlyGoat

    If current political “reality” was interested in young people as a whole, current political “reality” would not have elected a GOP president and Congress together. The “special snowflakes” of which you speak will probably be mostly okay because they would never have been snowflakes in the first place without springing from comfortable families likely to be made richer by the GOP. But current political “reality” did not care much for actually benefitting the hardscrabble kids from hardscrabble places this go-around. It’s worth remembering that historical political “reality” never cared much for hardscrabble people anywhere or anytime.

  • Michael Shorts

    This is the first time the Snowflakes’ candidate has lost in a presidential election. What bothers me is that many of their parents are just as bad.

  • johne843

    I love it when people reduce an entire generation and its ascendent political faction to a pathetic caricature in order to feel better about themselves. Keep it coming TAI.

  • Alan Fryar

    That would be nice.
    But these are totalitarian Frisco liberals.

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