This comes to us from the bastion of left-wing logic that is Vox.
Today, under the pseudonym Edward Schlosser, a liberal professor opened up about his new-found fear of his politically correct, speech-silencing, liberal students.
Things have changed since I started teaching. The vibe is different. I wish there were a less blunt way to put this, but my students sometimes scare me — particularly the liberal ones….
The student-teacher dynamic has been reenvisioned along a line that’s simultaneously consumerist and hyper-protective, giving each and every student the ability to claim Grievous Harm in nearly any circumstance, after any affront, and a teacher’s formal ability to respond to these claims is limited at best.
Sounds to me like, for possibly the first time, this leftist professor is experiencing the wrath of the social justice warriors that he helped create.
Sir, you broke it; you bought it. Live by the politically correct sword, die by the politically correct sword. When I first read his next statement, I was immediately reminded of something Andrew Breitbart once said/predicted. The professor wrote:
I once saw an adjunct not get his contract renewed after students complained that he exposed them to “offensive” texts written by Edward Said and Mark Twain. His response, that the texts were meant to be a little upsetting, only fueled the students’ ire and sealed his fate. That was enough to get me to comb through my syllabi and cut out anything I could see upsetting a coddled undergrad.
Now, read Andrew Breitbart’s comment from a Slate interview in 2010 on exactly that.
“When I told my parents I was an American studies major, they were like, ‘That’s fantastic! Did you read Mark Twain?’ ‘No, I didn’t.’ ‘What did you read?’ ‘Marcuse, Adorno, Horkheimer, Michel Foucault.’ ‘They don’t sound American!’ ‘They’re not.’ … “I was too drunk to be completely indoctrinated by it.”
See, Andrew understood this better than anyone. Universities are not a breeding ground for cerebral discourse, but a meat-grinder, completely devoid of intellectual diversity, hellbent on churning out leftist drones. The worst part is that this is not by accident, but by design. Even this liberal professor now admits as much! He doesn’t even see his own hypocrisy. When presented with a critical question on the housing bubble in the United States… this professor’s response was nothing short of authoritarian.
“What about Fannie and Freddie?” he asked (referring to a student).
I gave a quick response about how most experts would disagree with that assumption, that it was actually an oversimplification, and pretty dishonest, and isn’t it good that someone made the video we just watched to try to clear things up? And, hey, let’s talk about whether that was effective, okay? If you don’t think it was, how could it have been?
See, what’s pivotal here is that this teacher doesn’t even realize his own fascism. He doesn’t proceed to debate the student. He tells the student that he’s flat-out wrong, demands that the student simply accept his premise, and forces the student to discuss exactly why he was wrong… and could never be right in the first place.
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The funny thing is that there are plenty of very well-respected economists who do think that Fannie and Freddie was one of the contributors, if not the single greatest contributor, to the housing crash in the USA. But I’m sure this professor understands it all better than those hacks. He teaches writing, don’t you know!
In this instance, the professor told the student that he had no right to even hold a differing opinion.
Now he’s complaining that students are telling him he has no right to hold a differing opinion. Who’d have seen that one coming, moron?
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