That is what college is supposed to be about...the power of ideas to changes lives and the world...isn't it?
What's motivating these stormy petrels isn't any psychological disorder. No, it's ideological aggression, evidencing itself in the way they actively seek to exclude from their campuses any speaker who is judged to be even remotely conservative.
Consider one recent target: Charles Murray. Even professors alighned with the political Left have judged Murray to be a moderate, as The Motley Monk previously posted here.
The stormy petrels don't even know the facts...and apparently don't care much about them. (HINT: This is what got MacDonald thinking.)
The stormy petrels also claim to be "existentially oppressed" victims. As MacDonald notes, there's even have a hierarchy of victimhood--identified by the number of "intersectionality" boxes they can check off describing their experiences of victimhood--for example, "circumambient bigotry" and "rhetoric that undermines the existence and rights of others." Even a Core Curriculum course taught by a White professor constitutes a proximate threat to health and life.
As victims, physical attacks against oppressors are justified as acts of self-defense, not acts of violence.
Getting the sense that in this world "yes means no," "no means yes," "truth is a lie," and "a lie is the truth"?
Welcome to Wonderland, Alice!
Back to the notion that the stormy petrels don't know and aren't even interested in the facts which got MacDonald thinking: While the stormy petrels claim to be targeting society's endemic sexism (the "rape culture") and racism (the "culture of oppression") that's being perpetrated by White males on the nation's campuses, they're actually unwitting fools who don't even know better. MacDonald observes:
The overriding goal of the educational establishment is to teach young people within the ever-growing list of official victim classifications to view themselves as existentially oppressed. One outcome of that indoctrination is the forceful silencing of contrarian speech.
...the ideology of victimhood would still wreak havoc on American society and civil harmony. The silencing of speech is a massive problem, but it is a symptom of an even more profound distortion of reality.
The Motley Monk agrees in part with MacDonald's conclusion that the stormy petrels aren't suffering from a mental-emotional disorder--the cause of which is bad parenting---but from educational malpractice--bad academic administration and ideologically-driven professors of the political Left. That said, The Motley Monk believes the stormy petrels are victims....of brainwashing on the part of the mainstream media, the world of "entertainment," and ideologically driven professors of the political Left.
Let the discussion begin...
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