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Universities Should Be Unsafe For Political Correctness

an article by Alan M. Dershowitz hosted by Gatestone Institute

(our site's article review)

Dershowitz Aptly Defends Free Speech Rights

"Students must, of course, be and feel physically safe in their dorms, classrooms, and campuses. That's what university and city police are for: to protect against physical assaults and threats. But no one on a university campus should be or feel safe or protected when it comes to the never-ending war of ideas."

We owe it to ourselves, our Founders, our integrity, our honor, and our Constitution to respect the First Amendment
We owe it to ourselves, our Founders, our integrity, our honor, and our Constitution to respect the First Amendment

And with those words, Dershowitz let us all know what we already knew: we owe it to ourselves, our Founders, our integrity, our honor, and our Constitution to respect the First Amendment and base our civil conduct as well as our universities' regulations and actions on FREE speech, not filtered speech based upon some misguided political correctness fad that has been foolish and misguided from its onset.

As Dershowitz says, no one on a university campus should be or feel safe or protected when it comes to the never-ending war of ideas—it is learning to confront and deal with these ideas that college should be about
As Dershowitz says, no one on a university campus should be or feel safe or protected when it comes to the never-ending war of ideas—it is learning to confront and deal with these ideas that college should be about

Dershowitz Is Calling Out Political Correctness as a Fraud

In a nutshell, then, he is calling out PC as a fraud. It pretends to be about the safety of students but in actuality it is about thought control and mind control by the thought police. It is a dress rehearsal for elites controlling what students think, feel, and say, and by extension what our citizens think, feel, and say since students become society's citizens right after college and campuses' citizens during college. The First Amendment violations this has entailed on campus are never allowed to stand in court cases, but the PC police keep up the rights violations in spite of this, as if they were hoping to wear the lawyers and students down.

Thought control on campus is an obscene dress rehearsal for elites controlling what students think, feel, and say, and seems like the launch phase of actually creating Orwell's 1984 dystopia, especially since in 2019, Big Brother IS watching us
Thought control on campus is an obscene dress rehearsal for elites controlling what students think, feel, and say, and seems like the launch phase of actually creating Orwell's 1984 dystopia, especially since in 2019, Big Brother IS watching us


In 2019, Big Brother IS watching us
In 2019, Big Brother IS watching us


Fly #353242252 reporting: Citizen #312,756,972 doesn't seem to be hiding a thing—my conclusion is that she's clean; but just to be sure I think I'll hang around a bit longer!
Fly #353242252 reporting: Citizen #312,756,972 doesn't seem to be hiding a thing—my conclusion is that she's clean; but just to be sure I think I'll hang around a bit longer!

Thought control on campus is an obscene dress rehearsal for elites controlling what students think, feel, and say, and seems like the launch phase of actually creating Orwell's 1984 dystopia, especially since in 2019, Big Brother IS watching us. Why do they want to control the citizens' thoughts? Because as the neocons and oligarchs in power rob the nonrich more and more, they want the citizens to be like docile sheep who make not a single baaaahhhh of protest. As the sheep get sheared of wealth, the elites want apathy or gratitude, not protest or complaints. See Shadow Elite: How the World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market and Big Brother: The Orwellian Nightmare Come True.

As the sheep get sheared of wealth, the elites want apathy or gratitude, not protest or complaints
As the sheep get sheared of wealth, the elites want apathy or gratitude, not protest or complaints; See Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power.


Too many greedy elite neocons think of us as cash cows to milk, not citizens to respect, so they spend their time coming up with control mechanisms such as filtered speech courtesy of political correctness
Too many greedy elite neocons think of us as cash cows to milk, not citizens to respect, so they spend their time coming up with control mechanisms such as filtered speech courtesy of political correctness


Too many greedy elite neocons think of us as cash cows to milk, not citizens to respect
Too many greedy elite neocons think of us as cash cows to milk, not citizens to respect

American Society Is Producing Mollycoddled Children Afraid of Mere Words

"Far from the bra-burning, devil-may-care attitudes at universities in the Sixties and Seventies, today’s generation of American students increasingly appears to yearn for a campus ruled by dogmatic political correctness, in which faculty members assume the role of parents more than purveyors of academic rigour. . . . American society is producing mollycoddled children . . . If students want a rounded education that best prepares them for the world, these lecturers believe, then they must leave their need for “safe spaces” and “triggers” at the door." (Source: How political correctness rules in America’s student 'safe spaces’, Ruth Sherlock, the Telegraph)

And the ugly result of coddled children is that they're scaredycats—even afraid of words; in psychology this is called a cognitive distortion, but happily, it has a simple cure
And the ugly result of coddled children is that they're scaredycats—even afraid of words; in psychology this is called a cognitive distortion, but happily, it has a simple cure

And the ugly result of coddled children is that they're scaredycats—even afraid of words. In psychology this is called a cognitive distortion. First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt brilliantly show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being and ancient wisdom from many cultures. Embracing these untruths—and the resulting culture of safetyism—interferes with young people’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. It makes it harder for them to become autonomous adults who are able to navigate the bumpy road of life.

In a world where young people are being misled, misinformed, and misguided by political correctness scripture based on entirely erroneous ideas and principles, The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure is a godsend that not only brilliantly diagnoses the problem but also explains its origin as well as its cure. This generation has been set up to fail by bad parenting and poorly designed institutions, and the authors' message is an urgent one if this festering situation is to be reversed. The new protectiveness may be teaching students to think pathologically. See The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.

This generation has been set up to fail by bad parenting and poorly designed institutions, and the authors' message is an urgent one if this festering situation is to be reversed
This generation has been set up to fail by bad parenting and poorly designed institutions, and the authors' message is an urgent one if this festering situation is to be reversed

Universities Must Not Ban Speakers Because Their Ideas Create Discomfort

As Dershowitz says, "So long as there is no realistic, imminent threat to physical safety -- such as an incitement to commit violence against gays, women, blacks, Jews, etc. -- the university must assure the safety of the politically incorrect speaker, student, faculty member, administrator or employee. The answer to bad speech must be good speech; the response to false ideas must be true ideas; the protection against dangerous ideas is effective rebuttal, not censorship. . . . The real world into which students graduate is not always a safe place. Students must be prepared to face the cruel realities of obnoxious views that make them feel uncomfortable and unsafe. Sexism, racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia [abound]. . ."

College students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like, wrongly believing that they are so fragile that hearing the wrong words or concepts will shatter them
College students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like, wrongly believing that they are so fragile that hearing the wrong words or concepts will shatter them

We Need to Train Our Young to Be Citizens in the Real World, Not Just Disneyland

On campuses, many groups and individuals believe in free speech for themselves and their group, but not for others with different ideas and beliefs. So they ban speakers who say things that make them uncomfortable. Dershowitz is right—banning speakers is wrong at every level and from every perspective. If students are only ready for a Disneyland world full of bunnies, hearts, and rainbows, the real world will be too much for them, so they'll fail and run home to their mommies. We need to train our young to be citizens in the real world, not just Disneyland.

We need to train our young to be citizens in the real world, not just Disneyland
We need to train our young to be citizens in the real world, not just Disneyland


On campuses, many groups and individuals believe in free speech for themselves and their group, but not for others with different ideas and beliefs, so they ban speakers who say things that make them uncomfortable
On campuses, many groups and individuals believe in free speech for themselves and their group, but not for others with different ideas and beliefs, so they ban speakers who say things that make them uncomfortable

"Now, some will argue that any restriction of speech is unconstitutional. Accordingly, while what is considered 'hate' speech is often reprehensible and unfair, it is still speech and thus is protected by the First Amendment. Some believe that colleges have crossed the line on restricting free speech on campuses in the name of political correctness. I do not believe in any restrictions on speech on college campuses." (Source: Politically Correct Speech on College Campuses goes too far, Dr. Steven Mintz, Ethics Sage)

Campus free speech is the newest oxymoron to hit the culture
Campus free speech is the newest oxymoron to hit the culture

Alan M. Dershowitz is the author of The Abuse Excuse: And Other Cop-outs, Sob Stories, and Evasions of Responsibility—a wise book trying to halt the insidious spread of the abuse excuse as a method of evasion of responsibility due to being a "victim" of some type. This is the liberal crap actually being fallen for by liberal judges and liberal juries, allowing heinous crimes to go unpunished.

"Dershowitz is a still point in a turning world, a zealot for neutral civil liberties so dedicated to his principles that he’s willing to defend even people whose politics could undermine or destroy them. To Dershowitz’s detractors, this is precisely the problem. They say Dershowitz has failed to recognize that we’re in a new moment, when for the first time in our lives a president is flirting with authoritarianism in a way that, if unchecked, could bring down the very system that Dershowitz has spent his life defending." (Source: What Happened to Alan Dershowitz?, Evan Mandery, Politico)