From Protesting Vietnam to Demanding "Safe Spaces" – What Happened To America's College Kids?

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

I grew up hearing stories of protest. About those years, a decade or so before I was born, during which America’s youth rebelled against the prevailing establishment, and forever changed the nation’s course in some meaningful ways.

Of course, many of you will accurately state that not much about the imperial state has actually changed since those days of protest, and that in fact, the out of control abuse of power both abroad and at home has gotten far worse in the subsequent decades. I will concede this point, but want to add a caveat. Certain things really did change, particularly with regard to racial discrimination in these United States. Not to say things are perfect, but to discount the significant gains achieved in this regard would be unfair.

Nevertheless, as far as the “shadow government” is concerned, not much has changed. Other than the fact that the status quo learned important lessons from those years of rebellion, and was forced to operate even more secretly than it did before. As an example, the military-industrial complex learned that it couldn’t have genuine journalists running around war zones after images taken in Vietnam shocked the nation and helped turn popular sentiment against it. As such, reporters in war zones these days are nothing more than propagandists and imperial shills. Indeed, increasingly effective propaganda and a captured corporate media has probably been the single most important tool used by the shadow government to maintain and consolidate control over all these years. In a nutshell, people have been dumbed down, as well as mentally and emotionally castrated, to the point of being almost unable to rebel against anything of real importance.

Which brings me to the point of this post. The reason I brought up the civil disobedience and activism of the 1960’s, is because it did at least represent a true conflict with that generation’s status quo, and it did in fact attempt to tackle some of the pressing issues of power, justice and freedom that existed at the time. This is in stark contrast to what passes as “activism” on college campuses today, which essentially amounts to “pro-censorship” students vigilantly defending an entirely invented and unconstitutional right to “not be offended.” Whereas the 60’s movements, for all their failings, were at least ostensibly about freedom (of the mind and body), today’s college movements are strikingly focused on shackling the mind, and turning campuses in unintellectual, zombie-filled wastelands.

Of course, while someone like myself might be tempted to just laugh off such infantile and pathetic “activism,” it is in fact one of the most dangerous trends facing modern American society. You’d think that a culture in which the most vibrant source of college protest centered around the defense of a non-existent right to not be offended, would be one where all other issues of national importance had been successfully addressed.

You’d never know there was an ongoing surveillance state panopticon systematically spying on everyone and trampling their constitutional rights. You’d never know that the U.S. government has special forces in 135 countries as it launches new wars almost every other week. You’d never know that the Federal Reserve, Washington D.C. and Wall Street had colluded to redirect all wealth into the hands of a few oligarchs via a centrally planned, criminally corrupt economic and financial system. You’d never know any of this, because America’s youth are focused on creating safe spaces for their precious feelings.

So this begs the question. Does intent matter? For all its failings, at least the 60’s protesters actually attempted to confront real issues, and sometimes even paid the highest price for doing so. Today’s college youth are not only not confronting any of the pressing issues of the day, but they aren’t risking anything at all, because they are the establishment.

For example, in almost all cases where coddled, thin-skinned students claim their feelings are hurt, school administrators bend over backwards to appease them, legality notwithstanding (see: Speechless – UCLA Engages in Absurd, Anti-Intellectual and Dangerous Attack on Campus Free Speech). In fact, if anyone is being discriminated against, it’s those rare and courageous professors who publicly stand up to this unconstitutional nonsense. Which brings me to today’s post about an ongoing incident at Yale.

As the always excellent Lenore Skenazy explains in her post: Mob of Yale Students Scream Profanities about Halloween Costume Insensitivity:

Halloween message signed by 13 college administrators asked Yale students to be sensitive about the costumes they chose, so as not to demean, alienate or “impact” any groups or individuals.

 

But when the associate Master (faculty head) of one of the dorms on campus, early childhood educator Erika Christakis, wrote her own note to students suggesting that maybe we don’t want the authorities deciding what costume is or is not sensitive enough, you’d think she’d endorsed genocide.

 

Students, hundreds of them, insisted they  longer felt “safe.” They protested. They screamed. They demanded her ouster,  even though in her letter, Christakis bent over backwards to say that she knows that the costume guidelines came from “a spirit of avoiding hurt and offense.” What’s more:

 

I laud those goals, in theory, as most of us do. But in practice, I wonder if we should reflect…on the consequences of an institutional (which is to say: bureaucratic and administrative) exercise of implied control over college students.

…As a former preschool teacher…it is hard for me to give credence to a claim that there is something objectionably “appropriative” about a blonde-haired child’s wanting to be Mulan for a day….

 

Even if we could agree on how to avoid offense – and I’ll note that no one around campus seems overly concerned about the offense taken by religiously conservative folks to skin-revealing costumes– I wonder, and I am not trying to be provocative: Is there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious… a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?

Well said, but here’s what happened next…

Over 700 angry Yalies (my alma mater) signed a petition saying that Christakis’ “offensive” letter “trivializes the harm done by these tropes” (stereotypes) and “invalidated” those hurt.

 

As the days passed, the outrage mounted, a until a mob surrounded Christakis’ husband, the sociologist/doctor/professor Nicholas. He is seen in this video being screamed at by a student swearing at him and insisting he and his wife step down, because their job is not to create an intellectual space, but a “safe space” for students.

Watch the video:

 

Did you hear that? She claimed, in a completely unhinged rant, college “is not about creating an intellectual space.”

I have a two week year old infant at home, and I’ve yet to see him throw a temper tantrum anywhere in the ballpark of that student’s performance. Which confirms my belief, that my new role as father is the most important job I’ve ever taken on in my life, and one I take very seriously.

As such I want to leave you with the following question:

With students being coddled in a fantasy world of “safe spaces” and fear of “micro-aggressions,” can we really expect them to grow up to be adults capable of confronting real issues of money, power and imperial aggression?

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Escrava Isaura's picture

 

 

Ohh Boy. Didn’t we have this conversation last night?

 

NoDecaf's picture

I detect some micro-aggression in your comment and whoever down voted you needs a time out.

 

edit - hey Tylers, now they're down voting me!! I need a safe area....help!

Philo Beddoe's picture

Your sexist avatar is causing me to have impure thoughts. 

Escrava Isaura's picture

 

 

Accordingly to San Harris impure thoughts do not undermine morality. Your actions do.

 

Philo Beddoe's picture

Where were you 5 mintues ago? 

Escrava Isaura's picture

 

 

Cooking Penne pasta.

 

lostintheflood's picture

we need the draft to fix this...

Billy the Poet's picture

The Feds force schools to let boys who think they are girls use the girls' locker room. I wonder if the Feds excuse boys who think they are girls from signing up with Selective Service?

Philo Beddoe's picture

The Feds force schools to let boys who think they are girls use the girls' locker room.

If true, I can envision a lot of young boys claiming to have this "disabilty."

James_Cole's picture

Of course, while someone like myself might be tempted to just laugh off such infantile and pathetic “activism,” it is in fact one of the most dangerous trends facing modern American society.

I don't know about it being among the most dangerous trends facing modern America, but it is the most irritating.

This girl should do what she threatens to do: leave Yale. If these kids are so upset about being offended they should do something constructive and start their own institutions. See how easy it is to keep all your like minded comrades happy.

Only reason anyone gives a shit is because they are at Yale and the whole halloween pc clusterfuck has turned into a horrible embarrassment to the school.

Billy the Poet's picture

 

 

If true, I can envision a lot of young boys claiming to have this "disabilty."

 

 

 

U.S.: Illinois transgender student must get full locker room access

 

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/03/us/illinois-school-district-transgender-ru...

Philo Beddoe's picture

No shit. The smart boys will be out buying wigs later this week. 

Billy the Poet's picture

That would actually make a great protest. All the boys use the girls' room and all the girls use the boys' room. Project Mayhem!

Philo Beddoe's picture

So, the really smart boys will just wait in the boys room and do nothing and wait for the girls to arrive. 

Billy the Poet's picture

The really smart boys and girls will request home schooling.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

If there is a draft in the future, will there be a tranny exception?  Also, would you get some tits to avoid a war?  Estrogen injections?  Chop your dick off?

Billy the Poet's picture

Also, would you get some tits to avoid a war?  Estrogen injections?  Chop your dick off?

 

The Feds require none of this in order to gain access to the girls room. Boys who think that they are girls are welcome, penis and all.

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Chris Dakota (not verified) Billy the Poet Nov 8, 2015 11:36 PM

the girl is mentally ill, just like that kook who is carrying around a matress.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) Chris Dakota Nov 9, 2015 7:36 AM

THIS ARTICLE IS CHOCK FULL OF MICROAGRESSIONS LIKE ZOMBIE-SHAMING!!!

SWRichmond's picture

Petulant

adjective 1. moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, especially over some trifling annoyance

 

There is nothing new under the sun.  We already know what happens to people whose whims are overindulged.

techpriest's picture

Also, don't forget the non-sexual third genders being rolled out at universities: Start telling people your pronoun is "xhe" and you get out of the draft free!

BTW, dollars to donuts the government will simply make the draft universal if this catches on.

Sparkey's picture

She is learning to rule, to rule create guilt in the subject and then use it against them, a lot of 'people' lost their lives building the railroads, this generation and the next, and probably the next as well, will have to pay for that, it is the only way to assuage the pain and redress the greivences of the ancestors, no slight must ever be forgotten as it might be useful in the future!

El Vaquero's picture

 

With students being coddled in a fantasy world of “safe spaces” and fear of “micro-aggressions,” can we really expect them to grow up to be adults capable of confronting real issues of money, power and imperial aggression?

When shit finally pops, the whiny little bitches will have zero say in what the other side looks like.  Not all millennials are like that.  In fact, I'd be willing to bet that most wish these motherfuckers would just shut the fuck up.  It's funny, because I talked with my niece who is in college about this this afternoon.  I mentioned joining tumbler to troll the fuck out of these fuckers, and she thought it was a great idea. 

techpriest's picture

YES! YES!!!!

I am one of the Millenials you are talking about. I am sick to death of these PC morons. In my case, my main way to "hit back" now is to start giving away a lot of my ideas. Computer code and natural cosmetics/chemical products in my case (think soap); I'm sure there's tons of knowledge among members here.

Some of my old colleagues form grad school ask why I'm not trying to patent it all and form a big company. The reason is because I don't want to see my ideas end up being bought up by Wall Street, with the PC morons worming their way into any HR department. Instead, I dream of a thousand new small businesses, where free men are more able to "drop out" and unplug from the Matrix.

fallout11's picture

I actually have hope for many of the younger people, who like you seem get it and have started taking action, even individually. Local news from today, for example:
http://www.macon.com/news/local/article44070723.html

 

A Nanny Moose's picture

All Cannon Fodder is equally dead in the eyes of The State.

Killdo's picture

I've seen this in London night clubs- mens toilets full of chicks

Baby Bladeface's picture
Baby Bladeface (not verified) James_Cole Nov 8, 2015 9:46 PM

That broad be do trippining.

This controvery and not only gay as hell but still retarded.

Escrava Isaura's picture

 

 

I hate to bring this up but that tantrum says more about the young lady.

 

Pay attention to her concern: …. feels like Yale was no longer a “safe space” for her.

 

Wonder if a white young lady there would feel the same way.

 

Classism and racism are endemic, and dangerous to any class system. Yale is getting a taste of it.

 

Billy the Poet's picture

So called classism and racism are ideas designed to keep the little guy down by telling him that he could never possibly succeed without the help of the elites who really, really care about him.

Killdo's picture

that's why kleptocrats prefer charity to collabration - it reinforces the dependence

A Nanny Moose's picture

Class = Favoritism = Civil War.

WOAR's picture

Where's the "safe space" for the teacher? He's being verbally harangued in public by someone who is clearly unhinged and angry. If I were in his position, I would fear being struck by the irate woman if I said something to upset her.

In fact, that's the question that needs to be asked. "Hey, where's my safe space?"

gswifty's picture

Like you said yesterday, if we all ignore it can't it just go away? This loud mouthed 'activism' seems to have escalated since Bernie Sanders allowed those idiots to take over his mike. I don't imagine the Donald will allow that.

Refuse-Resist's picture

If she was taking care of babies and making sandwiches, supporting a hard working providing husband, she'd be a lot happier.

Feminsm is a lie.  Telling young women to go to college and focus on a career rather than  a more natural and satisfying life of being a good mother to the next generation.

Corporate jobs suck. They are not the end all be all. For men or women.

But by convincing large numbesr of otherwise quality young women to forego children and marriage is turning them into a bunch of bitter post wall cat ladies on anti-depressants, frantically trying to use fertility treatments to have a kid (nevermind facts that show that womens' fertility is highest between 18-25, or facts that show kids had later in life are more likely to be fucked up, iether mentally or physically.

Who invented feminsm? Qui bono from turning promising future mothers into washed up, 1000 cock stare, childless, bitter cat ladies?

Qui Bono?

Some semitic banksters and semitic intellectuals hell bent on the white genocide, that's who.

If you can't see it, they you're either one of them, or you're no better than the zombies on Walking Dead.

gswifty's picture

I don't entirely appreciate you talking about my ex-wife like that. Otherwise, feminism is the big lie.

TRM's picture

Wish I'd thought of that when I was a teen ... Oh wait the school wouldn't have put up with that nonsense back then and laughed me off the planet.

Killdo's picture

and in Yugoslavia we used to grab girls boobs i(when we were about 12) and nobody made any fuss about it

A Nanny Moose's picture

In the USSA, you would be required to register as a Sex Offender, and exiled from going within 1000ft of schools. Not a bad gig if you want to home school your rugrats.

Killdo's picture

I know my nephew told me that's how it is in Canada too. 

I am still friends with those girls whose boobs I used to grab back in late 70s

NoPension's picture

The movie " Porky's" would not be made, today.

Most of the hi- jinx and fun are felonies now.

The rest are so politically incorrect, you would think the world is ending.

P/S, I almost got thrown out of the theatre for laughing so hard.
Tallywacker, sketch artist, Kim Cantrell wailing.

Killdo's picture

the more confused and the more irrationally competitive  - the better for the kleptocrats 

A Nanny Moose's picture

no no no...They will just require gurlz to sign up too. Moar enslavement

 

....bytchez!!!

Realname's picture

Send her to one of those 'immigrant camps' in Europe and let her scream in some mans face. Id venture a bet that her attitude would be changed...for the last two minutes of her life.

Philo Beddoe's picture

Maybe Yale can get one of those roid monster resource officer-cops. 

Stuck on Zero's picture

She was admitted because more qualified white and Asian students were passed over.  Has she considered their feelings?

 

techpriest's picture

Those kids are in my coding class, getting marketable skills while skipping the debt. We should all start doing this, screw the universities!

WOD's picture

Penne pasta! That's offensive to name pasta, it makes other pasta varieties that have more difficult names to pronounce feel bad, and confused about their orientation. the humanity! The humanity! Shoot me now please.

Hulk's picture

Where my mind goes, my naughty bit is soon to follow !!!