Women

A 'Fractious' Feminist Decries the Ruthless 'Thought Police' Stifling Free Speech on Campus

3/31/17
by Camille Paglia,
from TIME Magazine,
3/23/17:

History moves in cycles. The plague of political correctness and assaults on free speech that erupted in the 1980s and were beaten back in the 1990s have returned with a vengeance. In the U.S., the universities as well as the mainstream media are currently patrolled by well-meaning but ruthless thought police, as dogmatic in their views as agents of the Spanish Inquisition. We are plunged once again into an ethical chaos where intolerance masquerades as tolerance and where individual liberty is crushed by the tyranny of the group.

The free speech movement, ..., erupted at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964, the year I entered college. It was a cardinal moment for my generation. The antiestablishment stance of the Free Speech Movement represented the authentic populist revolution of the 1960s, which resisted encroachments of authority by a repressive elite. The freedom to hate must be as protected as the freedom to love. It is only when hate crosses over into action that the law may properly intervene. How is it possible that today's academic left has supported rather than protested campus speech codes as well as the grotesque surveillance and over-regulation of student life? American colleges have abandoned their educational mission and become government colonies, ruled by officious bureaucrats enforcing federal dictates. This despotic imperialism has no place in a modern democracy. An enlightened feminism, animated by a courageous code of personal responsibility, can only be built upon a wary alliance of strong women and strong men.

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