Campus political correctness: Data paints a different picture - Vox


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Many American pundits seem to firmly believe that the country stands at a precipice in which young, left-wing college students and recent graduates are the leading edge of a rising tide of illiberalism that comes in the form of “political correctness” and poses a clear and present danger to free speech and rational discourse. Eric Boehm writing in Reason , similarly but even more bombastically, refers to a climate of “cultural decay” and “authoritarian political correctness” that is leading us toward the sort of dystopia depicted in Ray Bradbury’s science fiction classic Fahrenheit 451 . Since the 1970s, theGeneral Social Surveyhas posed a question about whether five hypothetical speakers should be allowed to give a speech in your community — a communist, a homosexual, an opponent of all religion, a racist, and a person who favors replacing the elected government with a military coup. This likely reflects both college graduates’ generally higher openness to experience and probably also their greater ideological sophistication, which leaves them more likely to focus on the free speech aspect of the question rather than simply register disapproval of a bad speaker. The fact that there does not appear to be any such trend — and that public desire to stymie free expression is concentrated in the working class and targeted primarily at Muslims — ought to prompt a reevaluation of the significance of on-campus dustups and perhaps greater attention to the specific contexts in which t
11 weeks ago by sechilds
Campus protests are real, but don’t reflect broad trends Photo by David McNew/Getty Images Many American pundits seem to firmly believe that the country stands…
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12 weeks ago by leeomara
-- There is a difference between espousing idealistic commitments to norms (here freedom of speech) and actually actively promoting and participating in the preservation of such norms. I think public opinion reflects the virtue signaling tendencies of the run of the mill liberal and is very different from the latter kind which requires that individuals contribute to public goods necessary for norm and institution maintenance.

There is a difference between signaling a belief in such values and actually sitting in student body meetings, faculty senate and bureaucratic board rooms and fighting hard for it and taking a stand against the *shouting class*.
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march 2018 by rvenkat
Campus protests are real, but don’t reflect broad trends Photo by David McNew/Getty Images Many American pundits seem to firmly believe that the country stands…
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march 2018 by timwburch
There is no rising tide of political correctness. Free speech is fine. Quit playing along with this dumb game.
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march 2018 by fkbarrett
Campus protests are real, but don’t reflect broad trends Photo by David McNew/Getty Images Many American pundits seem to firmly believe that the country stands…
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march 2018 by scottsin
Campus protests are real, but don’t reflect broad trends Photo by David McNew/Getty Images Many American pundits seem to firmly believe that the country stands…
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march 2018 by kohlmannj