Wednesday, March 02, 2016

It's About Time Someone Has Noticed

Philosopher/political theorist Hannah Arendt once said, “The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.”  The left was the proponent of the college Free Speech movement in the 1960s, and now that the left runs our universities they try to shut down free speech there, often under the guise of speech codes.  One congressman has finally noticed:
Critics of rising campus illiberalism have a new champion in Congress: Peter Roskam, the Illinois Republican who is chairman of the oversight subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee.

On Wednesday, Roskam stepped into the raging controversy over free speech on college campuses, warning in a subcommittee hearing that colleges are increasingly "shutting down the marketplace of ideas" by instituting free speech codes and requiring reporting of "micro-aggressions" — subtle or unintended slights toward minority groups that reinforce stereotypes.

Such free-speech infringements, Roskam said, could risk colleges' nonprofit status, making them a matter of concern for the tax-writing committee...

Even President Obama has weighed in on the controversy over campus illiberalism, saying last year that limiting politically incorrect speech is a "recipe for dogmatism."


Anonymous said...

Apparently a day is defined as 50 years. Two + generations in the human timescale.

Pseudotsuga said...

It's nice they noticed, but apparently they only noticed when the far-left started eating the left, who then complained.