We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
His op-ed is partly right, partly wrong. His naivety about human nature, especially late-adolescent/young adult nature, is where he gets things wrong. Opinion writers tend to be naive about the college youth, and take them far too seriously. Perhaps they identify with them. College administrators are even worse castrati.
For a subgroup of kids that age who are in fancy schools and usually lack jobs, creating mayhem, especially when cloaked in some imitation of higher virtue (but is also fun when it is not cloaked in anything as in mayhem in Fort Lauderdale or Nassau), it's an attempt to unleash their warrior, reckless natures without fear of being shot by an enemy. It is a sort of play warfare, really. Paintball.
In almost all of human history, it would have been real clubs or arrows or spears or bullets at their age. No safe spaces for anybody.
Can I earn distinction among my peers by shutting down Charles Murray? Seems rather pathetic to me but these are bubble-wrapped kids with the Teenage Diseases. Some of their profs, for sure, never recovered from their own by avoiding the Big World Outside the bubble.
In elite schools, this play war is mostly for kids who didn't make the sports teams. In non-elite schools there is little of this foolishness because there is a diploma to be earned and they have side jobs or their parents are stretched to pay for them to have a positive experience to graduate with a supply of useful skills and enough socio-cultural tools to maybe handle a managerial role and a mortgage at some point.
Were I a college president (which I would not mind being), I would have any disruptors expelled and/or arrested (which is just one of many reasons I am not a college president).
Who was it who said recently that what America needs is a Good War? With a co-ed, or, should I say, pangender draft. There must be people worth suppressing more than a refined, gentle, scholarly grandpa like Murray. Where is the heroism in war against Grandpa?
I would love it if you were my college's president. I know you have no experience with the job. I promise that would be a mark in your favor, though. The last 3 presidents we have had were professionals. And each of them were disasters in the role. Abject. Failures.
No leadership from them at all. Simply fiat from on high with no basis in reality and thus no buy-in from the faculty. And the sad part is that my little college actually has a faculty that is generally very grounded in the reality of teaching our students when compared to places like Middlebury College, that are probably lost already. All we want here is leaders who will help us teach our students instead of needlessly interfering.
So when the job comes open (as it does every 2-3 years), please apply. I will work from my end to get on the hiring committee.
"an attempt to unleash their warrior, reckless natures without fear of being shot by an enemy."
these twerps wouldn't be the ones throwing gasoline cocktail bombs at Russian tanks (Czecho, Hungary) or German tanks (France, Poland) or sniping Jap soldiers (Philippines) but they call themselves "The Resistance" because they'll bravely yell at anyone.
Vic Morrow's tommy gun
Today the colleges are just a continuation of day care. Chronologically the students may be young adults but psychologically they are little children. A serious failure of development.
Agreed. The children of helicopter parents have often been forced into trying to get into a good university above all other types of human achievement. They have few skills outside of those needed to pad their college applications and get high grades and test scores. These parents would rather have a kid who is miserable at Stanford than a thriving student at the University of Kentucky.
Emotional cripples without any resilience, these helicopter children can tell on some deep level that they have been screwed over by their parents who care more about prestige than their children's ability to live as well-rounded, resilient human beings. And they are angry about it, very angry - as we can all see.