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.
I agree with a lot of what you said. There is definitely an undercurrent of the threat that the thought police will make a list and know who to throw into the reeducation camps later.
But for a lot of our history, college campuses have been the perfect place to trot out your (in my own college life) half-baked ideas about how the world should work. Hearing my fellow students laugh at my cherished notions was the most effective way to get me to reexamine them. And (like most of us I assume) I am a better person for that reexamination and the needed adjustments to my beliefs.
I am not afraid of being proved wrong. I am afraid that some statist thug will try to take my liberty or life because he disagrees with me.