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A new set of norms has emerged on college campuses. Victimhood has obtained a privileged position that is impossible to challenge without incurring significant social costs. This point in our social evolution resembles what social scientists call a "culture of honor," where reputation is everything and must be aggressively guarded.
What the hooligans last Thursday at my lecture in Colorado were objecting to was a very different kind of invasion-a peaceful, voluntary offering of ideas they were unaware of, didn't want to hear, and thought it was their right to prevent others from hearing. Their intent was to intimidate, to harass, to silence, to dominate.
It's routine. An outside lecturer is invited to speak on campus, to give a different perspective than students might be hearing in the classroom. It seems like the way academia is supposed to work. That is until the lecturer gets shouted down, threatened, and driven from campus.