"I wholly disapprove of what you say, and will defend to the death your right to say it." -Voltaire Our glorious First Amendment, bedrock of the US Constitution, heart of the Bill of Rights, guardian of our democracy, continues to be compromised by forces who share a philosophy inconsistent with our Founders' vision of a free and open society.
Concepts of equality have long formed the keystones of Western philosophies. Revolutions have been fought in the name of equality, our courts are built around the idea that we are all equal before the law, and activists have spent the last century working to break down the systemic inequalities affecting our societies.
I see the look in my best friend's eyes when I talk to her about free markets. She looks at me like she doesn't know me. As if the friend that she has laughed and cried with, that she trusts, has been invaded by an inhuman body-snatcher.
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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.