The Rise of the Stepford Students

Brendan O'Neill, Spectator, November 21, 2014

Have you met the Stepford students? They’re everywhere. On campuses across the land. Sitting stony-eyed in lecture halls or surreptitiously policing beer-fuelled banter in the uni bar. They look like students, dress like students, smell like students. But their student brains have been replaced by brains bereft of critical faculties and programmed to conform. To the untrained eye, they seem like your average book-devouring, ideas-discussing, H&M-adorned youth, but anyone who’s spent more than five minutes in their company will know that these students are far more interested in shutting debate down than opening it up.

I was attacked by a swarm of Stepford students this week. On Tuesday, I was supposed to take part in a debate about abortion at Christ Church, Oxford. I was invited by the Oxford Students for Life to put the pro-choice argument against the journalist Timothy Stanley, who is pro-life. But apparently it is forbidden for men to talk about abortion. A mob of furious feministic Oxford students, all robotically uttering the same stuff about feeling offended, set up a Facebook page littered with expletives and demands for the debate to be called off. They said it was outrageous that two human beings ‘who do not have uteruses’ should get to hold forth on abortion–identity politics at its most basely biological–and claimed the debate would threaten the ‘mental safety’ of Oxford students. Three hundred promised to turn up to the debate with ‘instruments’–heaven knows what–that would allow them to disrupt proceedings.

Incredibly, Christ Church capitulated, the college’s censors living up to the modern meaning of their name by announcing that they would refuse to host the debate on the basis that it now raised ‘security and welfare issues’. So at one of the highest seats of learning on Earth, the democratic principle of free and open debate, of allowing differing opinions to slog it out in full view of discerning citizens, has been violated, and students have been rebranded as fragile creatures, overgrown children who need to be guarded against any idea that might prick their souls or challenge their prejudices. One of the censorious students actually boasted about her role in shutting down the debate, wearing her intolerance like a badge of honour in an Independent article in which she argued that, ‘The idea that in a free society absolutely everything should be open to debate has a detrimental effect on marginalised groups.’

This isn’t the first time I’ve encountered the Stepford students. Last month, at Britain’s other famously prestigious university, Cambridge, I was circled by Stepfords after taking part in a debate on faith schools. It wasn’t my defence of parents’ rights to send their children to religious schools they wanted to harangue me for–much as they loathed that liberal position–it was my suggestion, made in this magazine and elsewhere, that ‘lad culture’ doesn’t turn men into rapists. Their mechanical minds seemed incapable of computing that someone would say such a thing.

Their eyes glazed with moral certainty, they explained to me at length that culture warps minds and shapes behaviour and that is why it is right for students to strive to keep such wicked, misogynistic stuff as the Sun newspaper and sexist pop music off campus. ‘We have the right to feel comfortable,’ they all said, like a mantra. One–a bloke–said that the compulsory sexual consent classes recently introduced for freshers at Cambridge, to teach what is and what isn’t rape, were a great idea because they might weed out ‘pre-rapists’: men who haven’t raped anyone but might. The others nodded. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Pre-rapists! Had any of them read Philip K. Dick’s dystopian novella about a wicked world that hunts down and punishes pre-criminals, I asked? None had.

When I told them that at the fag-end of the last millennium I had spent my student days arguing against the very ideas they were now spouting–against the claim that gangsta rap turned black men into murderers or that Tarantino flicks made teens go wild and criminal–not so much as a flicker of reflection crossed their faces. ‘Back then, the people who were making those censorious, misanthropic arguments about culture determining behaviour weren’t youngsters like you,’ I said. ‘They were older, more conservative people, with blue rinses.’ A moment’s silence. Then one of the Stepfords piped up. ‘Maybe those people were right,’ he said. My mind filled with a vision of Mary Whitehouse cackling to herself in some corner of the cosmos.

If your go-to image of a student is someone who’s free-spirited and open-minded, who loves having a pop at orthodoxies, then you urgently need to update your mind’s picture bank. Students are now pretty much the opposite of that. It’s hard to think of any other section of society that has undergone as epic a transformation as students have. From freewheelin’ to ban-happy, from askers of awkward questions to suppressors of offensive speech, in the space of a generation. My showdown with the debate-banning Stepfords at Oxford and the pre-crime promoters at Cambridge echoed other recent run-ins I’ve had with the intolerant students of the 21st century. I’ve been jeered at by students at the University of Cork for criticising gay marriage; cornered and branded a ‘denier’ by students at University College London for suggesting industrial development in Africa should take precedence over combating climate change; lambasted by students at Cambridge (again) for saying it’s bad to boycott Israeli goods. In each case, it wasn’t the fact the students disagreed with me that I found alarming–disagreement is great!–it was that they were so plainly shocked that I could have uttered such things, that I had failed to conform to what they assume to be right, that I had sought to contaminate their campuses and their fragile grey matter with offensive ideas.

Where once students might have allowed their eyes and ears to be bombarded by everything from risqué political propaganda to raunchy rock, now they insulate themselves from anything that might dent their self-esteem and, crime of crimes, make them feel ‘uncomfortable’. Student groups insist that online articles should have ‘trigger warnings’ in case their subject matter might cause offence.

The ‘no platform’ policy of various student unions is forever being expanded to keep off campus pretty much anyone whose views don’t chime perfectly with the prevailing groupthink. Where once it was only far-right rabble-rousers who were no-platformed, now everyone from Zionists to feminists who hold the wrong opinions on transgender issues to ‘rape deniers’ (anyone who questions the idea that modern Britain is in the grip of a ‘rape culture’) has found themselves shunned from the uni-sphere. My Oxford experience suggests pro-life societies could be next. In September the students’ union at Dundee banned the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children from the freshers’ fair on the basis that its campaign material is ‘highly offensive’.

Barely a week goes by without reports of something ‘offensive’ being banned by students. Robin Thicke’s rude pop ditty ‘Blurred Lines’ has been banned in more than 20 universities. Student officials at Balliol College, Oxford, justified their ban as a means of ‘prioritising the wellbeing of our students’. Apparently a three-minute pop song can harm students’ health. More than 30 student unions have banned the Sun, on the basis that Page Three could turn all those pre-rapists into actual rapists. Radical feminist students once burned their bras–now they insist that models put bras on. The union at UCL banned the Nietzsche Society on the grounds that its existence threatened ‘the safety of the UCL student body’.

Stepford concerns are over-amplified on social media. No sooner is a contentious subject raised than a university ‘campaign’ group appears on Facebook, or a hashtag on Twitter, demanding that the debate is shut down. Technology means that it has never been easier to whip up a false sense of mass outrage–and target that synthetic anger at those in charge. The authorities on the receiving end feel so besieged that they succumb to the demands and threats.

Heaven help any student who doesn’t bow before the Stepford mentality. The students’ union at Edinburgh recently passed a motion to ‘End lad banter’ on campus. Laddish students are being forced to recant their bantering ways. Last month, the rugby club at the London School of Economics was disbanded for a year after its members handed out leaflets advising rugby lads to avoid ‘mingers’ (ugly girls) and ‘homosexual debauchery’. Under pressure from LSE bigwigs, the club publicly recanted its ‘inexcusably offensive’ behaviour and declared that its members have ‘a lot to learn about the pernicious effects of banter’. They’re being made to take part in equality and diversity training. At British unis in 2014, you don’t just get education–you also get re-education, Soviet style.

The censoriousness has reached its nadir in the rise of the ‘safe space’ policy. Loads of student unions have colonised vast swaths of their campuses and declared them ‘safe spaces’–that is, places where no student should ever be made to feel threatened, unwelcome or belittled, whether by banter, bad thinking or ‘Blurred Lines’. Safety from physical assault is one thing–but safety from words, ideas, Zionists, lads, pop music, Nietzsche? We seem to have nurtured a new generation that believes its self-esteem is more important than everyone else’s liberty.

This is what those censorious Cambridgers meant when they kept saying they have the ‘right to be comfortable’. They weren’t talking about the freedom to lay down on a chaise longue–they meant the right never to be challenged by disturbing ideas or mind-battered by offensiveness. At precisely the time they should be leaping brain-first into the rough and tumble of grown-up, testy discussion, students are cushioning themselves from anything that has the whiff of controversy. We’re witnessing the victory of political correctness by stealth. As the annoying ‘PC gone mad!’ brigade banged on and on about extreme instances of PC–schools banning ‘Baa Baa, Black Sheep’, etc.–nobody seems to have noticed that the key tenets of PC, from the desire to destroy offensive lingo to the urge to re-educate apparently corrupted minds, have been swallowed whole by a new generation. This is a disaster, for it means our universities are becoming breeding grounds of dogmatism. As John Stuart Mill said, if we don’t allow our opinion to be ‘fully, frequently, and fearlessly discussed’, then that opinion will be ‘held as a dead dogma, not a living truth’.

One day, these Stepford students, with their lust to ban, their war on offensive lingo, and their terrifying talk of pre-crime, will be running the country. And then it won’t only be those of us who occasionally have cause to visit a campus who have to suffer their dead dogmas.

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  • Alexandra1973

    It’s like a game of King of the Mountain, the way I see it.

    40-50 years ago, I believe, liberals saw conservatives on the mountain and told them there’s room for both. Conservatives (those with common sense) got knocked off the mountain and there’s no way liberals are going to let them climb back up.

    An analogy I came up with while driving somewhere a few days ago….

    • Steven Barr

      Most people who call themselves “Conservative” are nothing of the kind. Genuine Conservatives are a dying breed.

      • WR_the_realist

        Ask a typical Republican “conservative” what he wants to conserve and he’s likely to give you a blank, uncomprehending stare.

    • Anna Tree

      Yesterday people fought to have the right to disagree with a mainstream
      position (rightly) but in the way the principle was
      misunderstood/forgotten and today people forbid the right of others to
      disagree with that position that has become mainstream meanwhile. It’s
      the principle of freedom of speech and thought, even if not mainstream,
      that has to be respected!!! Not the mainstream position of the moment
      hold of course as the truth!!! (isn’t is always the case? lol) Such a
      pity!
      Franklin D. Roosevelt said “The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.”

      • WR_the_realist

        The left wanted free speech when they were the opposition. Now that they are fully ensconced in the centers of power they oppose free speech from their opposition.

  • superlloyd

    Brain washed, moronic clones that have never experienced the real world. Maybe they never will as there are mushrooming PC enforcement roles for these type of sanctimonious, libtard dupes.

    • Georgia Boy

      Infantilizing the workplace is next. They required thousands of counselors and diversity trainers at college to do the things college students were always expected to do for themselves as adults … Go to class, do your homework, play nice with the other students, don’t get STDs, stay away from too much alcohol or drugs. Now, students who hate hoax will become workers who hate hoax. They’ll require people to tell them what’s professional decorum while they whine about how they’re being stifled.

    • Realist

      Seventy-five percent of the current college students should not be there. Most of those that are not studing STEM subjects will spend the rest of their lives in their parents basement.

  • D.B. Cooper

    So what? If you are that freaking weak, then you deserve to be indoctrinated.
    Looking back, I would’ve been better off marrying a Stepford wife, or at least converted my ex into one like they did at the end of that crappy movie.

    • Georgia Boy

      “Weak” is exactly right. You know that fifty pounds overweight, kool-aid haired, tattooed hipster sitting around starbucks with her 600 calorie triple mochachino, watching episodes of Top Chef on her laptop in between making Tumbler posts about thin privilege? That’s who thinks they’re a revolutionary freedom fighter in America these days. (You can stop laughing now.) pansies.

      • I believe you are being generous with only “50 pounds overweight”, when we might as well use kilograms and the same number. Thin privilege has saved me a fortune on clothing and keeps me comfortable (?) in airliner seats, except when the passenger in front used to recline their seat, upon which in short order I discovered the glories of escape-row aisles.

        It costs considerably less to look like I do, especially in the long term. The folks so concerned about “saving the world” will doubtless later want Oogaboogacare to provide them “free” quadruple bypass operations once they are my age, even though the natural corollary to their “Health care is a human right” is “Staying fit and healthy is a human duty”.

        The only foreign substances I ever want in my coffee are whisky or vodka. Not quite the look of some “revolutionary vanguard”, but also not shabby for a 48 year-old:

        • Tarczan

          Jeez I thought you looked like your avatar.

          • Doomispixulated

            I look exactly like my avatar…well not really, that was after my Hawaiian vacation, and I was a little tanned.

            You should not have posted that Michael, now I will picture your real person instead of that awesome avatar of yours (just kidding, you look great). Peace.

          • If it helps any, I picked my avatar because of another, quite different, and very dark time in my life, almost a decade before I was locked up. Federal prison was easy after that.

            We visit my mother in Boulder, which is a leftist university town full of the usual leftist students described in the article, pretending to be “great revolutionaries”, and see there the same Commissar-wannabe’s all the time. The years go by, and they all look the same to me. I have never seen one of them smile. I would like to paraphrase author Richard Bach and tell them that the mark of their ignorance is their belief in injustice and tragedy, “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.” (Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah” ISBN 0440-20488-7).

            Those critters want to feel important; their political self-indulgence on ostentatious display. I wouldn’t be much surprised if there was some “one-upsmanship” in silliness going on among them. They were weird enough when I was an undergrad, over 25 years ago, when they were describing my major in chemistry as “materialist science”, saying that “all heterosexual sex is rape”, and that “eating meat is an expression of racism”. One of my first patents was for an integrated barium-strontium titatante capacitor that was used in the (early) mobile phones they can still never seem to put down. We did that work for Matsushita, and Motorola licensed the technology. Since we don’t have “sail foams”, I must wonder who the real materialists are now.

            I hope each and every one of them lives long enough to someday realize how much time they have wasted making themselves as unhappy as they now think we should be.

          • Doomispixulated

            Very interesting share Mr. Scott. I really think you have something there. I’m in my 50’s and have worked in the electronics/computer industry my entire adult life and don’t own a “sail foam”, and am completely happy most of the time with my nose in a book. Thanks for that.

          • LexiconD1

            I worked selling and merchandising computer/computer components, and accessories for a number of years (I’m in a totally different occupation now.) I still have a flip phone (I didn’t even know it had the text feature until last year), as does my son. I LOVE my computer, but I only purchased ‘my’ own computer about five years ago. Before that I had a monochrome computer that still used the old floppy discs for years. As much as I love my computer, I did not think having one handy everywhere I go, was a good idea. Have you ever noticed how many people are so busy with their phones, they are missing out on life, head down, fingers at the ready? It’s disgusting.

            It’s funny, I knew the technology, sold a ton of it to rich, older, white males, but didn’t care to own it myself. Even at the discount my company gave.

          • I read this year about a fellow who took his family on a very nice vacation and spent so much time recording it, he didn’t have much memory of the places they visited. Eventually his kids will have all grown up and moved away, and then he’ll have some movies to watch, and that’s all. We once saw a rockslide on the canyon wall opposite us when I was little: hundreds of thousands of tons all at once. We got the heck very far from our edge, pronto. No time for pictures, but I will never forget the sight. Snorkeling off Napili Point, Maui, I ran into a moray eel, green and about six feet long. We just looked at each other. No point to a camera there, either. I allowed myself to slowly rise to the surface, so as not to alarm it (they have a nasty bite), blew out my snorkel, dove again in a different direction and went around another submerged rock to see what else I could see. The pipefish at the next spot were very curious about me.

            The manta rays off Indian Rocks Beach in Florida were also fun to watch when they would broach and crash. My sister and our cousin and I would wade out to the second sandbar when I was 10, just to get a better view. Our grandfather had told us to shuffle our feet when wading so as to avoid stingrays. We found a great many fossilized shark teeth there.

            The motel room at Anchor Court had a kitchenette, so it was a good place to stay. Mom and her sister slept in one bed, and us kids got the other.

            It’s 38 years later; nobody needed to produce video footage of it for me.

          • LexiconD1

            Exactly. Exactly.

            I first noticed the phenomenon of idiots walking like zombies, missing out on life when my son and I were at Knotts Berry Farm years ago. My son and I looked at each other, as people were so busy with their phones, they were running into us. Over and over again we had to shove the zombies out of the way, so they wouldn’t do us bodily harm. I’m not even close to exaggerating. It was then I told my son not to expect an Iphone (now smartphones) from me. I paid for us to experience life, not film it. Same with vacations. We take a limited amount of phones.

            The younger generation is getting so gypped. It’s sad…

          • Michael North

            Thanks for the upvote to my remark about the shouting down of Enoch Powell. I am sending this to see if it gets past the AR moderator. I used the expression BS (spelt in full) in another post and it was edited. A comment on that failed to appear. I suspect that AR isn’t the open forum for discussion of awkward ideas that it purports to be. If I started abusing Jews that would probably be fine.

          • Anna Tree

            Michael North’s post has been removed. This was my response:
            Well Amren mods moderate the comments. It’s hard work, they try their best.
            I would prefer less moderation if not at all though:
            I prefer a post refuting a position than silencing that position.
            But you are wrong about abusing Jews. This is the most moderated.

          • Usually Much Calmer

            Skills atrophy, too. Map reading, short term recall, basic social skills with strangers all slip through your fingers when you rely on the smart phone for everything.

          • WR_the_realist

            materialist science – real science, in other words.

        • Tarczan

          Jeez I thought you looked like your avatar.

        • dd121

          Michael, my buddy!

        • dd121

          Michael, my buddy!

        • dd121

          Michael, my buddy!

        • dd121

          Michael, my buddy!

        • dd121

          Michael, my buddy!

        • anony

          Lose the tie.

        • D.B. Cooper

          I actually look a little like ol’ D.B. himself!

          • David Ashton

            The blind leading the blind.

        • The Worlds Scapegoat

          You actually survived prison looking like that?

          I expected beer gut, goatee, and tattoos.

          .

          • Michael Robert Ryan

            Federal Prison is not nearly as bad as most state-level joints. There’s a reason they call it “Club Fed.”

          • It was the kindness in my heart and my sense of humor that won folks over. To the extent that I was ever an orc, I recovered to some degree. I have my mother and my college friends to thank for that, as well as a Japanese lady who never gave up on me.

        • PvtCharlieSlate

          When I was in college and introduced myself to another student, a lot of times (especially with females) the response would be “you LOOK like a chemistry major.”
          You do, too.

          • Usually Much Calmer

            At least no one had to tell you that “you SMELL like a computer science major.”

        • Tarczan

          I look nothing like my avatar.

          • me

            HA! I look like mine….my father, Mr. Yield, was very suspicious….

        • Don’t turn sideways, MCS, or you’ll disappear.

          I’m not going to insult AR with a selfie. But I’ll paint you a mental image: An overweight Ben Affleck with brown-auburn hair but white-gray above the ears mostly and spotty white-gray everywhere else. A skosh under six feet even and 245 pounds. Stress and the hyperthyroidism treatment regimen will do that to you.

        • Usually Much Calmer

          Thank you for posting your picture, Michael.

          I have no doubt it will enbolden many here to do more mundane ‘risky’ things that are quite necessary.

          Also: you are the cutest man I have ever known to have peed his pants as an adult!

        • me

          Why did I assume you’d look like a Hell’s Angels member? LOL! You’re quite the dapper chap.

        • antiquesunlight

          I always wonder what my AmRen friends look like. Here’s me. Minus the Proust picture mistake.

          • me

            Handsome fellow.

    • Whitesneedtobebrave

      I saw Stepford wives and I felt the movie made fun of feminism or rather made America think that white men wanted their wives to be subservient.

  • We should be worried about drones.

    Not so much the flying robots that drop bombs over Waziristan.

    But the ones that are 18-22 years old and the weaponized drones of all their professors.

    • Alexandra1973

      Resistance is futile…

      Or is it?

      • anony

        Resistance is mandatory.

    • me

      Are you kidding?! These ‘useful idiots’ couldn’t find their own buttocks with both hands, much less lead the New World Order that they want. I can see them flinching girlishly if one were to fake a punch at them. They’re scared of ‘micro-aggressions’ and demand ‘trigger warnings’ on things, fer cryin’ out loud. Hahahaha!

  • David Ashton

    It is an utter disgrace, but it goes back a long way. I remember an attempt to prevent Harold Macmillan from speaking at the Union. I have just had an argument with my old college about a meeting to celebrate Malcolm X in Oxford. I am not against the meeting but my reason for non-attendance caused some surprise. My very first meeting many years ago in the Junior Common Room was dominated by a facially unforgettable character holding forth to a knot of undergraduates about apartheid – this was John Harris, responsible a few years later for a bomb in Johannesburg railway station that killed an old white lady and injured a score of other innocents. In my reply I referred to crime in South Africa and the USA. Yet it was easier in those days, and people were more intelligent, principled, widely read and gifted with curiosity.

  • Steve_in_Vermont

    If I had one observation to make about to many young people (such as we’re discussing) it would be their attitude about “respect”. It seems they have this idea that respect is something automatically bestowed on everyone, especially themselves, at birth. Heaven forbid they feel “disrespected”. My generation believed in an apparently old fashion concept, that you “earned” respect and if you did nothing to earn it you didn’t get it. And simply attending college wasn’t enough, it was what you did with that education. So the next time someone says to you “I demand respect” simply tell them to come back when they’ve earned it. In the meantime I’m more concerned my coffees getting cold then I am about your “lack of respect” (or their opinion on any other subject).

  • TruthBeTold

    Incredibly, Christ Church capitulated

    As I started reading, I wondered how quickly the powers that be would cave in to pressure.

    The answer, the first sentence of paragraph 3.

    These people will not be stopped until out those in charge show courage.

    • anony

      The really scary part is that those same “zombies” will be running things in twenty years.

      • No, they’ll still be living in their mothers’ basements and serving lattes at Starbucks.

        I’ll still be fishing.

        • Usually Much Calmer

          Folks are getting Alzheimer’s earlier now. It is not as epidemic as the arrested development of the millenials, but still.

          I see 7 years of famine ahead when it comes to functional grownups that make a society run. So keep fishing, friend.

        • anony

          Doubtful.

        • David Ashton

          The Zombie string-pullers have tenure, promote only their own, and dictate the ideology not only of “academe” but much of the “media”. Enjoy hiking the fish out of the rivers, but others of us feel obliged to hike the rats out of the runnels.

      • Anna Tree

        I think they won’t: either sadly the “men” will be killed in the non-white country they have helped created and the women raped and making bi-racial babies or they will be the whites in the outskirt of our borders hoping to get in. They will have to defend themselves and indirectly defend the white countries behind them (not that white countries would need their protection).

        —-

        Personally maybe because I am a woman and/or I have too much altruism in me, I would let them in after they prove they understand and regret their “useful idiot” past. I can’t help but wanting to save as many whites as possible (also to have the stronger gene pool as possible) but I do know at the same time, that maybe this is all pruning the white tree and it is needed. Bottom line, I will let those in charge/protecting the white countries decide.

        • anony

          You’re getting way ahead of yourself. Create a White country first.

          • me

            Create a White movement, first….

          • LHathaway

            A white nation in north america may be an inevitability. Kicking out whites, after, is a very strong likely-hood no matter what we say or do here.

        • me

          Sometimes the gene pool needs a little chlorine…..
          Beware of ‘misplaced altruism’.

    • David Ashton

      The “revolting students” rise again – this time, not against South Vietnam or South Africa, but “cisgendered religious extremists” who wish by rational argument to save helpless, harmless, innocent female and male human beings, i.e. sentient and viable yet unborn babies, from violent extermination at whim. “Free speech” is so “offensive” to those determined to kill babies.

  • The transformation of students into mind-controlled zombies was not organic. It was engineered by cultural Marxist administrators who came up in the 60s, people like Bill and Hlllary Clinton, Bill Ayers, etc. The idea is to be totally intolerant of any opinions that don’t follow the party line. Thus, we have this new, de facto Constitutional right to not be offended.

    At my university, several of my male colleagues had their careers ruined because a feminist didn’t like the way they looked at her on the elevator. The crime is called “elevator eyes.” You don’t even need to speak. Just your body language can be a “microagression” punishable by the academic death penalty.

    It’s a sick system. We have to fight not only anti-racists, but also our own women who have adopted the feminist mindset.

    • evilsandmich

      May as well go all in for the elevator grope if you’re going to get fired 🙁

      • David Ashton

        These lesbian harpies are not usually very tempting.

    • David Ashton

      Agree. Fight for freedom and reality!

  • OyVey00

    I pretty much disagree with this author about everything, but what he says about those students is right. They’re nuts.

  • Tarczan

    “As John Stuart Mill said, if we don’t allow our opinion to be ‘fully, frequently, and fearlessly discussed’, then that opinion will be ‘held as a dead dogma, not a living truth’.”

    That’s true for us, right guys?

    • MikeofAges

      Tarczan, you’ve hit upon one of the great problems of the age, what I call “The Crisis of the Golden Rule”. When you want someone to come to you and tell you provide you with dead dogma to believe in, then, when you go to others and try to impose the same on them, you are doing unto to others what you want them to do unto you.

      Internationally, it gets even worse. The Islamist terrorists want us to come to their house to try to kill them so that they will have a chance to kill us. And they want to come to our house and do unto us as they want us to do unto them. Either way, death is good. Our deaths are good. And their own deaths are good too, because their own deaths make them Holy Martyrs. Yeah, do unto others as you would want them to do unto you..

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  • MekongDelta69

    This is simply the end result of 50 years of indoctrination and brainwashing by the left. Mr. O’Neill is simply one recipient of said programming.

    Oh btw, Mr. O’Neill said the following: “When I told them that at the fag-end of the last millennium…”

    I am deeply ‘offended’ and I demand… oh, I don’t know… something.

  • LHathaway

    “The censoriousness has reached its nadir in the rise of the ‘safe space’ policy”

    There’s nothing wrong with being allocated a ‘safe space’. The problem is white men are not seen in need of a safe space. The campus has been declared a safe space for the purpose of protecting everyone else from white men. The entire Campus may as well be declared a safe space – not just the women’s studies centers or other culture centers or the student union. Indeed, the campus may as well exist for the purpose of protecting the students from stereotyping and insult and educating them them about white men and their evil actions. If you are considered a human being by them, if you’ve been treated like a human being by them, it’s important you be given a safe space.

    All of these ‘tolerance’ initiatives are potentially race neutral. It’s not that they exist, it’s that they exist for everyone else but whites and normally at the expense of (evil) whites.

    Like Enoch Powell, Mary Whitehouse was right also.

    The UK needs to be declared a safe space for whites. There is an affirmative action, a reverse of justice policy, I could get behind.

    • David Ashton

      “No tolerance for the ‘right'” – Marcuse.
      “Who controls the present controls the past – and the future” – Orwell (mostly).
      “The aim is to abolish nations, monarchies or ordered governments, parenthood and families, property inheritance, and Christianity” – Nesta Webster (paraphrased, nearly a century ago).

      • anony

        She was prescient and something of an odd duck, but worth reading.

        • David Ashton

          Old Nesta got a lot right as the pioneer “driven” doyenne of conspiracy theory, but also jumped to conclusions. The distinguished leftist historian Alan Taylor described her book on the French Revolution as excellent; it was certainly well-researched for someone who thought she was the reincarnation of an aristocratic victim. Like Antony Sutton, Margaret Murray, and Laurence Waddell, she started well, but pushed some of her ideas obsessively too far. For the record, her secretary Gittens told me quite definitely that she did NOT believe the Protocols of the Elders of Zion was genuine.

          • anony

            Precisely. Respecting the protocols, I know no one who believes they are genuine. The best that can be said of them is that the writer was quite the political thinker.

          • David Ashton

            A clever concoction, but not clever enough. Webster’s comments in “Secret Societies and Subversive Movements” are worth a look, and generally ignored in the truly immense literature, critical or credulous, on the subject. The supposedly standard critique by the late Norman Cohn (an excellent individual researcher in other respects) has been superseded by (1) revival of the Matvei Golovinski stories, (2) the textual analyses by Cesare De Michelis and Michael Hagemeister, (3) Kerry Bolton’s interesting defense of “events prove them true”. The “prophetic” bits in my view refer to Franco-Russian politics and financial crises towards the end of the 19th century, which had in fact involved Jewish masons like Adolphe Cremieux. Many Arabs take it seriously, even though it is not, strictly speaking, “Zionist”.

  • MekongDelta69

    This is simply the end result of 50 years of indoctrination and brainwashing by the left. Mr. O’Neill is simply one recipient of said programming.

    Oh btw, Mr. O’Neill said the following: “When I told them that at the fag-end of the last millennium…”

    I am deeply ‘offended’ and I demand… oh, I don’t know… something.

    • Pat

      ‘fag’ in Britain is only a slang term for cigarette, it does not have the meaning that it has in the US.

      • me

        In the UK, you can marry a fag, but you can’t smoke one….

  • guest

    “University students think they have a right not to be offended.”

    This is more proof that the only rights these self-absorbed libtards care about are their own. They think they’re the ones who deserve the right to not be offended while it’s okay for them to offend everyone else. These are the kinds of people who don’t care to make anything good of themselves. Instead, they become useless parasites who do nothing good for society and only make their living through their meaningless protesting while making their homes in their parents’ basements.

    • me

      Yes, but their parents will have to die someday….then what? The lil’ darlins will actually have to join the rest of the world in a place called ‘reality’. They better hope that they hadn’t messed up the world too terribly much by then….

  • Robert Binion

    One hopes that down in the hollows of their foggy minds a dram of illegal hooch is yet being distilled. But not so as their mental mash pots are more sere than church pews on Wednesday evening. I tweak them with bombast for man does not live by PC pap alone. “I would rather have one fair, white woman now than seventy-two Semitic virgins in the Hereafter.” Call it the Palin effect. Nothing entrances, bedazzles, discombobulates the leftist cranium like that dame. Little Miss Sarah ambles to the mailbox in her bunnies and they slobbuh like hounds. The hangdog, Stepford rabble could write stuff like this, too. If they were really alive.

  • I made this same point a week or so ago on this website on a story about overly sensitive kiddies in the US: there is something wrong with Millennials. The linked headline is priceless:

    “I helped shut down an abortion debate between two men because my uterus isn’t up for their discussion. The idea that in a free society absolutely everything should be open to debate has a detrimental effect on marginalised groups.”

  • 1gravity

    The idea that individuals have a “right” not to be offended, or made to feel uncomfortable, is the end run around the First Amendment. You see that in Canada all the time, or in the current move in Whitefish to ban Richard Spencer’s National Policy Institute. That you can walk away from someone who offends you, or stop reading the offensive literature, is not enough. It is the Marketplace of Ideas, the principle that the remedy for bad speech is more speech, that must go.

    • I have a “right” to not be offended. I exercise this right refraining from watching television. I also ridicule them in person. This puts the shoe on the other foot.

  • kjh64

    “They said it was outrageous that two human beings ‘who do not have uteruses’ ”

    Well, to be honest, the protesters were right here. I mean if it’s something medical and physical dealing with one person’s body, it’s THAT person’s business, not anyone else’s. These women are doing the same thing men would do if the situation was reversed. Suppose women were debating about men’s bodies, Men would be furious and say the say thing, stating that women do not have the right to tell men what to do with their bodies and they wouldn’t. However, what I don’t believe is threatening or disrupting debates or not allowing free speech, even if I don’t agree. Protests should be peaceful and not disruptive.

    • IstvanIN

      Actually men do have a vested interest in abortion. A woman giving birth is the only way new human beings, both male and female, come into the world. That is just a biological fact. All people have a vested interest in the next generation. So to say men shouldn’t be allowed to voice an opinion is absurd.

      And women have discussed and told men what to do with their bodies. It is a woman nurse who started the anti-circumcision movement because of the horrors she saw being committed against male infants. And should woman not make their husbands, sons and fathers seek medical treatment when they are reluctant to do so?

      We should work together, male and female, to do what is best for our people. Not to be corny but we are stronger working together than separately.

      • I suppose I would also extend the principle to drugs, particularly hard and addictive ones.

        In the theory put forward by the ‘stepford students’ and KJH64, I suspect we would have no right to discuss something medical and dealing with one person’s body like that as it is ‘their business’ and not anyone else’s.

        Well, I think those of us who would rather not have a society stuffed full of junkies have a right to speak out. We do not need to be a “reformed” drug user or a victim of drugs to do that, to qualify.

        It is a matter of civilisation that we all share, and in the case of abortion, lives are at stake. It takes two to partake in that particular tango, so I can’t see why men should be excluded from having their opinions given.

      • MBlanc46

        And it is some man’s offspring.

    • me

      Socialists hate babies and children, unless the socialist is a pedophile.

    • David Ashton

      Babies are both female and male. Other “feminists” oppose “gendercide”. “Feminism” is full of contradictions, about-turns and nonsense. That’s women for you!

  • evilsandmich

    They explained to me at length that culture warps minds and shapes behavior

    Well they got something right at least.
    This reminds me of when I saw Michelle Malkin speak at (ugh) Oberlin. She’s an OK speaker, but not an intellectual, so it was pretty disappointing in a way that she was able to run rings around the supposed lefty intellectuals in the audience. It’s like the whole college system is a plant by Conservatives to make liberals look stupid.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Thank you for the chuckle.

    • me

      Shhhhh…..

  • Young people rebelled in the Twenties, took a Depression-War break in the Thirties-Forties, rebelled in the 50s and rebelled big-time in the Sixties. Just our luck that today, when Western civilization is going down for the count, college students compete with each other when it comes to conforming zombie-like to the Multicultural Marxist Establishment.

    Regardless of one’s position on abortion, this is all of a piece, and a similar scenario would play out if anyone dared to hold a campus debate on immigration, race and IQ, staggering rates of Black-on-White violent crime, etc, etc.

    • David Ashton

      Or the accumulating biological evidence on gender, the desirability of loving companionship between men and women, and the reproduction of healthy offspring.

  • De Doc

    These kids in elite institutions of education have reached the stage of effete and degenerate. Any culture based on the values of these wimps is soon to be violently overtaken and exterminated.

  • Usually Much Calmer

    21 is the new 12.

    1) We are maturing later.

    2.) Pop culture sucks and will turn your brain into mush if you don’t know any better.

    • Whitesneedtobebrave

      Well said. Especially negroids music that the jews and the diversity lovers make us listen to.

  • WR_the_realist

    Incredibly, Christ Church capitulated…

    No, it would be incredible if Christ Church allowed the debate to go forth despite the fulminations of the feminists. Nothing the slightest bit surprising happened.

  • It is about time that this kind of thing was taken on, and it appears it has taken a liberal to bring it to the public attention via the Spectator.

    Yet rather than get depressed and see it as another nail in the coffin, I think it is a great opportunity to turn the tables on these people and the political elite that has delivered these people to us.

    I can’t remember where I was reading it now, but the concept is that these people are the new puritans. They are the very people they accuse others of being – narrow minded, hysterical, wanting to close down and ban things they disagree with.

    Like many ‘comedians’ here in Britain, they are a kind of smug, self gratifying set of conformist drones that attack in packs at the slightest dent. They are on constant alert for ANYTHING they can find to feel righteous about themselves and show the group that they are holier than thou….

    They are tired. They are old-hat. They are incapable of serious argument. They are the army of the state, not the rebels they claim to be. We have to use this to bring them down, ridicule them, show up their double-standards, shame them, shock them out of their smug zones.

    • me
      • OS-Q

        That “You Didn’t Build That” speech is revealing, he got where was only through endless amounts of protection and support so he has to assume that is the case for everyone else..

  • Why do black men rape? Because of rap or is rap an expression of their rape culture? Or are they just born that way?

    • anony

      Why? Because they can with impunity.

      • Correct answer.

        • LHathaway

          They potentially face jail time if caught. They likely won’t feel shame about it. If they felt shame, they would be more violent than they already are.

    • me

      Black Privilege.

    • me

      Why do Negro men cry during sex?
      It’s the mace….

  • Rusty Shackelford

    Hive mind is certainly a feature of the current college environment.
    I work with a number of recent college grads (I’m mid 30’s). One redeeming thing is that once they get away from the campus, the “know it all”-ism seems to diminish quite a bit. Now, my sample could be skewed because most of the grads we hire are pretty mature for their age and they are paid well enough that they can live on their own if they choose to (like in an apartment with a roommate, not with mom and dad) straight of out school. I think once they get out into the real world and are given things to occupy them, they don’t have the time to obsess over political correctness. The ones who still do are usually working some non-profit or gubbymint job. Sadly, they usually end up with titles like “Senator”, “Congressman”, and “President” at some point.

  • IstvanIN

    They are not aware of the horrors of the French Revolution, Bolshevik Revolution, Maoist China, or Pol Pot’s Cambodia. They would be quite surprised to be compared to North Korea’s Kim family, which is their modern day equivalent.

  • William

    You know how you fight this? Say things in front of these students that make them uncomfortable. Get them out of their comfort zone. Don’t let them intimidate you. Tell them what you think about race and culture, and if they don’t like it, tell them to bugger off to another table. I get a kick out of telling professors and students what I really think, especially those that study post-colonial history, which is full of self-absorbed liberals. I love telling them how there really was no apartheid in Rhodesia and I love telling them about the Muslim rape gangs that rove Europe. And I especially love telling them how the reds took control of Rhodesia and South Africa and absolutely wrecked the two countries. Oh, and make sure you tell the feminists that if they dress like whores they can expect to be treated like whores.

    • David Ashton

      They can be easily defeated in argument and ridiculed in public – IF one is allowed to do so.

  • guest

    Restructuring university life could be done by a large scholarship program offering cost free
    university education to those 30+ who test out as especially promising but who missed the
    age usual opportunity. If at least half the enrollment could be over 30, a lot of persisting
    adolescent outcroppings would tend to wither quickly.

  • MBlanc46

    As bad as it is here in the US, this seems an order of magnitude worse. Of course, there might be a lot happening on university campuses of which I’m unaware.

  • me

    Hahahaha! Tens of thousands of dollars, wasted! Hahahahaha!

  • LexiconD1

    That’s the fault of the parents. They were more concerned with their kids popularity, and fitting in at all costs, than rasing a good, and fully thinking person. I first saw it fully, I saw snippets of it beforehand, when the teachers began to teach ‘tolerance’ in my sons third grade class. Up till then my son never saw the ‘color’ of a person first, they were just people. When they began to try and make him feel bad for being born privileged (ie white) is when I stepped in to teach him that he is uniquely his OWN person, not just a ‘color, or a ‘male’, but himself. Not to worry what ANYONE else thinks of him.

    I’d have to say, at 17, junior in high school, college bound, just receiving his brown belt in both Karate and Jujistu where he’s earned the title ‘Sampai,’ he’s pretty well self assured. He doesn’t care to ‘fit in.’ He wasn’t taught to.

    It’s first and foremost, the PARENTS fault. Period.

  • AnalogMan

    ‘Maybe those people were right,’ he said.

    Of course they were right. Where do you think those Stepford students came from? Do you think they were born that way?

  • M&S

    Women, unlike men, have a common distribution curve for almost all their population, within about 10 points. Combine this with an average IQ that is 4 points less than that of the 100 white mean and I believe you have the source of the ‘Stepford Connection’.
    It is empathy at a deep level. But that empathy comes at a price which is the detachment that says: “Oh no, you’re wrong and I can prove it!” It is when you have that couple of people who are clearly on a different level (and good professors can enable this through selective project assignments within the group) that you suddenly find yourself challenged by the reality that someone just topped you by /knowing more/ in a way that expanded the definition of -being right-.
    Note the reference to the book vs. ‘Social Media’. This is a female thing. It is a leveling of risk as potential through shared knowledge. But it is also the devaluation of that knowledge /as understanding/ which comes from having found a book you like and reading about the realworld concepts it includes as fiction, prose or poetry.
    Anyone can provide a ‘facts of case’ presentation of what a concept includes or defines as a blanket symbol (1960s Cultural Revolution) but if they have no relative understanding that that Cultural Revolutions have occurred before and since and thus include more than Blacks, Civil Rights, Bra Burning, Kennedy and Vietnam, they have no way of further determining whether all Cultural Revolutions (Mao, Lenin, Pol Pot) are good ones as the preconditional awareness that: “Hey, this crap they have me selling as a package deal, it doesn’t mean anything to me and is even counter productive to my lifestyle!”
    And that is where you see the beginning of the Cognitive Dissonance in place. Because if you’re a bubble kid, raised in isolation of the truth as experiential weighted beliefs (empirically attuned instincts) you go with whatever advances your cause. _And when it no longer does advance your cause_ (battle won, freedom lost, no one to reeducate, no college jobs for a disintegrated white society) that ‘safe space’ as package deal really wasn’t so safe, was it?
    We are seeing third generation effects from Flower Children rebels without a cause demanding power because they had none and living on the edge of truth that was life after college in the 70s and 80s, giving their kids a bubble life that saved them from admitting how wrong they were because they didn’t want to be in their parent’s position of denigrated and disenfranchised old folks. Those kids in turn raising 90s-oughts brats who have ZERO connection to a racial hegemony as shared belief system and so giving their loyalty to ANYONE who will ground their identity in a set of values. However false, flat or provably fatuous.
    In this, we are NOT looking at the mirror-mirroring of generations ‘refusing to become the one before’. Instead we are seeing the developmental continuance of an ever more eccentric declination of moral objectivity in the face of subjective beliefs.
    And whenever I think of eccentric, inverted, reality denying agendas of dystopism and cultural sabotage, only one group comes to mind as the powers behind the purging of reason.

  • Michael North

    Nothing new. In 1968, Enoch Powell was prevented from speaking at some English university (I forget which) by rioting students.

    • anony

      And as I stated above, those same “students” are now manipulating the levers of power in that formerly Great Britain.

  • Michael North

    I realised forty years ago that the growth of university “education” was creating an academic proletariat. There are not the traditional labouring jobs to occupy people, so universities were built (and bullshit subjects invented) to keep them occupied. That solution no longer works, as the proles really believe they are an intellectual aristocracy and not just on “make-work” projects. The devil makes work for idle minds.

  • Northern American-Nationalist

    Howe-Strauss Generational Theory well explains this youth culture shift.

    The Millenials, who make-up collegiate culture, are the latest incarnate of the “hero” generation. The last one being the G.I. Generation. That may help one understand their conformist, sanitizing mentality within the contemporary cultural climate.

  • lyovmyshkin

    This is good start, but he really needs to cast a wider net, start by replacing “Zionists” with “White ethno-nationalists” and see where your career goes.

  • Michael North

    I have no solution.