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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Camille Paglia perfectly diagnoses the lunacy of campus “safe spaces”

"Suppression of free speech on campuses "encourages, endorses, and celebrates the suppression of ideas," says Paglia"

Camille Paglia perfectly diagnoses the lunacy of campus "safe spaces"

Salon  "Last month, Salon columnist Camille Paglia gave a talk for Drexel University’s “Smart Set Forum: Free Speech on the College Campus,” a modified transcript of which has recently been made available by The Smart Set.
"Paglia attributed the rise of current-day free speech issues on college campuses to decades of passiveness on the part of faculty, who “failed from the start to acknowledge the seriousness of political correctness as an academic issue,” and “permitted a swollen campus bureaucracy, empowered by intrusive federal regulation, to usurp the faculty’s historic responsibility and prerogative to shape the educational mission.”
“ 'The end result,” she said, “is a violation of the free speech rights of students as well as faculty.”
"Noting the historical rise of free speech activism in the U.S. in the 20th century, Paglia arrived at the fundamental question underlying the suppression of free speech on modern college campuses:
“ 'How then, we must ask, has campus Leftism in the U.S. been so transformed that it now encourages, endorses, and celebrates the suppression of ideas, including those that question its own current agenda and orthodoxy?' ” . . .

 

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