18 November 2010

I miss Canada

Something is very wrong with Canadian campuses these days.

Left-wing students and outside agitators get away with shouting down speakers they disagree with, smashing windows to prevent lecturers they don’t want to hear, even chaining themselves to a stage and screaming “racist, racist, racist” at the University of Waterloo to prevent Christie Blatchford from talking about her new book.

Student unions routinely decertify pro-life clubs, and administrators frequently cater to the demands of a handful of vocal socialist anarchists.

But when right-of-centre student groups attempt to protest the censorship they face, or demonstrate against leftist speakers and those they believe are hateful, they are met with threats of lawsuits or expulsion by administrators or student unions.
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FROM THE COMMENTS:
"As Kissinger once said, the reason why university politics are so vicious is because the stakes are so small."


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

well since you keep talking about how We're all swingin' to the right, and change is a'comin!, we won't have to worry about this right? The majority has to be conservative right! (er, left, now I'm confused).

majority rulz neo, you should know this by now. And it just has to piss you off that the overwhelming majority of Canadians, are center, to left. You conservatives here can have your little war dances from time to time, but a liberal is always gonna take over at some point and not let go for over a decade.

oooh it's comin', and it won't be pretty here.

Hugo said...

There's a name for anyone under the age of 25 who identifies themselves as belonging to groups that are "right of center".

SKINHEAD.

(That'll give you something to stick in the comments. I figure you need the help.)

D.I.D. said...

Anyone who tries to silence their political opponents via violence is a coward. Left-wing as well as right-wing.

Neo Conservative said...

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"nonny-mouse screams... SKINHEAD"

funny... it sure wasn't conservative students who were... "smashing windows to prevent lecturers they don’t want to hear".

but hey, peace moonbeam... thx for playing.

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JA Goneaux said...

As Kissinger once said, the reason why university politics are so vicious is because the stakes are so small.

Personally, I like the idea that university students should be hired while they still know everything.

Chris said...

There was once a time when Universities were a place for students to gather, exchange ideas, debate different theories and come away from the experience with a better understanding of the world. I don't know when that was or when it ended but it was well before my time.

When I went, these were 'education insitutions' whose purpose was to supply diplomas in exchange for money. The training (not education) was adequate to meet the standards of many multiple guess exams. There was no time for debate or discussion because students needed to find ways to pay for this traning. And, well, to be frank, no one cared for the education as much as they did for the diploma and the 'grade' received.

Now things seem to be a little different. Not only is there no time for debate - debate, discussion or other points of view are unwanted and unwelcome. University is a place to get the proper indoctrination and diploma in order to meet some general HR criteria for a 'job'.

Neo Conservative said...

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"chris says... the proper indoctrination and diploma in order to meet some general HR criteria for a 'job'."

sad, but unfortunately, too true.

so much for the much-ballyhooed marketplace of ideas.

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