We live in the Age of Stupid.
We may be seeing the beginnings of a full-blown campus revolution. Not a revolution based on actual oppression, but a revolution stemming from perceived oppression and a desire to attain victimhood status.
The seeds of the revolution sprouted in full force this week, with protests at Yale and the University of Missouri. At Mizzou, students began protesting alleged incidents of racism. In addition to whatever true allegations there might be, false ones have contributed to the mass hysteria, as when Mizzou’s student president was forced to retract a Facebook post informing students that the Ku Klux Klan was on campus.
College students today, upon learning about systemic oppression of the past, are looking for a way to create their own movement, to belong to something bigger than themselves so that they can look back someday and say they were a part of something. The problem for them is, the sexual and racial discrimination of the ’50s and ’60s no longer exists, so they have to invent or exaggerate claims in order to make it seem as if problems are widespread.
Student protesters at the University of Missouri asked white supporters to leave Wednesday night in order to create a “black only healing space.”
Steve Schmidt, an activist who was at the protest, tweeted that Concerned Student 1950 group were “asking white allies to leave.”
We live in a weary age of fable.
The latest Hollywood mythology is entitled “Truth.” But the film is actually a fictionalized story about how CBS News super-anchor Dan Rather and his “60 Minutes” producer supposedly were railroaded by corporate and right-wing interests into resigning.
In reality, an internal investigation by CBS found that Rather and his “60 Minutes” team — just weeks before the 2004 election — had failed to properly vet documents of dubious authenticity asserting that a young George W. Bush had shirked his duty as a Texas Air National Guard pilot.
The fabulist movie comes on the heels of the Benghazi investigations. An email introduced last month at a House Benghazi committee hearing indicated that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — just hours after the attacks on the consulate that left four Americans dead — knew almost immediately that an “al Qaeda-like group” had carried out the killings.
Clinton informed everyone from her own daughter to the Egyptian prime minister that the killings were the work of hard-core terrorists. Yet officially, she knowingly peddled the falsehood that a video maker had caused spontaneous demonstrations that went bad.
Apparently, the truth about Benghazi clashed with the 2012 Barack Obama re-election narrative about the routing of al-Qaeda. For days, Clinton, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and the president himself likewise sold the fantasy of video-driven killings.
In another example of fantasy reinvented as reality, a Texas teen, Ahmed Mohamed, brought a strange contraption with dangling wires to class. He was promptly detained, understandably so in a touchy post-9/11 climate.
Subsequent fact-finding does not seem to dispel these untruths. Instead, what could or should have happened must have happened, given that the noble ends of social justice are thought to justify the means deemed necessary to achieve them.
The “60 Minutes” memos about Bush’s Air National Guard service were never authenticated. Everyone now rejects the myth that the Benghazi attack was a result of a video. Investigators proved that Michael Brown was not executed by Officer Wilson. Ahmed was neither a young prodigy nor a victim of bias.
But the legends are created and persist because they further progressive agendas — and the thousands of prestigious and lucrative careers invested in them.
“Noble lies” alter our very language through made-up words and euphemisms. In our world of fable, there can be no such people as “illegal aliens” who broke federal laws by entering the United States. “Workplace violence” is how the Obama administration described the Fort Hood shootings, rather than calling it terrorism. American servicemen who shoot and die in Iraq are not supposed to be called “combat soldiers.”
The enlightened ends of seeking racial and religious tolerance, equality of opportunity and political accountability are never advanced by the illiberal means of lying. What makes this 2016 election so unpredictable are fed-up voters — in other words, Americans who finally are becoming tired of being lied to.
There is a lot of cray-cray shit going on. Rape hoaxes and hysterias, racial hoaxes and hysterias, global warming hoaxes and hysterias, the list oges on and on.
But fear not, because I bring you tidings of hope.
The common thread in these stories is ascendant Leftism. It is no accident that many of them originated on college campuses. There is no area of modern society where Leftists have more power than higher education where they exercise hegemonic control.
On one hand you have a faculty and administration made up of some of the most radical Leftists in the world. These are people that will tell you that China and the USSR were not truly socialist. When you are to the left of Stalin and Chairman Mao, you are way out there on the left wing tip.
On the other hand you have college students who are young, idealistic, impressionable, sheltered, and stupid. This current generation of young people is the Special Snowflake Generation. Most of today’s college students at our top universities have been both sheltered and privileged since birth. They are putty in the hands of the faculty.
Our colleges and universities are protected enclaves where outsiders rarely enter. Unless you have a child attending there you probably don’t know much about what goes on at a school. Athletics doesn’t count, far more people could name the head football coach at Alabama than the top administrator.
As long as things stay in-house the administration and faculty can basically do as they please. But when a story begins to attract outside attention everything changes. Take these recent rape hoaxes for example.
Here is a typical pattern:
Boy meets girl. Boy screws girl. Weeks or months later, girl says she was raped. No police report is made. Boy gets screwed by college. Story attracts outside attention in courts and/or media. Boy gets unscrewed.
If the guy with the video camera had not been there the other day then no one outside of Mizzou would know who Melissa Quick is. The photographer would anonymous too. Nobody on campus saw any problem with what Quick was doing.
But when the video went viral the off-campus reaction was overwhelmingly negative. People were shocked at Quick’s behavior.
That’s why we should have hope for the future.
The whole country hasn’t gone mad, just some parts of it.