“I call it Protester Derangement Syndrome, or PDS for short.”
Esteban Elizondo is a senior at Yale who believes his fellow students are consumed by their embrace of political protests.
He writes at the New York Post:
Entitled Yale students are sick with ‘protester derangement syndrome’
Sit-ins, hunger strikes and angry mobs: These are all things I became accustomed to in my late teens and early 20s. No, I haven’t been living in a country experiencing severe political unrest. I am living in New Haven, Conn., and attending Yale University as an undergrad.
While this may sound bizarre to you, behavior typical of a severely oppressed society has taken hold among students who are part of the Ivory Tower. I call it Protester Derangement Syndrome, or PDS for short.
Yale students enjoy luxuries akin to European aristocracy. Students live in resort-style housing that includes lavish feasts, massage parlors and recreational spaces that boast everything from a printing press to a pottery studio. However, Yale students afflicted with PDS display derangement symptoms similar to an oppressed religious cult. They refuse to interact with the world around them. They have demanded the buildings be renamed. They support the desecration of art. They sanitize history by demanding professors exclude certain authors from syllabi.
The Yale administration believes they can treat PDS through concessions and pacification. Unfortunately, their prescription has been ineffective. The disease has even spread to graduate students, who in 2017 held a “hunger strike” as part of their attempt to unionize.
For some background, graduate students receive a full-tuition scholarship, funding for their research, full health coverage and a minimum $31,800 “stipend” that goes up by year. That still was not enough. They decided their working conditions were so unbearable and their employer so hostile their only choice was to go on hunger strike. Except they ate anyway when they were hungry.
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