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Survey Finds Many College Students Hold Totalitarian Views on Speech

Survey Finds Many College Students Hold Totalitarian Views on Speech

“This is stunning and scary. It is like the old Communist Party loyalty oaths.”

Sadly, this is not surprising. The supposedly tolerant left is anything but that.

The Washington Examiner reports:

College students are petty tyrants on a frightening scale, study shows

It’s awful that huge majorities of college students are totalitarian enough to support corporal punishment for unwanted speech. It’s almost as bad that similar majorities think favored speech should be compelled.

Even more worrisome, the speech they wish to compel is actually pernicious.

This column reported yesterday on the eighth annual national survey of college undergraduates conducted for the William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale, released Oct. 25. This year’s results were by far the most disheartening yet. Less than 40% of those surveyed could bring themselves to oppose the idea that “some types of offensive speech even merit the death penalty.” And an absolute majority agreed that violence can be justified to prevent the utterance of hateful views.

Now consider the collegians’ views on that equation’s flipside — namely, that speech should be compelled in some circumstances. More than 65% agreed with each of the following two scenarios: first, that professors and administrators should forfeit their jobs if they don’t “make statements in favor of diversity, equity, and inclusion,” and second, that “new employees at any company, business, or organization” should be “required” to “sign” such statements.

This is stunning and scary. It is like the old Communist Party loyalty oaths.


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The Gentle Grizzly | October 31, 2022 at 2:14 pm

Let’s dive deeper. What percentage of STEM majors feel this way, vs how many in soft majors?

Give us the child for eight years and it will be a Bolshevist forever.

They’ve had most of these kids for 12.

    Antifundamentalist in reply to henrybowman. | October 31, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Kindergarden is cumpulsory in most states now, so it’s 13 years – assuming that the student didn’t have to repeat a grade or two.

The Soviets used to have “political officers” to observer students and assure compliance.

Now the students ARE the political officers. Now add ESG scores and cancellations./censorship. What do you have?

Shades of the ChiComs….

This is the goal – the creation of the new Western Red Guard, modeled on that created by Mao, which resulted in the Cultural Revolution.

Hardly unexpected. The current teachers learned in universities from former 196os activists. This is the price our conservative fathers laid for ignoring higher education.