Ways College Students Enjoy ‘Left-Wing Privilege’

From Time of all places...

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http://time.com/3939933/college-students-left-wing-privilege/

'I can take classes and earn degrees in departments that are designed to line up exactly with my worldview'

Among the great ironies surrounding the state of academia is the continued insistence on hearing more and more “marginalized voices” and increasing “diversity” on campus, as if there is some kind of archaic conservative establishment making that difficult to do.

One would likely be hard-pressed to find a more left-leaning group than college professors and admissions officers, who prioritize pulling marginalized groups out of their marginalization and adding people of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds to campus conversations.

Yet in their efforts to achieve a more egalitarian conversation, left-wing academics and their students completely ignore (at best) and marginalize (at worst) students and the rare colleague who disagree with them politically.

And therein lies the ultimate irony: The very voices that decry inequality in all its manifestations either accept or turn a blind eye to the stunning dearth of conservative academics and the de facto censorship of right-wing students on overwhelmingly left-wing campuses.

Were it some other group suffering such a marginalization, there is no doubt that the left would be up in arms, crying discrimination and demanding rectification.

Some might even call such a monopoly on prevailing campus orthodoxy a type of “privilege,” defined as an asset “of value that is denied to others simply because of the groups they belong to,” to quote Peggy McIntosh, the matriarch of privilege’s modern construction.

While the marginalization of right-wing thinkers on campus in no way compares to the experience of black Americans throughout history, it might behoove left-wingers on college campuses to think about the various privileges from which they benefit simply by being members of the overwhelmingly dominant group in their academic communities.

1. I can, if I wish, arrange to be in the company of people of my political persuasion most of the time.

2. I can spend my entire college career taking only classes with professors who think exactly as I do.

3. I can take classes and earn degrees in departments that are designed to line up exactly with my worldview.

4. I can be sure that an overwhelming majority of the material I am assigned to read for class will confirm what I already believe.

5. My professors will assume that I already think just like them, and use examples and anecdotes that testify to our philosophical uniformity.

6. I can almost always be sure that my professor will present or corroborate my side of a debate.

7. I will likely never have to make the choice between writing what I believe to be true and writing what I think will get a good grade.

8. If I do not get the grade I was hoping for, I can be sure it had nothing to do with the professor’s antipathy towards the political views I have expressed, or me personally.

9. I do not have to fear tipping my hand about my political views in my schoolwork.

10. I can pursue an English degree out of my love for literature, not put off by the lenses of critical theory that influence the way literary analysis is taught.

11. I can speak up in class without fear of being derided for my politics.

12. I can feel confident that even if I don’t personally speak up for my side of an issue, it will likely cross my classmates’ minds.


13. I can be sure that even if people disagree with me, they will not call me evil or bigoted.

14. I can avoid spending time with people whom I have been taught to disagree with, and who have learned to disagree with me.

15. I can be sure that no one will chalk up my opinions to privilege or lack of empathy.

16. More generally, I can express my views on controversial topics without my motives and character being questioned.

17. If my ideology becomes a source of personal issues, I have ample support available at an institutional level.

18. If I need a role model with whom I agree politically, I can easily find one or more.

19. I can freely use social media to share my politics (not that I should) and I will receive encouragement and support in ‘likes,’ ‘shares,’ and especially in comments.

20. I can be social and go to parties without facing mockery and looks of confusion from those who assume my lifestyle is ascetic and Puritanical.

21. I can act disrespectfully toward figures of authority and remain immune from criticism.

22. I can talk about my politically oriented extra-curricular activities without fear of judgment or derision from my peers.

23. I can describe my summer writing job without censoring the name of the publication or its political leanings.

24. If I am religious, others will assume that my beliefs are a force for good and not an extension of an anachronistic and oppressive legacy of superstition.

25. I can use buzzwords and academic jargon to make my arguments, and they will be accepted as legitimate.

26. I can safely say that the arc of history bends in my direction and anyone who disagrees will be “on the wrong side.”

27. I can write off opinions of those who disagree with me because of their overarching ideology.

28. If I can categorize someone who disagrees with me as “powerful” or “oppressive,” I don’t even have to listen to them to begin with.

29. I can be confident that no one will dismiss the sources of my news and information as biased.

30. I can easily obtain my college’s support for explicitly political events I’d like to organize.

31. I can get “trigger warnings” appended to texts that challenge me or make me feel uncomfortable.

32. I can get commencement speakers, recipients of honorary degrees, and other guests disinvited from my campus if I disagree with them.

33. I can disrupt and disrespect speakers whom I do not wish to hear; I will subsequently be praised for my denial of their freedom to speak.

34. I can monopolize terms like “justice” and claim that they only apply to what I am saying.

35. I can accuse those who disagree with me of “violence.”

36. I can claim that my personal experiences are “invalidated” by those who disagree with me.

37. If I have to follow current events for class, I can be confident that the recommended sources of news will be slanted in my direction.

38. If I find my ideas challenged, I know I always have a “safe space” to retreat to, where people will massage my challenged beliefs and sing me a lullaby of things I’d like to hear. Phone Post 3.0

Not true! There was a WIDE diversity of political thought on my college campus...

I mean, we had ALL views represented: communists, socialists, radical liberals AND regular liberals.

 

 

 

shen - 


Not true! There was a WIDE diversity of political thought on my college campus...



I mean, we ALL views represented: communists, socialists, radical liberals AND regular liberals.



 



 



 



lol

Moving out of the dorms really improved my sex life.

With the liberals, the conservatives, and especially the Marxist-Leninists. Phone Post 3.0

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excellent article. I had left wing political ideologies shoved down my throat throughout my six years of academia. I left because I felt marginalised and unable to express my views freely.VU when I get onto a comp. And IN for your views. Anyone a lefty here with academic experience? Do you see this paradox or is it difficult to see it happening when it is your views being supported? I enjoy academic and political debates, but too often I hear a certain view shutdown merely because it is not a typical left wing view. Phone Post

shut down** Phone Post

My dad taught public policy and public finance at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level for many years. One of his students, a coworker of mine, had a story that I always found really funny.
She was my dad's TA for his undergrad finance class in which there was one student who took every opportunity to make his conservative views known. He'd frequently accuse my father (who was then the CFO and COO of the university) of stealing taxpayer dollars through the very act of running a public university.

On the final, my dad had asked a question about taxable vs tax-free debt for use in a hypothetical public/private partnership this student decided to write a manifesto about how he refused to recognize the legitimacy of taxation of any kind on fixed income and therefore wanted the public institution to issue taxable debt because it would pay higher interest rates and, thus, fall into insolvency and shut down. He proclaimed that he, as an investor, would thus recoup the taxpayers' money by receiving the increased interest payments which he would immediately off-shore to avoid paying taxes on and then use (he wasn't clear on how he'd repatriate the funds) the taxed bond premium to create minimum wage jobs.

Good article. It's something that a lot of people have noticed, but within upper education they still close their ears and pretend it isn't an issue. A few months ago a woman at Goldsmiths college in London organised a student meeting but put up signs at the entrance saying no white males allowed. When the media found out the kicked up a fuss, but she just released a statement claiming the patriarchy were trying to bully her because she opposed their misogyny, and the college backed her.

From personal experience i studied foundation science for a year and had a mandatory module on global warming. When i challenged its poor record of failed predictions in one of my assignments, i lost marks. There simply is no room in upper education to disagree with left wing opinions.

Great Article Phone Post 3.0

Lol, well done. Plenty of conservative views were voiced at FSU BTW but then again the south is different. Phone Post 3.0

The Goldsmith diversity officers opinion of impartiality and objectivity:

https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/1202/1579/4m/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/04/24/15/27F277DA00000578-3054067-image-m-2_1429886245674.jpg

(blue please)

Mihow, I cant quote on my phone but... I didnt take six years to get a four year degree. I got a four year degree in four years, then I got a two year masters degree in two years. During my final year I applied for PhD and funding but chose not to pursue that career path as I wasnt enjoying the academic culture. Phone Post

MiHow... A final point. I was never angry at the situation. I just felt that it wasnt the best use of my time pursuing a career where my view is a marginal one. Phone Post

Considering I was a History major, I actually got lucky in a lot of ways... Most of my professors were pretty balanced. Now granted my focus was ancient Rome and I suppose it's kind of difficult to inject much leftwing ideology into that period, but even the 2 classes I took on Colonial America and the Revolutionary period were fairly balanced. Especially the class on the Revolution.

Now I did have a couple, one in particular, that were blatantly leftwing and did push that ideology. But for me they were the exception, and even then I didn't tailor what I said in my papers to his views, which did get me downgraded. However when it came time to do my final paper I did choose to do it on the 1919 race riots in Omaha. He ate that shit up, but I still would have written the same paper if he leaned hard right.

I think it all depends, if you want someone to support right to life, of Christian values your out of luck in liberal college today... If you want to avoid "white privilege" brow beating go into science/engineering. No "privilege" in science departments. Phone Post 3.0

I think even in the past few years there has been major culling of dissenting voices. For example many universities have banned Christian student groups for being against gay marriage. Also liberals have successfully gotten conservative speakers canceled and movies like American sniper canceled. In the not so distant past, even though most in academia were leftist, all views were encouraged. Dialogue was good. Now only accepted speech and opinions are good at many institutions. Phone Post

Darup - I think even in the past few years there has been major culling of dissenting voices. For example many universities have banned Christian student groups for being against gay marriage. Also liberals have successfully gotten conservative speakers canceled and movies like American sniper canceled. In the not so distant past, even though most in academia were leftist, all views were encouraged. Dialogue was good. Now only accepted speech and opinions are good at many institutions. Phone Post

I will add some universities are realizing this problem and working to fix it. The university of Chicago adopted a free speech policy and Purdue also based its free speech policy on the Chicago principles.

It was in response to students around the country tried to bar speakers they thought were controversial. The policies promote and promise to protect the free expression. Phone Post

Darup - 

I think even in the past few years there has been major culling of dissenting voices. For example many universities have banned Christian student groups for being against gay marriage. Also liberals have successfully gotten conservative speakers canceled and movies like American sniper canceled. In the not so distant past, even though most in academia were leftist, all views were encouraged. Dialogue was good. Now only accepted speech and opinions are good at many institutions. Phone Post


American Sniper was put back on when someone pointed out how stupid it was for an institution that claimed to value freedom of speech and multiple viewpoints to ban a movie. You know who else banned movies? The nazis!

amadeus - Considering I was a History major, I actually got lucky in a lot of ways... Most of my professors were pretty balanced. Now granted my focus was ancient Rome and I suppose it's kind of difficult to inject much leftwing ideology into that period, but even the 2 classes I took on Colonial America and the Revolutionary period were fairly balanced. Especially the class on the Revolution.

Now I did have a couple, one in particular, that were blatantly leftwing and did push that ideology. But for me they were the exception, and even then I didn't tailor what I said in my papers to his views, which did get me downgraded. However when it came time to do my final paper I did choose to do it on the 1919 race riots in Omaha. He ate that shit up, but I still would have written the same paper if he leaned hard right.

What led to the fall of Rome? Serious question. Maybe need another thread.