The following is an excerpt from Jim Swift | August 24, 2017 | Theweeklystandard.com |
Safe spaces and 'ze' badges. Scottish student Madeleine Kearns writes in the Spectator about her bewildering first year at a U.S. college, where she and other free thinkers felt compelled to create their own unsafe space: "We met in a disused convent in Hell’s Kitchen and discussed campus-censored ideas. We read Douglas Murray’s The Strange Death of Europe, Laura Kipnis’s Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus and Walter Benn Michaels’s The Trouble With Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality. We were a diverse group: a Catholic woman, a black conservative man, an anti-theist neoconservative, a Protestant libertarian, and a quick-witted Spanish contrarian. We were united in agreeing that we should be free to disagree. We made our own unsafe space, and at the end of each meeting, we were invigorated and parted on good terms."
The making of an American terrorist. At GQ, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah spent a few months in South Carolina trying to understand how Dylann Roof became the monster that he is: "The white supremacists of today, having been kicked off Twitter, often have Instagram bios that offer an eerie good-bye to their opposition: Good night, left side. And there are thousands of them. Like Roof, and unlike a typical ISIS recruit, they don’t have handlers or any centralized way of becoming hooked. Instead, they are brought into the fold because they have found something that explains their laggard social progress to them and confirms their narrow worldview as fact."
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