Nothing New About “Safe Spaces” At Yale

Perhaps Yale, traditionally, has engendered something of the spirit of the forty-niners. But if the recent Yale graduate, who exposed himself to Yale economics during his undergraduate years, exhibits enterprise, self-reliance, and independence, it is only because he has turned his back upon his teachers and texts. It is because he has not hearkened to those who assiduously disparage the individual, glorify the government, enshrine security, and discourage self-reliance.

— William F. Buckley Jr, God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of “Academic Freedom” (Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1951), 45–46.

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  1. Yale is not alone. THIS is happening in the best university in the UK:


    When David Starkey taught me history at Cambridge we assumed, I think, that we were part of an institution that prized debate, argument and even — shock! — the exchange of controversial ideas as part of the process of training young minds.

    I see from the university’s decision to remove David from a fund-raising film for “racist views” that it has abandoned those principles, preferring craven submission to the hectoring of the censorious few who would rather silence their opponents than engage with them. David, graciously, says he accepts the decision. I find it utterly pathetic”.

    (Dan Jones, Evening Standard, London, November 20, 2015)

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