An article at Brownstone hits all the right points about the “virus”, in the usual overly cautious Brownstone way.
I want to single it out for special kudos because FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE a commentator grasped the basic truth about colleges:
In some past golden age, we like to think that university decision-making was characterised by collegial debate, in which a diverse range of options and arguments were canvassed, tested against the evidence, and then the best approach adopted. This golden age probably never existed, but it represents an ideal that we should not lose sight of. A university, of all places, should ensure that the full range of tenable perspectives and strategies is considered before a policy decision is made. And there should be a full consideration and evaluation of the strength of the evidence supporting each position. This concept of collegiality rests on the idea that the intellectual value of the opinions of each member of the university community can only be based on the strength of their arguments and the evidence underpinning them, not on their seniority in the organisational hierarchy.
On the fucking dot. I’ve been hammering this point over and over and over, while all writers on “both” “sides” assume as a solid given fact that “perfect free debate” was the permanent norm in universities before CRT.
For a thousand fucking years universities have been rigid and ferocious enforcers of orthodoxy. That’s their WHOLE PURPOSE.
One somewhat new aspect is the precise and perfect alignment of all orthodoxies with the current talking points of the Democrat National Committee. Previously, some subjects like math enforced belief systems unrelated to partisan politics. DNC alignment has happened before, especially in 1918, but it’s not the norm.