Tag: Safe Spaces

Bubble-Wrapped Americans: How the US Became Obsessed with Physical and Emotional Safety

 

Bubble-Wrapped Americans: How the U.S. Became Obsessed with Physical and Emotional Safety“In America we say if anyone gets hurt, we will ban it for everyone everywhere for all time. And before we know it, everything is banned.” — Professor Jonathan Haidt

It’s a common refrain: We have bubble-wrapped the world. Americans in particular are obsessed with “safety.” The simplest way to get any law passed in America, be it a zoning law or a sweeping reform of the intelligence community, is to invoke a simple sentence: “A kid might get hurt.”

Almost no one is opposed to reasonable efforts at making the world a safer place. But the operating word here is “reasonable.” Banning lawn darts, for example, rather than just telling people that they can be dangerous when used by unsupervised children, is a perfect example of a craving for safety gone too far.

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At National Review Online, I write about Penn State University barring its Outing Club from doing what the club was created to do and has been doing for 98 years — off campus outings. The disallowed activities are less dangerous than many on-campus activities that students undertake daily. What gives? An excerpt: Preview Open

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I first discovered Neel Kolhatkar when I saw his viral video Modern Educashun. (check it out if you haven’t seen it, it is hilarious). He is not your typical millennial, he is of Indian origin, he is from Australia, and he is a stand up comedian. He is politically incorrect, and funny to boot. (please […]

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Richard Epstein looks at recent on-campus controversies involving Charles Murray and Milo Yiannopoulos and examines what can be done about the increasingly hostile environment in American higher education.

Victor Davis Hanson describes how higher education and the media have eroded — and provides recommendations for reforming each.

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I was talking online with a law student who graduated from my school last year and who was lecturing her Facebook friends on the true meaning of safe spaces. She said that a safe space is merely a place where one is not allowed to be violent, use slurs, or shut down other people’s opinions, […]

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Victor Davis Hanson explores the tensions between technological progress and cultural vitality.

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In what sounds like a post made for the Onion, Mediaite is reporting that a group of white nationalist will set up a 24/7 Hotline for “bullied” Trump supporters. This is your America in 2016 ladies and gentleman. From the article: The “Trump Harassment Hotline” comes courtesy of William Daniel Johnson, a Los Angeles-based lawyer who […]

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The signs of the institutional terminal illness of the American university are increasingly plentiful. The stories out of Missouri and Yale and a half-dozen other places in recent months might be easily dismissed as the grumblings of an entitled generation—and they are that—but something far more insidious is entangled with this “movement.” Preview Open

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