I’ve been wanting to write about the incredible damage the campus left has done to itself in the wake of the October 7 pogrom for weeks. By now, though, a lot of folks have made most of the points I wanted to make. As is often the case, Charlie Cooke had pretty much the exact same reaction I did. From a few weeks ago:
Pick, at random, a fashionable idea about the ideal limits of free expression, and you’ll observe that it has collapsed ignominiously into the dust. The prohibition on “tone policing”? Gone. The injunction to “believe all women”? Evaporated. The insistence that “silence is violence,” that “neutrality is complicity,” or that institutions are thus obliged to speak out about any injustice that they might see? Defunct. Obsolete. Kaput. In the annals of bad human ideas, has an ideology ever been as swiftly hollowed out as was this one?
Let me expand for a moment on this—if only to get it out of my system—before I make a point I haven’t really seen made.