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Samizdata quote of the day

The “safe spaces” that really matter now, after Paris and Mali, are the concert halls, restaurants, cinemas, hotels, workplaces and transportation systems of the free world. The ISIS-held towns and villages in the Middle East need to be liberated so that they might be safe for families to live in peacefully. The real “trigger warning” comes from the guns of those who shot peaceful people in Paris. Those students immersed in a self-indulgent merry go round of protest need to go back to their dorms, turn on the television, absorb what’s happening in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Europe and engage their brains. It is time to put away childish things. We are up against people who don’t want there to be any colleges, who want women to be clad head to toe in black, to barely if ever go outside and to be slaves of men.

Iain Martin, at the CapX website.

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17 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Paul Marks

    The trouble is that the students (and many of the academics who brainwash them) ARE interested in what is happening in “Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Europe”.

    And they blame all horrors on the Jews, and other “capitalist exploiters”.

    This is where “Critical Theory” (which is what we have to call Frankfurt School heretic version of Marxism these days) has led.

    Reclaim areas of European cities for Freedom of Speech?

    Oh you RACIST Iain Martin – you ISLAMOPHOBE.

    Did you not know that Freedom of Speech (and so on) is racist and Islamophobic?

    You hireling of the Zionists.

    You tool of the Koch Brothers and other capitalist “corporations”.

    Modern students do not believe in Freedom of Speech – such as thing is not compatible with “Social Justice” (which the Islamists support) – Freedom of Speech might lead to “racist” speech or “Islamophobic” speech.

    So Freedom of Speech can not be allowed.

    And neither can other freedoms – such as the right to keep and bear arms (after all we do not want people shooting back at terrorists – that would violate Social Justice).

    Who was on the front page of the New York Daily News as a hate figure – as a the REAL “Jihadi”.

    Not a Muslim – oh dear me no, that would be Islamophobic.

    The head of the National Rifle Association was the hate figure pictured dressed up as a “Jihadi”.

    Remember the terrorism is nothing to do with Islam – the “real” terrorists are American conservatives.

    This is what the schools and the universities teach.

    And this is what the media (such as the New York Daily News) push also.

    And the students?

    They support the disinformation and agitprop campaign.

    From Hollywood movies to the “Daily Show” – with its new openly Communist front man.

    Oh sorry – I must not say “Communist” – I mean “liberal” or “Progressive”, or “Critical Theory”.

    Yes of course most people do NOT support the “New York Daily News”, the “New York Times”, or the “Daily Show” – or the Guardian and BBC in Britain.

    But the cutting edge do.

    The academics and teachers of tomorrow.

    Things are only going to get worse.

    I fear the death of the West is certain.

  • TDK

    Paul Marks is right. The students are not in ignorance of what goes on in the world, and they KNOW what is the problem.

    You talk about women clad from head to toe in black and no colleges. Don’t you understand that western notions of universal human rights are merely a covert project to force “other” cultures to conform to westernisation. This is just colonisation by a different route. You need to acknowledge other notions of freedom such as total submission to the reactionary teachings of a 7th century warlord. You will acknowledge it. The Borg have spoken.

  • Alisa

    What Paul said. Plus, what kind of an argument is that anyway? If blacks in the US South were complaining about racism during WWII, should they have been told ‘Hey, get some perspective there: we are facing a far-greater threat in the form of Nazism’, or should their complaints have been discussed on their own merits or lack thereof?

  • JohnW

    Yaron Brook, in his recent lecture in Copenhagen also agrees we are losing 1.25.25.

    But we cannot give in to freedom’s enemies; I think we underestimate our reserves of human capital – we are far stronger than we think we are.

  • Jordan

    Meh. The ISIS threat is overblown, particularly if we are talking about U.S. college students.

    It is telling, however, that they choose to throw a tantrum in just about the most sympathetic environment that exists on planet Earth. They don’t dare venture off campus to protest racism where it actually exists – their local police department and legislature. That would involve actual courage.

  • Jerry

    ‘ and engage their brains.’

    Sorry. That particular organ is effectively removed by so-called ‘higher education’.
    One must NEVER question ANYTHING said by anointed and enlightened ‘professors’. They are all knowing, all seeing and are the fount of all wisdom. They will show all of us the true path to utopia.

    BS – most of them, not all, but by far most, are professional students who morphed into theoreticians with little if any practical, working knowledge about reality in general, who couldn’t hold a real job where results count and now spout their drivel to captive, PAYING audiences !

  • James Hargrave

    Agreed, Jerry. One world-class provincial midden in Oz boasts that it teaches students how to think and not what to think: I thought it did precisely the reverse, full as it was of people wanting to ‘critique’ things (from the usual perspective, only the usual perspective – after all, there is no other perspective). Full of monolingual multiculturists and other dross. The mental consequences of 3 or more years of it would be akin more to tertiary syphilis than tertiary education

  • Mr Ed

    most of them, not all, but by far most, are professional students who morphed into theoreticians with little if any practical, working knowledge about reality in general

    Jerry,

    Please do not abuse the term ‘Theoretician‘, it is a term of particular honour in the CPSU, and is not to be thrown about in the context of ‘professors’ in the bourgeois colleges of the United States.

    Our Theoreticians have spent many turgid hours studying and parroting the doctrines of Marxism-Leninism, when one word out of place could land one in the GULAG. Your professors only risk being bawled at or worse, creating a Twitter storm. Feeble creatures. But their time will come.

    Thank you.

    Vladimir Illich Ulyanov

  • lucklucky

    Once again an author talks about SJW and once again fails to understand that calling them SJW is a failure to understand the issue. It’s Marxism.

    These people are not sensitive flowers these people are tyranical and intolerant like only a teenager can be. Their protest is to impose a Totalitarian view.

    Safe spaces are not Safe spaces they are the Totalitarian Spaces where they can rule without challenge, without dissent, without difference.

    They are tyrants disguised as sheep.

  • Laird

    Actually, luckylucky, they are simply bullies and should be called such, loudly and often.

  • PersonFromPorlock

    Laird
    November 23, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Actually, luckylucky, they are simply bullies and should be called such, loudly and often.

    I just call them “scolds.”

  • the other rob

    While driving, the other day, I heard a discussion on the radio of some silly cow who was studying Chemistry at an Ivy League university and had been arrested for attempting to go to Syria to join the Daesh.

    As I said to the wife, what was she expecting to happen, had she got there? Did she think that they’d say “What a wonderful skill set! We’ll make you the head of our experimental munitions programme.”? No, they would have made her a whore.

    There is certainly evil in this world, but there’s also more stupidity than I find it easy to believe. It’s sometimes hard to tell the difference.

  • lucklucky

    “Actually, luckylucky, they are simply bullies and should be called such, loudly and often.”

    That is one of the mistakes i am pointing out.
    No they are just not bullies. If they were just bullies their bullying would be random. They are Marxists.

    Their bullying is ideological.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/22/college-students-say-remembering-9-11-is-offensive-to-muslims.html

  • gongcult

    Lucklucky: unfortunately the bullying gets more than ideological.look at the shit on u.s. campuses where administrators and profs get pummeled to the point of resigning. ..

  • bobby b

    ” . . . arrested for attempting to go to Syria to join the Daesh.”

    Why do we arrest such people on the way out?

  • lucklucky

    “unfortunately the bullying gets more than ideological.look at the shit on u.s. campuses where administrators and profs get pummeled to the point of resigning. ..”

    That is ideological bullying, being ideological doesn’t mean it is not violent, bullying is always violence. And being Marxist increases the levels of violence and intolerance.

  • Richard Thomas

    bobby b: Or just save time and shoot them as they cross the border.