Last month, my college classes had an assignment to write a problem/solution essay. Being young adults, almost all of them wrote from a politically liberal perspective. Now, some of those papers were clever, articulate, and well-written, even if I personally disagreed with their premises and conclusions.
But not many of them. Many of them were angry, juvenile rants with no more basis in reason or reality than the most fevered stereotypes of leftist loonies. One guy wrote three pages about how global warming puts “all life on earth in danger of destruction very soon,” for example. Several wrote about cheerfully banning anything they don’t like, from fast food to cigarettes to belief systems. One student summed up that philosophy like this: “If people can’t make the choice to stay away from it themselves, it should be banned.”
I admit, I find this tendency to automatic tyranny scary.
But wait, belief systems? They wrote that they want to ban belief systems? Yes. The most popular subject was gay marriage, and some writers were quite assertive in their condemnation of anything that wouldn’t agree with them. By far the scariest lines in any paper I read were these:
“[He] was picked on because of his sexual orientation and now those who believe that his sexual orientation does not go along with their religious beliefs can bully him. Apparently Al Qaeda was completely okay and the Holocaust can be justified too. Al Qaeda occured because of religious beliefs…Then the Holocaust killed millions of Jews simply because of Adolf Hitler’s moral beliefs.”