Bill Jacobson feels gloomy (with good reason) on the occasion of Legal Insurrection’s 9th Anniversary.
I donâ€™t know if there are any uncorrupted institutions left that matter. The education system, from public grade school through public and private higher ed, is gone. The frontal assault on free speech on campuses is the result. If you think this is just a Humanities and Social Sciences problem, stay tuned. In 3-5 years, if weâ€™re still here, weâ€™ll be writing about how the social justice warriors have corrupted the STEM fields. Itâ€™s happening now, itâ€™s just not in the headlines yet.
There is a rising tide of absolutism in ideas and enforcement of ideological uniformity that is palpable. I feel it in the air, even at Cornell which is far from the worst. Incredibly, the new Cornell President has charged a newly-formed task force to explore, among other things, â€œlegal mechanisms [which] are available to the university to prevent, address and counter situations in which protected expression on campus is harmful to those vulnerable to its effects.â€
Even language as a means of communication is corrupted, with terminology manipulated and coerced to achieve political ends. It started on campuses, and itâ€™s moved into the AP stylebook and the mainstream.
The press could stand as a bulwark against this slide, but it too is corrupted. The greatest threat to freedom of the press is not Donald Trumpâ€™s bloviating about FCC licenses (which has been a favorite threat traditionally of Democrats), but the mainstream press itself which has abdicated even the pretense of neutrality and joined #TheResistance.
The lack of respect for the vote is also what has alienated me from the so-called conservative movement. There now is a cottage industry of self-appointed guardians of conservatism whose main job is to delegitimize the vote, and to encourage a soft coup because they didnâ€™t get their way in the primaries.
The Republican Party? Hah. Donâ€™t get me started.
So Iâ€™m thinking through what it will mean to live without institutions.
Sorry to be a downer on our blog birthday. Iâ€™ve always tried to be honest with you, and honestly, this blog birthday Iâ€™m filled with dread, not good cheer.
It’s impossible not to agree. Just name an institution, from the Boy Scouts to Colleges and Universities, from the NFL to the Entertainment Industry, everywhere you look Progressivism has taken over, revolutionized, gutted, and destroyed.